If you were looking for one word to sum up today’s parkrun that would be it.
The reason was Storm Callum doing a bit of parkrun tourism, and blowing a gale with gusts of wind of around 40mph. In theory this should have helped on the back straight along the river, but I’m not sure many runners felt that it made up for the long slog into a headwind that they had to deal with.
In spite of the conditions, twenty runners managed a PB from a field of 196, including Samuel Lea finishing second in 18:26.
Rachel Brown reached the milestone of her 50th parkrun.
Dai Morris, our Run Director, told us that last week saw the 5 millionth person sign up to parkrun, which is an astonishing number. Apparently over the 14 years of the parkrun story so far the average time has gone up, which is a good thing in that it shows the growth in numbers has also been a growth in diversity of people taking part. parkrun is not just for people who already think of themselves as runners, it’s for everyone which is why we love it!
Part of that diversity is in the age range, and this week we had three runners in their 70s, 6 in their 60s, 17 in their 50s and 20 in their 40s. The rest we can categorise as officially being “young”!
Thanks to Dai and all of the volunteers for braving the wind and the rain to make it all happen, and doing it with a smile.