Leakin Park parkrun is all about community, and our team of volunteers regularly exemplify the team spirit. Even with the cooler temperatures hovering near freezing and a lovely sprinkling of snow, they come out in full force to help make the day possible. Tony and Alicia RIBEIRO made a wonderful father-daughter team of finish-timers in their first volunteering stint. Art LEIN joined us on the course as a fantastic marshal. Will and Zach JONES continually demonstrate a superb brother-brother team working the finish line, while Jo and Ed ORSER are our stalwart husband-wife team manning their locations on the course. Genevieve and Tom HORNIK, Iman NEWMAN, and Kristie METZ showcased the efforts of Leakin Park's Core Team. Thank you all!
Tom was able to celebrate a couple of unique milestones. He has now completed 75 parkruns globally! 50 of those were in the UK, and he has 25 in the US. Tom also became Leakin Park's first Visually Impaired Guide volunteer. He escorted his brother Tim through the course aided by the ever faithful Martina. Tom's expert communication skills allowed for a smooth and enjoyable run for all, as Tim used the day to continue his training toward Boston. Best of luck to you, Tim. //
We welcome Dan PARRY as our newest member to the 10+ parkrun club. Dan exemplifies consistency as he has not missed a week since he discovered our parkrun. We love having you, Dan.
The Saints of St. Mary's High School came out in full force this week as well. The students from the school joined forces to conquer their first 5K run. Together the team of boys pushed each other to achieve their best. Their parents were able to cheer the boys on through each lap and into the finish. In the process, Ki'sean GRAY set a new age-grade record. Congratulations to Hunter, Evan, Ethan, Logan, and Ki'sean on your accomplishment. We are proud of you.
Another fine example of community and teamwork was shown by the birthday celebration for Rian HART. She brought out some of her amazing friends to share in the morning with her. All around the course, the ladies were able to supply plenty of birthday cheer for Rian and some enthusiastic support for each other! Rian was clearly born to be a parkrunner!
We would be remiss if we didn't also say congratulations to Derek PINCHBECK, who handled the difficult weather well enough to achieve a hard-earned PB on the day. He was able to cut more tha a minute from his previous time. Outstanding!
Until next week!