parkrun report Saturday 29th February 2020 by Roxane
PB stays at 23:23
PB stays at 23:50
PB stays at 29:44
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:
(2) Bride-to-be Lynn in the centre:
(3) Sunshine at the start of Burnham:
(4) Hazel & Paul at Burnham:
(5) Cathy heading towards a PB at Burnham:
(6) Dressed for all weathers and a couple of clubs (BHAM hat, Langport T-shirt under coat!) at Weymouth:
(7) Looking like a bit of a 'walk' in the park (I was running!):