24 of you were absolute beginners which we hope to see again. We had tourists from Letchworth, Buntingford and Biggleswade.
So lovely to visit my home run this morning and catch up with some of you. I’ve been doing a lot of parkrun tourism lately and they’re all lovely, but there’s just something very nice about coming home. Oh my how you’ve grown Stevenage, really pleased to see it’s becoming evermore popular. I’m really looking forward to the pacing event next month.
Our Run Director Tony Randfield delivered the briefings, making sure to ‘Mind the bollards!’ Yes they do jump out at you the first time you’re here! Especially if like me you’re busy looking at the Canada Geese on the lake. I blame David Attenborough and my daddy for my fascination with wildlife.
What a beautiful morning for it, crisp and clear with just a few icy patches. The marshals looked after everyone, especially as we approached the dicey bits where Jack Frost had visited.
29 bright and beautiful volunteers made this mornings parkrun possible, thank you for all your help and encouragement. It just couldn’t happen without your dedication and support every week.
Now on to the stats where I am also making my debut appearance. (But enough about me!)
543 ran, walked or jogged around our lovely parkrun.
For 56 of you it was your first time at Stevenage parkrun.
There were 91 new PBs achieved this morning and 40 different running clubs were in attendance.
Hazel Jones of Fairlands Valley Spartans and I both achieved our 50th parkrun.
Paul Williams, Tracy Kane, Elizabeth Jordan and Amelie Hobbs achieved their 100th parkrun.
Our First Finishers were Sam Dear with 18:45 and for the ladies Jessica Earp finished with 21:00
Well done to all of you that ran, walked or jogged and had a laugh with us today.
I had lots of fun this morning and I hope you all did too!
Have a gorgeous weekend and keeeeep parkrunning!
Edit: Many thanks to our volunteers without whom our continued success and growth in nimbers would not happen. Also many thanks to Joanne for her excellent report.