Ah, the merry month of May, when the gosling broods in coats of sunny green about the road waddle in extasy. After the deluge the evening before, Saturday morning dawned and we found beautiful Colwick Country Park bathed in a soft, spring sunshine and with her paths perhaps surprisingly firm underfoot. 324 eager parkrunners gambolled into the park with a seasonal spring in their steps to be welcomed by 26 lovely high-vis heroes for a prompt start to the morning’s festivities for event#410.
34 first timers and tourists from Cambridge, Malvern, Tamworth, Lincoln and Mansfield were welcomed to our lovely, verdant park at the first timers’ brief by Jason.
We celebrated an official milestone with Kate, who ran her 100th parkrun and also unofficial ones with Ian (running his 200th) and Caitlin (running her 150th). Well done to you all!
Your Event Day Course Checker was Steve, who informed us that going around the park was good to soft. You were marshalled around the course by Erica on Roy’s split, Philip at sign 10, Tony at the Warden’s hut, Angie just past the dog poo bin and Joanna at the car park.
Bringing up the rear of the field was a bumper crop of lovely tail walkers: Judith, Julie, Graeme, Guy, Evie, Niki and Zach.
Nic guided Terry safely round the course (well, except for a minor problem with a branch!).
Your timers were Eileen and Tracey, who were both perfectly in-sync with each other and with the crack team in the funnel of Olivia and Sandy.
Your barcode scanners were Miri, Helen and (once he’d run round the course), a multi-tasking Jason. Philip also popped back from marshalling sign 10 to keep a beautifully neat clipboard.
Newton the dog was our first finisher, followed closely by owner Tom. It’s thirsty work being the lead canine, you know! Well done to all 324 of the runners, joggers and walkers who enjoyed the mild, spring weather.
The course must have been in pretty good shape as we saw 60 personal bests recorded, which bodes well for the summer. All that hard work over the winter is starting to pay off!
Special congratulations to the latest graduates from the Nottingham University Hospitals Couch to 5k programme. You all did splendidly and it was a pleasure to share in your achievements (and Andrew makes the best flapjack too!)
All that remained was to pack up the finish funnel, leaving no trace in the park that we were ever there, and to head to the Daleside for a spot of breakfast and the all-important results processing. Many thanks to Jon, Dawn, Caitlin and Nic for sorting the tokens.
Your run director was Tim.
The weather is apparently starting to look up now for a little while. Perhaps we should believe that when we see it…. but with that glad thought filling our hearts, we can tumble headlong into the long working week and count the days down to event#411 next week!
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