Rothwell parkrun no 43 – 7/7/2018 – The day we went red and white for England.
Welcome to parkrun no 43, a day where once again, the heat was relentless, the course was rock hard underfoot, but 150 of you walkers and runners, got up, dressed up and showed up and made a great start to your weekend.
Once again, your RD this week was Kevin or Kev to you all and despite saying that last week with the water was a one off, the heat this week meant that we just had to bring it back. Up at 5:30 and filling bottles, the large water container and packing the car, it was already warm out there.
The park at 7:15 was glorious bathed in sunshine, but the heat was rising and setting up the course with Dave Williamson – made things quick, efficient and the run looked good.
With plenty of first timers to speak with as well as visitors / tourists to the park, the briefing was underway at 8:50 and we headed off to the start area where the usual information was given to you all. However, your RD stressed, the heat would pay a huge part in the run and therefore, take your time, take it slow, the water was back, to get hydrated and look out for each other when you passed them or were passed. Your health is more important than a pb and the idea of this run is to enjoy it.
Given the heat, it was great to have extra volunteers this week to watch everyone and should there be an issue, the rd and others were only moments away to assist. Thank you to all those who stood out there in the sun and under the trees – I try and get you all in the shade- and made sure everyone was safe. Thought that Sarah Kirby looked radiant under the lap tree and with her hat on and encouraging everyone. The two hot spots surely are the car park where Alistair was and the far end with Sharon. Hope you have both cooled down somewhat and thanks for standing out there.
I also want to welcome first time volunteer Adam Wright who was taught what to do and look out for by one of our fastest runners – James Mace. If he passed you any tips – please let me know. Outstanding job by you all and extra thanks to Caroline Grosvenorwho was in a new spot that we do not use for marshal normally, however, by being on the course – we knew we had another set of eyes looking out for your health and safety in the heat. I am grateful Caroline.
To the run, flying around the course this week and home first was Andrew Harris in a time of 18:19 and a new pb! Andrew is from the Nidd Valley Road Runners. 3 seconds behind and pushed him all the way was James Wallis and then another Nidd Valley – Martin Lofthouse came in 3rd. Just to make sure that the Nidd lot took another place, Benjamin Baird finished the pack with 4th. Well run and well done to you all. Are Nidd Valley runners lost as they keep visiting. Pleasure to have you here.
For the ladies, C T came back first – not sure what C T stands for – however, she ran like the wind – well would have had we had, any with a 23:30 time and a new pb. Outstanding running CT. Wendy Parker came home second with Emily Crompton bringing in 3rd.
The weather clearly suited some runners as the first 25, all came in beneath 25 mins.
Fastest junior males JM11-14 today were Mark Grosvenor, followed by Callum Wolfe. Ollie Hancock JM10 ran in at 26:51. Well done to you all in very hot conditions.
Fastest junior females JW11-14 -Julia Grosvenor – what are the Grosvenor family feeding these kids? Followed by Indianna Leese and Emily Barstow. You all deserve ice cream!
Results shown at the following link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rothwell/results/latestresults/
Other stats: 56 females, 74 males and we had 20 unknown – did you forget your barcode????
First time ever parkrun runners – 6 of you ventured bravely into the oven of a park and we welcomed James McManus, Geoff Hunter, Liam Bowers, Sam Nightingale, Peter Ingham and Ricky Bailey. Congratulations on your first ever parkrun and hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed having you. You have just got your first pb and therefore, you deserve a treat to reward yourselves.
PB’s… please tell me how 12 of you managed to get a pb in this heat? Congratulations to the following: Andrew Harris, James Wallis, Ed Greenhough, Peter Loxham, David Miller, Mark Thompson, Ollie Hancock, Ryan Tsang, Josh Isenring, Callum Hesletine, Matthew Sykes, Victor Choules.
Visiting Clubs – Nidd Valley Road Runners, Bingley Harriers, Bramley Breezers, Garden City Runners, Leeds City AC, UK parkrun Tourists and of course, our own Rothwell Harriers.
Total runs of all today’s runners – 3082 = 15410km.
Highest total of runs – Dave John Williamson = 467, Wayne King Farlow = 315 and Thomas Gatehouse = 280. That is a lot of Saturdays to give up! Well done everyone.
Thank you to everyone who wore red / white to celebrate the football later today. You rd did have a red top on – however, his bagel this morning oozed butter and it spilt down the front. He was not gonna wear that for love nor money and therefore, went for a different colour.
Our volunteers today who looked after you so well were and we owe a debt of gratitude: Hannah GILLIARD, Lucy GILLIARD, Joshua GILLIARD, Jane GRANT, Caroline GROSVENOR, Roger KIRBY, Sarah KIRBY, James MACE, Kevin MOSELEY, Matthew James PARKER-HAIM, Sharon ROBINSON, Alastair SAYLES, Caroline SHELTON, Julie STEPHENSON, Emma TABOR, Alan TABOR, Dave John WILLIAMSON, Adam WRIGHT.
Did anyone notice the new signs today? 15 new ones found themselves on the course this morning and I hope made you smile. I know the feedback has been very positive and if they make you stop / think and laugh a little, it was worth the time and effort putting them together.
Water – hope this went down well and made things easier for you all.
Don’t forget we have a run / walk group every week for those wanting to ease themselves into running. An excellent opportunity to gradually build up the fitness and tone up. Caroline Shelton looks after this and you are more than welcome.
Please note we are NOT RUNNING NEXT WEEK – 14TH July. The event is cancelled as there is an event on in the park. Time for some tourism and there are plenty to go to local.
Next event is 21st July and Caroline will be looking after you. We do need volunteers for this please and we want your help. No experience needed, just a willing set of hands to clap and encourage others and we will give you all the training. Please get in touch and give us a hand cause without you, we cannot hold this event. The future roster is: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rothwell/futureroster/ or email us at Rothwellhelpers@parkrun.com or contact us through our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rothwellparkrun/
I hope you enjoyed this morning as much as we enjoyed having you and putting it on. Fingers crossed that the football is as almost as good as our parkrun today and the results is just as positive.
Have a great couple of weeks and we look forward to seeing you again on the 21st. Get those miles in, stay hydrated and look after yourselves and each other.