Big thanks to Rebecca Jackson for providing our run report this week. Hope to see you again soon.
parkrun Tourism at Perry Hall
Leaving the house in the dark at 7am on a Saturday morning may not be many peoples idea of fun, but myself and Nic were excited for our road trip and more importantly, the prospect of a new parkrun! We decided to venture to Perry Hall en route to the National Running Show after doing a bit of research to find out which would be closest and also the most enjoyable!
Despite the cool, overcast conditions, the park looked pleasant and the gaggling of geese during the run brief added to the naturistic feel. With a warm up and briefing done we gathered at the start line. 3,2,1 and we were off. The “mainly flat” course did not disappoint and the varying 3 loops kept my mind occupied as I focused on keeping a steady pace, ignoring the drizzle and head wind.
One of the great things about lapped courses is the passing of other runners and walkers along the way; everyone is achieving the same 5km distance but may have completely different goals- whether it be aiming for a PB, clocking up some marathon training miles or just a social jaunt. It’s also great to see the marshals several times all doing their bit for the parkrun community. With my 3 loops done, I headed back over the bridge towards the finish and was pleased with my top 10 position! But my running wasn’t quite done; my friend Nic was still completing the course so I took this as an opportunity for a cool down and to support her on the way to the finish.
First finsher this week was Ollie Sheppard in a speedy 17:21, followed by Daniel Ullah and Ben Witman both coming in sub 18 minutes. For the ladies, I was first finisher, with Ceri Card and Kathleen Baker 2nd and 3rd finshers They have also gained themselves shiny new PB’s - Well done ladies! With the run done some park chit chat and obligatory tourism photos taken, we then set off to the NEC to see what the Running Show had in store.
Well done to all the 240 who took part in Saturday’s event and thanks to this week volunteers who made it happen: Dee ALLEN, Steven ALPERS, Brian BESSANT, Dave ELLIS, Sarah GIBSON, Roy GREAVES, Emma HAWKEY, John HAYES, Carl HITCHON, Jason HOLT, Helen JOHNSON, Christelle LE BRAY, Craig MILES, Elizabeth MILLS, Maria OSBORN, Fez OSMAN, Safa OSMAN, Tousif SHARIF, Latoya STEPHENS, Jonathan WEBBER, Millie WENLOCK, Steven WENLOCK, Lorna WITTER