What a lovely crisp winter morning for a parkrun! And how lucky we are to have such a beautiful country park to enjoy while we enjoy/endure 5k every Saturday morning. You will have noticed the work going on at the Chapel in the centre of the park. The restoration of the building is a long term project funded by Hampshire County Council and Heritage Lottery funding, which should be finished in 2018.
The Chapel was part of the Military Hospital, which was once the longest building in the world. As well as restoring the Chapel to as close to its former state as possible, the restoration will also involve production of an exhibition and installations about the Hospital.
Now, from the park to the parkrun... Only a few of last week's puddles remained this morning, and the sun shone on the 223 barcode-bearing runners.
This morning saw three parkrun first timers. We hope you were made to feel welcome and enjoyed the parkrun experience. PBs on the winter course are hard to come by, so well done to the 10 runners who secured their best times at Netley this morning. Milestones this morning were celebrated by Lee Huxtable who joined the 100 club, while Alyson Rook, Maria Hill and Benjamin Collins all completed their 50th parkrun. Get those t-shirt orders in!
Remember, parkrun relies on volunteers, and all roles are pretty straight forward and well-supported. If you fancy helping out one weekend, visit the Volunteer section of the Netley Abbey parkrun website. I marshalled today, ably assisted by my 5 year old daughter Grace. It was chilly but fun, and we loved cheering on and high-fiving the runners on the way round. Grace was particularly fond of the runners accompanied by dogs! If you haven't done before, then give marshalling a go and see parkrun from the other side.
With the aim of getting to get to know some of the regular parkrun volunteer team, today we hear from Sandra Hook. Sandra is often seen setting up and closing down, sometimes marshalling, sometimes time keeping, and always smiling!
Over to Sandra...
Favourite volunteer role? Timer
Long run or short run? Long (although short for you marathon runners!)
Running gear: bright or black? Black
Headphones in or hear the cheers? Hear the cheers
Treadmill or dreadmill? Dreadmill
Warm up run or extra ten minutes in bed? Warm up
Refreshing rain or scorching sun? Refreshing rain
Winter course: love or loathe? Love