Despite being well into October conditions remained pretty much ideal for park running (12 degrees with cloud cover and minimal wind) with very little mud to slow runners down. All in all a lovely morning for a run!
In total this week 89 people ran, jogged and walked the course of whom 5 were first timers to the course – in particular we welcome Sarah and Sandra to their first park run experience with Sandra doubling up with her first volunteering role as one of our tail walkers.
Overall a huge 18 personal bests were recorded at our course (20% of the field!) and whilst we can’t go through all of the PBs achieved but regular parkrunner Ricky Nelson achieved a new PB going under 20 minutes for the first time - a massive result.
There were also two milestone runs today with Chris Webster completing his 50th park run (although I have been reliably informed there are many others that haven’t been counted) and junior runner Billy made his 10th park run.
We also had a number of visitors to the run from across Essex and into Kent however, Mel from the USA (via Hertfordshire) gets the shout out this week for racking up the travel miles.
As always a huge thank you to our fantastic group of amazing volunteers – today our 23 volunteers not only co-ordinated and ran the event, but did so with huge smiles and encouragement for all the runners. I know all the runners will join me in thanking all of the following for your support today :
Simon CARRINGTON • Clare ROWE • Paul BACKHOUSE • Helen HALL • Kevin GIBSON • Samantha WALTON • Jill LANGTON • Jim HOLLAND • Paula HOPE • Tracey WADE • Libby WADE • Jeanie HUGHES • Bob MASSEY • Richard BRETT • Angela HOCKLEY • Joseph HOCKLEY • Evie LANGTON • David GAMLIN • Sally KINSLEY • Laurie HUGGINS • Chris HART • Colin BANKS • Sandra EWERS
This week I wanted to highlight three of our volunteers. Sandra as mentioned above was a first time volunteer but in addition Sally was funnel manager for the very first time – it’s absolutely fabulous to see newcomers to volunteering and others trying new roles.
In addition we had a volunteer milestone this week with Clare completing her 25th event as one of our timekeepers – fantastic achievement.
As has been mentioned before please do consider offering to volunteer - there are a number of different roles and some also give you the opportunity to run as well as volunteer!
See everyone next Saturday and as always don’t forget your barcode!
David, parkrunner & Volunteer
Please check our Volunteer Roster to see if you are
able to help out at anytime, there are plenty of roles available to do
and all are rewarding and great fun.