It seems that spring is definitely here now - the weather was definitely shorts and t-shirt today (when the sun was out) and many parkrunners enjoyed the outside seating in the cafe for the first time in a while.
Quite a few announcements at the start this week. For any that missed our tweets/Facebook posts there was local talent, former Finsbury parkrun RD and finsbury parkrunner Adam Kirk-Smith (A319541) competing in the Commonwealth Games 'down under' in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase for Northern Ireland. We are all proud of him in coming eighth with a time of 8:48.40. We look forward to welcoming you back, Adam!
Barry Dwyer reached his 100th run, with all 100 of them here with us at Finsbury Park! We had tourists in abundance today (maybe they came for the fair and fancied a run as well). A special mention for Simon FITZMAURICE from Gladstone/Southwark who also volunteered as barcode scanner today. Also a mention for the visitors from St Andrew's in Scotland - a couple one of whom was celebrating her birthday. Hopefully Judith didn't mind Mike letting today's RD know about her special day so that she got a special mention! Apologies if we missed anyone touristing in either the pre-run briefing or this list, but we were pleased to be graced with tourists from Northampton, Cranleigh (Surrey), Stratford (Manchester), Orpington (Kent), Nostell Park (Yorkshire), New South Wales (Australia) and Stevenage.
For the run itself, we had a female first finisher for the 2nd time in 5 weeks. It was close at the halfway mark between Gordon and Jessica but congratulations the Jessica GIBBON on finishing first - very close (3 seconds) to the female course record at Finsbury parkrun set only recently on 9 December 2017 by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ.
Rob Bates was volunteering today having achieved 25 volunteering credits last week. Here is a picture of him demonstrating our new signs!
The marshals on course today had to guide people around the fair for one last week (for a while), while trying to keep themselves mud-free too. Thanks for Jan and Sandra for marshaling down at the first corner.
In a first time out as Run Director, Andrew WOODING was shadowed by last week's Run Director, Ros CRANSTON. Other than some odd numbers appearing on the timer's screen during results processing there was (luckily as usual?) little incident during today's run or processing - unfortunately no saxaphone marshal this week! Here's a picture of them from the start line with some of this week's other volunteers
We are very much grateful to all of today's volunteers who helped out, we could not do it without you all: Rob BATES, Katie BELKIN, Olly BROWN, Ros CRANSTON, Simon FITZMAURICE, Sue FORSYTH, Annabel JUDD, Will LAFFAN, Annabel LITCHFIELD, Marcus LLOYD, Sandra LLOYD, Rebecca MITCHELL, Isobel MURRAY, John PATON, Jan PENN, Arlo RADCLIFFE, Lorna STEVENSON, William SUTHERLAND, Candy VEAL, Andrew WOODING, Ann WOULFE.
As we've also mentioned on social media, we are looking for volunteers for the next few weeks - perhaps you are running the London marathon next weekend and fancy resting your legs on Saturday morning. If you can help us out please do email Katie on firstname.lastname@example.org with you name and barcode number!
We're entering festival season so expect some cancellations. Please keep an eye on the News page, Twitter, facebook, the future roster or sign up for volunteer emails to stay up to date and know when you need to plan some touristing!
Finally, we have a mystery to solve!! Did you finish in position 180 on March 31st or 326 this week? Please get in touch! Your barcode is showing up as a duplicate with a runner at Tring so your results are being deleted. We'd like to fix this for you! Email email@example.com to resolve the mystery...