Large parts of the UK were threatened by storm Ciara over the weekend. Organisers of Sundays Dursley Dozen sadly had to cancel their event because of risk for runners, marshals and spectators. Fortunately at 9am on Saturday in Wotton, conditions were still calm and we were able to hold our parkrun uninterrupted.
This week was also marked by arrival of new vests for all our marshals, in the distinctive pink of parkrun corporate sponsor Vitality. Our team of fantastic volunteers were Amy Watson, Andrew Price, Ann Fitzjohn, Becky Shaw, Carl Jenner, Claire Gallagher, Dave Draisey, David Fitzjohn, Grace Morgan, Jeremy Hull, Julie Jenner, Kerry Morgan, Lucy Shaw, Pauline Draisey, Pete Wintle, Peter Chaffer, Pip Marrow, Rosie Wintle, Samuel King, Sue Smith, Thomas Morgan and Tim Smith. A special mention for Samuel who reached his 25th volunteering milestone and completed his silver D of E volunteering.
Paul O'Mara from Tyneside, who had been hoping to try the Dozen, came to our only-slightly-less-gruelling 5k. He led the field home in a very creditable 19.29, the fastest time since October.
Another first-time visitor, Jan North from Andover, sprinted head-down for the line to be first female finisher and get the day's highest age-grading of 70.9%.
Overall we had 62 runners and four of our regular or returning runners achieved new PBs. We celebrated all this at another pop-up café in the sports centre, enjoying drinks, bacon rolls and home-made cake. The Wotton Ladies Circle raised £80 for the Southmead Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. Runners and volunteers also donated items for the Stroud foodbank.
** FINISH TOKEN #44 is still MISSING. Please check whether you accidentally took it home a couple of weeks ago. We'd love to hear from you if you did, so please get in touch so that we can use it again this week**
All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here
All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here
Latest results can be seen here