There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy our Halloween event. Clearly, it's not just the Strictly dancers that like to start the Halloween festivities early - or maybe it's just any excuse for parkrunners to dress up! It was great fun to look after this event, but the full report from the event comes from guest writer Katie Pinnington. Katie has run 166 of her 326 parkruns at Pomphrey Hill, and here are her thoughts from Event #293. See you all next week!

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A wet, but mild morning greeted marshals and parkrunners at Pomphrey this morning. Regular marshal Steven Jenkins told me that he loves starting his weekend with parkrun and is not put off by a rainy forecast... appropriate clothing and footwear were the order of the day. parkrun couldn't happen without our fabulous volunteers and there were 27 of them who decided against staying in a warm house watching the rugby and instead chose to stand in the rain encouraging the 176 runners and walkers who slid and splashed their way around the course through the mud and rain.
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With it being the last Saturday before Halloween, we were encouraged to forego waterproof clothing in favour of fancy dress. Despite the weather, there were some fabulous outfits:
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I was particularly impressed by the marshal dressed as a mummy who managed to stay in character throughout the run and Frankenstein who had to take it easy up the hill to avoid losing his head.
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No parkrun would be complete without milestones or cake and this morning we had both with Martyn Poole (dressed as Jason) doing his 50th parkrun and Elisabeth Hippe-Heisler completing her 100th. Well done to you both, thank you for the cake!
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There were 16 people who experienced the hill for the first time, thank you to those that signed the visitors book, we are glad you enjoyed the course and hope to see you again.

"We have come from Worcester as we needed a 'P' as part of a parkrun challenge. It was wet & dark when we left home, but well worth it for the lovely welcome by the very enthusiastic lady that did the 1st timer briefing. Loved the fancy dress, especially the 'mummy' marshal - very spooky. Great atmosphere & good course, shame about the 'hill' - very tough!! Great tourist run, thank you. Debbie & Claire".

Finally, to the 3 people who did parkrun for the first time this morning, welcome to the parkrun family! I hope you too will build lasting friendships with the many people who come together on a Saturday morning to share a love of chatting and the outdoors (with a bit of running or walking thrown in).

Katie.

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Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 293
26th October 2019

This week 176 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Katie PINNINGTON • Adrian GRIMSHAW • Steven BURGE • Janet JENKINS • Anne BURGE • Meryl GRIMSHAW • William LEE • Catalina LEE • Debra PARSONS • Victoria BURCHILL • Ella BURCHILL • Rose BURCHILL • Ris SCOTT • Richard BREAKSPEAR • Stephen JENKINS • Martin GRAHAM • Philip RILEY • Trudy REED • Duncan GOUGH • Charmaine Petra TODD • Steve COPPER • Kay ARKINSTALLL • Michele COOK • Gary WOODRUFF • Monika BLACKWELL • Bev MILES • Mike DIMOND-JONES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 86.86% (26:30) on 12th October 2019 (event number 291).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,966 participants have completed 69,455 parkruns covering a total distance of 347,275 km, including 12,866 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,038 individuals have volunteered 6,689 times.