24th March 2018 – Spring arrives at Shroggs at last

Halifax parkrun report – 24t  March 2018

Andrew Smith

 The snow has finally gone, spring looks like it’s here hopefully to stay and parkrun is back! It seems like an eternity since we last had a parkrun at Shroggs but that’s what age, snow and a 50th birthday party do to you!

And it was great to be back at Shroggs on a mild Saturday morning with just a nip in the air to remind us that winter is on it’s way back to Siberia.

Our Run Director for the day Steph Hull had a new friend in the shape of a mobile PA system which followed her around until we suggested she was loud enough and didn't need it - so PA Shroggs was left to watch the parkrun from the tarmac near the roundabout 

And it was a special morning for some of the volunteers who help out at Shroggs as they were presented with Volunteer of the Year 2017/18 plaques in front of the runners. The three volunteers chosen were Clare, Jannine and myself. It’s a lovely feeling when you get presented with something saying thank you for getting up early on a Saturday morning, cheering the runners on and supporting your local parkrun. It makes it all worthwhile.

After a quick briefing from Steph and cheers for first timers and visitors from Cheltenham , Newark , Stansfield parkrun and a few brave runners from the wrong side of the pennines !! 

Everyone was soon off for 3 and a bit laps of the famously undulating Shroggs park. We were missing some of our regular runners as it had been the annual West Yorkshire Winter League presentation night on Friday and others had races and holidays so couldn’t make it, but it was still a great and as always friendly turnout of 135 runners swelled by the number of first timers , always nice to see first timers experiencing the amazing feel good fix from parkrun

Anita Hewitt Congratulations on your 50 th parkrun, Anita didn't tell anyone it was her 50th and didn't put her hand up when she was recently touring in plymouth

This morning seemed to go quickly no doubt due to the good mood and a feeling of spring in the air .Once everyone was finished and our tail walker Bev Morritt  the celebrations were not over, two of our amazing parkrunners, Annie and Marc were presented with the Gary Morritt Memorial award by Gary’s widow Bev. It was a special moment as they are the first recipients of the award in memory of a halifax parkrun and QRC stalwart Gary Morritt.

And that’s it for this week, a special parkrun on a lovely spring morning and a perfect start to the weekend and receiving a trophy for doing something I love every Saturday - happy times , a moment I will cherish.

Hope to see you all next week and don’t forget your barcode and wear or bring something easter themed !