RUN REPORT for Swindon parkrun Number 411
Even though the sky was blue and the sun (150km from Swindon) shone, there was a refreshing little autumn nip in the air.
Perfect conditions for running.
Maybe that’s why, even though we are deep into August, the month in which much of Europe (Are we – still – in it?) is on holiday, 486 of us made it to the start line.
And what’s more, one in ten of today’s runners were First Timers and tourists. Yes, lots of tourists, from near and far.
What does that say about parkrun, in particular Swindon parkrun?
Does it say that many Swindon parkrunners don’t go on holiday in the first two weeks of August? Or that, even when on holiday, anywhere in the UK, many people look for a parkrun? Or that many parkrunners have relatives and friends in Swindon? Or possibly even, that Swindon is, for the discerning few, a holiday destination of choice?
Who knows? For whatever reason,among today’s almost five hundred runners, 51 were newcomers. We welcome them one and all and hope they enjoyed our lovely Lydiard Park course.
Certainly, 66 of today’s runners did, enjoy the course, because they got themselves new PBs and our congratulations.
As does Swindon regular Tony Osman, who today reached a key parkrun milestone, the T-shirt rewarded 100 runs. Brilliant!
Another regular, Chris Kysnaston, reached double that number but gets no new T-shirt. However, on the start line, he did get a generous round of applause.
Till then, keep well, keep running, and enjoy the holidays!