Event 107 brought with it another fine warm morning, and also brought 181 participants to the start line at Linford Wood. Oddly enough, this is 20% fewer people than the previous week, which was 10% down on the previous week too! I'm sure this trend (apart from being as random as ever) will be reversed at event 108...
Perhaps the emotional rollercoaster that was the Football World Cup was beginning to take it's toll. This particular report writer decided not to proudly display the thee lions on Saturday! We've had an excellent summer of sport and weather so far, with hopefully a long way to go with long, sunny, summer days ahead.
This did not dampen the atmosphere at the start, with the usual mix of bright colours, laughter and enthusiasm to get going. There were no official milestones to announce, and no visitors made themselves known at the start either. It was great however to welcome 12 people to their first Linford Wood parkrun. A special welcome too to the six of you that ran your first ever parkrun with us. It was a pleasure to give you a first timers briefing, and a clear reminder to me of the sort of nerves that can be felt first time round! I hope I managed to put those nerves at ease.
Aside from those first timers, 21 people defied the warm conditions to achieve a personal best. A shout out goes to PHIL ATKINS, who even after 239 parkrun is hitting that Linford Wood PB! Congratulations. Phil joined 40 others from the Redway Runners club completing the course. Several other clubs had good representation, including the likes of MK Lakeside Runners and Shenley Striders.
IAN STUART WOOD was our first finisher this week in an excellent time of 17:45, which also happens to be the best male Age Grade % score too. First lady finisher was LILLI PETERS, who did so in a personal best time of 23:44. Our best age grade score this week goes to PAULINE TURNER again, with a marvellous score of 79.02%!
We have made some slight changes to the finish path in the last few weeks, and thankfully it looks to be a little better underfoot. There are still a couple of exposed roots in the area, but as with all the course, care should still be taken. We like to boast about our verdant, lush greenery, but this does pose problems in parts. Particularly this week, the finish straight has narrowed somewhat, meaning it can be difficult to get out the way of oncoming finishers!
We were blessed with a full volunteer roster, so a massive thank you to those heroes as ever. I also had the pleasure of co run directing with Jim, with a view to taking on the fully fledged role on my own in the near future. It really is great to see how the whole process comes together from start to finish.
It can start as early as 7am, when the pre event setup crew start setting up the course. Work then goes on processing results sometimes past 10:30, depending on how many errors there are in the data. Thankfully, a clean set of results this week meant results were uploaded in quick time – so quick that the cake from the Ora Café didn't get eaten!...
So thank you to RD Jim for showing me the ropes, and thank you again to the wonderful volunteers that made parkrun happen:
Alan HALL • Christine BARBER • Dario COLOMBO • Dorothy YEATES • Ed VOUT • Emma RANCE • Geoff PARKER • Gill MCCULLOCH • Greg SCOTT • James FINLAYSON • Jenny EVANS • Jim EASTMENT • Jon EVANS • Karen TURNEY • Kate BULBECK • Kelly ROBERTS • Linda LOMAX • Meera ABBOTT • Neal TURNEY • Phil WALKER • Rob WATSON • Rut POLMAN • Sheila DICKINS • Tara HOLLAND
Volunteering is fun and there are a wide range of roles to have a go at. Have a look at the future roster and subscribe to the mailing list to see what vacancies are in the coming weeks.
As you may have seen, event 108 is special for Linford Wood, as it is our second birthday. There will be some extra activity at the beginning and the end, so arrive a bit earlier. There are also rumours that there will be some cake?! Feel free to bring along donations. There will also be personal as well as parkrun milestones being celebrated on Saturday! Including this report writers wife's birthday. I'd better not be gone too long...
Finally, as our Facebook page points out, there is a group litter pick scheduled for after this Saturdays birthday parkrun. You don't even have to run or volunteer for the parkrun, just turn up at the Ora Café at around 10am for materials collection and instruction. This is a great way to give back to the environment we are so lucky to be able to use week in and week out.
See you on Saturday and #DFYB.