parkrun report Saturday 29th February 2020 by Roxane


Pos Parkrunner Time Cat Grade Gender Pos Note Runs Parkrun
96 Paul PARMENTER 24:49 VM50-54 60.91% 79/245 PB stays at 23:23 80 Burnham
206   Cathy PARMENTER 28:19  VW50-54 60.68% 45/213 New PB! 78 Burnham
94 Hazel SHEARS 24:43 SW30-34 60.15% 13/213 PB stays at 23:50 58 Burnham
114 Margaret HILL 28:44 VW50-54 58.35% 26/99 New PB! 60 Old Showfield
250 Roxane PRATT 31:33 VW50-54 54.46% 85/183 PB stays at 29:44 199 Weymouth
36   Michael NORTON 28:37 VM45-49 50.73% 31/48 First Timer! 110 Canterbury
475 Nick PRATT 31:56 VM50-54 47.34% 306/356 First Timer! 180 Poole


Another minimal parkrun table. Storm Jorge this time! Many UK parkruns cancelled due to the wind and continual 
flooding, and many holding out until course inspection at 8am to confirm if they were good to go, will have reduced
number of runners. Again, Street, Longrun and Ninesprings cancelled.


It was the first ever Leap year parkrun. Since parkrun began, 2020 has brought the first ever Saturday 29th February.
The next one isn't until the year 2048! So, for some of us, this may have been a once in a life time opportunity!
Shepton Mallet, and others, ran the course the opposite way around. Many had photographers trying to capture "leaps"
to mark the occasion. Ninesprings wasn't on, but bride-to-be Lynn and a few of her wedding guests didn't let that stop
her early celebrations and ran anyway with a few friends.


Paul, Cathy and Hazel topped our table at a windy Burnham. It looks like the wind may have helped Cathy gain a Burnham PB.
Maggie also gained a PB at Old Showfield. Spot Maggie in their video:


Weymouth was along the sea front, back at Lodmoor park in a couple of weeks. The wind definitely helped for half the 5k,
full on in the face for the other half. It was tough going. Mike reported a very tough Canterbury parkrun, which he ran for
the first time. Nick similar at Poole parkrun.


Don't forget next Saturday 7th March is International Women's Day parkrun. Langport runners female:male parkrun ratio is
usually pretty equal, but it would be great if more ladies participate next week. Perhaps bring along a female friend to try out
parkrun for the first time. The very incliusive atmosphere may just be the encouragement your friend needs to start becoming 
more active.


Please let Amanda Bigger have any photos or stories regarding next week's run to include in her first report.


News from parkrun:

"Join us for a celebration of women at parkrun - find your local event

International Women's Day parkrun is all about celebrating female participation and we would love to welcome as many women and girls
as possible to parkrun on Saturday 7 March.

In England #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

Find your nearest participating event using the map, locations with a This Girl Can logo have let us know that they will be hosting a special
#IWDparkrun. Regardless of whether your local event is hosting an #IWDparkrun or not, every single parkrun event will welcome you with
open arms. Click on any event to find out more information. You can see where to meet, a description of the course, facilities, and specific
event team contact details if you've got any queries ahead of the day.

All you need to do is register here, then just turn up on the day with your printed barcode.

Read our blog to find out about how parkrun works and what to expect."


This week's Photographs:

(1) Pre-wedding leaps at Ninesprings:1 Yeovil leap


(2) Bride-to-be Lynn in the centre:

 2 Yeovil wedding


(3) Sunshine at the start of Burnham:

 3 Paul Cathy Hazel


(4) Hazel & Paul at Burnham:

 4 Paul Hazel Burnham


(5) Cathy heading towards a PB at Burnham:

 5 Cathy Burnham


(6) Dressed for all weathers and a couple of clubs (BHAM hat, Langport T-shirt under coat!) at Weymouth:

6 Rox start


(7) Looking like a bit of a 'walk' in the park (I was running!):

 7 ROX unsuccessful leap


(8) Nick with "flying feet" at Poole:

8 NICK Poole