The One With The New Water Feature
I have to admit I was a little excited for Saturday's run and that seems to be growing each day we get closer to our 1st birthday event in 4 weeks or for those that work on calendar dates - 9th September 2017.
We will be celebrating and rejoicing on this day with a little 5 km run around our lovely park with a host of fantastic 'voluncheers', banners, streamers and balloons, followed by lots of cake and excitement! We would also like to add a bit more colour so we thought a Superhero/Villian theme to the day would bring this, partnered with releasing the inner kid from within us all....does it show that we're a little excited about it? Well, I am!
So much so, that during the run brief I overlooked to mention the Water Feature that had sprung from nowhere at our second lap junction. As a team we did our up-most to alert runners approaching the flowing water and can only hope it didn't dampen your enjoyment during your run. Whatever the issue causing this flow of water was I'm sure it will be fixed ready for our next visit to the park which of course is going to hosted by our fantastic junior takeover team - that will probably as normal go flawlessly. Just remember to run ready with your High 5's as I'm sure you're all aware of the enthusiasm from our juniors - they like to show us how it's done!
You all would have witnessed our added water feature on the start of your second lap, for those that aren't regular, this feature isn't normally there so you were not the only ones taken by surprise but we thought to consider the experience this week as a little treat to cool your feet down. We did assess the area pre-run and didn't see it as any threat to the run, just a little introduction for those wannabe cross country runners! A lot of you ignored the cones that we had placed around the water feature though. Please understand that the cones were there for safety too. On both sides of the tree tunnel there are two very deep but hidden ditches. We witnessed a number of runners move around the cones to avoid the water AND luckily narrowly miss the ditches which would definitely lead to injuries should anyone have gone into them. Please be aware your safety is of utmost importance to us.
Today 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests, it seems at least 25% of you each week find that extra to push it and deliver fantastic achievements in attaining your running goals! Well done to you all and you can always treat yourself to another little run around our amazing course any Saturday at 9 am.
Visitors this week came from Halifax, Manchester, Cambridge and Aylesbury, I'm sure there were probably more but being so excited before the run starts, my concentration and hearing is easily broken.
Once again without all our budding volunteers these events couldn't go ahead so it is with great thanks to these guys - David Herbert(Me), Emma Dando, Jodie Binch, Stephanie Bird, Thomas Binch, Daniel Binch, Roger Wiesli, Penny Marsden, Carole Reading, Leanne Read, Paul Wilbraham, Susan Sudlow, Rachel Wright, Jade Robertson and Sam Clarke as once again excitement took over and I forgot to mention them in the Run Brief. I thought it only fair we thank them here publicly!
Remember, if you ever fancy giving volunteering a go it's really no big deal and any need for training or instruction will be given to those that ask. It's all about teamwork and having fun at your event whilst building a community, so come along and give it a go or convince a non runner in your family to come down and 'vouluncheer' whilst earning reward credits that will get you a lovely shirt after 25 credits!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Brierley Forest parkrun Results Page.
Here's a brief result run down - Male placings:
Ben Burnham (JM15-17) was first over the line in 17:58 - 5th time in 24 appearances.
Jenson Connell (JM11-14) was second over the line in 18:17 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions then Harrison Luke Symonds (SM25-29) of Mornington Chasers, was third over the line in 18:19.
Claire HALLISSEY (SW30-34) of Dacorum & Tring AC, was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:05 - first appearance.
Fleur PICKERING (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (23rd overall) over the line in 23:10 - was first to finish once before.
Indiya Jorja GANNON (JW11-14) of Amber Valley AC, was third (29th overall) over the line in 23:46 - was first to finish once before.
I normally like to use this bit to highlight other points that could be done to make our run better for all. As I mentioned in the run brief we appreciate all kinds of comments whether they be positive or negative as this helps us construct a better experience for all. The only thing I can raise this week really is the repeated issue of barcodes. This week we only had 11 cases of either not registered or forgotten barcode, which in the stats is not too bad, but we aim to get these cases down to zero. I say this because we as a team strive to get anyone who runs the run credit they just earned, but without being registered or in possesion of a printed barcode we have to apply the guidelines that parkrun set 'NO BARCODE, NO TIME, NO EXCEPTION'. So #DFYB. Your barcode is the only thing we expect you to bring along as everything else to get you a time and a run credit is provided by our team of budding volunteers. These barcodes also carry 'In Case Of Emergency' details should anything happen to you whilst you are with us, so if you don't have access to a printer or you're unsure of how to print off the correct barcode, you can email our team firstname.lastname@example.org and we can assist or guide you. We are here to provide you with a free timed run every Saturday morning, asking runners to bring a smile and a barcode to ensure all goes smoothly isn't too much to ask?
Thanks for taking the time to get to this point, I'll sign off this week leaving you to get excited for the Junior takeover this week, have fun everybody