Millom parkrun #100
As well as the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War, there was also the hundredth Millom parkrun being held this weekend. After being woken by torrential rain around 4am, this reporter was worried that we would be soaked from head downwards by the deluge as well as feet upwards by the muddy field – however these fears were not realised as the Weather Gods smiled upon us all and kept the rain away for the duration of the run, dropping a bit of a cloudburst once all participants were safely in the Network Centre Café post-run.
Balloons decorated the car park, café and start/finish lines and the festive atmosphere was heightened by the number of anniversary runs being celebrated by our members…Nicholas Schaffer and Antony Lomas were both on their 50th parkrun, Andrew Rigg hit his 60th and Karen Lomas finished her 80th. Run Director, Colin Benn, congratulated Lesley Grieve who completed her 96th parkrun less than a week after participating in the New York Marathon (our field of 54 runners was only 52,758 less than those setting off across Staten Island Bridge the previous week!). We also welcomed First Timers Max and John Clements, Adrian, Luke, Xavier and Emma Miles and Leigh Phillips as well as 7 unregistered runners (who we hope will get themselves a barcode and join us again). Tourists included Ronald Hummelink, Joasia Zakrzewski, Lucy Gray, Vicky Johnston, Laura Clements and Gemma Hall from near (Whitehaven) and far (Dumfries). After all the news and welcomes (and reminders to hose down before entering the café) we were all ready to begin and the whistle set us all off. As is the norm when there’s been a bit of rain, within a few paces feet were damp and mud started to splatter…it wasn’t long before the smaller dogs participating with their owners were covered in mud up to their bellies and even the larger breeds started to change colour quite dramatically!
First across the finishing line in 22:32 was David Fulford, closely followed by Ronald Hummelink in 23:10 and then first lady finisher Joasia Zakrzewski in 23:12. New PBs were achieved by Rachel Murray and Ian Armstrong, despite the challenging conditions. The café and multiple cakes beckoned for the runners and as Tail Walker I hoped there would still be some left when I finished (1:11:49 – a very enjoyable bumble around the course with great company from Reina, Carole and their lovely dogs). I needn’t have worried – as it was the 100th celebrations it seemed like the majority of the regulars and volunteers had all bought cake to share and I loved the frosted ginger cake). Penny opened a bottle of fizz and there was enough for around a teaspoon of champers per person – not enough to bother the local police who are based in the Network Centre, no arrests for drink-driving were made!
A huge thanks go out to all the volunteers and to all who donated cakes and Karen and Andrew for manning the brew station. Here’s to the next 100 runs – hope to see you all there.