As many of the readers of our run reports will know, we ask (actually we insist, it is one of their set objectives) all of our D of E students to make a contribution to our weekly offering, usually towards the end of their 13 or 26 weeks volunteering stint. This week it is Ethan’s turn, and here is his take on the events of last Saturday.
For the third time this year, there was a big turnout at Rushcliffe. 566 parkrunners ran, jogged or walked the 5km course. In 18:45, Andy Gibiino was our first finisher, and he got a PB, for the second Saturday in a row.
The weather was on the wet side, but was never too cold and only started spitting after about 50 minutes.
As far as milestones are concerned, Christopher Kirby and Dan Pedley did their 100ths. Eddy George is just two more runs away from 100, just like Tim Siggs. whilst Iain Colville is just 1 run away from 200 and Kat Smith 2 away. Jillian Bourgeois is just 2 Saturdays away from having gained her 250 milestone.
Our most significant milestone was mentioned in the pre-run brief. Congratulations to John Oldfield for his 100th volunteering stint. Thank you John for your support of Rushcliffe parkrun.
There were many parkrun first timers. Welcome to Mark Haywood, Sheena Brown, Victoria Baker, Carmel Atkinson, Teresa Morgan, Vickey Aikens, Isabelle Atkinson, Rachel Clack, Philip Johnson, Sinead Gallagher, Dave Eatherington, Robyn Glen, Rebecca Emerson, James Catton, Jemma Oldknow, Andy Baker, Lisa Brassington, Alex Wilde, Matt Rowley, Tom Catton, Sam Evans, Lisa Palmer, Shaun Emerson, Steve Evans, Hannah Bourne, Julian Taylor, George Baker, Paul Colman, and Ryan Williams, who was our fastest first timer this week.
As for the volunteers, we had 28 people helping and sorting everything out. The run director this week was Geoff Hardy, who also helped out in the funnel. Everything went smoothly and we had no problems, which are always good, even if the funnel was quite crowded after the first 20 minutes for about 15 minutes, but everything went well.
Thank you Ethan. He refers to our crowded funnel, which did rather test our volunteer’s organisational and operational skills – a test that we think they passed with flying colours. Our extra long funnel came into its own and, despite lengthy queues to collect the finish tokens, we coped admirably to keep the finish line clear for that final sprint, even with nearly 50 finishers per minute during the busiest times from 26 to 30 minutes.
Enough of our self-congratulation. (We were quite proud of ourselves). To relive it again, and look for yourself glowing beautifully as you approach the finish line, have a look through Jo’s fabulous photo album, some of which we have used to illustrate this run report. Available on facebook, via the link below. Thank you Jo.
Jo captured many images of the ladies from the See How She Runs group from West Bridgford. They were out in force, wearing their distinctive pink, to celebrate their 5th anniversary. The group is lead by Karen Usher and there was lots of ‘love’ for the fantastic job she does. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary at Rushcliffe.
That is event number 329 put to bed. We will now start preparing for next week and are already wondering how many parkrunners will be joining us? See you Saturday.