Hi, this is Rosie Regan aged 11 writing the run report for you this week!
So how does an 11 year old get involved with parkrun….?
Well…. my mum Wendy started running parkrun a couple of years ago, she would wake me and my brother up really early to stand (mainly in the cold) and wait for her to finish. She then joined one of the local running clubs, Rebel Runners (which you've probably heard of) and started making new friends and talking to other parkrunners.
I soon realised that cheering my mum and other runners across the finish line was actually quite fun. My mum then told me about Junior parkrun at the Strand on Sunday mornings, which is a little shorter in distance (2k) and is ideal for children (4 – 11 year olds). The warm up beforehand is really fun and you even get sweets at the finish, pretty much like Great Lines parkrun when someone is celebrating a birthday, milestone or C25k graduation there's always cake and goodies on offer. My brother plays football on Sunday, so getting to the Strand every week was a little difficult, so I decided to run with my mum at the Great Lines and soon received my milestone 10 t-shirt – it is free!.
Running is really hard, so when I turned 11 I asked my mum if I could volunteer on a regular basis and so far I have taken on many parkrun roles. I've marshalled in various places with my mum, Karen Illman and Sue Moreton (Sue's the lady who plays music at the top of the hill, we do like to dance). I have scanned barcodes quite a few times too, I prefer to stand right at the front to try and scan the first runner through. You'll be surprised where people keep their barcodes whilst running and they tend to slip into all sorts of places! I have also given out barcodes during the Rebel takeover with Jenny Baldock, this made me really nervous especially when lots of runners came through the finish funnel at the same time.
I've also been funnel manager, making sure people stay in the correct order and keep moving through the funnel. But you also have to make sure that everyone is feeling OK, as running 5k is hard work. Just a couple of weeks ago I helped Lori with the time-keeping role, which I personally think is the hardest and the most important job that you could do.
But my favourite role of all time was when I was Run Director (plus I was the youngest person to have a go at it). I prepared for it by practising my speech, trying to be loud and clear remembering to hold the microphone horizontally and not vertically. I was a little nervous standing on the step ladder, but thankfully all the runners listened in silence which was a first! Everyone was so supportive and I even got a laugh when I announced my finish line word of the week 'PLUNGE' (this was to make sure everyone had listened to me). Yes I was nervous standing in front of nearly 300 runners, but once you start, it's very fun – I even had the chance to start parkrun by pressing the air horn!
I am gradually working my way through all the different volunteer roles – I love doing it and it is really fun to meet new people and help the parkrun 'family'. So no matter how old or young you are, anyone can volunteer at Great Lines parkrun and any help you can offer is always appreciated. Don't worry about not knowing what to do, you receive training from the regular volunteers. Soon, I will be receiving my 25th parkrun volunteer point and I am hoping to get my 50th point by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!
But parkrun is for everyone, runners, non-runners, wheelchair users, dogs (on leads with owners), children and buggies. My dad Jeff soon found out how friendly and inclusive parkrun really was and it wasn't too long before he signed up to the Rebel C25k – he ran his 82nd parkrun today!
I hope you have enjoyed reading my run report and if it's inspired you to do something different and volunteer then just email email@example.com
Rosie Regan - Run report writer
*** New from the office***
There were lots of pictures taken at the event, they can be viewed here:
*** Facts and Figures #269 ***
This week 507 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
*** Milestones ***
The 50 club members were: Maggie Baxter
The 100 club members were: Lisa Stace & Mark Presland
The 150 club members were: Kevin Hall and Philip Davies
The 200 club members were: Carole Pinder
PLEASE let us know when it is your special milestone days as we hate to miss them and can only check the results to see who is on 9, 49 or 99, so if you run those at another parkrun or have a gap between that and your milestone run we might miss you out and you know we love give you a cheer.
*** The 49 personal bests go to ***
Agilan XAVIER * Alison BARTHOLOMEW * Amy CARLISLE * Barbara GUNNS * Bhavin RUGHANI * Charlotte HUGHES * Chloe HARDING * Daniel WELLS * Danielle MUNSON * Dave WILLIS * David WESTBY * Deborah TILLS * Devanshi CHENGAPPA * Emma BISHOP * Hayley ATKINSON * Jamie ROBERTS * Jamilah LAWRENCE * Jane CARTER * Jane ROZEE * Janga THAPA * Jerome SADLER * Jog ALE * Karen GARDINER * Katie MUDGE * Kerry BRIFFITT * Kevin FINLAYSON * Laura LIDDLE * Macala WRIGHT * Mark BARNES * Mark BOYLE * Melanie PARISH * Montgomery MURPHY * Neil AITKEN * Nicholas FELMINGHAM * Paul CURTIS * Paul PHILBY * Phoebe MASON * Samantha BINFIELD * Samuel FOTHERINGHAM * Sebastien CHAPLEAU * Shaun WILDGOOSE * Shikhar MUKTAN * Stephanie BYERS * Steven COOK * Sue MACKEY * Tony HOLLINGDALE * Vicki KELLY-GEE * Vicky BIRKETT * Wendy SAUNDER
*** Welcome to the 49 first timers ***
(39 new to parkrun and 10 tourists)
Agwunobi NWABUE * Aimee KINGSTON * Alison BAKER * Anna ROWE * Ava GELDENHUYS * Bob DONKIN * Craig BIRKETT * Danielle BAKER * Darren TILLEY * David ALEXANDER * David ROWE * Diane CLARKSON * Donna DAVIS * Ellie DUNN * Emily BUNYAN * Gavin VALLELY * Georgie BEGGS * Helen TELFER * Holly VINCE * Isobel FRENCH * Jade Lauren CAWTHRAY * James ALEXADER * Jeevan DHESY * Jim SCOTT * Jodie ALLARD * John LEONARD * Jonathan COBBOLD * Karen BALDWIN * Kayleigh SIBTHORPE * Liam TULLETT * London HUGHES * Maria GREEN * Marion MURPHY * Matthew BARKER * Michael THOMSON * Michelle MILHAM * Molly ROWE * Nancy KINGSTON * Nick DYKES * Olivia JEFFORD * Owen STONE * Paul JONES * Peter TURNER * Ralph ALLISON * Simone BALDWIN * Stacey DONNELLY * Terry LIDDLE * Tom STEPHENS * Wendy VALLELY
*** Volunteers ***
Alan LE GRYS • Andrew BURGESS • Andrew LUNNON • Anthony WICKER • Barefootricardo D'ASH • Carol DAVIS • Carrie BROOM • Catherine RODWELL • Cathy RAHMANZADEH • Chris ARNOLD • Chris DORAN • Chris GOWER • Dan GOWER-SMITH • David SHARPLEY • Debbie WATTS • Dee YAMOAH • Diane ARNOLD • Esme TILLEY • Francoise COSTELLOE • Gary SMITH • Hannah RENKLIDAG • Heidi O'NEILL • Helen GORDON • Isabel KING • John RAINS • June RODWELL • Karl GRIMBLE • Lani HALL • Lori BENNETT-HORSFALL • Max GORDON • Michael HARVEY • Michael PAYNTER • Mick SMITH • Neville BROOM • Nick TUFF • Nigel READ • Philip WALLACE • Rebecca WINTER • Richard MATTHEWS • Roger Ernest LODGE • Rosie MALLION-WOODS • Rosie REGAN • Ross SANDY • Ross SANDY • Sally CONGRAM • Sharon BOYLE • Sian JONES • Simon HALL • Stephen JONES • Thomas ARNOLD • Thomas WINTER • Tom HOLLANDS • Tony FAIRCLOUGH • Vanessa VANDER TUFF • Vicki TILLEY
The male record is held by Teweldeberhan MENGES who recorded a time of 15:41 on 5th August 2017 (event number 197).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 17:52 on 25th December 2017 (event number 217).
The Age Grade course record is held by Barry ROYDEN who recorded 85.16% (17:11) on 24th September 2016 (event number 153).
Great Lines parkrun, Medway started on 28th September 2013. Since then 7,455 participants have completed 79,202 parkruns covering a total distance of 396,010 km, including 14,482 new Personal Bests. A total of 726 individuals have volunteered 8,911 times.