Saturday 6 May 2023

Run Report, Somerdale Pavilion parkrun

 Today Darren and I volunteered at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun. It was pouring with rain, so normally I would have given the parkrun a miss, but we couldn't let them down, and now that I am home again and dry, I am glad that we went. 

Darren did the run and then did barcode scanning. I also did the run, but volunteered to write up the run report. It seems a bit lazy, but here it is reproduced in my blog. 

Run Report 

I arrived early at my favourite course in the pouring rain, and found a good spot to shelter under the overhang of a small kit shed. Eventually I was surrounded by lots of cheerful people and we were nearly ready to start. 

At five minutes to nine, the Run Director led everyone on to the course, which at that moment just looked like an empty grassy field. The briefing was short and cheerful, he pointed us in the direction of a mown path, told us to follow it for two and bit laps and that he would see us at the end. 

The volunteers took up their positions around the course, the Run Director picked up the Finish sign and headed in to the middle of the field, and the runners headed off for the famous Curly Wurly. 

As always, it looked totally chaotic, but in reality everyone ran in the right direction, and although a bit soggy, made it round to the finishing line. 


Today there was 111 athletes, including three first timers, 35 visitors and 24 people who achieved a course personal best (me included). 

Also thank you to the brilliant volunteers who stood out in the rain for longer than anyone else. 

Interesting moments:-

Congratulations to Martin Leach who completed his 99th parkrun and very generously brought along a huge box of Flakes to share. 

Fantastic feat - I have never heard of this before but I believe that one young couple came along with their toddlers. The dad ran the parkrun, then went to look after the kids while the mum then started her parkrun and finished before the tail runner. Great effort. 

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