At the end of the week in which measures to delay the spread of COVID-19 (Coranavirus) had stepped up a gear, it was announced that parkrun events in the UK could carry on for now. People responded with common sense, maintaining separation from each other throughout the morning and volunteers donning disposable gloves to handle finish tokens. Unsurprisingly, however, numbers were low with just 2 first-time visitors.
The sun shone and lifted spirits as 83 people gathered and set off to make their way around the course. Fields were questionably slightly drier than before and 11 people recorded new Personal Best times. Making the PB Wall of Fame for this week were the following: Top of the wall Corey Hanson in 35 minutes and 1 second, a huge 1 minute and 12 seconds faster than his previous best Street time. Amelie Cook raced home in 22:39 - 54s faster than her previous best, followed by Alison Badman in 28:09 - an improvement of 41s, close behind Elaine Dunford in 28:27 - 40s faster, Keith Dunford in 31:02 - 21s faster and Katie Capon 36:23 - an improvement of just 6s enough to earn her a place on the wall.
Congratulations were given to youngster Amelie Cook for the added bonus of being first lady over the line.
Anthony Lipmann, who has been parkrunning since 1994 in Bushy Park, ran his 200th event in Street on Saturday. A fantastic achievement, although Anthony admits it has taken him a very long time to do it!
Finally, heartfelt thanks is given this week to everyone who stopped to help a female runner who had collapsed in the second field. Special mention to Anthony Lipmann, Kevin Penny, Lucy Hedgcock, Elaine Giddens and Teresa England. The emergency services response was brilliant with an ambulance attending promptly. A fitting example of how fantastic our NHS is and how life continues to throw challenges at us unrelated to Coronavirus.
Update: the lady has returned home safely and thanks everyone for their help.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Anthony LIPMANN • Martin HOOPER • Jon FORSYTH • Teresa ENGLAND • Margaret GRUNDY • Isaac HOOPER • Sophie HOOPER • Karen SHEARS • Tim RICE • Sean DICKINSON • Benjamin HOOPER • Charlie BARTLETT • Molly GRAINGER • Sandra CINICOLA • Hayley GRAINGER • Peter GRAINGER • Judy BEVERIDGE • Jackie RICE • Anita FORSYTH • John BEVERIDGE • Jacqui KNIGHT • Richard COLES • Graham PORTER • Francis KNIGHT • John MITCHELL • Darren SHEPHERD • Mike CROCKETT • Emily KNIGHT
The photographer was John Beveridge. Photos may be viewed and are available to downloaded from the Street parkrun flickr group on the photos tab.
The first and the last
Well done to everyone, hope you enjoyed yourselves. Fingers crossed, we very much hope to see you next week. Please check back with the Street parkrun website (parkrun.org.uk/street) and click on the red banner at the top for the latest COVID-19 updates.