#360 – by Mollie Smith

My first parkrun was completed in July 2017 in Market Harborough. Coming up to two years later, and Northampton parkrun event number 360 is my 87th parkrun. Northampton was my twelfth parkrun tourist spot. As a regular volunteer for both parkrun and junior parkrun, I’ve given myself the challenge of complete my 100th run and 100th volunteer role on the same day and if all goes to plan, this should work out to be 6th July.

So after an earlier wake up call, we arrive in Northampton and head to towards the hi viz hero’s. We make it to the first timers brief where we’re told the course involves one big lap and a smaller lap. According to the results, there were a total of 44 first timers at Northampton today - amazing!

A starting brief is conducted with numerous celebrations, including someone completing their 250th parkrun, someone completing their 350th parkrun and someone celebrating their 50th birthday. The countdown begins and we’re off. I begin running with my friends Leanne and Jess. Everyone seems nice, friendly and supportive. We spot the photographer and I go for the cheesy grin and jazz hands. After what seems like forever we crossed the finish line and are already looking forward to next week. Event number 360 saw 114 pbs; congratulations to everyone who ran the fantastic event today.