Ashford parkrun #327 29/02/2020

Rather than the usual report of how many runners, pbs, first timers etc today’s report is dedicated to the team of volunteers who stood up to yet another storm this morning.

As late as Friday night the volunteer rota was looking a bit thin but by the time I arrived at 8.00 on Saturday morning we had managed to fill all the gaps. Several people arrived and said they did not want to run but wanted to volunteer. The weather was atrocious, heavy haily rain and very gusty strong wind. It was very difficult to mark people as present because the rain was destroying the list, every time we tried to take a viz vest out we had to hang on to them for dear life.

I struggled to read the opening welcome talk and must admit I got through it quickly. The main piece of news was the course was very wet with lots of puddles but was generally ok.

We mentioned several runners with milestone runs but sadly most of them were not there. However Terry Sellen with 250 runs was doing his normal role of helping out and was holding his umbrella over me. We nearly took off at one time and I was nearly blown off the bench!

The rain played havoc with the phones of the timers and scanners but despite all this the team pulled together and we managed to get 176 runners through the funnel. It was an amazing spirit even when we mislaid the tokens and were trying to get round it!

Almost like war time spirit!

I wanted to say a special thank you to all the volunteers this morning who were out in the rain for the best part of 2 hours and were soaked to the skin but we did it!

Here’s to next week and some sunshine please!