I travelled to West Witney Sports & Social Club from Aylesbury with my two children. Witney is my 95th different event in pursuit of my Cowell Club membership (100 different events) and one of the only events within an hour of home I hadn't already done!
It was very cold on arrival, and I met the volunteer team prior to the start. This was a very well supported and well organised event, particularly the car park marshals who were well drilled and helpful. The RD was sporting shorts which in 3C was a rare sight!
The conditions underfoot were wet, sometimes boggy and invariably slippery, and this course is a definite trail shoe candidate. All part of the charms of parkrunning this time of year. The course is 3 laps, the first being a smaller loop of the playing field, followed by two longer loops which involve a picturesque and narrow route through a wood. The route is almost naturally marked in the way the trees present the path ahead.
The children enjoyed the bubble machine and the smiling marshal with the sound system. These are the people who make parkrun so special. The marshals were all so supportive and patient of us taking almost an hour to complete the course.
The highest age grade percentage went to a young man who led from the front for almost the whole distance. Well done to Elias Easterbrook JM11-14 with an excellent 75.39% clocking 19.14.
Special mention for Paul Molyneux VM70-74 with 70.74% and an outstanding 25.14.
The most decorated athletes were Tracey Melville with 298 parkruns, and Graham Le Good with 287 parkruns. There were no major milestones today, although Regina Johnys ran her "flake" with "99". There were 9 "first timers" - welcome to parkrun and we hope you'll come back soon!
208 athletes ran, jogged and walked event #109.
Thanks also to the 32 volunteers who were all magnificent in bitterly cold conditions.
Thank you Witney.
Run Report: Daniel Mullin A19231
Photos: Trish Davies