A certain Benjamin Disraeli is reported to once have said, “There is no education like adversity.” Perhaps we all learnt a little about ourselves this morning in what were fairly miserable running and volunteering conditions. Well done to us all.
Our finish line volunteers and scanners were on the cusp of frostbite at one point this morning. You will be pleased to hear that no hospital admissions were necessary on this occasion. Through adversity (and the pain barrier) in the name of parkrun. Marvellous.
Indeed it was one of our volunteers who was the recipient of our only major milestone this morning. Congratulations to Heather Patterson who volunteered for the 25th time today.
Heather started joining us almost exactly a year ago, and since then has not only improved her time by over 20 (!) minutes, she has also revolutionised our tea/coffee and general preparedness. Heather also saw the sense to provide us with a collapsible bin after nearly 200 events. A true parkrun innovator. Well done Heather!
Moving on to the 151 of you who weren’t put off by the dreich January morning. Well done to you all. Not easy going out there. A special welcome to the 20 good folk who joined us for the first time and to our visitors from other parkruns. We hope you enjoyed your morning.
The personal best count took a bit of a spike today too, so the conditions obviously agreed with some of you.
Well done to Team McAlpin who both left Wallace Park with shiny new PBs to their names. Richard and Patrycja both flew around the course in 20:17 and 24:54 respectively.
112 parkrun veteran (and still a junior athlete) Katy Dunn smashed her previous best time by 1 whole second to giver herself a new PB of 25:58. Well done Katy!
Another junior athlete performing great things was Dylan Hall who powered his way through the 30 minute barrier for the first time, with a new PB of 29:47.
Finally for today, well done to Aoife Quinn who creeps closer to sub 27 minutes, with a time of 27:07, taking nearly half a minute off her previous best. Super stuff.
Full results in the usual spot: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wallace/results/latestresults/
Now, to our hardy bunch of volunteers who may or may not be still warming up. The fact that, at one point today, the topic of conversation between our timekeepers was whether we could source a patio heater to keep us warm says all you need to know. It was baltic.
Nevertheless, our thanks to them all. We cease to operate without your generosity and willingness to sacrifice your Saturday morning. It’s never taken for granted. Please do consider putting your name down to help. The roster is always in need of more people. Many hands make light work, and all that.
With that in mind, and with the inimitable John “JT” Torrans as our Run Director today, we can thank:
Timekeepers: Jim Pow and Jonny Davis.
Finish Tokens: Jon Kay.
Funnel Manager: Beverly Reid.
Barcode Scanners: Clare Carson and Laura Johnston.
Marshals: Jennifer Liggett, Kathleen Stewart and Rebekah Andrews.
Tea/Coffee: Heather Patterson and Marie Therese Fegan.
We hope you all enjoyed your run, jog or walk with us this morning. It was a pleasure to see you all again.
We’ll be in the park again next Saturday morning. You best be there too.
Don’t forget your barcode!