Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 39 – 13 July 2019

With lots of running events in the local area yesterday, it was good to see that 103 runners and walkers still made it to the Common to take part in yesterday's event. The conditions were good, cooler than expected and a little overcast.

I arrived early, around 7:50am to help with the set-up of the southern section of the course. With a bit of shuffling, we managed to get it all set out ready for everyone to bound off at 9am. I would encourage anyone who regularly participates to have a go at volunteering. Not only is it a rewarding experience but it's also eye-opening to see just how much work goes in to running these events and how much time people willingly put aside to make sure everyone can participate on a Saturday morning. A big thank you to all the volunteers for the time they put into running this event, without this it just wouldn't be possible. The core team here at Marlborough Common are a very friendly bunch so will make you feel welcome and put you at ease when volunteering, you just need to send an email to marlboroughcommonhelpers@parkrun.com, or speak to one of the volunteers on a Saturday morning and they will sort you a role.​

Being a semi-regular visitor to Marlborough Common parkrun, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to run the course in reverse. It may be a controversial opinion but I thought it felt much less hilly and really enjoyed the long down hill section past the rugby pitches.​

Two people agreed that yesterday's conditions were good and took the leap to complete their first parkrun. Once you are hooked in, there is no going back! We welcomed a number of tourists from near and far yesterday - the closest being Swindon and furthest Manchester and Yorkshire. We also had other visitors from Witney and Verwood who added to the total number of 19 visitors. I hope you all enjoyed the course and will consider returning to Marlborough Common parkrun again in the future.​

Whilst on the subject of tourism, there will be no Marlborough Common parkrun on 27th July, so it might be a good opportunity to take in the sights of other local parkruns and be a tourist yourself! We will be back to normal the week after, but always check the website and Facebook page for the latest updates. ​

A brilliant 29 people enjoyed that new course personal best glow yesterday. The first finishers were Andrew Ind of Newbury AC for the men in 18:35, picking up a PB in the process and Amy Clewley for the women in 22:56.​

Thanks again to all the volunteers who gave up their time yesterday and who continually work behind the scenes through the week. I hope many of you return next week to have another crack at the reverse course.​

Liz Sandell, Harrogate.

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