It has been a mixed week this week in terms of news and results throughout the world. A lot of news has been about the World Cup and as I write this, the final is just about to start (being an Arsenal girl I have to say I am supporting France!)
Did you know parkrun volunteers work like a country's football team? The team meet together for the first time on the Saturday morning at 0815 similar to the way footballers do when they start training as a country team. They do not necessarily know the other volunteers who are marshalling, barcode scanning or time keeping with however they all have one aim which is to work together to ensure a safe, happy parkrun and great results for everyone. In that process they get to know each other. That is one of the joys I find in volunteering is the getting to know new people.
However as each country manager has to at the World Cup, after each match they start planning for the next match. The same applies for parkrun, no sooner is one parkrun packed away and the results known then the plan for the following Saturday starts to be put into operation by the amazing Volunteer Coordinators. They brilliantly coordinate a group of people who come together to help create the event that occurs on a Saturday morning that we know and love. Unlike country football managers most our VC's have busy day jobs and do an incredibly important role, behind the scenes for which as RD's we are very grateful.
Today I was thinking about some of the amazing volunteers we are fortunate to have who help on a regular basis and despite wheelchairs, crutches, broken bones etc nothing stops them and they are there smiling and helping to make parkrun the great event it is. It was lovely to have some extra help yesterday also from some very small helpers at the barcode scanning tables who were so patient and well behaved allowing their mums to volunteer!
I was also privileged to watch the first few runners come across the line as I was standing by the token supporters. They for once also seemed hot and a tad tired so it must have been hot out there! We are very lucky to have such amazingly fast young men and women that do such incredible times and are now beginning to be recognised elsewhere in the UK for their amazing speed. The first 9 across the line today had times between 15:35 and 19:37. All were over 25 years old except for the incredibly fast JM11-14 Nicholas Hollan-Ellidge (19:08). Well done all!
Of note, two had new PB's-Ian Black and Chris Iddles-well done to them! One other deserves a special mention and that is Chris Tyson. Chris Tyson represented in the UK in the World Championships Aquathon in Denmark on 12th July, 2018. He finished an amazing 12th in the World, yes you did read that right-12th in the World! Well done Chris! Particularly well done to Chris and Lauren for not only being in Denmark yesterday, arriving in the UK at 0200 on Saturday morning but volunteering and running at parkrun a few hours later!
Well done also to the first lady across the line, Frances Johnston in 20:59-a new PB for her too! 17 runners out of the first 100 had a PB this morning too, so well done to all of them!
Congratulations to Nigel Field on being the Park Runner of the Month for June. Thank you Nigel for all you do and well done on all your amazing runs in recent months.
We are looking forward to Tilgate being painted Sapphire Blue next Saturday as the Horley Harriers take over Tilgate!
I hope you have a good week and if any of you have France or Croatia in the sweepstake at work, I hope your team wins!
Katherine Martin, RD.