It’s rare I don’t choose the area where I will be parkrunning but this weekend I needed to be in Norwich and after a bit of research I picked out Sloughbottom 55th parkrun and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
When I arrived I discovered that the course was a revised 3-lap version adopted since the long awaited return of UK parkrun back in July this year. This didn’t bother me though as I have to admit I chose more on how interesting the name of the parkrun was more than anything else but multiple lap courses do have their benefits, particularly that you can feel more connected to the other parkrunners, sometimes lost on a single lap course. More importantly it was a nice sunny morning and so it was just nice to be able to try out a new setting.
I arrived early, as often happens to me when I don’t quite know where I’m going, and found the core team setting up. It was clear from the very start that this was a friendly and welcoming team and I very much felt at home right away.
Along with myself, 10 of the 101 parkrunners who completed the course today were “tourists” and I even met people from my own neck of the woods in the Midlands. In addition there was someone starting their parkrun journey brand new here today – a warm welcome to Daniel PUNT– may it be the first of many.
Hopefully you all enjoyed your visit will be back again ... just like Annie HILL who came back for her second parkrun after starting last weekend and almost matched her finish time too (known as “Groundhog Day” to those who like to follow the various unofficial parkrun challenges that exist).
The event would not however have been possible though without 15 wonderful volunteers: Tobias ARNUP, Damian BAKER, Peter DEARNLEY, Andy EVANS, Katie FENN, Radley FENN, Linzi GRAY, Cliff HEATH, Yvonne JACKSON, Ian MORLAND, Ronnie MOUNT, David OWEN, Karl PEEBLES, Margaret SHARPE and Nigel WHITELEY.
Thank-you to you all and if you are reading this and want to get involved in future weeks then all details can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sloughbottom/futureroster/. There are lots of different roles to choose from.
I would normally start this section of the reports I have done in the past with the first finisher but instead I want to start with a new age category record and overall course age grade that was set today. This was actually our 63rd finisher but octogenarian Eva OSBORNE set an incredible time of 29:35 in the VW80-84 category giving a whopping 92% age grade (in a nutshell 100% is an approximate world record for the age group!). Simply amazing!!
Today’s first finisher, still a great run, was John SCOGGINS in a neat time of 19 minutes exactly. First female finisher today was Joanne WATKINS in a new personal best of 22:16. Our only juniors to complete the course today were Sapphira JONES and Ameera JONES, their 28th parkrun.
Congratulations to all of the above but also to everyone who came along today and completed the