Don’t worry parkrunners and volunteers, this week’s report won’t be littered with stats (I’ll leave that to the pros - Roger and Stuart).
A few weeks ago we were asked to submit an adjective that describes the first time we stood on the start line ready to start our parkrun journeys. Mine was “liberated” and I thought it would be interesting to write A parkrun in the Life of a VI Runner.
08:15 - time to head down to the park for today’s run.
08:30 - 08:40 - meet up with our fabulous Guide Runners (Martin with me, Steve with Vanessa and Roger with Jan, one of today’s 43 First Timers). All VI Runners and Guides wear hi-viz tops for our safety and yours.
08:55 - Safety Briefing by Kenny. “Liberated” because without the amazing Guides I wouldn’t have started my own parkrun journey.
09:00 - 338 of us walked, jogged and ran a warm but windy parkrun. Thanks to everyone who gave support as we trundled around and giving us space when overtaking. When one of your senses goes or is impaired, you rely on your others and for me I rely heavily on my hearing and I really appreciate it when faster runners tell me they’re coming past me on my right. I would recommend some of our speedier runners to run the course blindfolded and led by one of the growing numbers of Guides to understand how nerve-wracking it can be, especially down by the river. Can’t guarantee you’ll stay dry though
Post-run: We are one big happy parkrun family and it’s good to catch up in The Cafe (highly recommend the pancakes).
parkrun has helped me become confident in my running ability and has enabled me to try other running ventures.
See you all next week.