I love visiting new parkruns and having family in Devon means that I've been lucky to visit a number of venues. The county boasts some of the most beautiful, challenging parkruns in the country. This week I was fortunate to visit Plymvalley and it is certainly no exception!!
Having survived Friday the 13th at a remote hostel on Dartmoor I headed down to Plymbridge Woods, and as I wasn't certain of directions I left plenty of time...meaning I got there an hour early! It was a great chance to chat to RD Tara, who welcomed me and talked me through the route.
I caught up with a friend I knew through FB, Owain Thomas and his family, Cathy and Gethin. Owain has been encouraging me to visit Plymvalley for a while now, and I'm so glad I did!
The first timers brief was delivered by Steve before Kathy delivered the main briefing. And then we were off!
It took me a while to get into my stride as the mix of muddy paths, pot holes and puddles made me a little more cautious than normal in the first 1km. As soon as I got my brain used to it I loved it! It was a perfect mix of challenging and fun. The stretch along the river and through the woods was beautiful and I used that time to psych myself up for the hill, which I had been warned about on multiple occasions!!
I am pleased to say that I managed to run it all and then found myself on the super quick road section. This was a chance to stretch my legs a little and also bash some of the mud off of my shoes!!
The downhill was a little slippery but I was soon back on the final lap of the meadow. A short sprint finish and I was done! I got scanned and was pleased to see there was some cake!
I chatted to regular Danny who talked me through the alternative route that is run in winter, and I must say...I don't fancy that hill twice!
Crossing the line soon after me was the hen party of Amy, made up of a large group of girls from London. They crossed the line hand in hand and seemed to have a fun morning!
There were 22 first timers and 10 visitors on the day, as well as a further 206 runners giving a field of 238 in total. In that there were 17 unknown runners, including the first finisher! DFYB everyone!!
There were three runners doing milestone runs. These were Cheryl Boxall doing her 100th (in a very fetching wig), Simon Davis doing his 100th also and Jordon F entering the junior 10 club. Congratulations everyone.
Strange fact of the day! The 2nd finisher was doing his 2nd parkrun and 3rd finisher was doing his 3rd!
There were a whopping 40 PBs on the day, congratulations if one of them was you!
No parkrun can operate without its volunteers. This weeks hi-viz heroes were:
Les AGGETT, Lisa ALFORD, Frank BEAL, Steve BUSH, David CHURCH, Christine COLLIER, Jim COLLIER, Tara DAVIES, Matt DAVIES, Max DAVIES, Nina HALL, Aimi HEWLETT ELLIOTT, Alex LEA, Anna LINSLEY, Andrew LINSLEY, Jamie MARTIN, Kathryn PARTINGTON, Melany RICHARDS, Bryonie TAYLOR-GREEN, Richard WALTERS, James WHITE, Darren WILLIAMS
I had a thoroughly enjoyable morning and was made to feel really welcome. Plymvalley is a wonderful course supported by an excellent running community and organised by a dedicated core team. I can't thank everyone enough for making my Saturday morning so much fun. I hope to be back one day.