Write a run report for an event that took place over various locations during various times over a period of a few days where nobody actually met”, they said.
“It’ll be fun”, they said.
Well it would certainly serve as a very welcome distraction from all the challenges of the home schooling that I’ve been so absorbed in recently, I thought. I have more chance of being taken notice of, after all, and it is subject that I at least understand, so why not?
However, as I subsequently discovered, you can take the girl out of home schooling but you can’t take home schooling out of the girl and so, wearing my strictest home-schooling Mum hat, I’ve set you all a piece of homework to do while you’re stuck in the house: parkrun’s very first do-it-yourself run report.
Decide how you want your own run report to sound by making the appropriate choices in the passage below. And, in the interests of the environment, this DIY report can be continually recycled and reused so there’s no use to get rid of it after this week’s run!
Today's full results can be found (not on the Dishley parkrun, Loughborough Results Page) but on the Fancy Google docs spreadsheet!.
And thanks everyone for sending in their photos, the full ablum is on Facebook.
The day was [Friday/Saturday /Sunday/just a hazy blur in the midst of this crazy lockdown situation] (delete where applicable) and runners missing their weekly parkrun fix found themselves full of [enthusiasm/feeble excuses/an irrational fear and a sense of foreboding/cake, tea and an abundance of other treats consumed during quarantine] following a [motivating and inspirational run briefing/promise of more cake/strange but curiously uplifting incantation] from Dishley’s Run Director.
Five long weeks had passed since [the last Dishley parkrun had taken place/Dishley’s Run Director started creating daily work-out routines for Joe Wicks/the incessant rain that had been the blight of our Saturday mornings for weeks miraculously stopped and the Loughborough Rugby Club pitches started to dry out to resemble a near-perfect running surface] but a solution to the [cancelled parkruns/toilet paper shortage/lack of #PEwithJoe at weekends] was offered, in the shape of the inaugural Not-Dishley parkrun.
This was just like a normal parkrun, only different. The distance was the same but it could be completed at any time, on any course, within a three-day period. Alone. Now can you see the challenges facing the run report writer?
With trainers laced, kit on and timers primed and ready to go, 113 runners, walkers and joggers, with their trusty parkrun barcodes [safe in their possession/still yet to surface after several weeks of inactivity] took their place in [unseasonably hot sunshine/unrelenting Dishley-esque rain/the comfort of the home gym] to pound the [streets/trail/fields/treadmill] for 5km and complete the very first Not-Dishley parkrun. There were no marshals, no tail-walkers and no finish funnel managers but the spirit of parkrun was very much alive.
The event attracted runners from not only the Loughborough area and surrounding villages but also much further afield; there was a large contingent taking part in Den Haag in the Netherlands and there were representatives in Inverness too! With several hundreds of miles separating many of the participants, it was clear they were all taking social distancing guidelines very seriously!
The first to complete the distance was Poplar Running Club’s Paul Woolridge who got round his own 5k route in a time of 19:01, almost a year to the day since recording his Dishley parkrun PB of 18:40. Club-mate Nick White ran home 30-seconds behind, while Helen James of 100 Marathon Club was the first to finish for the ladies in a time of 20:29, almost a minute and a half quicker than her Dishley PB.
Seth Gardner, competing in the JM10 category, was the first junior home, completing his own 5k run in an impressive 25:51.
Special mention, however, must surely go to [insert your name here] who [insert notable achievement here] which will undoubtedly be the talk of Dishley parkrun once it gets off the ground again.
Week 2 of Not-Dishley parkrun takes place soon. See you then (or not as the case may be), until which time it’s back to home-schooling for eating cake for me.
Take care, stay safe and keep well.
By Anne NEWBERY (A95326)