Happy New Year!
Apologies for the lack of (not) run reports over the last few weeks, I was trying to avoid the laptop while on annual leave! Over the last 3 weeks our number of (not) parkrun participants has remained stable with 27, 21, and 21 respectively. I suspect the snow and ice may be accountable for the lower numbers over Christmas and New Year, I reached the point where a run wasn't worth the risk of a broken limb!
Last week at (not)parkrun 16,210 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 35:32. 26 of these represented Portobello with an average finish time of 32:45. We don't seem to have had a rush of New Year resolution runners like we normally get on a Saturday morning as there was just one first timer, welcome to Barbara Seel! There was also only PB so congratulations to Ann Rautenbach!
The updates from parkrun HQ are also back and the latest update can be found here. It's great to see some positive news from around the world and even brand new events starting in Russia but sadly no sign of a return to parkrun yet for us here in the UK. In the meantime, be kind to yourself and keep lacing up those trainers. Personally I think lockdown feels harder than it did in the spring as the weather is colder and the days are so much shorter. I'm trying to make an effort to get out for a run or walk at lunchtime if I can but even a quick blast of hill reps in the dark last night made me feel much better than I did when I ready to put on my PJs instead of running kit after work.
Stay safe from Covid and ice!