The One With The Unexpectedly Hungry Tourists
My mission to complete every parkrun in the East Midlands region took me up the M1 to the beautiful Brierley Forest this week where myself and my touring buddies were treated to a gorgeous course and quite possibly the best value post-run breakfast in the country. The breakfast was so inviting that even the members of my party who had already eaten prior to their run opted to indulge in a second meal of the day before 10 o’clock had even struck! I momentarily pondered the possibility I’d travelled back in time when I was told that my two sandwiches and two drinks came to less than four English pounds. And it wasn’t just cheap, it was tasty too!
On to the run itself and despite getting caught in some traffic at the start I soon settled into a pleasant plod around an extremely pretty setting. The little unique touches that each event add to the mix make parkruns memorable for me and it was a rare pleasure indeed to have someone shake their pom-poms at me each time we passed Emma’s Corner. The volunteers were all incredibly encouraging and welcoming and enhanced our visit. Definitely an event I’ll recommend to others.
Ten people took part in their maiden parkrun voyage, a warm welcome and hearty congratulations to Deborah SOMERSET-MALIA, Joshua PERRY, Jake HARRISON, Adele MARLOW, Lauren MELLOR, Emma TOMKINS, Niki HOBSON, Andrew WOOD, Lewis ROBINSON and Julia BACON. There were a further 27 runners experiencing the Brierley Forest course for the first time in their parkrun careers.
An impressive 44 runners earned the right to ring the PB bell, 26% of the total field but more notably a whopping 35% of the runners eligible for a course PB having run at Brierley Forest more than once. Speedy work indeed with puddles aplenty to dodge after the recent inclement weather.
No participants hit a parkrun club milestone this week. There were 9 members of the 100 club, 15 from the 50 club and 5 members of the junior 10 club taking part.
A little look at those speedy souls who made it over the line first, clearly incentivised by trying to get to the front of the breakfast queue for a bargain bacon sarnie!
Tim CLAYTON (VM50-54) of Ripley RC, was first over the line in 17:47 - first time in 2 appearances.
Ben BURNHAM (JM15-17) of Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 18:02 - was first to finish once before.
Nick LUKE (VM55-59) of Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 19:09.
Michelle WILLCOCKS (SW30-34) of Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers & AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 20:52 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Claire WATSON (SW30-34) of Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers & AC, was second (25th overall) over the line in 22:59 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Susan BEDFORD (VW45-49) of Belper Ten Twenty Triathlon Club, was third (35th overall) over the line in 23:47.
After run #26, there have been 3,950 parkruns completed at Brierley Forest so next week’s 50th finisher will be the 4,000th person over the line in the history of the event.
We had a fabulous morning out visiting Brierley Forest, thank you to everyone involved in putting on such a great run.
A little reminder that parkrun only survives with the help of its wonderful volunteers give up their time to make the event happen. A huge thanks to this week’s hi-viz heroes:
Amanda ABSON, Harold BILLINGS, Daniel BINCH, Jodie BINCH, Stephanie BIRD, Marianne BURFORD, Harry BURNSIDE, Nick BURNSIDE, Emma DANDO, Huw DAVIES, Abigail FITTON, Sharron FITTON, Sharon GRANGER, David HERBERT, Richard JAMES, Penny MARSDEN, Edward PORTER, Leanne READ, Sian THORNTON.
Volunteering is good for the soul, if you haven’t given it a go yet, or even if you have, think about sticking your name down on the roster and taking your turn. Full training is given for any of the roles and it really is great fun to see an event take place from the other side.
Give the core team a shout on the Facebook page or by email email@example.com you can help.