Lizard Spotting Tail Walkers!

Roundshaw Downs #488

Today's run report is brought to you from the tail of Roundshaw Downs parkrun. There were two tail walkers this week: Andrew and Lynda. It was an injury club tail walk (between us, a poorly Achilles and a poorly hip flexor). However, there was no grumping, grumbling or moaning about these niggles. The atmosphere of the whole event was happy and cheery and sunsoaked. Let me tell you why...

But incidentally, let me tell you first off of something we saw on the way round. Those of us taking it at more of a walk pace were going at pace that allowed us to spot a little lizard scurrying across the path, soaking up the sun. We noticed him for his tail. As tail walkers we had tails on the brain, clearly. A lizard is certainly not something I've ever seen at parkrun before. If you're normally someone who jogs or runs round, give some thought to doing it as a walk, or as the tail walker, one week. You get a totally different perspective on the event, and a totally different set of things to make you smile.

So why were we, and everyone else, smiling this week? Well, during the pre-run brief we found out it was Mick's 100th run. Mick is the Event Director at Roundshaw Downs, and was the co-founder of the event 9 years ago. 9 years to tick off 100 parkruns is maybe a somewhat leisurely rate (only 11 per year, on average!), but what this stat doesn't tell you is that Mick has been Run Director 151 times, Volunteer Coordinator 143 times and has an official volunteer tally of 361! A whole lot of volunteering! He's been instrumental in Roundshaw Downs' success over the years, so the whole field was keen to congratulate him on his 100 Milestone! Mick then bashed out some 4 min kilometers (a pace incompatible with lizard spotting) get back in 20:01, and celebrate his cumulative 500km of parkrunning with the finish line volunteers.

In total we had 115 finishers at Roundshaw Downs this week. The first was an unknown runner (although he came to Costa for a post-run coffee, so we know exactly who he is. He's Simon, a tourist from Southwark). The last were the two tail walkers. In between were 112 happy people who had all started their weekend in the best possible way. And this was all thanks to the 14 volunteers. Some more stats are here:

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 488
4th August 2018
This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Mick TURNER • Abby BRYON • Tim GRAY • Paul David COOPER • Ric ADAMS • Michael OGUNNAIKE • Lynda CAMERON • Hilary RANKIN • Andrew MCGOVERN • Max STILLMAN • Rob HARRIS • Abigail ADAMS • Lindsey TANNER • Nicholas TANNER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Roundshaw Downs parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 5,375 participants have completed 48,520 parkruns covering a total distance of 242,600 km, including 7,276 new Personal Bests.