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 www.elliottline.com/parkrun blog …
… and from the Dolgellau parkrun website …