As the volunteers gathered under grey, cloudy skies to help set out the course & start finish area for Event Number 518, the first task of the day was to cajole a flock of geese & ducks back into the Thames from their chosen breakfast spot about 200 yards into the course.
This has happened a few weeks in a row now, so much so that we are thinking of adding the role of Goose Wrangler to the Volunteer Roster. This week 3 generations of the Barr family, led by the youngest - and possibly bravest, Alise BARR, used their shooing skills to great effect to ensure that runner-goose relations were kept cordial for another week at least.
The famous parkrun weather fairies seemed to be sprinkling just a little bit of magic at Reading for event number 518. All the weather forecasts were quoting 100% chance of rain for the start time of 9am, but they held off with just the odd spot falling here and there until after the Tail Walkers had crossed the finish line.
With the course clear, 324 runners were set on their down the Thames path and off into the nature reserve for 2 laps before returning to whence they began. James QUINN came across the line first position in 18.27, and Frankie HOGGE was the first female home with a new PB to boot of 20.26!
This week we saw 10 first timers and 47 PB among the field. Well done to all! Unable to give our usual round of applause to those with notably milestones, due to our COVID protocols, we can give our congratulations here to those in question:
- 50th parkrun
- 100th parkrun
- Ronald SHEARMAN - a Reading Roadrunner, who has a single run at Prospect parkrun and the other 99 here at Thames Valley Park.
- 250th parkrun
- Robert ELSEY - who has run 215 times at Reading and another 35 times at neighbouring Woodley
Also many congratulations to Reading parkrun regular Angela BURLEY on running whilst celebrating a significant birthday. Only she knows how much the helium filled object tied to here waist contributed to her 'lightness of foot' around the 5km course. Happy Birthday Angela!
Thanks to this weeks volunteers: Art ATWAL, Jacob ATWAL, Alise BARR, C James BARR, Teresa CASWELL, Tony EVANS, Diane HODDER, David HODGKINSON, Sahan JINADASA, Elizabeth JOHNSON, Ray JONES, Sue JONES, Paul NOADES, Nisha PAREKH, Fiona ROSS, Graham SCHOLEY, Chris SMITH, Rob WOODHOUSE
See you all next Saturday for more walking, jogging & running shenanigans!