We haven’t had a run report for a while so I thought I’d cobble something together this week. As most of you will have seen via our Facebook page, we were nominated for a Conwy Sports Award this year. We were nominated for “Best Team” but as our team of volunteers changes each week it was difficult to award on that basis. However, Conwy Sports Council recognised the efforts of our volunteers and decided to make an unprecedented move – they created an award specifically for us! On 25th November we were incredibly proud to take a team of representatives to the Conwy Sports Awards to receive an award on behalf of everyone who has ever volunteered at parkrun – a “Conwy Sports Award Selection Panel Special Recognition Award "in recognition of the fantastic work that your many volunteers undertake every week, whatever the weather."
On Facebook we had lots of lovely messages congratulating us but we'd like to stress that this award is a parkrun community award - it's not an award to a small group of people, it's a an award for every single person that has ever volunteered with us! :) We were allocated 15 spaces at the award and so invited our top stalwarts to join us, as we felt that was the fairest way to represent an award on behalf of our volunteers – with those who have volunteered most.
We have so many volunteers each week who come and make the parkrun magic happen and that's what the award recognises - your commitment each week. It has been amazing to be recognised by Conwy Sports Awards, and we had a really fabulous evening accepting the award on behalf of everybody at Conwy parkrun. Well done to all of you who have ever volunteered with us – it’s YOUR award and you will soon see it on display in the café at the RSPB. They have very kindly offered to display the award for us as we felt that that was the most fitting place for it, where we can all enjoy it.:) Thank you so very much for giving up your time week in, week out, whatever the weather - just as the award states.
On a volunteering related note we were thrilled to welcome North Wales Road Running Club for a volunteer take over last week. Saturday saw a massive 33 people volunteering at parkrun (thanks NWRRC!) and they did an amazing job making the run enjoyable for everyone. Something that worked particularly well was the provision of pacers. NWRRC provided a team of pacers who helped people achieve their elusive PB goals and 19 people managed to grab themselves a PB on Saturday. Lots of those spurred on by pacers. Thanks NWRRC for providing not only a fab team of volunteers to organise the run, but also to those volunteers running on the field, helping people to make people’s mornings.
David Munday reached the 100 Club – that’s nearly two years solid of parkrunning, well done David! J
Enlli Thomas reached the 50 Club – nearly a year of solid parkrunning and the goal for many of our parkrunners. Well done Enlli! J
Apologies to those people who have achieved milestones that have not been recognised in run reports of late. It was my intention to get back into writing run reports but a certain little lady tries to break my computer every time I go near it so computer time is limited…
On a final note, I’ve sent out a volunteer reminder. The reminder goes to the 173 people who have signed up to volunteer emails but with over 2000 followers on Facebook we have a discrepancy between people who receive emails and our potential volunteer field. If you could go into your parkrun profile and opt in to volunteer emails we’d be very grateful. It would make finding volunteers easier when we are short and it would also help you out when we send out information regarding important events – for example we will soon be sending out information about our Christmas and New Year arrangements but many of you will miss that information if you are not opted in. Thanks!
Here’s the email for those of you who are not currently opted in:
It's appeal time again and this time we'd like to get sorted for Christmas and the New Year so that we don't have a mad panic over the festive period if possible.
Please have a look at the roster up until New Year and if you are able to help us out at some point please let us know. Our fabulous volunteers help us to put on parkrun week after week and without your support we would be scuppered!!!
If there's anything in particular you fancy doing, whether it's something you've done before or something new just request it and if nobody has beaten you to it then the job's yours. None of the jobs are taxing and you'll be given training on the day if necessary so come along and earn that purple t-shirt.
In an ideal world it would be great if you could email us at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the event so that we don't have a panic about an empty roster, but if you're not sure that you can commit until the day then you can also just turn up and speak to the run director on the day - we will always find you a job.
Thanks for reading this week’s news and we’ll see you on Saturday.