Well it started fine by getting to the event on time and finding out where the Volunteer Coordinator was to say that I had turned up as the run reporter. As this is also my first go at this, just like last week's reporter, I'll try and do my best, having been a marshal and token sorter before - another new experience. This is the first time since Christmas that the weather has been nice on a tourist's run so thank you to whoever organized that for me!
I made my way down to the lower car park in time to hear the first timers briefing with Mike King. He gave a skinny of the course and what to expect, fortunately I never had to dodge any horses that could be out and about and only came across the one dog walker too. Severe dislike to the comment that there was a hill near the start but that was more bluster than at my regular run.
There were added juniors doing the morning Run Director pre start information with a birthday runner and also a number of tourists (I being one, albeit a local) but nobody was willing to admit to a milestone run. The glorious Saturday morning made for nice dry ground conditions. 501 runners turned out, of which there were 75 first timers and 28 doing their first ever parkruns so well done guys & girls for joining the community. Sadly 26 people had forgotten their barcode and with the parkrun no code no result policy were recorded as Unknown runners but well done for doing the run all the same. There were also 32 volunteers to help make the event so well done to you guys as well.
After a slow meander at the start due to the volume of runners we finally got going after the first turn up Mike's forewarned hill. It was such a nice morning to enjoy dry ground, the sun shining through the trees and trying not to trip on anything around you, saying hello to the volunteers pointing you in the correct direction.
As a moderate paced runner myself it always seems like so many others were going past me. At the corner when you get to the turnaround point at the 3 & 1/3 km stage I was hoping that I had nearly finished my run knowing full well I had a fair bit further to go.
Just before you cross over the bridge I noticed that my morning of pain was nearly over as I saw the 4 KM line drawn on the ground so I knew there was only another 6 minutes of "enjoyment" to go. The sound of the cafe was being drowned out sadly by the ducks & geese on the lake,(which I always enjoy but have never seen before from the other side of the lake before) and then the smell of smoke from the steam railway wafting with the wind as well.
With a few final twists and kinks there was a kindly reminder from my phone to make one final push to get to the finish line and hopefully the carrot part of the day after the stick had been used to drive me on. I was given a generous piece of encouragement as well to get under 30 minutes for the first time so had to push for the last part.
To make it all worth it for those struggling this morning you could take use of the free massage that was being offered in the field to ease those weary muscles to make you feel more human again. Now point me in the direction of the coffee & cake!
First Male Brandon Mulliner 17:59 minutes
First Female Lilly Jones 20:19 9th overall
Mark Galpin PB today Yippee!
Thanks to this week's volunteers
Alex BLACKMORE • Anna PARNUM • Becky JAY • Brandon MULLINER • Carole BLACKMORE • Clifford WATERS • David KELLY • Deborah LAMB • George MORGANS • George PIPER • Glenys WATERS • Harry SIMS • Jan UNDERDOWN • Jason BEECH • Joe PIPER • Jort HILLE RIS LAMBERS • Karen KELLY • Linda Mela BURN • Lindsay CASS • Mark GALPIN • Mark GIBSON • Martyn HOULDSWORTH • Maureen LUCAS • Michael KING • Nathan PARRY • Pauline WORRALL • Penny ALVIS • Polly AMOS • Rachel CASS • Sara WILSON • Sean BLACKMORE • Steve GOODWIN