s Autumn really became evident at West Park with the red orange and yellow leaves beginning to descend from their branches, it was damp, slightly chilly morning that greeted the 352 runners on Saturday morning.
Here is a picture of pretty much all the runners at the start (courtesy of Eammon Hughes) - Can you spot yourself?
We were pleased to be able to welcome 38 people who were running at Long Eaton for the first time and of these, 13 were new parkrunners. We had a tourist join us all the way from Slough and also some runners from not so far away at Conkers!
It always gives us pleasure to celebrate our runners achievements and this week we had five people celebrating milestone runs. Natalie Johnson celebrated her 100th parkrun, whilst Sam Tebbutt, Harry Burnside, Julie Truman and Tracey O'Sullivan completed their 50th runs.
You will have probably seen a number of runners in costume, they were from the Riverside Drama Company and were running collecting for Cancer Research whilst also trying to raise awareness of their latest production.
As ever we have to thank our wonderful band of volunteers who made the event possible. This week's team were:
Val Lindsey, David Lindsey, Eammon Hughes, Caitlin Woolley, Dawn Woolley, Claire Whitmore, Joanne Chilton, Roland Hyett, Steph Hart, Kerri Emm, Nicola Howell, Alison Bowley, Sue Cox, Denise Cox, Andrew Marshall and Tracey Dennis
Special thanks to Caitlin who has been volunteering for many weeks at Long Eaton and has now completed the volunteering part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Her help has been invaluable to us and I'm sure is appreciated by all the runners.
The roster is looking a bit empty for the coming weeks, so if you can help out please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember if everyone volunteers once for approximately every fifteen times they run, we'll have no problem keeping the roster full.
We had a few issues with the results this week but they were re-processed on Sunday morning so we now believe everyone has the correct position and time allocated to them.
It's really important that runners stick to the correct procedure in the finish funnel and makes processing the results a whole lot easier! As a reminder the rules are:
1) Only cross the finish line once
2) Stay in the order you finished as you pass through the funnel
3) Never "duck out" of the funnel (if you do everyone behind you gets allocated the wrong time!)
4) Always take a finish token (even if you have forgotten your barcode)
And finally, congratulations to the 78 runners who achieved a PB and to our first finishers who were:
The first lady across the line was Ashleigh Barron in 19:50, followed by Linsey Ryall in 20:07 and Karolina Kucharek in 20:45
Mark Ryall was first gent over the line in exactly 16mins, closely followed a second later by Aston Perrin. Anthony Robinson was third in 18:03.
We look forward to seeing you again next week.