Cambridge parkrun #515, 7th March 2020

The One With Clare From Cambridge

Destination #112 and event #242 for me this morning, and it was a pleasure to join you all at Milton Country Park, as I got one parkrun closer to earning my coveted 250 top.

This was a special run for me - my home run is Shrewsbury, Shropshire, however my very good friend and fellow parkrunner, Clare Williams, is a Histon native, and we are down to visit her parents this weekend for Sunday's half marathon. This meant that she finally got chance to show me her other 'home' run. And a great run it was too!

It was a bright and crisp Spring morning with a good number of tourists in town (many, like me, are here for the race tomorrow). It was also good to see so many first timers (over 60) and a large number of women turning out for the national IWD celebrations too.

I've never heard "stick and flick" and "no spitting" mentioned in the same run briefing, but, then again, these are challenging times (!) so forewarned is forearmed! And so, after being given appropriate warning of all potential hazards (both on and off the course), we were on our way shortly after 9am.

Conditions underfoot were muddy but 390 runners made it round the course in one piece. First to cross the line today was Alexander Tate in 16:43 (his best time here since 2013) and first female finisher was Gail Brown in 20:59, a new course PB for her (well done, a fantastic time!). As for me, I managed to finish in 26:36, and first in age category, which I was pleased with.

There were four 100 celebrations today; congratulations to Bob Storey, Lois Harris, and Linda & Francis Munnelly

Hope everyone running the half marathon had a good run, and, if you are ever in Shrewsbury, please do come and try our beautiful parkrun and say hello to Clare or myself whilst you are there.

#runhappy

Francesca

Frances and Clare

Guest reporter Francesca and Clare from Histon