Welcome to the 46th Collett Park Junior Parkrun report. It was a dry day in the park and before all the runners arrived, the sound of birdsong could be heard in the trees. This sound was soon replaced by the thudding of runners pounding through the tracks in our beautiful park in an effort to move as fast or as slowly as they liked around the undulating, 2K course. Of course, there were lots of other people using the park – dog walkers, shoppers, people taking a walk and customers using the café. Everyone comes to Collett Park when the weather is good.
The Run Director this week was Amanda and she was ably assisted by a great team. Unfortunately, she had forgotten all of the rules of Parkrun and so she had to ask all the children for the details – it’s a good job we could all remember that it’s 2 laps, you go through the finish funnel once and your parents can’t come through it with you! Some people were awarded Marathon and Half Marathon bands for doing 13 or 26 miles overall.
This 46th Parkrun saw 39 runners take part and all of them arrived with a smile on their face and some energy in their feet. It was rather pleasing to see 4 first timers come along to try our Junior Parkrun for the first time and they were instructed and informed with details of the course by Laila and Eartha. We know that it can be nerve-wracking trying something new like this but we hope they enjoyed it and will come again to see if they can get a faster time or spot some of the lovely things that we have in our park.
The warm up began and this made sure that we were nice and agile and ready to take on the demands of the course. It’s important to warm up your muscles so that you don’t get an injury. Sometimes the warm ups are taken by a robot or a magician or something – this week it was led by Casper.
Of the 39 runners, it was a bumper day for personal bests! 15 of those runners ran their fastest ever parkrun course and we think that this is because we have been allowed to do parkrun again for a few weeks now and so people are getting back into the swing of things! Remember that you are allowed to practise during the week if you want to get quicker but speed is not important at Junior Parkrun, it’s better to be enjoying yourself.
Most exciting of all was that the course record was broken for under 11s at the time of 7 minutes 35. This runner, Leyton, was so speedy around the course and left all of the other runners way behind him. It was amazing to see such a fast runner and he certainly looked like he was enjoying himself. This was also a PB for him.
As always, thank you to all of the marshals and volunteers who set up the course with cones and signs. It is very kind of you to give up your time because we wouldn’t be able to do it without you. Special recognition goes to James Peters who has volunteered 25 times now! This means he has got up really early on a Sunday morning 25 times – wow!
We hope to see you all next week to do it all again.
By Lola Gregory