This week’s parkrun was only possible thanks to all of the Hi-Viz heroes that gave a few hours of their weekend to help out. Thank you all because without you the event could not take place. This week’s volunteers were : - Nichola EDWARDS, Deanne HOOD, Oscar BLEWITT, Sue NASH, Gertie BLEWITT, Lisa METHLEY, Rachel CHIVERS, Dan BLEWITT, Simon GAIT, Jane HARRIS, Michelle BROOKS, Caroline HOBBS, Edric HOBBS, Sandra BLAKEMORE, Marilyn LAINTON, Jean GIBBS, Tracey MOON, Phil BISSETT, Hayley FIELD, Carole HAMILTON, Andrew HAMILTON, Georgina MADDOCK, Richard MADDOCK, Maria MADDOCK.
Extra special thanks go to Richard Maddock - this week was his 100th time volunteering. Fantastic!
There were 215 runners this week including visitors from Frome and as far afield as Salisbury, Sheffield and Swindon enjoying this lovely course and back to running the correct way around after last week’s leap year run. There will be lots of lovely photos uploaded soon so keep an eye out.
There were 21 first timers with us and 7 doing their very first parkrun – a very warm welcome and it is hoped that you enjoyed it and will come again.
50 people achieved a new PB so there was lots of ringing of the PB bell which is on the side of the purple equipment bin.
There were 3 runners who notched up 50 parkruns this week, they were John Johnson, Joanne Stephens and Sarah Daffurn, who also achieved a new PB and we hope to see those red T-shirts very soon.
Highest male age grade was Charles Goulding with 75.27% and a new PB and the highest female age grade was Helen Clark of Bitton road Runners with 73.18% and also a new PB.
There were several ladies running in purple to celebrate International Women’s Day, celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. Well done each and every one.
Finally at Shepton Mallet, we pride ourselves on being a friendly bunch of runners and marshals; parkrun is committed to inclusivity and a culture that is warm, welcoming and fun. Please be friendly, supportive and encouraging to all, thank you.