I often tell people parkrun has changed my life, not least because what else would make me get up for a 9am start on a Saturday morning. Even when I go away for the weekend...
As a committed parkrunner and keen tourist this weekend was no exception, as my husband and I ventured to the Cotswolds for a weekend break, an area we both love. With the itch needing to be scratched I dutifully looked up the nearest parkruns to where we were staying. I was immediately intrigued by the one named Tetbury Goods Shed, mainly because I loved the name.
We arrived at our accomodation on Friday and a quick check of Tetbury's facebook page (to make sure it hadn't been cancelled) told me three things:
1) There are two options for the course route, the main (muddy and hilly) route and the out and back (bad weather) route, and the run director was keeping everyone in suspense about which route it was going to be. Oh the excitement.
2) It was their 40th run
3) There were still a few volunteer gaps on the roster, including a run report writer.
I dropped them an email to offer my services as run report writer, hoping a tourist perspective would be of interest and waited with baited breath on which route I would be met with in the morning.
I arrived just in time for the first timers briefing taken by Sally and found out I was going to have the chance to experience the main route which included the famous mound of opportunity (twice) and alpacas - hooray! Sally did an excellent job of the briefing and after quickly introducing myself to the Run Director, Eileen, and a couple of other tourists (identifiable by the cow cowls) from Kettering and Manchester, it was time for the main briefing. Eileen was assisted by a young lady named Felicity to deliver the briefing, and soon we were lining up to start, bang on time.
The weather was fairly mild, a tad cloudy but you could see the sun trying to come through and thankfully it was dry.
I'm not going to lie, the course was a tough one. So much mud, and that mound of opportunity? Upward mound of mud, up a bank, more like. I value my bones being intact so took it slow on some of the really muddy bits.
I was pretty proud I managed to stay upright which not everybody did judging by the amount of mud I saw on some runners. My thanks goes to the lovely lady with her dog who gave me a hand on the second lap at the top of the mound. Trail shoes are probably advisable in winter. But nevertheless, I still had a great time, the marshalls were so lovely and friendly and waving to the alpacas was a real highlight.
There are also a couple of short out and back sections on the first lap which gave me chance to wave at my fellow tourists enroute. And whilst the second, shorter, lap includes a second go at the now infamous mound, it meant before I knew it I was running back towards where it all started. A quick sprint to the finish funnel, cheered on by lovely timekeepers and the run was over. And...I loved it!
Thanks Tetbury Goods Shed for welcoming me today and congratulations on your 40th event. I'll come back again soon to try out the other course.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Louise CAMPBELL • Eileen HODGSON • Peter HODGSON • Jonathan JAMIESON • Nea SNEDDON-JENKINS • Gary DAVIES • Yvonne DAVIES • Nick MOORE • Sally PATTERSON • Lisa PEILL • Lou DAWSON • Jacqui SNEDDON-JENKINS • Daisy HINTON • Marc HINTON • Keith MONAHAN • Holly BELL • Darcy SHEPPARD • David THOMPSON • Darren SHEPPARD • Tim WILLSON • William PEILL • Elizabeth LOUDON • Robert MUIR-WOOD • Ada-Grace WITCHELL • Pippa-Rose WITCHELL • Roger PEILL • Bernadette BELL • Gill Mary ELLIS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alex BAMPTON who recorded a time of 16:24 on 24th August 2019 (event number 15).
The female record is held by Erica MARTIN who recorded a time of 19:20 on 24th August 2019 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary DERRICK who recorded 89.20% (21:45) on 21st September 2019 (event number 19).
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun started on 18th May 2019. Since then 2,126 participants have completed 4,424 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,120 km, including 817 new Personal Bests. A total of 220 individuals have volunteered 1,060 times.