I thought I’d start this week’s run report with this stunning photo of Beeston Weir and the River Trent, taken by one of our regular runner and volunteer Gaby Thomas-Neher, capturing the amazing natural beauty that our parkrun sits alongside….simply, wow!
Next up, milestones! Congratulations to one of our Run Directors and new Co-Event Director, Alison Hogg on her 100th parkrun, pictured below with Keith Pepper – both sporting the fabulous purple parkrun volunteer t-shirts – and Hogg-junior (taking her volunteer responsibilities very seriously!). Here’s to the next 100 Alison!
Additional congratulations go to Chris Carlisle for completing his 50th parkrun, and Stephen Keller running his 150th, on his birthday (Happy Birthday Stephen)!
This week at Beeston we were joined by some guests from the “5km Your Way: Move Against Cancer" initiative run by the MOVE and CARE cancer support charities. The initiaitve aims to encourage people with cancer to be more physically active to aid recovery and gain support from others in a social environment….such as parkrun! For more info on the group and to find out how to get involved, visit the Facebook page or website at https://www.movecharity.org/
Here’s volunteer Gaby doing the first-timers briefing and Trina on sign-language duties. Great to see lots of new faces joining us at Beeston this week, as either first timers completely new to parkrun, or parkrun tourists! We hope you liked our parkrun and will be back to join us again soon.
On to the first finishers…this week for the chaps we had Tom Andrew McGuinness of East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC finish first in a speedy time of 16:50 – well done Tom!
First back for the ladies (and 4th overall) was international triathlete and winner of the 2018 Ironman Wales, Lucy Gossage of Cambridge University Hare and Hounds, in a very impressive time of 18:36 – great running Lucy! Lucy is also local Oncologist (or ‘doctor specialising in cancer treatments’ to save you googling!) and was joining us today at Beeston as an ambassador of the Move Against Cancer support group, along with cancer survivor and founder of the Move charity, Gemma Hillier-Moses. Thanks for joining us!
This week 381 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part. 56 of you recorded new Personal Bests and thus were eligible to ring the PB bell – well done!
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Dana HELDT • Ken ALLEN • Pat ALLEN • Matt ROBSON • Andrew ALLEN • Rab ACID • Tony RUSHTON • Kerry JONES • Holly MCCAIN • Sarah-Jane PRIOR • Dawn POXON • Eleanor HODGSON • Gabriele THOMAS-NEHER • Joseph BAXTER • Mark NANDLAL • Jens NANDLAL-WHITE • Cate ROSS-WADDELL • Riley NANDLAL-WHITE • Lucy NANDLAL-WHITE • Robert FLOYD • Trina BEAUMONT • Jen BEVERLEY
Thank you all! If you are in terested in helping out one week, please have a look at our volunteer roster here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/beeston/futureroster/ …and let us know if you fancy volunteering in any of the roles available by emailing email@example.com. All of the roles are nice and easy and full training is given on the day.
This coming Saturday (6th Oct) is International Parkrun Day, celebrating 14 years since parkrun started back in 2004, in Bushy park in London. It’s also our monthly pacer day if you needed another reason to join us!
Finally, well done to everyone who ran or supported at the Robin Hood Half Marathon on Sunday. It as great to see so many Beeston parkrunners there and have so much cheering and support all the way round!
Until next week…
Holly – Run Director 29th September