Parkrun at Home Event #009
We’re on week 9 of no parkrun and for someone who went to parkrun every week for 92 weeks in a row until 14th March (except two: one I was running a half marathon in Lithuania and one I was running a 10k in Battersea Park), it’s feels a little odd.
parkrun HQ are keen to that parkrunners should not exercise at 9am on parkrun courses. This helps reduce gatherings and shows support for the communities we serve. Instead, have you tried tuning in to the Great Big parkrun Quiz on Saturday mornings? It's hosted by the lovely Vassos Alexander, on the parkrun YouTube channel. He also hosts the free weekly timed parkrun podcast – very much worth a listen to during the parkrun pause with excellent guests!
This morning I had a go at being Run Director in Lockdown (RDiL as I’m going to call it). I had my hi vis, my apricot T-shirt, my barcode, a cup of tea and some pancakes – an ideal morning if you ask me.
My RDiL was documented through our Instagram stories and started with a little intro, followed by course set-up. This involved taking my laptop into my back garden and making my tea & pancakes. A little different to usual.
I gave a First Timers briefing and an RDiL briefing (I stood on a chair for that one – it wouldn’t be right otherwise). I even did a little warm up around my garden. It takes 7 steps to get from one end to the other, which by my maths, if we assume one stride is 1m, I would need to do 714 lengths in order to do a 5k*. Thoughts so far: no desire to try it. Thoughts in the future: it might be fun. NB course conditions were pretty safe, under 11s don’t need to be within arm’s reach of an adult and dogs don’t need to be on a short leash. (Ed's note: shall we call that 6,000 for a marathon.)
Armed with my pancakes, I was ready to start the quiz. Vassos welcomed us at 9am, and we crossed the start line at 9:06am. There were 3 laps: parkrun statistics, parkrun general knowledge, and parkrun true or false. I recorded a PB with a score of 7/15 with which I was pretty chuffed. (Ed's note this was a few weeks ago doubtless PBs each week since.)
Well done to everyone who participated this morning. Please do tag us on social media – we’re @claphamparkrun on Instagram and Twitter – we love to see what you’re up to on your Saturday mornings instead of running laps around the common with us.
Please all stay safe, we look forward to seeing you as soon as we can.
Ed's note: We'll be back when it's safe to host parkrun not until after June 30th at least.
The latest blog post from parkrun HQ is here https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2020/05/12/covid-19-coronavirus-update-12-may/