Polkemmet Country parkrun
Run report 20/11/21 by Cody Crilly – age 9 3/4
I was very excited when I got up this morning because mum told me there was a party at Polkemmet Country parkrun and I was invited! I don’t get to go to parkrun very often unless its at Vogrie parkrun so I was really looking forward to it! We arrived at 9.10 am and parked in the south carparka s requested on the parkrun page. We got organised at the car and then headed down to the start.
It was a 5 minute walk and it was a good way to get a bit of a warm up in. It was a bit of a damp day,but it didn’t properly rain while we were there.
When we arrived, there were a lot of people there already. A lot of them had apricot tee shirts on and everybody looked really happy. After we dropped off our donation for the food bank, we had to listen to a man called Davie who was talking about parkrun Friends Scotland and was telling jokes. At least I think he was telling jokes as people were laughing and clapping.
Then a lady did the firstt imers brief before we had to follow someone called the Run Director down to the start line. When we got there, he spoke to us again and all the humans clapped and said thank you to the volunteers.
I used the time to introduce myself to some of my fellow doggos including a very important one called Scout who was the tail walker – it’s their job to make sure all the humans get round safely.
Finally, the moment I had been waiting for…….3,2,1 and we were off! It was a bit muddy at the start and we ran down past a lady with a huge hand she was waving to a cone before we turned back and ran over a bridge. I overtook some people in this first part. Then we were running up a hill that wasn’t too steep, but it went on for quite a long time!
One of my new dog friends who was smaller than me but with a faster human ran past us and shouted hello on the way. Once we got to the top of the hill, we went round a cone and came back down! There was another lady waving a big hand at the bottom. I liked her and wanted to stop and say “Hi” but I knew we had to run a bit more.
Then it was uphill again, and we overtook a man who told mum she was cheating because I was helping her up the hill. I have to say I agree! She slows me down so much! We came round a corner and there was a big hill ahead. I heard mum say “oh no” but luckily lots of people were standing at the top waiting for me so they could cheer me on. That spurred me on to put on turbo boost and I got up the hill in no time. And the first lap was done!
The second lap was the same as the first and we overtook some more people. Mum warns people when I come past so they don’t get a fright! Sometimes they still do but I like to think it’s because I’m such a athlete they are surprised! When we were on the long uphill we got overtaken by some of the people we had gone past on the downhill. I blame mum but she said it was my fault for going so fast! This time I did stop to say hi to the lady waving the big hand but then realised she was telling me I was almost finished.
Just two more uphills to try and get mum up. We got up the first one fine and then she told me to “finish strong” so I put on my best uphill sprint finish and hoped
she would keep up. And then we were done!
At the finish I spoke to some new fans and got my photo taken. Mum got some yummy cake and juice and we waited for the other runners to finish. My new friend Scout was last over the line and confirmed that no runners were left on the course, so that was a job well done! Then mum had another bit of cake, and we came home. She says if I’m a good boy we can come back another time.
94 humans ran, jogged or walked at Polkemmet Country parkrun today. Only 7 of them had dogs and there were 3 dogs spectating. I tried to speak to them all. Thank you to all the volunteers! Without you there would be no parkrun. And thank you to parkrun Friends Scotland for the invitation.