This week we had the pleasure of a visit from Richard Amos, a tourist from Shropshire. Richard offered to write the run report - and what a lovely report it is. Thanks Richard - we're glad you enjoyed your run and hope that it was worth the early get up. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Enjoy reading folks and thanks again Richard!
Oh, happy birthday for Sat Emily Bate and congrats on joining the 10 club too - amazing! Thanks for joining us as part of your celebrations. x
Saturday mornings used to be about a lie in, then parkrun came along, so the lie in became a bit shorter and running started happening. Then the parkrun habit takes over and the 30 minute drive, becomes a 45 minute drive, then an a hour and so on until next thing you know you're booking holidays to parkrun!
Luckily this week there was no need for a plane, just a 5:30 alarm call for a coffee and a 2 hour drive from our home in Shropshire to North Wales to the beautiful Conwy. Wow, what an amazing setting you have! A fantastic castle and that beautiful nature reserve, a stunning venue for parkrun.
Arriving off the A55 at the island it was great to see a parkrun parking sign at the entrance, as by this point the satnav mas driving me mad! We were then to be greeted by two fantastic car park marshal’s Bob and Clive who were in complete control and guided us to our spot.
After a quick run to the toilet and a little inspection of the nature reserve we headed over to the briefings. Sowerby Bridge Snails had taken center stage and were leading a fantastic warm up, that seemed to inspire many others not from their club to get involved, awesome!
Speaking of awesome, Bethan Roberts’ first timers briefing went down really well with everybody. It was great to see so many people from different parkruns listening in. A big turnout of first timers due to the Conwy half the next day, including us. Being a parkrun tourist myself I’m always on the lookout for other cow cowls. It was great to meet Eileen Jones from Fell Foot parkrun who was completing her Pirate Challenge.
The route was great, mostly flat, which is always a win! Loved the out and back to the castle, and was great saying thank you to Bob at the cones. The marshals were very encouraging and really supportive all the way round. Special mention to the first finisher Steve Forsyth who ran with a massive smile and looked like he was having a great time, he also encouraged everybody on his way round and on his cool down run too!
parkrun done, time for cake! The café was lovely, a great view of the nature reserve, a good selection of cakes and also the option for a sausage or bacon bap. Lucy Brooks and I had the pleasure of having a chat with Clive Nadin, who told us all about Conwy parkrun and all the other amazing parkruns available in North Wales, I think it’s safe to say there will have to be a few more early morning drives to parkrun in North Wales in the coming months and we’ll definitely be back to Conwy too.