This weeks run report is written by Corrinna, who walked from Exmouth to Weymouth (more on that in the report). Thank you very much, it is always lovely to have run reports written by our runners, regular, first timers or tourists.
I inadvertently volunteered to be run report writer which I’ve never been before so here goes nothing...
352 parkrunners on parkrun number 352 - can’t help feeling happy we contributed to that, surely very rare, fact
We started walking the Jurassic coast path on Monday from Exmouth, always with the intention of park running in Weymouth by Saturday.
Weymouth was my childhood holiday place, we’d get a coach from Leicester (my hometown) and arrive at the bus station with a bumpy slide. The nostalgia at seeing the same or (more likely) updated version of that bumpy slide at the start of your parkrun was fairly intense.
After walking further than I’ve ever walked to a parkrun (59 miles roughly and 15.5 miles on Friday, we arrived earlier than I’ve ever been to one before (111 parkrun’s at 27 locations). The toilets were all locked at 7am and to be honest still weren’t all open at 8:47am when a fairly large queue had formed, we need more council employees to be parkrunners I heard a lady say and I concur.
The weather had been glorious all week and rain was forecast but it was actually dry, muggy and incredibly warm.
I’d emailed Weymouth Parkrun and was heartened to receive a reply from run director Chris who then announced that a couple from Shropshire had walked from Exmouth and a few replies were “hope they didn’t forget their barcodes, it’s a long walk back, jokes only the parkrun family understand.
I thoroughly enjoyed the warm up act, a very positive gentleman who got us all clapping and singing ‘Sunday Monday Happy Days Tuesday Wednesday Happy Days Thursday Friday Happy Days Saturday, Parkrun Day Rocking all week for you...’
(These happy days are yours and mine, la la la la). He advised us all to stay happy all week until our next parkrun (probably not verbatim) a concept which certainly ought to catch on.
I can’t tell you if the route was the usual one but it was a small loop followed by an out and back, all lovely and flat, good terrain, and only one post which needed the ‘POST, PASS IT ON’ shout out. More than half of us got to see and cheer on the fast ones going the other way, in contrast they didn’t appear to notice us at all, just dogged determination on their faces.
I for one enjoyed being cheered or clapped or tambourined or something noisy by Pineapple man at the point at which we turned around and it felt great knowing I was past halfway. I tried to thank all of the marshals as we genuinely couldn’t do parkrun without them, they’re utterly amazing and I can’t thank them enough, sincerely. They really are the true parkrun heroes.
Weymouth you didn’t disappoint. Not that I ever thought you would. Parkrun might quite possibly be my favourite institution.
All hail parkrun.
Remember to volunteer.
Thank you marshals.
Corrinna Silver and Dan Fairbank
And this... Not all those who wander are lost - there just might be a fuel crisis going on.