thank you Paul Wheeler for a fantastic run report! - GD
Two weeks ago I can remember moaning to myself about the unseasonably low temperature and chilly wind. Last week I was moaning to myself again, this time about the unseasonable heat and, you guessed it, lack of wind to cool me and the fellow parkrunners down. This week everything was just about perfect.
Well over 400 people turned up for the 243rd edition of Southsea parkrun. Speakers Corner was alive with colour and chitter chatter and whilst warming up snippets of conversations could be heard, from in depth discussions about previous park runs and races to comparisons of injuries. Group selfies are taken and banter and giggling is prevalent from a huddles of running clubs such as Portsmouth Triathletes and Baffins Fitclub.
Willing volunteers line the route donning the hi vis and with beaming smiles. This is what makes parkrun so special, a genuine community spirit and camaraderie that makes Saturday morning such a joy. In my opinion there really is nothing not to like about it.
Shouts and cheers from customers at The Coffee Cup, as we head out, are gratefully received as is the sight of the turn- around marshal!
As runners pass each other on the out and back course shouts of encouragement for each other can be heard all along the promenade. ”Well done Pete” ,”Looking good Sue” or “You’ve got this Tim”are prime examples of the support parkrunners have for each other be they young,old,novices or old hands like me!
Somebody asked me once “What is parkrun,is it a race or what?”I replied “its what you want it to be” and it really is just that.
Most runners look spent at the end and join the winding queue, hands on hips , checking watches comparing times sharing their latest parkrun stories .A quick scan, thank the volunteers again and its all over for another week.
Sounds a bit extreme but I really can’t imagine Saturday mornings without parkrun now…..Roll on next week!