Inverness parkrun 430 8th February 2020

Cycling across the Infirmary Bridge, I felt a strong gust of wind; perhaps the forerunner of Storm Ciara…But one of the features of Whin Park is the shelter, isn't it -lying only just above the river level and surrounded by trees? Well, maybe not ..
166 runners, boosted by the competitors in the Boys' Brigade Championships, lined up to hear David’s welcome followed by Billy's description of the revised course. "Four laps," (holds up 4 fingers for the benefit of the hard of hearing but resists the temptation to explain in mime the reason for the alteration) and the multitude charged off.
They charged back in fine form, with Donnie MacDonald crossing the line first in 16.35, followed by Shaun Cumming and Niall Ross, with both Shaun and Niall – and another 32 runners, including first female Esther Smith - posting Personal Bests.
At coffee afterward, it was good to hear first timer Michelle from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada explain how she started running. She’d suffered from asthma for years and had to change her inhaler prescription. In her office, late for a doctor’s appointment, she raced, yes raced, to make it. Sitting in the waiting room, she thought, "I ran!" A couch-to-5k session later, here she was, having finished her first parkrun. More to come, I hope ...
Alison directed, assisted by Alan Skea, Annelise McDougall, Billy Skinner, Charles Jarvie, Craig James Stewart, David Waudby-West, Diana Mackenzie, Donald Williamson, Douglas Lamont, Freya Waudby-West, Hector Waudby-West, Imogen McDougall, Linda Macauslan. Margaret Andrews, Oscar Sanchez, Paul Crowe, Phil Masterton, Rona Dunn and Steve Stewart.
(And having watched the Edinburgh weather at the Scotland v England rugby international, I think that we, in Inverness, got away lightly)