At “Early O’Clock” on a cold and wet Saturday in January, a team of boarders and staff assembled in the car park, ready to take on the mantle of parkrun organisation at Telford.

They arrived, noting the ice on the pavement, fearful that the weather might once again put a stop to their attempts to take over the volunteering roster. Luckily, thanks to the work of the regular team and park rangers, the paths were gritted, and the course was given the all-clear.

The AGS staff and students donned their hi-vis jackets, and moved into position – whether marshal, barcode scanner or token-distributor, all were ready.

At 9am sharp, over 450 runners set off down the hill, conditions at this point a bit dreary and overcast. The AGS marshals cheered on the intrepid runners, who were quickly exposed to the elements as the rain began to fall. The first runner back completed the 5km route in just 16 minutes 30 seconds. Dr Dolding and his daughter Charlotte acted as “Tail runners”, ensuring nobody was left behind. They got to spend a soggy 59 minutes on the course, as did all the marshals!

A number of the junior and senior boarders ran the course at various speeds. The juniors included David Akoro, Howard Last, Oliver Lockey  and Ben Wagstaff. David narrowly beat Mr Obeng Asare, who ran well despite getting VERY hot in his ultra-thick AGS weather proof coat! The senior runners included Ernest Kwok, Alex Howard and Parkrun debutant Jay Darrant.

Well done to Mr Henderson and his son Aidan (7W), Mrs Harris, Mrs Wilson, Mr Pryce & Mr Fairbrother for braving the element to marshal and support the runners around the course.