We got out of the car at Parkrun to a surprisingly blustery and cold morning. Yet despite the weather, 66 people had turned up for the run (including 14 first timers) and we were greeted by an upbeat and welcoming briefing. We clapped someone’s 50th - Parkrun, not birthday, the run director clarified. Not the ideal weather for a milestone ice cream!
There were plenty of cow pats in the first field, creating an added incentive to concentrate on exactly where our feet were going. Then out of the field and down a steep hill, which we were obviously going to have to run up at the end.
We enjoyed the twists and turns of a proper cross-country course, though perhaps the hills were more character building than enjoyable. There were lots of friendly marshals, which was a good thing too as we’d have got lost otherwise! They were also impressively noisy with cowbells and other musical accompaniments.
Sure enough, after the final turn we were faced with the final hill up to the finish line. Steep uphill finishes seem to be becoming a bit of a thing for us, with Wyre Forest not far away and our experience last week at Tamar Trails in Devon. In comparison, this one is mercifully short! We witnessed some pretty impressive springs up the final hill and ten people gained a PB today.
Thanks again for packing an interesting Parkrun and for sharing it with us. We were sorry not to be able to stop for breakfast, which sounded as substantial as the Parkrun.
Harriette & John Drew