Run report #52 -and the rain held off

When I came down on Saturday morning to walk the course, the full moon was looking down casting a ghostly hue over the course. Happily any werewolves had disappeared to be replaced by the occasional deer. There is something quite nice about the pre run stillness, which is then replaced by the flurry of activity of the run, which in turn is followed by the post run stillness once everyone has left. A chance to unwind and reflect.

We escaped the rain and managed to stage only the second parkrun since the start of December. In my excitement and eagerness to get the 122 runners started I forgot to welcome our tourists and our milestone runners; in particular Gary Hughes taking part in his 200th parkrun and Hugh Burchard volunteering for the 25th time. Also a belated welcome to our tourists who included runners from Oxfordshire, Darlington, Winslow and South Wales. And in Veganuary, a healthy turn out of Vegan Runners too. The relatively slow times reflected the challenging nature of the course.

What else is there to say; a massive thank you as ever to all our volunteers but particularly Shelley, volunteering for the first time, and Isabella who turned up on the day and carried out the role of Number Checker in exemplary fashion. Without our volunteers our run would not happen, something which is always greatly appreciated by those who take part. It makes the role of run director so much easier knowing the quality and commitment of the people turning up to help out. If you have never volunteered then please give it a go. It could be the start of your progress to a purple volunteering shirt.

This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Bob COX • Jayne CUMNER • Isabella SANIGAR • Hugh BURCHARD • John VRUBLEVSKIS • Desmond CLEMENTS • Thea GILLINGHAM • Charlotte PATERSON • Phoebe DEVINE • Fiona BURCHARD • Sue DEVINE • Abbie DEVINE • Becky GRINTER • Laurence FAY • Martin LEACH • Shelley SHERIDAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:39 on 14th September 2019 (event number 41).
The female record is held by Lucy RICHENS who recorded a time of 19:55 on 21st September 2019 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 87.52% (26:18) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 17).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 3,022 participants have completed 6,195 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,975 km, including 1,076 new Personal Bests. A total of 292 individuals have volunteered 978 times.