Event # 143: The Tourists Prevail

A sunny, but thankfully cooler, August morning provided good conditions for the 173 people who ran, jogged and walked the course at Rushmere today.  We were delighted to welcome tourists from far and wide: Milton Keynes, Linford Wood, Tring, Luton, Aylesbury, Stevenage, Northampton, Southend, Orpington, Bath, Tees Barrage and Daventry, plus a few runners completing their very first parkrun. There was much to celebrate today too – Caroline Mann’s birthday (and lovely cakes – thanks Caroline!), a whopping 27 new PBs, some with two minutes improvement, and new volunteers trying their hand at marshalling, barcode scanning and handing out Finish Tokens.

Our tourists proved to be fleet of foot with Lee Taylor (Southend) crossing the finish in 18.23, followed by Ross Langley (Tring) in 18.37. Rushmere regular Carl Squires was the third male to finish in 19.14.

Emily Rothery set a new PB of 22.41 to finish as first lady, followed seconds later by Nicola Mellor in 22.45, and third lady was junior Amy Killick in 23.27.

Today's full results can be found on the Rushmere parkrun Results Page.

Congratulations to everyone who participated today – it was lovely to chat to some of the visiting tourists too, but my apologies if I didn’t get around to everyone!  Many thanks to the 15 volunteers who made this event possible today:

Peter SIMPSON • Christine AYERS • David AYERS • Scott TOWELL • Janet LANGDON • Jennifer GARNER • Gill SHARMAN • Jennifer MANN • Len HOLLAND • Carl MANN • Chris WARBY • James ANDERSON • James BASSIL • William LANGDON • Daniel WELLS

Fiona Weekes

Run Director (with a map of Britain!)