Parkrun #189 fielded a crowd of 69 happy runners and walkers, a cacophony of joyful dogs and 13 high visibility heroes – those dedicated, unselfish souls who pass up the delights of running or walking to do the work to benefit all and pull the strings to make parkrun happen every week. It was sensationally sublime October morning, free at last from the warmth which has been lingering and malingering for what seems like many moons. A delectable day of weather in the ‘50s, blue sky, radiant sun, delightful breeze.
We also took the opportunity to celebrate parkrun’s 15th birthday….6 million people worldwide are now signed up to a community that began as a meeting of 13 friends for a sociable Saturday run in a London park fifteen years ago. The combined achievement stands at more than 260 million km of running and walking and a stock of almost 2,000 individual parkruns each week in 21 countries. Thanks to the supremely talented pastry chef workings of Zama and the organizational mastermind of Kate, we celebrated this achievement with a post-run social at the Fletcher's picnic area and collectively ate cake, drank coffee and told contented stories of the run of the towpath and the run of the mill. We had such a lovely time, we are inspired to host these tailgate socials in the Fletcher’s park regularly. All we need are volunteers to step forward and declare “today I bake cake” etc. More details to come, stay tuned.
This week we celebrated the start of new parkrun events in Atlanta, GA and Cleveland, OH, bringing the count of US parkrun communities to 40. Welcome to Northside Beltline parkrun and Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation parkrun.
At Fletcher's Cove, we used our alternate course today, given the marathon event happening on our usual route.We welcomed 10 first timers. Come back and become regulars fast! Special congratulations to Adrianna and Cecilia Hernandez who, arriving a little late, mistakenly set off on FC’s normal course until it dawned on them, no parkrun colors or peoples in sight, that something was amiss and hence turned, ran the other direction, eventually catching up with the tail walker and overtaking. They ran a good deal longer than 5k....
Big cheer for the 13 volunteers - Kate Perkins, Glen Stirrat, Dan & Lisa Owen, Shafick Hoossein, Zama Ngwane, Reid Mueller, Kai Oltmanns, Linda Rahal, David Silver, Sedwyn Anthony, Phil Petrilli and Handan Gencogluer. Without you we would be stuck in the creek without a paddle....
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun Results Page.
Well done, Nancy, one of the 22 who did themselves proud by setting a new PB this week!
and well done, Rob and Sedwyn for same wavelength selection of appropriate vestments for today's run...
And another breakthrough this week, given the lack of WiFi in the park and the obstinate refusal of our laptop to connect to a hotspot, was the processing of results done entirely on a phone, with general ease.
Another parkrun rounded off, another field of smiles and warm feelings, young and old,
See you next week.
co-ED, Fletcher's Cove parkrun