Moors Valley – A small moment of ‘busyness’
I have never been a morning person however for parkrun (despite still pressing the snooze button) I am always keen to get up. As a frequent runner, I am usually on the ‘other side’ but today I donned the high vis and took on a marshalling role.
The weather on Saturday morning was lovely – it was cold and crisp and I really think that these sorts of conditions show the true natural beauty of Moors Valley. Both Ginny (my ‘foster’ Cockerpoo) and I were greeted by the core team in the usual spot and provided with our kit for the morning!
We headed off down the beaten track to Marshal point 5, checked the mud situation and waited. Apart from the dim rattling of golfer’s clubs behind us, there was nothing. Absolute silence. It was so calm however within minutes we were greeted by our first runner (who also happened to own a dog… much to Ginny’s delight!). Then came more noise; the sounds of people chatting, laughing, encouraging, thanking and supporting one another. There were people (430 to be precise) of different ages and backgrounds all there for that same reason… to walk or to run 5K and it was just brilliant! Then within half an hour, it was just Ginny and I again, surrounded by silence, as if nothing had happened. I think that’s the best thing about park run… a small moment of ‘busyness’ where all park runners unite together to go out and run/walk 5K and then everything returns back to normal.
So, park runners, thank you for providing me with that small moment of ‘busyness’ that brightened up my Saturday morning
In total 34 volunteers made Saturday’s event happen, so a massive thank you to them:
Gary TYLER • Jan UNDERDOWN • Lee BAXTER • Katie WALDING • Tim CHALLIS • Scott SMALLMAN (who sported a cone on his head about 5 minutes before the event started) • Glenys WATERS • Clifford WATERS • Heidi SNOOK • Kay MILLS • Robert SPENCER • Jason BEECH • Ellie PIPER • Alex BLACKMORE • Andy BASKETT • Simon POPE • Lindsay CASS • Rachel CASS • Simon WALDING • Helena SHAW • Tina MCGOWAN • Benjamin HARWOOD • Toby DEDRICK • Carole BLACKMORE • Alex THURSTON • Anne ADAMS • Anna PARNUM • Harry SIMS • Jort HILLE RIS LAMBERS • Fred UNDERDOWN • Phillip MILLS • Sue PULMAN • Ella UNDERDOWN-GRAY • Moira UNDERDOWN
As previously mentioned 430 people ran, jogged or walked the course today. 47 of those were first timers (hurrah to you) and 57 of you achieved new PB’s (more hurrahs to you).
Well done to everyone!