Event 163: The magic of the parkrun weather fairy
Early Sunday morning and the curtains started to twitch around Lloyd Park and the surrounding area, wondering what would the parkrun weather fairy bring today? Would there be another Sunday storm brewing? But wait, what's this? The sky was blue and the sun was shining, hooray!
The first volunteers arrived at the park and helped by three of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, Gulcin, Tugce and George, they scattered across the park armed with stakes, cones and arrows to build the route around the park avoiding the beautiful daffodils and the muddiest bits of the park as much as possible.
As it got closer to 9am the clouds rolled in and it started to look rather grey as Michael delivered the notices. But the smiles brightened as Casey and Lara D were awarded half marathon wristbands for completing 11 runs and Tohma was given a marathon wristband for 21 runs. Well done!
"Will the rain hold off?" everyone wondered. Steve and Daisy got everyone star jumping, swimming (watch out for the sharks) and gorilla stomping to warm up ready for the run. At the start we waved to Tim, Sarah and Daniel as our first three marshals and Michael said GO!
And with that 88 junior runners set off, grown ups in tow, around the field as the parkrun weather fairy waved a magic wand and the sun reappeared! Daisy, Steve and Lloyd the Lion followed to make sure everyone got round safely, whether they were running, jogging, walking or side skipping. It is great to see everyone have so much fun as they pass by.
Welcome to Lara O and Stephanos completing their first runs at Lloyd junior parkrun. We hope you had fun and come back again soon.
The parkrun weather fairy magic worked on 21 junior runners today, well done to Luke, Harrison, Daniel, Matthew, Lara, Martin, Edwyn, Thane, Abbie, Sebastian, Ezra, Oscar, Maya, Amber, Isla, Eileen, Iona, Elena, Lydia, Josh, Emma and Alexander who completed their fastest runs with us at Lloyd juniors.
The course was cleared away and the team were having coffee and processing the results before the rain came down. Perfect timing parkrun weather fairy! There were a few issues with the results but we think we have them sorted now, please get in touch if you think anything looks odd.
A big thank you to the volunteers who made the event possible, everything crossed for more sunshine next week. Photos are available here.
PS. The Croydon Half Marathon is taking place next week on the roads around the park, please take care when leaving the park. If you'd like to cheer them on after junior parkrun they go up Coombe Road, twice!