We could not have asked for more - a glorious sunny morning with just a gentle breeze, our scenic course all carefully marked out with the new arrow signs, a record 202 parkrunnners (14 higher than our previous record), 11 doing their very first parkrun, another 46 visiting Marlborough Common parkrun for the first time (including someone from Australia – indeed it seems to be almost every Saturday that there’s someone from Australia!), 25 enthusiastic volunteers including eight marshals to encourage us on our way, and a happy buzz at the finish as parkrunners swapped their experiences (including the 47 PBs!). And a special mention for Jeremy Foot who very capably took on the role of Run Director for the first time today.
So many thanks to all our volunteers and to all our parkrunners who made it such an enjoyable event!
In two weeks’ time, on 4th May, we’re going to do something different - we’re going to run the course in an anti-clockwise direction. We thought this would be fun to do as a one-off, but we are open to the possibility of doing it on a regular basis if parkrunners enjoy it - please let us know. We are still thinking about the implications for marking and marshalling, but it should not be too complicated. The Finish will be in a different place to avoid the need to cross the path of runners coming in the opposite direction - on completing two laps you will turn right almost immediately after the swing (you will be on the inside at this point, with runners in the opposite direction on your left), and head up to a new Finish in the direction of the parkrun banner. Hopefully all will be clear on the day!
Special thanks today to our car park marshals who do a great job every week ensuring that the parking runs smoothly, and also, most importantly, that we optimise our use of the space - we really want to avoid a situation this coming summer where we have to declare the car park full and ask latecomers to park elsewhere.
We look forward to seeing many of you again next week!