Well what a corker it was- On the first day of 2019, hundreds of folk descended on Shipley Country Park resulting in a new record for our event.
To kick start the year in style I decided to try an alternative pre run brief.....
"Welcome to Shipley Country parkrun, event number 93
and here today we approach 2019 with glee
If you come every week, you'll soon be much fitter
well, you certainly won't be any...... worse!
This next bit is where we all get to cheer
as we thank you team of ace volunteers
Thanks for our volunteers for making today possible
if you thank them when you pass them, you will find them quite hospitable
Visit our website to find out how
to get involved...but dont do it now
there's a run to do first, but maybe later
you could have a chat with Nicola, our volunteer co-ordinator
You'll spot our volunteers in their bright hi-viz vests
other Parkrun's have marshals, but Shipley's are the best
We've got timekeepers, scanners and a fab token Queen (Lisa K blushes)
We've got sorters and tailwalkers who dont earn a bean
So join us next week, you won't regret it
I'd tell you the email address but you'd only forget it
[here it is folks email@example.com, or contact us through our Shipley Country parkrun Volunteers Facebook Group]
Are here any Tourists with us today?
[Visitors from Leamington, Kettering, Manchester, Basingstoke,Mansfield to name but a few]
Thank you for coming, we're glad you could make it,
Dont forget your barcode to show you didn't fake it
Any birthdays or milestones today to report?
[We suitably embarrassed Michelle Broughton who was celebrating her 50th parkrun event!Congratulations also to Gail Sudbury. Carrie Broughton was celebrating her 100th run!!]
Are there any under 11's today that have shown up?
Remember to stay at all times with your grown up
That might mean running slower with mum or with dad
'Cos going solo invalidates our insurance and that would be bad
Are there any dogs here? You're all so cool
You're welcome here, but we have just one rule
Please keep your owner on a very short lead
and that way you and your human are sure to succeed
Please be courteous to other park users
our access isn't exclusive, so don't be abusers
keep left on the paths and it will work out fine
with luck you might even get a personal best time
Remember our course is an unintentional 'p'
And twice up that hill that is renowned at Shipley
Its slippery up the hill, so careful as you go
there are some pinch points so take them quite slow
After your run or walk join us in Ramblers Cafe
I know it will seem quite strange being a weekday
But I can assure you of a parkrun treat
A hot drink, a scone and a comfy seat
If you are off to o the parkrun double
please do take it steady to avoid any trouble
so join me in one last cheer
as we launch this parkrun on this new year
Timekeepers are you ready?
We're all set to go!
Do you have your GPS signal?
Too late, you're too slow
3, 2, 1.....gooooooooooo!"
So a prompt 9:00am start, saw 376 runners, joggers, shufflers and walkers jolly around Shipley Country Park with the assistance of 24 volunteers.
Thank you to our amazing volunteers: Jo RHODES • Jessica DOBSON • Rebecca DICKINSON • Lisa KIRKLEY • Hannah PETRIE • Tim SIMPSON • Ian MORLEY • Lisa SIMPSON • Tara LEACEY • Harrison MORLEY • Michael ANDREW • Claire COOMBES • Julian BLOOR • Colin NORTHEDGE • Nicola CARTER • Jacqueline SAUNDERS • Isobel MORLEY • Priya AGHEDA • Janet LAWN • Aaron INCE • Paul HEAPPEY • Vanessa DOBSON • Dawn LITCHFIELD • Kevin BOTTO
We had a staggering 123 first timers to Shipley, with 32 of you setting new personal bests. What a cracking start to 2019!!