This week I have once again been amazed by the dedication of our parkrun community and the willingness to volunteer. My job as run director and volunteer coordinator was made so easy with a full to bursting roster without any need to put a call out for help.
I do worry that a full roster puts off potential volunteers who, as parkrunday approaches, find themselves wanting to volunteer but don't think they are needed. The roster shows the bare minimum roles that are needed to run parkrun safely and there are other roles not listed which make the event run smoother. So, if you do see a full roster, don't be put off volunteering as we can always find you a role. Please do get in touch via FaceBook or email, or just find the Run Director (the one in blue and silver hi-vis) on the day.
Our volunteers cover a range of people. There are those that are injured and want to still be involved in the parkrun community (who doesn't love a chat over a coffee once the event is done?). Some are regular runners who need a rest before a forthcoming event, and many who run but want to give something back once in a while. We also have volunteers who are undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh award and those who are supporting family members and friends, who might as well volunteer as they will be hanging around anyway. There are also are regular volunteers who are a massive part of the local running community and are cornerstones of the parkrun family.
But my favorite (of course I don't really have favorites as you are all fabulous) are those volunteers who don't fit in any of the categories above. They are not runners, don't have anyone taking part, but volunteer week after week. I asked one of these volunteers, David Jackman, why he volunteers, and his answer was he didn't know! David once accompanied his daughter to a parkrun and on finding his home town had a parkrun he decided to get involved. Now he regularly volunteers in a range of roles. THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers. You truly are awesome.
This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Lytham Hall, Barnsley, Wolverhampton and Manchester.
We had two people joining the 50 club: 8 year old Eve who also managed a PB, and regular volunteer Rachel BARTON. Well done!
Emily JAPP, 1st female and 2nd overall, set a new course record. Amazing in the conditions.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:
Ruth MEWIS • Stephen PERRY • Ryan MEWIS • Andrea TOWSE • Debra BUNTING • Imelda HATTON • Christine PERRY • Stephen RALSTON • Amanda CHAPMAN • Kathryn HOYLE • Terry WAIN • Andrew THISTLETHWAITE • Angela SINGLETON • Jonatan PINKSE • Kathryn FOX • Harry FOX • Ben SACHE • Eleanor LEVIN • Iain BERTRAM • Alexander BERTRAM • Aston KIESWETTER • Beckie WAINE • David JACKMAN • Seonaid DUGDILL • Nicky MEER • Andrew TAYLOR • Emily WAINE • Liam SHANNON • Heather BRANCH • Tom GENT • Maria GENT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lancaster parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Michael KALLENBERG who recorded a time of 16:09 on 13th May 2017 (event number 71).
The female record is held by Emily JAPP who recorded a time of 18:21 on 15th September 2018 (event number 141).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 89.07% (22:25) on 8th October 2016 (event number 39).