After the brute force of Storm Ciara and then Storm Dennis, Preston decided enough was enough and took the decision to take on Storm Ellen.
Yes a week after our latest cancellation, we were back. The river was raging and I was told that even Mary Poppins flew over people at the top of the hill, the wind was that bad. A special thank you must first go to Galloway's Society for the Blind who generously have allowed us to use their defibrillator.
370 hardy souls decided to take on Ellen, the hill and our 2 beautiful parks. 25 people were running at Preston for the first time and for Ben Woodcock, Liam Wallace, Daniel Lavers, James Eastham, Gareth Woosey and Jamie Smith, it was to be their first ever parkrun. As always, Andrew Tranter welcomed our newbies and all of us.
But before we got to the start line, it was time for our pre-run/walk/jog warm ups.
Not sure about these stretches
Whilst never forgetting those shoelace checks.
Even Louise got in on the act.
So off to the start line we all went, wind blowing in every direction.
At the sound of the klaxon, all 370 people ran the 3 lap course and each and every one made their own significant achievement.
Our milestone achievers this week were Gareth Fairey who completed his 250th parkrun.
Michelle Baker and Saeed Bhula became members of the 50 club.
Daniel Smith ran his 10th junior run, in a personal best time of 31.45.
Well done to all of you.
Speaking of personal best times. An incredible 38 people recorded personal best times, which is fantastic considering how bad the conditions were. Some notable mentions are Karl Hodgson who was our first finisher who ran it in 17.15. Michelle Chadwick was our first female finisher in 19.51 which matched her Lytham personal best. Nadia Kanoun went sub 25 in only her 3rd parkrun. William Proctor got his 3rd PB in a row with a time of 28.39. Shena Rolfe made it a round number coming in at 31 minutes exactly and finally Harry and Adrian's amazing form continued, as they got a PB for the 6th week on the bounce with 43.22. A huge well done to all our milestone runners and PBers..
And also a huge thank you to all 370 people who made Saturday such fun. Here are a few people who were loving it as they blew around the parks.
As always, the biggest thanks goes to all our hi-viz heroes, our volunteers. A personal big thank you from me to Kate Harrison who compiled all this week's data and of course Steve Taylor for the great photos. Thank you both and thank you to Andy Boyne, Robert Brown, Stuart Brown, John Carruthers, Shane Collins, David Crawshaw, Warren Crook, Chris Flowers, Louise Gavell, Louise Harrison, Jane Higham, Ashraf Kazee, Bilal Kazee, John-Paul Lander, Paula Leslie, Catherine Lock, Jim McLean, Christine Rostron, Sean Sweeney, Andrew Tranter, Robin Weston and Andy Whaley.
Sean and Andy getting caught in their serious contemplation looks.
Andy and Louise risking their lives near the river edge whilst time keeping.
Ashraf in a hurry to help with the post event close down.
Catherine and Louise enjoying their morning brisk walk.
As usual, it's time for my shout out to get some more people volunteering. All roles are easy to do and training will be given (well, we will point you in the right direction lol). We are always on the look out for volunteers, whether new ones or ones that have done it lots of times. Or really be brave and put your name down for the first time brief or run report. Honestly, they are fun to do and so rewarding. If you fancy doing any of the roles, just go to our future volunteer page at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/preston/futureroster/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
My photo of the week is
See you all next Saturday on Leap Day.