The One that was Spooktacular!
Event 60! Already! How quick has this year gone?
There used to be a time I measured the year in school holidays (I get 13 weeks off a year!), now I measure it in parkruns and my goodness it's possibly the worst thing I could have started doing because parkrun Saturdays don't half come round quickly, meaning before you've done the results one week, it's time to set up again the next and the year passes in a flash...just so you know, ONLY 8 MORE parkruns until CHRISTMAS!!! Woo hoo!
Anyway, now I've just put that out there, let's recap on this week's petrifying parkrun party.
214 of you arrived this week to run and walk the course. a massive 53 of you were first-timers to Brierley Forest - Hi to Isabelle and Lee, Dad and Daughter team who joined us this week AND to our parkrun first-timers too... well done to Eleanor, Jamie, Cassia and Tracey who all bit the bullet and signed up to parkrun this weekend and a HUGE shout out to my Huthwaite Hunnies - Angela, Avril, Heather, Kayleigh, Heather and Jack who also signed up, pulled on their trainers and completed their week 3 couch to 5K session on the course. They loved every minute of it as we all do every week!
We had tourists from Peterborough, Blackburn, London, Glossop, Northampton and Durham. Thank you to the EYE Community Runners - Nigel, Gordon, Simon and Nigel, along with their friends, who all came to run our course this weekend. You may have spotted Nigel Walls running with his rucksack weighing in at 35lb! I had a lovely chat with him as I admired his Paras 10 buff and Fan Dance t-shirt - which is a run I'd love to do! His fellow friends were full of surprises too. Nigel Cronin has run 130 different parkruns in total, Simon Gooch had earnt his cow buff by running his 50th different event and Gordon Pearson completed running ALL of the East Midlands parkruns with us on Saturday! Well done guys and thanks for visiting us. We hope you'll all be back again soon!
Our event was made possible this week by our awesomely gruesome volunteers.
Thanks go to timekeepers Sam and Daniel, barcode scanners Leanne (celebrating her 54th birthday) and Thomas, Marianne and Fiona taking care of the funnel area. Emma, Toni and William, Lou, Ava and Keith, Patricia and Ted and Jackie, who took care of you around the course, handing out hi-fives and tasty treats and finally our terrifically terrifying tailwalkers Joanna, Cassidy and Paul who made sure you all came back safely to see another week of parkrun fun.
If you ever fancy a go at volunteering with us drop us a message at email@example.com, comment on our FACEBOOK page or speak to us after your run. We always welcome new volunteers and it's nice to see the other side of parkrun BUT we do understand that for some of you it's the only time you get to run so we won't nag ;-).
Congratulations to Simon, Charlie and Sarah who were amongst the 36 of you who recorded new PB's.
To Ruby Oates celebrating her 25th run and Kerry Anderson who was running her 50th run with us on Saturday...absolutely amazing! We also need to mention our lovely 118-118 lads, Adam and Richard who were really pleased with themselves for completing their 10th events and had a photo to celebrate along with their mate John. We didn't have the heart to tell them the 10 sign is specifically for our awesome juniors - we let them have their moment.
Waldemar, Andy and Chris just wanted a cheeky finishers picture and a mention in the run report - so here it is!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found HERE.
This week's front runners for the males were Ben Burnham, with a new PB of 17.07, followed by Jenson Connell, also with a new PB OF 17.10 and Neil Cope in 18.19.
For the women, Sophie Taylor led the way in 22.55, followed by Eleanor Miller in 24.09 and Rachel Allin in 25.19. Well done to you all!
A huge THANK YOU to all of you who dressed up for the Halloween fun. We had so fiendishly fantastic costumes. I've included a few below. We loved our buggy runner Paul as a vampire with his little one Harry tucked up warmly as he enjoyed the fun around the course and junior runners Dylan and Tyler in their scary skeleton get ups! Along with Mel and Pater, Emma and Kerry, Wayne and some of the purple army - the amazing NOTTS WOMEN RUNNERS who were awarded the Nottingham Post Sports Awards Club of the Year earlier this week.
For more photos head over to our FLICKR page where our favourite pom pom shaker Emma's lovely husband Phil has uploaded loads!
And finally, I apologise to all of those who came to ask where the Halloween song and dance was this year. It was planned but unfortunately the Huthwaite Hunnies have all been so busy chasing race and PB successes that we simply didn't get around to rehearsing this year. A great many of you were disappointed it seems so get ready for next year!
Thank you all for another successful week at Brierley Forest and we'll see you all again on Saturday!