Guest run report for 14 March 2020.
By Elizabeth Tideswell
Home parkrun: Hanley Parkrun
It looks like our visit to Severn Bridge parkrun last Saturday will be our last parkrun for a
while. This morning parkrun announced that all events will be cancelled from this coming weekend for at least a few weeks. Many of us are probably struggling with that news; parkrun has become such a regular part of our weekends.
My home parkrun is Hanley parkrun in Stoke-on-Trent. Hanley Park is a traditional Victorian- style city park – it has a lake and a bandstand, a canal running through the middle, ducks and geese and a newly refurbished pavilion café. It also has hills and a gravel path that makes it feel like you are running on sand tunes, especially the last time up the hill. I’ve run round that park over 200 times since my first parkrun in 2011. My husband joined me in 2013 (his first run was a Doctor Who fancy dress special).
We don’t miss too many weeks, either running or volunteering. We’ve also been lucky enough to run at lots of other different parkrun locations around the
world; the variety of locations where we can run is simply staggering. We’ve seen kangaroos but no snakes in Western Australia; we climbed the Stairs of Despair in Dunedin (twice);
we’ve run in botanical gardens, country parks, around lakes, along cliff top paths and by the beach. This week at Severn Bridge parkrun, though, was the first time we’ve crossed a border whilst running; as the route spans three counties in two countries and crosses two rivers (information shared in the friendly, welcoming and informative run briefing). It’s probably the first time I’ve run next to a motorway too (although I have run over one before). I spent most of my run with my head twisting from side to side, taking in my surroundings, enjoying the experience (and not really missing the gravel paths of Hanley). I looked ahead and it seemed as through there was a sea of runners across the whole bridge. As we reached the turnaround point, I had a great view down across the Bristol Channel – not too windy today but definitely a few clouds around.
And before too long, I was back to where we started and then on the final stretch, where
we finished in an underpass. That might be a first too.
So a very different experience in terms of the running route, but everything else was
wonderfully and comfortingly similar. The pop-up sign that we could see as we arrived; we knew we were going in the right direction. The encouragement from the volunteers and other runners as we ran. The chats with other runners, locals and other visitors too. And of course, the visit to the café afterwards as well (coffee and a bacon roll at the football club – well worth the walk up the hill).
Thanks to everyone at Severn Bridge who made us feel so welcome. We hope it won’t be too long before we are all back running, volunteering, cheering, chatting and sharing stories again very soon.
This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Liz TIDESWELL • Dave ANDREWS • Anne MASTERS • Andrew KAYE • Giacomo SQUINTANI • Fredrica VOLAU • Wendy BRIGGS • Toni MALLIN • Leah MALLIN • Charlotte GILES • Kate WEBSTER • Steven BALEILOMALOMA • Julian SMITH • Louise WILLIAMS • Susannah BANNON • Kelvin PHELPS • Lorraine CLARKE • Karen MAGGS • Zach NICHOLAS • Alfie BALMER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Severn Bridge parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Maciej BIALOGONSKI who recorded a time of 15:24 on 11th May 2019 (event number 35).
The female record is held by Helen NEWBERRY who recorded a time of 18:05 on 11th May 2019 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 98.08% (25:10) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 41).
Severn Bridge parkrun started on 11th August 2018. Since then 7,242 participants have completed 16,147 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,735 km, including 2,736 new Personal Bests. A total of 488 individuals have volunteered 1,771 times.