EVENT #205 – 17th November 2018:
It was a pretty nippy morning, hanging around waiting to run this morning, but once I got going that soon disappeared. It was my first time at Melton Mowbray parkrun. It’s one that I’ve wanted to do for a while, but never got around to it, due to working on Saturdays, but today I finally made it, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I noticed straight away, that you were a decent bunch….I’m not used to complete strangers saying good morning to me as they arrived. The Run Director was friendly, along with his army of helpers, as they prepared for their designated roles. The whole event was very well organised. We cannot take the volunteers for granted, especially when these colder months arrive. Without these volunteers, this event would not be able to go ahead, so a massive shout out to all of them who make this happen every Saturday. Melton Mowbray parkrun will always welcome volunteers, so if you want to give it a try, see a member of the team next time you’re down. Don’t worry, they’ll show you what to do - It’s not difficult, if I can do it, anyone can. Get your name down on the roster: www.parkrun.org.uk/meltonmowbray/futureroster
I didn’t have the foggiest where I was supposed to be running today. I did look at the course route beforehand, but I forgot that by the time I came to run it. I must admit, I did laugh to myself as I reached the first wooden bridge. A poor dog walker coming from the other direction had timed it completely wrong, and was confronted by a sea of 200 odd runners. She got to one side, but her dog went to the other, and no matter how much she called him to come back, he thought it best to stay on the other side. So I guess they had to wait until the tail walker went passed to get reunited.
The incline on the way wasn’t too bad, but it didn’t feel great the second time around. Melton has a great course, with great encouragement from all the volunteers who congregated to offer support as we completed the first lap.
I got a decent time, but I’m a long way off my parkrun PB these days, but I’m not too worried about that anymore. parkrun isn’t a race. You can use it for whatever you need it for, be it, to begin/improve/recover, or to get or keep fit or even volunteer. It’s a place to meet people with similar interests, and make new friends.
Lets look at some run facts for Event #205
Today saw 176 of you either run, jog or walk around this very scenic course.
There were 27 First Timers, and 8 of those were joining the parkrun World for the first time ever……Do any of these people realise how addictive parkrun is???
21 runners also achieved a New PB today.
First Male Finisher was Toby HEAVER, with a time of 19:03 and First Female Finisher was Julie BASS, with a time of 23:08
Todays age graded Record Holder was Julie BRAKER with 84:24%
There are a few milestones to mention
Well done to Joe BARKER, a Junior parkrunner who has clocked up 10 parkruns. Congratulations to Trevor WADE on completing his 50th run, and well done to Julie WALTON and Andrew WRATH on competing their 100th run.
Well done to everyone else today. Don’t forget to do it all again next week.
Don’t forget that next week Melton Mowbray parkrun is getting behind Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, with a Parkrun being dedicated to Ray Walker #thankyouray
If you could all try to wear Purple next week, to support Seb and Calum on their quest to raise funds and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer UK, in memory of their dad Ray. Lets turn Melton parkrun Purple.
There will be a cake sale after parkrun in the Visitors Centre Café. If you’d like to donate a cake, or eat a load of it, bring some cash with you.
See you all next week for a memorable parkrun