A,B,C easy as 1,2,3
by Laura Taylor
My alarm clock went off slightly earlier on this Saturday morning as I was off to do some parkrun tourism at Abingdon. My home parkrun is Prospect in Reading so not too far a journey for me to make. As always I am impressed by the volunteers at any parkrun I attend and Abingdon was no different. The run director was lovely, welcoming and did a great briefing- concise but very informative. The rest of the volunteers were spot on, chatty and offered lots of encouragement. I am part of my core team and a RD myself at my home parkrun and would encourage everyone to volunteer at their local parkrun, it really is the best way to spend your Saturday morning and without the hi-viz heroes, it would not happen. Thank you again Abingdon volunteers.
Abingdon as a parkrun is a must visit in my opinion. Plenty of parking, easy to drive to and the parking is free for the first 2 hours - result! The course is lovely. The parkrun starts by the river Thames, with a very wide start for those who are looking to speed off ahead. Then you head onto a lovely trail type path, onto an open field then down a country road then onto lap 2. I wore my trail shoes for my run which seemed to work well for me. I will certainly be back again to Abingdon!
As I am a parkrun tourist looking to complete the parkun Alphabet challenge, I thought I would write the run report based on the A-Z of parkrun. How many of your parkrun A,B,C's do you know?
A= is for Abingdon parkrun - starts by the beautiful Thames path.
B= is for Bravo, to all a WELL DONE! The conditions were ideal today- nice warm sun and a bit of wind to cool you down whilst doing parkrun!
C= is for Clubs represented, 28 in total- the most interesting names that caught my attention were Cake Club and Lonely Goat RC – cool club names!
D= is for Don't Forget Your Barcode, 19 of you got no time, whoops!
E= is for Energy – Alarm clocks had been set nice and early for our 344 participants this morning!
F= is for First-Timers to parkrun- 15 taking part
G= is for GREAT Volunteers, parkrun wouldn’t happen without you!
Alice BADCOCK • Alistair BUCKLEY • Andrew DICKINSON • Angela GREEN • Anne BROOKS • Anne BUCKLEY • Caroline Elizabeth HUTCHINGS • Eric DE LA HARPE • Katie JEFFERY • Laura TAYLOR • Lorna BLACKMORE • Louise DAWKINS • Lucy HAMILTON • Odette DAWKINS • Rachel KENNEIL • Robert SMITH • Ruth JOHNSON • Stuart WATTON • Timothy POWELL • Tom LONG • Tonia HARRIS • Tony LONG • Zebedee MARSH
H= Hills- none to be found here! Elevation gain is very small at this parkrun
I= is for Imminent- let us know if you have a big milestone coming up so we can give you a shout out in the briefing!
J= is for juniors- lots of children taking part - lovely to see!
K= is for all the Keen participants who turned up – 344 of you!
L= Lady- First finisher was Emma Baghurst in a time of 20:40, well done!
M= Male- first finisher was Alex Cumming in a speedy time of 16:55, well done!
N= is for New to parkrun- welcome to all those people who were doing their first ever parkrun today, Congratulations!
O= Oxford- a close parkrun nearby and a good day out too!
P= is for Personal Bests, 35 PBs congratulations to you all.
Q= for a Quantity of run- We have first timer Jan North at Abingdon today who has completed her 411th parkrun- wow!
R= River, keep it on your left hand-side- don't go over it or in it!
S= is for sunny and stunning! This is a must visit parkrun- beautiful setting by the river Thames and a mixture of a trail run too, just stunning.
T= is for Tourists – hope you enjoyed your parkrun tourist adventure we had tourists from Spain, Winchester and Leicester to name a few!
U= is for Understanding why we do parkrun day formerly known as Saturday
V= is for ..without Volunteering, it won't happen, please give it a try!
W= is for Wet and Windy…..need I say more!
X= is for eXcuse me, remember it's a run not a race
Y= is for Yippee! For that Friday night feeling as you know parkrun is happening the next morning
Z= is for 2 people with Zeds in their name! Yes I counted! - Congrats Zac and Zoe you feature in our run report
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone,