After last week's howling gale, the weather gods smiled on the 286 Colwick parkunners who were treated to an early taste of spring. Shoesucker straight was firm under foot, the 20 volunteers didn't get numb fingers and toes and some runners were heard complaining about being too warm (really, there is no pleasing some people is there?!).
Did you spot the new sculptures? After the recent apparition of the signs at the entrance to the park, it seems our favourite park is getting all sorts of embellishments! Maybe one day we will even be treated to soap in the toilet blocs!
Ian and James kicked things off by briefing our tourists (from Lincoln and Sheffield) and our first timers of whom there were 27. They also helped wrap things up in the Daleside by sorting out tokens.
Congratulations to Amy, Daniel and Abby who ran their 50th parkruns and sorry for not capturing the momentous occasion on camera. Well done to all 49 of you who achieved new PBs - it goes to show what can happen when you don't have to dodge puddles and fight your way through the mud!
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. Gideon (who looked like he had been at the park for hours by the time the run director got there) helped with the set up. Steve and Abi were your timekeepers and Caitlin was your run director. Tim guided Terry and only crashed him into a bollard once. The funnel was expertly managed by Sandy, and Joanna handed out tokens even to those who were reluctant to take one (well done to both of them for keeping the funnel in order)! Jacques, Linda, Laura and Fiona scanned barcodes and produced one of the tidiest clipboards you'll ever see. The course was marshalled by Judith and Peter and your tailwalkers were Steve, Niki, Zach, Roo and Harjit.
Finally, a particular thanks goes to Karen who, having run to Colwick, generously stepped in to the shoes of a missing marshal, and did a fab job at Roy's split.
Abigail is in charge next week and the forecast is for more spring weather, so it's bound to be another lovely Colwick Saturday morning. #syatb #dfyb