Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 68 – 14 March 2020

Well, it was an odd one this morning. After two weeks of cancellations, due to endless rain and a water-logged course, we were all super-excited to be back on the Common this morning. It was lovely to see familiar faces and to once again be sticking stakes in soft ground in the surprisingly warm fresh air. Yet there was undeniably an undercurrent of uneasiness at parkrun this morning. Volunteers exchanged elbow bumps instead of hugs. People chatted a few feet apart instead of huddled together. Conversations were sobering, laced with British gallows humour. But personally, I was glad for some normality in a very abnormal week.

It was a smaller bunch than usual this morning - 89 walkers, joggers and runners took on the course including some visitors from Cardiff. The ground was soft and muddy in places, but remarkably recovered from last week's deluge.

7 people made their parkrun debuts this morning - we hope you enjoyed it and had a blast. An honourable mention goes to the brave little boy doing his first-ever parkrun - his Mum said there was zero moaning, which was almost the bigger achievement. We really hope to see you all back next time.

14 people stuck their noses up at Coronavirus and got themselves a shiny new course PB (including meeeee).

Heath Bampton crushed it as first male in 19.10 and Hannah Hare led it home for the women in 23.57.

We are hoping and planning to hold parkrun next weekend as usual. We will follow guidance from parkrun HQ, who are doing a remarkable job at being calm, thoughtful and wise in these bonkers days. Please keep an eye on our latest news page and Facebook page for updates.

Stay well, people. Elbow bumps to you all

Cathryn Ramsden