Parkrun no 432

"Don't mention the C word" I repeated myself as I cycled to Whin Park. But I didn’t need to worry – the debate was in full flow before I arrived: How far away could we position the marshals? What qualifies as “old”?
And long before then Billy, Charlie, Donnie and Iain had done an excellent job of sweeping the puddles to the side, so that the course was in better condition than it had been for weeks.
We marched up to the Start to hear Iain’s welcome particularly to our visitor from Brisbane and Iain’s version of the local rules, "in today's perilous circumstances, please run 50 m apart. And dogs and children have to be on a short leash". With these words of wisdom ringing in their ears, 152 runners completed today's parkrun.
Crossing the line first were Francisco Valdes, followed by the delightfully-named Unknown Hillbilly and Caroline Marwick, first female.
There were Personal Bests for youngsters Calum Macleod and Ruaridh Gordon and a first parkrun for 11 year old Sophie Matheson, followed by her parents Jerry and Beth.
In their enthusiasm, I guess, finishers numbers 31 and 34 walked off with their tokens. Please bring them back.
Thanks to volunteers Alan Skea, Annelise McDougall, Billy Skinner, Brian James, Bruce Wares, Carolyn Cload, Charles Jarvie, Chloe Sweeney, Craig James Stewart, Dave Carstairs, Donald Williamson, Hannah Sutherland, Hazel Cload, Imogen McDougall, Lee Ross, Lynsey Day, Margaret Andrews, Mira MacDonald, Niall Ross, Paul Crowe, Roderick Beasley, Sandy Matheson, Steve Stewart, Stuart Hendry and William John Ross.

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