Rain, what rain? Well this week saw a lot of the wet stuff which resulted in the return of a slightly more slippery course than in recent weeks. Thankfully, the sun was indeed shining as RD Fraser delivered the run brief for event 72. There was a cooling drizzle in between laps 2 and 3 before the breeze shifted the clouds out of the way for a sunny finish
Another parkrun morning filled with celebrations and personal achievements captured below by Lisa Rolefson who has kindly written this weeks run report:
I don't love running. I am not an athlete, but I do love parkrun! The more parkrun events I attend, either running or as a volunteer. I am reminded of just what we are capable of if we just believe in ourselves and give it a go.
Across the world people come together to support their communities, improve their physical and mental health, challenge themselves, to encourage and be encouraged, make new friends, and join together in one goal…making it to the finish!! No matter how we get there or in what time, we have all completed the same distance.
29 people gave their time and boundless energy to enable us to run the 72nd parkrun at Witney this week. The ladies at the "ditch", Ally and Rachel were in especially fine voices, and the bubbles were swirling in the breeze down on Jacqueline’s corner before the woods.
I can assure you that not all parkruns are lucky enough to get the number of volunteers that we do every week – thank you to them all:
Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Allison MAYBREY • Michael LEWIS • Suzanne REEVE • George SOANES • John ABRAMS • Punam OWENS • Gill SHERWOOD • Lily SHERWOOD • Lisa ROLEFSON • Jo GILES • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Chris GARDENER • Kate PRINSEP • Mark JESSEY • Stephen ROBERTS • Niamh SUTTON • Julia LAWLEY • Peter ROSE • Camilla MITCHELL • Owen EDWARDS • Rachel HENDERSON • Cereta DREWETT • Jane ROBERTS • Dylan LANGSTAFF • Harry EDNEY • Peter SUDDABY • Damian-Lee PARIS
With the sun shining down, 263 of us ran, jogged, walked, and in my case, plodded, around a bit of a challenging course, due to the recent rain.
We again celebrated milestones this week, such a huge part of our event each week: Alexander, junior 10 and Leanne and Mark doing their 50th with Rob hitting his 100th.
We had 50 first timers and 29 of you managed personal bests. We were lucky enough to welcome representatives from 28 different clubs.
We also had a visitor from Chipping Norton to gain valuable tips on setting up and running their own parkrun. They hope to be up and running soon, and I would like to wish them every success.
Here are the statistics:
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Witney parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Cas JACKSON who recorded a time of 19:19 on 13th April 2019 (event number 54).
The male record is held by Ross BRADEN who recorded a time of 16:57 on 18th May 2019 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Morag MCINTYRE who recorded 84.04% (22:46) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 64).
Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 4,256 participants have completed 17,553 parkruns covering a total distance of 87,765 km, including 4,019 new Personal Bests. A total of 414 individuals have volunteered 2,255 times.
See you all again next week!
Run Report: Lisa Rolefson
Photography: Cereta Drewett