Writing the run report is an almost impossible job this week. How to capture the brightness, the colours, the smiles of the 264 parkrunners and the 25 volunteers at Hawaiian shirt parkrun day?
A huge thank you to this weeks' volunteers: Claire briefed 37 first timers and tourists from as far as Melbourne (Australia, not Derbyshire), and when they return, they may just be disappointed to find out that garish tops and garlands aren't a weekly occurrence, unless of course they come back for Christmas jumper parkrun day.
Claire and Frazer timed you over the finish line, and Tim and Finlay scanned barcodes, supported by Arry and Abi.
Steve was funnel manager and Helen handed out both tokens and lei, as well as capturing fruit PB attempts (see below for highlights).
Your marshals were Brian, Sandy, Jo, Tony and Jessica, and your tail walkers were James, Pippa, Lottie and Iain. Thanks also to Jon, Lisa and Rachel who sorted tokens at the Daleside cafe. Musical entertainment was provided by Steve, Evie and Callie.
Your run director was Caitlin, who approached the job with the required level of gravitas. There's no time for fun when you are the RD, and you certainly don't get to challenge a bunch of under-10s to a limbo contest.
Congratulations to our milestones this week. Cheryl completed her 50th parkrun, Jason and Esther both completed their 100th, and Finlay also completed his 100th, having already done 16 junior parkruns. A very impressive achievement for one so young! And he very kindly brought us cakes to celebrate.
It's a proven fact that Hawaiian outfits help you go faster so well done to the 32 of you who recorded PBs!
Our unique Colwick Hawaiian-themed challenge saw 30 of you register for a "tropical fruit PB" (sometimes with a loose interpretation of the word tropical or even a loose interpretation of the word fruit).
Last year's pineapple and fruit basket records (set by Steve Shanks and Superkev respectively) remain unchallenged, as does Dave Greenwood's contentious watermelon record. Notable PBs were achieved in the following categories: physalis (Jessica Shanks), double coconut (Steve Shanks), coconut relay (Ashton mother and son), orange (Adam Akbar), pomegranate (Arry Nathan), tomato (Karen Archer), and date (Claire O'Neill).
The pineapple category was well represented with solo pineapple (Lisa Chan), tinned pineapple (Sam Rickett) and plastic pineapple filled with jelly babies (Bernard Jarvis). We look forward to introducing the fresh sliced, cooked and juiced pineapple into next year's event (any takers?).
Marlon Dunkley (double apricot) and Lou Read (single cherry) abided by the rules of the sport which stipulate that you run around with your fruit in your hand rather than in your in your stomach, and refrained from tucking in until over the finish line. This rule was less well respected by Graham Moffat and Martin Phillips which saw them downgraded from the bunched grape to the single grape category due to on-course consumption.
The Wards (father and son) dominated the citrus fruit category, and high participation was also noted in the competitive fields of banana (Rupert Killik, Evans father & son) and passionfruit (Jacqui Measures and Hannah Roberts).
Parkrunners should note that after several unofficial attempts with birds (flamingo and parrot) and the appearance of a dolphin and several palm trees at the finish line, organisers are contemplating introducing a new "inflatable" category for PBs next year.
And finally, a nod to Danny for his inventive interpretation of the Hawaiian shirt. He is wearing a t-shirt with Obama's birth certificate on it whilst running a PB in the double papaya event.
#syatb next week, but sadly we have to wait until next year for the next instalment of Hawaiian fun. I'm already planning my outfit for Christmas Jumper parkrun day. Are you?