It was slippery out there.

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It’s that time of the year again where parkrun events, unfortunately, sometimes have to be cancelled at short notice due to the weather.

A short shower of rain and an accompanying slight rise in the temperature in the hour before the start did just enough to allow the athletes to tip toe around the Tees Barrage course. Not an ideal day for a fast time but of the 22 Striders, Katie Abel clearly loved the conditions and set a new PB. Striders also provided five, very well wrapped up, volunteers. It is hard to tell who – although I suspect it was probably Christian Oxley – but we also had the 100th different registered Strider complete the course.    

Locally, we also had six Striders at Albert park and just the one at Stewart park where John Dobb reveled in the cooler conditions to lower his PB. 

Not really a great day to be on the tourist road but those that did do it all went somewhere new and all set new Striders best times for that event – with Mike Cleasby taking on the new Prudhoe riverside route and Caroline and David Horton lapping the lake at Druridge bay.

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