What better way to start the weekend than by tackling your 100th parkrun on your home course of Durham.
I’d asked Jill, today’s run director and my better half to keep the fact that it was my 100th quiet. Fortunately for me she obliged and I received the briefest of mentions in the run briefing. Today wasn’t about me though, or super volunteer Katherine Hay-Heddle, who was going one better than me by taking part in her 200th week of volunteering! Yes that’s 200 separate weeks! Today was, as parkrun always is, about the 333 runners, joggers, walkers and of course volunteers who make parkrun what it is. A free, fun event to start the weekend with.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually ran the Durham course with volunteering, tourism or other commitments taking up my time in recent weeks, so I was pleased to get on the start line in some decent weather (last week anyone?).
I’d been suffering during the week with some kind of chest infection so hadn’t managed to get out running and with that in mind planned a steady 27-30 minute run. I’m happy to report that I stuck to that pace and got round in 29:34, several ‘shandies’ the night before may also have contributed to this time.
Durham parkrun for me doesn’t really start to become something special until it leaves the grounds of Maiden Castle and the sports fields behind and you hit the riverside paths.
Running towards the fantastic city that I’m proud to call home (Even if not where I’m originally from), passing the rowers at the rowing club, heading round the bend of the river to climb the gentle, and somewhat unwanted, incline only for the trees to disappear and that backdrop come into view. Wow, just wow! The bandstand, the finish, the Castle, the Cathedral. Need I say more? Durham parkrunners you have a final 1k to shout about!
Now onto the statistics...
This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
We had many visitors from the South of England, all of whom were top trumped by the gentleman who joined us for his first ever parkrun today all the way from Melbourne Australia!
see you all next week! IT's OUR BIRTHDAY!!!!!!