Saturday was Sue White's day. Sue completed her 100th Parkrun at Montacute. Well done Sue!
Huge support for Sue's run with 10 fellow Langport Runners taking part this week; plus Dave (Jackie) and I cheering on. Kitted out with a special "not bad for 100" running top, Sue looked focussed. She came second in her age category and second in our age percentage table. Having already run from Montacute to Ham Hill and back BEFORE the 9am start, that was pretty good going.
The usual course was modified again, so as to minimise footfall on the 'avenue'. Buggies weren't allowed this week. The ground was fairly soft, so there were few PBs. Both of ours were from relative newbies to Parkrun: Celia knocked more than 2 minutes off this, her second Parkrun, and Nigel knocked over a minute off his third.
Liz and Katy came first in their respective age categories this week; with Liz topping our percentage table.
Saturday also saw the first appearance of Mr Peter Porter at a Parkrun. He muttered something about not having to work for once. First of many maybe? Amanda completed her 96th run; looking like she will be our next Parkrun Centurion. This side of Christmas possibly?
As 'funnel manager', I enjoyed watching everyone finish. A spectrum of reactions. Some visibly pleased with their performance, some worn out, most relieved to see the finish tape. Parkrunners are a diverse group. There was a lady nordic walking with a plaster cast on her right foot and another lady in front of the tail runner was 8.5 months pregnant. Impressive.
Neil said an emotional goodbye as Event Director and we were reminded that the next Montacute Parkrun will be their 200th event. A cake competition has been mentioned, but I don't know any details.
Only Hazel went off-piste and ran at Longrun, along with 376 others. Longrun continue their battle with wet ground vs wood chip. Much was laid last week and they have put out an appeal for "as many people as possible with wheelbarrows and spades / rakes to conquer the muddy straight again. 2pm meet on Friday 24th November. Cars can be parked by the double gates on Longrun which will be open. It will take approx 2hrs." Please message Longrun if you would like to assist.
Good news for a choices of parkrunning a little further a field. Two brand new runs started on Saturday: Eastville and Thornbury. A little over a year ago saw Little Stoke close; both Eastville and Thornbury core teams have origins in Little Stoke, so it's nice to think that the parkrun community has eventually benefitted from that controversial decision.
NB A little closer to home, don't forget there is a meeting this Thursday (23rd Nov) regarding the proposed new Parkrun in Street. It is 6.30pm, Street Parish Council Rooms, 6 Leigh Rd, Street BA16 0HA. The more people that come along, the more likely the planning of the event will continue momentum and the event will actually happen.
Coming along to the meeting does not commit you to anything. It will give you a chance to hear more and be involved if you are able and, if you enjoy park-running, you really should volunteer at least occasionally to ensure its success.