The parkrun will be celebrating its 4th Anniversary at 9am on Saturday 27th January
The parkrun has grown in popularity year on year at Victoria Park. A measure of its success is clearly demonstrated in the results from this Saturday’s event when a record number of 539 runners and walkers crossed the finish line.
They all followed in the wake of Louisa Thompson who scorched around the 5km course in 19 minutes and 8 seconds and blew away a good field, click here to see more results.
Former Mayor Geoff Settle said, “This is a brilliant event and one that I get a great deal of satisfaction from by marshalling.”
Geoff has just completed his 64th event as a volunteer which is apt as he celebrated his 64th birthday last October. The race directors have even named the first corner where he stands as Mayor’s Corner.
He said “I’m always impressed by the number of marshals who stand out in the cold for up to an hour making sure that everyone is safe. We even have a Tail Walker who stays with and encourages those at the back of the field.
“Gone are my days of running fast for Warrington Athletic Club such as in 1986 when I ran a 14.45 in the Cheshire champs and still only finished 5th. My memories have been replaced by aching bones but hopefully running the parkrun will rejuvenate them and I’ll be back running in my red WAC vest soon.”
Geoff hopes that he has captured the ethos of the parkrun in two videos he filmed at the weekend that give a flavour of what the parkrun is all about. The first video is taken seconds into the start of the run at Mayor’s Corner.
The second is filmed as runners approach the last bend and enter the finishing straight.
Geoff summarised the content “What I see in fast parkrun participants is the determination and pleasure that I used to get when running well. However, it’s the beaming smiley faces at the back of the field that now give me most pleasure. These people are working just as hard as I ever did and thanks to the parkrun are experiencing the satisfaction and benefits of improving their wellbeing whilst also developing new friendships.”
The parkrun is a FREE fun way to exercise. You will be encouraged all the way around whatever your ability. To find out more simply log on to https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ sign up. All you must do then is print off your registration barcode that you need to present at the finish funnel, there is no pre-register for each event. You can then get your finishing time in an email and have added time to the total parkrun hours of 1,023 years 45 days 8hrs 17 min 18sec