Mud Mud Glorious Mud

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.

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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 ATKINSONAmanda BACHRACHMatthew BALDWINKeith BANKSNatalie CALLOWRichard CARRONMike COLLINSAlan COXSimon ELYTom FLEMONSElaine FLEMONSStephanie FRICKEREmil GODDARDJames GORMANMark GREATOREXMary HASTIEJason JOYCEDimitri LANGJason LAZARE GILLRhian MACKINTOSHFred MALLORY BAINSDawn MARCHANTAndy MARCHANTJerry MUSSELWHITESarah REGHMark SEAMANRuth SHAWHelen SPEDDINGPolly SPEDDINGSam STREETERMalcolm SUTTONJo THOMPSONChristine WEBBJames WOOSNAMReuben ZUKAS

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5th October 2019

Written by Oliver Walton

The rain held off for Bath’s 5th birthday parkrun! Since its inception, the average number of runners at Bath parkrun has grown from 160 in year 1 to over 350 during the last year. There are now 12,870 runners registered at Bath!

To celebrate the anniversary, two special guests – Stuart Hooper (Director of rugby at Bath Rugby) and the gold-medal-winning Winter Olympian Amy Williams were on hand to present awards.

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There were prizes for…

The core team and other volunteers who have gone the extra mile this year: Andy, James, Ed, Sim, Steph, and Rhian, Alan Cox, Martin DERA, Dawn MARCHANT, Simon LEVISON and Tom ROOM

Three amazing under-10 runners who have all completed over 50 parkruns -  Hattie Pudney (56), Polly PENNICOTT (61), Katherine ROSENBERGER (98 times)!

Most determined runner (and best cereal-based T-shirts): John CHAPMAN

Most improved runner – Rachel Kerry

Age Grade record holder – Judith Wade

Most inspirational runner - Janice RAMBRIDGE

There was also a special mention to Tom Room at Relish Running for donating the prizes and supplying a marquee for our birthday to keep the cakes dry!

Congratulations to Mark Lewis, who completed his 100th parkrun and Jack Leonard, Fedra Zaribaf and Louise Kirby-Garton who completed their 50th parkruns! Well done to Oli Haytor and Sophie Harrison, who joined the junior 10 club.

It was great to see so many runners lining the funnel at the end to cheer on their fellow parkrunners.

A massive thank you as always to Helen and all the volunteers!

 

28th September 2019

Written by Finn Smith

With the Bath Skyline parkrun celebrating its 5th birthday next week, it’s evidently clear that all the good weather is being saved for the big day. Unfortunately, for today clear skies were only ever teased over the drizzle and grey clouds; it could have put off even the most determined regular. Despite this we still had a strong turnout of 312, bolstered by an impressive number of first timers and tourists coming from Manchester, Essex, Hampshire and more. They were welcomed to the slippy slopes and muddy corners of the Skyline route by Simeon Cryer in his briefing. Amongst the crowd were a group from Somer Athletics Club, one member noticeably sporting a less than aerodynamic umbrella hat, an 18th birthday celebration, as well as a couple of fantastic individuals running for the ‘5k your way, Move Against Cancer’ charity. (https://5kyourway.org/).

The run was as slippery as it looked and even if runners crossed the line muddy and tired, they were glad to have done it. We had some photo finishes and some close calls avoiding slips as runners were cheered into the finish funnel. Let’s hope for some drier weather next week.

We’re looking forward to seeing as many people as possible for the 5th anniversary of Bath Skyline parkrun next time, so please do come along (I’ve heard there might be cake).

Some statistics (Those with barcodes):

Even with the poor conditions, 27 runners smashed out a new PB!

We had a mighty 52 first timers to parkrun. I hope you all enjoyed it and keep up the good running!

1 person ran their 50th parkrun and 4 ran their 25th.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bath Skyline parkrun Results Page.

The Volunteers:

A big thank you to this week’s run director Edward Gill for doing a fantastic job, and the many volunteers for this event:

Alan COX  •  Andy MARCHANT  •  Brian TIBBLES  •  Conor MCGRORY  •  Danielle SELLWOOD  •  Dany MITCHELL  •  Dawn MARCHANT  •  Edward GILL  •  Elaine FLEMONS  •  Finn SMITH  •  Fred MALLORY BAINS  •  Helen CONNER  •  Iain WILSON  •  Ilana WIGFIELD  •  Ingrid ROSENBERGER  •  James HARDING  •  Janice RAMBRIDGE  •  Janyce HOLMES  •  Jason LAZARE GILL  •  John WRIGHT  •  Jonathan HEALY  •  Juliet TAYLOR  •  Katherine ROSENBERGER  •  Keith BANKS  •  Lynda KEEPEN  •  Mark HENFIELD  •  Matt ATKINSON  •  Matthew BALDWIN  •  Nicholas RUXTON  •  Philip TURNER  •  Polly SPEDDING  •  Rebecca BRYANT-JEFFERIES  •  Rhian MACKINTOSH  •  Richard HEARN  •  Rob SPEDDING  •  Sally KERTZMAN  •  Sam STREETER  •  Simeon CRYER  •  Simon ELY  •  Wayne FLINT

 

 

RUN REPORT For Bath Skyline 21st September 2019

Written by Richard Carron

Last day of summer?

Après nous le deluge – whether Madame Pompadour ever jogged around the Parks of Versailles may be doubted – but the phrase springs to mind as I think back to a morning when the heat of the sun could have basked a visiting shark. A warm September sun greeted over 400 parkrunners out to enjoy the sunshine, the company of their fellow runners and the breeze blowing gently across the course.

The going was firm to hard, even though there were only runners, no riders and I hope no fallers . Perhaps as a result 54 Personal Bests were reached (over 1/8th of those running), and the sunshine brought out 81 first timers to Bath. Amongst the visitors were Laura and Jon Lombard who have recently set up a brand new parkrun in the middle of Bridport (St. Marys). Sadly no sharks came with them.  They have almost instantly gained 150 people running each week. (Including on their 3rd week your run reporter during a family weekend away!). Laura’s father was amongst the 81 first timers – and for him it was his first ever parkrun anywhere.

Amongst the regulars on Saturday was Alan Cox, who regularly volunteers and helps with the ‘Set Up’ of our course. Without people like Alan and all the volunteers who help Marshall – none of us could run. Alan was celebrating his 150th parkrun (of which the vast majority have been at Bath) – meaning he has run nearly 2/3rd of the total parkruns run in Bath. In order to mark the occasion Alan had customised his ’50 parkrun shirt’ to read ‘150’. An artist’s impression is shown below this report.

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I would like to thank all the volunteers -  Matthew BALDWINKay BROWNSEYRichard CARRONMike COLLINSAlan COXPaul DOWNIEEdward GILLStorm HAYWARDJasmine HEARNPaul HEARNJanyce HOLMESJason JOYCERupert KIRBYVeronica KIRBY-GARTONLouise KIRBY-GARTONJason LAZARE GILLSimon LEVISONMark LEWISRhian MACKINTOSHFred MALLORY BAINSAndy MARCHANTDawn MARCHANTConor MCGRORYNick PARRYJuliet RAYNESIndia RAYNESKatherine ROSENBERGERIngrid ROSENBERGERNicholas RUXTONMark SEAMANPolly SPEDDINGMichael STANLEYSam STREETERJuliet TAYLORJo THOMPSONBrian TIBBLESAlejandro VAZQUEZ

And look forward to seeing new faces and regulars, younger faces and older, on my next parkrun.

Richard

 

 

Saturday 14th September 2019

Written by Nick Ruxton

Preparations and First Timers
It was a sunny crisp morning as the volunteers and marshals assembled prior to Bath Skyline parkrun No. 256. It was clear that those who were not yet actively involved were feeling the chill of the 11C air temperature. After a thorough briefing from Run Director Helen the volunteers set about their allocated tasks.
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As usual there were a significant number of visitors and first timers in the 358 who came to run. Early arrivals included runners from Cheltenham, Rothwell and Shrewsbury.
First timers included Gemma who had come with a regular parkrunner (below)
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Also Hero, a deer hound and probably the largest dog ever to run at the Skyline parkrun, came with his owner Mark who is a regular runner (below)
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Peter from Australia had probably traveled the furthest (below)
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As the start time approached James captivated the first timers with his briefing on the course.

The Run
As there were such good conditions it is not surprising that a lot of people seemed to want to start near the front. Consequently those of us in the middle of the field experienced a bit of congestion in the first section of the run round the rugby field along the Skyline path and up to the top of the steps.  As normal things became less intense after the turn down the long straight back towards the start. There was the usual reordering as the some of the optimists from the start dropped back through the field and one or two strong runners made there way up through the field. Avoiding the stumps and bumps through the wood kept the mind engaged. There was also the business of deciding who to try and pass , who to try and keep up with and who to watch disappearing into the distance. The field seemed to spread out as we ran up the hill and across the fields. I always find that people pass me on the long down hill to the finish. I used to think it was because I slow down as I get tired but Strava tells me I speed up in the last Km. It seems a lot of other people speed more than me! The finish seemed to be reached with less effort than last week. The higher number on the barcode confirms it almost certainly was! What was it the teachers said at school, "must try harder next time".
 
Milestone & Statistics
Of those who had their barcodes with them:
16 people ran their first parkrun,
10 people ran their 10th parkrun; 3 of them in new PBs.
4 people ran their 50th parkrun and 
2 people ran their 100th parkrun.
 
This week 358 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Vicky YOUNG • Stephanie FRICKER • Helen CONNER • Edward GILL • Karen STACK • Barbara BARTON • Laura BOSOMWORTH • Stuart SHAW • Matthew BALDWIN • Danielle SELLWOOD • Lynda KEEPEN • Gerard BOWMAN • Russell BRADFORD • Matt ATKINSON • Simeon CRYER • Alan COX • Anne KENDALL • Jason LAZARE GILL • James GORMAN • Conor MCGRORY • Sally KERTZMAN • Nicholas RUXTON • Bill WILKINSON • Mark LEWIS • Rhian MACKINTOSH • Colin GOATER • Polly SPEDDING • Iain WILSON • Kay BROWNSEY • Richard CARRON • Amanda CLARKSON • Fred MALLORY BAINS • Jason JOYCE • Poppy JOYCE • Jack JOYCE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bath Skyline parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:44 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 16:57 on 12th May 2018 (event number 188).
The Age Grade course record is held by Judith WADE who recorded 91.87% (21:07) on 13th July 2019 (event number 248).

Bath Skyline parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 12,687 participants have completed 70,066 parkruns covering a total distance of 350,330 km, including 11,594 new Personal Bests. A total of 774 individuals have volunteered 6,270 times.

 

Saturday 31st August 2019

Written by Ben Phillips

Hello all,

I usually do Melksham parkrun but the food & river festival was on so they had to cancel it. Upon hearing that I wanted to try another local parkrun, so I decided to try Bath Skyline parkrun out. From the insight my coach gave me, This was by far one of my best courses but the steps was something that I hadn’t encountered on a run before. So that was a big surprise!

I’m also doing my silver Dofe down at Melksham parkrun so I’m experiencing all the roles, glad I’ve volunteered for another parkrun now! Thank you for the friendly atmosphere.

With Saturday morning incoming, parkrunners all over the UK and some parts of the world were preparing their events, in all weathers. luckily it was nice and mild this morning at Bath Skyline parkrun, it was also good to see people of all ages taking part as it is nice to the whole family! The true spirit of parkrun was unleashed and lovely to see everyone catching up with everyone.

Stats and special mentions

This morning 373 people ran, walked or jogged the course, 48 recorded PB’s (Personal bests) and 54 were first timers to the event so I hope you runners enjoyed it!

A special mention must go to Dawn Marchant who has volunteered 100 times at Bath skyline parkrun, so a big well done to you! And to the awesome marshals who directed the way!

Thank you to the wonderful ladies who did the first timers briefing!

A massive thank you to the 39 #Hivizheroes who made the event happen:

Andy MARCHANT • Stephanie FRICKER • Helen CONNER • Mark MACKINTOSH • Rob SPEDDING • Edward GILL • Tom HUTCHISON • Karen STACK • Barbara BARTON • Mark GREATOREX • Storm HAYWARD • Candy MADATH • Sam STREETER • Danielle SELLWOOD • Tom ROOM • Lynda KEEPEN • Paula SULLIVAN • Matt ATKINSON • Alan COX • Harriet MADATH • Jason LAZARE GILL • Simon LOVEGROVE • James GORMAN • Dawn MARCHANT • Conor MCGRORY • Sally KERTZMAN • Mark SEAMAN • Emily MERKO • Mark LEWIS • Rhian MACKINTOSH • Polly SPEDDING • Louise KIRBY-GARTON • Rupert KIRBY • Ben PHILLIPS • Simon ELY • Amanda CLARKSON • Fred MALLORY BAINS • Jason JOYCE • Gillian ROOM

 Records 

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:44 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).

The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 16:57 on 12th May 2018 (event number 188).

The Age Grade course record is held by Judith WADE who recorded 91.87% (21:07) on 13th July 2019 (event number 248).

Bath Skyline parkrun started on 4th October 2014. Since then 12,568 participants have completed 69,358 parkruns covering a total distance of 346,790 km, including 11,498 new Personal Bests. A total of 770 individuals have volunteered 6,198 times.

And finally, it was nice coming to visit the parkrun and I hope you all have a great week!

 

Bath Skyline parkrun #253 – Race Report 24 August 2019

Written by Nicola Cracknell

There was 317 participants at the 253rd Bath Skyline parkrun. What a glorious start to the Bank Holiday with the sunshine making an appearance. Conditions on the course were excellent and the views over Bath spectacular if you had time to pause before climbing up the steps! There was a huge 47 people celebrating a new PB on Saturday.

With holiday season well and truly underway lots of visitors joined us from other parkruns. There were 72 first timers to Bath and of these 17 were brand new to parkrun so a big welcome to the parkrun family. 

Congratulations to Alex Miller for completing his 50th milestone run who was visiting us from Worthing. And well done to juniors Phoebe and Lucy for completing their 10th milestone runs.

A massive thank you to all the volunteers for making the event run smoothly: Matt ATKINSON, Amanda CLARKSON, Helen CONNER, Margaret COOPER, Nicola CRACKNELL, Simeon CRYER, Aaron DISHMAN, Simon ELY, Jo FALLON, Stephanie FRICKER, Hazel GOATER, Mark HAWKINS, Storm HAYWARD, Vicky HENDERSON, Antonia HOWARD, Glenn JEFFERIES, Sandra JEFFERIES, Jason JOYCE, Rupert KIRBY, Louise KIRBY-GARTON, Rhian MACKINTOSH, Candy MADATH, Harriet MADATH, Fred MALLORY BAINS, Dawn MARCHANT, Vicky ODY, Sarah REGH, Nicholas RUXTON, Mark SEAMAN, Karen STACK, Sam STREETER, Karen TURNER, Philip TURNER, Alejandro VAZQUEZ, Ilana WIGFIELD, James WOOSNAM

 

17th August 2019

Written by Michael Stanley

After the stormy weather had forced last week's cancellation, a rather overcast but far less windy morning greeted our 292 parkrunners for event number 252. Numbers were a little down than previously, in part due to some of the regular runners resting ahead of the popular Two Tunnels events on the Sunday and also a new parkrun starting in Frome at the Old Show field. We wish our new neighbours well and it is great to see parkrun continue to expand.

We were able to welcome 14 newcomers to parkrun so we trust you all enjoyed it and will return soon. We were also blessed with a further 52 parkrunners visiting Bath Skyline for the first time, an indication perhaps that we are bang in the middle of the holiday season. Another 31 participants ticked the box for no publicity including Arno over from Brussels visiting sister Sarah Regh, one of our regulars. I spotted visitors from Thornbury, Weymouth and Letchworth resplendent in their apricot t-shirts and afterwards chatted with three runners from Queensland who had been at a wedding in Taunton and one lady from South Africa who had been to a wedding in Ireland and had popped over to Bath to run with her niece. One day I will get the hang of this report writing lark and remember to ask your names! However, I did take some photos so you could tag yourselves if I can work out how to upload them.

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One person who is well known to us is the lovely Vicky Young running her 150th event and congratulations also to John Hewson visiting from Swansea who clocked up his fiftieth run in just over a year since starting parkrun.

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And finally, a special mention to Richie Appleton from Shrewton near Salisbury who ran with a Gurkha Doko basket on his back weighing 15kg. This is part of a fund raising exercise for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

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As always, a big thank-you to all our volunteers who made it all possible:

Alan COX • Andy MARCHANT • Andy TRIPP • Anja BRADLEY • Caroline COZIER • Colin HITCHIN • Conor MCGRORY • Danielle SELLWOOD • Finn SMITH • Fred MALLORY BAINS • Helen CONNER • Iain WILSON • Ian HAMPSON • James GORMAN • Jasmine HEARN • John BULL • Karen STACK • Lisa JARVIS • Louise KIRBY-GARTON • Lynda KEEPEN • Mark GREATOREX • Mark HENFIELD • Mark SEAMAN • Martin DERA • Michael STANLEY • Paul DOWNIE • Peter NICHOLS • Richard HEARN • Richard MERYON • Rupert KIRBY • Simon ELY • Simon LEVISON • Sue BRIGDEN • Tiina TANNINEN • Victoria STACK

 

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Written by Steph Fricker

I was fooled into thinking that it was cooler last Saturday, and that I might get a nice clear run. We were actually stood at the start discussing how “chilly” it was compared to recent weeks! Needless to say, once we started running, it was no longer chilly.
It was, however, still a beautiful summer morning and we welcomed tourists from South Africa, Australia, Swindon, Leeds, Southampton and Inverness!
A special mention to Daniel Church (pictured below) who was completing the parkrun on the morning of his wedding to Sophie Sullivan. Sophie didn’t make the parkrun, but I am told she enjoyed a glass of champagne whilst Daniel was running. Massive congratulations to you both and we hope you enjoyed your day.

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One of our regular Bath Skyline runners, Russell Bradford completed his 150th parkrun, whilst not an official milestone I think you will agree that it is a huge achievement, well done Russell

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Bath Skyline also wished a Happy Birthday to Ben Pope who was running with friends in birthday hats. They finished quite a bit in front of me, so I didn’t get to see if he got the bumps at the finish funnel or not. I am secretly hoping he did.

In total we welcomed 399 participants on Saturday from 39 different running clubs, 86 of them were first timers to Bath Skyline and 26 completed their first every parkrun! 57 participants set a new PB for the Bath Skyline course. Well done everyone.

We also had 48 unknown participants this week, this number is quite high, and we would like to stress the importance of remembering to bring your barcode with you. Not only is it used to record your run and time, but it also has your ICE (in case of emergency) details printed on it. This information is vital to us should we need to contact someone on your behalf in an emergency. #DFYB

Congratulations to Jonathan Phelps and Sarah Sanderson, the first male and female finishers with times of 17:03 and 21:28 respectively.

As we all know, parkrun wouldn’t happen without the support of our wonderful volunteers, so a huge thank you to:
Claire BRIMSON, Amanda CLARKSON, Helen CONNER, Alan COX, Stephanie FRICKER, Edward GILL, Sophie GILLMORE, James GORMAN, Richard HEARN, Simon KALE, Heather KALE, Anne KENDALL, Sally KERTZMAN, Rupert KIRBY, Louise KIRBY-GARTON, Jason LAZARE GILL, Simon LEVISON, Mark LEWIS, Rhian MACKINTOSH, Harriet MADATH, Candy MADATH, Fred MALLORY BAINS, Dawn MARCHANT, Andy MARCHANT, Conor MCGRORY, Nick PARRY, Sarah REGH, Pat ROGERS, Tom ROOM, Nicholas RUXTON, Mark SEAMAN, Stuart SHAW, Finn SMITH, Polly SPEDDING, Rob SPEDDING, Sam STREETER, Niall URQUHART, Douglas WATKINSON, Iain WILSON, David WISE, James WOOSNAM

 

Saturday 27th July 2019

Written by Richard Hearn

Foolishly I said I’d write a run report. Never done that before and now not really sure what to say! At its most basic level I suppose it should be who, what, where, why and when and most of that is already on the Facebook page . . .

On Saturday 27th July, 459 people set out to run (or walk or crawl) 5km of the Bath Skyline. According to the results page that is the largest number ever for Bath. I don’t know why the numbers fluctuate so much - five weeks in the low three hundreds and then suddenly 459. Was it because it was run number 250? Seems like a nice round number worth marking. There were certainly lots of tourists and first timers at the pre-run briefing. If I counted right on the results page 116 first timers to Bath and 40 people new to Parkrun enjoyed some pretty good running weather as well as some great city views.

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Particular thanks go to Mark at his last outing as Run Director. A pretty intense job and one I wouldn’t fancy. It’s easy to forget the many people who volunteer each week and take them for granted. Without the run directors the whole thing would never happen and they especially deserve a ‘thank you’.

That does the who, the where, the when and the what, which leaves the ‘why?’. There are probably 459 different reasons and I can only give mine . . . I started the new year with my first Parkrun having no idea what to expect. Having run every weekend now except the cancelled run during the great spring snowstorm I can say I am fitter and healthier. I don’t have to walk anywhere on the course (except up those steps - and that’s usually because there are so many people there (what am I saying, it's usually because I’d have a heart attack half way up if I tried running up them)). I have enjoyed seeing the countryside change during the seasons. I have become slightly obsessive about seeing the results come out and wondering whether I have a new PB. I have even found myself planning a trip to Cornwall so that I could run at Taunton Longrun Meadow on the way there which is surely a sign of insanity.

It is definitely true that exercise and being outdoors are good for mental health. When I am running I tune out completely the stresses of the week just gone by at work. The weekend starts right with Parkrun with no more wasted Saturday mornings.

I don’t know the other 458 reasons people had for running last Saturday but I am pretty sure many will be back this week for more of the same and long may that continue.

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