So, after more or less 16 months off, all of us adults religiously getting out for our 'hour of exercise' and bounding back to parkrun refreshed, re-energised and re-ready to knock parkrun out of the, erm, park - what 'appens? Those pesky kids, that's what 'appens. After 16 months glued to their consoles, never seeing the light of day and surviving on cereals and crisps, you'd think we'd be able to show them a thing or two about this running about malarky but, no, not a chance, they absolutely smashed it. Chapeau!
In great conditions, Steffan B (J15 - 17) crusied comfortably round in 20:03 to finish first, showing the old guard of the likes of Matt Hazel-Livall and Tom Beasley (our youngest runner in the 40-44 age group at just 28 years old!) a thing or two while Harry D-P (J11-14) kept the front runners on their toes with a superb 21:14.
Alex K (J10) kept his dad honest with an excellent 24:19, although Phil did have the small matter of a top ten finish in a trail marathon to attend to the next day so maybe us adults weren't doing too badly.
Out of the 84 runners, there were a glorious 28 first timers, including visitors from South Africa. 10 PBs were achieved, including Julie Jenner, Catherine Dack and Jane Heryet, helping to restore the 'kids getting all the glory' balance.
Paul Sales racked up his 300th parkrun and Tom Beasley racked up his 50th - congratulations, both.
None of this marvellous-ness of running about from parkrunners of all ages would've been possible without our fantastic volunteers who set up, cheered, timed and scanned - Kirsty BEASLEY, Paul CHAFFER, Pauline DODD, Ann FITZJOHN, David FITZJOHN, Harry FITZJOHN, Rebecca FLINT, Diana GORE, Eileen HIERON, John HIERON, Carl JENNER, Julie JENNER, Paul JONES, Andy KIRKUP, Jackie PENNINGTON, Karen RAYFIELD, Laura ROYLE, Liam ROYLE, Sue SMITH, Nicki WADE - thank you, you fabsters!
With great runs from all our athletes and a great atmosphere, parkrun definitely did knock itself out of the park!
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