Event number 427
8th December 2018
It’s beginning to feel increasingly somewhat like Christmas - as the song goes. And as the twin perils of festive food and exercise limiting weather form a threatening pincer movement, it’s clear that the discipline of our weekly parkrun more important than ever.
A mighty band of 414 turned up this week, including 34 first timers, straining in the slips and ready to slay the dragon of indolence.
Among our number were visitors from Rushmoor, Bovey Tracey, Bristol, Reigate, Buckfastleigh, The Wimpole Estate, Huntingdon, Cheltenham; not to mention Sardinia Bay in South Africa and equally as glamorous, Medina on the Isle of Wight.
And celebrating birthdays this week were regular parkrun volunteers Alethia Reid and Basil Miles - many congratulations to you both!
In her pre-run address, parkrun director Emma Sperring highlighted the work of a group of volunteers who have been helping out with parkrun over the past few weeks as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. This week two D of E volunteers were put to the test with when they took on responsibility for time keeping - which they carried out without a hitch. We were also visited by members of the Saturday Squad guides from Wroughton, who were making use of Swindon parkrun to achieve a group fitness target - amazing effort girls, well done!
There was also a shout out for a dirty dozen volunteers to be on call to form an elite special projects gritting team should the temperature plummet - able to react at a moment’s notice. If you think you’ve got what it takes to join the parkrun SGS (special gritting squad) please report to HQ at email@example.com for further instructions.
This week was one of hard won celebration for Debbie Bradley who has crossed the 50 run barrier and also for Kevin Whelan and Andy Townsend who have now both completed 250 runs - that’s a lot of hard work over a number of years - congratulations on a fine achievement!
A reminder that the parkrun on 22nd December will be fancy dress (if you fancy it...) There are no hard and fast rules, but it would be great to see a few Christmas pudding hats, and perhaps this could be your opportunity to dress as a pantomime dame in public without anyone asking awkward questions. Start thinking about your outfit now…
The event was made possible by 44 volunteers who are becoming more enthusiastic and dedicated with each passing week - we salute you.
I’ll leave you with some wise words from Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Here’s another: “Run in the morning … before your brain figures out what your body is doing!” - Anonymous