I was meant to be doing a bit of Parkrun Tourism this morning but I somehow managed to sleep through my alarm so decided on my local Fareham Parkrun. The weather man promised rain, but it was not to be, and it remained hot and muggy. When I arrived, the air was already filled with excitement and I had a little catch up with my running club members (the Fareham Crusaders) before I knew it the runners briefing was already taking place.
Today there were 216 runners, walkers and joggers. One person was celebrating their 50th Parkrun. Congratulations to Alexandra Brannigan! We also welcomed the tourists and gave a huge thanks to the high viz heroes, for without them, this event would not be possible.
Before we knew it, the Director was counting down 3,2, 1… GOOOOOO! And we were off! It didn’t feel as busy this morning, it could have been due to people taking their holidays. I said goodbye to all my fellow Crusaders and promised a cup of tea in Cams pub at the end. There’s always a bit of chatter at the beginning of this race, the narrow path means that all paces are thrown together, and you can hear conversations about antics from the night before, to weekend plans!
The first mile flew by and before I knew it, we were all spread out along the course. By mile two, the speedier runners are lapping and chasing for that first position. I am proud to say that a fellow Crusader, Jon Isherwood came second overall in today’s Parkrun. What a massive achievement! Not many runners are fans of the ‘lapping’ but I think it’s a chance to see your team mates and friends again and urge them on! Another ‘thank you’ to the two high viz heroes on the turn point and I was halfway there.
The last mile hurt, a lot. I had really pushed myself on this Parkrun and it hadn’t gone amiss that there was a slight incline at mile 3. I looked out to the creek and thought, let’s get this done, so I can get in for a paddle later. Neil Driscoll from the Fareham Crusaders caught me up and spurred me on with me shouting ‘when does this hill end?!’. Finally, a high five from one of the high viz heroes and I somehow managed to remain focused on the home straight and kept my eyes on the cones and high viz jackets and I had finished.
I don’t remember taking a token… but I did. I do remember ringing the PB bell! Ding Ding!
Fareham Parkrun welcomes all runners, walkers and joggers. What makes it great is that everyone is running for their own reasons. This is what makes Parkrun inclusive to everyone!
First home this week was Tom Needham (Bingley Harriers and AC) with a time of 18.20. First lady was Maisie Grice (City of Portsmouth AC) with a time of 18.55. There were 21 PB’s today!
Until next week!