“But how can I write a run report?” asked parkrun tourist Jody, “we didn’t finish the run, so we don’t know what happened!”. Well, she managed it – read Jody’s amusing account of her abandoned parkrun on Saturday, thanks to baby Abe:
Sometimes arranging a holiday to Canada and all that goes with it (booking flights, taking holiday from work, packing, travelling to the airport etc etc) is not enough to guarantee you a coveted badge of international parkrun tourism. This week we are taking the run report from Jody who this week was at Richmond Olympic parkrun and discovered that although everything didn’t go exactly to plan, there was still plenty of fun to be had at parkrun.
So parkrun in Vancouver didn’t turn out quite how I’d planned….
Backstory: I’m on holiday with my partner and our 6 month old son. I haven’t done parkrun for exactly a year, since I was about 4 months pregnant. In fact, we both haven’t felt like running for a while – having a non-sleeping baby is exhausting!
We optimistically (read foolishly) thought Vancouver parkrun would be a great way to get back into running…but baby Abe had other ideas!
The organisation began early Friday afternoon, and was carried out with military precision. Laying out 3 sets of clothes…packing the changing bag…planning the journey…checking for the barcodes 45782345 times…
After a pretty rough night we were up and ready to go within 50 mins (no mean feat with a little one) The journey went like clockwork, timings spot on for bus and Skytrain, even finding time for a quick breastfeed en route! We arrived just in time for Abe’s nap…perfect! Or so we thought! As we started, with a gentle jog..Abe became unsettled. All the usual calming techniques didn’t seem to work, and the further we got the louder he cried (even whilst being cuddled and carried) – so unlike our usually content and happy little boy. We managed about 1.5k before we admitted defeat. Apparently, Abe does not like running!
So we may not have had our barcode scanned (no Canadian tourism recorded for us). However all was not lost – we sampled a little part of a small friendly parkrun with spectacular views over the river of the mountains, met some lovely people (strangely only one Canadian!) and enjoyed a coffee afterwards.
It seems like there are still no Chorlton Runners to have completed this parkrun, but at least our vests came in handy cheering at the marathon last weekend!
Hope everyone else’s parkrun was more successful than ours!
Written by Jody Lee, UK
On September 28 there will be a new western point on the parkrun compass! Event Director Mark Swannell tells us why he’s bringing Shawnigan Hills parkrun to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. To me, parkrun symbolizes two things: inclusivity and community. Without these, parkrun would not be the global phenomenon it is now. I hail from Manchester England….
A new parkrun is launching in Vancouver Island, BC! Starting and finishing on the shale running track, the course consists of one loop within Shawnigan Lake School Campus. For post parkrun coffee we will meet in Shawnigan House Coffee, 1761 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd., Shawnigan Lake – please come and join us! Visit this website for…