After last year’s experience at the Cold Storage Kids Run, the girls were excited to learn that we would be participating again this year. Neither girl runs regularly, but both were very keen to repeat the run. Perhaps it’s the thrill of running alongside hundreds of other children their age.
Since K had a class to teach, Emily very kindly went with us before going to meet her friends. We were registered in the Happy Green Family Chase, which meant that the girls had to be accompanied by a parent for their runs. We’d planned for Emily to do the run with Zoe, but Z insisted that I go with her so I ended up running the 1.6km chase with Alison, before taking Zoe for her run, which was 800 metres. Z was feeling under the weather with the usual cough and wheezing, but she insisted on running. So we ran for about 100 metres before I made her stop when I noticed that she was out of breath. We walked the rest of the way, which Zoe said was “boring”. But better walk than have to speed her to the ER!
Will we go again? I didn’t really like the fact that we have to wait so long between the girls’ categories as there wasn’t much to do. The sun was scorching hot and there weren’t many places to seek shelter. While waiting for our turn to run, Zoe and I had to join a herd of other parents waiting with their kids outside the holding area, which was not large enough to accommodate everyone. After about 10 minutes of wilting in the heat, we had to get water and stand in the shade. I really think more thought should be given to shelter for participants. Otherwise, it’s a good way to get families moving together. Maybe the next Cold Storage Kids Run should be a sunset run instead!
Our participation was sponsored by Cold Storage. All opinions are my own.