Saturday morning started meeting the regular setup team at 7.45am as usual. It was warm, if a little wet under foot! Team efficiently sorted the signage and everyone disappeared to ready the course for a safe event. The setup team even managed to find an Australian tourist who was press ganged into helping setup - I'm told he was willing, but more to come about this!
As usual Pawel was already setup, so got the usual warm welcome. I struggled to put off my first coffee until I was sorted out, ensuring everything was ready with the volunteer coordinator for all the marshals and finish area volunteers to arrive.
It was then off to the sunny area on the field where we now finish, to setup the 'finishing funnel' with our beautiful new parkrun tape I acknowledge that many didn't notice this small detail as you were pushing for the line to achieve your best effort, but sometimes the small things matter!
Now it was time to welcome our 315 runners, joggers, and walkers to our 60th event at Castle Park since we started on 30th September 2017! As usual this included a number of tourists, including David Moss our intrepid Australian friend from Queensland who was actually running the course bare footed! Of these 31 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests.
As we have for a number of events now we ran the cours backwards or anti-clockwise, (whichever description you prefer). This is going to be the new norm for the course moving forward to reduce the bollard issue on the path along the river ... backwards is the new forwards!
Before we got underway it was touching to lookout from the bandstand and watch around 350 people stand in silence for a minute to remember the brave service men and women who have served past and present on our behalf!
A short way into the run, parkrunner's had the boost of the 'music at the bridge' thoughtfully provided by Daisy, Moly, and David. Many runners commented on how they enjoyed this little cheering team!
The lovely Grace achieved her 100th volunteering event, a great achievement especially when she has only managed to squeeze in 27 runs! A special mention to Paula, who really sadly(!) we are going to lose soon when she moves away for the area, achieved her 25th volunteering event whilst tail walking.
The full list of 32 HiViz heros who made our event possible are:
Andrea EDWARDS • Peter BEATTY • Serena BERESFORD • Philippa WATSON • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Matthieu MILITON • David ASHWORTH • Grace CADZOW • Andrew THOMSON • Jane MANSFIELD • Harry MANSFIELD • Claire CADZOW • Nicholas YEADON • Denise ALLSOPP • Francesca PALMER • Kobus SMITH • William PALMER • Elanor CADZOW • David LAMB • Brian SULLIVAN • David AMOS • Alex WARRINGTON • Graham SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Emma SHARPE • Simon DEWHURST • Mark POULTON • Paula FROST • Simon GARDNER • Seamus POWER • Daisy AMOS
We have a few official Milestones this week: Lizzie Bellinger who achieved her 100th parkrun! Sam Hughes ran his 10th event, David Lamb ran his 50th event. Also a notable mention to Keith Philips who ran his 92nd run, but 50 runs as Castle Park.
As announced on Saturday we are planning on holding a parkrun on Christmas Day and New Year's Day both at 9am as usual.
One final thing is that I'd like to encourage all runners who haven't volunteered to give it a go as you will have seen we're a friendly bunch, and promise you will enjoy the experience. Some roles even allow you to run and volunteer! So if you fancy giving scanning a go, fancy being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please look on the roster and e-mail - email@example.com
That's all from me, over to Chris next week.
Your Castle Park parkrun core team are Alastair, Ben, Chris, Christopher, Ellen, Francesca, Grace, Joanne, Julie, Kevin, Luke, Melanie, Oliver, Phily and Tory
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th October 2017 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Megan EVANS who recorded a time of 18:18 on 4th November 2017 (event number 6).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jenny BRAYSHAW who recorded 86.60% (24:08) on 10th February 2018 (event number 22).