Saturday morning (aka parkrun day) dawned cloudy, but mild and dry. Which was a welcome change after the recent weather and perfect for International Women’s Day parkrun.
By the time I joined the many runners making their way over to Eastville Park from Tesco the sun was struggling valiantly to break through the cloud and it was looking to be another busy run at Eastville parkrun.
I signed up to parkrun in 2008. For a variety of reasons and non reasons I didn’t end up doing my first run until 10 years later in August 2018. I was immediately hooked by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere and today marks my 50th run. And what better way to celebrate than by writing a run report (although some might say that I could have brought cake….) Over the past 17 months I have run at varying speeds, jogged with my daughter and (tail)walked.
So, back to today’s run, event #116. After the first timers’ briefing run director Becky did the introduction and we had a photo to mark International Women’s Day with plenty of purple on show. I don’t know if there were more women than usual today but there were 643 people enjoying the excellent running conditions, 247 of whom were female.
There were rather fewer milestones this week than usual, with only LEO SEYMOUR running his 50th as well and getting an excellent personal best of 18.30. Which is a shame as milestones this week were being marked by #thisgirlcan t-shirts being handed out. Thanks parkrun!
A quick shout out to tourists followed, but unfortunately with all the hubbub at the start I didn’t catch where anyone was from, and then we were off!
Now, Eastville is far from the flattest parkrun. This is perhaps unsurprising given that we are in Bristol! According to jegmar.com, which helpfully gives elevation rankings for parkruns, neighbours Pomphrey Hill and Ashton Court are hillier though. We start off with a small lap, followed by a longer lap which includes a run around the beautiful lake, and finishing off with a final lap taking in long inclines and the top of the park. What goes up must come down however, so we get a nice downhill stretch once you have rounded the top of the park. Over recent weeks the finish funnel has been extended somewhat to account for the many runners heading to the park each weekend but there were several barcode scanners on hand to scan our barcodes. #dfyb people, as no barcode means no time!
Today’s first female finisher was Kate Howard getting a new PB of 19.09. Well done Kate! The first male finisher was sadly without a barcode, but hot on his heels was Philip Parry in 17.41. Philip was also this week’s highest age grade, with a fantastic 88.41%.
If you are reading this trying to muster up the courage to try parkrun, come along next week. You won’t regret it. It doesn’t matter how fast you are, or what you wear, everyone is welcome. And at Eastville there are always plenty of cute dogs joining in the fun too!
Many thanks to Jo Morris for writing this week's run report. Congratulations on also completing your 50th parkrun!
See you all in the park again soon.
Becky & Adrian, RDs for Event #116