Another busy morning at Long Eaton with 446 runners completing the course. It was good to see a handful of keen newbies turning up to see what this parkrun lark is all about. I’m proud of how welcoming and inclusive our parkrun is, and how well we all support the parkrun ethos of making the run accessible to everybody who wants to take part. Runners/walkers of all speeds are equally valued and supported by our community, and support and encouragement is something I believe we do really well.
I don’t know what the majority of you did after parkrun this week, but I imagine a fair few enjoyed a bacon cob in the rugby club, or went home and put your feet up for a bit. I’m guessing the unfortunate ones amongst you had to do some boring household chores, shopping or even go to work. For one of this week’s parkrunners there was something way more exciting in store! Regular parkrunner Mark Ison hot footed it to his wedding after completing the run! He has married Joanne, another regular and we wish them both all the best for a long and happy marriage including lots of miles of running together. Here he is, dressed for the occasion….
This wasn’t the only celebration this week, we had four runners completing their 50th parkrun. Congratulations to Gemma Roberts, Richard Kershaw, Zoe Lycett- Ranson and Geoff Pennington.
Gemma kindly provided a cake for us all to enjoy (and very nice it was too!).
On top of that, we also had four runners completing their 100th parkrun! Well done to Eamonn Hughes, Ian Baggott, Rob Taylor and Paul Parker. It’s an incredible achievement. Stats fans may be interested to know that 366 of those collective 400 runs took place at Long Eaton- that’s a whole lot of laps of West Park! Here's Ian looking suitably happy to have his 100th run ticked off....
Our volunteer team were fantastic this week. Thank you to Annabel NICKOLS • Brandon STREET • Claire WILLIAMS • David LINDSEY • David WILSON • Deborah FAULKNER • Denise COX • Eleanor LUNT • Jill MACHIN • Ken HEWITT • Marc KINCH • Rachel ARGENT • Sacha HAMPSON • Sarah MORLEY • Sharon STREET • Shirley BROWN • Steven RAMAGE • Stuart FAULKNER • Sue COX • Valerie LINDSEY • Vaughan MORRIS
We appreciate our volunteers so much. Giving up time to make the run happen is a real gift to the local community.
Just a quick reminder- we cannot accept barcodes on mobile phones- you need to have a printed barcode with you to get a result. If you drive to parkrun, a good idea is to keep a spare one in the car. You can also slip one behind your mobile phone case for emergency use. We recommend the plastic tags https://parkrun-barcode.com/ can pop these in pocket, with keys or safety pin to your shirt - no crumpled sweaty paper with unable to read barcodes due to print quality too!
Let us know any more top tips you have for ensuring you have a barcode accessible on parkrun day.
See you next week, when Andrew will be leading his team of merry men/women making the magic happen once more.