Swindon parkrun, event 437, Run report

RUN REPORT for Swindon parkrun

Number 437

Spring weather in mid-February or the love-effects from Valentine’s Day, either of these may have been key factors in the brilliant achievements of one in five parkrunners today, who got new PBs and our congratulations.


That’s right, on today’s windless, mild, almost muggy morning, 113 runners, joggers, or walkers got their best ever times at Swindon parkrun. Well done one and all!


Well done too to Paul Gibson, Lindsay L, and Catherine Kemble, who all reached the red T-shirt parkrun milestone of 50 runs.


And congratulations to Allyson Aujla on reaching her black T-shirt rewarded 100 runs.


A couple of significant round number no-T-shirt milestones were achieved by two other runners today.  A Swindon regular, Paul Appleby, who started his parkrunning journey in 2010, made sure he was in Lydiard Park for his 300th run; and Felicity Crotty, usually Running Somewhere Else, joined us for her 200th run.


Also joining us today were 27 First Timers, including tourists from Norfolk, Witney, and Chippenham, who helped make up a total number of 543 runners, joggers, and walkers, welcomed by today’s Run Director Time Howe, who also thanked 49 volunteers, as do we.


It’s  volunteers like today’s who have made Swindon parkrun possible for almost a decade.


Yes, early in March, we reach our 9thyear of parkruns in Lydiard Park.


How should we celebrate? With fancy dress, chocolate, cakes, or simply more friendship and another good run?


Doubtless, during the last nine years, many Swindon parkrun regulars will have seen their life, health, and sense of well-being changed, for the better, by running.


Well, at 2pm on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May (a date for your diary . . . ) two people, whose lives have been dramatically changed by running, will join us in Lydiard Park for the 5k Festival Freedom Run. And following it, one will talk about her book on how running saved her life, and the other, on how running has offered him a new life!


But before then, we have a good few more parkruns to do.


The next is on Saturday 23rdFebruary.


Till then, keep well, keep running, and keep counting.


Matt Holland