After the startlingly high turnouts of the last few weeks, it felt positively quiet at parkrun this week; with 373 runners taking to the hallowed paths of West Park. I’m sure quite a few of you enjoyed the space, especially on the first few corners.
I first came to Long Eaton parkrun as a volunteer in September of 2015, when we averaged 220 runners. It’s testament to the parkrun ethos and the lovely people of Long Eaton that we are now averaging a whopping 405 runners! We do of course get quite a few parkrun tourists; all of whom, I am sure, are here to see the fantastic sights of our lovely town. There are those that also seek us out due to our (almost) ruler flat course, though. At the first timers’ briefing it usually raises a small titter when we mention our version of “cardiac hill”; the shallow rise just past the first bend. Perhaps it’s the very long downward slope from its lofty crest that means ours is the only UK parkrun to record sub-17 minute finish times at all of the events this year. I’d love to get the stats on the number of PBs achieved at Long Eaton and whether we get proportionally more than other, less-flat, parkruns but, alas, that data escapes me for the present. Fear not, though; I may get to bore you with that another week.
This week we welcomed couch to 5k graduates from the University of Nottingham, who had all gone through the eight-week programme and chose to follow in their athletics club’s footsteps by taking to West Park. Well done to you; we hope to see you on a regular basis.
This week we even hosted regular volunteer Steph on her third parkrun. Steph has volunteered 63 times here at Long Eaton, so it was extra special to see her stretching those legs with us!
First finishers this week were Aston Perrin in 16:26 and Tam Calder in 20:23; and there were 41 new personal bests set. Well done to you all!
Thank you to our fabulous volunteers this week; they do a great job in giving the runners the opportunity to improve themselves. If you would like to join the merry band, just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All the roles can be completed by a novice and it's a highly rewarding activity.
This coming Saturday is Christmas jumper day, so dig out those lurid sweaters and bring them for a spin!
See you Saturday!