So Kevin was so excited at writing this week's run report, that her had two cracks at it! So rather than make a choice between two fab reports, here are both for you to enjoy...
Run report #1
My apologies to all the poor souls that read my senseless drivel for having the last couple of months off. The white, red rose, shirts are all washed, pressed, folded and put away. Ditto, too, the flags of St George. I took my metaphorical hat off to South Africa and put it in the bottom drawer, never to be seen again. Bring on the Six Nations and thanks for the memory.
As I trudged the well worn paths of Shorne Woods this morning it felt so good to be back with friendly faces and fellow runners. This week I had a spirited uplift as I bought my new partner and 'babe' to the wonders of parkrun. As a complete novice and walker with damaged ankles, knees, hips and various other bits falling off I decided that she has to go through the proper channels. It was the first time I listened to the 'newbies' introduction and was mesmerised by the word perfect presentation by whats her name (my editor will insert the correct name here after proof reading) [ED: obviously I could have overtyped that section, and put in Sue's name, but where's the fun in that ;-)]
We then assembled for the safety stuff broadcast, and now Jane (for this is the name of the woman who shall be obeyed) was ready to go. I looked over at the runners ahead but really had feelings for the walkers whom I had gathered with. A fine bunch of people who had, like everyone else, got up on this cold, dry and sunlit morning to do good for themselves, their mental soundness and above all else their physical wellbeing.
We were not olympic champions at the back but all olympians in our own way. If there were awards for my fellow walkers they would all be gold, made of chocolate and so heavy they would need wheel barrows to take them back to their cars. It was an honour share with them the start of this week's parkrun, and an honour to pass them still striding strong as I staggered past them embarrassingly on my final lap. Well done them and thanks for the runners who hang back week on week to clap them in.
Thank you, and keep running, or walking!
Run report #2
When is a run report not a run report?
This question lingers and buzzes round my fuzzy head when I put digit to keyboard, normally on a Sunday morning, cup of strong coffee and using it as an excuse to get out of my organised club run. I could go straight to the point! Saturday’s Shorne Woods parkrun first two finishers Aaron Pritchard and Bob Hughes came through in a blistering 19:28 and 19:32 ahead of 238 other runners who, some will remain nameless because they forgot their barcode, made the bright North Kent morning a little brighter. Twenty-two people found out how wonderful we are at Shorne by turning up for the first time and there were loads of people attaining sparkling new PBs. (sorry but I had run out of counting capability by now). You all know who you are so well done and keep it up.
However, there are a few readers that seem to like my usual drivel. I have already written a brief ode to the parkwalkers which may or may not get printed for this week. But I stride on with the persistence of a squirrel looking for his nuts....
There were fourteen stout yeomen and women who came in at over forty-five minutes this week. I can sit here and think how demoralising this may seem to some reading this. However, I am going to climb on my bed and get my trusty bugle out from the dust and cobwebs on the high shelf full of sad old teddy bears and blow it as loud as my old lungs can do. Why, because these people come out in fair weather and foul and walk/jog around five kilometres. They are keeping fit, and fighting their own personal war against age, stress and wellbeing. What is more they did it! Well done you and well-done next week and the week after. You make me feel proud to be part of Shorne Woods parkrun. Keep it up and see you next week. And as for Sheila and Stewart Grainger, you will always be a beacon of light in my dark week looking forward to next Saturday.
Huge thanks to Kevin for a fab run, walk & jog report, and thanks also to all our amazing volunteers:
Andrew PATERNOSTER • Barry BELL • David REID • Dawn GRANGER • Ella THOMPSON • Ethan HUGHES • Gary GROUTAGE • Graham WRIGHT • Jonathan CROWLE • Joyce BELL • Julie ASPINALL • Kevin LADLEY • Lawrence ASPINALL • Lesley WRIGHT • Matthew BAXTER • Olivia ROPER • Peter GRANGER • Rebekah PASHLEY • Robert Norton SIBLEY • Rosemary MOORE • Susan Louise BEECHAM • Terry CADOGAN • Victoria WRIGHT
We're always on the look out for volunteers, including this week, so if you are able to help out on Saturday, or any upcoming parkrundays, please drop us an email (email@example.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday. You can find the roster for the next few weeks here
New Year's Day
We're delighted to be able to let you know, that as with the last 5 years, we'll be having an extra event this New Year's Day!
Over the coming weeks we'll share more details on the event (as well as the Christmas period generally), however for now, as well as the extra event taking place on NYD, all you need to know is it has a start time of 10.30am, and is the one day a year that you can run two parkruns!
You can find out which other events are on, and importantly what time they start, by clicking here. You can then spend a few hours working out which events you can run your two parkruns at, for instance Cyclopark is also taking place on NYD with a start time of 9am (it's almost like we've planned this!) giving you plenty of time to run there, and then may your way along the A2 to Shorne Woods Country Park for 10.30.
You'll also be able to find out those events taking place on Christmas Day (Shorne Woods parkrun isn't on) with all events starting at 9am, this is a chjange from previous years, where some events may have started later.
So if you're thinking of joining us for the first time, here are a few things to be aware of:
- Firstly if you haven't registered yet, you can do so here, or if you've lost your barcode you can find details of how to retrieve is here
- Whether you're new to parkrun / or it's your first time at Shorne Woods parkrun, firslty welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55am.
- Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
- Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
- DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
- We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule of 'no barcode, no result' also applies here
- Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
- Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
- When you're ready don't forget to have your barcodes scanned, and if for any reason you don't want to be scanned please return the position token (we reuse them each week)
- There are containers up by the finish area for you to leave any spare clothes, and you run past these about 80 metres from the start if you don't want to drop them off before you've started.
- Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!
If you have any questions not answered above, feel free to drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or look out for someone in hi-viz on Saturday morning.
If the week between parkrun seems to take forever to pass, as you long for your next hit of parkrunfun (or even if it flies by!) there are a couple of parkrun podcasts now available for you to enjoy, with the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, which for those who listened to the previous parkrun Show, is also brought to you by Nicola & Danny.
Look forward to hopefully seeing you this Saturday,
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