Didcot parkrun Run Report #257, 2nd October 2021 by Colin Taylor
My parkrun tourism this week brought me to south Oxfordshire and the town of Didcot. It is about 40 miles south of my home run of Banbury.
Known to me predominantly for 2 things - The Power Station Cooling Towers and Thomas the Tank Engine! (We came to visit him at the Railway Centre about 25 years ago when our kids were fans!) The last of the iconic cooling towers were demolished in 2019 so are no longer part of the landscape.
The weather was bright leaving Banbury but had turned to a distinctly overcast and rain threatening appearance by the time we had the first timers briefing by Charlotte - who was also RD. After a safety briefing and a few words of wisdom from Charlotte we were off!
The course was in lovely condition and after 3 laps around the field - mostly on grass but with a tarmac section at the top loop- there was a long final section of approx 1500 metres that took us to the finish line. The marshals all around the course were enthusiastic and encouraging ! Thanks as always to them and the core volunteer team!
Luckily the rain kept off for most of the run - a few spots fell as I closed in to finish but most folks completed their run in the dry.
Parking was free for 2 hours - we used the Orchard Centre Car Park as the normal Football Club car park was out of action this week.
If you are walking around the park in the next few days keep an eye open for these lovely painted stones that my wife hid as we were running!
This week 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
Congratulations to Lewis Camps and Preben Krabben who achieved their 10th and 100th parkrun milestones respectively.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Helen BRIND • Carolyn MACHIN • David RAYNER • Roger THETFORD • Saffy WALTON • Katharine HILL • Hayleigh GASCOIGNE • Scot WHEELER • Stewart WATSON • Miranda HABERMEL • Gavin WARRINGTON • Sharon RASMUSSEN • Mark BARLOW • Sabiene NORTH • Charlotte WARRINGTON • Stuart TURNER • Sandra MAGEE • Michael HIBBERD • Karen SPACKMAN • Fo KRABBEN • Emma NORTH • Roger PEARCE • Colin TAYLOR • Cher KILROY • Evelyn KILROY • James KILROY • Carol MILES • Wendy BOWYER • Cora HEATH