This week’s run report is brought to you by parkrun tourist Melanie Tuffen, who usually runs at Castletown parkrun, County Kildare, Ireland.
Visiting an old university friend, I needed to pick which parkrun to enjoy and was lured to Beeston by the stunning photos posted on Friday. What a glorious course you have, and a wonderful day to run it. Having left Ireland for Great Britain ten days ago, when it was pouring with rain and temperatures barely crept over 10, the sudden change in weather was a bit of a shock for me. I had only packed my winter/rain running gear. Luckily only a t-shirt was required. I also had a baseball cap, something that is essential for running in Ireland, as it helps keep the rain off my glasses!
I spent many happy hours running by the canal when I was a student here. It was good to partially retrace my steps, though just don’t ask me to be specific about the number of years that have passed, as it doesn’t seem like it should be in double figures but it is! The route along the river was also stunning, you are all very lucky to run in such lovely surroundings.
I love your PB bell. As it was my first time running the course…I naturally got a PB – so I was entitled to ring the bell, right? A huge number of you did achieve a PB today (too many for me to ever count accurately from the results list) so well done to you!
Well done to the 388 of you who ran, jogged or walked Beeston parkrun. Three people reached their 50th parkrun milestone, so a big congratulations to Oliver Holmes, Victoria Moran and Francesca Barnes. Zoe Rylatt reached the amazing milestone of 100 parkruns! You certainly had a great day for it!
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the event happen. As a regular volunteer myself, I can tell you it is great fun and well worth giving a go! This week's volunteers were:
Emma Adams• Keith Pepper • Leslie Bode• Hilary Roodbaraky• Tony Rushton• Richard Cairns• Samantha Stead• Bethan Hogg • Simon Hogg • Gordon Stoner • Eleanor Hodgson • Brendan Hanley• Olivia Thomas-Neher • Samuel Spendlove• Megan Woods • Adam Algar • Trina Beaumont • Sheena Parry
Now, if any of you are ever over in Dublin or County Kildare, you are very welcome to join us at Castletown parkrun. It’s entirely free, and we also offer the bonus of an extra half an hour in bed, as we like to start at half past nine in Ireland. All the best for the coming week, and here’s hoping the sun cream doesn’t have to be put away too soon!
Melanie Tuffen (Castletown parkrun)