This week was the first parkrun I had directed without my club filling the volunteer roster. In all 257 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. We had one significant milestone for one very excited six year old and tourists from as far apart as the Isle of Man and Paris. Some were taking part in the Equinox series of events and others were dropping children off at University and staying for a local parkrun. It was great to see you all.
I was very conscious of the need for a Run Director to have a full complement of volunteers and thanks to Helen Hood the event was made possible by 23 heroes in high-vis. Like a well oiled machine they started to set up the finish ably aided by Gideon Nukporti who then went on to run the course. I briefed and loaded, with the necessary signs, our four Marshals who were Stephanie Jackson, Sandy Waterford, Charlotte Ford and Angela Uren.
Our timers today were Steve Jepson and Alejandro Benavides Laconcha. They were accompanied at the finish line by Lucinda Jepson, our funnel manager, and Christine Heaton who handed out the 257 tokens. Steve was at the start of a very busy day. After parkrun he was taking his son to University and running the Equinox evening event too. The Jepson's and Alejandro found Colwick a little cooler than Spain where they had been days before.
On Barcode Scanning today were Emily, Grace and William. Unfortunately no photograph but Emily did win parkrun bingo with her guess of 263 just six away from the actual. Tail walking today was Iain Hickman, accompanied by James and Pippa.
With 46 first timers our very own Terry Rodgers helped by his glamorous assistant, Tim Sorrell, conducted a very busy briefing. As one of our regular VI runners Terry knows the course like the back of his hand. It's always a big surprise to Tourists and First Timers alike when Terry talks them through the course.
It was my turn next with the megaphone. After warning about the fallen tree debris and the potential for puddles it was my great pleasure to introduce Zach. At the ripe old age of six he was running his 50th parkrun. His greatest pleasure in this achievement was the fact that he would now be able to volunteer as his Mum had promised he could. Many thanks to Zach (and his Mum) for the wonderful cakes at the finish line.
Zach also gave Caitlin Sorrell interval training all the way round and concluded with a sprint finish leaving Caitlin in his wake. He was also delighted with his new PB. A good day all round for Zach!
Another one of our VI runners, Iris Peel, managed to get a new PB at Colwick too, guided by Abigail Cast and accompanied by Elaanor Leake. Abi has had a busy week, mentoring me in the role of Run Director too.
After all had been tidied up and put away it was off to the Daleside Cafe for breakfast. Whilst Tim and Caitlin sorted the tokens I loaded the results with Abi's help. It was with a sigh of relief that I passed the role of Run Director on. However "I'll be back".