Like many others today, I took advantage of the opportunity not only to do a parkrun on New Year’s Day, but to get two in on one morning – I had already run at Littleport parkrun at 9am, before travelling across to Cambridge with many others then to take part at this event with a 10:30am start.
As we gathered at the start, it was clear that although it wasn’t a record attendance, there were big numbers of runners, joggers and walkers at the event “Happy New Year” was the joyous phrase which could be heard time and time again, there was a super, positive vibe in the air. I listened to Pamela Abbot’s first timers briefing, there were a number of parkrunners for whom it was their first run at Cambridge, but also an incredible 42 for whom it was their first time ever at any parkrun – I hope you enjoyed the experience, what a fabulous way to start 2020.
The Run Director Gary Cole did a brilliant job of making himself heard, amongst the 561 runners, there was only one milestone today – congratulations to Penny English on reaching your 50th parkrun today. Before we knew it we were off. The course is on lovely trail paths, luckily it was only slightly muddy today having dried out a little after what seems like months of continuous rain during the end of 2019. We went around the small loop first, and then it’s out onto 2 large different loops – when passing by the café, each time there were so many supporters stood watching and cheering us all on. This gave me a great boost – the legs were struggling after the parkrun earlier on.
There seemed to be quite a few of us from the Midlands area, and for those of us who had been to the Worcester parkrun, we commented on how similar this course was in so many ways – that’s a good thing as we all loved that course too. The course was so well signed and marshalled, and I also really liked your additional motivational signs that were dotted around the course too.
Once turning off the second lap onto a long, straight path where the finish funnel can be seen in the distance, it was my intention to sprint finish – however my legs and lungs didn’t have the same intention as my brain as I ran steadily across the line with a real sense of relief that the 2 in 2 was complete. To recover, I took the walk back around to the cafe area, and got my barcode scanned. The cafe is lovely, serving a range of food and drinks and very well populated by parkrunners which is always great to see – who doesn’t enjoy a bit of parkrun faff?
Super parkrun, I hope to be back sometime.
A huge thank you to all of today’s volunteers for helping to make this extra event possible;
Alison MEADOWS • Andrew BURGE • Anita JOYSEY • Anya HADDOCK • Bob STOREY • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Catriona COLE • David MORGAN • Emma HAWKEY • Euan NOBLE • Fiona MACDONALD • Fiona MCDAID • Florence TWEEN • Gary COLE • Hilary SELLARS • Hope HUTCHISON • Jacqueline BELL • James HAYNES • James STOCKER • Jill NOBLE • Jo HORLEY • Joe TOWNSEND • Kathy HAYNES • Katie TWEEN • Leslie LAWRENCE • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Mary MITCHELL • Michaela JOYSEY • Mike HORSCROFT • Neil TWEEN • Nicola EDE • Pamela ABBOTT • Rich HALL • Richard MARTIN • Ricky MITCHELL • Rosa JOHN • Sam ELLIS • Simon BERRY • Stuart PAYNE • Stuart WOOLF • Susie CUMMING • Tracy HUTCHISON • Una MANNU • Valerie MORGAN • Vicky LARMOUR
By Emma – Perry Hall parkrunner