We all talk about the parkrun community being one big family, but I think it's when we have an event like this week's pacer day that the community spirit really comes to the fore and we all come together to put on a great event !
To add a little spice to our usual pacer day, the core team decided to include odd pacer times since it felt that 2 minute gaps between pacers was making it more difficult for runners to progress from one pacer to the next. As with all great plans, the logistics for obtaining the odd pacer bibs didn't quite work out as planned and so there had to be some hurried customising of old hi-viz tabards by Len. The new odd number pacer bibs will be ready for the next pacer day....promise !
Can you spot Len's customised pacer bids?
Mother nature decided to get in on the act by giving this week's run the challenging conditions of a wind sufficient to turn the organised chaos of the "HQ picnic table" into just chaos; while at the same time making it warm enough to encourage several runners to sensibly have a water break after the first lap! Despite this, 276 runners including 18 first timers (11 new to parkrun), managed to achieve 44 PBs, spookily (as we're getting close to Halloween) the same number as volunteers .
How did our pacers do?
|22 Min||Martin Holland||22:26|
|24 Min||Luca Predebon||23:54|
|25 Min||Haydn Hawkins||24:37|
|26 Min||Marc Went||25:36|
|27 Min||Joby Humm||26:59|
|28 Min||Simon Hawkins||28:04|
|29 Min||Mandy Humm||28:43|
|30 Min||Mark Greensides||30:00|
|31 Min||Letitia Root||30:21|
|32 Min||Acacia Hawkins||32:01|
|33 Min||Jane Roach||32:40|
|34 Min||Michelle Edney||33:58|
|35 Min||Gareth Parriss||34:46|
|36 Min||Gary Waters||36:05|
|38 Min||Annabel Marriott||38:00|
I'd have liked to have had more action shots of pacers being hunted down by their "chasers" but due to a technical issue not all of the photos uploaded onto flickr so check them out on facebook !
The first three finishers who gave Neil Johnson a good work out on the lead bike, with Karamadin Adam achieving his 3rd PB in only 4 runs (no pressure for next week ) were :-
The full set of results can be accessed here.
I'd like to say a personal thank you to all of the running and non running volunteers who stepped forward to wear the hi-viz tabards or pacer bibs as Pacer day couldn't happen without you!
Acacia HAWKINS • Amanda ROBERTS • Andrew FARMERY • Angela PARSONS • Anna LUFF • Annabel MARRIOTT • Anthony PERKINS • Bob JENKINS • Caroline FAGG • Chris HOPKINSON • Christopher DAVEY • Christopher SEWELL • Freya MURPHY • Gareth PARRIS • Gary WATERS • Haydn HAWKINS • Jane ROACH • Jason BEDLOW • Jim MACTAGGART • Joby HUMM • Karen DAVEY • Kevan PACK • Letitia ROOT • Luca PREDEBON • Lucia ROBERTS • Lynsey HAWKINS • Malcolm BONIFACE • Mandy HUMM • Marc WENT • Mark GREENSIDES • Martin HOLLAND • Mary O' SULLIVAN • Matthew FREEMAN • Michael ELDRED • Michelle EDNEY • Neil JOHNSON • Nicholas GRICE • Noah MARSH • Philip GREENSIDES • Philip JOHNSON • Rex CROFT • Simon HAWKINS • Stephen FINCH • Thomas CLARKE
As always we need a whole heap of volunteers for the next few weeks run and so follow the link if you can help out and let me know which role takes your fancy email@example.com and we'll add you to the roster.
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Your Core Team:-
Len - Dan - Chris H - Nicki - Jane - Mark - Chris S - Anna
With special support from Mike - Ian
Great Notley junior parkrun
Do you have an eager young runner that you can't keep up with? Or have a youngster whose little legs are not quite up to running 5km? Well you now have the 2km Great Notley junior parkrun event to consider.
It starts at 9am every Sunday and its aimed at juniors between 4yrs and 14yrs old AND they can run unaccompanied! If they already have a barcode, it'll work at the junior event too - no need to re-register!
Running to raise money for Charity
If you'd like to support our growing number of runners who are raising money for worthy causes, visit our Raising Money for Charity page, there's also details on there on how you can add your charity to the page.
|Great Notley parkrun on YouTube||Independent Course Reviews|
|How to work the Pop Up sign
Guide to the Visually Impaired
John's Shakespearean Runner's Brief
Event 170 Run Report
|Steve Stockwell - 29th Jun 2014
Carry on Running Video - 28th Jun 2014 (pt2)
Chris Holt - 3rd Jul 2014
Mark Brown - 29th Nov 2014 (Winter Route)
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|Help your parkrun||Help the Country Parks|
|You can donate to Great Notley parkrun through our About Us page and a small percentage of your donation will also help start up new parkruns. The donation will go to your "home run" and you can check this through your profile's update page.||When you buy a car park ticket or a season ticket all profit goes back into the Country Parks, including Great Notley Country Park.
The money is used for things like the upkeep of the paths and even our new permanent sign posts. Essex Country Parks also, generously, offer free car parking to all those parkrunners who volunteer. Ask the Volunteer Co-ordinator on the morning for a parking pass which can be exchanged for exit from the car park.
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|Lily’s Cafe at Notley||Groovy ERS Barcodes|
|You can find us in Lily’s Cafe processing your results and enjoying a cuppa, a meaty salad or a slice of cake. Why not come along and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers?
Present your barcode for a 10% discount on all* food and drink produced at the cafe. *excludes retail items like canned drinks, crisps etc
|Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer?
You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes. They come in great little keyring cards, credit card style or wristbands! Top Tip: Keep a spare in your shoe and never forget your barcode again!
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Don't forget to pay attention during the runner's brief because special course changes could come into effect during ANY event!