RUN REPORT for Swindon parkrun Number 428
OK, for a change, let’s talk about the weather.
We certainly did in Lydiard Park today.
You see, just in case you missed it, this morning was decidedly gloomy, rather wet, pretty cold, and definitely windy. The sky was dishcloth dull, the wind cold, and the raindrops stung rather than kissed our cheeks.
One runner, hunched and shivering on the start line said, ‘I’m only here because this is what I do, sort of routinely, at 9 on a Saturday morning. But I’m not sure about today!’
So, anyone who stayed home is excused, forgiven, and was probably sensible.
That’s not to say that the 291 of us (again, joint-lowest number of runners since New Year’s Day . . . ) who braved conditions didn’t have a good time. We did, we did. Honestly, we did. In fact, despite shivering at the start, once running, we had the wind in our backs down the first long straight.
We positively flew till Colin’s corner, from where we faced a nasty north wind all the way down the back and up the hill. But at the finish, of course, felt as good as ever.
As runners, we had a good time. But the people we thought about most were not parkrun friends who stayed home but the 38 volunteers who came and set up and took down for us, cheerfully marshalled round the course, welcomed us at the finish, and dutifully did the cold-fingers scanning.
Among them today was a trio of smiling stalwarts: Steve Heavens on his 300th stint as volunteer, Alethia Reid on her 350th, and Simon Sperring on his 400th! We thank them, and all other volunteers.
Benefitting from the volunteers’ good work today were 19 first timers and tourists, who included runners from as close as West Swindon, as far away as Melbourne, and as famous a parkrun as Bushy Park. There were tourists too from Bournmouth, Chipping Sodbury, Dublin, Gosport, Newbury , Winchester, and Yeovil. We hope you all enjoyed your runs and had a good time with us today!
Certainly having a good time today were the 37 runners who got themselves new PBs and our congratulations.
Also getting our congratulations and T-shirts to boot are 10 runners who today reached parkrun milestones.
We say well done first of all to two Juniors, Jasmine Hartley and Isaac Williams, who not only reached their black T-shirt rewarded 100 runs today but are also regular and reliable volunteers at Junior parkrun. Brilliant, both of you!
Pretty good too are six runners Tim Knott, Rebecca Brett, Karen de la Cadena, Neil Cutler, Alan Maxwell, and Barry Gaff, the latter with a new PB, who all reached 50 runs today and will be rewarded with Santa-red T-shirts.
Two other runners, Swindon regulars Simon Jell and Janet Jefferies, also hit the big 100 runs today, for which they get high marks, or maybe just high fives, and certainly new black T-shirts.
Well done milestoners one and all!
And, because that’s our last run before Christmas, we are all invited to wear seasonally-appropriate fancy dress, the incentive for which is not only a bit of fun but also the chance to be snapped by our friendly photographer James B. And as we all know, he likes to capture rare and funny sights!
Till then, keep well, keep running, and keep shopping, or maybe not. -J