How wonderful it was to see you all getting out and enjoying the better weather this week!
We had 35 virtual parkrunners this week, celebrated 11 PBs and welcomed 4 first timers. Special mention has to go to Kevin Sorensen, who we've missed terribly over the past 3 months (can you believe it's almost exactly 3 months since our last parkrun, on February 29th?). Kevin obviously hasn't been slacking, as he raced to first place at his first #notaparkrun, in 22:04. Nice work, Kevin - we hope to see a lot more of you!
It was also fantastic to see all our parkrun tourists coming back to join us. We were particularly delighted to see Joanna Davis (of Melton Mowbray fame) - not only did she absolutely smash her PB, taking 31 seconds off her previous time and yet again being the first female finisher, but she also showed off her amazing new apricot tee. We are so proud to be unofficially twinned with the now world-famous Melton Mowbray parkrun (more on that later).
A very warm Perrigo welcome is also extended to all our other tourists:
- Simon Faber, of Okanagan parkrun in Canada (and son of our very own Dean Faber)
- Chris Cullen, of Rock Creek Trail parkrun in Portland, OR
- Abby Ruelas, of our neighboring Renton parkrun
- Wendy Grinnols-Sweeney, also from Renton parkrun
- Lynn Persse, of Long Eaton parkrun in the UK (sister of our own Zena Hoegger, and wearer of the most amazing leggings!!)
- Mike Scallon, of Melton Mowbray parkrun (with another impressive PB, a full minute and four seconds faster than his previous virtual run!)
- Kurt Wilson, also from Melton Mowbray (and proud owner of that coveted black 100 shirt)
- Steve Dancy, of Livonia parkrun, MI.
- Zoe Heath, of Dishley parkrun in Loughborough, UK. We feel for Zoe, who is perpetually "stuck" at her 99th parkrun, waiting patiently (or maybe not so!) to get the green light to finally earn that black shirt! We're rooting for you, Zoe!
Thanks also to everyone who took photos of your runs (or your beautiful selves). I know I keep saying it, but it's really lovely to see you and what you're up to, even from afar. So do please keep the photos coming (and keep the run reports fun!).
I must also mention the amazing efforts of Shane Sharkey and his Melton Mowbray parkrun family. After a radio interview on BBC Radio Leicester the other week, the BBC then asked if they could do a video feature for their online presence. Well, it made its premiere last Saturday morning at 8.01am, and has since been shared on BBC2 as well! It seems the world needs to share nice news right now, and we at Perrigo parkrun are very proud to be associated with our friends across the pond. If you have not had chance to see it then it can be found on the following link. Blink and you'll miss ED Kerstin Pepper, "lying in bed, having a Google":
And finally...I hate to be the bearer of bad news. This week, parkrun HQ announced that all parkrun events around the world will continue to be suspended until the end of June, and likely beyond. Here in King County, it looks unlikely that we will be entering Phase 2 next week, so I fully anticipate that we will be grounded for the rest of the summer.
BUT, isn't it lucky that we found a way to connect virtually, instead? Please do keep joining us each Saturday. Encourage your friends and family to do the same - no matter where in the world they call home. The more the merrier!!
Until Saturday...stay safe, stay distant, stay healthy. And stay in touch!
Take care, parkrunners.