After a storm named Callum brought some miserable weather to these shores last weekend, we would be forgiven for thinking that we'd had seen the last of the fine weather that we had been accustomed to in 2018. However the 190 runners that turned up on Saturday were to be treated to a glorious morning, with near perfect conditions for running.
This was my second visit to Sewerby, the first back in May made me appreciate the joys of Parkrun tourism: discovering new places, meeting new people, and sampling the offerings in the local recommended eatery, which in Sewerby's case is perfectly located on site and offers a generous 20% discount to Parkrunners! It is also great to compare the way different events are organised and ran.
The efficiency of the pre-race brief was excellent, being concise yet all-encompassing with the information runners needed to know, and on cue, all set off, haring away from the start and down along the cliff-top path. A downhill first kilometre certainly loosened people up, but the challenge of the climb back up to the cricket pavilion definitely works out the quads and calves!
Sewerby really is a run of two halves - after spending the first few kilometres spent by the sea, with what was in this case a refreshing breeze keeping all the participants cool, the course took a turn back inland, past the historic country house bearing the Sewerby name, through the gardens and along the woodland trail which provided a different type of challenge, navigating the steps and swerving around trees. Good underfoot conditions on the trail path once again proved great running, before the tarmac returned with 400m to go.
A more picturesque finish for a parkrun will be hard to find anywhere, in the shadow of the house and the North Sea the view to the left, runners were cheered over by the excellent support from volunteers, well-wishing locals and supporters. I must compliment this attitude the whole way around the course. The marshals were excellent, the supporters vociferous, and the kids cheering on runners hopefully inspired by what they were seeing!
As with any good Parkrun, the tea room was extremely well attended, the hot drinks and breakfast sandwiches going down a treat and most very welcome after a challenging but oh so wonderful 5k!
A big well done to all 190 runners who were out, the 31 who set new PBs, a whopping 50 who came and discovered what Sewerby was all about for the first time, 14 of which also enjoying Parkrun for the first time. I hope you are back again soon, I certainly will!
Thomas HodgsonA367829Home run: Kingsbury Water