You can’t say that parkrun tourism doesn’t take you to interesting places. The 9am ferry from Lerwick arrives on the island of Bressay laden down with parkrunners from all over the UK, and further afield. The 76th event was no different with a field of 53 participants with a healthy contingent of locals being visited by around 20 visitors made up of athletes from all over the UK. Various clubs were represented, including Billericay Striders, Metro Aberdeen, Charlton Runners and one Lonely Goat.
Beautiful Bressay had enjoyed a proper summer in the week leading up to parkrunday, but the parkrun weather gods had clearly taken their eye off the ball this Saturday morning and left the taps on. The run briefing was delivered in pouring rain, and delivered quickly as no one wanted to be standing about any longer than necessary. Even the local parkrun pooches didn’t look overly keen.
The volunteer roster this week was supplied by the Shetland Rugby Club who were doing a takeover of the event. These guys get a big thumbs up from us, like all the volunteers they kept smiling and cheering us on until the tailwalker crossed the line.
The Bressay course is a really nice one. Scenic, it’s also mostly flat-ish and although it’s an out and back the ‘Out’ is longer than the ‘Back’ which means that when you get to the turning point you’re well over half way. This also means that, by some damn fine planning, the run ends at the Speldiburn cafe who do THE best bacon rolls.
Nice to have something to look forward to, took our minds off the rain.
This wasn’t a day for PBs, although eight participants managed that. For most of us though it was a case of ticking off another Scottish event and having tales to tell of the day we ran one f the UKs most unusual, and definitely friendliest, events.
We’ll definitely be back, hopefully the parkrun weather gods will smile on us next time !!