Run Report, 7th March 2020. Event 337.

Run Report. Event 337.

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is fairly unique in many ways. Instead of GDP to measure the productivity of the nation they use the rather charming ‘GNH’; Gross National Happiness. It values collective happiness as a goal of the government.

Now, we’re pretty certain that there isn’t a parkrun in the capital, Thimphu, but there’s no doubt that it would be a significant boost to the GNH were there one. Think how much happiness it has brought all of us over the years, even as we go up to the ducks for the third time…

Yesterday we celebrated 7 years (exactly) of Wallace parkrun. 7706 different people have completed 56,488 parkruns in that time. We think that is fairly spectacular really. That has all been made by countless hours of volunteering from our wonderful hi-vis heroes. What will these numbers look like in another 7 years? Goodness only knows. We’re just getting started.

257 of you crossed our finish line yesterday morning. There was once a time when we thought anything over 150 was a busy morning. Now we rarely get less than 200 finishers. Just great.

19 of you joined us for the first time ever, while 13 finishers were doing their first parkrun ever. We hope you left the park significantly happier. That’s what it’s all about really at the end of the day.

37 of you were made marginally happier when your result arrived with news of your new PB. Well done to you all! Paul McGann was one of you, and he had extra reason to celebrate as he completed his 50th parkrun. Our only milestone of the day.

All the results are in the usual place:

Volunteering has been a tremendous source of happiness to many people too. You should really give it a go if you haven’t already btw.

We have 25 folk to thank for making our event happen yesterday. Thank you Fiona, Tim, Jonathan, Paul, Jim, Michael, Brenda, Gary, Laura, Nuala, Stephen, Stan, Rebekah, Pat, Fiona, Alastair, Catherine, Heather, Ciara, Gareth, Geralyn, Fiona, Sarah, Eimear and Phyllis!

Our event continues to go from strength to strength. Thanks to everybody who makes that possible. We hope the next seven years are as happy as the last.

You’ll be glad to hear that we get to do it all over again next week. Making our weekends that bit happier, one trip to the duck pond at a time.

See you all then. We hope you have a happy week.