After 5 weeks of glorious sunshine, some folks were wishing for a bit of rain to help with their gardens, which is something I never wish for on a Saturday morning. Looking at the forecast last night it was going to be a rainy parkrun day.... During my morning cup of tea I was watching the rain pour down, and thinking this should be the week that "Mr Rain Director Nason" puts on the RD hi-vis! Luckily, by 8:15 the rain had stopped as our fabulous volunteers assembled to get the show on the road.
We were blessed with a fabulous team of volunteers this week. Expertly timing you in was Kelly and Carl, on the barcode scanners we had Denise, Jacob and Emma, managing the funnel was Zoe and Suzanne. Keeping you safe on the course you had Charlotte, Natalie, Michele, Jacob and Charlie, and making sure everyone was accounted for was your tail walkers Martin and Angela. That just left me (Ian) wearing the RD hi vis and looking like I knew what I was doing!
Big thanks to Emma who did the first timers and tourist brief. We had tourists from as far away as Poland, Huntingdon and Hampshire, we also welcomed three first timers to the world of parkrun, thank you for making Gedling your first!
Thank you all for paying attention during the pre-run brief. The batteries on the megaphone had died so we had to do the brief the old fashioned way with a big old SHOUT!
We had to make mention of one particular special volunteer during the brief, and that's Kelly, who did her 100th volunteer appearance at Gedling parkrun. That's not 100 volunteer occasions overall, oh no! She's done loads at juniors too, but 100 hi-vis appearances at one event is something worth shouting about! Thank you Kelly!
Before a run, it appears some of you have certain rituals that you do. Whether it's putting your socks on before your pants or always tying your left shoe first, there are plenty. I have, however, never heard of having to have a mint toffee before a parkrun. Not a liquorice one, or a plain one. A mint one. At every parkrun. Just because. Well, whatever works for you Katie!
I suspect my voice was loud enough, as you all heard me shout GO! 128 pairs of feet sped up and down the hills of Gedling. It wasn't long before the first finisher came home in a time of 18:33, well done Richard Herrington!
Next across the line was Matt Nutt in 19:34 and then Alex Dalton in 20:03.
For the ladies it was Katie Hicken in 23:01 (yes, I reckon I need to start eating mint toffees before a run!!), closely followed by Tania Coates in 23:43 and then Daisy Price 25:09
There were 15 new personal bests today, well done to all of you! Did the slightly cooler morning help? Or was it the wind pushing you up the cobra?
Well done too to Georgiana, who thought she might have got a PB and gave the bell a ring anyway, unfortunately she was only 9 seconds off, that's close enough in our book to ring that bell!
Our tourist from Poland, Adam, said he thought our course was beautiful and loved the views! Thanks for the feedback!
Another tourist from Hampshire also loved our course, and the fact that we started on time! We do pride ourselves on that, I must admit!! And it did make me chortle!
We managed to get a great response in filling some gaps in the roster in the coming weeks. Thank you! If you can help out, please let us know, volunteering is great fun. Suzanne, the winner of our parkrun bingo game thought it was great fun. She correctly guessed 128 runners at the start of the event and has won herself a free 5k run at a choice of locations on a Saturday morning!
Have a look at the future roster and if you can help out, please drop Denise our fabulous volunteer co-ordinator an email. We'd love to see you in the hi-vis, and we can't do it without you!
Back at the pub it was time to process the results and sort the tokens.
Thanks to the fantastic timing and funnel team the results were a breeze, with only a handful of unscannables to manually process. Easy!
Thank you to Jacob and Charlie who sorted the tokens, it's great to get the little ones involved!
Finally, we'd had a request from the folks organising the Nottingham 10k, who are on the lookout for volunteers. If you can help them on the 12th August, please drop Matt Robinson an email.
We'll leave you in the capable hands of Nickesh for next weeks event.