Thanks to Jennifer Stripe for translating the report
A very warm and almost summery day greeted the 40 runners who turned up for the eighth Roma Pineto parkrun, which coincided with the third birthday of parkrun Italia. Among them were 8 tourists hailing from England, Ireland and Scotland.
From these foreign guests a special shout out goes to Elizabeth BUCKINGHAM-JEFFERY and Federico BOTTA (an Italian living abroad) who with their Roman parkrun have reached the number 50 and therefore joined the red shirt club.
Despite the hot sun, once again we saw some impressive times: Luigi DE LUCA finished first once again, breaking the 20-minute barrier: 19:58 that gives him an uninterrupted run of 4 parkrun PBs in a row.
Behind him was Gianluigi DI ROMANO, an athlete who boasts 1:15 for the half marathon but has been sidelined by injury. As with others in our group, Parkrun has helped him get back into competitive form, and even at an easy pace for him, he is continually getting faster.
The statistics of Vincenzo DI MARIA are even more impressive: 5 parkruns and each time a minute shaved off. Starting off with 35:40 he has now dipped under the half hour mark.
We must give a mention to young Gabriele LIBERTO, the son of our regular parkrunner Daniele. A fantastic run by him at only his second parkrun resulted in a time of 22:42, which is very close to the record for his age category set by our English visitor Oliver GREEN during our inaugural parkrun.
We know that the spirit of parkrun is represented by the volunteers that make all this possible every Saturday. This week the photo is even more remarkable because it shows a group of mostly new volunteers who had absolutely no problems helping with the timekeeping, tokens and scanning of barcodes needed to make parkrun actually work. Well done, great job!
If you too would like to experience being one of our volunteers, all you need to do is drop us a line at email@example.com or contact us via our facebook page.
In any event, we will see you on the 2nd June for the ninth edition of Roma Pineto parkrun, meeting up at 8:40 for a prompt start at 9am! Parco del Pineto, Via Montiglio entrance, next to the church of Gesù Divin Maestro.
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