Happy New Year!
We had a parkruntastic choice of a possible 3 parkruns in just over 24 hours this New Year's weekend! There was a quick turnaround of the equipment and fortunately the token sorting was fairly straight forward with only one token lost on the 31st. Please ensure that you return all finish tokens to us, as we need to use them for the following week. If you find any tokens at home, please return them to us!
On Saturday we had 361 runners, and on New Year's day we had 316 runners with 156 hardy souls doing the double with Leicester Victoria. The weather was a bit cold and wet at Leicester Victoria, but with the added wind at Braunstone, it certainly made for a chilly run! We will hopefully try to sort the weather for next week!
Milestone runs were achieved by Mark James, Nicky Whitehead and Tom Worn all doing their 100th parkruns on New Year's day. Well done to you all, and wear your new T shirts with pride!
Massive thanks to the volunteers at both events for their cheerfulness and enthusiasm despite challenging weather conditions, especially at Braunstone! A big thank you to all our runners for your support of our event too.
The hardy volunteers for the New Year's day parkrun were:
Amanda PALMER • Andrew PEEL • Ben DICKSON • Bruce PARRY • Christine PARKER • Christopher HOUSDEN • Cian PALMER-HOLMES • David BEALE • Deena INGHAM • Gwyn WILLIAMS • Helen WEBB • Jane FRENCH • Jim MITCHINSON • John TOBIN • Julie THOMPSON • Katherine CROSS • Lee VARNHAM • Malcolm CLARKE • Mark Andrew THOMPSON • Martin BURDER • Maz PRUSEK • Nicola ANDERSON • Paul HUMPHREYS • Rachel LOPATA • Rebecca PARRY • Simon PETTET
We had a lot of tourists this weekend and welcolmed several parkrunners from far and wide. The parkrunner who came the furthest that we know, was Nontuthuko Mashimane who came all the way from South Africa. Welcome to you and I hope you enjoyed the run! Sorry about the weather, but I think it made it 'home from home' for our tourist volunteer Gwyn Williams who came from Penrhyn in North Wales. Thank you Gwyn, you did a sterling job scanning all those soggy barcodes and not a single mis-scan! We hope you both come back and visit again soon.
Whilst we're on the subject of thank yous, Mark and I would just like to say a humungous thank you to the core team at Braunstone for their hard work and dedication not just on the Saturdays but 'behind the scenes' too. There is equipment to sort/ reset/ charge up/ store, volunteer vests to clean and dry , emails to answer, Facebook page to maintain, volunteers to co-ordinate amonst other things.
We also have several regular volunteers at Braunstone who have been brilliant and we really really appreciate their contributions. Richard Singer has been a regular timekeeper, and has just done his 100th volunteering role at Braunstone. He has now started run directing with us too. Rebecca Parry, although now part of the core team at Leicester Victoria, continues to support Braunstone with regular timekeeping roles too. Michelle Brown has been bringing in the last parkrunners safely with tail running 26 times. Kathy Rolington, being a super speedy runner has been combining running with volunteering after her run as a number checker or funnel manager. After a year's break, we are really happy to welcome back Malcolm Clarke and his gorgeous (and huge!) Russian terrier Mr Harvey. They have a unique role of being roving marshals, popping up at different parts of the course and cheering on the runners. Please give them a cheery hello/ thank you and wave when you see them.
And lastly, but by no means least, we would like to say a huge thank you to fantastic photographers Les Brewin, Vickie Hallam, Mark Langdale and Louise Forsdyke who have done several sets of amazing photos for us this year. A lot of hard work is done after the event has finished, before these photos are published. A link to the photos is always posted on our page when they are ready, so please look out for the New Year ones which were taken by Les Brewin, they will be available soon.
We hope you continue to enjoy parkrunning and hope you all have a happy healthy and awesome 2017
See you all next Saturday!
Julie and Mark