After a fantastic Fresher's Week and a record number of members, term one is well and truly under way. So, to set our training off on the right step, and to ease us slowly back into the groove of competing, we dragged our tired selves out of bed, pulled on our trainers and headed down to the Exeter Parkrun!
The Exeter Parkrun is a weekly 5km race down by the Riverside. It's run by local volunteers and is totally free to enter. You don't have to be particularly fast to run, or have even raced before!
Meeting at 8.20am the 12 of us made our way down to the Climbing Centre, where the race begins. Barcodes at the ready, and Hannah's dog Brandy in the safe hands of Nick, we set off.
The course is the same every week, running along the river, through the woods, around the Riverside Valley Park, and back down along the river to the Climbing Centre. On a beautiful crisp morning, it was a fantastic run! Almost completely flat (a surprising thing when it comes to Exeter) the run offers the perfect opportunity to set a new PB in a friendly but competitive way.
186 people competed and, as is very frequently the case, EUAC did exceptionally well! Coming in 1st and 2nd were EUAC's very own Joachim Tranvag and Phil Bridge, finishing in times of 16:40 and 16:46 respectively. First female to finish was Charlie Tromans, in a time of 20:26, while Eleanor Johnson followed closely behind with her new PB of 20:56!
Everyone did brilliantly well, setting our weekly Parkruns off to a flying start. Of course, there has to be some other benefit of getting up in the early hours on your Saturday morning. So what better reward than an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Quay side Harvester. Almost all of us hurried at the chance to indulge in a well deserved fry up, going up for seconds and thirds with almost no shame. Next week we're thinking Brody's!