English translation by Jennifer Stripe
A cheerful, multi-coloured and monstrously attractive group gathered for the 30th Roma Pineto parkrun in Halloween style. A grand total of 52 people, along with 12 volunteers, made us the parkrun with the highest participation in Italy on Saturday.
Our troupe of skeletons, zombies and devils was boosted by circa 10 tourists hailing from England, Scotland and South Africa.
The make-up did not seem to slow Luigi DE LUCA, who with Saturday’s parkrun enters into an exclusive circle of parkrunners with the highest number of first place finishes in Italy.
Right behind him was a large group of runners who incorporate our Pineto cross-country course as part of a specific training session. Their coach Sergio COCOZZA stands out in particular by bettering his time once again and consequently his age category record.
The same concerted effort could be seen amongst the fastest women on Saturday: Giuseppina SORRENTI (in yellow) finished first, a few seconds ahead of Laura ANTICO, and set herself a new parkrun PB
Another method that the more “advanced” runners use to fit parkrun into their training plan is to make it part of a longer run: Gianluigi DI ROMANO came to visit us and added a further three laps directly after the customary two. Here he can be seen demonstrating an enviable running style despite this being a “easy run”.
Of various skeletons present on Saturday, one managed to improve his time by almost two minutes, that being Simone ORSI
Others such as Marco came agonisingly close to his PB, in a very convincing and determined attempt.
We also had a few welcome returns and we must mention Giovanni SARACENO (pb for him). Giovanni is a Sicilian on his third visit to Pineto. Unfortunately, he resides in one of the few areas of Sicily not yet colonised by parkrun and therefore in the meantime we are his main port of call even though infrequently.
Another Pineto comeback was that of Piera BONTEMPO (pb for her too) who is starting to rack up the kilometres after a period on the side-lines. While we wait for her to return to her preferred distances, such as the marathon, she is working on improving her technique with the FIDAL (Italian Athletics Association) running club and this final photo suggests that it is bearing fruit.
Turning to our tourists, we would like to give a shout out to the CARTWRIGHT family. Young Joshua (in photo with Roderick BEASLEY) who reached 109 parkruns on Saturday seems to be well on his way to reaching his father Matt who draws ever closer to the 250 club having 246 under his belt.
We would also like to say hi to Sandy RADEMEYER from South Africa who contacted us a while back to check all the details and make sure she would be able to join us. We hope that she was happy to find us in crazy Halloween mode
Finally, a round of applause to our masked hero Fabio ANTONELLI who, as ever helped us out on many different organisational levels and today took over the role of following the tail so as not to leave anyone behind!
See you all next week on Saturday 3rd November, at Parco del Pineto, via Vittorio Montiglio entrance, at 8:40 (for a 9am start)!