The last time I had completed Rushcliffe parkrun was in June 2018. Since then I’ve been on a mission to complete as many different parkruns as possible, a total which now stands at 73. I have covered a fair few miles on this quest, and been to places as far flung as London (for Victoria Dock), Bristol (for Eastville), Wales (for Penrhyn) and, er, Clifton. While touring I am often asked which parkrun I have enjoyed the most and I struggle a bit to answer, not because I can’t remember each event, but because each and every one has something about it. However, if I were to nail my colours to the mast and name two (because naming just one is really too hard), then I would say Rushcliffe and Sherwood Pines.
Rushcliffe has been my home course since I started parkrunning back in April 2014, and today I ran it for the 133rd time. I was also the one wearing the blue ‘hi viz’ pacing top and trying to run round in 25 minutes, which I just about managed.
It was so good to be back home, surrounded by people I know, running such a beautiful course. The weather conditions were just about perfect with glorious sunshine, very little wind, and an ever so slight chill at the start. I was joined by 418 other parkrunners, of which 56 were first timers. 22 of those 56 were completing their very first parkrun and we really hope they will return – can’t promise the weather will always be like this, mind! I didn’t catch where all the tourists were from, but there was definitely one group from Yorkshire, and they were very complimentary about our park on social media afterwards.
The conditions must have contributed to the amazing haul of 74 PBs, 6 of which were achieved from the first 7 finishers. Milestone runners included Ruaridh completing his 10th run as a junior, Helen Chamberlain and Jackie Pilbin completing their 50ths, and while 150 is not an official milestone, it still feels like one and so I’ll give a shout out to to Robert Lees and Philippa Logan for reaching that number. Well done to all.
There are some brilliant photos from today’s parkrun – thank you Chris! Please see https://www.flickr.com/photos/184424417@N05/sets/72157710843278298/ to view them all.
No run report is complete without thanking the volunteers, whose combined efforts made this event happen: Glyn BARRETT, Philip BREWIN, Sam BROADLEY, Lindy CLARKE, Alasdair COLSTON, Christopher DANCER, Alfie DIXON, Ian HOWE, Alan HOWE, Daniel JACKSON, Wayne JACKSON, Emma JACKSON, Sam JAMIESON, Lynne KELLOW, Jonathan LAMLEY, James LAVERTY, Charlie LITCHFIELD, Imogen LITCHFIELD, Mike MACDONALD, Chris NEALE, Nik NETTLESHIP, Kirsty PARNABY, Tom PEARCE, Sam RISING, Nicola RUSTON-LITCHFIELD, Elaine SELLER, Roshan SINGH, Brooke THOMAS, Aimee THOMAS, Jo THOMAS, Marc THOMAS, Tilly WOOD and James WOOD
I’ll be back at Rushcliffe on 7 December for a ‘special’ parkrun. Until then: happy parkrunning!