Arriving early to set the course up is one of my favourite parts of the day, parkrun can come and go with a flash and it's easy to not take in so much of the surroundings. The park is changing week by week especially at this time of year, unlike the weather which seems to be stuck on the auto-drizzle setting.
I unpacked the storage cupboard and was soon joined by Colton who thankfully picks the heaviest stuff to carry, quite a measure of the man himself. Tony, a couple of vegan runners and we were off to the famous bandstand. The undeniable sight of Spike in the distance with his brush and shovel always brings a smile, as they'd say in the states he's a future 'Hall of Famer'.
This week of was the turn of our Run Directors Shaun and James to raise the parkrun flag, teamwork makes the dream work, apparently. As you can see, I supervised from afar......not making eye contact.
It was a special week at Hyde parkrun this week, a triple celebration. Our first volunteer takeover by the fantastic Vegan Runners who provided loads of marshals and loads of cakes, superstar Run Director Liz Shingler celebrated her birthday and Joel Nugent our youngest regular volunteer clocked up his 25th volunteering appearance to enter the exclusive Volunteer Club!
The pre-run briefing is always a time to celebrate, we celebrated our first timers, we celebrated our visitors from Glossop and Canada, we celebrated Liz's birthday surrounded by her friends and fellow regular volunteers who she had invited to run her inaugural Hyde parkrun and we celebrated Joel's great achievement entering the volunteer club at just 4 years old.
Akkeal Chambers set a blistering pace and led the field around the multi-terrain park cheered on by our fantastic volunteer brigade finishing in 17 minutes, 13 seconds. 110 people followed all on their own fantastic parkrun journey equally as brilliant as each other. I have tried to learn as many people's names as possible over the past 9 months, I think I'm on over a hundred now, I love personalising a bit of encouragement, it's a great to see so many familiar and friendly faces each week.
Svenja and Hayley brought home the field as our fantastic Tail Walkers this week and this photo not only shows how much fun can be had at Hyde parkrun but how inclusive it is to everyone, if jeans and a woolly jumper are your parkrun apparel of choice then your just as welcome and equally as awesome as everyone else.
111 ran, jogged and walked, 29 volunteers put on the great show and 16 went home with a new PB to round off a great morning. I love the family friendly atmosphere at Hyde parkrun, this week I had 4 family members volunteering with me, my fiancé, son, mum and my special visitor for the weekend, my niece Freya and it's great to see fathers cheering on sons ( Craig and Dominic, Shaun and Akkeal), mums running with daughters ( Lucie & Georgia, Louise and Holly) wives cheering on husbands ( Denise and Andrew) and so many others who share their parkrun morning with those closest to them and those that have made acquaintance throughout the year.
Until next time, have a great week.