This week's run report comes to you from two UK tourists at the end of their 10 day adventure across Canada. Only fitting that we should start and finish our travels with a parkrun - last week it was Nose Hill (Calgary) and this week we had the pleasure of joining you at Richmond Olympic.
Well, you sure give Nose Hill a run for their money! You guys win hands down on elevation (a lovely flat course), altitude (so much easier to run in Richmond than at 1,500m above sea level!) and sunshine (although it was almost too warm this morning).
We weren't the only tourists this morning though - the UK seemed to have the biggest tourist representation but there were also hands up at the run briefing from other visitors from Denmark, South Africa and Australia. And it was worth the visit, I'm sure they would agree. However even the locals were in for a treat today, as we all got to experience the 'true' out and back course for the very first time.
Special shout out to your local runner, Dennis, who I spoke to on the course and who has promised me that he won't go off too fast next week so that he doesn't need to stop for a cheeky walk in the middle of the run! Sorry Dennis, but I won't be there to spur you on next week, so I thought I would put it in the run report instead!
This was my 90th different parkrun event which has taken me to some amazing places across the UK and further afield - however there aren't many events where you get to see a view of the snow capped mountains whilst you run - you really do have a stunning location for your event.
If anyone is visiting the UK and fancies trying a completely different parkrun then I would thoroughly recommend our local run (Shrewsbury) where you can run along the River Severn in our beautiful town park, but with a couple of 'gentle inclines' thrown in for good measure!
Thank you Richmond Olympic for your hospitality this morning and I hope your parkrun continues to go from strength to strength.
Francesca & Daisy (Shrewsbury parkrun)
Roving Run Reporters
This week 80 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:
Francesca HUTCHESON • Malcolm MCKINLAY • Daisy Kay HUTCHESON • Becky MAYBURY • Ryan C-W • Ryusuke KUBO • Mami KUBO • Kevin WADDEN • Kirk MUNAWEERA • Andrew LU • Liana SHALA