Netley Abbey parkrun number 251 saw a very special "first timer" today in the form of a new winter course. The weather had obviously received the memo about the course change and was suitably wintery for the occasion.
Today was less about beating PBs and more about beating the elements. Rain, wind, mud and a double dose of hills greeted the 141 hardy runners who turned out, impressively cheered on by water-proofed, welly-wearing marshals. Thank you to everyone who braved the rain to support the runners today.
A big well done to the three runners who did their first ever parkrun today: Chris Illston, Catherine Carey and James Carey. Getting out for your first parkrun on a morning like today should definitely be applauded!
Technically it was PB day for everyone on the new course, but impressively getting an overall Netley parkrun PB was Emily Jerrim - nice work!
A big shout out to the set-up team who laid out the new course while the rest of us were still warm and dry, pondering whether we really wanted to go and run in the rain. On that note, let's get to know one of the regular volunteer team at Netley: Michael Head. He can usually be found setting up, running around, then closing down come rain or shine, along with other willing volunteers.
Puddles: jump over or splash through? Splash through!
Main course or cricket pitch? Cricket pitch
Parkrun or marathon? Parkrun
Summer course or winter course? Summer
Gordon or Gary?! Gordon (sorry Gary, you'd have got my vote!!)
PB or plod with friends? Plod with friends
Post run: cake or no cake? Cake!
Hi tech or naked running? Hi tech
Warm up or catch up with friends? Warm-up (very sensible Mike!)
The team at Netley would like to take this opportunity to send our sincere condolences to the family, friends and team mates of Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott. Two young, promising local runners who were tragically killed this week. Thank you to all runners for observing the two minutes silence this morning in memory of the girls, and in respect of Remembrance Day.
See you next week (better weather has been ordered)...