Event 421 – 17th August 2019

To the 198 Colwick parkrun faithful that joined us for event no: 421… wet Fridays in Nottingham, mean only one thing: Saturday morning mud and puddles… and even more mud and puddles! It goes without saying that the regulars just can’t get enough of them. The 29 unexpecting first timers that came along this week will have gone home knowing exactly what parkrun in our beautiful corner of NG2 is really all about. No doubt, they’ll be back for more – we can’t pass up such opportunities to have so much fun!

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The heavy conditions didn’t stop a very impressive number of PB’s – 15 in total, with many more fine individual efforts! The will power and determination on show is just one of several reason that parkrun is and will forever be the best way start the weekend. Why waste the morning when you can join likeminded and friendly people among a spirit like no other? Walk, Jog or Run… the parkrun experience is exactly the same for all. All epitomised this week by young Martha… despite a fall about half way around, she ploughed on, reaching the end in floods of tears. The rapturous welcome by those applauding her in, was probably more of a realisation of how we all feel time to time. On numerous occasions every runner will have those kind of moments but we can guarantee that once the dust had settled, back home, bandaged and cleaned up… she’d already be looking forward to her next parkrun!

Well done to Martha for finishing and super well done to this week’s milestone makers… Elizabeth Simpson made it to the big 50 – 46 being at Colwick – a fantastic achievement for someone in her age range, added to the fact she’s has many more junior parkruns under her belt too! Reaching his century was Steve Pike – to do anything 100 times shows great commitment and dedication – well done Steve… next stop 250.

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With the unenviable job of checking the course this week. Jason was out earliest of all looking for possible hazards! Thankfully, other than those aforementioned puddles, the course was just how we’d expect it! His inspection report to Run Director Abigail read nothing more ‘than good to go’! With many of the Colwick core team away, volunteering duties were passed on to the extended Colwick #parkrunfamily. Terry expertly advised newcomers of what to expect at the first timers brief, TeamWarren and John were on barcode duty, with Megan and John scanning and Dawn on the clipboard, enforcing #DFYB! Marshalls Kay, Tom, Erica, Andrew and Tailwalkers Lynn, Karin & Matthew led everyone safely back to the welcome faces of Timers Jon and Alison. Finish tokens were handed out by Emma. Joanna ensured everyone kept moving until they reached dry land… safely navigating that one final obstacle awaiting them at the bottom of the funnel - you guessed it, another huge puddle! Amongst all the glory of completing another brilliant parkrun… many could have really fell foul of this whopper! A massive thank you to all the hi-vis heroes – you do it so well, setting a fine example to all those that can also be a part of our masterfully organised events.

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With the weather this week expected to much dryer, the course should start resembling its natural self again… as much loved as the mud is Colwick Park is resplendent in the early morning sunshine. And… with that sunshine, what else would we plan other than our annual Hawaiian shirt parkrun. Dig deep into the wardrobe for that one fun and colourful shirt you own, put a peacock on your head or run around eating mango – it’s your choice – whatever you do be sure to be at the start line for our next unmissable Colwick parkrun. #syatb

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