I find myself sitting down with a cup of tea, a grumpy ginger cat and a MASSIVE slice of cake, desperately trying to dry off after a tremendous but oh so wet junior parkrun this morning. But first, let me tell you about what we got up to last Sunday, which was a very different day!
Event 122: 7th October. Last weekend was crisp, bright and very sunny. Because of the cancellations at Rushcliffe and Forest Rec junior parkruns, we had a grand total of 15 first timers to the rolling hills of Gedling in amongst the 47 finishers. It was wonderful to see so many new faces joining forces with our seasoned veterans, welcome one and all! Please come back again soon. We had a magnificent seven of you going quicker than ever before, so a huge well done and an online high-five from me.
The usual band of happy volunteers turned up and made sure that every one got around safely, I'll do a roll-call a little bit further down the page, but it was also great to be joined by a couple of marshals making the trip from the cancelled runs. If anybody fancies looking gorgeous in the hi-viz, then please let us know, we are always very happy for new faces to come and take part. All of the roles are simple enough for even me to do, you'll get a full briefing and I guarantee that you will enjoy your Sunday morning as much as I do.
Thank you to Helen for taking this wonderful picture from the bottom of the first hill. Doesn't our park look fantastic?
Moving forward through time, we get to Event 123: 14th October. I woke up this morning to the sound of rain blowing against the bedroom window. Not a great start, but if there is something that gets me up and motoring on any Sunday morning, it's the thought of having fun on the hills, no matter what is falling from the sky. I certainly wasn't let down today, we may have been small in number, just 20 of you braved the conditions, but we were gigantic in effort! We even had two brand new runners today, welcome to Millie and Edward, I hope you'll be back again soon. Even in the unhelpful conditions, a famous five of you managed to record your quickest time so far. That is a great effort, well done.
If there's one thing that can always be relied on, it's the energy, enthusiasm and general cheeriness of our volunteers. It's so easy to stay in the warm comfort of your own living room on a day like today, so thank you to all for donning raincoats, wellies, hats and brollies and lining our route. Today was the day that Jenny took over the reins as Run Director too, she had to cope with a dodgy megaphone and some of the soggiest barcodes ever presented for scanning, but I think she did a top job.
For the last two weeks, our army of volunteers has been made up of Tamsin, Frances, Finlay, Sharon, Nick, Jack, Ian, Ruth, Joanne, Julie, Helen H, Richard, Zoe, Myles, Ewan, Yasmin, Kelly, Louis A, Oliver, Jenny, Emma, Esther, Jonah, James, Helen S, Jayne, Madeleine and Louis J. A massive thank you to you all.
Today Sammy was presented with his half-marathon wristband for completing his 11th junior parkrun, well done Sammy, doesn't he looked chuffed?
As always, I'll leave you with some of my favourite pictures of our amazing junior parkrunners from the last two events. For more photographs, just pop over to our Flickr page, your smiling face will be in there somewhere.
I'll be your Run Director next week, I'm already looking forward to seeing you all, whatever the weather!