What a great end to a fabulous first year at Poole junior parkrun.
A Christmas themed run where lots of the 98 children who ran, dressed in their festive attire and our lovely volunteers decided not to be outdone and joined in the festive spirit !
This was out very last parkrun of 2016 and our 49th event. Will Longhurst was first finisher in a time of 07.40 and first girl home was Elizabeth Dawson in 08.46.......26 children got new PB's and there were 10 first timers !
I can't believe it has been almost a year since our very 1st run which took place on Sunday 3rd January in the most horrendous weather of torrential rain and gale force winds. It certainly threw us a curveball for our inaugural event as we had to immediately revert to our wet weather course due the cricket oval being flooded........nothing like keeping a new core team on their toes !! Despite the weather, 62 hardy children ran that day and 28 volunteers donned their full waterproofs and we actually had a great time.
During our first year, we have had an average of 145 runners every week with our attendance record standing at 221 in one single event in May - that was a busy one ! 1277 different children have run during the year and the total distance ran is a whopping 14,230KM's.....Awesome !!
We have had to cancel 2 events during this year due to other events in Poole park. There will be no run on Christmas Day or New Years day but we will be back as usual on Sunday 8th January 2017.
There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make junior parkrun happen every week, and I'd like to say a massive thank you to my core team for all their hard work during the year:- Victoria Turner, Mike Cure, Martin Yelling, Anne Rutherford, Andy Trayford, Kelly Lucas, Karila Faulkner and to our new recruits for 2017, David Shepherd and Harriet Bradstock. I'd also like to thank every single one of you who volunteered and donned the High Viz during this year. Without you all, parkrun can't work.
I'm looking forward to the next year being as brilliant as this one.
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to you all !
Jenny Trayford - Event Director