Written by Liz Tidewell
The Potters Trotters Volunteer Takeover took place on Saturday and it was great to see so many of the club members taking part in the event this week as volunteers and parkrunners - we are celebrating our 10th birthday this month and volunteering at parkrun was just one of the activities we picked to mark the occasion. As a running club, we love parkrun, although I don't think everyone loves the hills all that much. Regular runners incorporate parkrun into long runs, test their fitness and also when recovering from injury. It has helped many of our beginners on their running journey and we look forward to bringing our next group of beginners to parkrun in 10 weeks time for their graduation run.
After safely negotiating the extra challenges provided by an event on the top field, 262 runners completed parkrun this week with the sun almost shining on them, after last week's very wet parkrunday. Well done to all!
Meanwhile in Australia....
My 200th parkrun - By Chris Rwatschew
The first (and last) time I wrote some stuff for the run report was when I completed my 100th parkrun and as I have just completed my 200th,I thought it was time to have another go - especially as my 200th was run "down under". We were in Australia to attend my daughter's wedding and I was keen to get in a parkrun whilst we were there. Because of various things; wedding arrangements,bucks(stag) weekend,jet lag etc I only had one Saturday to get in that awaited 200th. For the weekend of 14 April we were in the Hunter Valley NSW. There are quite a few parkruns in that area, but we decided on the Maitland run. You may know that parkrun starts at 8am in Aussie to allow for the high temps. We set off at 7am for the half hour drive to Maitland - we being me, my daughter Caroline (parkrunner), new son in law Jeremy (parkrunner), son Peter(parkrunner) and wife Christine - occasional parkwalker. We arrived at Maitland to be met by the usual atmosphere of parkrun - anticipation, excitement and friendly chatter.
Following the first timers briefing, the Run Director started his briefing. Here,to say the least, I was surprised when he announced that there was a milestone runner from Hanley in the UK present. He almost pronounced my name correctly as I was called to the front and greeted with generous Aussie cheers. I was then presented with the Maitland parkrun cricket bat which all "200" runners sign for posterity. This was a relief as I initially thought I was expected to run the course with it held high! We then proceeded to run a very steady parkrun. The course itself wad very similar to Congleton - run around a large lake - and we were glad of the early start as it was already in the low twenties. As we crossed the finishing line a kangaroo came bounding past within 40 metres of us - wow what a finish! And finally,as it had been a volunteer take over by Maitland Triathlon Club, I was presented with a MTC running top, which I wore for the rest of the day. It was a great morning, which brought home again what a fantastic (international) family parkrun is and we should all do our bit to keep it going from strength to strength. Look forward to running at my favorite parkrun (Hanley) in my MTC shirt soon.
Can you help?
Most of this week's volunteers came from Potters Trotters - thanks to them and all our other volunteers, parkrun can't happen without you. Also, a special mention for our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers - working to bronze and silver awards.
Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Carol BRYANT • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Ruth PARKES • Sue RUSHTON • Michelle BOURNE • Janet BRINDLEY • Julie Anne WANTLING • Marion MCDONALD • Paul COTTERILL • Poppy RANFORD • Karen SEILES • Chris SCULLION • Leonard GAUNT • Mick HALL • Rose YEARDLEY • Kerry LYTH • Amy CONDLYFFE • Helen CUMBERLIDGE • Linda SHEFFORD • Julie HAYCOCKS • Nicola MUNI • Rupa ARK • Jackie MCGOWAN • Sharon ROWLEY • Melody HARRIS • Michelle HARROP • Janice HAWKINS • Christine LAPPING • Lindsey POOLEY • Olive OTWAY • Charlotte WILLIAMSON • Margaret GRIMSHAW • Kelan SCULLION • Lisa BAILEY
If you'd like to volunteer, please get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak to the run director after your next run. Remember, you can also help out with our cafe team after the run too:
And special mention too for our photographer Mick Hall, who celebrated his birthday this week too - his photos from Saturday can be found on flickr here. This photo of Mick in his favourite spot on the bridge was taken by our tail walker this week, Helen Cumberlidge.
This week 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here. Dan Oxley and Alice Coles completed their 50th parkruns - congratulations to them!
Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,306 participants have completed 57,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,120 km, including 10,765 new Personal Bests.