by Chris teNyenhuis
I woke up Saturday morning to a beautifully crisp, sunny day with the odd snowflake carried by a gentle breeze. It was –10° C, not as cold as I had feared.
I settled on four layers on top and two pairs of tights. Then I headed out to parkrun with my husband Ed and daughter Ellie, who trains 5–6 days per week at the Y for her high school rowing club, but decided to come out and run today instead of going to the gym. Yay! I was excited to be participating after an absence of several months from parkrkun.
I arrived at the starting area about 10 minutes before the event to find just a handful of runners who had braved the cold, but by the time the signal was given to start, a couple of dozen more had ventured out of their warm cars and homes.
Among those assembled were a dog, a child in a jogging stroller, a couple of visitors from Ottawa, and someone who had come all the way from Wales (running in celebration of her birthday on Sunday, photo below).
As the race began, I was happy to find that the trail conditions were excellent – well-groomed and sanded for good traction underfoot. Settling into my pace, I was glad that I had decided to run today.
I was reminded again how fortunate we are to have this opportunity in Guelph: to do a free timed run, every week, on a beautiful trail alongside a picturesque river with smiling participants, supported by enthusiastic volunteers.
Run, Guelph, run!
— photos by Natalie Intven
Run summary, event #31
- the weather gods smiled on us for a second straight week
- it was a small event by our standards, with 41 participants (our average is 69), but it was made up for by the enthusiasm of this week’s runners and walkers
- the teNyenhuis family (above) is speedy — Ed was third overall in 22:51, Chris was second female in 24:50, and daughter Ellie finished in 27:52
- Aaron Haddad was male first finisher in 19:51 and Emily Sayers was the fastest female (24:24)
- the top age-graded finisher was sexagenarian Art Kilgour at 70%
- we had visitors from the UK (Robert Hale, who’s working in Toronto for a year, photo below), and also Jemma Llewellyn and Stephen Donnelly of Wales