One of the main joys of Watermeadows parkrun is how much it varies from run to run. It is a flat course, and can, when the sun shines and the ground is firm be a fast, easy course. Today it was a little squelchier and offered some new obstacles. Several water hazards appeared, including the slalom around the newly formed ponds. It was muddy, rainy and a little cold, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the new challenges it offered.
Congratulations go to Helen Betts and Ian Gardiner, who were the only runners able to squeeze out a PB today. Stephen Ratcliffe was the first home with a time of 20:10, and Helen Heley was the first female finisher with a time of 21:26. Also well done to the 5 first timers today, and all of the other of the 40 runners who took part today.
There were visitors from Sheffield and Grantham, and a special thanks should be given to the 15 volunteers, especially as most probably felt the damp and cold more than the rest of us!
Next week is another first for Watermeadows as we welcome Brass players from the Towcester Saturday Morning Music Centre who will get everyone in the festive mood by playing Christmas tunes during the run. Other parents, students and staff will be dotted about running and volunteering, taking advantage of a rare Saturday morning off!
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Rachel GARDNER • Katie NOBLE • Fi NOBLE • Stephen NOBLE • Richard LEWIS • Ben PETTIFER • Danny GARDNER • Caroline JARDINE • Andrew CLANCY • Leila COUSINS • Celia PICKIN • Annemarie MCELHATTON • Peter BROWN • Isla MACLEOD • Sarah THOMPSON
Watermeadows parkrun started on 16th February 2019. Since then 1,817 participants have completed 4,155 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,775 km, including 828 new Personal Bests. A total of 242 individuals have volunteered 817 times.