By Elizabeth Morris
I’m a self-confessed parkrun tourist (my home parkrun is Southwick Country Park in Wiltshire) and I love running at different parkrun events. It’s always great to run at a different course for a change of scene as well as meeting new people. Offering to write this weeks’ run report meant I was also able to give something back to the Stonehouse parkrun team.
Firstly what a friendly event! I felt Stonehouse had a real community feel to it, and with 77 runners today it didn’t feel crowded or pressured at the start. I ran with Emma today, who is 8, and has now ran 6 adult parkruns. Emma said this was “the calmest feeling parkrun yet” and is her new favourite. High praise indeed! I spotted a fellow parkrun tourist, Andy from Worcester, wearing the distinctive cow Cowl, and fellow Avon Valley Runner Gary, from my hometown. Out of the 77 parkrunners who finished, there were 3 new PB’s and I must congratulate the 7 first timers to parkrun as well, welcome to your new Saturday morning addiction!
The course itself at Stonehouse is 4 laps around a grass playing field and, in my opinion, has definite PB potential being as flat as a pancake. The field is also kept In fantastic condition with short grass and no divots. It’s also ideal if you are new to running as you can run “corner to corner” breaking the course up into chunks. With the heavy rain we had all day on Friday I thought the course would be waterlogged but it was more than fine and I could get away with my usual road trainers.
All of the marshals were brilliant. However, I need to say a special thank you to Karin who was our tail walker...with three tails, as Karin was running with her two dogs. Emma, as well as myself, really appreciated the support as we made our way around the course. Afterwards Emma said that Karin had made her day as she felt so relaxed and wasn’t worrying about being at the back, to me to hear that was fantastic. I love to hear positive feedback on parkrun as it is so inclusive and with Emma’s Dad running at another event today I was glad she had enjoyed it so much. Thank you Karin!
A big shoutout to the 13 high-vis heroes who made this event happen: Karin AYRES, Milo CARROLL, Sarrah CASE, Edward CROSS, Ian CUTLER, Mike DUXBURY, Joe GIDDINGS, Penny HOWARD, Elizabeth MORRIS, Stephen STAINER, Gillian STARLING, Theresa WATT, Christie YATES
Don’t forget if you’ve not volunteered before or haven’t in a while get your names down on the future roster!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stonehouse parkrun parkrun Results Page.