by Rafaela Jones Delgado
I just moved here recently to study physics at the University of Guelph, on exchange from the University of Manchester, UK. When I was first accepted to Guelph last February, one of the first things I did was look up whether Guelph had a parkrun. Sadly, the answer was no, but happily, you got one going by the time I arrived in September!
I’ve only lived in large cities until now (London and Manchester), so Guelph has been very different, but amazing. I love the beautiful campus and being so close to stunning paths along the Eramosa River, even if my runs get broken up by frequent stops to admire the views.
I’ve been running regularly since last January, when a housemate began dragging me out of bed every Saturday morning for our local South Manchester parkrun. Between that and our brilliant university running club, Run Wild Manchester, I’ve been running at least twice a week, and it has really changed my life. It makes me realise how much I appreciate spending time outdoors, especially with friends.
Everyone I’ve met at the Eramosa River Trail parkrun has been so lovely and welcoming. At my very first run in September, I was offered delicious homemade pancakes at the finish line! Your event is a lot smaller than my home one in England (South Manchester is almost 10 years old, and regularly has about 500 people attending), but even after three runs here I’ve really felt a sense of community.
I’ve never done an out-and-back route before, but I love the encouragement at the turning points and being able to see everyone along the way! That 1.25 km section of the trail is wonderful to run along. It was amazing to run through falling leaves today and I’m loving seeing the surroundings slowly change colour. Thank you so much to all the organisers and volunteers!
I’m so excited to keep coming and hopefully persuading more friends from university to join us. This week I brought a fellow exchange student named Thea along with me (above); last week I had my father visiting. I look forward to meeting new people and I welcome any advice you can offer on running in the really cold weather I know is coming.
— photos by Natalie Intven
Run Summary, Event #17
- 61 people attending, with 16 first-timers
- first finishers were Derek Hall (20:59) and Chris Tenyenhuis (23:30)
- Derek, who’s in his late 40s, also had the best age-graded result (69%)
- nine-year-old Sabine Kane completed her first-ever 5K with her Dad, Sean Kane (above)
- congrats to Kathy Leis, a 70+ year-old walker who completed the 5K in 50 minutes (below)