Welcome to Rothwell parkrun and our first Saturday of 2019.
That was a cold one this morning wasn’t it? Setting up the course, that strong wind of last weekend had left us with only the slightest of breezes, however, there was a cold bite in the air and even though there was no frost, you had to wrap up warm before arriving.
Firstly, I need to ask a small favour please with regards to the car park. We have in effect – become a victim of our own success and in creating an incredible parkrun every week, have a large amount of runners / walkers coming to visit and be part of this wonderful event. We are very fortunate to have forged an incredible and close relationship with the local community and cafe and one which we must nurture and cherish. With the amount of people driving, we are taking up a lot of parking spaces and this has a knock-on effect on the general public – with whom we share the park and visit at the same time as we run. In essence – with us all in, they have no-where to park. One of our Event Directors – Paul – this morning mentioned this at the briefing – if we can all look to possibly park elsewhere – this would be appreciated.
Maybe car share to reduce the number of vehicles and which in turn has a positive effect on the environment.
We are lucky enough to be surrounded by lots of quiet streets where parking is available, but please do not block driveways etc. There is the car park at WM Morrisons – 5 mins walk away and gives you the perfect excuse to have a warm up run! If you do arrive early though and choose the parking at the park, please go down to the bottom of the hill and work upwards, not top down. We need to look to avoid the first two rows of spaces where possible as these need to be for the local residents and users. Thank you. Moving on…..
The heron seems to have moved on or it was too cold this morning for it to come out, but it did not stop an early and silent fly over of one of two red kites that have moved into the area. This is wonderful to see and witness as you are running and as they ride the early thermals.
Christopher was your Run Director today and after the briefing, runners headed off into the park on the stroke of nine and the start of the first two and half laps, watched keenly by all the marshals who are there for your safety.
A total of 343 runners came through the finish line today and of which, 28 of you forgot your barcode! We really do want to see your name in lights and with personal best scores alongside these, but 28 of you are not called “unknown.” The first rule of parkrun – DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE!
We welcomed 81 of you as first-time visitors and a massive 32 made their first steps into parkrun and donned your brand new, sparkling clean and immaculate running shoes! Armed with a new year resolution to get fitter, we applaud every single one of you starting your journey today and the great thing is, that you all got a personal best. Too many to mention – but you all deserve a treat this weekend and do keep it up. This will change your life for the better. We hope you enjoyed being with us as much as we did having you run/walk with us.
Not sure what you all have been doing over the Christmas holiday, but a staggering 54 who have run 2 or more parkrun’s – got pb’s! Was it that cold out there that you wanted to get home quicker, or to the café for the hot drink and sandwich offer for £3? Congratulations to you all.
Well, we all celebrated something by being fortunatel enough to be able to come and run this morning and I did see someone running on their birthday. I firmly believe “Run now – eat cake later!” applies in this instance. If it was you – Happy Birthday.
Sam Westerman and Elouise Payne both ran their 50th parkrun and will soon get the link to apply for your red t-shirt. Three runners have completed over 300 parkruns and a further seven are in the 200 club. If Rebecca Bailey runs with us next week - she will be the one wearing the number 50 bib.
Paul Lyon of the Kirkstall Harriers went through the line, followed by Bradley Walker of the Ackworth Road Runners not far behind. Jason Lane and Eddie Knight came through next, with Rob Wells, Andy Bryan, James Mace, Ian Tolan, Ian Sheppard and Adam Parton all under 20 minutes.
For the ladies, Sarah Graham of the Morpeth Harriers ran an incredible 21 minutes dead to be the first lady home. Ruth Draisey followed her, with Debbie Hill, Nicola Marr and Dawn Parton completing the top 5.
We had 4 Michelle’s, 4 Rebecca’s, 4 x Andrew’s, 5 Claire / Clare’s, 5 x David’s, 9 Mark’s , 10 Sarah’s today. Of course, not forgetting all those 28 x unknown.
Representatives of 22 different clubs.
Today would not have been possible without volunteers and we would like to extend our thanks to the following: Mark GREGORY • Richard John MANN • Iain M DUNN • Samuel GREGORY • Tom GREGORY • Alan COLLIER • Caroline DAVIES • Nicholas BROADLEY • Karen HORTON • Matthew HORTON • Rowena SKELHORN • Janet DUNN • Christopher PARKER-HAIM • Matthew James PARKER-HAIM • Julie BIRCH • Steve POOLE • Victor CHOULES • Amanda HALLIDAY • Linda JENKINSON • Adam WRIGHT.
Without these people, today would not have gone ahead. Why not become a hi viz hero and give one Saturday back every now and then. Look on our http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rothwell/futureroster/ page to see how you can help. Full training will be given and we will be there to support you all the way. Let us know as soon as you can please and so we can get the slots filled ahead of the weekend. It takes an immense amount of stress and worry off the Run Directors who start preparing seven days ahead. A lot of you are running the Temple Newsam Ten on Sunday 13th, so why not rest on the 12th and help us and get your volunteer credit.
Today’s results can be found at:http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rothwell/results/latestresults/
The female record is held by Myra JONES who recorded a time of 19:34 on 3rd November 2018 (event number 59).
The male record is held by Ben BUTLER who recorded a time of 16:36 on 1st December 2018 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol COWLEY who recorded 86.31% (24:35) on 7th October 2017 (event number 11).
Rothwell parkrun started on 29th July 2017. Since then 3,449 of you have completed 12,130 parkruns covering a total distance of 60,650 km, including 2,714 new Personal Bests. A total of 293 individuals have volunteered 1,450 times.
Finally, Congratulations to you all on making a brilliant start to the 2019 and we look forward to welcoming you back next Saturday. Remember the car parking please and look out for the Midweek Motivation on this page on Wednesday morning. We hope you enjoyed today and let’s do it all again on the 12th.