A view from a visitor - Memories of mud turned to dust.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
(from A Psalm of Life by Henry Longfellow).
What an excellent poem for parkrunners. I had to be up and doing this morning as I was collecting my son from university to take him home after graduation. I was staying with others of my family in a local hotel so of course was hopeful to fit in a parkrun at Cambridge. The hotel announced breakfast would start at 8am which was a little tight to fit in before a run, but fortunately they allowed me to start a bit earlier, and in addition to a lovely fruit salad and drink I was able to take some of the cooked breakfast with me to eat after parkrun â€“ my post parkrun bacon butty was lovely.
I'd run Cambridge parkrun once before in November 2015 when my memories were of driving rain in a gusty cold wind; couldn't recall any views at all apart from swaying trees. What a contrast this morning in the blazing sunshine, glinting off the lakes as we travelled round the course. The start today was memorable as instead of being splattered with mud there was dust flying everywhere with the parkrunners' footfalls on the totally dry and powdery path. Fortunately that didn't continue all the way and we had a lovely run through the dappled shade of largely tree-covered twisty paths. It was a beautiful if energy-sapping hot day for a parkrun; I even met a visitor who had been for a swim in one of the lakes before her run, although she was wishing she'd chosen to do it the other way round for a cooling post-parkrun dip.
I really enjoyed running the course; very different from my home course at Basingstoke which is on paths and grass in a municipal park, and so running on forest tracks is a real novelty, as I tried to be still pursuing the other runners, many of whom however gradually pulled away from me on the second large lap. But I was still achieving another completed parkrun at the usual parkrun price of no charge! I then just had to learn to wait for my text message result to arrive as it did mid morning as we left our hotel after a very welcome cool shower. If I'm in the area again I'd love to join you another time, and if you are ever near Basingstoke at 9am on a Saturday please pop in and say hello before you join us running around our park.
So what happened today?
Five hundred and thirty one parkrunners completed the course today. This included eighteen completing their first ever parkrun; I hope you all enjoyed it and that you'll be back very soon to try to complete the course in a better time. Then you can join the amazing sixty-three who managed a PB today. There were also twenty first time visitors to Cambridge - we hope you enjoyed your first run at Cambridge and that you won't take as long as I did to come back and try it again.
I was pleased that many of the runners around me thanked the volunteer marshals as they passed. Of the volunteers I'd like to pass particular thanks onto the enthusiastic first time briefer Stuart Payne with his amusing demonstration of slower parkrunners keeping to the left and not right as he talked us around the course. A huge well done and thank you to all the hi-vis heroes that made today's parkrun happen - those with names in lights this week are Brent SWANN-AUGER, Chris HARRIS, Chris KERSWELL, Chris MARTIN, Colin GROOM, Edward MURPHY, Eleanor LIMB, Evert BOKMA, Ewan MACAULAY,¢ James BARBER, Janay FEHR, Jenny PAYNE, Jill NOBLE, John JOHNSON, Julia SUDBURY, Liz GIBSON, Mary MITCHELL, Matthew LIMB, Michaela JOYSEY, Mike HORSCROFT, Nadine BARBER, Neil BANKS, Pamela ABBOTT, Rachel KERSWELL, Richard MARTIN, Ricky MITCHELL, Robert BARBER, Sam ELLIS, Sam GIBSON, Shawn KIRK, Sheila CAYTON, Stuart PAYNE and Theodore FEHR. Thank you for timing, scanning, marshalling, setting up and taking down, distributing position tokens, directing us parkrunners around the course and everything else that needed to happen for us to run today. To join the volunteers in a future week go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge/futureroster/ to see the vacancies, and email your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the men, first finisher today was Oliver Sewell who scorched round the course in 16:50. First female finisher was Rachel Lindley in 18:55, finishing fourteenth overall. Best age grade today went to Richard Holland with 85.41%, finishing eighth overall.
T-shirt earning milestones: well done to Henry J Beeton who completed his 50th parkrun
It's not a T-shirt earning milestone but well done to Robert Beeton who completed his 150th parkrun.