Event number 419
13th October 2018
It was always going to be touch and go weather-wise, with the fickle gods of rain and wind seemingly locked in a blustery debate about what the prevailing conditions should be.
It was decided just as this week’s Park Run director, Tim, stepped up onto the bench to address the assembled 421 runners - with rain firmly winning the argument.
The freezing bullets drew a collective ‘urgh!’ from the huddled throng - with some pacers using their laminated time signs to shield themselves from the worst of it.
Apparently it was all down to Storm Callum, which if Friday’s Daily Express is to believed would: “unleash hurricane-force gales and biblical downpours in an violent blitz showing worrying similarities to the historic tempest which struck three decades ago.”
It really wasn’t that bad if I’m being honest.
Among the visitors to this week’s Parkrun were a group of six bell ringers or should that be a peal or perhaps a cacophony? They were celebrating the start of the Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers Peal and Quarter Peal Festival (Well... it certainly has a ring to it!) After the group reportedly ran like the clappers (ahem..) they headed for the historic St Mary’s Church next to Lydiard House, to ring out a quarter peal (45 mins of continuous ringing) what an amazing effort!
Keen to get the runners going - in his words “it’s better to be wet and running than wet and standing still”, Tim sincerely but rapidly congratulated Liffey Daniels for her 100th parkrun and then also congratulated Dawn Shoemark for reaching her 100th parkrun - the last she will do as a Shoemark as she is getting married next Saturday to Paul Woodward and will become Dawn Woodward! Many congratulations to you both from your fellow Swindon Parkrunners!
We were unleashed with a short, sharp blast of the trusty hooter. The efforts of our 35 amazing Parkrun volunteers were especially welcome this week as they stoically endured the (apparently Biblical) downpours to urge us on/ check our times/ mark out and check the route and generally make it all work. Thanks as always!
Until we meet again next week remember to increase the peace (and minimise the criticise!)