Veteran parkrunner Josh S (who has completed 134 parkruns) was sandwiched in the first three finishers by second-timer Ben W, who finished first with a PB time of 19:16, and First-timer Adam L. who started his parkrun career with a time of 19:43.
First female finisher was Sachiko T with a PB of 23:11 , which was also a new Age Category record for Lillie parkrun. Way To Go, Sachiko!
Also notching up PBs were Yuma T, Kurt S, Scott B, Ana D, Rangarao R, and Thor S. Nice work!
Other new faces were Christopher C, Carrie S, and Justin H. Welcome!
Cooler temperatures brought a welcome respite from the mosquitoes, but the 51 finishers did have to contend with an assortment of fallen nuts on the course, notably Hickory nuts and Black Walnuts. The Goldenrod was in full bloom -lamented by several hay-fever sufferers- but I performed a deep scientific study of this phenomenon (i.e. I Googled) and discovered that golden rod actually has large pollen particles that fall close to the plant or are carried by insects so are not terribly likely to cause people to have allergic reactions, but it blooms at exactly the same time as its cousin Ragweed, which is slightly less visually striking, but casts numerous tiny pollen particles far and wide using the wind as a carrier, so it is more likely the culprit.
Several of us were fresh from the Gallup Gallop the night before -either participating, volunteering (on-the-day and organizing), or manning the parkrun tent to spread the word! Two Lillie parkrunners won their age categories -Laurel P and Aldus Y. Way to Represent!
As always, deep gratitude to all the volunteers who make parkrun possible. There are many volunteer roles -some on the day of the run -before, during, and after, and some during the week. Some easy, some involved. Some allow you to run, some don’t. If you have never volunteered before, please consider it -we’re a friendly bunch. Every week we need a crew to set up, someone to be in charge of the race, people to record times and match runners to times, people to come last, people to take pictures, people to tear down…… and you could even volunteer to write this report!
Finally, don’t forget to check us out on social media, and meet up in real life after the run at Biggby’s just down the street from Lillie.