So long, farewell, auf weidesein, au revoir to 2017.
Nostell parkrun unfortunately could not celebrate our last run due to Jack Frost leaving his horrid mark yesterday. But quick stats up to the end of run #176 - The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a time of 17:42 on 27th September 2014 (event number 10).
The male record is held by Adam PEERS who recorded a time of 15:57 on 30th July 2016 (event number 105).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jenny WAKEMAN who recorded 88.37% (21:21) on 1st January 2016 (event number 74).
Nostell parkrun started on 26th July 2014. Since then 5,001 participants have completed 30,187 parkruns covering a total distance of 150,935 km, including 5,687 new Personal Bests.
But at this time of year it is a reflection on more than stats. It is a reflection of the people who make Nostell the best parkrun. It is the 5001 runners who have crossed our finish line, it is the army of volunteers who stand on cold, windy, wet corners and cheer those 5001 runners on, it is the volunteers who click the stop watches 5001 times, it is the volunteers who scan 5001 barcodes and then 5001 finish tokens, it is the funnel managers, it is the token givers, it is the little children who make sure you all put your finish tokens in the bucket, it is the people who stay and cheer in our very last participant each week, it is the people who help set up the course and then take it down again. It is the National Trust staff who are always there to help - from car park sorting to first aid when it was necessary. In short, each and everyone of you make Nostell happen.
Our core team of run directors has grown and strengthened. We now have 2 event directors when we welcomed Steve Berry to that role. Steve has proived invaluable and was instrumental in devising the new course when it becme necessary to change the old route. he is far more tecky than I am and will shortly be posting details of our route for tomorrow.
So for now, thank you to each and every one of you, you are truly my parkrun family and make Saturday morning an absolute pleasure.
See you tomorrow.
#DFYB x 2 please
Please park where directed by Nostell staff
Please arrive on time for the run brief at 10.15
And finally, if you have not already volunteered in 2017, why not start 2018 on a high and help out? We still need a couple more marshals, 2 timekeepers and a funnel manager. Please help out, please make sure our unique event takes place.
Cheers everyone, thank you for your support in 2017 and thank you going forward to 2018. Pat, co ED