Run report for August 3rd – the toasty August opener!

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1 misty, gradually clearing morning.

435 bright-eyed runners.

36 high-vis heroes.

60 first timers.

53 personal bests.

4 fiftieths.

1 birthday.

Hundreds of high-fives.

8 swans and 50 ducks (not an official Rushcliffe avian headcount).

And about 20 degrees… and rising.

That, in a nutshell, is the story of this Saturday’s Rushcliffe parkrun – my second stint as Run Director. Thanks to runners and volunteers alike for making it a relatively straightforward one! How was yours?

We welcomed tourists from as far as Japan and Australia, who got a toasty introduction to our beloved course. And we celebrated with Rachel Castledine, Simon Evans, Ian Scott and Stan Stanton, each competing their 50th parkrun, and Jasper Duff, who ran his tenth aged just 9 years old.

Meanwhile, Naomi Walters marked her 27th birthday with two laps around the park (happy birthday, Naomi!), and speedy Mike Sosin paced at 22 minutes for anyone eager to leave flame trails in their wake.

Despite the fact it seemed to be getting hotter and hotter, the personal bests seemed to just keep coming. Perhaps everyone was eager just to bring it home and get hold of something cold and refreshing.

There’s a full list of PBs – plus all our first timers – below, and you’ll find the full results from this week’s run at www.parkrun.org.uk/rushcliffe/results/latestresults

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As always, our volunteers did a cracking job setting up the course and taking care of you all on the day. And, as usual, there was terrific support from a young squad of high-five heroes eager to hand out welcome encouragement at the split. It never fails to be incredibly cute!

My personal takeaway this week: don’t assume it’s all gone quiet and start nattering to one of your timekeepers so you make them miss someone crossing the line! Don’t panic, though, we always have a backup so the results are sound!

Thanks for coming. We hope to see you next time.

This week’s first timers:

Claire ABBOTT • Mia-Louise ADCOCK • Rachel BAXTER • Gary BAXTER • Thomas BENOKE • Nicola BICKNELL • Ian BOOTH • Alex BROCK • Brenda BROUGHTON • Geoffrey CANN • Veronica CHRISTENSEN • Amy CLARKE • Ellis COOPER • John COOPER • Thomas COPELAND • Lisa CRAGGS • Peter CRAGGS • Jasper DUFF • Jenny DUFF • Tegan DUFF • Fiona FERNANDEZ • Helen GRECO • Christopher HALLIDAY • Heather HALLS • Paul HARWOOD • Hector HARRIS-BURTON • Peter HEMMETT • Ruth HODGE • Helen KIRKBY • Matthew KIRKBY • Megan LANGTON • John LAY • Owen LIDDINGTON • Susan LIGHTFOOT • Charlotte MARECKI • Helen MAYNARD • Georgina MOAT • Helen MCCLOUGHRY • Fiona MOSLEY • Lucy MUNDAY • Judith NICHOLAS • Stephen NICHOLLS • Nicky PALMER • Jack PATRICK • Jessica PEARCE • David PETTIT • Nick PLUMMER • Gemma ROBERTS • Claudia RUSSELL • Sally SAVAGE • Jeff SHAW • Steve SHORTIS • Kevin SMITH • Max SMITH • James SMYTHE • Liz SMYTHE • Pamela Diane THOMPSON • Emma VARGAS BROCK • Katie WARREN • Sailor WEEKS

Personal bests for:

Shayda ACKROYD • Adam AKBAR • Hannah BAWDEN • Edward BEMAND • Peter BENOKE • Jane BLOIS • Tom BONNER • Michelle BROUGHTON • Mark BURNS • Laura CLARK • James COTTAM • Scott CURRIE • Mary DEMIR-WONG • Jennifer DUDFIELD • Peter DUFF • Ben EDGSON • Steve EVANS • Colin J K HALLAM • Chris HAM • Anne HARRISON • Dean HAWKRIDGE • Bryan HOADLEY • Bob JOHNSON • Billie LEWIS • Andy LUNN • Matt LUNN • Penny MARSHALL • Richard MARSHALL • Kirsty MARTIN • John MATRAVERS • Michael MCHARDY • Beth MCMURCHIE • David MURCH • Harriet MURCH • Chris PIETRYKA • Lorna PILBIN • Tim PRESTON • Tom PYCROFT • Gill ROGERSON • Jack ROGERSON • John RYCROFT • Christopher George SHARP • Nick SHAW • Jasmine SPEAR • Sam SPEAR • Mick STEINER • Kara STURDY • Lisa SWIFT • Lynn TOWNSEND • Sophie VAN DER MERWE • Dane VINCENT • Matt WARREN • Jessica WILLIAMS

This week’s volunteers were:

Adrian FURLONGER • Alan ARMSTRONG • Alfie DIXON • Andy WALKER • Ashleigh FOWLDS • Becky DOWSON • Bill HAWLEY • Chris NEALE • Darren WILLIAMS • David NOBLET • Dylan SAMRAI • Elaine SELLER • Ethan SOSIN • Gary HENNESSY • Gary MEAKIN • Hilary HAWLEY • James WOOD • Jennifer AITCHISON • Jo THOMAS • John OLDFIELD • Kath SOSIN • Linda Joyce EVANS • Lisa DICKINSON • Lynne KELLOW • Maci FOWLDS • Mike MACDONALD • Mike SOSIN • Philip MOORE • Robert HASKINS • Roshan SINGH • Sam RISING • Thomas MOORE • Tilly WOOD • Toni HARPER • Tracey MOORE • Tracy MEAKIN