Soham Village College parkrun event 16 – International Women’s Day, by Heather Aldhouse.

Wow! Who knew that #thisgirlcan, #InternationalWomensDay and #sohamvillagecollegeparkrun would have me volunteering and trying the role of doing  the first timers’ briefing at this morning’s event?  I love parkrun and I love volunteering at parkrun and I’m so pleased to have been able to take part in this way today.  My friends did their first parkrun today and I’m so proud of them and of the other first-timers who took part.  I’ll hope you’ll be back to do it all again soon.

The weather was much less blowy than we’ve had for most of the February parkruns.  There were some minor adjustments to the course to help us avoid some of the muddy bits that we’ve been enjoying (or not!) over the last few weeks.  Today’s parkrun was celebrating International Women’s Day and together with #thisgirlcan, we were hoping to encourage women and girls of any age or ability to become more active and take part in parkrun: whether walking, jogging, running or volunteering.

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Of course, everyone is always welcome at parkrun and there was a fabulous turnout of enthusiastic participants poised and ready for the off at shortly after 9am.

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Well done to everyone who completed the course today.  You are all amazing!  First male finisher was Keiran Brady in a super speedy personal best time.  Cara MacFarlane, was the first female finisher and again in a personal best time, both wonderful achievements.

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A huge thank you to all of the volunteers and Event Directors who make our parkrun happen every week.  I’m so pleased to know such a dedicated team.  If any of you reading this haven’t volunteered yet, or are thinking about it and there is just something holding you back...I would say, please just go for it!  The Soham Village College crew are welcoming, friendly and encouraging and will give you all the support you need in any of the roles.  I get the parkrun buzz from volunteering just as much as I do when I run.  Volunteering, running or walking, parkrun is a real blast of positivity to get the weekend off to a fabulous start.  Special thanks to Libby today for the excellent event photographs.

So, shall we do it all again next weekend?  Yes, absolutely! We’re off for that post-parkrun coffee now at the lovely Ross Peers Sports Centre. Thanks everyone.

Run report by Heather Aldhouse  (channeling my inner Rita Skeeter………)

Over to the stats guys and girls  to give us the figures from today’s event…

This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Robert POPE • Andrew SCARLETT • Sam RUSSELL • Paul BELZAR • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Jon EVANS • Joseph BELZAR • Jonathan PRICE • Bethan EVERSON • Elethia LORKING • Martin LEWIS • Reuben SMITH • Mark LAPPIN • Kirstie BOYD • David WARREN • Heather ALDHOUSE • Jonathan WHYTOCK • Ben ALDHOUSE • Tara AVER • Jordan AVER • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING • Janet METCALFE • Liberty KEMP

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Soham Village College parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:26 on 23rd November 2019 (event number 1).

The male record is held by James BINGHAM who recorded a time of 17:32 on 21st December 2019 (event number 5).

The Age Grade course record is held by Edward BEAVIS-LONSDALE who recorded 83.51% (23:45) on 11th January 2020 (event number 8).

Soham Village College parkrun started on 23rd November 2019. Since then 1,102 participants have completed 2,457 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,285 km, including 563 new Personal Bests. A total of 105 individuals have volunteered 388 times.