Friday, September 30, 2022

Mary’s 100th parkrun

Salento, Puglia, Italy. Saturday 24-September-2022.

After the disappointment of Mary not being able to do her 50th parkrun at Salento because of Covid it became obvious that her 100th parkrun would fall in September while we were in Italy. Then Saverio, the run director, pointed out that their 150th event would be on September 24. Calendar counting revealed that if Mary volunteered for two weeks instead of walking she could have her 100th on their 150th.

It was also the first Saturday following my 70th birthday and hence my initial event in the category VM70-74. Two other participants were celebrating their 50th parkrun: Estienne and Guiseppe: a major celebration we knew there would be cake!

In addition we had friends visiting who are keen parkrunners and would be able to join us. As they are members of Eden runners I made sure to pack my Eden runners vest so that we would all be colour coordinated.

There was a fair turnout for their 150th event compared to recent numbers.

I was first in my new age group VM70-74 beating Gianfranco into second place. 

Mary's result: Risultati di Salento parkrun per l'evento n.150. Il tuo tempo è stato 00:46:17. 

See full results.

The obligatory victory photo.

In case you were wondering why Mary has fours sets of fingers, Luana is lurking behind Mary holding the frame so Mary could hold the 100 sign! In addition there were two 50th parkruns.

There was cake, savouries and bubbly!

An excellent event followed by a wet wipe down, quick change and into Lecce for lunch and a bit of normal tourism.

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