For weeks and weeks it had seemed that a characteristic of Saturday mornings was high winds and pouring rain, and 4am last Saturday was no different - it was looking like another good morning to be in the fence panel biz. On the drive up to the Woods the were several flooded sections of road which, along with hidden potholes, were pretty dangerous in places.
Fortunately by parkruntime things had started to calm down. It was still a bit grey and damp but much better than it had been.
At 8.45 it was looking like we had more volunteers that runners, but that soon changed as over 100 people, about a quarter of whom were first timers at the Woods, and all of whom were doing their first leap-day fingparkrun, emerged for the briefing and the start.
We welcomed Jackie and her friends who were there to celebrate her 250th parkrun.
Ross also joined us for his first ever parkrun. Hopefully it'll be the first of many.
I mentioned the treacherous state of the roads. One lady came up by train and, using one of those fold-up bikes with saucers for wheels, made it up the high street, through Halton, up Upper Icknield Way, through the fjords, up the main driveway (she didn't know about the more direct route) and, having been splashed and soaked, managed to miss the start. Nevertheless, after a brief false start, she was able to get back on track, overtake the tail, and make it back in a decent time. Tremendous effort.
This week is our International Women's Day / This Girl Can run where we'll be promoting female participation for volunteering, walking, jogging, running or even just spectating. Lesley will be leading an all-female volunteer team. Come and join us.
And don't forget - the next leap-day parkrun is just 28 years away. Put it in your diary!
Wendover Woods parkrun
Event number 76
29th February 2020
This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Alison ROBERTS • David ROBERTS • Toby KNIGHT • Stuart EKINS • Lauren FINES-ALLIN • Sam EVANS • Caroline SCRAGGS • Alison BILL • Chris BILL • Darren LEINWEBER • Richard LONG • Matthew WEST • Alf BATCHELOR • Carly RAYNSFORD • Richard BROWN • Valerie BROWN • Daniel CLIFFE • Alina EL-BADAOUI
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wendover Woods parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 18:08 on 13th July 2019 (event number 43).
The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 16:14 on 24th August 2019 (event number 49).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lynda HEMBURY who recorded 88.27% (22:18) on 15th September 2018 (event number 1).
Wendover Woods parkrun started on 15th September 2018. Since then 3,647 participants have completed 9,342 parkruns covering a total distance of 46,710 km, including 1,602 new Personal Bests. A total of 225 individuals have volunteered 1,237 times.