We expected sunshine, we naively expected summer, but the rain came down on Saturday and it was more like a soggy weekend in November than a Spring morning in May – a number of people commented that it was perfect weather for running, so maybe it wasn’t all that bad after all!
This week there were 44 volunteers (including 17 pacers), 614 runners, joggers and walkers, of whom 57 were first timers, and all very welcome to their first experience of Newport parkrun.
You should have seen by now that we had a wealth of photographers around the course on Saturday, and our thanks to them for taking some superb shots of our parkrunners and volunteers. If you haven’t taken the time to look through the photos in the albums on the Facebook page yet, then I highly recommend it over a cuppa later this evening. I pretty sure I’m not the only one who waits patiently on a Saturday afternoon to see if any photos will be uploaded in order to spot myself in any various stage of exhaustion or striking a pose that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1980s catalogue! We all love a good photo and we’ve been lucky enough this week to have three photographers. If you would like to try your hand at taking photos at Newport parkrun one week, however good or bad you think you might be at doing it, then please drop us an email to volunteer your skills, as a blurry photo parkrunning is as delightful to see as a non-blurry photo; it’s the pleasure of trawling the Facebook albums on a Saturday afternoon that’s the main thing!
Our volunteer team this week deserve a massive pat on the back and a huge well done from everyone, as they stood out in the rain, unsure of whether to find a brolly or just get on with getting a little bit wet, choosing the slightly soggy and drowned rat look – well parkrun must go on! Genuine thanks to those who put their name down on the roster this week, and to those who are already filling up the coming weeks. It’s been said before and will be said again, without our volunteers, there simply wouldn’t be a parkrun and for all the work they put in before, during and after Newport parkrun, we should all be incredibly thankful.
If you would like to come and experience Newport parkrun from a new perspective, why not take a look at the future roster and find a date and role you’d be available to help out with, and we’ll talk you through everything. Don’t worry about not knowing what to do or that you might get something wrong – we’ve all got something wrong before now and none of it has been catastrophic (believe me!) and we will give you all the instruction you need. We’d love for you to join us anytime http://www.parkrun.org.uk/newport/futureroster/
Our thanks to the pacers from Lliswerry Runners also this week, it looks like many of you successfully chased them down as we had 124 PBs achieved! Our pacers will be back on the first Saturday of next month (and every month thereafter) for you to chase them to hopefully yet another PB. The plan for the next pacer week is that our pacers will provide times from 20 minutes all the way up and into 40 minutes so there will be plenty of opportunities to chase your desired time.
This week quite a few Newport parkrunners reached a number of milestones:
Addie Parr, Daniel Meehan and Mali Edwards are juniors that have run their 10th parkrun – congratulations to you all.
Joining the 50 milestone club this week are Andrew White, David Price, Michael Evans, Selvakumaran Muthu and Simeon Lolin – well done to you all – onwards and upwards to 100 parkruns now!
If you know you’re running a milestone next week, let us know so we can give you a shout out in person or via the Facebook page.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Trefor BEESE, Robert BLUNDELL, Paul BRUTON, Gareth CHARLES, Paul CHICK, Dave COOK, Steven COOK, Nick DAVIES, Carl DIFFORD, Carl ELLIOTT, Tomas FORSEY, Luke GAWTHORN, Julie GIBSON, Simon Lee GILL, Brad GOODFELLOW, Helen HODGES, Howard HUGHES, Minka ISAKSSON, Keith JAMES, Gareth JENKINS, Terri KITSON, Sarah Nicol LAUDER, Howard Charles MASON, Christopher MATTHEWS, Mikiko MINTY, Keir MOUNFIELD, Elizabeth MOUNFIELD, Joe MULCAHY, Tracey MURPHY, Lisa NICHOLLS, Andrew PARK, Elizabeth PARKER, Dawn PARKER, Mike RIDD, Rebecca ROTHWELL, Alison SHEEDY, Neil SIDNEY, Paul STACEY, Simon TANG, Barry TURNER, Tim WASHBROOK, Mervyn WEIGHTMAN-BENT, Gillian E WILLIAMS and Marina WRIGHT