The alarm breaks the nights slumber with the shrill reminder that it's parkrun day. For many the most important day of the week, as it's not just the day we get another tick for running, walking or being a hi-viz hero, it's the day when the community comes together for chat and cake.
Colwick country park welcomed runners and walkers with a subdued sky which would slowly break and became bathed in subtle early spring sunshine, with a slight breeze across the lake, we had almost perfect conditions.
With the ever present pooches barking away in the background, Super Kev got proceedings moving once Helly J had introduced our awesome 1st timers to Colwick.
3 milestones to acknowledge, with Sophie on 50, myself on 100 (at long last) and Harjit trumping us both on 250. Dutiful notices applied and a simple countdown and we are let loose.
People have obviously seen my pile of cakes to mark the milestone, and there is a huge launch off the line as people consider their times and the prospect of some sticky jammy cake.
Course conditions were dry, which is nice to see as the last time I was at my home course, my shoes needed hosing down. So a good day to get a PB. Of which 69 slam dunked the ball and bagged a brand new 5k time. Congrats to all 69 of you.
Some great cheering from the Hi-Viz Heroes, no doubt plenty of hi-5ing to boot. As you read this, give them all some further applause, and remember that parkrun doesn't happen without those donning bright yellow.
With the line crossed and cake being consumed, a huge queue forms for barcode scanning, we did wonder if we were on for an attendance record. Those bagging records were:
1st female - Rebecca Machin 22:43
1st male - Gavin Mcdermott (Hermitage Harriers AC) 16:55
Well done to you both.
Off to the Daleside for a well deserved celebratory brekkie, cuppa and chat. Another set of parkrun ticks for 304 lycra clad peeps and 24 volunteers, see you next time in black!
This weeks stats:
1st timers 37 - of which 16 was there first parkrun
10 club -
50 club Sophie King
100 club Jason Randall
250 club Harjit Kaur
This weeks run report was kindly written by Jason Randall