Run Report – Event 24, 26/03/16

Big thanks to Steve Blackmore of Gloucester North parkrun & Hucclecote Harriers for putting together today's run report.

"On the same weekend we move the clocks forward, things turned full circle for the Gloucester North parkrun, with the 24th staging of the event ushering in not only the new season, but an exciting programme of planned Springtime events too ( stay tuned! )

The traditional Bank Holiday weather at the start of today's run, of freezing cold rain and sleet, did nothing to dampen the spirits of our parkrunners, in fact it probably made our furthest travelling parkrun tourists feel right at home, since they were visiting us from Northern Ireland!. Yes, "Team Runwell" were a lovely family, from Lurgan, County Armagh, and they certainly lived up to their name, with some very creditable performances.

Parkrun stalwart Steven Harris (VM35-39) was first past the post this morning, in a new personal best time of 19:38, whilst Catherine Taylor (SW20-24) made light of the sprained ankle she suffered last week, by being the first female home, in an excellent 21:39. Overall, no fewer than 11 people achieved PB's, which was an extremely impressive feat, in the less than favourable conditions. We also had three first timers this morning ( not including our Northern Irish friends, who only forgot to pack two things - the kitchen sink, and their parkrun barcodes! ), and they unanimously commented on how much they'd enjoyed the eccentric course, and on what a friendly, supportive welcome they'd received, at this intimate ( small, but perfectly formed! ) parkrun. Anyhow, very well done once again to all of the heroic participants, and hardy volunteers, today, all of whom are now officially entitled to eat as much chocolate as they like tomorrow! Continuing the endearing quirkiness for which the Gloucester North parkrun has become known, next Saturday is the April Fools' Day event, when the course will be run in reverse, so, ew epoh ot ees uoy ereht! I mean, we hope to see you there!"

Steve Blackmore