We were expecting a quiet parkrun last Saturday, as three of our run directors were away in London running in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon, and many of our regulars were taking it easy in advance of the Cardiff Bay 10k the next day. So, we got a pleasant surprise when 22 first timers turned up – our first timers briefer James Thomas had quite the crowd! Our new visitors included a group from Swansea, sporting bright pink t-shirts proclaiming “I Ain’t Afraid of No Hills!” Well they had certainly come to the right place!
Our regular Rowan Hobbs enjoyed his 99th parkrun last Saturday, and we are looking forward to helping him celebrate the big 100 next week in Maesteg. There will be cake and a few easter surprises so come along and join in (he might even slow down a bit!).
We were also in the fantastic position this week of having filled our volunteer roster by Monday, making my job as run director for Saturday a very easy one. It was fantastic to see some of our regular runners choosing to volunteer over the last couple of weeks, and we really do appreciate it.
As a new runner myself, running in only my second 10k in Cardiff Bay (it’s only 2 parkruns right?!) was made all the more enjoyable by bumping in to many of our parkrun family along the way – this included fellow run directors, Maesteg parkrunners and volunteers either on the course or on the route cheering us on.
A total of 43 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Colin BLACKWELL • Adrian PEARCE • James THOMAS • Michael BRAIN • Kathryn WARREN • Abigail ALLAN • Paul WARREN • Tom HURLOCK • Delma THOMAS • John LEWIS • Laurie WILLIAMS • Tracey THOMAS • Samantha BELCHER