Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 26 – 13 April 2019

It’s just after 9 am and a trail of runners snake across the common, silhouetted against a bright blue sky. It’s nippy but sunny. Thankfully the stronger winds of the last few weeks have gone. It felt like great conditions for a good run.

This week we welcomed 155 parkrunners, including 8 doing their first event. Congratulations to the 48 runners who achieved a personal best today and we had one person who completed their 300th event (fantastic!). 19 finishers were classed as ‘unknown’ – please remember your barcode so that we can help you to record your achievements.

As always, a huge thank you to the 26 volunteers who supported the run today with a special mention to Jeremy who volunteered for the 25th time. If you ever fancy helping out, do get in touch.

As a marshal out on the course, the winding train of runners is always an inspiring sight to see. Our primary role is to keep everyone safe, on track (no detours onto the golf course) and encouraged. You don’t often get the opportunity to greet and support such a large and positive group of people at one time! With the exception of one instance a few weeks ago where I enthusiastically wished a chap a happy 50th birthday (yes, you guessed it, it was in fact his parkrun half century …) I hope any words of encouragement do the trick.

I can think of few better examples of events that combine the opportunity to meet personal challenges whilst being part of a broader community.

Cameron Fraser