Event #6- British invasion

A chilly but gloriously sunny Saturday morning with a surge in attendance from international visitors. We were honored to have Andrew Filer with us for his 201st parkrun!  Also Ben Trigg was visiting from Cambridge and with his close 2nd place finish, pushed Andreas Heilmann to his PR on the Northside Beltline. Conditions were good for PRs and both Brandon Gamble and John O'Connor achieved their best times.  Welcome back Genie Beaver who was at our very first parkrun and was 40 seconds faster this time around.

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We're fortunate to have so many eager volunteers - for the first time Sammie Buzzard, founding parkrun director for Northside Beltline, was able to participate as a runner - she took off at a blistering pace, and came in as the second female.  parkrun veterans Jos Bartlett and Claire Barnard (each with over 100 parkruns to their credit) were hot on her heels.

Special thanks to our volunteers for shrugging off the freezing conditions and helping make this another successful parkrun. Parker and Alida's two barkrunners were a welcome addition and enjoyed it thoroughly.  Zhanna was our tailwalker and also organized all the volunteers.   Good luck Gary on the Soldier Marathon next week!

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Event #5- no one mention the rugby

A nice and sunny (if a little chilly) day for our 5th event. For some reason some of our team seemed very tired, and there was an unusually high number of South Africans at the event, no idea why...

It was greatto see one of our regular runners, Andreas, take his turn at volunteering, as well as the continued support of our wonderful core team. Give yourself a week off of running and come and join us for a week!

Congratulations to Sean Randall, John O'Connor, Margaret Taylor and Shaun Baker, our fastest 4 finishers who all achieved new personal bests this week.

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We always love to welcome tourists to Atlanta, here are some of our South African visitors and local expats!

 

Northside Beltline Week 4

Perfect run/walk conditions this morning for the 4th Northside Beltline Parkrun and the last one in our inaugural month. Cool weather and a damp course after overnight rain.

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Our first runner in was again Andreas Heilmann who squeezed in a second under 18 minutes. The first female runner Michelle Baker had a great outing and was just a few steps behind her husband Shaun. Very pleased to have a new volunteer - Julie Krupa thanks for being our tail walker!

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Event #3- We’re no longer in “Hotlanta”

72876730_10162349449905721_1870814250067296256_oThanks to everyone who made it out despite the very soggy conditions! It was great to see a good mix of returners and tourists (more than a quarter of our runners were in the 100 club so a very experienced field for only our 3rd event). Well done to our fastest male Andreas Heilmann and female Joanna Henderson, and to all who made it round in the rain, including some who somehow managed PBs despite the wet!

We were excited to meet some visitors from Knoxville and wish them all the best with their event setup, hopefully some of us can pay a reciprocal visit when you're up and running.

Extra special thanks to the volunteers who stood out in the cold, parkrun doesn't happen without y'all!

 

Northside Beltline Week 2

The Northside Beltline team were happy after the excitement of our inaugural run last week we had a healthy turnout of 24 people, several of whom were new participants. Run director Sammie was especially pleased by the number of British tourists who showed up and hopes now England have beaten South African in Atlanta parkrun attendance this success will also transfer to the rugby world cup.

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Special thanks to our youngest volunteer Lucy (9 weeks) who did a solid job of marshalling the course and recruiting future parkrunners.

Congratulations to all those who set new personal bests, including Roger Schmidt who broke his own course record by over a minute. But remember parkrun isn't about who is the fastest, everyone is welcome and with our tailwalker bringing up the rear you are guaranteed to never be the last one over the finish line!

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