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Penrith Parkrun #305 – 15th February 2020

Nicola, Carol, Gary and Helen

277 people turned up to run, jog and walk at Frenchfield ahead of Storm Dennis on a course which had been ravaged by Storm Ciara on Sunday. Luckily the rain stayed away until most of the participants had crossed the finish line.

Among the Parkrunners were 38 First Timers at Penrith; 29 people achieved a Personal Best and 22 clubs were represented.

John and Lucy Collinson completed their first ever Parkrun as they both felt that they wanted to get involved in something local. They enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at Frenchfield and we look forward to welcoming them back.

Karen Bridge

Parkrun cannot happen without volunteers and we had 41 at this event, one of whom, Alan Marshall was volunteering for an impressive 250th time. A presentation was made at the briefing in recognition of all that Alan does. Other milestones reached were 100 runs for Nicola King, an Eden Runner who was first woman home, 150 runs for Helen Openshaw and 250 runs each for Carol and Gary Milnes who are both Eden Runners living in Appleby and Manchester. Karen Bridge, another Eden Runner, who is regularly first woman over the line, was in an unusual position today at the back of the field as the all-important Tail Walker ensuring that no one comes last. Thank you, Karen and all the other hardworking volunteers.

There was a collection for the Great North Air Ambulance as a thank you for their appearance at Penrith Parkrun, three weeks ago and we had four pacers in their blue bibs helping Parkrunners to reach PBs. These were Jason Randall of Nottingham wearing 24, Steph Hulford of Howgill Harriers in the 26 bib and Eden Runners’ John Oakey, 28 bib and Mark Wilmot, 30 bib. Another great team effort for Parkrun!

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