Today was the third week on the adapted course. It was a special parkrun today as we were joined by Paul and Joanne Sinton- Hewitt. Paul is the founder of parkrun. He started Bushy 5km parkrun in 2004 with only 13 runners. In 2014 he was appointed a CBE 'for services to Grassroots Sports participation.' There are now 1,300 runs in parks worldwide.
Annette was our run director today. It was her last official stint in this role at Woodley. Annette has been involved for over 4 years and has been an invaluable member of the team. There is a tradition that it always rains whenever Annette is run director so today's weather followed this trend!
Annette greeted us and gave out wristbands to runners for 11 and 21 parkruns. Our special guests led the warm up which was slightly different to usual but great fun and very welcome on such a wet morning.
Before we knew it it was time to run. The course was rather wet and slippery today but we were encouraged by the cheerful marshalls and lots of high fives. Thank you everyone!
129 people made it round the course. There were less than 12 PBs which isn't surprising in the mud and with the new 'mound' to climb (more of a mountain for a four year old!) . There were only six first timers.
Team Mccrabbe enjoyed their run this morning. Kaiya (8) described it as being muddy, cold, wet and sticky but she was happy as she hates the heat! Noah (6) was delighted to meet a classmate so spent the run chatting to him putting the world to rights. Matthias (4) missed running with Daddy who has hurt his leg so had to settle with Mummy which wasn't quite the same but he made it round and was cheered on my Daddy at the half way point.
All in all it was fun. Sometimes the wet ones are even more greatly appreciated as its a good way to get everyone out for some exercise.