"Is it even worth showing up..?"
"Look at that ice. No chance..."
"There's a squirrel frozen to the course somewhere near the tennis courts..."
"Yeah, it'll definitely be called off today..."
BUT WAIT!!! After much scratching of heads, chewing of fingernails and recruiting of extra marshals, a very tricky decision was made to go ahead with today's Markeaton parkrun. Cheers to Tim and the Team for making it happen, and to everybody who answered the call when extra marshals were needed.
The decision was made, much to the relief of (most of) the 410 wrapped-up runners who had gathered on this freezing cold morning. We came from London, Northern Ireland and there were a fair few who were originally planning to visit Shipley parkrun, before it was cruelly cancelled due to the icy conditions. The hardcore Markeaton locals were in attendance, as well as 76 first time visitors to the park. 47 people chose today to do there first ever parkrun anywhere. That's very impressive folks. We can promise you that most weeks it's not this tricky!
It was a great morning for Aidan, who ran his 10th run and Neil who ticked off his 50th. Huge congratulations to you both.
Delayed until 9-15 so that various new marshalling positions could be taken up, the worst icy puddles could be identified and everybody's various layers could be peeled off in time, the run eventually got going along the slippery, icy path that at times resembled a Mario Kart course, rather than a parkrun one.
There were some interesting running techniques on display in order to get round the hazards. Some of us adopted the arms out wide approach, some stuck to the grass and eyed the path with suspicion, some went a bit Wile. E. Coyote, others screamed and pointed at each potentially slippery bit, while some saw this as an opportunity to really take it easy and sacrificed the PB that they were DEFINITELY going to get today, in order to get round without breaking anything vital. As ever, the dogs just didn't care and belted round like it was the best thing ever. 40 people must have been chanelling those dogs though, as they went home with PBs. Impressive stuff indeed!
Incredibly, despite the conditions which went from icy to wet and back again, nobody went over! I must admit, from my vantage point, I saw a few people nearly go down but save themselves at the last second, but, as far as we know, everybody made it round safe and sound and in one piece and the first-aid box remained unopened. Well done everybody. If you walked, or if you ran or if you looked a bit like Bambi on the frozen lake, you were awesome.
Here's an exclusive shot of the first female and first male crossing the finish line...
What a fantastic time we all had. It would be really dull if every run was the same and this one certainly kept things interesting eh? Avoiding the ice, swerving the puddles, working out which bit of you was the coldest bit, it was all great fun. So much better than staying in bed. No, it was. Honest.
A massive pat of the back to all the icicle-ridden marshals who helped to get everybody round safely and cheers to everybody that came out on a bleak Saturday morning to make the magic happen. A turnout of 410 parkrunners was incredible. We came, we ran, we slid around a bit. We were amazing.
Lets do it all again next Saturday (but with much better weather please.)
Here come the freshly thawed out stats...
Event number 213
20th January 2018
This week 410 people ran, jogged, walked and slid round the course, of whom 76 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Samantha JAMES • Tony EVANS • Tim SPATE • Andrew GALLIMORE • Chris WHITE • Kathryn WILLS • Neil BARNES • Rob SEYMOUR • Rachel FARROW • Catherine SEYMOUR • Becky MALLEY • Jerry EVANS • Richard BURKE • Shane WALKER • Matthew WEST • Tim BENTLEY • John WINTER • Sarah SENIOR • Tim STANDLEY • Alan WILLIAMS • Sue CLARKE • Sarah HUSKINSON • Viv MOXHAM • Charlotte BECKETT • Leanne CROSS • Nick POTTER • Eloise FLEMING • Rachel SHARP • Phillip VARIN • Christopher FENTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Markeaton parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Harriet EMKES who recorded a time of 18:23 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142). The male record is held by Alex PILCHER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 29th October 2016 (event number 164).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.64% (24:29) on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).
Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 8,436 participants have completed 48,940 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,700 km, including 10,327 new Personal Bests.