This was our first overseas parkrun! We were staying in Pisa, but Lucca was a straight-forward 30 minute train ride away, with the parkrun start being quite close to Lucca Station.
The “language” of parkrun transcends any earthly tongue and so it was, in this charming ancient city in Tuscany, that we mingled with the local inhabitants to share the fun that is parkrun. We even had a pre-run warm-up, led by Giovani, who instucted us all in Italian. This was not in any way a barrier, since we just had to watch what he was doing and then followed suit; and by the time that session was over we could safely say that we had added a few extra words to our limited Italian vocabulary 🙂
It is fair to say that this particular parkrun attracts many parkrun tourists, so it was not too surprising that English appeared to be the lingua franca during the chilling and milling. Credit also has to be given to the core team especially the RD of the day who unfalteringly gave the briefing in both Italian and English. (Sono Europeo 😉 )
And soon we were on our way, running round the “Walls” of Lucca. The course follows a circular promenade, on a raised up mound which followed the perimeter of the ancient city. To one side, looking within the circle, we had a view across the old city and, looking outside of the circle, we could see the green-belt (outer ring) of parkland within the outer core of the “new” city and suburbs.