‘Character building’. That’s what they told me at the start – that the course was character building. And they weren’t wrong.
It was a very rainy day. The rainiest parkrunday of the year so far. I huddled in the car for as long as I could, heading out at the last possible moment to join a small and slightly bedraggled-looking group of hardy parkrunners and even-hardier volunteers (thank you!).
The course is tough because it’s entirely on grass (which is a bit squelchy at this time of year), and includes a big ‘slope’ that you have to run up three times. Once you’ve got over the rain squelch slope factor, it’s a nice simple course, and the slope breaks it up so it’s easy to keep track of where you are.
My results email tells me I was the second female finisher, one better than the spectacular 3rd at Barry. However, with a time of 27.30, and a field of only 22 runners, I think it was more a case of ‘turn up in bad-enough conditions and you’ll get a good result’ (see results).
We were celebrating run director Lesley’s 50th parkrun, which meant our efforts were rewarded with some very tasty homemade treats at the end 🙂
Overall – small, friendly parkrun, simple course, on the hilly side, recommended but not in the rain!
I’m running a different parkrun each week of the year to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Please head over to my JustGiving page if you’re able to help out.