English translation by Jennifer Stripe
The mood was festive for this New Year's Day special edition which, with a later start time in order to include those who had been out celebrating, enjoyed almost spring-like weather.
Despite a variety of other running events organised by different groups throughout Rome, 30 parkrunners met up to celebrate the start of the new year by running with us.
The day was made even better by the photos of Roberto Dalmazi from "foto in corsa"(which can be seen here).
After only four hours sleep,Luigi DE LUCA attempted to start 2019 in record style. He would have come close to his PB had he not slowed down noticeably on the final hill having decided to wait for a better opportunity.
Instead, Angelo PICARDI stole the show by shaving a second off the new time he had set only 3 days earlier in the final parkrun of 2018.
Andrea MARROCCHINI was equally impressive off the back of the "We Run Rome" race a few hours earlier. He started 2019 off on the right foot (and legs) by taking 20 seconds off his previous best.
We are really pleased to be able to mentio Diego ARMENTANO's new time: unfortunately Diego cannot run with us as often as he would like, but he is one of the 90 “originals” who came to the inaugural event and it's always a pleasure to see him.
The fastest woman on the day didn't better her time but she did equal it: well done Kenny BOGDAN.
As is often the case the veteran of the day was a tourist, although this time around it was also an old friend: Sacha ROSSI who often comes to visit us. With his New Year's Day parkrun he reaches a haul of 60,out of which 8 have been run at Pineto.
Despite a misadventure with the trains, Joanne ANDERSON and her son Maurice just managed to get to us in time.They usually run at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea,a small town with a population of 7000 to the north of Newcastle. Their local run usually chalks upmore than 100 participants and this just goes to show what a long road we still have ahead to reach the numbers seen in England.
Finally we were lucky enough to have a tourist from Brazil, Marcelo ASSUNCAO, not a common event as parkrun has not spread throughout South America yet. Here we can see Marcelo sporting a new CONTRA t-shirt.
I would like to conclude this report by thanking parkrun: for the many gifts that it has granted me, many kms of running, smiles, new friendships and I'd never have imagined that I would run a few alongside my mother.