Oriam event #25

I am a parkrun tourist who lives in Manchester. Today was my 248th run at my 94th different venue. Due to Covid (& other reasons) I haven’t been able to get north of the border since August 2019 so was delighted to find a new parkrun had started for me to try. My parkrun friends who live in Edinburgh had warned me not to expect a PB and Ben, our RD for today, did warn us to save a bit for the way back. He wasn’t wrong!

The route is an undulating one with a drop down to the turnaround point and hence a climb back up.  I’m pretty accident prone so heeded the warnings to look for tree roots and uneven ground and managed to stay upright. It is a beautiful run through the woods with the leaves beginning to turn and I’m sure the autumn colour will be appreciated as the year continues. I loved seeing the finish line through the archway!

Today we were joined by 95 runners. There were 24 people running at Oriam for the first time, of which 3 were doing their very first parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family! We hope you enjoyed yourselves and will be back next week for more.

A massive 32 people worked extra hard and achieved PBs this week. What a fantastic achievement! A special mention for Geraldine Hodgkiss who completed her milestone 100th run. Congratulations!

As ever we were supported by the fantastic volunteers without whom parkrun wouldn’t happen. Next week the is a volunteer takeover by Heriot Watt Sports Union but please sign up to help in future weeks. It’s never too early to volunteer.

Looking forward to returning to Oriam again.

Mel Pickup

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