Best parkrun ever ?

I was up around seven and after breaking fast, jumped in the car, leaving Sue in the Land of nod.

I made my way along quiet roads, mainly the A470 arriving in Dolgellau around a quarter past eight. I pulled into a deserted car park!

I sat in the car for a while but around half eight, with thirty minutes to go before the start, I started to worry – where was everyone?

I checked the parkrun website and that confirmed that I WAS in the right place. I checked again and was assured that the run hadn’t been cancelled.

Five minutes later, a van turned up and some people in high vis got out. Another vehicle parked up and out got someone in running gear. Phew!

Knowing that I was about to take park in Dolgellau parkrun, I set off for a mile warm-up following the course along the Afon Wnion.

Arriving back after my warm-up, I was happy to see a a few more people and come nine o’clock a throng of – six runners had assembled. Well, I was guaranteed a top six finishing position.

At the appointed time, we set off along the river without the usual jostling for position and after half a mile had settled into third.

The course follows the river, crossing over via a bridge before the turnaround cone. Back at the start / finish, we were sent out again for the second lap.

28:07 after starting, I crossed the line having kept my bronze position throughout.

Here are some figures from blog …

… and from the Dolgellau parkrun website …

Run report 91

We can safely say that this week’s Dolgellau parkrun represented the true spirit and ethos of what parkrun is about for communities. Our volunteers outnumbered our runners by 50% but we were all glad that we made the effort to turn out. The volunteers enabled the runners to enjoy their weekly social run and the runners gave the volunteers that sense of doing something worthwhile for their community. There were smiles all round and runners feeling very pleased with their high finishing places! Well done to all who came out on a cold November Saturday morning to support our (little!) parkrun.
The eagle-eyed may have noticed that the official figures claim seven runners but the seventh was the sweeper. According to parkrun, Dolgellau was the smallest parkrun in the UK this week!


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