Welcome back parkrun - how we’ve missed you!!
Had you asked me on Saturday 14th March whether I would be about to embark on a 16 month parkrun hiatus I would have laughed at you… parkrun, especially Clapham Common, played a big part in my life. There would be general chatter with Frank and the rest of core team during the week about various course obstacles and whether we would have enough volunteers to put on a safe event. Saturday would often start with me planning a relaxed jog to the common, which turned into a progression run as I realised I was once again much later leaving home than planned; a whirlwind 2 hours of seeing familiar faces, helping quietly funnel manage and wrestling with the (quite frankly ridiculous) pop up sign; we’d then head for coffee, chat, reflect on the morning and start processing the results or token sorting before heading home buoyed by the general joy that had been spread.
Yes, it was a little grey and drizzly at times.
Yes, there were a few key people missing due to dreaded pings.
Yes, there were some changes to meet the parkrun Covid-19 framework.
BUT… led by the wonderful Run Director Cat, 55 volunteers ensured the event 92 went off without a hitch.
Congratulations the 466 people who braved the inclement weather (what thunder & lightening?!) and walked, ran or jogged their way around the common including 48 people taking part in the first ever parkrun!
Special mentions to the following on achieving milestones:
10 Events (juniors): Halkett CORCORAN & Finn CORCORAN
50 Events: Sam Edwards, Ben Davison, Holly Fisher & Larry Lazarides
Cat Prowse - 50 days of volunteering
Personally, today came with a rollercoaster of emotions. After 2.5 years as Co Event Director, a move out of London and a new addition to the family meant I stepped down from the role during the parkrun pause. Today not only had the joy of the return of parkrun, but was also a fond farewell to weekly trips to the event I’ve been involved with since it’s inception and the friendly faces I’ve got to know over this time.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to the wonderful team who supported me while I was co-ED. But, especially to Frank, who each week generally saved my bacon and is quite frankly the reason we’re able to put on this marvellous event each week.
Clapham you’re in safe hands with Frank and Dana and I’m looking forward to coming back as a volunteer tourist in the coming months and years!
Ed: Thank YOU Jen for making Clapham Common such a great event - We'll see you soon.
It's like we have never been away as we make a minor revision to start and finish from 7th August 2021