When writing the previous week’s run report, I had suggested ‘The Tide is High’ may have been a suitable soundtrack for Saturday’s run. However, the tide was surprisingly OK - what indeed would have been a good soundtrack would have been ‘Why Does it Always Rain on Me’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head’ or any other song about getting absolutely drenched! We all looked like we had had a dip in the sea!
I think a few of you also listened to or looked out on the rain and decided your soundtrack was ‘Spent the Day in Bed’, as our numbers were reduced to 132 on this soggy day. But soggy or not, spirits are never dampened at parkrun, even for those who have to spend longer in the elements than the rest of us - yes, our volunteers- bright in appearance and disposition. This week, smiling through the deluge were Davy BLAIR, Clive BRADBERRY, Clare CARRUTHERS, David DOEY, Samantha LINTON, Faye MCLERNON, Elaine MONTGOMERY, Alan TAGGART, Mervyn THOMPSON, Emer THOMPSON, Stuart VAUX, Andrew WILMOT, Christine WILMOT.
We count on our volunteers each week to allow our parkrun to go ahead. Really, the only jobs that are obviously essential and mean you can’t run are the timers and the tokens. Everything else you can still run - we have running marshals, setting up and closing down, scanning (though if you want to run and scan it helps if you are a faster finisher), writing the run report. If you fancy any of these jobs please let us know. And for the non-running roles, if each person volunteered for these a couple of times a year, we would be well covered.
Once again, we were running for cake. And delicious it was too - thank you to David Spence’s granny for the one I had. David and also Meabh Close were joining the 50 club and came laden with post run deliciousness to enjoy with a well earned hot cuppa after the run. We learnt the new term ‘sandbagging’ in relation to David and his amazing 18 PB’s that he has achieved, which basically means instead of going all out for it, if he thinks he’s going to get a PB by more than a few seconds he holds back so that he can keep bagging them in future runs. No matter the tactics - I’m impressed that his time has gone from 29:18 to 21:34. In fact truth be told, I’d be happy with his starting off time!
Meabh has also managed an impressive 9 personal bests, the latest one standing at 21:54! Great running from you both.
Just a quick congratulations too, to our first female finisher this week, Sonia Knox, who won Causeway Coast and Glens Sports Woman of the Year Award, following her gold medal at the World Duathlon championships.
Also well done to our male first finisher, Jamie McKee, who also got himself a PB of 17:15. Conditions weren’t the best, with only 6 PB’s overall. I wonder if Jamie will be pushing to join the sub 17 group?
We had 19 first timers to our course this week - a warm welcome to all of our visitors. This also included 8 people who had previously decided that this was the week to start parkrun and a bit of rain wasn’t going to put them off. Callum BRADLEY, Aaron DIXON, Hannah MORREN, Vicki DIXON, George ROBBINS, Nadine NICOL, Darren LYNN, Malcom JOHNS - we look forward to seeing you again. Come and say hello!
At this stage, dare we say it, conditions are looking favourable for this coming Saturday, though the volunteer roster could do with a few more names on it.
Give us a shout if you are available or see you on the beach.