We were graced with perfect running conditions this morning on Mount Gedling, cool and overcast and 177 of you decided to leap out of bed and join us on the glorious hills.
The first timers briefing was done by Surgeon Neil Gregory to a larger than normal group, this may have had something to do with the cancellation of Colwick parkrun today which has been overrun by people dancing until the early hours at the detonate festival. We had 23 first timers and for a fantastic 5 of you it was your very first parkrun (Adrian, Joseph, Chau, James & Peter) maximum respect to you all for choosing Gedling as your first parkrun, all the others will seem easy now! We hope you’ll join us again.
We were also celebrating 70 years of the NHS this morning. If you were confused by the presence of a surgeon and nurse, it wasn’t to perform medical procedures on any casualties of the Cobra (aka heart attack hill), but to celebrate and recognise the work of all the fantastic NHS staff and the services they provide, which I’m sure has played a part in most of our lives at some time.
Other celebrations at Gedling include Sammi Grewal who has completed a fantastic 50 parkruns and also Jan Bauder choosing us to celebrate her 100th parkrun and she must have been flying round the course as she equalled her personal best time at Gedling! Amazing achievements guys – well done!! The running conditions were obviously good as a huge 39 of you also achieved personal bests today – awesome running!
1st through the funnel for the men was Stefan Kozlowski in 17:49 with a new PB, 2nd Ian Hales in 18:33 also achieving a PB, and 3rd was Adrian Turton in 19:32 on his debut run here. For the Ladies 1st Lisa Deacon in 20:17 with a new PB. 2nd Katie Hicken in 23:13 a regular on the hills and 3rd Tracy Hill who also achieved a shiny new PB. Well done guys!
As always a huge thanks to all the volunteers including Surgeon Neil Gregory who stepped in at the last minute to take the reins as run director Also this week Victoria Kozlowski, Hannah Banbury, Ian (Mr Gedling) Sullivan, Andrew Gardner, Michele (nurse) Noble, Nick and Oliver Hill, Denise (broken ankle) Hooley, Cheryl Jackson, Rebecca Prime, Lindsay and Phoebe Simpson, Benjamin Staniforth, Stan and Samuel Riley were our super stars today thank you all.
parkrun wouldn’t happen without all the volunteers so why not put your name down for a role, full training is given (not that it's complicated) and we are a very friendly bunch, please email us, message us on facebook or speak to someone on the day. There are still a few vacancies over the coming weeks.
As always it was back to the Willowbrook where myself and Denise sorted tokens and Ian processed the results and a well-deserved sausage cob was eaten...obviously, it’s hard work timekeeping and token sorting! A quick shout out and thank you to Nickesh for nominating me for run report writer this week, no doubt I will return the favour at some point
Next week we are handing over to Ian Sullivan to kick off the celebrations for Gedling parkrun’s 3rd Birthday and I have been reliably informed there will be cake so it’s not one to miss! Have a fab week all - enjoy your running! Michele x