That was the advice from a few of my parkrun and jogging friends!
But with the prospect of getting a ‘G’ for my Alphabet challenge, I wasn’t deterred.
So today I arrived at Gedling Country Park excited at the prospect of another new venue to add to the ever growing list. As always my fellow parkrunners were a friendly bunch, willing to chat and help out the newbies, who are usually looking a bit lost.
Jenny was the Run Director today. The run brief was excellent, full of enthusiasm and facts about the course. Hills were mentioned just once or twice! The most important hill was the final 300 metres - down to the finish.
As always Jenny thanked all the super volunteers, without whom the event would not be possible. Everyone agreed and joined in with a round of applause.
3 - 2 - 1 - GO!
We were off!
The course description was a figure of eight and undulating.
The first short section was downhill before turning right and continuing downhill. Then a sharp left and up, up, up and around the Solar Farm. The course then turned left and levelled out before heading downhill, back towards the start. That was the first loop complete.
The second loop was more of the same, downhill then up, up up and around towards the new housing development. Finally end was in sight, the final 300 metre downhill section. Over the line and to the finish. Phew!
The weather was perfect
The course was exactly as per the description.
The volunteers were brilliant.
The views of the surrounding area were superb.
Top marks for Gedling parkrun.
Recognition for Jenny too - the results pinged through on my phone at 10:07.
Crikey - super efficient.
So that was it:
P34 and 24:32
My 248th parkrun and my 124th volunteer.
PS - If you are ever in the Burton-on-Trent area, come and try out my home parkrun - Conkers!