Preston parkrun welcomed 509 visitors on Saturday morning and thankfully for all concerned, Storm Ciara kept away just long enough for us to enjoy our run/ jog/ walk. 47 runners were visiting Preston for the first time and for 17, it was their first ever parkrun. Hopefully for Becky Roberts, John Gregory, Benneta Paluca and Jake Helm, it was the first of many parkruns. A huge welcome to each and every one of you and we hope you enjoyed the views of our lovely parks.
Preston once again topped the 500 figure and 5 runners were from the Vegan Runners Club. Although small in numbers, Emily Sharples, Ian Scott, Jo Armitage, Molly Elsdon and Sarah Clubb made their own headlines, as Ian joined the 100 club, Jo was part of the buggy runners and Molly recorded a personal best time.
So it was, that we made our way to our new start line after our usual shoelace checks and stretches.
After all the pre-run preparations, it was time to go. Three times round the parks and into our new finish funnel. A huge number of people recorded their personal best time at Preston. In fact an incredible 85 people flew round from start to finish. Our first finisher Matthew Holmes was one of the many PBers. Imtiaz Master went sub 30 minutes. Ronan Brogan-Carbutt went sub 25. Christian Dickinson went sub 40. Every parkrun is fabulous and it's another special moment when you get to break your PB and get your hand on the PB bell.
Harry and Adrian Nicholson continued their impressive form with yet another PB. This was their 5th consecutive PB.
Kelly White continued her impressive form and ran her fastest time since she broke her own PB in July 2017.
We had many milestone achievers on Saturday.
William Proctor became a member of the junior 10 club and ran it in style, with a new PB.
Humaira Manjra also joined the magical 10 mark.
Graham Bailey, Rafal Dusza, David Osten and Fiona Alderton will all soon be getting their red top as they all reached number 50.
Paul Wigham and Ian Scott both ran their 100th parkrun.
A massive well done to our milestone achievers.
Two people were celebrating their birthday on Saturday. Louise Gavell celebrated her special day by running round Preston parkrun for the 190th time. Happy birthday to you both.
Congratulations to all our achievers and to all 509 people who make up our happy community of parkrunners. Every parkrun is a great achievement and a great way to meet people. Preston has such a great spirit and it shows on your faces.
Of course, parkrun is indebted to the remarkable people who make parkrun possible. Our hi-viz heroes. Our volunteers. A huge thank you must go to Cathryn Brown, Lynn Brown, Robert Brown, John Carruthers, George Coxon, David Crawshaw, Warren Crook, Anneke Crosby, Felicity Cross, Gary Jackson, Ashraf Kazee, Carl Kellett, Paula Leslie, Catherine Lock, Asif Mamun, Helen McCann, Jim McClean, Edward Nye, Sarah Nye, Freda Peacock, Gill Stables, Sean Sweeney, Steve Taylor who has provided these great photos and Andy Whaley.
Also a huge thank you to Vikki Greenwood who did last week's report. A really interesting read. As you all know, I am keen to hear from our parkrunners, yes you. Let's hear your run report and hear why you like Preston and parkrun. Maybe it is part of your lifestyle. Maybe it was because your parents decided to take you. Maybe it's because it's something you do with friends or your family. Whatever it is, if you would like to do the run report, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
My photo of the week has kept me smiling since I first saw it. A mixture of diversity with a hint of photo bombing.
Have a great week and we will see you again next Saturday.