In a few weeks the infamous Badwater Ultramarathon takes places across the aptly named Death Valley in California.
It is widely regarded as one of the toughest races in the world as competitors run 135 miles in temperatures upwards of 130 Fahrenheit (54 celsius). Unsurprisingly, very few people have ever actually finished the race.
However, rumour has it that organisers are considering hosting it in the the greater Lisburn area this year as it is just as hot here apparently.
Yes, perhaps we’re exaggerating ever so slightly but it’s safe to say yesterday was one of the hottest parkruns in recent memory.
We’re going to assume that the heat accounted for some of you as we “only” had 189 finishers this week. We had visitors from all over. A extra special welcome to all 16 of you joining us for the first ever time. The sun always shines like that in Lisburn. Honestly.
In the important news, we had three milestones of note yesterday morning!
The first milestone is well, hmm, mine. If there’s a prize for the longest amount of time to reach 50 parkruns, then I must be a candidate. It’s only taken nearly 5 years to get there. Let’s hope the next 50 don’t take quite as long.
Rebecca Nixon, the other 50 milestoner didn’t take quite as long as I did to get there. She joined us for the first time yesterday too. Well done Rebecca!
Junior runner, Andrew Rankin, joined the 10 club yesterday. He did it in style too with a shiny new PB of 21:35. Well done Andrew.
As for you super swift PB hunters, 39 of you could claim new fastest times when your results came through yesterday. You clearly didn’t wilt in the heat! On the PB wall of fame this week is:
Clare Carson, our first lady finisher, who knocked a sizeable 20 seconds off her previous best time. Creeping closer to sub-24.
Brendan McKenna ran his fastest time since September 2014. He did it in style too knocking one whole second off his previous best. Always on time is Brendan (so he says)!
Iris Peel (expertly guided by Gillian Johnston), recorded her 4th PB in a row knocking over two minutes off in the process! Well done Iris.
Dave Martin will be feeling especially pleased, as he smashed through the 30 minute mark for the first time at Wallace. His first PB since July 2016. Super work Dave.
Finally, Orla Rice went sub-29 for the first time and recorded her first PB since January. 28:44 for Orla. Well done to her.
All the results in the usual spot: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wallace/results/latestresults/
Now, our weekly vote of thanks to all of you who answered the volunteer call during the week. Volunteers are a perpetual necessity if we are to exist, and we thank you all for your generous offers to give up your Saturday morning. If you haven’t volunteered this year, we encourage you to give it a go. There’s a job for everybody, every week.
With that in mind, and with Brenda Harris as our Run Director, you can thank:
Timekeepers: Jim Pow and John Torrans.
Finish Token hander-outer: Michael Harris.
Funnel manager: Beverly Reid.
Barcode Scanners: Gillian Alister, Laura Johnston and Jack Glass.
Marshals: Gareth Connolly, Joshua Lindsay, Rebekah Andrews, Marie Therese Ward and Conor Ward.
Tea/Coffee: Katie McAuley and Marie Therese Fegan.
Equipment storage and delivery: Heather Patterson.
Results processor: Jonathan Davis.
VI Guide: Gillian Johnston.
Tail walker: Catherine Gray.
We are also indebted to our monthly fleet of pacers. They make a difficult task look effortless. This week we can thank Niall Ward (20 minutes), David Wright (21), Patrick Kerr (22), Jeff Glass (23), Colin Ramsden (24), Jonathan Davis (25), Fiona Dickson (26), Sharon Ramsden (27), Paul Bracken (28) and Linda Harley (35).
If you want to offer your volunteering skills for next week, then we are currently accepting expressions of interest. The roster is looking fairly sparse as it stands. Just let us know!
We know lots of you are starting to head off on holidays and the like, and by the sounds of things integrating parkrun into your plans too. Wherever you end up we hope you have fun.
We’ll all be back in Wallace Park again next week. We hope you’ll be there too.