Ok, take 2! My last post seems to be lost in the ether. Why didn’t I save it? 😩
Dexy5 flagged this event up a while ago and I initially dismissed it as being too far away - Bristol to Surrey for a 5k? Well that thought lasted all of a nanosecond - I’ve clocked up many a mile on the UK’s motorways to meet up with my beloved VRB’s at different far flung Parkruns, so why should this be any different? I immediately signed up! 👍
The frenzy of excitement this week has been off the scale. Dexy, UpTheStanley and our official, very efficient, spectator, Oldgirlruns all had to take lateral flow tests yesterday, get a negative result (phew), take a PCR test this morning and post it off, then we’ll do another on Thursday. No social distancing for our race either, although the pilot did include an earlier race in the day that was.
So I found myself happily cruising along the M4 this morning with those wonderful race day butterflies of excitement and anticipation! I arrived at 10:45, got ushered through by the very cheery marshals who reminded me of the gamesmakers at London 2012, and I very quickly found my chums clad in their apricot PR teeshirts - OGR in her purple volunteer one. ❤️ There were lots of PR representatives actually.
We snaked through to the start. Mr Speedy was in Pen 2 and we cheered him as he ran by. Dexy and I were in Pen 4 and we ran the first 2.5k together. I flew off the starting blocks too fast for my little pins and I couldn’t sustain that warp (for me!) speed for the full 5k. Even so I came in at 33:41 which is only my 4th time under 34 minutes and my 2nd fastest 5k ever. I also got a PB for 2 miles on Strava! Yesss. 👊 As we were chip timed to make it official, and there was no helpful last downhill km like on the common, I’m very pleased with that time indeed! Dexy did brilliantly and UTS did too - I’ll let them post their excellent times! 💥💥
We collected our bling (one of the reasons I went!) and headed off for a picnic which sadly got curtailed by the heavens opening! Oh and I got a parking ticket 😡 - but that didn’t dampen my spirits and I drove home munching my picnic at the wheel (safely!) and singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack. What a great day, and I hope it goes some way to opening up racing and PR properly very soon. 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞