As 32 juniors assembled at the start line, a cheer was raised for the fact that it wasn't raining. It wasn't quite going to be a dry run, because there was still plenty of mud around the course, not to mention Richard's Puddle. However, the sun was definitely trying to show itself.
Among those assembled we were delighted to welcome a first-timer, Connie Dyson. Well done on your first junior parkrun, Connie.
First finisher was Alexander Whitehead. Second finisher and first girl home was Sophia Foulger. Third finisher was Emily Adams, who was running her 150th junior parkrun; a fine effort, Emily! Meanwhile, Joshua Asquith ran his 11th junior parkrun, so there will be a half marathon wristband waiting for him next time. Well done everyone!
Despite running the temporary course which avoids the museum roofing works and which, as an alternative course parkrun insist must be slower than the usual one, four of you still managed to achieve a new PB: Elissa Morton, Darcy Tinker, Lois Tinker and Aliona Whittle. Fantastic work!
Tolson's junior athletes are a dedicated bunch, as was proved today by Hugo Murphy, who ran whilst sporting a pot on a broken arm!
Our volunteers are also very dedicated and we do need more marshals for the temporary route. The commitment of our volunteers was exemplified today by the Pawson family, who turned out to marshal despite Amy not running due to an injury. In fact, they made all the difference today, filling the last two marshal positions and enabling the run to go ahead. So, a huge thank you is due to them and to all of today's twenty-two hi-vis heroes; parkrun simply wouldn't happen without you all.
Thank you as ever to Ann, Keith and the team in the bowling hut for providing very welcome post-run refreshments.
See you all next week - don't forget your barcode!