6th July 2019

Written by Michael Stanley

Bright blue skies and lower temperatures than initially forecast gave perfect conditions for today’s 300 plus parkrunners.

For the less regular attendees, one of the joys of Bath Skyline is how different it looks depending on the seasons. The scent of the wild garlic alongside the first downward slope has now dissipated as spring has turned into summer. For any budding Masterchefs, the leaves make an excellent alternative to basil when making pesto.

The views from the path overlooking Bath were magnificent, with Wales visible in the distance. A number of visitors stopped to take selfies as we made our way along to the foot of the infamous woodland steps. I did once suggest to a friend that we needed two more to make thirty-nine. “Yeah - like at the old Wembley stadium” was his response. I had been thinking more along the lines of the John Buchan novel but further research shows indeed that Bobby Moore and teammates did climb that number of steps in 1966 to the Royal Box to be presented with the World Cup trophy. Thinking about it, I too have climbed the same steps in 1980 but that’s another story.

Today, we were following in the rather faster footsteps of Tom Davies, first male, Lizzie Nobes first female and junior with a new personal best and Jo Thompson who came close to breaking her own age-related course record.

Nineteen people completed their first parkrun and I hope enjoyed it and will be back sometime soon. We also welcomed over thirty first time visitors including a contingent from Mile End parkrun in London on a spa weekend.

One of the joys of being tail walker is you never know who you might meet on the way round. Today, I had the pleasure of the company of 10 year old Amelie and mum Samantha. Through the top field Amelie was beginning to wilt but some inspired thinking by mum had us bunny hopping over the rabbit holes and the sight of, I assume, dad and grandad near the finish inspired Amelie to a storming late sprint to the line.

There were some other noticeably very happy people at the finish as our pacers helped steer a goodly number to a personal best time. A number of people, perhaps secret agents inspired by the aforementioned 39 Steps, chose to remain anonymous. However, RD Andy’s day was still not going well having to explain to someone who didn’t get the message #DFYB. There was a funnel ducker and a couple of tokens went AWOL. If you have accidentally wandered off with them, Andy would be grateful if the could be returned. Many thanks.

With the day warming up, some full of energy went off to help the National Trust on clearing brambles from the paths around the Skyline. Another opportunity to help will be on 26 October. Please email if you would like to get involved; bathskylineoffice@parkrun.com

And finally, parkrun doesn’t happen without our lovely volunteers so a big thank-you to:
Alan COX • Amanda CLARKSON • Andy MARCHANT • Anne KENDALL • Caroline COZIER • Colin GOATER • Colin HITCHIN • Dany MITCHELL • David WISE • Dawn MARCHANT • Douglas WATKINSON • Ella FERGUSON • Harriet MADATH • Helen CONNER • Helen SPEDDING • Ilana WIGFIELD • James DONALD • James GORMAN • James WOOSNAM • John FOX • Karen STACK • Marc THOMAS • Mark HAWKINS • Mark HENFIELD • Mark LEWIS • Michael STANLEY • Nicholas RUXTON • Nick PARRY • Pat ROGERS • Paul DOWNIE • Polly SPEDDING • Polly THOMAS • Rhian MACKINTOSH • Simon LEVISON • Sue BRIGDEN • Tom MORIARTY • William MEAKIN