So this week I swap camera for laptop, listening to you guys rather than snapping you. I’m not sure what is more frightening. If like me you over indulged last night with Irish friends there was no pot of gold or rainbows with the sunshine and showers that greeted us on arrival at Kingsbury this morning. It was also a rather balmy 12 degrees, and typically like us Brits do I was soon complaining it was too hot.
As a “Blue Nose” no run report would be complete without mentioning it being a long long road and feeling tired and weary. Today I had the privilege of chatting to a group of people just at the beginning of that road having just completed their Badgers beginners course and raring to go on their first Parkrun. There were plenty of pre-run nerves but also excitement too. Fortunately for them there were a few “Wolves” absent today!
Next I accosted poor Sharon Whitehead on her landmark 50th Parkrun. Over the last few weeks Sharon has cheered me on as a marshal so it was great to see her “Don”-ning her running shoes despite injury to clock up her landmark just 18 months after beginning her journey to fitness.
I met up pre-race with some of the regulars, a few who are running Ashby 20 tomorrow. Sharon Jackson you made the report! Good luck to you and your fellow Ashby crowd.
Also well done to those of you like me who trekked down to Silverstone last weekend swapping mud for lots and lots of asphalt. Our clan made sure we shouted “hump” as we trotted over the starting strips. So thoughts for the day for the “Trotters” like me who trundle like me every week around Kingsbury comfortably mid-table. Firstly like my socks I need an L and R on my hands, so when the poor buggy runner shouts out behind me “left” I don’t run the wrong way. Secondly well done to the runner who completed parkrun pushing a regular buggy, she must be mad as a “Hatter”!
Being the nerd I am I started Googling football club nicknames and the Badgers are actually Staylbridge Celtic, so I got one in the run report without even trying. The next shout out of the day goes to the “Villan” who I encountered at 4.5K trying to get a sub 30 Parkrun. Much as I hate to admit cheering on Villa, you nailed it, left me for dead with a comfortable sub 29. Well done to the Cannicross Midlanders who ran like “Terriers” to finish in the top couple of places again today.
Well the beginner Badgers certainly earned their “Spurs” today, John Hanson you’d have been proud of them. They all finished with big smiles on their faces, but was that just the promise of cake?
As usual we must thank all our Hi-Vis “Saints” who keep Parkrun going every week. Well done to the 392 “Valiants” who completed Parkrun today and 34 “Diamonds” took part in their very first Parkrun. I’m not sure I can squeeze “Monkey Hangers” into a run report but I’ll try! “Keep right on” and see you all again same time, same place next weekend.