Run report by Richard Woodfield. Photographs by David Harman, except where otherwise indicated
It was an eventful parkrun #134 with a rapidly changing kaleidoscope of weather - mist then sun then fog. And then there was a bunch of particularly surly ducks that decided to ambush runners on the far side of the lake.
Run Director for the day, Joe, announced that today was Louise Fitzgerald's 50th parkrun (Louise has of course also volunteered well over 100 times) and Matthew Bentham had joined the Junior 10 parkruns club. It was also John Bowman's 50th birthday as well as regular volunteer Noeline Sim's birthday (number unspecified!).
After a quick reminder that Christmas Eve was a "pacer day special" and a burst of applause for the volunteers the parkrunners were up and away.
I opted for a steady run in the middle of the pack - which meant that until after the run I was unaware of the drama that had been unfolding ahead. On the far side of the lake - and acting up in front of our parkrun photographer - the local ducks were in a stroppy mood, distinctly lacking in the festive spirit. I'm a bit of an ornithologist but struggle to pin these ones down - they look like some kind of cross between Muscovy duck, farmyard duck and mallard. But, whatever their precise pedigree, they were undoubtedly cross!
Having captured that exclusive, David was roving around the course to look for some unusual parkrun angles. Here's one of them....
One of the great things about parkrun is its versatility. You can really go for effort and personal bests - or you can opt to take things in a more relaxed way.
There was a good turnout of well behaved dogs on short leads.
18 parkrunning for the first time at our course (of whom 10 were doing their very first parkrun)
19 personal bests achieved by returning runners
16 runners who were unregistered or who had forgotten their barcode
Many thanks to this week's volunteers who were:
Alison BEARD • Annaelle DUFFIELD • Annamaria BETTS • Charlie KIRWAN • Charlie WARD • David HARMAN • Duncan RALPH • Huw JONES • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Louise FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Ralph GREEN • Richard WOODFIELD • Simon JONES • Steve BARNFIELD • Zena HASSELL