Welome to all of the first timers who joined us today - I know we have a few tourists running with us whilst on holiday and / or visiting the flower show. Plus 11 brand new to parkrun first time runners joined us. Plus a huge 38 unknown runners - over 10% of our field. Actually, that's quite good for Southport parkrun!
Well done to Jo & his friend on their dinosaur parkrun for Jo's stag do. If you were there you won't have missed the inflatable dinosaur suits which grabbed my attention as soon as I arrived at the briefing area.
And a very happy birthday to Carl Pedder (thanks to Tracey Barlow for tipping me off, in case Carl wants to get his revenge). I wasn't told his age, but have noticed that today was his first run in the VM55-59 category. His birthday wouldn't have been much of a secret with his birthday hat today and Carl does have a history with his fancy dress at parkrun - you may remember him running in a "revealing" hospital gown on the NHS70 / 2nd anniversary run. Carl was also lucky enough 10 days ago to have his name pulled out of the hat first and to win the Southport Waterloo AC London Marathon place. I'm sure with all of his miles of training (he also ran a 10k BEFORE parkrun today with Vicki, who was one of our timekeepers) that should go well.
You may also have noticed a lot of Southport Waterloo AC Vests and t-shirts about today. That was because the club was there for one of it's Grand Prix events, which explains the turnout of 35 members. The club is arranging a trip back to Crosby on 15th September for a takeover event there, so we will need to put a volunteer team together of non-members for Southport parkrun. So if you are available for any Saturday in September let me know at email@example.com. We're only in need of marshals now for the 1st, but all other roles for the rest of the month.
We also have the opportunity to earn some cash for our pot. We'd like a couple of new signs to make the course clearer for new runners plus would like to buy some pacing vests. So if you haven't already been in touch but would be available to marshal at the Southport Seaside 10k on Sunday 22nd then also drop me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of pacing... We've not had a pacing event for a while. So how about it? If you would like to pace on the 8th September then you know the email address... We'll do 21, 24, 27, 30 & 33 if we can cover those times.
This week 364 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Keith LUNT • Susan COOPER • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah LUNT • David RICHARDSON • Chris HEWITT • Victoria JAMIESON • Mari DYSON • Paula ADAMSON • Robert MOUNT • Caroline KESSLER • Scott MONTGOMERY • Pat DODD • Tony TUDOR • Louis VERITE • Emma STOKES • Glenys HURST-ROBSON • Louise JAMES • Connor JAMES • Matt DODD • Zana LADIPO • John HARRILD • Bob FAIRHURST • Claire RODRIGUEZ • Matthew PORTER • Peter STEELE • Barbara EVANS
Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,791 participants have completed 33,544 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,720 km, including 6,953 new Personal Bests.