Eleanor Piper Tourist Run Report – Event 291 – 20-1-18

We were lucky enough to visit Arrow Valley parkrun on Saturday as part of our visit to the Midlands for the National Running Show. There were four of us visiting from Dorset (home events Poole, Bournemouth and Moors Valley), and no weekend away (especially with running buddies) is complete without a visit to a local parkrun!
The morning was cold and icy, and with many other local parkruns cancelled due to black ice, we were really pleased to find that the Arrow Valley core team had decided that conditions were safe to go ahead. The New Runner and RD briefings were done thoroughly to ensure that all runners were aware of the slightly slippery conditions in a couple of spots, and we were introduced to some facts about Redditch (famous for needles and fishing hooks apparently!).
Once the run got underway, we found the going safe if a little soggy in places, and were able to enjoy the pleasant route around the Country Park. The hill was just cheeky enough to raise the heart rate but nothing too scary, and the course was well marshaled with no danger of getting lost. As with all parkruns, we were cheered generously into the finish funnel and efficiently tokened, scanned, and invited for a post-run coffee.
parkrun tourism is a really special experience - finding out what makes every event unique while at the same time knowing that you are assured of a warm welcome, a good run and a familiar routine. The things I will remember about our trip to Arrow Valley (apart from the sleety weather!) were the beautiful lakeside course and the enthusiasm of the amazing marshals who clapped, cheered and smiled despite the freezing wet conditions. Thank you to you all for making us feel welcome.
This week Arrow Valley parkrun saw a total of 389 participants, of whom 11 were complete first timers running their first ever parkrun, and a further 32 were visitors with previous parkrun experience but running at this event for the first time.
Congratulations to Damien Pierce, Liz Davies and Jess Smith running their 50th this week, Neil Johnson and Jo Abbotts both joining the 100 Club, and to Tim Harrison hitting the unofficial but amazing milestone of 200 parkruns. Congratulations also to the 30 runners who managed to get a new PB this week despite the conditions, and to all those who took part.
The first finisher was Kristian Bayley, who completed the course in 17:25 (just 15 seconds off PB pace) and the first female finisher was Rachel Davies who ran a time of 22:13.
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers this week, without whom parkrun could not happen: Russell ALLUM, Heather BALDWIN, Ruth BURTON, Tony DOWNES, Suzie DUNSTER, Elizabeth FILER, Chloe GOULD, Rachel GOULD, Sapphy GRAZIER, Clare GRENNAN, Claire JAKEMAN, Michele LAIGHT, John Peter LEGGE, Colin MARSHALL, Steven MILLER, Robert MULLEN, Jessica NIELSEN, Sian PERRY, Hannah PRZYBYLAK, Kelly-Rose RIGNALL, Chris ROSS, Emma SHANNON, Sonia SHEPPARD, Andy TERRY, Jane THOMAS, Paula WIDDOWS, Ricky YOUNG