Event # 203 – A Big Purple Thankyou! By Sally Westbrook
To celebrate the 15th Birthday of parkrun, the Verwood Runners gave Run #203 a distinctly purple glow by taking over all volunteering roles. High fives, hooters, noisy goodwill and party music at the Marshal Points were the order of the day and their very own party animal, Verunica the purple runosaurus, was on hand for photo opportunities.
Run Directors Julie Pegoraro and Jason Oakley welcomed visitors from Germany, Aylesbury, London, Milton Keynes and Nottingham. Jo Fenwick collected her birthday sash and Tony Howell was applauded for his 100th volunteering role. Congratulations were also in order for Jane Abrahams on her 100th parkrun and Paul Coward for his 50th.
Not many confessed to their first ever parkrun but the stats later showed a staggering 26 newcomers – Big Shout Out to you all and especially Joseph Muller JM 11-14 for a first time PR in 20:44!
There was one slightly anxious moment for RD Jason as he, the volunteers and a disco dancing Verunica (yes it seemed strangely normal at the time) gently persuaded the Moors Valley swans to clear the finish funnel just before the front runners arrived.
Accolades go to: Jordan Jewett SM first across the line at 16:56; first lady Neve East JW 11-14 at 20:15; Norman Cook first dog at 27:01. Not least to Christine Ecclestone VW who topped the age grade at a massive 80.53%!
Trumpet fanfares to 79 happy people with new PBs! Nothing better demonstrates the all-inclusive, embracing nature of PR than to see that 13 were Juniors and 9 were Veterans over 60 and 70.
Congratulations also go out to Cornerways Medical Centre doctors, staff and families who completed their first parkrun Practice event – leading by example to promote wellbeing and the benefits of getting active. We look forward to their blue shirts being a regular feature of MV parkrun.
On the day the Verwood Runners said a BIG PURPLE THANK YOU – not only to parkrun, Julie P, Jason O, but also to Jason Beech, Event Director, and all the other members of the Core Team who quietly make parkrun happen for us every Saturday.
It’s great to receive a thank you! If you want to say your thank you please dedicate one or two of your 52 Saturdays each year to volunteering and to making our parkrun happen!