A windy but dry morning was the start to Oak Hill’s 419 th parkrun and my first visit here.
Having seen a far from ideal weather forecast on Friday for visiting South Wales I changed my plans and headed for London, narrowly avoiding a power cut, picking somewhat randomly, but turns out picking rather well, a parkrun all on paths and with nearby options should there be any late decisions to cancel. As such I arrived quite early to find run director Richard LORD and some of the core team finishing setting up and completely a final safety check of the course. They did however miss one wobbly acorn that fell soon after onto me but I can forgive that :0)
Even though Oak Hill is heading very soon towards its 8th birthday it didn’t stop 20 people coming to walk, jog or run the course for the first time including 11 brand new to parkrun, the youngest Charlotte & Amelie WHYBROW. Tourists visited mostly from around the local area but also a shout out for Cardiff.
Soon there were 242 of us here, all listening to today’s welcome briefing and then a short walk off to the start.
Conditions were a little tricky today with the wind rarely seeming to be behind you and a few drooping branches to avoid but that didn’t stop 28 achieving personal bests. First male finisher was Alex HORTON in an impressive time of 17:19 and first female finisher was Chiara BORG in a speedy 20:14. Top age grade performance was George MANGAN, 2 nd finisher today, with 76.34% (running under 18 minutes in the JM15-17 category).
Congratulations to all of the above but also to everyone who came along today and completed the course in not the easiest of weathers.
Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/oak-hill/results/latestresults/.
The event would not however have been possible though without 10 dedicated volunteers: Skip BASIEL, Alexander FRASER, Peter GRAHAM, Julia HICKMAN-WYATT, Richard LORD, Lavinia SHANN, Victoria SMALL, Anthony STURGESS, Robin SWINDELL and Marsha WESTBROOK.
Thank-you to you all and if you are reading this and want to get involved in future weeks then all details can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/oak-hill/futureroster/. There many different roles to choose from.
Today there were 2 milestones achieved, both of them juniors completing their 10 th parkrun and in both cases completing all at Oak Hill. They were Alfie BAWCUTT and Ezra STRANGE. Congratulations to you both and hopefully you believe to receive your T-shirts in the not too distant future.
I finished the morning with a coffee from the park cafe, where behind the scenes the tokens were efficiently sorted back into order and the results were quickly processed. I said my farewells to Oak Hill parkrun and those I had a chance to chat too throughout what had been a very pleasantmorning. Thank-you!!
Damian BAKER, a tourist from Daventry, signing off.