As I arrived at Southwick Parkrun, there was a bustling of people, all ages, families, solo runners, volunteers, gathering, and greeting. Everyone seemed in good spirits. As a visitor to Southwick, I easily felt welcome. What a great start to the weekend. The skies cleared, and there were glimpses of the sun trying to find it’s the way through.
After cheers and whoops for first-timers to Parkrun, first-timers to Southwick Parkrun, milestone achievements, (Chris Bent for running his 100th, Colin Booth and Jackie Hall for running their 150th and Paul Lancaster for running his 250th), and of-course the Hi-Vis heroes that make this happen, we were off!
This parkrun is an almost 3 lap anti-clockwise course, run on a hard trail path, through Southwick County Park. There is a fast downhill stretch to the finish line, encouraging some fun sprint finishes today. There was a fair amount of mud that had accumulated on the paths, so the announcement of the ‘wet start’ made for a less mucky finish. There was only one main large puddle to avoid, or not! On the third time around, many seemed to simply glide through.
A big thank you to the marshals, shouting words of encouragement, egging us on. Such a friendly run, where everyone really does feel welcome.
Parkrun is an all-inclusive and mixed ability event. A shout out to Rosemary Barber and Stuart Macgregor our age-grade winners. Also, Alex Hammond and Polly Pennicott our Junior winners. Another shout out for our furthest traveller (parkrun tourist!), Dan Kate Stolworthy from Huddersfield.
The biggest shout out goes to all 308 of you, for completing the course, joining in and making parkrun what it is.
Open to everyone.
Safe and easy to take part.