Last Saturday for our 210th Parkrun at Fletcher's Cove it was still a tad cold, but we were blessed with glorious sunshine which attracted an impressive 75 runners & walkers for this time of year - well done to all of you for getting out of bed on a nippy morning and especially well done to the 12 that recorded a personal best!
We also welcomed 11 first timers, representatives from some other clubs and tourists from as far away as Australia. A little bit closer to home, Niko popped down from our neighboring College Park Parkrun, setting the pace and coming in first with a time of 18:09. Nina achieved a PB and was the first female across the line at 22:53; Nina is still in the JW category, so no doubt we'll continue to see a regular series of PBs from her!
It's definitely not all about being the fastest though and globally the average times for a Parkrun 5km continues to drop, recognizing the growing and diverse nature of runners and walkers of all abilities - long may that continue to be the case!
Although we missed Dan this week, he took time to share an excellent summary of the some of the history and background behind this weekly event at Fletcher's, so please take the time to have a read of his blog.
Rob did a great job as Run Director, making a call to divert to the alternate route due to another event along the Canal, basically running in the opposite direction to normal. Thanks to the merry band of 13 volunteers that enabled this event to go ahead: well done Andres, Nancy, Scott, Carter, Kai, Kim, Matt, David, Evan, Rob, Phil, Lien and Ed!
Lien took some excellent photos, so if you want to see more like these in the report, check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun/
Looking ahead, this Saturday is a Leap Year event, so one to be part of - bring a friend and we'll see you at 0900. Looking further ahead, wear purple on 7th March to help us celebrate International Women's Day and find something green to support Terry and his friends on 14th March, recognizing St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish!
Please do Fletcher's a favor and make others aware of this report and our Facebook site, in order that we can continue to encourage both new runners & walkers, as well as those that have visited before. It's a great community and so much more than a 5km run! Matt