Today's parkrun report is brought to you in association with TeamVermeer covering Run Director and the scanning team. With over 160 volunteering opportunities taken between us at East Grinstead, I'm sure many of you will recognise us along with Bruce the dog. Parkrun has become a great part of our life and a way to spend some time together early on a Saturday morning. After a week of practicing getting up early for work and school, it’s no more easy on a Saturday morning with seemingly tricky breakfast and clothing decisions to be made and debates about the accuracy of the various weather forecasts for the morning.
Time permitting, a pleasant, occasionally brisk walk to East Court follows and a final check on posts for parkrun just in case another role needs covering. That time building up towards 0900 is a great opportunity to catch up with new friends made since parkrun arrived in East Grinstead, whether it's runners, walkers or volunteers, and welcome those joining. The ability of parkrun to bring different parts of a community together – and to be its own community – is one of the attractions we Vermeers have found and one reason we keep coming back.
Today’s weather forecast looked ominous with some heavy rain scheduled for 0900, our thoughts moved towards the fun ahead for the runners at muddy corner and all the mini muddy corners that we've noticed appearing recently. It's amazing how some glide across where others, like myself, head through them with trepidation, a grin or grimace and a plan to attack it the next time around.
On arrival, it was wet and muddy – perfect cross country running conditions and a hardy bunch of volunteers, 63 parkrunners and the tail walker were all set to go. Special congratulations to Emma Mogg on reaching her 50th parkrun. Not content with just the muddy challenge, Emma added in a helium balloon to help celebrate and some cakes to share. There were a few slips and slides going on around East Court but most importantly plenty of smiles, a lot of encouragement and some very satisfied runners at the end having made it.
Congratulations then to all taking part today and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.