A record 520 people turned out on Saturday (28 July) to wish Dishley parkrun, Loughborough a happy 1st birthday. The celebrations included fancy dress and cake and there were donations to PACE food bank.
This meant a lively atmosphere as runners, walkers and volunteers came together for the special event. The course was decorated for the occasion, birthday cake was in abundance and in keeping with the tradition of party games – finish token bingo. Official mascot Winnie the Pooh also joined in the fun.
Fancy dress was actively encouraged and as there was no specific theme, a wide variety of costumes were on display. Superheroes, Mexicans, Fred Flinstone and Where’s Wally took part along with a patriotic lady in an Union Jack outfit. The run director got into the spirit of things and conducted his briefing dressed as superhero Mr Incredible.
There was an air of excitement outside Loughborough Rugby Club as everyone waited to start. Off they went at 9am along a flat course consisting of grass and trails that went around the perimeter of the playing fields and along the towpath beside the River Soar. Marshals clapped and cheered, blew bubbles and guided parkrunners around the course using foam pointy hands.
Finish tokens were handed out as usual; however, as part of the birthday celebrations those parkrunners with tokens 50, 100, 150, 200 etc weere awarded a prize.
Carl Shaw of Race Hub Triathlon Club (16:58) and Jennifer McBain of Alcester RC (19:38) recorded the quickest times on the day.
It was a memorable 1st birthday parkrun thanks to everyone involved and...same time next week.