Happy 5th anniversary to us! Thanks to everyone that brought cake and everyone that ran. We hope you enjoyed running in reverse. We had 402 finishers, 30 first-timers and 66 reverse-direction PBs. Photo's and video of the run are showing on our Facebook page (web address below). For those of you on Facebook, you'll find that this is one of the key communication methods we use and we aim to respond very quickly to all messages posted.
On our anniversary runs, we present awards for the last 12 months. In the past years we have awarded prizes, this was based on a parkrun points system which was a combination of the number of times you ran and your finishing position. This method isn't used any more across the parkrun estate and for the 2017/18 awards here, we awarded prizes to those who simply have run the most frequently –irrespective of their time. (see below for 2018/19 method)
The winners in the male & female category received an engraved shield to keep for 12 months, a large bottle of prosecco & a box of chocolates. 2nd & 3rd place winners received bubbly and chocolates too !
We also presented a special trophy for the top junior boy & girl (aged 11 & under), as well as bottles of wine to our most 'senior' runners and a small keg of beer to our 'volunteer of the year'
Everyone really appeared to enjoy themselves this morning, despite the inclement conditions. Loads of lovely comments - thank you. Well done to those reaching milestones this morning:
50 club - Corinne Howse, Simon Dickinson, Paul Simpson, Martin Moss, Bernadette Edge, Gavin Church
100 club - David Wilson
A big thank you to the volunteers: Jack, Erin, Christopher, Matthew, Isaac, Oscar, Hannah, Olivia, Anna, Corinne, Phoebe, Sam, Caroline, Mark, Isobel, Peter and Caroline B, Carol and Lionel, Elizabeth, Jon, Graham, Stephen, Heather. It was a very busy morning and we may not have got an opportunity to thank you all personally, but rest assured we (John and Vanessa) really appreciate you all volunteering!
We are very fortunate to have a great team of core volunteers and this is bolstered by the fantastic teenagers who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering duties at parkrun too. Volunteering is a great way to see the run 'from the other side' - we have a wide variety of roles and many of them even mean you can still enjoy your run.
For the 2018/19 awards, these will be presented to the runners who have ran the most over the next 12 months (your time doesn't matter) and have volunteered a minimum of 3 times. If you ever wish to volunteer, simply respond to our request when we ask for helpers via Facebook or e-mail: email@example.com
Take a look at the wide variety of roles which can earn you a volunteer credit (don't forget, the purple volunteer t-shirts are awarded to those who have volunteered 25 times and are the most coveted amongst all parkrun t-shirts !!). We never force someone into doing something they are not comfortable with and we do provide guidance etc. if you are doing something new - it's not that hard, honest !! Each week, we are now looking to have about 15-20 volunteers to ensure all aspects of the run go smoothly (a smooth run ensures that everyone receives their time correctly in a prompt fashion).
Helping setting the course up *
Helping clear the course up & helping carrying the equipment back to a car etc. *
VI Guide *
New runners / parkrun tourist briefing *
Sorting the finishing tokens in the café after the run ! *
Tail walker *
Pacer * (we hold pacing events at least twice a year and need pacers from usually 20 mins to 40 mins)
Handing out finishing tokens
Number checker (ensures the time-keepers & those handing out tokens are in sync)
Funnel helper (on busy days we like an extra helper to keep the funnel moving to the scanners)
Marshaling (lots of corners !)
Photographing the event
* - these roles mean you can run/tail walk as well as volunteer on the same day
....and if anyone would like to learn more about parkrun and help process the results, be Run Director on occasions etc. - that is great too, just let us know. If you haven't volunteered (over 100 different people have in the last 12 months !!), please give it a go - it is very rewarding as well as enjoyable.
Occasionally in the summer & over Christmas, we look to build up the volunteer rota in advance but usually work 2-3 weeks ahead as a maximum. However, we do recognise that some of you may wish to get dates in the diary in advance, as such, if you know of a Saturday when you would like to volunteer, let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you on the rota. If you have a preference for a certain role, please let us know.
We have an exciting 12 months ahead of us, with pacing events to come in April & September and possibly a novelty event or two to try something different on occasions. However, rest assured, every week will be the normal 5k run/jog or walk for those of you like it that way - anything extra we do, will not be compulsory etc.
On behalf of the core volunteers, thank you everyone for making Hillsborough parkrun what it is - a fantastic free & inclusive community event and a great way to start your weekends. We look forward to seeing you all throughout the year ahead.
John (Hillsborough parkrun - event director)