Many thanks to William Laye for this great run report! Thanks for joining us William, and for sharing your experiences with everyone
Cannock Chase parkrun #92
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What my partner cannot understand is how I can wake up with ease and driving motivation on a (most every) Saturday morning. It’s a jarring contrast to mid-week procedures for most of us as the bed seems ultimately the best option before progressing our day following the daily 30 second hesitation after the alarm goes.
How? What? Why?
I’ll tell you what you already know. It’s the people that make it, the community we keep coming back for. The little snippets of wonderful routine: saying hello to the same faces, going to the same barcode scanner, giving thumbs up to the marshal who stands on the same corner every week and the one who rings the same bell at the same hill. It’s a beautiful thing.
Cannock Chase as a setting only transforms it. This Saturday gone, we were blessed with some sun to warm the cockles and wind to cool them back down (seemingly in several directions – why is that always the case?). The number of runners was the most I’ve seen it (equal 5th highest CCp attendance too) and in an age of inactivity and poor eating habits it’s amazing to see so many fight the battle every week. We see your progress and you inspire us – those at the front and the back (many at the front started at the back and revel in your commitment to the cause). Our community is only set to grow with the wonderful volunteers we’re blessed with – cherish them as there aren’t any milestone t-shirts or barcodes to be scanned without them. So here’s a massive thanks to them.
Next, in the past three weeks it’s become my opinion that each and every parkrun is greater than the parkrun brand/organisation. The men, women and children who turn up create parkrun. We create parkrun. It is ours. Over the years parkrun sponsors come and go. The latest is Happy Eggs Co. who will begin sending you email within your parkrun newsletters. As opposed to all sponsors before, Happy Eggs Co. arguably provide the strongest case that go against the founding principles of parkrun – ethics, inclusivity and welfare. I implore you to ask three questions of this organisation.
What happens to the male chicks?
What happens when a chicken can no longer lay enough eggs?
What is the natural lifespan of a chicken?
This brings me full circle. parkrun is for the people and made by the people. I ask sincerely – without judgement and with the deepest respect - to look into those three questions. The answers mean for many they cannot reconcile the decision parkrun as an organisation has decided to align with. Fortunately, parkrun is made by the feet that run it and not the highest bidding sponsor.
A cheers to you, the people who make parkrun.
In other news!!
Julie Timmins celebrated her 100th parkrun – get your order in, well done!
A trio of Sue Lee, Helen Bryan and Neil Bray ran their 50th parkrun (!!! – one exclamation mark each)
472 runners this week – That is crazy good!
17 complete first timers – welcome to the cult
54 Cannock Chase parkrun tourists – Cowl Cowl?
77 Personal Bests – ZOOM ZOOM, you’re on fire, keep going!
39 secretive unknown runners – mysterious or forgetful, we shall never know.
Alastair Payne was our highest age grade with an astounding 81.21% and second finisher overall.
Chase Harrier Chrissy Bishop was first lady home just shy of a PB in 22:14 with another Harrier (this time Stafford) Jennifer Beckett only 17 seconds back. Susan Mccullock (Uttoxeter Road Runners) ran home as third finisher in a PB – she needed to as well with Catherine Armstrong hot on her heels just 2 seconds back.
William Laye of Vegan Runners was late for a train and got round in a PB of 17:13 with previously mentioned and ageless Alastair Payne coming through 6 seconds ahead of the charging John Harrison in 18:33.
Median parkrunners this week were Rachel E Pierce of Newport and District RC (29:39) and Kim Wright (29:39).
They say finish your meal with the thing you like most – VOLUNTEERS:
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Phil BATES, Heather BATES, Sarah BROMLEY, Simon BROMLEY, Mark CLAYTON, Gail DOUGHTY, Louise DOWNING, Chris DOWNING, Ethan DUROSE, Mark ELLIS, Brian EVANS, Geoff FARMER, John FINNEY, Helen GOFF, Larry GOFF, Paul GROCUTT, Stanley HARRISON, Robert HOARE, Richard JOHNSON, Michael JONES, Natasha LANGFORD, Brian LANGSTON, Brenda LANGSTON, William LAYE, Garry LEASK, Alison LEE, Claire MILLS, Grace PINSON-BRADLEY, Christopher PINSON-BRADLEY, David POYNTON, Christopher ROBERTS, Paul Brendon SCULLION, Keith STONEMAN, Kevin SUMNER, Marie WARD, Sue WILLIAMS, Graham WILLIAMS