So for those of you who've read the last few run reports, this week was supposed to be part two of the volunteer roles (part 1 can be found here) however non-parkrun life has got in the way this week, so instead it's a shorter report, focusing on the confessions of a certain parkrun pacer!
Before we get into my pacing failures (!) for anyone that hasn't read Ayodele's run report from last week, which tells Rebekah's inspiring story, it's well work a read, and you can find it here.
Another distraction before I confess all, with it being International parkrun Day last Saturday, here is the original poster to promote the first parkrun (known at the time as the Bushy Park Time Trial)...
...as well as the results from the first event....
....so I really can't put this off any longer.....so lets start with what I wrote about pacing only two weeks ago, and I've highlighted the key section in blue:
Pacer: On the first Saturday of the month (there are a couple of exceptions, which we communicate at the time) we offer the chance for people to run with pacers, and so are always on the look out for people to pace. It can be any time, although I'd always recommend running a time at least a couple of minutes slower than you 'normally' run. We provide the pacer bibs, with your chosen time on the back, and then it's over to you. The other advice I'd offer on this, is the start is always congested, which can mean you have a slower start than your target time dictates. If this is the case i'd suggest trying to recover the lost time over the 3 laps rather than in the first lap, as those trying to run with you are going to be working hard, it's also well worth having a practice before you try it for the first time. I do enjoy pacing, and it's not a bad feeling knowing you've helped someone a little bit to get round to a new PB!
So remembering that I've only recently written that, and it's based on having paced a few times before at Shorne, you'd expect me to have an idea of what I'm doing........the reality however was more like this:
As predicted above, I started off slow due to the congestion at the start, but that's fine it's as expected and I knew what to do....so within 50 metres of leaving the start line I saw a gap in the runners darted through it leaving everyone trying to get around to 28 minutes in my wake! I honestly didn't realise, and possibly if I'd eased off once I was through the gap it would have been okay, but for whatever reason, I kept the pace up, so by the end of lap 1 I was bang on schedule, meaning I'd recovered all the lost time at the start in one lap rather than over the three!
But even after the first lap there was still time to rescue the situation, however then came mistake number 2, I didn't believe my watch when it said I was running too fast, despite it saying it consistently for a good half a mile, which meant by the end of lap 2 I was 20 seconds ahead of pace
Much too late, I then tried to repair the damage by easing off for the last lap, however I didn't really manage that either as I was still 13 seconds too quick by the end.
So what have I learned, other than the reminding me of what my Dad used to say when I was growing up "do what I say, not what I do!", that maybe I need to listen to the other advice I offered, which is a bit of practice before the next pacing day on the 10th November!
Heartfelt apologies to anyone trying to use me to get round to 28 minutes on Saturday.
Event #290 - 6th October 2018
This week was International parkrun Day, otherwise known as parkrun's 14th Birthday, and as well as celebrating with cake (which went down a treat!) we also had our first Sign Support role as we were joined by Jess who kindly signed for us (thank you Jess). Unfortunately it's not a role we're currently able to offer, however if you do know anyone that can sign, and maybe interested in joining us on a Saturday morning, it would be great to be able to offer this, and promote this role to potentially open up Shorne Woods parkrun for deaf/hard of hearing parkrunners.
This week we were joined by 233 parkrunners & 32 volunteers, of which we had 4 first time parkrunners, and 7 first time tourists, which included our sign support Jess, and a group up from Portsmouth.
A huge thank you to all our volunteers for event #290, this week's superstars were:
David REID • Jonathan CROWLE • Robert Norton SIBLEY • Gary GROUTAGE • Lesley WRIGHT • Graham WRIGHT • Dawn GRANGER • Alison CHAPMAN • Susan Louise BEECHAM • Matthew BAXTER • Peter GRANGER • Kay KAPSALIS • Phil SWEETING • David REED • Ian AUBORN • Becky BAXTER • Daniel GREEN • Martin FLYNN • Ken PHILLIPS • Geoffrey BAINS • Jess LYONS • Isaac THOMAS • Jess HEYWORTH • Bernard PRESSMAN • Sarah TERRY • Yozanne TERRY • Ursula WHEATLEY • Rebekah PASHLEY • Helen TELFER • Donna MARTIN • Lily NORMAN • Bethan CARTER
Also this week, 2 of you celebrated a parkrun milestone, as Poppy completed her 10th parkrun (a milestone only recognised for juniors) and Samantha completed her 50th!
There were also an amazing 53 of you who achieved a new PB (also including Poppy)!
Congratulations to all 54 of you!
We do still need a few volunteers for this week, including a tail walker, a couple of people to scan barcodes, as well as a couple more marshals & someone to take photos.
If you are able to help out this Saturday, or in future weeks, please drop us an email (email@example.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday. You can find the roster for the next few weeks here
All feedback on the run reports, topics for future reports, or indeed letting us know you'd like to write it one week, gratefully received.
See you on parkrunday,