Today marks the second parkrun back in England, it’s great to be back! As it’s my 100th time running Torbay Velopark parkrun, I though I would have a go at writing my first ever run report. I shared my 100th with Lucy Payne and Matt Arthur ran today on his Wedding Day, congratulations Matt!
The car park was very busy, it looked like a big turn out today. I joined the socially distanced crowd during Jo’s excellent first-timer’s briefing. She mentioned the field and the hidden hill. This hill was a bit of a shock to me on first ever parkrun. I was graduating from Couch to 5K and it felt like a mountain!
Steve then did a great socially distanced run briefing. There were lots of tourists and a few first-time parkrunners. There were tourists from as far away as Australia.
Just before the race we made our way to the start, setting off at exactly 9 am. It was so great to be back in the crowd of runners and I got swept along for the first kilometre. When I checked my watch I was going faster than I thought. I’m running Totnes 10K tomorrow and I was going to take it easy today, but parkrun fever had taken over!
I got a “well done” from the lovely run director Steve as I went into the second lap. I always find this section of the parkrun tricky. The initial excitement had worn off and it was starting to hurt! Thanks to the fantastic tail walkers who were encouraging everyone who went past.
By the time I went off the velopark I was slowing down. I heard someone say, ”This was easier last time back in March!” I definitely agree! Luckily, The Puddle (aka the water feature) was dry and we wouldn’t have to run around the field with wet trainers.
As I turned on the field, the first runners, Harry Harvey and Ben Gerrish were powering down towards the finish. Amazing running!
I still had a bit to do. It’s hard running up the field away from the finish, again the fantastic marshals kept me going. I’m sure I even heard a cockerel offering some encouragement from one of the back gardens. I think he’s new, I can’t remember hearing him before last week.
Then it was time for the hidden wood and hill, which always feels steeper than it is. When I started to go down hill I tried to go a bit quicker to the finish. I say tried because even after 100 times running this parkrun, I always start too fast and then just try to hang on.
Just before the end, I could feel someone right by me and the sprint finish was on. Unfortunately, this last effort finished me off and I have to apologise to the people around me in the finish funnel as I struggled to get my breath! I was in such a state that I dropped my precious token (sorry Kerry) and even forgot to stop my watch, disaster!
I loved the walk up to the barcode scanners, it’s lovely to get the parkrun buzz again at the finish. I got a quick hand sanitise before handing my barcode over to the brilliant, efficient barcode scanners.
Thanks so much to all the volunteers, it’s so emotional to have parkrun back. I probably wouldn’t have kept running after C25K without Torbay Velopark parkrun. I am so grateful.
Well done to other 391 parkrunners today, the first finishers Harry Harvey and Aimee Ferguson, the first timers and visitors to Torbay Velopark parkrun. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
This week 391 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 111 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 56 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers: Jean LYLE • Graham GORDON • Jordon STEVENS • Stephen WILBRAHAM • Eileen SEVERN • John DRENNAN • Gary BRENTON • Lydia STONE • Ros BEARD • Lynne JOHN • Cassandra HARRISON • David JOHN • Dani DODWELL • Stuart CRESSWELL • David HEWET • Alison FORD • Tom WRIGHT • Jo COISH • Kerry BELL • Amanda FRANCIS • Catherine CARTER • Mark TIDBALL • Danny DEAN • Gary ADDERLEY • Charlotte SIMMONS • Graham KEMPSTER • Zachary NEWTON • Hilary ATKINSON • Harley GILL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Torbay Velopark parkrun Results Page.