Ending 2018 on a Volunteer High!

 

 

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Graves Parkrun #340

 

What a way to finish the year… A full complement of volunteers and an epic 299 participants!  Congratulations to everyone who came and a big thank you to this week’s heroes.

Laura ALSTON, Julie ARMSTRONG, Mathew ATKIN, Lucy COWELL, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Harriet EISNER, Sylvia ELLIS, Tony ELLIS, Jane EVANS, Stephen GILMER, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Ruth HOFFMAN, Charlie LAST, Sue MATTHEWS, Liz NICHOLAS, Robert NICOL, Simon NIGHTINGALE, David SHEPPARD, Carol SPEIGHT

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Jo kicked off run #340 with a big cheer for the volunteers, a reminder that dogs are welcome on a short lead held in their owners’ hands and that responsible adults must be looked after by their under 12s until the sprint finish. More practice is needed by us all when we join in to say “it’s a run not a race” but festive spirits and good will to all park users was evident throughout the event.

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Martin DOWNHAMheld a first timers briefing to welcome 10 first timers

Brendan MARTIN Edward BRADBURY Eleanor ROSE
Helen GREGORY Jack SHEPHERD Khulan STEVENS
Milly HEWITT Nadine VAN EEDEN Sharon SHEPHERD
Shie JIRANEK    

 

…and 36 tourists.

Alice FARQUHARSON Amanda HOLTEY Angela BENT
Anna LAWSON Ayesha MODI Brendan MARTIN
Chris BROWN Danny BENT Edward BRADBURY
Eleanor ROSE Helen CUMMINS Helen GREGORY
Ian PARNELL Jack SHEPHERD Jacqueline PETROSKI
James Rc TAYLOR Jessica JOEL Jo GRAY
Jordan HOWARD Kenny STIRLING Khulan STEVENS
Kristy NICHOLSON Lindsay CYR Mark MCKONE
Milly HEWITT Nadine VAN EEDEN Neil PHILLIPSON
Nick EASTON Rachel MATTHEWS Sally WHEATLEY
Sharon SHEPHERD Shie JIRANEK Stephan PUGH
Susan GLOVER Tish KELLY Will COLLISON

 

This included well-travelled friends from Adelaide, Connecticut and Pittsburgh.

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Our legendary ladies from the USA have truly done the Sheffield Parkrun Tour: after a quick sleep on landing, they registered and ran at Concorde then volunteered at the Graves Junior Parkrun.  Following that they did the Christmas fancy dress at Endcliffe, came and met the highland cattle at Graves Park today and in between have completed the Longshaw Trust 10km.  We may yet see them in the New Year so be sure to say hello!

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This week we had many milestones to celebrate.  Alex SULTER for his Junior 10thrun, Alex HODGSON and Nathan BABIKER for their 50thand a special shout-out goes to Simon NIGHTINGALE and Lily THE WHIPPET for their 250thrun, and Simon’s 25thvolunteer!

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RUN STATS

It was a blustery run today and I have to give a huge shoutout to the dynamo Dads pushing prams.

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It still resulted in 30 PBs!  Congratulations to you all.

Andrew TAYLOR Christopher DEEKS Claire TIPPETT
Clive John WILSON Duncan BANNISTER Edith BANNISTER
Emma ROSE Fiona WILSON Jack KIDDER
Jacob WALKER Jennie WOOD Jennifer LEAR
Jeremy BRAITHWAIT Jon RAYNER Julie MEREDITH
Keith BUTCHER Kevin WALKER Lena MARSTON-GIROUX
Lesley BROSNAN Lewis COX Marion MCCABE
Mick CROOKES Nicholas SZCZEPANIAK Pauline WILSON
Richard COOK Robert BISHOP Simon SHORTER
Steve ROBINSON T ILANKO Wendy GRAY

 

Judy JOHNSON (VW65-69) of the Vegan Runners Running Club had this week’s top age graded result with 27:40 (76.69%).

 

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FINISHING POSITIONS

Here are this week’s finishing positions.  Congratulations to all of you.

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Joseph HIBBERT 18:14 1 Anna LAWSON ** 19:59
2 Thomas HALL 18:35 2 Celia NAYLOR 22:42
3 Robert BISHOP * 19:22 3 Jane GARDINER 24:35
* New PB
**Graves first timer

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NOTICES AND NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Many people choose participating in Parkrun as a resolution, but how about something different… could you recruit someone who wants to make new friends to become a regular volunteer?  Could you bring visiting family and friends as volunteers? Many marshals bring their own chair to sit and cheer from, or there are a variety of roles you can do as well as participating.  From timing and scanning, to sorting and cheering, there is something for everyone to do and I can speak from experience that it is theway to make friends.

As I write this, there aren’t enough volunteers to run the New Year’s day event and on the 5thof January there are only two people signed up! Get in touch by facebook or emailif you have any questions or want to have a go. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/futureroster/

 

Keep checking facebook for weather updates in case of cancellations and remember to dress appropriately for the weather.

 

Junior Parkrun continues on Sundays, otherwise I’ll see you all 9am on Tuesday for the New Year’s Day Parkrun.

Laura

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