We were reminded this week here at Colwick HQ of some of our early trials and tribulations, and in particular a period of 3 or 4 weeks where we had all manner of results 'issues'. Those who were around may remember the fun and games (and slightly erroneous times!)
What reminded us? Well one of our stopwatches finally reached its end this week after long and fruitful service and it was touch and go whether the replacement was going to arrive in time for parkrunday. This meant that the old timer (or old faithful) was prepared, with some trepidation, ready for a lazarus style comeback. It worked perfectly well of course (and still does) but lets say was a little more prone to user error than our current equipment! (the expression about workers blaming their tools could be applied here!).
We never quite knew what it was going to tell us until plugging into the lap top post run and over those few weeks in question comments from the operators of old faithful such as "Should this have been be beeping?" or "I think it worked but I was surprised it didn't make a noise when I pressed the button" were known to strike fear into the hearts of Colwick HQ! Or of course on connecting to the computer that favourite message 'There are no records to upload' . AAArrrrggggghhhh !!!
Thankfully parkrun HQ were speedy as ever and the new stopwatch arrived in the nick of time to ensure that we did not have to face our demons and unleash old faithful! Phew! In fact...so efficient are our volunteers these days that thankfully those days are hazy memories and yesterday's magic makers did such a good job that results were processed in three bites of a Daleside butty. That's how we like it!
at 8:25 they set to work
by 8:35 they were ready for you and by 9:05(ish) we had welcomed our 13 first timers, we put a shout out for more volunteers for the Robin Hood Marathon (27 September - please email in if interested), we gave a mention for the upcoming Crossdale 10k (See footnote) and friend and sponsor Claire from Sweatshop told us all about their current offers and running community activity.
By 9:20 Graeme and Chris were timing you in
by 9:25 Claire H and Ben were dishing out the tokens
by 9:30 Evie and Kelly and Claire D were in full swing scanning your barcodes
by 9:45 our marshalls Roy, Linda, Paul and Sandy returned with the all important signs
by soon after 10 our tailwalkers Angie and Louise were back in the camp
and by 11:00 the butties were gone, the tea drunk the results were processed, Mr D breathed a sigh of relief and old faithful was back where it belongs in the Colwick HQ museum!
A special mention to congratulate one of our magic makers Chris who was running his first parkrun since welcoming twin boys to the world a fortnight ago...and he put himself on the roster to marshall next week... so if you spot someone in hi-viz curled up under a tree taking a well earned nap next week please give Chris a nudge and offer your congratulations! What a hero!
Here is a little more info on the Crossdale 10k..... SYATB
Crossdale School Keyworth 10K and Community Fun Run - Sunday 20th September
Next Sunday sees the 16th Crossdale 10K and Fun Run in Keyworth. It's a very friendly event (just like your own parkrun) and a number of local parkrunners are involved - both as organisers and runners.
The 10k course follows a pleasant traffic-free, out-and-back route along the footpaths and bridleways of the South Nottinghamshire Wolds towards Ruddington. The course is undulating, and covers a variety of surfaces, including grass and gravel tracks.
The fun run is planned to provide a little exercise and fun for all ages. The short (2.3 km) course is entirely off-road, and follows another out-and-back route between Crossdale School and Plumtree Cricket Club. After the race, you are encouraged to stay and cheer home the 10K runners.