Despite the drizzly and dull weather, we were still greeted with a warm and welcoming smile from Lorna the Event Director and Saturday’s Run Director. After our obligatory photo with the Guernsey parkrun flag we were given a very informative and jolly first timers briefing. We loved the hip speaker idea and will be looking to replicate at our event.
The course was a lovely one with stunning scenery. A little tight in places but this just added to the fun. We even found time to pose for selfies with the firing range and stray golf ball signs. The marshals on route were both welcoming and encouraging. We would certainly recommend this friendly event and the post run cafe was excellent too.
Before the run we were treated to some historical facts about the immediate area by a very friendly volunteer. We thought we would return the favour. Our event takes place in the 70 hectare Great Lines Heritage park, Gillingham, Kent. Part of the course takes you around the Royal Naval War Memorial situated at the top of the field and is dedicated to the memory of those sailors from Chatham-based ships who died during The Great War (1914-18) and World War 2 (1939-45), and who have no known grave. After the Second World War the memorial was extended by the addition of the outer wall, which forms a semi-circle on the side of the memorial away from the town to give protection against the wind. 10,112 names are commemorated on the fifty plaques on the extension.
Today we were merely 4 of the 193 participants who ran, jogged or walked the course. 23 (including us) were first timers and 44 amazing people achieved PB’s in those conditions. parkrun relies on the support from all the volunteers so if you haven't tried it yet, give it a go. Its fun and nothing to worry about.
We certain hope to be back sometime in the future.
Dan, Gary, Ross & Karl - part of the core team at Great Lines parkrun