We've been incredibly lucky since we started parkrun in Great Dunmow. The weather has been very kind: dry, (very) warm, pleasant conditions on the whole.
That wasn't the case this Saturday which felt very autumnal with cool temperatures and light rain. I certainly regretted wearing shorts in the hope that the sun would appear as it usually does!
However the weather didn't seem to dampen the spirits of our runners or our wonderful volunteers who created a really wonderful atmosphere around the course and at the finish area.
The introduction of our new PB Bell went down really well, and it was great to see how often it got used. If you believe you have recorded a course PB or a parkrun PB, then grab the bell as you exit the finish funnel, give it a ring, and get a cheer from everyone around you!
The overcast, slightly wet conditions meant that the grass was greasy to run on although the ground underneath was still pretty firm from the long, hot summer we have experienced. The cooler air temperature was certainly welcomed by our runners amongst whom we saw a whopping 29 PBs registered: well done to you all.
This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part. Well done to each and every one of you for your achievements.
A particular mention must go to our very own Rik Williams who celebrated his 100th parkrun with a course PB. Many congratulations, Rik!
Rik on his way to a GDpr Course PB on his 100th parkrun
We had tourists who joined us this week from Wanstead Flats, Stevenage, Witham, Westmill, Harlow and Bishop's Stortford. We love seeing new people come and visit, so we hope you all enjoyed our event here at Great Dunmow and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Thank you to everyone who gives up their time to volunteer at the parkrun, without all of you we wouldn't be able to provide an event for everyone to enjoy. Please, if you're yet to volunteer, consider offering your services at some point, all the roles are easy, training is also provided.
One easy way to do this is to help us to set up the course route or pack it down at the end of the run. Alternatively, if you're a faster runner & used to regularly reading your name up in lights in these run reports, why not pick up a clipboard once you've run? Scanning and the clipboard roles at the finish are all suitable for faster runners as we can hand these over to you.
We also need some people to not run in order for everyone else to get to run. This means volunteering to marshal, perform timekeeping, finish token duties. Do you attend parkrun with family or friends? Why not ask them if they can assist the event? All they need to do is register with parkrun so that they can gain a credit for helping out.
Thanks once again to the Latham's for their really lovely photographs which I know we all really appreciate.
A big thank you to this week's volunteers: Amanda BAINES • Brian CHARLESWORTH • Carol LATHAM • Casey FAIERS • Charlotte COWGILL • Chris PITTS • David MCMILLAN • Derek WILLIAMS • Doris SIMS • Elizabeth BELLINGER • Jo WILLIAMS • Kristina ROGERS • Lee RHODES • Linda PLEDGER • Megan EVANS • Nicholas YEADON • Philip CHAPLIN • Rachael ANDERSON • Robert BURGESS • Simon ELLICE • Simon LATHAM • Steve SAUNDERS • Susan ANDERSON
Just a further reminder that because of the carnival there is NO PARKRUN NEXT SATURDAY
However, we will be back for event #23 on 22-September, when we hope to hear the PB bell ringing once more!
Have a great time next weekend wherever you go.
Core Team: David, Susan, Rachael, Steve, Simon, Mark, Jason, Phil, Michelle, Jo, Derek, Darren, Linda, Richard, Des.