Saturday morning saw 420 runners head to Worthing Promenade for the inaugural Worthing parkrun event which was kicked off in fine style by Duncan Anderson, Worthing parkrun Run Director. Feedback from the first event has been very positive on both Facebook and Twitter with runners complimenting volunteers, the organisation and the course in equal measure. There were many first timers to the event as well as visits from club runners, fitness groups and even a celebrity from the world of comedy!
Amongst the fantastic turnout were just shy of 30 runners and 5 volunteers associated with Worthing Striders, which was the most represented club of the morning. Both Coaches were in attendance: not unusual for Andy Carpenter who celebrated his 10th run but this was certainly a first for Alan Rich who ran his very first parkrun to the delight of Stef Ransley and Laura Carter!
Other shout outs go to:
- Lulu Albrecht was first female Worthing Strider to finish
- Rob Henderson was first male Worthing Strider to finish
- Pauline Rich currently holds the age graded record for the course
- Ann Carpenter celebrated her birthday by coming first in her age category
- Jill Illman ran her very first parkrun and came 4th in her age category
- Paul Hewitt earned himself a 5km (and parkrun) pb
- Colin Turner and James Oram for taking some great photos
- Ali Ingoe (Puttock) for stepping into a big role at the last minute
Thank you to all the runners, volunteers and supporters from Worthing Striders - your support of this event is appreciated and has been recognised by the core team at Worthing parkrun.
See you next time!
Worthing parkrun is a free, timed 5km event hosted by volunteers and available to all members of the local community, it is not a race and athletes of all abilities are invited to take part. You can follow Worthing parkrun on Facebook and Twitter and to volunteer please register on the parkrun page alternatively you can email them.