On a cold wet drizzly soggy dank and miserable morning the day was cheered up by a cavalcade of rainbows of happiness dressed brightly to traipse around the Coverham swamp where the going was deemed soft to sinking. Many of our out of sorts regulars turned up to volunteer, cheer, support and laugh at the efforts of the hardy bunch who made it to our parkrun on a day when around 100 other events were cancelled due to course conditions. Our visitors and newbies, some 20% of the field, had come from the wilds of Yorkshire and Derbyshire, from the calm of the Cotswolds and the Chilterns, cross border from Cardiff and sauntering from the South Coast. They were well and truly warned of the dangers in the hidden depths of the dark forest trails. Some listened.... Today's top hobby was faceplanting and quite a few novices and alleged experts decided to test the hardness of the ground in a variety of methods ranging from the full fall to the casual splat or twist. Frank, Frank, Frank...returning from a severely sprained ankle lay off why did you have to stumble in the last 50 yards and damage your ankle again? Hope it gets better soon. If not we'll let you volunteer again next week. Now, a wee word of caution...please...if you do need some first aid, get us to help you. Or at least just take what you need from the kit and close the box. We've had to throw out a kit today as someone used it and put their discarded muddy and bloody bits back in the box and left it out in the open. Ho hum. Some runners could be accused of coming back from injury too soon...Tim (but at least you managed to finish this week in uncomfortable but cheerful fashion.) Please look after yourselves people. It helps us manage our levels of stress! The tarpaulin made a rare appearance to look after Skruff'n'Vic on the scanning table and also provided some shelter for runners getting post run refreshments (Note: post run as it's a run, not a race. We have firsts and not winners ) Our eagle eyed scanning team noted that first past the line had inadvertently received token 101. We didn't put Marcus in the room but sorted out the tokens instead so that things could move on more smoothly. A fun morning. We celebrated Robert Freeman's belated birthday, David Jenkins 150th parkrun, little Lewis Parsons' 10th run alongside young Calvert Lloyd Rees who also made that milestone today. Peggy kept quiet about his 150th. Just as well as no one brought cake and we would all have wanted the brownies! Next week is not too late Rich! Well done all . There were several late starters today but Andy Breeze was not amongst them. 13 people had no barcode...Aaaaarggghhh! Guy Maskell filled in his ICE details this week. If you haven't then please... Be more like Guy and do so. There have been some incidents at other runs where these details have been crucial. Volunteer or runner it is essential that we have your details on record please. Just one regular runner, Jacob Day, recorded a PB although nine returners and newer runners improved on previous records here. Not surprising that there were so few, given the conditions out on the course. So who came where? Males: Taking his 39th step over the line as first finisher was Marcus Bennetto in 19.20 followed bu youngster Dave Lowthian in 19.54. Returner JM15-17 Owen Quin of Queens Park Harriers crossed third in a pb of 20.02.This result moves him up to position 300 in our fastest 500. If you want to feature on that table then the time to beat is now 20.52. Females: Crossing the line first, for the 32nd time was Kathy Griffin in 22.58 followed by returner Kani Hinshelwood in 23.12 and the trio was completed by JW11-14 Chloe Morgan in 24.03 Our top age graded scores were recorded by Jacqui Wunds, VW60-64, who had a time of 27.04 and an age grade of 74.88%; David Lowthian, VM50-54, who had a time of 19.54 and an age grade of 74.71%, and Leyton Fleet, VM 45-49, who had a time of 20.44 and an age grade of 69.45%. This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 17 volunteers: Jacqui WYNDS • Angela BOWKETT • Mark MATHEWS • Graham JAMES • Sharla FLEET • Anna BEVAN • Stefanie FRANCIS • Andrew KNOTT • Mark WILLIAMSON • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINSWORTH) • Caroline RICKARDS • Fraser RICKARDS • Katy DAY • John DAY • Lisa ADAMS • Chloe WHEELER • Linda KIBBLE and Deborah TALBOTT. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest of Dean parkrun Results Page. I look forward to seeing you all next week. happy parkrunning all.