The ground was good to firm on the course this morning – somewhat different conditions to the last time I was Run Director back in March!
Since then, 900 different people have crossed the Witney parkrun finish line and 112 different people have become hi-vis heroes to make it all possible. Numbers that would have grown further after our 11th parkrun today.
This morning saw our first junior milestone: Archie Allan, who is in the JM10 category, was running his 10th parkrun today. Archie, and his dad Ben, started parkrunning at Witney and are two of 391 local people who have started parkrunning since Witney parkrun went live.
One thing that never fails to amaze me is the number of smiles on show at the finish line outside the West Witney Sports & Social Club – and it's not just because of Tina's bacon rolls! Week in, week out we are particularly seeing these smiles on the faces of younger parkrunners. It is fantastic to provide youngsters with an opportunity to experience exercise in such a positive environment. The positivity isn't limited to the youngsters; today our results include the first person in the 80-85 age group to cross the Witney finish line!
We continue to be humbled by the willingness of people to get involved and give something back to the community. I received fantastic feedback about the support of the pompom waving, cow bell ringing, hazard warning, stopwatch pressing, barcode handling volunteers. Big thanks to all our hi-vis heroes today; without you it wouldn't be possible. Please get in touch with email@example.com if you are available to spare a couple of hours on a future Saturday morning.
This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:
Trevor WILKINSON • Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Harriet HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Samantha SADLER • Allison MAYBREY • Tony LOCK • Tamsyn WYMER • James FIELD • Jen HORSMAN • Chris JONES • Lindsey SMITH • Felix JONES • Rhys JONES • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Gemma YALLOP • Harry SADLER • Erin BATESON • Stephen ROBERTS • Ella-Louise YALLOP • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Steve CROSSMAN • Derek HALL • Christopher WALTON • Ally JONES • Regina LALLY • John MCCORMAC
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Witney parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:46 on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).
The female record is held by Jennifer MCBAIN who recorded a time of 20:54 on 26th May 2018 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 77.95% (17:46) on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).
Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 965 participants have completed 1,858 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,290 km, including 528 new Personal Bests.
See you next week!