After seeing the weather warning all week I approached this mornings run with trepidation. However with Fulham 10k cancelled tomorrow I didn't really have a choice and one way to add some enthusiasm to my morning run is a new parkrun, todays choice being Old Deer Park; not being from London I often get lost en route to new places but the gps gets me back on track and it's one way to make up the miles. Today run's from Hounslow saw me pass HQ with all the prep taking place for England-Ireland, I think we can safely say that the writing was on the wall for an Ireland Grand Slam particularly with it being St Patrick's Day.
As the time drew closer to 9am I got to what I believed to be Old Deer Park and spotted a hi vis- which could mean only one thing; I'd come to the right place! I sprinted over to find out that I'd come to where the welcome briefing takes place, happy days!
The run saw just shy of 100 steely runners turnout in adverse conditions ably supported by a strong group of volunteers braving the cold, big shout out and thanks to the volunteers; please find some time out in the year to volunteer and help out when you can, whilst all parkrun's tend to have a core group of helpers they all need our support from the runners so take some time out from running a PB and give your legs a rest when you can to give something back to a great cause.
Final mentioned for John Butcher pictured whose becoming something of a London celebrity scooping records around the different Parkrun's in the 85-89 category clocked a respectable 36.11
The run itself is 3 laps of the park, largely flat and offering opportunities for PB's however the back end of the laps did involve a bit of slipping and sliding from the mud but this didn't deter people from their strong finish and a great start to their Saturday morning.
Well done everyone!