Delighted to be back after two weeks of cancellations, 136 people braved the cold rain to run, jog and walk the course. 10 people were welcomed as first time visitors, including 4 people crazy enough to try parkrun for the very first time. Christopher Hyldon, Richard Douglas, Luca Douglas and Stacie Lee: it can only get better!
The fields became increasingly muddy as the rain gathered strength and the event got under way. Nevertheless 13 people were so determined to finish that new Personal Best times were recorded. Of these an impressive 4 people made the Wall of Fame for this week (min 5 Street parkruns and improvement of at least 5 seconds): Top of the wall was Shepton Mallet's Marie Goodwin on her fifth visit to Street. Marie finished in 33:28 - 2 minutes and 50 seconds faster than her previous best Street time. Local Street runner Emma Lawton came in at 28:17 - 54 seconds improvement. Emma started running Street parkrun on 7 September, has never missed an event and over these eight weeks has improved her time by a massive 4 minutes 53 seconds - great work Emma! A name well-known to us all, Margaret Grundy was so determined to get home and dry she finished in 31:50, taking 25 seconds from her previous best Street time. Tania Smith smashed the 30 minute barrier in 29:45 - an improvement of 15 seconds.
Special mention to JM10 juniors Alfie Keast, Quinn and Henry Daisey for not only coming out in the rain but even running PB times!
Congratulations to all our PBers this week under extremely challenging conditions.
Four Street parkrun regulars ran their 50th event today: Peter Barker, Geno Costanza, Jacqui Knight and Mark Pople. Congratulations to you all, we look forward to seeing you with your parkrun club 50 T-shirts soon.
A huge well done to everyone who joined us for probably our worst weather event ever.
The event was made possible by 26 hardy volunteers, wrapped up and waterproofed as best as possible. Enormous thanks to everyone.
Emma POWELL • Dave WESTERMAN • Brian CLARK • Martin HOOPER • Jon FORSYTH • Jacqui MAXFIELD • Teresa ENGLAND • James ANDREWS • Isaac HOOPER • Tim RICE • Alison DERBIDGE • Shaun RIGBY • Charlie BARTLETT • Molly GRAINGER • Sandra CINICOLA • Mike ACOTT • Lucy ACOTT • Judy BEVERIDGE • Anita FORSYTH • John BEVERIDGE • Mike CROCKETT • Alex STANNETT • Michele KINGSTON-FORD • Paul KINGSTON-FORD • Alice WHITE • James WHITE
The photographer this week was John Beveridge, see the photos tab and click on the Street parkrun flickr group to view the full set. A few of our favourite shots that catch the feel of the morning are included below:
No matter how bad the weather it's worth it for your 50th!
Runners became increasingly wet as the morning progressed
But spare a thought for the funnel volunteers doing their best to press timers, hold a pen, write on wet paper and hand out finish tokens as fingers numbed with cold and wet
Thanks for joining us runners and volunteers. After an enforced two week break it really was good to be back. The weather? As the song says, things can only get better!
See you all next week!