By Sue Martin
Thanks to Tony Hayes for the photographs
During the summer we try and do some parkrun tourism – it’s so much easier to get up a bit earlier when it’s light!
Our usual parkrun tourism algorithm is: parking, letter of the alphabet and how many other people from our club have run there. This week we were planning on visiting Evesham parkrun for an E. I checked the website on Friday, and did the usual tourist things of putting the postcode into the Sat Nav and working out how long it would take to get there. I don’t know what made me check the website again on Saturday morning, but Evesham parkrun had been cancelled at short notice. Panic!!!!
Where else should we go?? We quickly decided on Perry Hall. We didn’t yet have a P in our parkrun alphabet and it is also our “nearest parkrun that we haven’t been to yet”. We weren’t disappointed!
I like to know a little bit about where I am visiting. There was no time for any research about Perry Hall due to our last minute change of plans. On the way there I was wondering whether there was an actual Perry Hall. Luckily we arrived in good time and I was able to read the information board – there had once been a Perry Hall, but sadly no more. The very grand looking building was demolished in the 1920’s and today only its moat remains.
Boathouse Runner volunteers getting ready just before the event
After a short and informative briefing the run started promptly, which is always a positive. There were several tourists and the imaginary prize for the furthest travelled tourist went to the person who joined us from Warrington. The initial congestion thinned out very quickly giving us chance to see the lovely venue we were at, and thank all the friendly and encouraging marshals along the way who were some of the most enthusiastic we have met. We were certainly grateful for the marshals as the course was three laps, all of them different!
Runners everywhere at various points around the course - what a brilliant photo
We all love a few parkrun stats so here are a few from today’s run. This was parkrun number 241 and had 214 parkrunners. 5 people were running their first ever parkrun and a further 27 did their first Perry Hall parkrun. 33 clubs were represented. 53 people achieved a PB – bravo! Congratulations to them and also to anyone who got a result for their parkrun stopwatch bingo!
Most importantly there were 22 fantastic volunteers so a massive thanks to them as parkrun would not be possible without them. This week there was a volunteer takeover by The Boathouse Runners of Handsworth, who provided 20 volunteers – thank you to all of you! They were all wearing British Heart Foundation t-shirts and were promoting their 10k fun run on 15th September, from which all proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation. Do please support this event if you can – full details can be found on www.handsworthpark10k.co.uk
Boathouse Runners all set to take over all the volunteer roles
This was Perry Hall parkrun number 241, which is a prime number and certainly a prime location. Not only that, but 241 is a “lucky prime” - there is a mathematical definition of what a “lucky prime number” is, but I can’t pretend to understand it, and certainly couldn’t explain it! So, despite the date being the 13th it was lucky for us to find ourselves at Perry Hall parkrun this week.
Thanks for a great parkrun - see you again soon!