Run #267 – 15 March 2020

A rainy one.

Amongst all the madness of March 2020, there were fourteen brave souls who were mad enough to head outdoors this morning.

Still, the weather did not put off Harry and Oliver, who completed only their second ever run. That's an unremarkable statistic, you may say, until you consider that their first run was on 29 June 2014 (event #1). I won't name names, but only one of you beat your time from six years ago! Don't leave it until run 533 before you come back, because I think you'll be over-age by then...

Personally, I'm very grateful to everybody who ran.  Putting on the run takes a bit of effort during the week, so it's good to see that we have some people wanting to take part, whatever the weather.  Hopefully, we'll start to see that improving as we head to easter because it has been pretty terrible since the start of Feb.

On that note, I'm even more grateful to the team of volunteers, many of whom turn up week after week.  I've noticed that we are increasingly relying on the goodwill of parkrun supporters who don't have children running in the event.  I know it was only a small crowd this week, but we do need an absolute minimum of fifteen volunteers, no matter how many children run.  I'm sure that all the parents really value the benefits of junior parkrun on Sunday morning, so if your children are happy to run on their own, please think about if you could volunteer too.  Details of how to get involved are on the roster pages of our website, or on our facebook page each week.

Finally, in these rather dynamic times, we plan to keep our junior parkrun going and that's the advice that parkrun HQ is giving all of the event teams at the moment.  Keep an eye on the website for any updates to that advice (it's not hard, there's a massive red banner at the top of every page) and we'll be following whatever guidance we're given.

Hope to see you all next week - plus perhaps a few of you who didn't venture out today!!

Mark

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