Why parkrun in the rain?!
Around this time of year, new year’s resolutions have waned and the weather is not kind. Even still, nearly 250 participants turned out for Tooting Common parkrun for the first-ever leap year park run.
I must admit, at 8.30 this morning, looking out at the relentless rain & wind, I checked my email to see if the pre-course checks done by the first group of volunteers on site would result in cancellation. No such thing; I had signed up as a volunteer to take pictures, write up this report and help close down the event. 1,700 parkruns around the world couldn’t happen without volunteers. So out I went, and I’m glad I did.
The weather lightened up and a bit of muddy course and the idea of splashing through puddles made for quite a lighthearted crowd. Here are a few of the special moments from today:
Marcus, celebrating his parkrun leap year birthday. The next time he can do parkrun on his birthday will be 2048!
Clare, after achieving her 50th parkrun completion. She moved away from the area and has most recently participated in Oak Hill parkrun in north London. She made the trip south today because she was one of Tooting Common parkrun’s core founding team and wanted to mark this milestone back at home base with a few friends.
Kate, from Hamwic Harriers, usually does Southampton parkrun. She came up to visit her son in Clapham and head to the WHam v Southampton. We’re glad she was able to squeeze in Tooting Common parkrun.
Andrew, kept our tailwalker company around the course today. Look at that finish line smile.
And volunteer Rob, showing off his favourite parkrun foot gear. He says he gets his fastest times in these shoes that are meant to feel like barefoot running but with some protection. It just so happens they are his stalwart Brooks, the first-ever sports sponsor of parkrun, promoting their ‘Run Happy’ inclusive approach to being active and focus on community.
Judging from my candid snaps of our other volunteers today, the happy tag makes a lot of sense!
Photos and Run Report by Cindy Godwin