The expected wind didn’t fail to let us down. Seaford Beach parkrun was cancelled early so we expected a number of visitors from some of our old regular participants and former volunteers.
The posts we use for our finish funnel stayed in the hut and in their place out came the large cones which take a lot of moving and generally stand up in bad weather. For once the signs on poles were a waste of time trying to hold them with incredibly strong gusts was impossible.
Amazingly we had a good number turn up and the usual spirit was there, the third lap up the grass slope into the wind is the hardest point, if you run up this hill on the last lap you have done extremely well and right at the top a nice puddle awaits you when it is wet.
There were 84 people attending, 17 first timers, 7 PB’s and two special visitors all the way from Canada who both spoke to me after their run. Although there are events in Canada they are not in their local area so the trip to the UK to see family is welcoming, they really enjoyed the course.
Our storage unit is always of great value when the weather is bad, stepping out into reality once we get prepared can be a shock, and this is mid-summer. It is good to see people coming forward to volunteer using our strategically placed white board, this has been very useful.
You have to admire the tail walkers, Dawn and Milene took the reins this week and you could see the relief when finishing with the conditions this bad, they were just 2 of many volunteers who we are extremely grateful for week in week out.