140 runners made it through another Friday the 13th unscathed to turn up bright and breezy at the inaugural and never to be repeated 249th Clair parkrun. I made my debut as Run (not Race) Director. Sorry Jay, Kim, Helen and pretty much everyone else who kept correcting me. I will learn.
The early mist lifted as the sun started to beat down, this (and I will say it quietly) really felt like a Spring day. As is my job, I did a solitary lap to check the course and I was able to report back to parkrun HQ that I did not find a single puddle, carrier bag, dog present or anything else to prevent fast PBs for all… Game on !
We were able to welcome a number of tourists from Northampton - the shoe capital of the world, who’d come down to do the Brighton Marathon and wanted
a nice, light run out before the full 26.2 miles. Ha! should have picked Hove Lawns and a visitor from the hallowed Bushy, the home of the first ever parkrun
14 years ago. We also welcomed at least 5 first-timers who were brave enough to put their hand up for acknowledgement.
I also noticed that Eric Hepburn made his 99th parkrun, so please turn up next week Eric and make it a double celebration!
Nick Brayne ran in his 50th parkrun as did my old mate Kim Cruttenden who marshalled as a Tail Runner.
Despite my best efforts during the announcements to convince everyone it was “Clair Hall parkrun” and possibly an indoor even, we had some great achievements – Louis Taub came home first with no discernable sweat in 18:53 with George Adams in 2nd and Oliver Day 3rd and just a shade over 20 minutes. However, very impressive were 5th and 6th with new PBs, stand up Andy Dray and Stephen Gibbs. First lady home was Abby Ross in 22:25 who looked like she was getting faster and faster as the line drew in and the first junior across the line was Isobel Russell in just over 23:09.
Everyone no doubt helped by a large (legal) dose of Vitamin D from the sunshine.
Thanks to all the Marshalls who without whom…. and thank you if you ran. Don’t forget to volunteer yourself from time to time, it is a lot of fun, really easy
and a great team to be part of.
Suffice to say that next week is a BIG milestone at Clair parkrun with the 250th Don’t miss it, there may be some cakes……
David Leen: Run (not Race) Director