Saturday 8th February was the calm before the storm, with Ciara promising to be blowing huge winds and bringing lots of rain in over the weekend, 246 people braved the puddle in the car park at Hogmoor Inclosure to take part in the weekly 5k event.
Helen was Run Director today and it was a delight to be able to hear all the run brief through the megaphone (in all honesty i'm not totally convinced Helen needs it!) and she was supported by Chris, in the new volunteer role as "megaphone holder."
There were some milestones, with Ben (who is in the 11-14 age cat!) and Philip reaching their 50th run. I am delighted to say i have now done 50 separate volunteering roles too. If anyone reading this wants to give volunteering one week a try but feels a bit shy or worried, please don't be, its so worthwhile!
It was great to see lots of new PBs today in particular from some of the younger runners, good luck to those parents trying to keep up. Sadly i was not able to keep up with my daughter today, luckily she spotted her friend with her mum and sped off to run with them. Her strava gave many people a chuckle - Lola, where have the days gone where you struggled to keep up with me and moaned if i went too fast?!
The course today was fairly respectable, the odd muddy bit, some compacted sand and a bit windy. The good thing about Hogmoor is that you can never predict how well you will run or walk the course until you get there and i heard a good handful of people at the end saying it was trickier today yet the amount with PBs almost defies that!
Lets hope that storm Dennis allows us to run safely this weekend, i am sure the amount of rain we have had will bring lots of puddles and muddy challenges.