A classic Whitstable parkrun celebrating our super slopes and perfect promenade whilst negotiating Catermerans and Lasers keen to catch wind and tide from Tankerton Bay sailing club. Care and respect was, I am sure, shared on all sides as encouraged at the run briefing. Apologies for two errors during that. Firstly, it is of course under 11’s not 14’s within adult arms length and secondly, I failed to mention our seven speedy pacers ranging from 25 to 40 minutes in their new mesh tabards.
Grand to see a generous sprinkling of first timers and visitors, some from as far as the USA. I chatted afterwards to a trio who had cycled from Canterbury, completed the run, enjoyed a cooling swim prior to heading for a bacon sandwich and return bike ride. There’s enthusiasm!
Now what else. A very fine collection of tins and packets for the Canterbury, gratefully accepted for the Whitstable depot by Martin Blackley who appreciated a few extra pairs of hands to ship it to his transport. And just that additional two or three helpers for a few minutes at 10am is all we need to avoid disturbing tennis court users as we put the pr kit away in our excellent lock up facility. Runners not able to volunteer can still stay to help in that way as a gesture of thanks to those that appear at 8am to set up.
Our event director, David Ralfe and Kent Ambassador Jacky MacDonald plus four regulars joined forces with inmates at Elmley prison on Sheppey for their newly formed parkrun. So whilst we missed their company they were doing a great job for another bunch of new runners.