run report #54 – and the rain held off just long enough

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun: Event #54

By Susannah Bannon (with thanks from all of us at Somerdale)

On a day when lots of parkruns were being cancelled due to Storm Dennis, it was a long wait to see if this one would be going ahead. Obviously the safety of the volunteers and runners is paramount but at 0740 the post I had been waiting for arrived. Somerdale Pavilion parkrun was ON!

I have to say this has been on my to do list for a while, the uniqueness of the Curly Wurly very appealing! However, I don’t particularly like running on grass, I don’t like mud, and I definitely don’t like wind and rain! I do however love parkrun so today had to be the day I tried this one out!

I arrived at 0815, paid my car park fee (60p an hour so bring change) and headed up to the pavilion to use the loo. There were already a few hardy runners arriving and the volunteers were setting everything up. The RD John had been around the course earlier to check it was safe for us.

At 0855 the briefing started, we were told the course was fine just a bit wet and muddy in places so to take care. We cheered the volunteers for standing in the wind and rain so we could run and then 111 runners were off!

The course is amazing! Two long laps winding around the field, and you do the curly wurly three times. The course is marked out with ropes so although it looks confusing it really isn’t. Just follow the person in front and you’ll be fine! It feels great being able to see everyone on the course at all times, something I haven’t experienced before! Would be a good one to spectate at in better weather.

The marshals cheered and clapped everyone and were full of encouragement, a huge thanks again from me for giving up your time on this hideous day!


I need to say thanks to fellow runner Mark who rescued me when I slipped over on a corner, luckily only my pride was hurt, I managed to land on a soft grass verge! He was telling me about his journey to parkrun and once again it confirmed to me that parkrun really is as good for the mind as it is the body.

After the run I headed to the cafe where I had a delicious Somerdale Breakfast, (vegetarian options were available too) and warmed up with a hot cuppa! Somerdale Pavilion parkrun has everything you would want, a fantastic course, a great team of volunteers, car park, toilets and a fantastic cafe. I shall definitely be back!                                                                                spr guest 2

This week 111 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Ian MUSSELL • Pete CLARK • Hugh BURCHARD • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Jan ISAAC • Charlotte PATERSON • Susannah BANNON • Sue DEVINE • Abbie DEVINE • Becky GRINTER • Marian O'LEARY • Colin O'LEARY • Julie FRANKLIN • Laurence FAY

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 David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:39 on 14th September 2019 (event number 41).
The female record is held by Lucy RICHENS who recorded a time of 19:55 on 21st September 2019 (event number 42).
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 3,083 participants have completed 6,396 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,980 km, including 1,096 new Personal Bests. A total of 298 individuals have volunteered 1,012 times.