Torbay Velopark parkrun #149 – 02/11/2019 by Tom Wright

This Saturday’s wet and windy parkrun was the lowest attendance yet of Torbay Velopark. This will come as no surprise - with 60mph gusts and relentless rain pouring down, as well as the Rugby World Cup Final also at 9am, it’s a miracle those 99 people turned up at all (beating the old record of 103.

And 24 of these were first timers! If you were a tourist, I hope you enjoyed your visit to the beautiful English Riviera where the sun is always out, but if you’re a first-ever-parkrunner, then take this into your stride - the weather gets better. I promise.

With just one person dropping out (no shame - happens to the best of us), the 99 Massive somehow sprinted their way around the course, avoiding puddles and other obstacles aplenty.

After the tail walkers were in, it was time for Steve, Catherine and I to head off to the Leisure Centre café and for Catherine to learn how to do the results (but mainly to dry off and get some coffee inside us).

Some other cool stats - parkrunners have now run 184,455km at Torbay Velopark (4.5x around the Earth!), and 7,785 PBs have been set.

As always, the volunteers did an amazing job helping to run the event in the storm today - we really couldn’t do it without all the support of these. We’re always open to new volunteers, so if it’s something you’d like to try, please do get in touch!

Or if you’d like to try something a little different, then Torbay Velopark parkrun will soon be establishing a “buddy” system for deaf or hard of hearing people. We’ll need volunteers for this scheme, but it’ll be a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in helping out with disabled people. If you’d be interested, do send me a message (Tom Wright on Facebook), but there’ll be more details soon!

Hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week for a hopefully drier parkrun!


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