Evening all! It's been too long since we've had to do a run report (I had to check - our last event at Fletcher's Cove was on 7th March), so well overdue an update to let everyone know what's been going on.
Firstly, we must recognize the challenging times that we are experiencing at the moment, as we struggle to recover from the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 and the tragic events surrounding the death of George Floyd; our thoughts are with his family & friends, and hope, like with the aftermath of this devastating health pandemic, it forms the catalyst for positive change in our communities. At times such as these it is reassuring to remember one of the underlying principles behind parkrun: 'it's for everyone,' and we hope to continue to welcome runners and walkers from all backgrounds, of all ages, regardless of race and color into the welcoming Fletcher's Cove parkrun diverse community.
Although we haven't been able to congregate at Fletcher's Cove these last few Saturdays, Dan Owen has done a sterling job of keeping us connected virtually - his article was featured on the parkrun.us blog and I commend it to you as a great read: Global virtual tourism – telebridging Fletcher’s Cove to the wider world.
Last week we connected by Zoom and heard how many have been doing their own 'socially-distanced' virtual parkruns and stories of others that have recovered from illness, and how they have been coping with isolation; it was also brilliant to see some familiar faces and catch up socially over a 'virtual coffee.' Dan continues to invest in these events, so please do follow us on social media and join us for our next Zoom tomorrow at 1000 if available.
With regards to social media we've had a long hard think on how we can engage better with the Fletcher's community. Our strategy is still developing, but in order that no one feels alone, feel free to reach out and connect by whatever means suits you best.
New ideas are always welcome, but we have our own Facebook page; Instagram site; and also a group on Strava, so please do come and say hello in whatever forum works; if you're reading this, you're part of the Fletcher's Cove parkrun growing community and we look forward to seeing you all again (virtually & physically) very soon! Matt