I think this is the biggest HU meet up we’ve been to. We met our hosts Katnap , TailChaser and the 2 kittens, cheekychipmunks and Flossie the lab, Sandie1961 and her friends Nikki, Clive and Julie, Windoze , Oldgirlruns and me and UpTheStanley . TailChaser gave us badges with the Bard on as momentoes of our visit. We are getting quite a collection now.
I hasten to add, UTS and I did not drive up from Southsea this morning, but are making a weekend of it. We strolled around the beautiful parkrun area Friday afternoon and were worried that the Avon had overflowed onto some of the paths and if it kept rising that parkrun might be cancelled. Luckily the water level dropped a little overnight , and we woke up to a frosty morning.
Warm layers and gloves required for the first time since Last winter. After hugs and introductions We gathered for the obligatory pre run photos and then listened to the new event briefing and Directors briefing. Us 3 southsea runners finally managed to make ourselves heard when asked about tourists by shouting Southsea in unison.
It was a bit of a slow start due to the narrow paths but I started the run fairly well and I completed 2 of the 3 laps ready to increase the speed as overtaking became a bit easier. Then disaster struck. My zip up bra became unzipped and I had to stop, turn my back and try and resurrect the situation. Zip jammed and I thought I had sorted it and started running but then it unzipped from the bottom, and I couldn’t unjam it. Decision taken I would just have to walk the rest of the last lap. I explained to a fellow runner and she said it was the only thing that had made her laugh on this morning’s run. Every now and then I would jog a little while supporting my assets, luckily I had a running top and my Poppy T-shirt on so it wasn’t too obvious. I ran past some finishers going home and one lady was very concerned as I was holding my chest and thought I was having a heart attack. She looked relieved that she didn’t have to rush for the defibrillator . Walked again until I ran the finish and got cheered on by my lovely friends.
Negative splits for first 3k, 6:37, 6:16, 6:11 but total garmin time 35:50 and 36:56 parkrun time. The great thing is that cheeky ran a PB time and was faster than me for the first time so is very happy. Sandie PB’d too.
We marched off to the Pantry for coffee and cake and had a good chin wag with those we hadn’t met before, and those who have become friends as a result of this wonderful forum. Windoze also handed out homemade chocolate brownies- yum yum . Thank you Windoze’s girlfriend.
Just love this parkrun and will return to get a proper time one day. The swans were swimming, the fishermen fishing and the autumn leaves falling. I am envious of the Kat family living in such a beautiful spot.
Another bonus is UTS and I were extremely lucky to acquire 2 returned tickets for the premiere of the Boy in the Dress last evening and had prime seats for the musical , attended by David Walliams. It’s at Stratford for 3 months before moving to the west end and we can thoroughly recommend it.
Now where and when will the next meet up be?