Winter is definitely coming! As most of Southern England was knee deep in snow, we were spared the snow up at Gedling, but it was cold and there was a fair amount of ice about. The bit at the back of the solar farm always seems to attract thick ice, so we did a bit of a course inspection first thing, and as the ice was present, dispatched 3 willing volunteers, equipped with finish funnel stakes to smash it up a bit. Thanks to Rhod, Dave and Simon for helping us out.
The cold conditions didn't stop 152 of you turning out to embrace our hills and gorgeous views, there were two people brand new to the world of parkrun - Welcome! And 18 tourists who were doing their first run with us. Thank you Nickesh for doing the first timers brief.
Big big thanks as ever to out marvellous volunteers. On the timers you had Harvey and Carl, on the funnel was Nikki and Anysha, doing the barcodes was Lana and Jess (helped by Lily on the token bucket). Marshalling you safely round the course was Izzy, Karen, June, Neil and Rhod who was the emergency marshal up on the icy bit by the solar farm. Nic and Hayley were tailwalking, making sure you all finished safely and all the signs were brought back.
Our parkrun simply could not happen without the efforts of our amazing volunteers, why not have a go? It is fun (guaranteed) and we give full instructions on everything you need to do. If you're interested, please drop Denise, our volunteer co-ordinator a mail at email@example.com
We had two pacers, Dave doing 25 minutes and Savitaa doing 35. If you'e up for a bit of pacing one day, choose your time and drop us a line!
First across the line for the gents was Ian Hales in 19:10, followed by David Leeming (3rd overall) in 20:05 and then Andrew Walters in 20:38
For the ladies, it was Lisa Deacon in 19:57 (2nd overall and a new PB!), followed by Ruth Brandon in 22:57 and then Katie Hicken in 23:34
Apologies for not getting many photos of you running, the sun was right in our eyes and made it difficult to see never mind for taking photos!
Some people wonder what a run director does, there are many tasks that need doing from sorting the kit and making sure everyone is safe to looking after a unicorn.
No, I'm not going mad, you read that right.
Our youngest volunteer Lily decided that looking after her favourite unicorn called "Aurora" would be a job best suited to the run director!
Despite the harsh and slippy conditions, there were 18 new personal bests recorded! Well done all of you!
If you get a PB, ring that bell and celebrate! Here's Tegan showing how it's done.
Back at the Willowbrook, it was a team token sorting effort with Denise, Nickesh, Darren and Nic all diving in to get those tokens sorted. Number 68 was missing, if you've accidentally put it in your pocket, we'd love to get it back and will give you a free 5k on a Saturday morning in exchange!
The parkrun elves who run the computers were a bit busy on Saturday morning at results processing time, which meant that the bulk of the results got done, but the system was just too busy to add in the unscannables. Not a problem, I'll do them at home later I thought. Brilliant idea! All good except the piece of paper with the unscannables fell out of my pocket somewhere between the Willowbrook and home. If you are one of the people on the list, please let us know and I'll get you added in.
That's about it from me for this week,