Colwick 430th parkrun went smoothly for the 239 participants and the 24 volunteers.
Zoe McVinnie celebrated her 100th parkrun with the gift of cakes at the finish line, a colourful outfit, running with an inflatable giraffe and a beaming smile.
41 people took part for the first time. Among them was Jim Provett, whom I am told, could not walk at the start of the year. What an achievement to complete his first parkrun 10 months later! Well done Jim.
Another first was ticked by Brian Willett, who joined our team of VI guides. Brian was surprised by Iris' pace, judging by his comments at the finish line. Thank you for your help Brian.
A special thank you to Arry and Kevin, whom I asked to perform extra tasks on the day to ensure the smooth running of the event. No picture of Kevin this time, but here is Arry at the first-timers briefing:
The course was seasonally wet, as you would expect at this time of the year. Runners used to the many Cowick puddles ran through them, trading wet feet for better traction. Others took a chance with the wet grass on the side of the path. There were a couple of slips and falls, please be careful - you will get wet feet at the finish anyway!
Lydia earned her coveted purple parkrun T-shirt, having volunteered 25 times.
The volunteers had a great time too, even if we were short of inspiration for the group picture so defaulted to jazz hands:
But we've got a rare shot of our marshalls before they start the long trek to the children playground and the warden hut:
The atmosphere at the finish line was relaxed and friendly, many runners thanking the volunteers. Everyone had a smile, what a great way to start the weekend.
Our photographer, Andy, experimented with black and white images this week. His finish line portraits look even more striking than usual:
You can see all the pictures on our Flickr page
As always, you are all welcome to join us at the Daleside cafe for a post-run breakfast or a cuppa. There's lots of space and the staff is not scarred of a pair of muddy shoes. Here is a picture from 2 weeks ago: