Chapter 1 Louise
The sweet sound of music awakened me, and my heart began to quicken. I looked loving across the bed to see the love of my life, my Parkrun barcode lovingly placed on the bedside table next to my running kit. I lay there recalling 99 previous hot and sweaty previous Saturday mornings, in the romantic settings of Blackpool, Minehead and Walsall to name a few. My heart leapt for joy as I remembered what today was Saturday 100 at Kingsbury Water Park. Leaping out of bed with excitement, the rest of the house was awakened for this monumental occasion. My thoughts wandered longingly to that black little number that would soon be mine…
Chapter 2 Rob
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Kingsbury Water Park. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that, if you look for it, Parkrun really is… all around (with apologies to Richard Curtis).
More precisely, this morning I am glad I am still here. Rumours of me looking like death on legs last week were very much accurate, but the golden 99 was so important because today brings up the century. My heart leapt – no, that’s not right – sort of pounded a bit – as I staggered out of bed, the rest of the house coming slowly to life for a wet early morning in North Warwickshire. My thoughts wandered longingly to that bacon sandwich that would soon be mine…
Chapter 3 Rich
Event number 282 12th January 2019 This week 552 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Chapter 4 Louise
The sweaty eye-patch made running difficult, as did the sword that kept stabbing me in the chin. All in the life of a pirate. Captain Sam Starkey was the first runner home in a time of 18.28, the fourth time he has lead the crew home. Claire Louise Martin came hurtling in at 20.33 as first female finisher for Canicross Midlands, without a parrot in sight. We had two Captain Jacks today Chapman and Pittaway, hopefully the later will enjoy the treasures of completing his first parkrun. We of course had 3 members of the Jack-son family today who’ve amassed an impressive 359 parkruns between them and have yet to walk the plank. No Jolly Rogers today though at KWP. Congratulations to Emily Carr who moved through the ranks today to earn her red 50 t-shirt. Emily has yet to sail away from the shores of KWP, all 50 runs have graced our hallowed soil. Simon Potter rose to the rank of black t-shirt with his 100th run today, sharing that honour with two inconspicuous characters of Louise and Rob Vernon. Simon debuted parkrun on 17/5/14 way back on KWP run number 44, in the days when the only thing the Vernon’s ran was a bath, and as pirates this was an infrequent occurrence. 8 of the Michy’s Marvels crew graced parkrun today, with Michelle herself poised at parkrun 99 to grab her black t-shirt too. Swigging grog below deck (also known as the café) she was joined by parkrun first timer Michelle Orme, who promises to be back for more.
Chapter 5 – Rob
Who stabs themselves in the chin with a plastic cutlass? Really? Good job I was risk assessed, health and safety approved and sensible enough to wear the eye patch on my forehead while running.
Chapter 6 – Louise
We mustn’t forget those pirates who give up their time so that we all can run. Brian Jones run director today as stood at the top of that crow’s nest surveying the masses for his 30th time today. Since the start of 2018 Sue Thould, bearer of the pirate flag has stood 30 times in that finishing funnel, shouting at us to not throw up and stay in line or handing out those treasured finishing tokens.
There are 16 different roles every week that need to be filled, with around 25 volunteers needed to keep us ship shaped. A simple email in to email@example.com all that it takes.
“We’re going this way, that way, through the puddles along the Kingsbury course
With a bottle of water to quench my thirst … the parkrun life for me.”