After weeks of frustration caused by cancellations and muddy conditions when it was possible to run, the mini heatwave during the week dried out the course and provided a near perfect surface for the 87 runners who joined us in the welcome spring sunshine. “Near" perfect, because the heavy dew made the dog-leg turn rather slippery, as several runners discovered to their cost, fortunately without sustaining any injuries.
The results produced the usual crop of interesting statistics, but pride of place must go to the Snook family, Dad Lee and children Sam and Amy, all of whom recorded new PBs! Excluding first runs, of course, has that ever happened in the history of parkrun? Certainly not at Woodside. Mum Melanie was on hand to cheer them on from her marshalling position, but we should have asked her what she had given the family for breakfast, Shredded Wheat, perhaps? (other breakfast cereals are available, of course).
First-timer Phill Brown led the field home and commented afterwards on our Facebook page: “…my first ever parkrun and I can assure you I’ll be back, loved it!” Robert Wilson was the second runner to finish and one of 12 recording new PBs, Julie Figgures the first lady for the 5th time.
Among this week’s tourists we were delighted to welcome four runners from Bicester, whose photos, along with many others, are on our Facebook page, thanks to Hannah Storm. We had lots of positive feedback about the course, the run itself and the welcoming atmosphere in the pavilion. The “Friendly Games” may be over, but the friendly parkrun goes on.