RUN REPORT for Swindon parkrun Number 390
‘Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day!’
No wind, no ice, and no rain. Just birdsong, snowdrops, and a little nip in the air. Nothing like the sub-zero temperatures in the people’s Pyeong Chang, and at least here, in the home straight, no one fell over.
In fact, here, in the people’s Lydiard Park, conditions were so good and runners were so focussed that one in five (that’s an unusually high ratio) got themselves new PBs, and our congratulations. Feeling on top of the world this weekend, along with Lizzie Yarnold, will be the likes of Gary W, Kyra B, and Yoichi K, all still getting new PBs after numerous parkruns. Their achievements are great because, the more parkruns you do, the older you are and the harder it is to get a new PB. But then Lizzie Y is also older than she was for her last gold, so maybe aging has something going for it.
Also pretty happy today will be two Swindon regulars, Pat Whitehead, who reached 100 runs (that’s a silver medal for you Pat) and Glen Sedgwick, who has made it to the massive 250. Let’s call that gold for you Glenn!
Talking of medals and gold, do you know who won the 10,000 metre gold medal at the 2014 European Championships ten months after giving birth to her second child, to become the oldest female European champion in history at the age of 40, and who has also found time to write a book called This Mum Runs, and is coming to the Swindon Festival of Literature for a Freedom Run with us in Lydiard Park and then a talk about her book? That’s right, you got it: the amazing Jo Pavey! So, if you want to know how she does it, a time and date for your diary is 2pm Bank Holiday Monday 7th May.
Back to today. Among 467 runners welcomed to Swindon parkrun, there were birthday runners like Swindon stalwart Neil Tiley, who has also notched up runs at 57 other parkruns, and 45 First Timers from parkruns near and far, that’s Basingstoke down the M4 and Callander north of Glasgow.
Also among today’s runners were some car drivers whose parking was just a little less than considerate to other Park and car park users. While the grass overflow parking areas remain unavailable, please let’s make sure we all park sensibly, so that everyone who comes to Lydiard Park has a happy time, at least happier than some of those seeking to care for it.
The next opportunity to practice parking, have fun, and most importantly, run another Swindon parkrun, is Saturday 24th February.
Till then, keep well, keep running, and, when it matters, if you can, keep upright.