Park Run? They lied - Ormskirk Park Run is not in a Park but on the campus of Edge Hill University and is superb. The people are friendly and extremely welcoming and I wasn’t even running - I just rode out there on my motorbike to do a recce before having a go myself next week and take in the course and the people and so forth.
To be honest I should have just joined in there and then but I felt slightly over-dressed in motorcycle leathers and boots. But what a great venue with it’s changing rooms, showers, cafe - oh and it had small hills - where I live is an ‘EU Hill Free Zone’ so that’s quite a novelty.
The admin chap was very helpful and explained the course and time-keeping to me and before everyone set off he even read a piece of inspirational poetry to them. Nothing like a bit of Gerard Manley Hopkins to get one in the mood for running (except perhaps a quick snort of Jack Daniels - the coach not the whiskey of course).
I also bumped into an old friend who is obviously a closet runner! It’s a strange world - you think you know a person and then find out they’ve secretly been doing a few 5K’s on the quiet! Plus I was also able to indulge in my new hobby of ‘trainer spotting’ and saw a pair of Nike Air Max 1 Patta’s (the 2009 model) which I photographed for my collection and will appear in my forthcoming book “Classic Running Shoes and Heart Rate Monitors"
So well done Park Run People - you are a fabulous bunch.
Run On People and to everyone (including Tiny Tim) A Very Happy Christmas