by Kerstin Pepper: Run Director
Despite absolutely torrential rain overnight on Friday, and for the remainder of the weekend, the parkrun gods were clearly smiling on us on Saturday morning. The clouds magically parted at around 8:40am, the sun came reluctantly out (sort of), and we enjoyed perfect running conditions at Perrigo.
Congratulations to all 30 parkrunners who chose to ignore the dreadful weather forecast, and come out anyway. It was great to see you all, and to chat over coffee!
We were so happy to welcome 7 first timers to Perrigo this morning, from all over the globe.
Welcome Steve (originally from the UK, many moons ago), Paulina (from Costa Rica), Nikolay from Russia, French Canadian Vincent, Li and son Terence, and last but not least, junior parkrunner Cheryl (who has actually participated in many parkruns, but this is the first week that she registered for her own barcode).
Many congratulations to our four parkrunners who achieved PRs this week:
Lars Schneider - our junior parkrunner who clearly has a stellar running career ahead of him. Lars shaved a massive 26 seconds off his previous PR, coming in at 20:28. He is getting so very close to his goal of a sub-20 5k. We can't wait to celebrate when that happens!
Daria Troshonova - our first woman across the line this week, and yet another PR. Daria has participated in 4 parkruns at Perrigo so far, and has improved her time every, single week. Many congrats, Daria - an amazing record, and proof that consistency really does pay off!
Tadek Dul - another PR beast! Out of 9 total parkruns, Tadek has achieved a PR at 7 (and the first doesn't count, because that set the bar). So, 8 out of 9 ain't bad - well done Tadek, your commitment is inspiring!
Erica Goodman - just like Tadek and Daria, Erica just keeps getting better and better. Her 4th PR at her 4th parkrun - many congrats, Erica!
News and Reminders
It seems like February is the month of themed parkruns - which I think is awesome! What better way to cope with the endless rain and wintry gloom, than with a little fun and frivolity? Don't forget to mark the following events in your calendar, and get your themed running gear at the ready:
15th February - Valentine's parkrun: wear red or pink, bring your true loves, and heart-shaped head boppers or accessories are strongly encouraged!
22nd February - The One With All The Twos. You know what that means? That's right - it's TUTU PARKRUN!!! Find your favorite tulle, pack a sense of humor, and come along for some silly, colorful fun!
29th February - Leap Day parkrun. It's the first ever Leap Day Saturday in the history of parkrun, and will be the last one until 2048. So, come and mark this historical occasion with your favorite parkrunners. Theme to be decided (we are open to suggestions)!
7th March - International Women's Day. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day at parkruns around the world. Bring along a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together for #IWDparkrun. Wear PURPLE to show your support!
Unfortunately, parkrun HQ has recently made some changes to the way they process and share data. This means that it's much harder for us Event Directors to keep track of all the upcoming milestones.
We would HATE to miss an opportunity to celebrate any one of you, so please do let us know (either in person, or by emailing email@example.com) if you have any big milestones coming up! Key parkrun milestones are:
Junior parkrunners - 10th parkrun
Volunteers - 25th time volunteering
parkrunners - 50th, 100th, 250th or 500th parkrun
That's all folks. Can't wait to do it all again this Saturday - don't be scared of the rain, just pack a spare pair of dry socks and shoes, and you'll be golden!
Until next time.....