Happy 12th Anniversary parkrun

1st October 2016: Event number 123

Run report written by Simon Jones

It was 12 years ago last Saturday, that 13 people took part in the first Bushy Park Time Trial, which was later renamed Bushy parkrun. The rest, as they say, is history.

To celebrate this milestone 183 runners and 28 volunteers met at Dunorlan Park for this free, weekly timed 5km run, including 9 pacers, of which I was the 30 minute pacer and I am so happy to know that I helped a few people to a personal best.

1st October 2016

For me, parkrun was the start of a journey, not being in the best of places I made my way to Dunorlan Park and nervously put my hand up when asked if there were any first timers. I soon forgot my fears and enjoyed the best, but somewhat muddy 5km of my life. It was thanks to parkrun that I have met people that I have become great friends with, and also got introduced to Sarah’s Runners where again I have made some great new friends. I became part of the core volunteer team, and just recently qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness through which I hope to get more people running, with my first advice being...go to your local parkrun!

1st October 2016

Like me, many people start there weekend with parkrun. It is more than just a run, it is a community event, where friendships are made, and families meet up and support each other.

So I ask you please raise a glass and wish parkrun a happy anniversary.

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Charlie ATWOOD • Charlie KIRWAN • Chris MULLALEY • David CUNNINGHAM • David HARMAN • Gabrielle RICHARDS • Gloria RICHARDS • John BOWMAN • John TIGHE • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Julie CHANDLER • Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS • Kerry FRANCIS-WATTS • Laurence BUNNETT • Louise FITZGERALD • Marian KEEP • Mark MORDAK • Mark SCOTT • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Ralph GREEN • Rob CAMPBELL • Simon JONES • Simon KEEP • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • Zena HASSELL

A reminder of our special events that will be taking place this Autumn.

1st October 2016

Year on year statistics at RTW parkrun:

04/10/2014: 77 runners, 17 volunteers
03/10/2015: 135 runners, 15 volunteers
01/10/2016: 183 runners, 28 volunteers

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