Saturday's Parkruns seem to have been very wet affairs.
I was hoping to try my 20th different Parkrun venue. Nick and I figured Salisbury could probably do with a couple of visitors and ventured off bright and early. Part of the carpark was pretty flooded. This should have warned us that the lovely river through Churchill Gardens had burst its banks and, at 8.15, the organisers were forced to make a rare cancellation. Undeterred, we decided to run our own 5k route through the city and through the Cathedral grounds. My 20th venue will have to wait another week :(
From the photos, Longrun, Burnham and Shepton were also pretty soggy. All participant numbers were down.
Dave ran for his 31st time at Longrun Meadow. Only 177 splashing througfh the puddles this week. There was an Easter theme, but the wet course possibly lead to fewer than usual costumes. Colin was the sole Langport Runner at Burnham. The course was modified around the worst of the water.
Martin, James and Steve Driscoll ran at Shepton Mallet. James topped our table, achieving a 3 second PB. Literally close behind James was Steve; running for his first time at Shepton.
Mark Robinson's run was a lot less watery. He was enjoying the heat at Mount Clarence in Western Australia. Like New Zealand, the Aussies start their Parkruns at 8am. This was Mark's 4th Parkrun.
Seeing photos of a very wet Montacute House, unfortunately, it doesn't look hopeful that the Yeovil Parkrun restart there next weekend. Message on their website says they will "wait to hear whether we will be allowed out to play next weekend - the course was still looking pretty wet last week - watch this space!" Not long to wait for Street Parkrun to start in May, don't forget the trial run of this 4pm Saturday 21st April.
(1) Waterlogged Churchill Gardens, Salisbury lead to cancellation. The path is in the middle of this photo, to the left of the trees and river: