On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. However, the parkrun fairies were kind to us today and provided cooler conditions, so this was in the Sports pavilion, as it was RAINING!! What a change from the scorching sun that we have had over recent weeks, but provided the perfect opportunity to talk to others before we started. It certainly took a while for us all to venture out for the runner's briefing as temperatures had plummeted too. Now where did I put my gloves?
Thank you to Gary Oakley, our RD for the day, for the runner's briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. What a lovely flat course you have too, meandering three times through two different fields with tarmac or cinder path underfoot. These provided lots of opportunities for the faster runners to overtake and to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals. Mind you although rock solid today, I can see more challenge to this course when cooler and wetter conditions prevail.
Today, tourists from Manchester, Burnley and Havant and as far away as Seattle were using Kingsway as their tourist venue.
Gary went on to say a big thank you as always to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of Marshalls out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Kingsway parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?
First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don't Forget Your Barcode! 13 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That's one run less to count towards those milestone tees. Milestones this morning announced for joining the 100 club were Rachel Oakley, Nicola Mooney and Kim Stevens and keeping it a family affair Byron Stevens was celebrating his 50th today too. That's the great thing about parkrun isn't it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially pertinent though is to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!
There were teas and coffee available in the Pavilion for our après parkrun this morning which again allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course.
Thank you again Kingsway parkrun for starting our weekend off on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth) parkrun