English version by Jenny Stripe
After a week of constant bad weather, the old saying “it never rains on parkrun day” proved to be true. Thus, a week after our first birthday, 41 parkrunners met up to run the 55th Roma Pineto parkun.
Last week we had tourist invasion as a result of the Rome Marathon, instead this week we were an almost totally local affair, although many of those include native English speakers who we now consider “one of us”.
Many of this week’s runners returned victorious from the marathon the week before and we would like to congratulate all of them. Instead, our old friend Matteo MAGGINI came to visit us almost a year after his previous parkrun with us, though he has run in the UK during that time.
Another saying goes “After a marathon comes a new PB” and a few of us actually managed to better their time a mere 6 days later.
This was the case with Rodrigo FRANCO and Gabriele FIORANI who draw ever closer to the 20 minute mark.
pb? Well done!
Cornelia BOGDAN also set a new personal best and will soon have 25 minutes within her sights.
The other marathon survivors decided to accompany a young future talent (though judging by their expressions it’s not entirely clear who was accompanying who ).
Within this group, we also had Rosa ARCHER one of our two tourists on Saturday, she was also the day’s veteran with 144 parkruns. We noticed that it was also a season’s best for her, which is great considering that it was set on Pineto’s tough trail course.
Sergio COCOZZA’s training group are becoming particularly expert on our course. Giuseppina SORRENTI was the fastest out of the ladies, improving on her previous times and dipping under 22 minutes. However, all of them performed well and in particular, Rodolfo BUTTARELLI who also ran a new PB.
Finally, staying in the theme of marathon veterans, here we can see our Luciano GIOVANNINI in the role of pacer helping Barbara STRACQUALURSI reach a new PB. Well done to both of them!
Luciano will be back with us on Saturday to celebrate Easter with us. As well as eating chocolate eggs and cakes, we will also run or walk our usual 5km in the Parco del Pineto! Meeting up as usual at the via Vittorio Montiglio entrance, at 8:45 (for a 9am start).