It's a Beautiful Day!
Who would have thought it would get this far into the summer and we would be longing for rain? Of course with the summer holidays looming round the corner the weather is obviously about to break (sorry kids, sorry teachers!) but it's been a hot one so far. So it's hardly surprising that 371 of you decided to join us at the coolest time of the day for a run around the park.
Our runners are always so happy to run our hill 3 times. Just check out this lot and you'll see it's true!
As always, parkrun does not run without its volunteers. This week 22 amazing people volunteered for us to help Preston run, but with the summer holidays fast approaching numbers are dropping. Special thanks go to all of those who stepped up on the day to barcode scan and token sort after their run and to marshal when they were visiting, along with all of those I press-ganged into signing up for a role over the next few weeks. The roster still looks kind of empty and all volunteers are welcome. This week 71% of those runners who have completed over 200 runs have their 25 volunteer t-shirt! That's up a massive 7% on last week, well done!
This week is no different at Preston and we welcomed tourists from all over the UK once more! As always we made them feel very welcome and they went home having swapped ideas for parkrun management and taking away a sense of jealousy that our park is better than theirs. This week, visitors came from far and wide including Black Park, Brighton & Hove, Cwmbran, Haigh Woodland, Heaton Park, Ormskirk, Sandwell Valley and Witton.
It was a busy week this week in the milestones corner! The cake table literally heaved with offerings from Faisal and Jennifer - thank you so much!
50 - Faisal Ali, Jennifer Hayhurst and Daniel Smith
100 - Michael Fee
150 - Christine Cullen and John Straker
A massive well done to all 68 of you who recorded PBs this week, but particularly well done to Joseph Gaughan who beat Dad Martin into 3rd place and broke the 18 minute barrier with a new PB of 17:57. As Martin is a regular first finisher at Preston, does this mean it's all change at the top? Or is a new PB for Martin round the corner? Stay tuned!
Spotlight on: Timekeeper
Today it's the turn of one of the most important roles available at Preston parkrun to be spotlighted - the role of timekeeper.
The role of the timekeeper is vital to a parkrun - without one you aren't getting your times at all! Like all our roles, it's a job any can do, although some are more reliable than others! It's every results processors dream to have both stop-watches synchronised throughout, but it's not the end of the world if something does go wrong.
The role itself is pretty simple. Accompany the run director to the beginning of the run, press the big button as the air horn goes, accompany the rest of the funnel crew in the band at the musical tree for 2 laps, then make your way to the finish line and click each person once as they cross the line. Except children in buggies. Or dogs, if you're counting those as people. A cool head when the large numbers come through is essential, but with a bit of forward planning these are easily managed. And that's it. After the tail walker has been through, hand your stopwatch over to the run director and go for coffee!
We are devastated to announce that we are cancelled twice in August - the 11th and the 25th. Other parkruns are available. I suggest Wepre on the 11th and Whinlatter on the 25th? You are welcome to join me in Guernsey on the 25th should you see fit. I'll let you know where the rest of the core team is heading out to if and when they make their minds up!
And don't forget...
- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun
- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun
- Volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
And now for the stats...
Event number 305
14th July 2018
This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Ashraf M KAZEE • Darren FISHWICK • Laura CONN • Kelly DAY • Sinead SWEENEY • Sean SWEENEY • Susan Jane HEATLEY • Andrew John TRANTER • Robin WESTON • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • Dougie POTTER • John CARRUTHERS • Liz MOUNSEY • Ben CLIFF • John FOSTER • Gary HORNBUCKLE • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Andy WHALEY • Alex PROFFITT • Fiona EAVES • David EAVES
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 17:21 on 15th April 2017 (event number 245).
The male record is held by Robert DANSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 26th August 2017 (event number 261).
The Age Grade course record is held by Marian HESKETH who recorded 92.30% (21:38) on 3rd December 2016 (event number 225).
Preston parkrun started on 12th May 2012. Since then 8,701 participants have completed 68,338 parkruns covering a total distance of 341,690 km, including 13,254 new Personal Bests.