We have experienced an Irish invasion at Livonia parkrun
as of late with the last two parkruns each visited by a pair of Irish tourists. parkrun #232 hosted tourists Padraig O’Conner and Dominick Gratten the day after St. Patrick’s day. This was a big deal for us but they assured us that St. Patrick’s day was no big deal back home in Tralee, Ireland. What was a big deal to them was running in our last (we hope) snowfall of the year. Neither of them had run on snow-covered surfaces and were (of course) wearing shorts. parkrun #233 hosted Sheila and Declan Hynes from Castletown, Ireland.
parkrun #233 also had the distinction of having 10 Personal Records (or PBs, for “Personal Bests”) set out of 33 participants. parkrun #230 (before the snow) had 7 PBs out of 32 participants. In April we will be returning to our trail course since the pavement will once again be open parking lots and not safe for large groups of pedestrians. That should put an end to this PR nonsense!
Last Saturday afternoon we celebrated spring by traveling to Pinckney Recreation Area as a group for a spring celebration trail run. We rented a yurt from the park for a warm dry shelter after the run and all ran various loops of the Pinckney Recreation Area trail systems. Some of the group spent the night in the park so that they might run again in the morning.
Livonia parkrun also completed a fundraiser for start and finish signs bearing official logos. This should give us more presence in the park and generate interest amongst other park users ultimately increasing membership.