So much to say in this week's run report, so let's crack on.
Well, event 380 took a little longer than predicted. A week longer. Yes, unfortunately the event had to be cancelled last minute last week due to safety concerns on the course. Many of you had turned up and it was with our sincerest apologies that we had to cancel. Speaking to many of you after the announcement, you all seemed genuinely thankful and accepting that this was the right decision. I know quite a lot of you decided to run anyway and I hear that one person did indeed slip and there were a few near misses. I hope the person who slipped is OK and made it back to Preston this week. In the end, your safety will always be at the forefront of our decisions.
Speaking of decisions, this week saw a new lay out to our course.
Yes, a new start line and finish line.
Whilst only a small change, change was seemed necessary, as our numbers have swelled over the last month or so. Whilst I did hear a few negative remarks about the change of course, the overall feedback was positive. Change is always different but hopefully this new way will become successful and a hit with you.
One thing for sure is, Preston parkrun continued to be popular this week. An amazing 596 people turned up. Our second largest attendance. Preston welcomes anyone and everyone, whether you are a member of a running group or just out for fast walk with friends and family. Yes, Preston is open to all.
This week we welcomed many of our regulars from Red Rose Runners. A whopping 43 of you tasted our new course on Saturday.
Also in force were 27 from Thornton Cleveleys. We hope you enjoyed your day in Avenham and Miller Parks.
There were also 4 members of Vegan Runners, no doubt enjoying their runs in Veganuary.
So, here we had it. 596 people raring to go. Of the 596 runners, there were 84 people new to Preston parkrun and of the 84, 40 were running their first ever parkrun. A huge welcome to you and we hope to see you back again. But whilst we had new starters and a new course, there was always time for old traditions. Yes, there will always be our pre warm up stretches and our ever important shoe lace checks.
With the pre course checks all done, it was time for the run/ walk/ jog. There was some suggestion that the new course would hinder personal best times but oh no, 85 people came storming through to achieve their best time here at Preston. Some notable achievers were
Jenny Shepherd, Steve Burgess, Shuayb Ingar and Mark Moren who all went under 25 minutes.
Alan Mason, Paul Hands, Mohammed Aswat and Faizal Chokwala went under 30 minutes.
Christian Worsley, Rachel Layfield, Adam Gornall and Angela Atkinson all went under 35 minutes.
Gary Wainwright, Jane Bickerstaffe and Sophie Fisher dipped under 40 minutes.
Adrian and Harry Nicholson smashed their way under 45 minutes.
A huge congratulations to all our PBers. You can't help but enjoy breaking a PB and ringing the PB bell.
Onto our other achievers of the week. Yes, our milestone achievers.This week we welcomed
Anne Smith and Joshua Cartwright who ran their 150th parkrun.
James Butler, Katrin Elbag and Valerie Walmsley joined the 100 club and will soon be wearing their black 100 top.
William Walton, Stephen Croft, Melissa Valentine and William Joyner all celebrated their 50th run.
Well done to all of you getting to these milestones.
Yes, whether you are a first timer, a PBer, a milestone achiever, Preston parkrun is the place to be. It is all 596 of you that put a smile in our glorious parks with your desire to be part of our community. Here are just a few people who were clearly enjoying their morning and giving us all a reason to be happy.
Now to my favourite topic. Our hi viz heroes. Our volunteers. Yes, parkrun exists because of our willing and enthusiastic volunteers. We are not a part of a professional corporation, but people who enjoy parkrun and are willing to give a part of our time to a community that we are all proud to be part of.
This week, our thanks go to
Christine Acklam, Robert Brown, Stuart Brown, Robert Calderbank, Sarah Carr, Tina Carr, John Carruthers, George Coxon, David Crawshaw, John Crellin, Warren Crook, Kev Daisy, Fiona Gutteridge, Jackie Hall, Sarah Holden, Ashraf Kazee, Bilal Kazee, Paula Leslie, Catherine Lock, Helen McCann, Jim McClean, Esther Stanier, Sean Sweeney, Sinaed Sweeney, Steve Taylor, who has provided all these fabulous photos, Andrew Tranter and Andy Whaley.
All volunteer roles are easy to do. There are roles such as being a marshal or barcode scanner where you can give great encouragement to our runners. Or there are roles that you can do such as pre event set up and close down, where you can also run the same day. You can see an event's future volunteer roster on our future roster page on Preston parkrun's homepage. To get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to email@example.com or come and chat to one of us on run day.
Today I am doing a big shout out to people who would like to write a run report. It can be anything as simple as a few lines, maybe talking about your day, or even telling us about your journey into parkruns. It's simple to do but if you are worried, don't be, we will help. Reading other people's stories is yet another great way to enjoy parkrun. So don't be nervous, get in touch.
To my photo of the week. As most of us are busting our lungs, this young man took time out to put in this hilarious thumbs up.
See you all next week.