There was definitely a 'good to be back' feeling at Shepton Mallet parkrun on Saturday and in my privileged position as Run Director (RD), I could see a large crowd of people eager to continue their battle against the 5k (3.1 mile) course. There was a nod of appreciation to those members of the core team and volunteers who coped with the events surrounding the previous cancellations so professionally, then the 239 participants, including visitors from Salisbury, Dorset and Wales, lined up.
In his eagerness to get things going (and with a watch and phone that seem to be linked with a wayward satellite), the RD started the run two minutes early! That didn't seem to upset the runners as 35 Pbs were recorded and there were plenty of smiles and appreciative comments at the finish. Congratulations to Michelle Underwood who completed her 100th run and to all of you participant and volunteers alike who, after our recent events, continue to make Shepton one of the best parkruns I know. (other good parkruns are widely available).
As mentioned in the briefing, the council are running a free defibrillator (use) course on March 6th at 10.00)
Hat of the day – Trapper (musky) hat.
Song of the week – Saturday in the park by Chicago