RUN REPORT for Swindon parkrun Number 376
Beginning at the end, of today’s parkrun, there was a mysterious silence, after barcode scanning, around the Cafe, by the bike racks, and under the beech big trees.
Like never before, after completing their 5k today, runners just melted away.
One minute there were 418 of us, including 48 First Timers, on the start line, champing at the bit; the next, a funnel full of steaming breathless finishers; then, barely a queue by the speedy barcode scanners; and the next minute, all gone! Hardly any lingering runners to be seen. It’s possible that the majority of runners today got a new PB, for speed of departure!
What was the hurry? Where were we all off to? Keen not to get cold? Wanting to get out of the drizzle? Christmas shopping?
Thank goodness today’s great crew of 38 volunteers were not in a rush and stayed long enough to wrap things up and complete the weekly take-down. Hope they did not miss us and did not get too wet. We thank them all, that’s for sure.
And what else is for sure is that at least one runner today helped maintain our reputation as kind and caring parkrun. You see, there was this First Timer, in a hurry to park her car but, since she did not know about parking charges, did not have the necessary coins. Quick as you like, an anonymous Swindon parkrunner steps up and gets her a ticket. The First Timer, also anonymous, wishes to convey her thanks to the kind runner and her delight at having discovered Swindon parkrun.
Five runners who discovered Swindon parkrun some time ago reached a key milestone today.
Congratulations to Junior Jake Wilkins, vets Martin Jones, Hannah Breeden, Jenny Moore, and Simon Landsdowne on making it to 50 runs, the first three having done all theirs in Lydiard Park. Terrific. New T-shirts all round!
And well done too to the 61 runners who today got themselves new PBs.
The next time we can all increase our number of runs and chase those new PBs is Saturday 25th November.
Till then, keep well, keep running, and good luck to those who managed to get a place in Sunday’s Swindon 10k!