It's been a funny old week.
Who knows what the future holds, and whilst it is a fast changing situation the government advice on social distancing is here. Please exercise responsibly and at a safe distance from others.
I am overwhelmed by the amount of you who have emailed in to share what you have been doing. Here is a selection:
I'll go first then - I live in Barford, so went for a run around the village at 9am. It's weird because I'm NEVER there at 9am so I don't know if the other runners I saw out were frustrated parkrunners, or whether this is normal!
At one point on the Rec in Barford there were 4 of us, all at a distance jogging round the path (I daren't count how many laps would be needed to make a 5K!)
Lisa Stevens A2227808 writes:
Now I love parkrun, not the sort of person who sticks at gyms or workouts, my new found love of running gets me out of bed (nearly) every Saturday.Having it cancelled has been understandable but saddening.
This week I was made a "key worker" (distribution to convenience stores rather than the heros on the front line) and have been incredibly greatful to have a job in these uncertain times.This week has been somewhat busy and at times emotional so I need running physically and mentally.
My Not-The-Parkrun run this morning:
1. New Communication.
Fellow runners are out in force, lots of nods, thumbs up at fellow runners and full on jazz hands (2 metres apart) at other Parkrunners. A "Yay, Parkrunner!" from the paperboy.
2. The Weather
Parkrun HQ has today organised the first Saturday (for what feels like years) to have a day without rain, gales, floods and mud. I was saving a pair of trainers for best but got them out today.
3 The Volunteers.
There aren't any and I miss them, lets be our own cheer squad! A friend at Leeds parkrun is running remotely today filming her run on Zoom, she's running with 50 other parkrunners, all on separate routes.
4. The Motivation
Get some daylight, get the heart rate up, clear your head. I got a PB on my last parkrun. It's now my goal work on this in the next few weeks and come back better.
Keep running, walking and jogging everyone and to those who haven't dipped their toe in download Couch to 5K and come and join us soon!
Keep well all.
John Wrottesley writes:
I attended a brand new parkrun this morning - not that well attended tbh. Remarkably I achieved 1st place AG as well as 1st place overall
Looking forward to hopefully being back parkrunning soon.
Mary Patel Writes:
First Saturday without parkrun. Determined to keep running so have done 10k down to Walton Hall. Views are a bit better round here, but the hills are annoying. Miss you guys!
Bev Brigden writes:
I completed my first Not the park run, run today. I shook it up a bit by stating a few minutes earlier ( Simon , was not RD today ), ran a bit further as there was no finish funnel, ran a bit slower as no one to cheer me on and stopped for an across the road chat with a fellow park runner because I could and there were no timekeepers to clock me. Had to talk to hubby when I finished as no one else around! Strange times, lovely morning.
Kevan Russell writes:
My parkrun t-shirt is in the wash so it seemed appropriate to use my Not The Roman IX 2013 top instead. This event too was cancelled. Not there, didn't do that, got the t-shirt later. The annual Not The Roman IX is back up and running. I'm still a 'runner'. Weekly parkrun WILL be back. Meanwhile, I'm still a parkrunner.
Julie Harris writes:
My solo parkrun today - I'm still awaiting results but hopeful of a FFF!!
I saw a few other runners and cyclists out - all exchanging encouraging words. It wasn't quite the same as our superstar volunteers, but it did help! Lets keep the parkrun torch burning.
Carole Williams writes:
Ran the usual course and nearly got a PB as there was nobody in the way!!!!Out on the bike too.
Enjoy your rest and see you soon I hope.
The Bakers were out on the Greenway:
parkrun are also doing broadcasts on their YouTube channel the first at 9am yesterday, and this will continue at 9am on Saturdays and Sundays. Yesterday was a Quiz:
Take care everyone, stay safe , follow advice and keep a distance. Stay tuned to our social media, we are all still here and we want to (virtually) stick together.
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