When we arrived at the start line, a cheery band of volunteers, were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and provided beautiful blue skies and sunshine which was a welcome sight after the grey gifts of late. It was quite warm out on the course too, which saw many of us quickly shedding outer layers and gloves as we went on our way.
Thank you to Sarah Hughes for the new runner’s briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout at Netley Abbey. This 3 lapper meandered around Queen Victoria Country Park affording us spectacular views of the park in all its Autumnal finery and across the Solent. This type of course provided lots of opportunities for the faster runners to overtake and to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals on their final laps. At the shoreline there was plenty of opportunity to burn off some extra steam with stone skimming, shell collecting and even some paddling if you were brave enough!
Today, tourists from Bournemouth, Haywards Heath, Havant (Portsmouth) and as far away as Southampton Common were using Netley Abbey as their tourist venue. There were a couple of seasoned tourists as well today, which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been over the last couple of weeks and where we were heading off to in the next coming weeks.
Ed, our RD for the day, gave a big thank you to the other volunteers, who also gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals around the finish funnel, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the Netley Abbey parkrun community. Head over to the Netley Abbey parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a pink hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?
The trick when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode they all count towards those milestone tees. Just like Brian, who was completing his 50th and Michael who was completing his 250th! Well done to both of you! John, a Netley regular, will have to wait one more week as his celebratory 400th run is next week! That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. 9 finishers out of 181 forgot theirs today though, which means no barcode- no result, were you one of them? Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo! Also Happy 10th Birthday to one of your young runners who was running with a rather large, glittery badge!
There were a fair few people staying at the finish to cheer in their fellow runners. This easy and relaxed finish, allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course. Then it was back to the Chapel cafe afterwards for the apres parkrun, with refreshing drink options and a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them which helped warm us back up again. I can particularly recommend the vegan sausage roll and hot chocolate ☺️
Thank you again Netley Abbey parkrun, for getting our weekend off to a great start. Look forward to seeing you all again.