On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and managed to keep the rain clouds away and although gusty in places Storm Ellen was only just waking up! It took awhile for the sun to come out and when it did, we were all bathed in surprisingly warm conditions for this time of year, indeed many of us quickly removing outer layers once we started running.
The runner’s briefing warmly welcomed and introduced all runners to the course layout. What a lovely meandering course you have too exploring Milton Country Park. The well thought out park also provided the younger members of our parkrun community or indeed the young at heart to burn off some energy before our run started. This type of course provides lots of opportunities for the faster runners to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals on their last lap. PB opportunities were probably pretty scarce as it was all about staying vertical and running in a straight line as there was plenty of that extra special parkrun mud to negotiate today. Mind you jumping in the puddles helped clear off some of it! We especially liked reading all of your home made signs too and all of our feet trip trapping across your bridges made sure there were no trolls sleeping today too!
There were a fair few tourists at Cambridge today which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been recently and where we were soon off to. Today, tourists from Colchester, Bushey Park and Havant to name but a few were using Cambridge parkrun as their tourist venue.
Jenny, our RD for the day, gave a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of Marshalls out around the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don’t forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Cambridge parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?
There were a few first timers who are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode! 34 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That’s one run less to count towards those coveted milestone tees. Were you celebrating a special milestone this week? Just like Mark and Karen who were both celebrating their 50th parkrun today. That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!
There were a fair few people going back to the on site Milton Country Park cafe for the apres parkrun, with refreshing drink options with a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them, which allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course. Unfortunately, we had a date with our all we can eat buffet breakfast so couldn’t indulge with you today, maybe next time?
Thank you again Cambridge parkrun for perfectly starting our weekend off. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth)