Finnish and Finishing
By Alfred Boese
Most days, I would run at parkrun instead of volunteering, but recently I have been volunteering as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and this has given me more of an appreciation for the people behind the scenes who organise everything. During my time volunteering I have been token sorting, tail walking, backup timer, funnel manager, number checker and barcode scanning and helping with setting up and clearing up before and after the event.
My favourite thing I did when volunteering was tail walking. This is because it was good to go round the course again and talk to people and chat with the people at the back. I also enjoyed token sorting because I was able to do some running, back and forth from the barcode scanners to the changing rooms. I have learnt that without the volunteers, there wouldn't be any parkrun, and would recommend to everyone to try it out. I would like to thank Brian Holden and Karen Barnard for helping me with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Back to this week's parkrun. The weather this week was cold, cloudy and course conditions were wet and very muddy, especially round the first field, canal and dog field. Definitely a day for trail shoes on the regular Frimley course. The first finisher was Carl Bjorkendahl, who finished in 17:02 and the first female finisher was Janette Vanttina in 20:27, both from Finland as visiting guests of Aldershot, Farnham and District AC.
There were 59 first timers – welcome to parkrun and hope to see you again soon!. 22 people recorded new Personal Bests, so well done to you all – I hope to join you in a couple on months when I have done some more training. Milestones were achieved by juniors Matilda Aylott, Ben Shorter and Rocco Whitehouse achieving their 10th run, Dean Durrant, David Boulter and Margaret Skates achieving their 50th runs and finally Karen Henderson achieving her 100th run. Unofficial milestones were also achieved by Elizabeth Fletcher and Claire Sacre on 200 runs and Darren Wood achieving his 650th run. Our age grade winner this week was junior Ramses Backman in the age category JM11-14 with 83.02% and a brilliant time of 17:05. Well done everyone!
Finally, a huge thank you to our 50 volunteers who made this week's Frimley Lodge parkrun possible:
Darren WOOD • Ross MACLAGAN • Dave DABORN • Dave BUSH • Alison LENAGHAN • Richard BOESE • Louise MCINTOSH • Maurice GOODERHAM • Cliff HILTON • Mark SYMES • Brian HOLDEN • Nigel BOARD • Alfred Richard BOESE • Roger SMITH • John TAYLOR • Karen BARNARD • Malcolm Eric VAUGHAN • Jacob Jon WHEELER • Gary DAVISON • Lucinda COBB • Ciaran FARRELL • Penny ELLIOTT • James BALL • Alec CHURCHILL • John MEPHAM • Rachel GREENER • Bob TURNER • Emma WILSON • Emma MALCOLM • Ava BERRIMAN • Sandra DAVIDSON • Peter PORTER • Catherine DAVIS • Declan DAVIS-PORTER • Ian ELLIOTT • Madeline PEDDLE • Tabitha CHARMAN • Simon WHILLIS • Peter RILEY • Beverley JACKSON • Eva CHURCHILL • Anne WHILLIS • Neil PURCELL • Tanya O'KEEFE LIMB • Jason WHITE • Lucy JACKSON • Caitlin O'TOOLE • Stephen DIAPER • Katie HUTCHINGS • Luke BOYCE