January at parkrun was fantastic. We managed to avoid the rain on the day of the event, but there was often standing water at the bottom of the course and the finish area is a bit of a mess. Still working on that.
We averaged over 120 people per week, with 481 people completed the course in the 4 weeks in January.
I am keen to encourage local running groups / fitness groups to visit parkrun on a Saturday morning as a social event for the group to get together and also have a lovely 5km trot around a park.
It was really lovely to welcome the Aspire ‘We Run Hassocks’ group on the 11th January. There were 17 or 18 of them and I recognised quite a few of them from passing them on the streets of Hassocks. They share the same ethos that we do at parkrun. There is a big range of abilities and everyone is extremely encouraging to each other.
It was also really nice to present t-shirt to quite a few juniors this month. Lily and Lewis have both run all of their parkruns at Clair, so may not have been parkrunners if we hadn’t launched in Haywards Heath. They are both from families who have really embraced parkrun as well, as siblings and parents are also running regularly.
We also presented December’s parkrunner of the month. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to decide on the parkrunner of the month. The folks at Tilgate warned us of this. The awarded Jay with the award and here are his new shoes courtesy of Sweatshop.
Jay and his family have become and massive part of the parkrun team and there does seem to be a hole if they are not there.