The One that was OUR 1st BIRTHDAY!!!
And what a brilliant first birthday party it was! Thank you to all 258 of you who turned up to run and walk around the course this weekend and to all of you who donned a superhero or villain costume as you took part. It really has been a talking point down on Brierley over the past few days. I've bumped into many local residents and park users over the past week, who have asked me why there were so many in fancy dress out and about on Saturday morning.
All of your costumes were fantastic, from an evil chicken to a repeat visit from our friend Gorilla. Batman, Robin, Spiderman and Wonder Woman to name a few but a special mention has to go to 'Tea-Towel Man' who was an absolute firm favourite amongst us all.
The past year since our inaugural run has gone so fast. As if a year doesn't pass by quickly enough when you're an adult anyway...a parkrun year absolutely flies past! No sooner have you packed away the equipment and processed the results by 11 am one Saturday, it's 8.15 am the next Saturday and time to get it all back out again, reset the timers and clear the scanners.
We have gone from 100 ish runners a week to easily around 200. This week was our highest attendance so far. Only beating the previous record by 7 but a great surprise all the same for our first birthday. Since Brierley Forest parkrun started on 10th September 2016, some 2,330 different participants have completed the course as well as 8,798 other parkruns around the world between themselves, covering a total distance of 43,990 km. To put that into perspective, our regular runners and tourists to Brierley Forest have, between them, ran and walked the circumference of our planet Earth (40, 075km) and more. An absolutely epic achievement!
With all the runs and walks come PB'S. An astounding 2,158 of which have been recorded over the year with 58 of those this Saturday alone! Well done this week to regulars Ben Burnham, Claire Watson and Richard Meeks who bagged new PB's. I can't possibly list you all but the week's full results can be found HERE.
Our course records are still held by Libby Coleman who recorded a time of 18:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 17) and Stuart King, who recorded a time of 16:13 on 18th February 2017 (event number 24). I wonder if they will be broken over the next year?
A full breakdown of our event history can be found HERE or in my little green diary...how much did you laugh at me on that first event and say it wouldn't last Dave? ;-)
This week Richard Robinson was first over the line in 17:16, followed by Ben Burnham in 17:24 and Kristian Watson, third over the line in 17:25.
Claire Watson was first female (13th overall) over the line in 20:32, with junior
Sophie Taylor second (28th overall) in 22:33 and Johanne Lloyd-Jones who was third (52nd overall) over the line in 24:29.
Taking a look over the past year, we've had some incredibly fun times. From tail-walking the trial event and feeling it being the start of something special to watching regular walkers complete just one lap and now running both. Singing and dancing at our first Halloween spectacular and Santa visiting us and presenting our pom-pom shaking Emma with her very own marshal sign. We helped our favourite South African Edward celebrate his birthday with cake and gave him his own marshal sign too. We've had takeovers from the Sutton Harriers, The Running Wilburys and all our little junior parkrunners and health and safety risk assessments making sure our ever wonderful RD's don't sustain injuries from falling on their backsides...Rebecca! Visits from a 'golden barcode' parkrun pioneer and our 'Olympic champions'. You excelled yourself raising a monumentous amount of money for our defib fund in such a small amount of time. We are pleased to say this has been ordered and we are currently waiting for an installation date. And how can we forget being presented with an appreciation award from ADC and a volunteer recognition certificate too!
Of course it is with massive thanks from all of us to our fantastic volunteers that this event can even happen. Week in week out, come rain or shine they arrive at 8.15 am to set up the event for you. Some 239 different volunteers have helped throughout the year from tail-walking to barcode scanning, giving up their time the day before a race or whilst recovering from an injury. Our birthday shenanigans were made possible by 32 volunteers. Thanks go to:
Peter WEATHERILL • David HERBERT • Anne Marie HERBERT • Bethany HERBERT • Danielle HERBERT • Emma DANDO • Jodie BINCH • Leanne SLATER • Thomas BINCH • Finley BINCH • Mark PIDCOCK • Lou HERBERT • Michael WOODS • Daniel BINCH • Melanie COOK • Helen BURNHAM • Penny MARSDEN • Isabella WATSON • Sophie WATSON • Clair BRITTON • Leanne READ • Alyson MORGAN • Julia BACON • Claire BOOTH • Ruby BOOTH • Lesley GOODMAN • Sam CLARKE • Patricia ELLIS • Charlotte SABIN • Liz SABIN • Ted HALLETT • Jackie HALLETT
If you'd like to have a go, drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org OR comment on one of our FACEBOOK posts.
Well done and thank you to Thomas and Leanne who both completed their 25th volunteering stint on our birthday, our present to them...a lovely, purple 25 volunteer tshirt to wear with pride.
This week we welcomed tourists from Barnsley and Hull. The Selston Superstars and some princess from a planet called Alderaan or somewhere. I've learn't more geography in a year at parkrun than 20 odd years of being educated and educating! Thanks to all of our tourists, I now have a greater understanding of places such as Portsmouth, Cardiff, Kent that are southern from us and Newcastle and Manchester above us. I'm glad to say I was already able to locate Canada, Dubai and Australia.
Congratulations also to go Darren and Skyla, father and daughter, who completed their 50th and 10th runs with us and to tourist Jamie Gould, who completed his 50th and junior Reece Carver who completed his 10th too. Reece's little sister Astor also completed her very first parkrun on Saturday. Well done all!
You can see how much I love photo's but did you know that you can search through more of these amazing shots over on our FLICKR page. We're extremely lucky to have some top contributors to our parkrun photo pool so have a nosey and see if you can spot yourself.
And so to the end of the report...
From Dave and myself and all of the team we wish to thank you all. Runners, walkers, children, dogs and volunteers for making this happen every week! To our lovely cafe volunteers who supply us with hot cuppas and tasty sausage cobs every week. Over the past year we have made so many friends and memories. We’ve successfully bought together a community and supported our local park. We thank you all for making Brierley Forest parkrun a success. Here’s to the next year!
I shall leave you with what is arguably one of my favourite running quotes and what is still my favourite Brierley Forest parkrun picture so far...
'RUNNING HAS GIVEN ME MANY THINGS BUT THE GREATEST GIFT HAS BEEN THE PEOPLE IT HAS BOUGHT INTO MY LIFE'
Till next time...