Written by Richard Carron
No Hippopotami were seen in the woods or the pond, and despite the recent rain no-one impersonated Dr. Foster of Gloucester. Many though finished with full camouflage patterns of dirt and grit swirling on their legs. Today’s run was definitely more of a steeplechase than normal with some impressive water jumps and jumpers to be seen on many different sections of the course. Perhaps we should all add a couple of percentage points to our WAVA grading result today to reflect that Mo Farah is making records on a flat smooth surface!
Despite all of the above the heavens held off and 339 runners and volunteers galore enjoyed themselves running, marshalling and starting the weekend with a spring in their steps. They included 33 people running Personal Bests and 69 first timers at Bath; Both the fastest male, Matthew Snow and the fastest female – Kendal Rose were among the Bath first timers, though experienced in running parkruns elsewhere. But parkrun is about far more than the fastest, it is about all of us running together at our own speed, setting our own goals in our own fashions.
And speaking of fashion ….
A new tradition was started today (at Bath anyhow). To mark those who are running their 50th (or 100th or…. ) runs, a special jacket has been donated by some of our regular parkrunners, which can be worn when running. Iain Wilson was the first to model the 50 version together with a 50 balloon provided privately. Sadly for those of an enquiring disposition the photo below does not evidence the jacket, but reports received indicate that Iain modelled the new look to perfection. One feels the catwalks of Paris may be in need of a new star. His 50 runs have been at a variety of venues, including 35 of them here at Bath.
Thank you to Andy our Run Director, and to all those who set up, marshalled, marshalled the marshals (Rhian) and generally helped make our 260th parkrun an enjoyable day.
The volunteers were
Matt ATKINSON, Amanda BACHRACH, Matthew BALDWIN, Keith BANKS, Natalie CALLOW, Richard CARRON, Mike COLLINS, Alan COX, Simon ELY, Tom FLEMONS, Elaine FLEMONS, Stephanie FRICKER, Emil GODDARD, James GORMAN, Mark GREATOREX, Mary HASTIE, Jason JOYCE, Dimitri LANG, Jason LAZARE GILL, Rhian MACKINTOSH, Fred MALLORY BAINS, Dawn MARCHANT, Andy MARCHANT, Jerry MUSSELWHITE, Sarah REGH, Mark SEAMAN, Ruth SHAW, Helen SPEDDING, Polly SPEDDING, Sam STREETER, Malcolm SUTTON, Jo THOMPSON, Christine WEBB, James WOOSNAM, Reuben ZUKAS