I know we have a great team of people at Canterbury. Even when, a few days before a parkrunday, the volunteer roster is looking a bit empty, we've always had enough - sometimes been awash with - volunteers willing to do whatever we need to make Canterbury parkrun happen.
This week was far from an exception to that rule!
On Wednesday the roster was looking a bit sparse, quiet, lonely even. A quick email later and enough offers of help appeared to make things feel a lot more comfortable. This makes for a happy Run Director
Couple that with knowing that our normal course had had some unexpected alterations made to it in the form of overflow parking for the university (our hosts) - some of these alterations had been noticed and planned around already but one had not... one which necessitated a last minute (well, last 15 minutes if you're being picky) course adjustment.
Needless to say my army of willing helpers showed great initiative by appropriately rerouting our standard course slightly (in a way that would not affect overall distance) followed by a few "we need an extra person THERE to make sure people don't follow habit" assignments and we were, after a stressful few minutes, ready to go again.
Thank you so much to all my volunteers today, it just wouldn't work without you. Thank you also to all our runners today for showing flexibility and stamina in the face of adversity (change and the temperature).
On a completely different note, we had two sets of visitors (that I know of!)...
Ian and Lilli were visiting Canterbury parkrun with some friends ahead of their wedding nearby later in the day. Congratulations to you both -- it's nice to see that the weather held for you! Perhaps we'll see you again as Mr & Mrs some time?
Also visiting - from considerably further afield - were a group from South Africa sporting some notably different parkrun milestone tshirts:
Once more, thank you everyone for making Canterbury parkrun fun
Event number 226
14th July 2018
This week 148 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
John WILKINS • Jane ELDER • Alex DAVIS • Glenn WILSON • Sarah SLOWE • Matthew SLOWE • Joshua SLOWE • Samantha OSBORNE • Kathleen HOLLANDS • Ken DAVIS • Cliodhna CARROLL • Paula SHILLING • Vanessa SPINK • Roibeárd Ó HARRACHTÁIN • Mark GALE • Hannah WIFFEN • Iain SPINK
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Canterbury parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Phil HURST who recorded a time of 15:12 on 15th March 2014 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Alexandra MILLARD who recorded a time of 19:03 on 6th August 2016 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen EBERLIN who recorded 85.86% (25:06) on 1st November 2014 (event number 33).
Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014. Since then 3,708 participants have completed 21,589 parkruns covering a total distance of 107,945 km, including 3,575 new Personal Bests.