Three run reports this time :) Here we go with 23 February:
Bright sunshine but a rather bracing morning greeted both volunteers and runners for this week’s Forest Rec parkrun; we all had a great time of it.
In summary we had 364 runners crossing the finish line; with 64 of us achieving a new PB. That’s over 17%, all that training if paying off! It was great to see 60 runners that were new to our course at Forest Rec; of those a bumper 24 were new to parkrun. These numbers keep on growing!
We were delighted to play host to quite a few tourists today; coming from Southampton, Coventry, Wales and many local clubs including 5k your way; as usual a Forest Rec welcome is extended to all and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Our great volunteers this week made the run possible:
David Archer, Sonja Bredgaard, Peter Russell Davies, Ian Dennis, Daniella Dimambro, Deborah Elson, Sonya Hendy-Ibbs, Toby Hendy-Ibbs, Zac Hendy-Ibbs, Claire Hill, Chris Hill, John Houghton, Su Justice, Paul Merry, Martyn Newton, Tracey Parr, Gillian Roberts, Charlotte Rowatt, David Walsh, Jo Wardle.
Sadly, we weren't able to give results to 49 runners as they didn't have printed barcodes. Parkrun’s rule is "No printed barcode, no result, no exceptions" - a paper barcode will always be acceptable (and free) or you can have a look here for a fancy plastic one. If you don’t have a printed barcode with you, we are not able to give you a time. Our volunteers don’t have the time after each run to look up the records of those that forget a printed barcode. Please don’t ask that we take numbers from phones and certainly don’t argue about it.
Our volunteers are not just keeping you safe during the run, but they set-up and take-down the course signage, make sure you get a recorded time, administer the rosters and manage run reports (to name just a few roles). It really is easy and also very rewarding - if you fancy giving it a go, simply email the office here and let us know.
As usual, some of the volunteers and runners retired to the Homemade Café after the run to warm up, process the results, prepare the finish tokens for next week and socialise off the field with great refreshments. Please feel free to join us there after your next run.
The following Saturday (2nd March) saw our volunteer roster filled by Formula One Circuit crew. They're a city centre running club for all abilities - lots more details on their website and Facebook page.
Thanks to our tigerish volunteers (plus some honorary tigers for the day), who were:
Catherine Allen, Helen Clarke, Liz Golberg, Chris Foulds, Daniella Dimambro, Alison Fox, Tom Humphries, John Houghton, Fred, Su Justice, Zoe Mcvinnie, Shelagh Mitson, Martyn Newton, Tracey Parr, Gillian Roberts, Clara Tennant, David Vernau, Sarah Vernau
Joining us on tour we had parkrunners from Wymeswold, Westbury, Walsall, Derby, Retford, Kimberley, Norwich and Cambridge. Hope both they and our local runners, walkers and joggers had a great morning
Often run reports talk about the weather first, then the runners, joggers and walkers who completed our great course, and then the volunteers. In the report for 9 March we’re going in reverse order and starting with the volunteers, because as always we had a great team this week and would like to sing their praises!
On the finish funnel you had three members of the Roach family, all stalwart supporters of Forest Rec parkrun - Neil [finish tokens], often a top five finisher when he’s running rather than volunteering, his daughter Milly [timekeeping] who completed her Duke of Edinburgh award with us in 2017, and his son Tom [finish token support] who is also a regular participant at parkrun. Completing the funnel crew was our second timekeeper Jacob, who will be volunteering with us for a full year while he completes his Gold DofE. He’s doing a great job every week learning all the different roles and will hopefully feel confident enough to be your Run Director later in 2019!
On barcode scanning you will have witnessed the formidable organisational skills of Su, who is an accomplished runner and ultra runner. She volunteers most Saturdays with her dad John, who stepped into the breach in December 2017 when we didn’t have many volunteers to hand and who has now helped us out on an amazing 46 occasions! John’s dog Fred, a standard size Yorkshire Terrier, loves Saturday mornings at parkrun and has his very own yellow hi-viz jacket which he wears with pride as he helps John and Su put out the signage every week. This Saturday they were joined by family friend Nick, who now knows that staying for the weekend always includes volunteering, and Craig, who has recently moved back to the area from Leicester. Thanks also to Jen Beverley, who offered to drop in and help us after her run.
Having had no marshals at 8.45 and risking no parkrun at all, we were delighted in the end to have Matt keeping an eye on proceedings at the Mansfield Road entrance – he is currently rehabilitating an injury and came to volunteer instead. We also welcomed Chris, a first-time volunteer, on the split – Chris had turned up planning to run and instead donned the famously stylish yellow vest to generously help us out at incredibly short notice. Last but never least, Ian Daws, another experienced parkrun volunteer, was on hand to marshal the cone and cheer everyone on. I am sure his enthusiasm was of great support to runners trying to keeping going despite the downpour!
Your tail walkers this week were mother and son team Kim [another first-time volunteer] and Scott Radford, who enthusiastically kept the back of the pack safe and crossed the line just behind our regular walkers Celia and Maggie.
And let’s not forget our trusty token sorters – Daniella and Tracey, who sort finish tokens every week ready for the next run. This week they jokingly complained that they hadn’t had time to chat because there were only the two of them, so why not come and give them a hand next week – you can follow up your run with token sorting and make some new friends at the same time!
This week 236 runners, joggers and walkers braved the unpredictable weather and we were very happy to see you all. There were 21 first timers and 39 new PBs. We also welcomed visitors from Swansea, Marlow and Long Eaton and hope you all enjoyed a little bit of parkrun tourism!
Probably best not to mention the weather again – we hope it didn’t take you long to dry out and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Across the three weeks we saw quite a few parkrunners reach milestones, so well done to:
10 parkruns: Jacob Slater
50 parkruns: Cherry Krol
100 parkruns: Finlay Wilson, Jamie Knighton, Wendy Conibear and Fred Share
Great work everyone!
Forest Rec parkrun
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest Rec parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 15:29 on 30th November 2013 (event number 33).
The female record is held by Lucy GOSSAGE who recorded a time of 18:03 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 94.48% (23:34) on 26th October 2013 (event number 28).
Forest Rec parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 8,974 participants have completed 51,971 parkruns covering a total distance of 259,855 km, including 9,252 new Personal Bests. A total of 712 individuals have volunteered 3,849 times.