Q (and Z) remain the most difficult letters of the alphabet to obtain, but this parkrun day saw another Q hit the alphabet and another Q that will resonate with the parkrun in Hampshire, UK.
Queen Elizabeth, Casino became the 7th Q in the world and the first that shares a name with us. In a wild flight of fancy, I think that makes us Queen Elizabeth (the first) and we need a Tudor fancy dress theme to go with it. The others Qs are Queanbeyan, Queen's, Belfast, Queens Domain, Queenstown and Quinns Rocks. The only other letters with fewer parkruns starting with the same letter are Z and Ö. We’ve always known we are rare – but this is even more exclusive than I thought!
So, how did Queen Elizabeth, Casino get on? They had 168 runners and 13 volunteers versus our 110 runners and 14 volunteers. 11 of their parkrunners forgot their barcodes – which might be expected at an inaugural, but sadly the first two runners didn’t scan so the event male record is held by unknown male in 17:12. We had just 4 parkrunners who ran the hills in QE country park barcode less and our first finisher came in in a storming 17:31. Well done to Jason SKIMMINGS, ED of the QEC team who, bundled up in layers of clothes, got our twin parkrun going. I’m sure we can post some equally bundled up pics on their facebook page in the next few months. Well done to all our QE volunteers who managed one of the more pleasing (in terms of clemency of weather) volunteer stints in a while.
Please make sure that you volunteer for the correct event. It might be an embarrassing trip and inexplicable ££££ on the credit card bill if you get it wrong. Challenge laid down for the first person to complete QE and QEII.
To our event. Today we welcomed 14 dogs of different sizes, including a group from the Bandit K9 canicross race team. Those with enthusiastic dogs were pretty good at getting to the start line ahead of the run brief. We also welcomed a group from Jay Miller’s Circus who were camped out near Petersfield. One of the lovely chatty members explained that they had decided to get a parkrun in wherever they stopped. How lovely to have met you. Follow their parkrun and circus adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaymillerscircus/p/BzAesstAW-R/
We *only* had two milestones today: Harry WOODROOF and Emily STEVENS achieved their 50 logged runs. Congratulations. John MALTHOUSE is getting closer to parading the 250 flag around sometime mid September.
Thank you very much to the volunteers who stood in the sun this parkrunday and allowed us to have indulgent and steamy fun.
Report by: Pippa WHITE