Newcastle Parkrun marshalling services 3 March 2018.
Following a series of emails, Newcastle parkrun was passed fit for running after an inspection by Ian, the event director, around 8am on Saturday morning, with confirmation messages posted on Facebook and email.
What followed was that Newcastle parkrun was a sea of light and dark blue bobble hats from a hardy contingent of around 20 Claremont volunteers who turned up from 8.30am to be directed to their posts. So despite the wintery conditions, Claremont as promised provided a top of the range exclusive marshaling service from the runners’ briefing to gates and corners to timekeeping, tokens and scanning. True credit to our club that so many turned out to volunteer on a snow covered Town Moor. Whilst the majority of other Newcastle area parkruns were cancelled due to snow and ice, the town moor course was actually pretty decent (sic) to run on, especially in trail shoes, with in many places the path amazingly clear or the snow powdery, although clearly not for PBs. The peril of not running meant the cold did begin to seep through the layering with many hands and feet feeling the chill to varying degrees. With the last runner eventually home and parkrun packed up for another week there was only one thing to do. Go for a run taking in the hills and the perimeter of the moor for a couple of laps to clock up 10k.
To those marshals, thank you so much for turning out and flying the sky blue (bobble) of Claremont. I will order warmer climes and gentle breezes for the next time!
Three Claremonters also ran on the day:
20:54 Roberto Marzo
23:51 Mungai Wairia
25:51 Clare McKitterick