When I was sitting in my study on Saturday evening, getting ready for junior parkrun the following morning, I could hear the rain lashing against the window so I decided to check the weather forecast. 'Strong winds and heavy rain', it said, until 4 a.m. By 9 a.m., it advised that there was a 0% chance of rain. All sounded good.
Whilst I was doing the run briefing at 9:00 on Sunday morning, there was something of a stiff breeze blowing and there was most certainly 100% rainfall. Because of this, the run briefing proceeded at record pace, aided by the fact that no-one who had earned a milestone wristband was there to collect it.
A further record was broken, because only twelve juniors turned out to run (our previous low attendance was thirteen), so huge credit is due to those twelve dedicated parkrunners.
First finisher today was Jacob Collings, in only his second junior parkrun and his first at Tolson. Second finisher and first girl was Charlotte Haigh. It was not a day for PB's and, indeed, no-one set a new one!
Our volunteers at Tolson are wonderful and today was no exception as, despite the conditions, they outnumbered our runners almost two to one! Thank you all, your efforts are much appreciated and are what makes parkrun happen. Special mention must go to our tail walker, Hilary Booth, who volunteered to tail walk on her birthday - and there wasn't much walking involved as she had trouble keeping up with all you speedy juniors!
Finally, thank you to the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle for putting on some very welcome post-run refreshments and to Imogen Gill for baking a most acceptable chocolate cake.
It is now Sunday evening and I am sitting in my study typing this run report and listening to the rain lash against the window....
We'll hope for better weather and a bigger attendance next week. Don't forget your barcode!