Saturday 8th February 2020

Written by Alice Bonham-Carter

Today marked my 20th parkrun (almost half way to my 50 t-shirt) so I decided it was about time I gave something back to the parkrun community and chose to give the run report a whirl! Plus, as a final year student at Bath University, currently in the (very painful…) process of writing my dissertation, I was keen to find another way to procrastinate!! My dissertation is on how exercise affects immune function though, and I always find parkrun is a great cure for any sniffles or minor ailments, so this must count as relevant research…right??

Now onto the actual run…Today 443 made the trek up Bath Mountain to participate in the wonderful Bath Skyline parkrun. Several people appeared to have run to parkrun (very impressive), I however prefer to conserve my (very limited) energy for the actual parkrun!! We had visitors from a variety of places, including Bournemouth, Canterbury, Finsbury Park, as well as the inaugural Bushy Park event. We hope you enjoyed the lovely multi-terrain course and that those challenging woodland steps didn’t put you off too much! The conditions on the day were pleasant, being dry and cool, however parts of the course had clearly been affected by the recent downpours, with the fields being a little sticky. This did not deter us parkrunners though, and rather just added to the experience. One of my favourite things about Bath Skyline parkrun is the varied terrain, providing an exciting challenge and keeping you on your toes at all times.

Everyone did an amazing job, with many people achieving new PBs. A special congratulations goes to the unknown runner who finished first (DFYB!!), as well as JAMES HARPER, our official first male finisher with a time of 17:19, and first female finisher, LIZZIE CLARKE, finishing in a speedy 19:08 on her first time running at Bath Skyline. I hope everyone experiences improved immune function as a result of completing their parkrun as well as the awesome mental benefits it brings!

Finally, a big thank you to all the amazing volunteers for making this wonderful event happen, and for always smiling and encouraging us all! (I promise I am trying to smile back, even if it looks like more of a grimace!!)