Sarah's original draft Run Report for Event 12 contains a word puzzle known as an acrostic... Can you spot it? A month of free parkruns for the first to submit the solution!
What seemed like a freezing cold morning at 7 am that required car windscreens needing scraping, soon turned into a mild chill that brought out all the glorious colours of the forest we have the privilege to run, walk or jog in every parkrun day (formally known as Saturday).
Once again the event had a great turn out with 217 people deciding to run, walk or jog their way round our 5k course (which I’m convinced is all up hill). Of those, 93 were first timers and overall a massive 59 of you achieved a PB!
Our thanks as ever goes to all of our 27 volunteers who continue to turn up each week and enable us to hold our event. This week many of our volunteer roles were filled by members of the Wootton Road Runners running and triathlon club as part of their parkrun take over. Their pink and purple club colours added vibrance to the forest and their enthusiasm became infectious.
Tough weather brought muddier and a more arduous terrain under foot and there were some outstanding displays of gymnastic abilities around the route. Cartwheels and somersaults would have all earned an Olympic level 9.5 but thankfully no people or running kit were severely damaged in the process of this 5k. Team first aiders were not required but please look after yourself on our route, we like all our runners back in one piece.
The last 12 weeks it’s been great to see the increase in numbers of parkrunners from the local villages. Once again the parkrun community has worked it’s magic and created a friendly and open environment for everyone. It makes me smile to see groups of people biking and running together to get to parkrun, see the new friendships formed chatting in the cafe over a delicious cake and coffee and the amount of people you meet on post parkrun runs is increasing. Everyone has something and there is something for everyone!
Of course another joy of a parkrun morning is to celebrate together each others achievements. This week Marie Timmins (one of our core team members) and Louise Lobley from Wootton Road Runners, completed their 50th parkrun. Congratulations to both!!
Next week is event 13 and the call for volunteers has gone out, please support where possible. Its a wonderful surprise that you can enjoy parkrun and not have to leave the start. We are in need of marshals, timekeepers, handing out of barcodes and barcode scanning. Perhaps you fancy writing a ditty of a run report!
Round up all your family and friends!
Roll on next parkrun day!