From Scotland with Love

Run report by Norry Smith

Whilst enjoying a Vodka Martini (shaken, not stirred) I came across a mildly amusing thread, on the parkrun laughs page.

Have you done the curlywurly yet?

Of course I hadn’t. However, another weekender away? Uber tourism steak Number 29, cow-cowl at hand. What would Miss Moneypenny say? Just a wee drive down south, for a parkrun? You only live twice! Whilst checking the Filofax, a reminder noted, the Aston was in the garage for its annual service. So an alternative vehicle would need to be sourced. Luckily Q came up trumps, sourcing a vehicle from Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Five hundred miles each way . . . For a parkrun! Utterly Bonkers!  Lovely views on the way down, views to kill for you may say. Quick pit stop for Irn-bru and shortbread. How else shall I achieve a PB today? Hope the RD is open to bribery. (Ed note: he is!).

08:50 what crazy time of the morning is this? Bleary eyed and not fully aware, as my barcode is scooped up with the wind from its safe hiding place. With a stroke of barry brilliance. A backup barcode is uncovered from the backup shoes.

09:00 Ready, eddy, go! Offt, giz a minute neeber, I’m still trying to sort my self oot. Eventually I head off at the rate of a snail, who had been on the Vodka Martinis the previous night (honestly I hadn’t).

09:17 First lap completed. Did I wurly around the curly? How dizzy do I feel? Have I cut the course short? Oh no, Strava will name and shame me if I have. How will I be able show my face anywhere again? So many questions, no time for worrying about such minor issues. Keep plodding on!

09:23 Somewhere around the second loop I thank the marshalls again. Jinks, why do I feel drunk? Haven’t I seen that pylon before? Maybe this is all a dream? Have I dreamt of Careless Wispas?  I’ll stay away from the Turkish Delight, as it gives me nightmares. Danny Norman's chocolate passage? Well, only Cadbury’s has the answer!

09:50 Find myself propped up against the car. Was it a dream? Had I ran around the most bonkers parkrun in the UK? More worryingly where was the parking ticket!!!!!!  Aye, stuck in the pocket of my shorts!

Question . . . Have you done the curlywurly yet? Maybe aye, maybe nae. Well, if you’re looking for a unique parkrun and enjoy running around in circles. This is it!

Swirly, curly, lost in a walnut whip bonkers. This was 22nd event of Somerdale Pavilion.

Special mentions

Gold fingers: Our first timers! Special congratulations on joining our parkrun family, we hope you’ll return soon for more shenanigans.

The world is not enough: Congratulations to Hayley Edwards on her 200th Milestone parkrun

Licence to thrill: 11 attendees smashed a PB with the horrendous winds. Seriously fantastic work!

You only tour twice: tourists & Uber tourists. A whopping 67 people attended and a special mention for Kathy Brown from Alice holt parkrun.

Diamonds are forever: We also had a Hen party for our 22nd parkrun event and a conga through the finish line.  Kirsty and the gang, congratulations and good luck for the big day!

Never Say Newport Again: thanks for the mass visit from Caerleon Running Club.  We did enjoy your Cadbury purple hoodies!  Hopefully we will see you again soon.

Thunderballers: Huge thank you, for your time and efforts our Volunteers! You are true Rock stars! Without your self’s parkrun would not be the Phenomenal success it has become.

John PEAKE • Matthew BRACE • Jo MORRIS • Matt LANGDON • Pamela GOOLD • John VRUBLEVSKIS • Steve HERRING • Geoff MILES • Tracy MILES • Norry SMITH • Sylviane YOBA • Jennifer HERRING • Roberta ORCHARD • Meghan ROSSITER • Charlotte ROSSITER • Jessica FOX-TAYLOR • Meghan PEDERICK • Becky GRINTER

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Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 22
27th April 2019

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 30th March 2019 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Clare JOLLIFFE who recorded a time of 20:15 on 13th April 2019 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 87.52% (26:18) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 17).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 1,438 participants have completed 2,454 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,270 km, including 409 new Personal Bests. A total of 154 individuals have volunteered 403 times.