A rainy one
After a dry few weeks, the rain poured down at 9am on Saturday and 414 runners, 23 volunteers and a large number of supporters all got wet. Waiting to start and listening to the pre-run brief in heavy rain is not fun, but once underway, running conditions were ok and we saw some PBs and plenty of smiles.
Willem (age 11) achieved his challenge of completing 100 parkruns (+ 73 Rushcliffe Junior parkruns) before the end of the school year. He’s also a super helpful lad, and with his Dad, often stays at the finishing line to applaud remaining finishers. Well done Willem.
The West Bridgford Warriors Branch of the Notts Women Runners also turned up in force to complete their couch to 5k programme. Again, well done all, and thanks for choosing us as your venue – we hope to see you all again. The same goes for all of our new attendees, and I can promise that it doesn’t always rain here.
Rushcliffe park takes some beating!
I did a tourist parkrun on the south coast last week. I had been very much looking forward to it - as an East Midlander I don’t see the sea very often – but actually found it unexpectedly dull! It was a 5k run in a dead-straight line along a concrete promenade, with the sea on one side. I reflected (again) that our park, with its winding, undulating paths, greenery, lake and other scenery, takes some beating as a run venue.
Local running races
I also took part over the last 2 weeks in the Holme Pierrepont Running Club Grand Prix. There are 4 races in 4 different places on a Tues- Thurs-Tues-Thurs basis and it was well organised with a friendly parkrun-like atmosphere. Perhaps something you could aim for next year? There are also lots of other races going on throughout the summer period locally, many 5ks (same distance as parkrun) but also some slightly longer distances. I tend to look at the websites of local running clubs to see what’s on, but there are loads of other sites that can be found by Googling ‘Running race listings’ or similar. Happy running!