This week 457 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were doing parkrun for the first time ever, and 22 were tourists, visiting Rickmansworth for the first time. The tourists came from such diverse locations as Sydney, Australia, and Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. 69 people recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Marjory BLUER • Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Jill TAUNT • Simon TRIMBEE • Jo WATKINSON • Sarah OCKENDON • Lily HARRISON • Peter GUDGE • Brian CHANDLER • H Matthew HOWARTH • Anne O CONNOR • Alex CUTMORE • Nanette MORGAN • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Jessica HOWARTH • Cameron FRASER • Karin LOCKETT • Tom GUTREICH • Matt MCKARELL • Deborah BAYLISS • Adam SHACKLADY • Ollie MARSHALL • Amy SCARLETT
And I’d like to thank every single one of you.
Thank you for believing in the staggered start – we had number of people comment on how much easier and faster the start is if *everyone lines up roughly in order of expected finish time – there’s less weaving and jostling, and its easier to settle into a nice PB-setting pace.
Thank you to the faster runners for overtaking on the right.
Thank you to the slower runners for *sticking to the left at the end of the first lap.
Thank you to those of you who ran with headphones with the volume *down low enough that you could still hear the people around you.
Thank you to the U11s for chivvying their adults round in good time.
Thank you to the dogs on short leads for *not tripping up the other runners.
Thank you to all the finishers for *not ducking the funnel. The results depend on everyone crossing the finish line passing through the funnel – in order – and collecting a token.
Thank you for *remembering to give your finish token back to us so we can use it again next week.
Thank you to the all the above-named volunteers for braving a rather dreich weather forecast to cheer on the runners, joggers and walkers.
Thank you to the runners, walkers and joggers who said hello and thank you to the volunteers – a smile, a wave and a word of appreciation never go amiss.
Finally, a VERY BIG THANK YOU to the 482 individuals who have volunteered at Rickmansworth parkrun. That may sound like a lot – but its just 7% of the 6,929 individuals who have run, walked or jogged at Rickmansworth parkrun. It’d be nice to get the number up to 500 by Easter, and 10% by the end of the year. Can we do it? It’s up to you – check your diary, pick a date, email us at email@example.com and tell us when. Don’t forget to include your barcode so that we can add you to the roster.
Last Saturday’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.
That’s all for now – see you all back at the Café next Saturday,