Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 67 – 22 February 2020

Wow wasn’t it cold and rainy today for event 67. The Met Office reliably informs me it was rainy, 10 degrees, with a 25MPH wind blowing up the wazoo (I’m paraphrasing them somewhat). Setting up just after 8am this morning, it felt colder, wetter, with a much stronger wind to my morning head. While running around the North part of our course, carefully placing stakes and tape in exacting locations and avoiding all the mud, we were wondering who would turn up in weather like this? Guess what… you did! To be precise: 122 of you did. One has to feel a little sorry for the 6 first time parkrunners who chose today to start their parkrun careers. It’s not always like this – honest - please come back and see us.

Incredible though it sounds, of the 122 run, jog, and walkers, 6 of you recorded personal bests. How did you manage that? You may feel uber-smug about it all weekend, possibly all week.

Today we had visitors from Chippenham, Didcot, Livingstone, and Osterley which was nice to see and, unusually, nobody from Australia.

At roughly 09:25 the sun came out, driving the rain away and warming us all a little. Anyone before Hannah Hare would have run entirely in the rain, those after had the advantage of a dry/drier finish.

This morning I was scanning and will take a leaf out of Jeremy’s book to give a view of that role by way of a short volunteering advert. After setting up the North section of the course, I headed to the start to hear Catherine’s brief RD announcement. After the mandatory things an RD has to say, Catherine set you all off, driving headlong into the wind and rain. For scanners there’s not much to do from the start until first finisher, Doug Wilkie, crossed the line 19 minutes later. We use a combination of compact laser and mobile phone app scanners. This morning I was using the mobile app and was surprised how quick and easy it was. The majority of barcodes I saw scanned immediately except for some paper versions that were soaking wet from the rain… at least I hope they were wet from the rain; some of you store your barcodes in rather odd places. When a barcode doesn't scan we send the runner to "unscannables" where Alison was waiting to capture your details on rain proofed paper. One nice thing about scanning is you get to meet people as they finish and can have a short chat about course conditions and how soggy everyone’s feeling.

We were aware of some issues with the car park this morning. After the run the core team discussed the best way(s) to ensure safety. Please look on our website news page or our Facebook page for announcements about next week’s car parking or the state of the course in general.

Have a good week

Pete