Rothwell parkrun #56 – 13th October 2018.
Welcome to Rothwell parkrun number 56. When three of us set up the park this morning at 7:30am, the weather was terrible. The heavens had opened in the night, soaked everywhere and brought branches as well as copious amounts of leaves down from the trees with strong winds. However, with grateful thanks to both Steve Poole and Victor Choules, we had the run set up and ready in record time. We moved the branches, Victor kindly raked all the leaves from the café down to the lap tree to ensure no accidents happened. With Steve carrying bottles of water and setting up – we were afforded the luxury of being ready early. Thank you so much gents. We even enjoyed the Heron fly past near the finish line.
With the weather forecast looking so dismal, we were wondering just how many of you would venture out. Conscious as well that a large number are running tomorrow at the marathon and 10 mile event. However, we created it, you arrived and delighted to see that 175 walkers and runners came and took part. We were blessed to have a couple more extra helpers to look out for you on the hill at the car park and by the tennis court, to which I am grateful. Everyone got around safe and well which is what matters.
We had a visitor from Durham today and also an RD from Milton Keynes who we welcomed. Also some brand new to parkrun and the number from Slimming World group continues to grow. I should mention here just how exercise, parkrun and eating right does you good and by looking at Victor running around the field you would never believe that he has now lost a total of 17 stone! An incredible achievement and an inspiration to everyone. Shows what you can do if you put your mind to it.
On the stroke of 9, the rain and wind abated and off you went. By the end of the first lap, our own Rothwell parkrun Event Director – Jason Westmoreland was really going through the gears and shifting well. Closely followed by Tom Dart – and Peggy – the Terrier in hot pursuit. James Mace and Paul Brown hot on their heels. The final position changed only on the last lap when Tom caught Jason and Peggy got in by a nose for her first barkrun win! Ok Tom was first, but give the dog credit – she only has little legs! Tom, Jason, James and Paul.
Our first lady home today was Emily Pagett with a brand new pb. She was always smiling when went past or that may have been relief when she was near the end and thinking of the wine? Shirley Griffiths was next with Nina Wilkinson following up from Wallsend Harriers and 1st time visitor to our park. 4th back was Liz Reddington and all were well under 25 mins. Well done to everyone.
8 of you ran/ walked and battled the breeze and wet ground for the first time. James Darton, Anthony Leyland, Kirsty Leyland, Edward Collins, Samantha Gee, Gary Dawson, Angela Chew, Jamillah Hannan. Welcome to parkrun and we loved having you. Hope you enjoyed.
The weather clearly did not put you off as 28 runners grabbed a new personal best. If you got a pb today, you deserve a huge treat this afternoon. Put your feet up, some rubbish on the tv, open a cold drink and relax. If you are a youngster, get mum and dad to get you fizzy drinks and smarties and they can watch you bouncing off the wall for a few hours! Whether or not you got a pb, what matters you got up and showed up, you joined us and whether it is wine / beer or coffee, ice cream or pizza, clothes, new hoover, toaster, do treat yourselves today for making the effort and making a difference to your life and joining us.
We could not have done without our incredible volunteers and I extend my personal thanks to every single one of you. Richard John MANN • Louise THOMPSON • Roger KIRBY • Samuel GREGORY • Karen HOWARD • Caroline DAVIES • Christine DAVIES • Nicholas BROADLEY • Ann WARD • Kevin MOSELEY • Martha LANGLEY- SMITH • Jamie STRACHAN • Jane GRANT • Carl BURWELL • Trish WILSON • Diane BURWELL • Chris BYWATER • Steve POOLE • Emma TABOR • Alan TABOR • Freya PULLEN • Victor CHOULES. Because of you all, we had a safe and controlled event and we are grateful. Nice to see a couple of new faces as well helping out. Freya kindly lending a coat to the marshal on the hill at the car park to stay dry.
Thanks to Rothwell Morrisons for the wonderful and well received donation of all the bottles of water at the finish line. So welcomed and we do appreciate their ongoing and wonderful support.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rothwell parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jason CHERRIMAN who recorded a time of 16:44 on 12th May 2018.
The female record is held by Scout ADKIN who recorded a time of 19:38 on 28th July 2018.
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol COWLEY who recorded 86.31% (24:35) on 7th October 2017.
Rothwell parkrun started on 29th July 2017. Since then 2,918 participants have completed 8,981 parkruns covering a total distance of 44,905 km, including 2,043 new Personal Bests.
I was asked today, what it is I enjoy so much about being RD at Rothwell? In as few words as possible – it is a simple answer – “It is because of you”. It is you the runners and volunteers that make it what it is. Our wonderful park, its atmosphere, the wildlife, the walkers, the smiles, the laughs, the sweets and cakes, the friends, regulars, the banter, themes, other park users and everything about this. Our Saturday mornings would be so much less without the parkrun here. Being an RD is absolutely everything – <despite all the work we have to do to organise this every week> - and more and seeing you all pushing yourselves and moreso, supporting each other to get over that finish line. That is what makes our runs and roles so incredible and has brought a community closer together, whilst bringing running to hundreds of you every week.
So, what do you like about our Rothwell parkrun? What has it brought you, what have you gained? what have you lost? weight? Share your thoughts with us as we love to read them.
Next week, we welcome our newest Run Director Christine to the fold. Please volunteer early and get the spaces filled ahead of the run and remove some of the worries we have. That helps everyone. Give her all your support and more please. She will be incredible. Christine kindly did the results today and processed them so everyone had these before 11am.
If any of you are running tomorrow, have a great and safe one. A lot are heading to Scarborough next weekend for the 10k, so if there, do say hi. Remember the roadworks at Malton and road closures and do not be late.
Thanks to all of you for making our parkrun what it is. It is all about you. Have a great and safe week and we look forward to doing it all again next week.