“Fancy going for a run in the freezing rain?”
You might not need to think twice before grunting and getting back under the duvet, but in spite of the conditions we had a good turnout in response to the “Bring a parent” theme. We think there were 11 pairs of runners or volunteers from across the generations with plenty of Dad’n’Lads, some Dads’n’Daughters, a few Mums’n’daughters and one Mum’n’Son.
Here is the grid;
Sorry if we’ve missed anyone (or incorrectly matched people with the same surname!).
Our glorious leader, Sam, had been invited to advertise the theme on local radio on Friday morning, and we had a good response, so maybe this is the first of many themed runs we might try. What’s next? “bring a goat”, “run with your lawnmower”, “pyjama run” . . . The list is endless.
So from the hi-tech world of local radio we were back to our lo-tech, battery powered megaphone . . . which wasn’t working. So Sam had to shout instead. This week we had 33 first timers to Pitchcroft and 12 people doing parkrun for the first time ever. Welcome!
And then we were off, dodging giant frozen puddles on the gravel track (we must fill them in sometime!) and around the final tree. Then settling into a steady rhythm for the long loop to the next, slippery U-turn and pacing ourselves against the rowers who were either bombing downstream with the current, or battling upstream against it. Something for everyone.
Most people were opting to stay on the gravel track until the last possible moment to avoid mud-skating their way along the home straight, and then into the long funnel with time to recover, chat, be glad it’s all over and wallow in the warm sense of satisfaction.
This week’s second innovation was a proper PB cowbell - an upgrade on our fun size version - which should have been rung 47 times, which is an amazing proportion of PBs. So well done - you know who you are. Let’s keep that cow bell ringing!
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