From time to time, the inbox at email@example.com gets a message along the lines of: "Put me on the roster: I’ll do anything, except Timing!" This clear dread of being in charge of a simple clock with a push-button, as if it’ll detonate parkrun, always makes me want to laugh because I have it too! Which is why as your Volunteer Co-ordinator I'm relieved when a volunteer comes forward completely unbothered by whatever technical gadget they're put in charge of.
Today we had Shaun LIGHTMAN in charge of the Timer for the first time. ‘Racewalker’ Shaun Lightman competed for GB in the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games and he still takes part in numerous walking competitions around the country so he’s no stranger to being timed (and he's used to stopwatches as he coaches racewalking at the athletics track in Norman Park!). He said it went very well. With Ellie HICKMAN as Backup Timer and Jeremy BRUNGER and David CARTON as the Finish Tokens ‘dispensers’, they all tallied up. Yeah! This made it a relatively simple job for our Run Director Andy TUCKER to process the results.
It was warm day and the sun even made an appearance so after the running, drinks of water were more than welcome to those who worked up a thirst. Please email me if you would like to help out with the refreshments (Pre-event Set Up) in the coming weeks. We are very much struggling to fill this role and with so many who are new to running coming to us in the increasingly warm weather, I think it is essential that we give them an opportunity to rehydrate!
We currently have quite a few other vacant volunteer roles for next week, including, ahem, Timerkeeper!
Amongst today’s 533 runners, some were marking special milestones:
- Lucy BAKER, Bethany BRENNAN and James BRENNAN ran for the 10th time: see them in their new white T-shirts soon!
- Rachael NANCEKIVELL-SMITH, Tricia HOOK, Simon SMITH and Jason BUSH reached their 50th parkrun.
- Philip COKAYNE and Amy LEACH ran their 100th.
- And congratulation to David LAND, accompanied on his run by his daughter and pooch Paddy, on his 200th.
A roll call of awesomeness for these volunteers:
Adam CHANNON • Andy TUCKER • Christopher JACKSON • David CARTON • Della HAMILTON-COX • Demi O'TOOLE • Ellie HICKMAN • Finlay CARTER • Gillian M ANDERSON • Grace FITZPATRICK • Jacqueline DAVIES • Jeremy BRUNGER • Joseph MADDEN • Julie HAMPTON • Kevin RICE • Laura FINCH • Marijana URBANY • Martin HICKMAN • Nicholas Ivan FRENCH • Rebecca CHANNON • Sally CHANNON • Sharon JENSON • Shaun LIGHTMAN • Viral TANNA
A huge thanks to Ellie who has been a core team volunteer for the past seven weeks, taking it easy while her foot gets better following an operation. Good luck with your next volunteering stint Ellie - as Tail Runner!!
A special mention to Demi O'TOOLE. She could have taken it easy after achieving a PB but this junior dived in to help the volunteers clear up. We hope to have you back soon Demi.
Did you spot the Land Rover and the team of litter pickers today? Now that spring is here, they're going to take advantage of better weather by making improvements to Norman Park and would love you to help by getting involved. If you want to be a Friend of Norman Park, visit https://www.facebook.com/bromleynormanpark
Your help would also be most welcome by Bromley Mencap who are crowdfunding to transform the derelict lodge by the Hook Farm Road carpark into a community hub offering training and employment opportunities for disabled people. Please visit their page http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bromley-mencaps-community-hub-1/ and if you can, help them meet their target by making a donation.
This week 533 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bromley parkrun Results Page.
Male placings: Phil COALES (SM20-24) of Striders of Croydon AC, was first over the line in 16:26 - first appearance. Alex MONEY (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:01 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions. Ross BROWN (SM25-29) of Beckenham RC, was third over the line in 17:02 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Female placings: Yasmin AUSTRIDGE (JW15-17) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:12 - first time in 22 appearances. Amy LEACH (JW15-17) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was second (15th overall) over the line in 19:19 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions. Sarah HODGKINSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (35th overall) over the line in 20:46 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by: Yasmin AUSTRIDGE (JW15-17) – 79.69% for the time 19:12 (13th overall). Elaine GALLOWAY (VW65-69) – 79.57% for the time 25:52 (203rd overall). Amy LEACH (JW15-17) – 79.21% for the time 19:19 (15th overall).
The female record is held by Faye Alexis FULLERTON who recorded a time of 00:16:27 on 28th April 2012 (event number 140). The male record is held by Michael SKINNER who recorded a time of 00:14:36 on 21st June 2014 (event number 237). The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 93.79% (22:17) on 23rd April 2016 (event number 329).
Bromley parkrun started on 29th August 2009. Since then 10,824 participants have completed 118,702 parkruns covering a total distance of 593,510 km, including 20,355 new Personal Bests.