Written by Kevin Bill
Hanley parkrun #307 had a slightly different look about it with a brand new wider path by top car park, coupled with the mass migration of the now familiar orange storage containers to bottom car park, causing a sharp bend in the course which was my marshalling point for the event. Fortunately there were no difficult incidents to report. Well done everyone for taking care.
It was awhile waiting for the first runners to arrive that it occurred to me that the two most prominent elements that make a parkrun happen, running or walking the course and volunteering, offer two very different experiences. The former doing something for yourself and the later doing something for other people. Then I thought again and this is where I want to extol the benefits of being a volunteer, because also the feeling one gets from doing something useful to help others cannot be underestimated. As they say in corporate land, its a win/win situation.
This I know to many of you who have volunteered previously is nothing you didn't know already. So my message is simple, give it a go if you haven't tried it, you wont regret it.
One particular highlight for me was on congratulating a lady on completing the course, she excitedly replied it was her first run and how pleased she was and saying she would to be back to do more in the future.
I thought I would finish with a tip, (I like tips) so here it is; change your socks! By this I mean running socks. Try it, a crisp new pair is a treat for your feet, the difference in comfort is really noticeable.
315 plus several youngsters in push chairs and a few dogs took part, another buoyant figure and of course well done to all who volunteered. Here`s to the next Hanley parkrun.
The Hanley Park restoration works are progressing well - we love our new path at the top of the park - and we will be making temporary alterations to our course to accommodate them. Some key (subject to change) dates are:
- Mon 24th July : Bottom car park closed for duration of works.
- August: Work on new path around bottom car park and repairs around lake begin - we'll be skirting around these as necessary.
- September : we'll have no access to the bandstand area, so we're looking at an alternative route that starts and finishes on the north side of the lake.
As you can see, there's lots going on and plenty of opportunity for disruption. We'll always attempt to continue running during the works but may have to cancel occasionally to keep our runners and volunteers safe.
As Hanley parkrun grows we are finding that we need more volunteers each week. There are lots of different roles available, from putting out the signs to pacing, timekeeping to token sorting and marshalling to making the tea and helping with the washing-up. You can find out more on the Hanley parkrun website, e-mail email@example.com or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down!
Thanks to all the volunteers this week : Jazz BAINS, Lisa BENNETT, Kevin BILL, Dean BROMLEY, Sara BROOME, Craig CARPENTER, Clare CLARKE, Paul COTTERILL, Caroline DAVIES, Beth DAWID, Philip DAWID, Kerry DIXON, Mark DIXON, Laura Joan HALL, Bryn HOLMES, Julie HOLMES, Karl LATHAM, Kerry LYTH, Ragnhild MARSTAD, Kim MOODY, Carmel MURPHY, John OWEN, Tom PERRY, Nicola QUINLAN, Sue RUSHTON, Chris RWATSCHEW, Michael John UNWIN
This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
A full list of times can be found on our website.
Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,198 participants have completed 46,532 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,660 km, including 9,150 new Personal Bests.