245 parkrunners were expertly cared for by our visiting volunteer team from Mellish Ladies RFC this weekend.
Mellish's skipper for the day was Kate and as all good skippers do she stepped up to the plate to take on the all important stopwatch duties, expertly mentored by our Steve. Whilst Ebony, Jessica and Lydia made sure you all found your way around the course. Joined of course by Roy
Toni, Kerri and Emily scanned, Grace manned the clip board whilst Faye and Evie snapped up all the finish tokens.
Izzy and Charlotte manned the funnel, supported by Matt and despite their early worries that this may entail a level of responsibility not usually expected of them at this time on a Saturday morning they nailed it and even managed to deal with a couple of instances of token dodging.
So effective was the finish line dream team in fact that we had only 4 'won't scan' results to add-in and no (that's nil, zero, zilch!) lost tokens which all meant that results were done and dusted in absolutely no time. Awesome job team!
Over on the start line local celeb Terry manned the 1st timers brief whilst Alex, Alison, Helen and Aimee made sure all was well out on the course.
Iris was guided round by Tim whilst aforementioned local celeb Terry was guided by our newest TV star Abigail... rumour has it that they were 'debating' all the way round as to who is now most famous (note - I might have made that bit up!)
Absolutely brilliant team all ably assisted by Helen our roving photographer and on the day emotional support worker for the Run Director.
Once we finally got going (sorry about that) we took a show of hands to see who had seen us on the tellybox this week courtesy of Abigail and Agata's appearance on Russell Howard's show. A good number of hands shot up and hopefully a few more have now had chance to see it. If not, do have a quick look on our facebook page.
Before the off we welcomed some new members to the 50 club. Well done to Gary Manson (pictured below) and Trevor Stephenson for notching up their 50ths this week
and to Dougie, who snook off and reached his landmark quietly on tour last week!
Over at the finish line we had another instalment of what is developing into a new favourite game of ours. Emily and Grace took on the challenge of deconstructing the sign. It was touch and go for a while and the tension was mounting as tailwalker Alex (our unofficial record holder) turned onto the finish straight with the sign still in a state of unfoldedness but the girls perservered and managed to get it packed packed away without assistance. Safe to say Alex your record is safe for now. A top gear style leaderboard is called for surely.
Final word this week goes to our guest volunteers from Mellish. They handed out a few flyers to see if anyone fancied joining the club. It is open to all, no level of experience or ability required and if the rest of the club are as friendly, fun and dedicated as those that joined us on Saturday then you should definitely give them a go we reckon..