Ricky parkrunners, please enjoy this week's run report given to you by guest writer, John Duckworth, thank you John.
A grey day with the apparent promise of a mid-run bath greeted plenty of smiley and enthusiastic runners and volunteers this week.
The cheer before the stampede!
Conditions were wet underfoot at the start and the threatened deluge did not materialise. So, no excuses really and the RD’s report for everyone who did NOT get a PB today was ‘could do better’, starting next Saturday! Speaking of which, RD Maria reminded everyone at the start that next Saturday is parkrun’s 15th birthday and suggested that those inclined to dress to celebrate the occasion may choose to wear blue for the event. The collective gasp at such a birthday suggested that many will do so, just remember to set your alarm clocks with a blue flashing light next Saturday.Back to this week - the first runner choosing to collect a finish token was Alden Collier in an impressive time of 18 minutes 11 seconds.
The lure of a now compulsive Saturday morning fitness fix encouraged 451 runners and some buggies and doggies to take to the course. There were 60 first timers to Rickmansworth of whom 23 were running their inaugural parkrun; a creditable 62 personal bests were set (14% of all runners) and 34 running clubs were represented. The impressive list of running clubs included participants from well-known clubs such as Kiwi Tri, Tring RC and the Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run Good.
Official milestones recorded this week include Thomas POLLARD racking up 10 runs plus Duncan MUNRO and Sue NICHOLLS clocking up 50 runs apiece. Well done to the milestone runners!
Run completed, many participants retired to the magnificent on-site facilities boasting first class catering services for breakfast and coffee. The al fresco deck offers natural surroundings for runners who wished they were still on their summer holidays.
A note to touring runners, do please consider volunteering at a touring event. There are plenty of roles that a tourist could easily do in addition to their own run. This is a useful way to advance one’s personal volunteer ratio and helps to sustain the support structure for all events. It is also quite rewarding to be part of the team. You can sign up by emailing email@example.com or just ask any of the other volunteers on a Saturday morning.
Lastly, well done to all those who took part; runners, amblers, volunteers, cheerleaders and especially the organisers.
Harold John Duckworth
Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the 31 volunteers who made this event happen:
Paula ALLIBONE, Guy ANSTISS, Diane ANSTISS, Paankhuri BHATIA, Marjory BLUER, Nick BUCKLEY, Cathy BYRNE, Sophie CHATER, Bernie CONWAY, Philip DAMAS, Harold DUCKWORTH, Joanna EVANS, Cameron FRASER, Philip HAMPSON, Philip HAY, Lesley KEDDY, Robert KENISON, James KERRANE, Tony LEACH, Sara LOWE, Martyn MAYNARD, Jessica MOSS, Sylvia MOSS, Richard MOSS, John NORRIS, Karin PENNING, Isobel TOON, Maria WAITE, Toby WILKES, Paul WILKES, Caroline WILKES