It's getting close to the shortest day, and I know that there's a little voice in your head that says "no... don't get up.... it’s Saturday.... stay in bed” but regardless there over 250 of you out this morning who jogged and walked the course in Danson park on a still but cold December morning.
credit to Tony Colver for the photo
From this, 13 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests - Awesome Runners. Triple Awesome volunteers; Lew S • Tony COLVER • John HAMPTON • Keith Stephen DUNGATE • Colin BRADY • Keith HIGGINS • Grant GRIFFIN • Phil PARKER • Ian MCLEAN • Graham LEE • Fiona MORRIS • Keeley WICKS • Jo CROWLAND • Alexandra SLATTER - . Great work everyone.
Regardless of the stats and numbers and performances there are a few community stories to tell you.
Firstly, and this is an incredible testimony to you all and your fantastic parkrun attitude, for the last two weeks when I've been checking the tokens for the following week, I've had none missing, none to replace, this may seem a simple thing, but not having to replace any is great for the RD, it just makes things simple and straightforward. Thank You.
Then on the course today a couple of beautiful things happened. Halfway through the run a runner approached me and handed in a £20 pound note that he'd found on the floor just as we went off to the start. When you think about it it's easily done. Pop some money in your pocket with a tissue and your barcode and you're off to parkrun. So easy for it to slip out of your pocket. I was so pleased to have someone come up to me during scanning and say "oh dear I've dropped a £20 note" and I'm able to hand it back. I'm able to do this because the people at Bexley parkrun are good people.
Second moment for me. A runner said that a lady had fallen back down the course, she was ok, people had stopped to look after her. I walked down to investigate and before I got to the place the runner (Bryony, from Black Park parkrun) first timer at Bexley but wearing her 250 parkrun T shirt was coming towards me with her friend Laura. She was fine just turned her ankle, probably some lumpy grass. But the two Datchet Dashers could not have been more complementary about the number of Bexley parkrunners that had stopped and checked they were ok. Lovely to hear, and another great example of the good people of Bexley parkrun.
Last few points coming up now, you've got this far... please keep on reading!
New milestone club members - As you may or may not know, parkrun look to congratulate runners for hitting various milestones during your parkrun lifetime - it doesn't matter where you clock in your run, these all count. For juniors we start on their 10th run, and for all runners there is the 50th, 100th, 250th and 500th run milestones - you get a mention in the run report and a free t-shirt (I'm sure you've spotted them about). Also, so as to encourage and not forget about our volunteers there is a 25 volunteer t-shirt also - everyone loves a freebie!
This week we congratulate:
Callum Deppe and Regan Thomas (Juniors) on their 10th runs.
Richard Townsend on his 100th parkrun.
Lost/Left Property - You'll be amazed what people leave behind. Many drop us a mail later on Saturday afternoon, some come back the following week - but many don't. We are building up a large amount of tops, gloves, hats - we've also got some trainers - watches - water bottles. If you've anything missing, please come and have a look this Saturday - as we'll be bagging it all up and dropping to a charity shop in the afternoon if it's not claimed - some Christmas cleansing for our lock-up.
Christmas time runs - please note the following runs available over the next few weeks:
16th December - usual run - 9am start
23rd December - usual run - 9am start
25th December - unusual Monday run - be festive in your outfit - 9am start
30th December - usual run - 9am start
1st January 2018 - unusual run - for those with a heavy head, we've a 10:30am start! For those wanting a double dose of parkrun, check some other local events (Greenwich for example) who are hosting a 9am start, then you can come and join us after to either run or volunteer.
Volunteering - Plenty of spaces on the rosters over the coming 6 weeks. If you're not running, give yourself a break from shopping and think about coming along and helping out if you can. Roles there to suit all - training given - smiles, thanks and a hi-vis jacket all come as standard.
Nearly there... Final couple of things
Please keep safe running in this weather! We will always do what we can to put on a safe parkrun, but if needed then we may have to cancel (this is a last resort, we've only done it once in 5 years) - then we will use all means possible to advertise this. If you follow us on facebook and twitter then that's great - but please also go to your parkrun profile and "Opt In" for email communication - we promise not to bombard you with emails, there will just be 1 email during the week if we need to appeal for volunteers for the coming weekend - but we can also use this for passing on important comms (such as cancellations). Reflect on this - there have been 8,250 people registered with Bexley parkrun as their home run. Our last email communication hit less than 350 peoples’ inbox. It's really simple to update your preferences - just follow the link from your last results email, as follows:
While you're there, why not check that all your contact details are correct - and more importantly your In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts too. Overall for parkrun, only 84% of participants (runners, walkers and volunteers) have their ICE details filled in. At Bexley we are slightly above the average at 87%, but it takes 2 minutes - and could be critical should there be, well, an emergency!
You can do this too whilst updating preferences for email, just by going into the "Update" option too:
LAST POINT - You've made it - there's just 1 more - albeit super important thing...
The Bexley parkrun birthday awards!
We have now collated feedback and can announce the categories we want YOU to nominate your fellow runners in. This is the first time we've tried this, so please help us make it a success...
Here is a list of the awards we want you to put people forward for, please email in for all categories if you can (but don't worry if you miss one/two off). We welcome ALL nominations in before midnight on the 31st December - rock n roll new years eve eh! Following this, we will release a survey of the nominees and ask everyone to vote for these - before then announcing the winners at our birthday run on 3rd February.
1 - Most improved runner over the past 12 months.
We welcome you to nominate a runner that doesn’t necessarily have to be the fastest, but that has proven to you their determination to improve with their time, attendance, dedication at Bexley parkrun.
2 – The spirit of parkrun.
What does parkrun mean to you – and who emulates that vision? A very open category, so please give some detail around your nomination.
3 – Bexley parkrun family of the year.
In this modern age, don’t look at this necessarily as a biological family, is there a group or club that means something to you in your parkrun life? Even a group of individuals that you see every week who turn up without fail, encourage others and give that family feeling. Please nominate as you see fit.
4 - Tourist of the year.
Who regularly sticks on their Bexley apricot vest, or makes a point to introduce themselves where ever they go - trying to get their name in the run report perhaps - and goes further a field to clock up their miles at different parkruns across the Country (or World!) - spreading the name Bexley far and wide. Holidays arranged around where there is a parkrun, and always packs their barcode - who stands out for you?
5- Volunteer of the year.
We can always look at the stats, but that doesn’t tell us who you think goes that extra step. Who would you suggest?
Subject: Bexley parkrun awards - nominations
You've got a few weeks, but please don't wait too long - it would be amazing to get some really strong feedback, but you might need to go and ask someone their name before putting them forward (don't worry, we don't know EVERYONE by name that join us either). As said, deadline is New Years Eve so get thinking.
Have a good and a safe week - and remember, if you can't limit your indulgences during the festive period, parkrun is great to burn calories, cure hangovers or just give you a reason to drag yourself out of bed on a Saturday morning... The weekend is always better when it starts with a parkrun!