The weather was grey and a bit damp with a few spots of rain in the air, but not too cold. Good conditions for running. the ground was slippery, very slippery in places. I saw one faller towards the end of the course. This is definitely a course for trail shoes (or spikes after rain) and cautious running.
I plodded around the course at a slower pace than recently here, but that gave me time to listen to the green woodpecker, admire the wonderful banks of snowdrops near the northern end of the course, check for swans on the canal (none today) chatted with another runner and looked at the views across to Malvern and Abberley hills in the distance.
I love this course. It is challenging with its 6 uphills, but it is such a pleasure to run round the fields as I did when I was young. I am extremely grateful to Will and Gillian. for encouraging Parkrun on their working diary farm.
Thanks to all out volunteers
Abbie CHAMBERS • Alan STANLEY • Amanda COOPER • Archie WRIGHT • Ben WOOD • Clare KIDD • David WRIGHT • Emily ELSDON • Gillian KERTON • Hayley SHERRY • James BRASS • Jan PINFIELD • Katie COTTON • Kevin LAMBE • Kevin LEWIS • Louisa KERTON • Natalie CUTLER • Nathan MOORE • Owen THOMPSON • Paul CHAPMAN • Rebecca PAYTON • Rebecca TERRY • Richard CUNDY • Sadie CLARK • Samuel ELSDON • Stephen SHERRY • Tegan MOORE • Will KERTON
This is a course that looks like a plate of spaghetti on the map, but people I spoke to after the run (waves to Run Studley) said how well organised it was and how clearly marked out and marshalled the course was. Nobody gets lost here.
Parkrun depends on its volunteers, so why not give it a try yourself one week!
28 volunteers (we could always use more)
72 were first timers at this course, 8 of those were on their very first Parkrun.
23 people improved their times with a new PB for this course.
21 different clubs were represented, including from as far away as Plymouth.
Only 5 people didn't have a barcode, so didn't have a recorded time.
Congratulations to Joe CUNDY JM11-14 who ran his 10th Parkrun and can now claim his 10 Club T shirt
After the run checking my barcode, a very welcome coffee from the coffee shack and chatting with other Parkrunners, I relaxed in the cosy Barn Cafe. My late breakfast/ early lunch of eggs Florentine and a pot of tea was delicious and I enjoyed those too.
This is one of the important things about Parkrun - the sociability of it all. Churchfields Farm Parkrun is a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.