Gloucester North parkrun gave us a great fun run today.
I crept gingerly out of the house first thing, trying not to wake up my grandson. Made it down to the Uni car park where we met our first hurdle (a security guard who had no idea he was supposed to be opening the car park and the gate to the lane). This was taken care of by a very confident (and cocky) Iain Williams, without me even having to leave the car. Soon afterwards people started to arrive and the 'kit' was lugged by a band of merry lads and lasses to the corner of Plock court where Peter Hayes and I began marking out the field and trying to 'cone' the more serious potholes - there were a considerable number of them today!
We hurredly made it back to the start where I made a rapid transformation into funnel manager and chatted to the team (who were all absolutely superb during the race) Norman Merlock and Sarah Dhillon plus one lady who's name eludes me. We were fortunately joined by Claire Bryant who having lent Thunder out to Nige Ellis, volunteered to help us by scanning, thank you very much Claire.
Norman stepped in to administer first aid to a runner suddenly taken ill. The runner in question has requested that Norman be thanked for his kind and swift assistance. Well done and thanks Norman.
Well, the run was a foregone conclusion because we were once again honoured with the presence of an obviously 'in form' Steve Millward who did exactly what it says on the tin - absolutely nailed it on a slow sticky course to produce a new course record of 16:48.
Pesto de Klein was the first Harrier in to land - a good job well done.
Our very own Nigel Ellis produced a PB - well done matey.
Peter Hayes ran an incredible 22:30 coming in 10th - or so I thought until I spotted his cunning plan to masquerade as Pete Haynes (the sm25-29 gave you away Peter) - sorry, but cracking form anyway.
Neil Cumming Kate Beevers Sarah Minchew and Karen Bennett all ran very respectable end of year- just after the indulgences of Christmas run - well done all you Harriers!!!
A special congratulations to Isabel who completed 50 parkruns today. You have been running with us since we first began. Much deserved, a fantastic effort.
This is my last post of the year and hopefully, I didn't miss anyone out! Please accept my apologies if I did.
Happy New Year to you all and I hope to see you all 2017.
Adrian ARNOLD - A1948963