Well, that had a bit of everything didn't it? Good job parkrunners are such a level-headed lot or it could have messed with your mind at this early hour on a Saturday morning.
"It's really windy right? So it's freezing cold? No, hang on, it's not. But it's raining too, so it must be chilly? No, it's warm. Really warm. But it's October! And last week there was the Puddle of Doom, and I've got my hat and long sleeves on...AAARRGGGHHH! WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE WEATHER!?!???"
Yes, many confused faces gathered at 8-30 on Saturday morning. It was wet. It was REALLY windy and, many people had come wrapped up for the oncoming storm-like conditions, only for it to turn out warmer than a camel in Ugg boots. Weather eh? What can you do?
Still, 368 intrepid parkrunners gathered together to kick off the weekend in the best possible way. 368 may not seem like that many people compared to some weeks, but it was still 368 more than the official attendance for Croatia v England the previous evening. It was great to see 44 parkrunners visiting Markeaton for the very first time and 28 people doing their first ever parkrun ANYWHERE. Incredible stuff.
In amongst the Markeaton regulars were a sprinkling of tourists to shake things up a bit, and it was brilliant to see visitors from Devon, Nottingham and Watford. Welcome along folks.
The course was resplendent in its Autumn glory. Leaves and branches on the ground. A few small puddles (but the Puddle of Doom was nowhere to be seen) and the people setting up the course for the afternoon's Cross Country Championships to dodge. But then there was the wind. Always blowing and swirling, but never actually behind you, helping. Nope, it always seemed as if the wind was gusting right in your face and making some sections feel as if you were running through treacle. It didn't stop 50 people clocking up a new PB though. Maybe they opened there arms, caught an up-draught and flew round. Who knows? Congratulations though!
Reports did come in after the run that a few squirrels did become airborne due to the strong winds. If anybody can give them a lift back from Cromford, then please let Markeaton HQ know, please.
We didn't lose any volunteers to the weather! All 27 heroes in the hi-viz did their jobs amazingly in tricky conditions and reported in at the finish. Huge thanks to everybody that helped out, as the run couldn't happen without you. It's even more appreciated when the conditions turn a bit grim, so it really is appreciated by all the runners.
It was a huuuuge morning for Daniel Burch who ran his 10th parkrun and will get to wear the 10 Shirt of Awesomeness from now on. Well done Daniel. You da man.
Everybody managed to finish just in time, as the weather took another twist and decided, after threatening for a while, to pelt it down with rain towards the end of the run. Conversations from parkrunners sheltering in The Orangery varied from "What about the wind?" to "How warm was that?" via "I did three laps of the cross country course without realising!" but everybody was happy now that coffee and bacon cobs had appeared.
Yep, yet another incredible Markeaton parkrun. It certainly blew the cobwebs away (and a squirrel or two) and if you ran, jogged, walked or did a combination of all three, then congratulations on being part of a beautiful thing. Something so beautiful that it makes Tony and Tim look like this. They are living the parkrun dream, people...
If you want to look as awesome as this then, don't worry, you can. We will be doing it all again next week, and you, YES YOU, can be like Tony and Tim. And who doesn't want that..?
So, you next week for another exciting instalment. If I were you, I'd dress for sun, rain, cold, warmth, snow, plague of locusts and a tornado. Y'know, just to be on the safe side.
The stats my friend, are blowin' in the wind...
Event number 248
13th October 2018
This week 368 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Paula Jane HUBBER • Maggie WHITELEY • Samantha JAMES • Tim SPATE • Brian WARNER • Chris WHITE • Nicola WHITE • Sarah Jane BARTLEY • Rachel FARROW • Pete RAVENSCROFT • David BENTLEY • Ian GRUNDY • William GAGIE • Jerry EVANS • David KEEGAN • Andrew COWELL • Catherine PEAKE • Tim BENTLEY • Corey ROSE • Tim STANDLEY • Karen NEWTON • Gillian RICHARDSON • Nick POTTER • Raphael COWAP • Lucy BELL • Nawal MOHIAELDIN • Maisie HOLLICK
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Markeaton parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:27 on 12th March 2016 (event number 139).
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 96.36% (25:10) on 1st September 2018 (event number 242).
Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 10,343 participants have completed 63,048 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,240 km, including 12,951 new Personal Bests.