With parkruns all over the world hosting special celebrations of female participation. Welcome to the International Women’s Day parkrun report. #IWDparkrun
Remember me? I am George Sawyer. I’ve done this job once before when I was park runner of the month in October last year. I am 12 years old and go to St Augustine’s. I am a runner!
Not originally from the sunny Trowbridge I come from Southport in Merseyside, I lived there from 2007 to 2009 then moved to Bath and lived there for half a year before moving in to my current house.
I’ve been running from 15/6/19, inspired by soon to be Bath Half Marathon finisher Dawn Sawyer (my Mum) and my Dad who ran 23:16 today. Over the last 8 months I have run 29 parkruns; Southwick 22 times, Frome 3 times and Kew Woods, Ormskirk, Southport and Chippenham, all once. I have also run one on Christmas Day (Chippenham … likely to be a new Sawyer Family Christmas tradition) and 2 in one day on New Year’s Day (Ormskirk and Southport).
Running has changed my life, I’ve developed more stamina and muscle in my legs, I’ve even got a 5k in under 30 minutes. Yet to be beaten I have completed my fastest parkrun in 29:56 last October.
So far, I’ve volunteered 10 times. I will most definitely be getting my volunteer t-shirt as when the time of me being able to DofE (Duke of Edinburgh Award) I will no doubt join the brilliant parkrun volunteer group for the three-month volunteering part of it. Without our amazing volunteers parkrun would not happen.
Parkrun is such a lovely activity to do, you make great friends, stay healthy and have fun. Today I ran/walked with my friend Peter. Whilst it is called parkRUN, the run in parkrun doesn’t necessarily mean you have to run, you can run, jog and walk at parkrun at whatever pace you move at. Therefore, making it a fun, friendly and fitness activity; the perfect start to your Saturday morning.
As I said earlier, this is my second run report. My Mum has also written a run report about her park bench to parkrun journey. We both think it’s about time my Dad wrote one! Come on Colin Sawyer, what are you waiting for??
As to the parkrun itself, in total 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course today. Well done to the 31 people who got PB's today. Well done and welcome to our 30 First timers!
1st home today was Ben Mees. Ben was first home last time I was the run report writer and again in a new PB (17:49). Whilst our 1st female home was one of our first timers, namely Megan Clement in a fantastic time of 21:12.
Congratulations to Richard Parke for reaching his 300th parkrun milestone today! Many congratulations also to our parkrunner of the month for February, Keith Getheridge.
Today would not be possible without our amazing volunteers who turn out week in week out to ensure the safety of those taking part. Today’s event was made possible by 32 volunteers, namely:
Carrie ALMEIDA • Rosemary BARBER • Alison BREMNER • Dudley BROWN • Jerry CLARK • Amanda ELLIOTT • Debbie ELLIS • Daniel FIEVEZ • Benjamin Edward HAILS • Annalie IBISON • Wendy MARCHANT • Eloise NICE • Gil NOTT • Martin PEARCE • Gill PERRY • Ken PRICE • Sean PRICE • Alan RICHARDSON • Jonathan ROLINSON • Alexander ROSS • Bernadette ROSS • Robert SALES • Colin SAWYER • Dawn SAWYER • George Robert SAWYER • Judy Samantha SCHOLS • Robin-Mark SCHOLS • Kat TAYLOR-LAIRD • Cathy WARNER • Jorja WARNER • Tim YEOMANS
A high five and a massive thumbs up to all our hi-vis heroes today!
Volunteering at parkrun has a bigger impact on health & wellbeing than just running or walking! It may seem a bit intimidating, but honestly volunteering is really fun! All the tasks are pretty straight forward, and full training is given. If you would like to give it a go and volunteer simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.