Whitstable parkrun 459 welcomed 342 parkrunners and 42 volunteers, which was great considering many of the regulars were taking part in the Saxon Shore Relay event We missed you all and trust you all had as good a time as we did on the Tankerton slopes.
Whitstable parkrun continues to generate new parkrunners every week, with this week being no exception, we welcomed 24 first timers, hoping you all enjoyed your first parkrun and hoping you will be back next week. We also had plenty of tourist from as nearby Ashford and Gillingham to a little further afield from Gunnerbury, London and Brockenhurst. A few making a longer journey from Sheffield and Crew and finally we had three parkrunners from almost as far away as possible these being from NSW Australia, great to have you all at Whitstable and many thanks for the “awesome” feedback in the visitors comments, it’s really appreciated.
We celebrated a number of milestones, Bene Stokes made it to 50 runs and celebrated with a PB, well done Bene! Bethan Lee made it to 100 runs and Maggie Johnson-Blunt (one of our RD’s) reaching 200, so well done to all for reaching these milestones.
Conditions today were almost perfect, we had some fantastic running today with a plethora of PB’s, 56 in total (that’s 16% of the field). The Robinson family who between them have run almost 700 parkruns and volunteered over 300 times had 2 very well deserved PB’s well done to Fiona and Lucy with Ellie just being 3 seconds off her PB, many thanks to Tim for the fabulous timekeeping
Being six months into 2019 a quick note on stats so far this year. Once again Whitstable parkrun has seen an increase in our numbers with an average to date of 345 parkrunners and a maximum not only in the last six months but the highest number ever was 525, the trend continues month on month to increase. With the continuous increase in numbers we are always on the lookout for volunteers, so anyone who would like to give it try please contact the office. It’s always great fun, and every event is an inspiration to see our fabulous volunteers motivating and encouraging all of our runners – A big thank you to all the volunteers today – you all did a fantastic job as without you there would not be a parkrun.
So, with an incident free parkrun, that’s all for now.
Many thanks to all the participants and especially the volunteers, wishing everyone a great week ahead and see you all next week.