Snowden Field parkrun – Event 38 (15/02/20)

We’re certainly working our way through the alphabet of storms, aren’t we? Last
week it was Ciara, this week it was Dennis … who’s next, I wonder? Hopefully
it’ll be a few weeks until Ermintrude or Emmeline or whoever comes along,
because I reckon we’re owed a few weeks of decent weather.
I wasn’t running this week, but I am reliably informed by my other half, Matthew
HARTLEY, that were was mud, Lots of it. It was clearly a week for the hardcore.
We had a small, select field of 40, and most were Snowden Field regulars.
Nevertheless, seven people came to Snowden Field for the first time this week.
Welcome - we hope you enjoyed it! It’s not always this muddy, honestly …
Conditions were clearly tough, because there were no PBs this week. Some
weeks are like that – a matter of sheer endurance and adding another run to
your total before heading home for a bath. First home was Ryan ANDERSON,
leading the field home for the second time in a frankly heroic 19:41. Big shout-
out to Evie HEMMINGS who was the first female and the first junior home in
23:02. Her sister Lottie HEMMINGS wasn’t far behind, at 23:51 – fabulous
running!
There were no milestones this week, although Snowden Field first-timers Sarah
SHORT and Andy SHORT completed their 290 th parkruns with us on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Snowden Field regular Margaret HAYES completed her 199 th
parkrun. We’re looking forward to the 200 th – definitely an occasion to celebrate!
This week’s heroic volunteers were Kevin BUNN, Fran CARLIN, Liam DOYLE,
Simon ELDRIDGE, Peter HALL, Lance HEMMINGS, Eric MURRAY, John
OVENDEN, Linda RETCHLESS, Marcus RETCHLESS, Jamie WARD, Jessica
WARD, Annette WILLIAMS and John WOODHEAD. Thank you so much for
making sure that this week’s parkrun could happen, in spite of the weather.
Parkrun survives because of its hi-viz heroes and volunteering is a tremendous
thing to do – it doesn’t take a huge amount of time and is a great way of meeting
people and feeling like part of the parkrun family. Do have a look at the roster
and see if there are any roles you could volunteer for – you’ll receive lots of
support and it’s a lovely way of giving something back to such a fantastic event.
See you next Saturday!
Carol ATHERTON