Last week I received a surprise card from some of the parkrun tourists that we have met on our travels in the last couple of months.
It was very touching and so we decided that if I was well enough it would be nice to surprise them by turning up at the inaugural Tonbridge parkrun on saturday, especially being as the lovely Louise was due to be running her 100th different event there, i.e. completing her full ‘Cowell’.
The plan was that we would just go along, watch the run and then enjoy the coffee, cakes and chat afterwards. However on arriving at the park we realised that it wasn’t a particularly spectator friendly course being an out and back route with a lap round a lake at the far point, plus it was rather cold to be sitting around for 30 minutes or so waiting for the runners to all finish. So as I was feeling pretty good on Saturday morning and there was another lady who said she’d be walking as she had a dodgy knee I decided that maybe I’d have a go at walking part of the course, which would also give Mr W an opportunity to run it. I thought that perhaps I could walk as far as the lake and then turn back…
It turns out that it’s about 2k to the lake so by the time I’d got that far that it seemed churlish to give up, plus with the two of us walking and two tail runners we were having such a nice chat that the time just seemed to be whizzing past and so I was happy to keep going. After more chatting and lots of appreciation for all the marshals waiting for us in the cold we made it back to the finish line in just over 51 minutes. My slowest ever parkrun time but after all the pain and traumas of the last few weeks it was just an amazing feeling to be able to complete another parkrun! 🙂
It was lovely to be able to congratulate Louise in person and for us to be surprising her for once, plus great to be able to catch up with all the other regular parkrun tourists and thank them in person for the card. We also got to meet some more Twitter friends and joined in on a rendition of ‘up in a tree’ for the parkrun show. I would describe the course as flat, scenic round the lake and über squelchy for the parts on the rugby pitch at the beginning and end, but a more accurate description can be found in parkrun tourist and blogger extraordinaire, copy7t’s blog post.
All in all a lovely morning which reminded me just how much I love parkrun and I hope that we will be able to find another flat course that I’ll be well enough to walk before too long!