I've been asked to write the run report again this week, which is really quite surprising after the drivel I wrote last week. However, I'll do my best to capture what happened at March parkrun's 216th event. I'm very conscious of writing a thoughtful and encapsulating report, ensuring correct spelling and grammar are used throughout, so I always make sure I proof reed what I right before its made public.
Some of the more vigilant runners would have noticed a rather dodgy looking character taking photographs and barcode scanning each week on a mobility scooter. Unfortunately during lockdown I was diagnosed with a very rare brain disorder (I'm not even going to try to spell it, you'd never have heard of it anyway) which has meant a lot of physical and mental disabilities have stopped me from doing many of the things I used to love (none more so than running and walking). Even though this horrible disorder has completely changed my life, I'm still thankful for the tasks I can complete and volunteering at MPR is one way I can keep some sense of normality in a very different life I now lead. Due to the rarity of the condition no one knows the long-term prognosis, but my goal is to be standing with you all on the start line again ready to tackle the 3.1 miles with a big smile (grimace) on my face one day. We shall see!
Today we welcomed 154 budding runners / walkers to West End Park, ready to tackle the March parkrun course. This included no less than 20 first timers, and many tourists from Surrey, South London, Leeds….and Manea (can they really be classed as a tourist)?????
27 PBs were awarded today, one of which went to the fastest finisher Callum Young in a time of 19:38. Mollie Allen (one of the first timers) romped home in a time of 21:17 making her the first female to obtain her finishing token today. Top of the age-grade league was Graham Pearce, with a phenomenal scoring of 71.57%. The ‘Tikiboo’ ladies were out in force again today sporting their multicoloured outfits, and I was informed in the week there are several internet retail establishments already selling similar vivid garments for the men to wear as well, so I’m sure it’s a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ we see them at MPR.
All in all, another very successful event. Please feel free to look over the photos from today on the March parkrun Facebook (Community) page, and tag away to your heart’s content.
As always, we’d welcome anyone who wishes to volunteer on the odd occasion to give it a go, so if you fancy helping out one Saturday please just get in touch with one of the regular volunteers and they’ll point you in the right direction.
The wife has just text me to say she’s baked a nice Apple and Raisin loaf since I’ve been at the parkrun, so instead of going to one of the local coffee shops for refreshments, today I shall be going straight home to enjoy a slice of cake with a Latte. You’re all welcome to join me!!
Until next week, stay safe, train hard and of course DFYB!!!