With it being a bank holiday weekend and a good forecast, I decided a bit of parkrun tourism was in order and what better place to visit than the seaside. And I wasn’t disappointed by my first Sewerby parkrun experience as within minutes the course took me along the seafront. The first kilometre of the run seemed to fly by as I enjoyed the sea air and ocean views. But, in typical parkrun fashion, of course there was a sting in the tail!
Turning back towards Sewerby Hall their was definitely a bit of a head wind and it was noticeably tougher on the next kilometre to reach the red flag. Thanks to the marshals at this point for the encouragement which is always much appreciated. From this point, it was a windy run through park, garden, track and trail until the rather grand final sprint in front of the hall itself. I really think this course might have a little bit of everything. I loved it but I couldn’t help wondering how the local runners knew what footwear to choose—trail or road?
This weeks parkrun was number 338 although it was number one for its new start line—a victim of its own success. It seemed to work fine though and Phill Taylor was the first person to race the new course as he crossed the line in a time of 17:08. Phill was followed closely by Hywel Jones in a time of 17:24. The fastest female was Emma Carter in 21:25 which set a new PB time for Emma, followed by Margaret Elizabeth Duncan in a time of 21:49. In total 274 participants crossed the finish line.
I was really struck by how well organised the run was; from the race organiser’s HQ in the bandstand, the clear starting instructions, the well marked course, and the slick finish arrangements it was one smooth operation. The following hi-viz heroes deserve a massive round of applause and a big thank you: Andrew VAUGHAN • Christina ROYAL • Darren WALKINGTON • David DUFFILL • Elizabeth CREMER • Glen BANKS • Jayne SISSONS • Lyndon SPIVEY • Martin STACK • Pete COLLINS • Pete ROYAL • Robert Leigh Maurice FULTON • Ros PUDSEY • Ruth STARTIN • Simon MATSON • Stephen WARDLEY • Steve MARTIN • Stew TINDALE • Stuart WATSON • Susanne WELBOURN • Syd WARLEY • Wendy FOSTER.
So, Sewerby parkrun, thank you muchly for providing me with my little parkrun vacation—I’ll be back because I do like a run beside the seaside!