As so, just like that, we're into meteorological autumn. But the weather didn't disappoint us this parkrunday as the 119 runners and 13 volunteers were treated to glorious sunshine and very little wind, meaning we saw a few PBs this week. We were also joined by a plethora of tourists, including a large group from the Bacon Butty Brigade of Maidstone who made their presence very known by the bright pink shirts. We hope you all enjoyed your trip to the seaside.
Unfortunately, we also had a bit of a downer on an otherwise happy morning as we have received a complaint from the local residents. It's parkrun policy that we must be considerate to other users of the areas we use and that we must co-habit happily with our neighbours, and obviously, the last thing we want to do is to upset those who are right on our doorstep.
Therefore, from this Saturday we will be strictly enforcing our parking policy which has existed from day one and ask that only those volunteers who are helping at the finish line park in the spaces next to the shelter; all others (volunteers and runners) are to park on Eastern Esplanade and Palm Bay Avenue, please. Please do not be upset if a volunteer asks you to move your car, we are not picking on you, we're just trying to ensure the long-term future for our event. Also, please do not park in Fifth Avenue if possible, as we do not want to upset the residents.
Following on from this, please can you be considerate to the local residents when you arrive and keep your voices to a quiet chatter. Our meeting area is rather close to some houses and you'd be surprised how easily your voices can carry. If you want to stretch prior to running, please use the metal railings on the cliff top side of the prom and not anyone's garden walls, garden railings, fences or the wooden fence surrounding the grassland.
This might seem like we're being very strict and trying to stop you enjoying parkrun, but hopefully, you'll all still enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere that we've all come to love at Margate and if we can live happily on a Saturday morning with the neighbours we'll be able to continue to do the parkrun we love for many years to come.
See you all on parkrunday!