Some days end up going a slightly different direction to what is expected. On this day in 2007 we had a coal ship land on Nobby’s beach. That was unexpected. Today was all about Jess’ birthday and not so much about me. Running was to keep a low profileâ€¦
Excited about feeling like my old self I rolled a 25k around Newcastle’s major landmarks early in the morning. No problems with the run and a strange sighting of Newy parkrun run director Simon Redhead lingering around our favourite and only crushed granite run trail at Carrington. Simon had a 4wd ute with trailer parked right on the middle of the trail during peak morning activity time. Strange, but with a quick ’hello’ I was passed him on with the rest of the run.
Later in the morning I had lined up to meet Dave Robbo at Carrington. Upon arrival at the designated meeting point, Newy parkrun start point, I noted a superb parkrun ’start’ post, 2m tall and anchored expertly onto a concrete slab. That post won’t be moving anytime soon! I had an inkling something was up. A photographer, Jonathan Carroll, was next to arrive who exclaimed
â€œyou must be the guy with the post named after you!â€
Simon arrived next and although the cover was blown was happy to escort the company to the site of his morning’s handiwork.
Humbling is a word befitting what I felt when meeting the Newy parkrun 500m distance marker proudly declaring â€œWestcott Wayâ€. It is an impressive piece of work and congratulations to Simon, Robbo and all the supporters of Newy parkrun who now have 500m markers all along their course!
A fantastic edition to what is now a Newcastle running institution. Happy birthday Newy parkrun!
A happy diversion for the day where my No.1 person was still No.1â€¦â€¦.I think!
Photos by Jonathan Carroll of the Newcastle Herald features Robbo, Yours Truly, Simon