The second post-lockdown one! Rickmansworth parkrun #161

31 July 2021

On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and managed to keep the rain clouds away and even some sunshine tried to come out towards the end of our run.

Thank you to Matthew for the new runner’s briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. (What a beautiful course you have too -  meandering around Rickmansworth Nature Reserve and lakes). It's a 5km path with twists and turns at every step, just as you think you must be there another twist turns you away again. Some sections are quite narrow especially where the geese have been wandering across the path and people are dodging the poo markers

We were all set off to line up in starting time waves to help with social distancing at the start, hope you lived up to your expectations?

Today, tourists from Black Park, Havant and as far away as South Oxhey were using Rickmansworth as their tourist venue. There were a few seasoned tourists at Rickmansworth today which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been last week for our return to parkrun after coming off COVID restrictions and where we were heading off too.

Paul, our RD for the day gave a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. This was Paul's first time as Run Director and he posted, 'You were all amazing and made my first event as RD both easy and a pleasure, so thanks very much'. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don’t forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Rickmansworth parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode they all count towards those milestone tees. 28 out if 344 finishers forgot theirs- were you one of them? That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were a fair few people going back to the nearby on site Cafe in the Park for the apres parkrun, with refreshing drink options with a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them, which allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course.

Thank you again Rickmansworth parkrun for perfectly starting our weekend off. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

By Karen Cole