Looking out the window this morning, grey clouds filled the sky, whilst rain slowly began to patter against the glass- a far cry from the Spanish sun I had been in yesterday. But as for the heat! Probably the same, and way more humid!! The rain didn't have any effect on cooling you down. Fair to say there was a lot of sweaty people around the finish area, with a lot of steam radiating off the warm bodies.
Arriving at the Oakwell this morning, the first thing I saw was a bright, cheery smile from Amanda as she sorted the car park. Oh how I've missed her bubbly character! Was nice to catch up with a lot of old friendly faces-especially Bailey the dog. One thing that really made me happy was seeing all the different groups of people chatting to one another before the run, creating a great friendly atmosphere before it had even begun!
Now onto the run. For me personally, this was the first time I have run this course (have tailwalked before), so didn't really know what to expect. But the main thing I must point out, is the wonderful encouragement and motivation given by ALL the marshals and runners alike. Starting off, the adrenaline really kicked in, as people jostled and sprinted off to gain those early leading positions. Reaching the first corner, everyone started to stretch out, as the pace picked up flying down the early hill. Ands that's when disaster struck.... out the corner of my eye, I saw the runner in front of me's barcode fly out of his pocket! It was all too fast to grab it in time! We made a plan to collect it on the second lap, but alas, could not been seen. Luckily some hero out there picked it up and handed it to marshalls, so all was sorted (Big thank you to whoever it was!!)
Moving down towards the zig zags, I had been told about how technical they were, and blimey, aren't they tight corners! With them navigated successfully, it was time for a nice flat section towards the park, before the mysterious, spooky patch arrived. It had been reported that many caterpillars had decided to take home in some of the trees near to the dog bin...and what an impact they had made. What was once a large typical looking tree, was now completely coloured white, as if snow had fallen and attached itself to every single branch. It did look quite nice though! Another new feature of the course came in the form of the new path leading through the muddy field. Very professional, and will be perfect for those very damp days, but as for myself and the runners around me, it was still a case of cutting straight through the middle- got to save time some how!
Onto the second lap, where the positions around me seemed to remain quite consistent. Up ahead we could see all the fast people starting to pull away, but the pack of 4 or 5 that I was in (comprising of a Morley runnner, young Curtis, and others I can't really remember (very sorry)) all kept nicely together, making for a nice pace. As we slowly started to catch those who were on their first lap, I can not fault their co-operation and encouragement as we ran past, supporting us all the way to the end! Around the park area for the second time, I saw young Curtis glance at his watch, and that's when he really picked up his speed. He was very difficult to keep up with, so we let him go. Brilliant effort for such a young lad, can tell his future will be good!
Fighting through the fatigued legs, and warm air, we eventually made it to the finishing straight. Volunteers from my run club shouted me on as I was moving towards the line to take first female position. But wait! Out of nowhere came Treena who had an amazing sprint finish to take the glory just at the right time. Cracking performance from you, but I still wonder which shade of blue you came out of!! After getting some much needed water, I could hear all the congratulations being said to all those that finished with a new PB (especially Taylor on her 50th parkrun today). But one conclusion could definitely be made from all runners, it was so warm !!
Back to the cafe for some delightful cake and chatting where the rain had started to pick up- can always rely on Oakwell to provide a good cake spread! Well done also to Julie on her 100th parkrun, and to Donna who also gained her 50th. From the results can see a lot of first timers so congratulations to you guys too! Sorry I can't comment on everyone's run from today, there's just so many of you!!
Overall, brilliant atmosphere, very friendly volunteers, and a lot of sweating!!
Oakwell Hall parkrun
Event number 190
2nd June 2018
This week 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Amanda WALKER • Adam GALLAGHER • Julie SMITH • Jason JAGGER • Paul MURGATROYD • Wendy MURGATROYD • John WILDE • Mira MILEUSNIC • Sienna HAYNES • Vicky WILDE • Robert BROOKS • Thomas WILDE • Jason SAVILLE • Michelle SAVILLE • Ann BOGUE • Philip BOGUE • Abbie HOLYOAKE • Roberta MANN • Steven CARTER • Liam SAVILLE • Kristian THARBY • Rachel HEATON • Mandy BOOLE • Nathan MCGREGOR • Russell IBBETSON • Amy EVANS • Jody LUCAS • Mason NELSON • Liz IBBETSON-BRISTOW
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oakwell Hall parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:10 on 18th July 2015 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Joe SAGAR who recorded a time of 17:10 on 16th January 2016 (event number 75).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 87.80% (20:21) on 6th May 2017 (event number 141).
Oakwell Hall parkrun started on 19th July 2014. Since then 5,835 participants have completed 34,924 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,620 km, including 7,479 new Personal Bests.