It was another crisp morning - at 8am Alexa told me it was 4 degrees and raining, so she was half right: It was beautiful, serene and completely calm when I turned up.
Today, 150 people took part, including 45 first timers and visitors from 15 different clubs including some from Worchestershire, Foots Cray, Medway and Sittingbourne. Congrats to George Collins for achieving his 50th different parkrun today with us....
However today's report focuses and highlights our marvelous team of jolly volunteers, no names to save embarrassment!
We have those dependables who relentlessly turn up smiling every week, those you can rely on to turn up whenever they can and those one off volunteers that are always welcomed for bringing their own little ray of sunshine into the team. There are those who crack the jokes and make us laugh and one who doesn't get the jokes and makes us laugh even more
There are those who oversleep who come rushing in with apologies, those whose bus broke down but they didn't give up and still made it and those who are happy to walk to the very end of the course and stand there on their own marshaling every week.
However, it would be remiss of me not to ask what went wrong with us all this morning.... Every week after the start we have a little sweep stake for fun, guessing how many participants were at the start line. And it's always a close call with one guessing quite close to the finish number. But were we all asleep this morning or just not paying attention: We had guesses that were up to 75 away from the finish number and our best was still 57 away! We should be ashamed of ourselves, :) LOL
Joking aside, let me finish by playing the sympathy card :( Finally there is me, who quite frankly feels like doggy do do...(had a cold for 4 weeks, can't shake it, can't breathe through my nose and can't use the word I want to use here to describe how I feel). The volunteers make this event fun for me and made me feel 100 times better this morning, even it only lasted that short while.....
We've had 89 different volunteers help us on the 18 events so far and more are always welcome. We all know this event can't happen without your support so thank you all very much.
Next week is my week off but hope to see everybody again the following week.