Care of one our pirate guests - Tim Gray.
The true spirit of parkrun is not really rum!
From my perspective planning for Crane parkrun 326 started in April, as I made plans for my 50th birthday on July 14th – and the plan was – Pirate Club! Pirate Club was invented by Australian parkrun tourists and involves getting seven parkruns starting with C and one with R – confused? Try saying it out loud – seven C’s and an Rrrrr! It can be found (amongst many other things)on a rather fab Google chrome extension for desktops and laptops – just go to the chrome store and add ‘running challenges’ if you are running chrome.
My version of Pirate club is now;
It also has a lot of other great features, stopwatch bingo, groundhog day, volunteer badges – I could go on and on.
So in April I started to assemble my crew - parkrun tourists (20 or more different parkruns) some I knew, like Lindsay or Ray, some I was meeting for the first time, like Jen or Ulen, friends from all bits of my life (school – Neil, work Julian and Imogen, my neighbour Dave, my family, my Church, my home parkrun) – I can’t name them all or we will be here all day but basically all the UK parkrun tourists, St Patrick’s Tigers, Collingwood AC, & there in force the Chiltern Church Runners – my beloved ‘social’ running club. In all I reckon there were about 40 of us – many dressed for the occasion as Pirates.
Lifts were arranged, satnav codes sent out, enquiries made of the very helpful Vicky from the volunteer team – and on the day we mainly made it.
Then a seeming disaster – there was a problem – as your RD for the morning later explained on Facebook;
“Good afternoon everybody. I just wanted to give my sincerest apologies for the crisis this morning. The electrics in my car decided to fail whilst I was refueling, resulting in all of the parkrun equipment getting locked in the boot of my car and the run director, 1 barcode scanner and the funnel manger unable to get to Cane Park.”
No kit should surely mean no run? My wife says she could see some of the hardcore tourists twitching. But no, the true spirit of parkrun is around the taking part, the cooperating, and the having fun – after all, it’s a run, not a race. And so the quote continues;
“Thank you to all the runners for your understanding and to all the volunteer team who managed to make the parkrun work, regardless of this accidental mishap. I hope to see you all at the start line (equipment in hand) next Saturday."
No apology needed from our perspective – these things happen in life, and didn’t the volunteer team rise to the challenge, amazing stuff! No kit at all except one mobile phone, and they still managed it.
We then enjoyed your fab run, with some much appreciated shade to help us in the heat we ran – Tamsyn thanks for running with me, appreciated, and my son ‘Ninja Runner Boy’ as he is known online – thanks also for your company.
With limited results, what we know so far (15/7/18 18.30pm) is 188 runners, and 121 positions claimed. Most runs, the delightful Colin Harris with 555. Least runs the 3 brand new parkrunners, Abhijit SHIDLAGATTA, Lydia Graham [after years of me persuading her] & Zoe Johnstone (also for you and your Mum Sophie keeping my wife and daughter company). I should also mention Kate Lambert’s first ever UK parkrun, following her one previous run in her adopted home country, Canada.
A massive thank you to all the volunteers – I have to say shouting thank you to people not in high viz felt really odd!
Abhijit SHIDLAGATTA • Alison ‘Cutlass’ SYMONDS-TAYLER • Andrew MADGE • Andrew SARGENT • David BROWNE • Jason NOBLE • Jon SANDAPIN • Marianne MALAM • Morgan WILKINS • Rachel HARTLEY • Richard HURDLE • Tim ‘Scurvy’ GRAY • Veronica STEVENS • Vicky SANDAPIN
You showed us the true spirit of parkrun. And nobody had to walk the plank!