PARKRUN ON THE PROM: THE RETURN! (and this time there’s fancy dress…)

Parkrun on prom

Great news Weymouth parkrunners! With the utility works continuing on our regular route, we’ve had permission to repeat our ‘parkrun on the prom’ this Saturday. That’s right, the Saturday 19th May parkrun will take place on the prom.

And, to celebrate the Royal Wedding we're having one of our famous fancy dress runs. Please don your finest red, white and blue outfits and add even more colour to Weymouth seafront!

We are very grateful to the beach team at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for allowing this to happen once again.

Like last week, the start and finish will be at the Lodmoor end of the beach wall. The route will go towards Preston on the beach wall, turning around at the Oasis cafe and heading towards Weymouth almost to the clock tower where you will turn around and make your way back to the finish at Lodmoor on the path towards the land train turnaround.
Please make sure you listen to the briefing which will be at the finish area and familiarise yourself with the route as there is no lead bike.

There are likely to be walkers and cyclists who won't be expecting to see lots of parkrunners so please be courteous to all other users of the seafront and remember we do not have automatic right of way.

Parking as usual will be at Lodmoor carpark (charges apply) or the college carpark. We will have a marshal in the car park directing you towards the briefing area and start.

Volunteers, please check in at the shed in Lodmoor car park as usual.

The parkrun shed will be locked from 8.50 until approx 10.15 so any belongings left there can only be collected when we return the kit to the shed.

Thanks and have a great parkrun on the prom.

The Weymouth parkrun team

 

Saturday 12 May

Saturdays parkrun will be on the prom starting at the Lodmoor end of the beach wall at 9am

 

Under 11′s at parkrun

Hi kids especially under 11's and their mums and dads

We posted on facebook before Christmas about running with your adult at all times if you do parkrun on a Saturday.  We don't like asking you to let us know who you are running with each week so we've made some sashes for you and your adult to wear.  These are being modelled for us by Stella and Charlotte.  You may recognise both of them from junior parkrun.

Stella and Charlotte with the 'under11 sashes'
 

Simply collect a sash from the volunteer table or the Run Director for you and your adult (we have different sizes), wear them throughout the run and hand them back to us when you get your barcode scanned.  Ask the failed barcodes volunteer to write down both yours and your adults position token number and we can identify you in the results.

Don't forget parkrun have 2 rules for under 11's.  Firstly you have to be within arms reach of your adult at all times and secondly you must cross the line just in front of your adult.

If we see any of you without an adult or there's no obvious adult next to you in the results we have been asked to remove your name from the results until Mum or Dad let us know who you were running with and we really don't want to do that.

Mum and Dad can view the parkrun parkrun code of conduct.

 

Why has my finishing position/time changed?

If we then find it necessary to modify the results to make a correction in relation to say a runner who didn't take a finish token (funnel duckers), or crossed the line twice, etc we will reprocess the results to apply the correction.  This can sometimes cause a runners position and time to change.  We don't do this lightly, as we realise that potentially allocating a runner a slower time is less than pleasing for the runner (but likewise as was the case recently, a runner had a PB by approx. 2 minutes which as you can imagine if left unchecked could be months before the 'fake PB' could be beaten for real).

We have a number of systems (manned by our ever so helpful and friendly volunteers) in place to try and ensure our initial accuracy:

  •  two finish line stopwatches (which are cross referenced against each other)
  •  number checker (who confirms name & time of approx. every 10th runner, so we can generally pinpoint the problem to a small group)
  •  numerous funnel managers to keep 'naughty' runners in check
  •  failed barcodes clipboard to deal with barcode scanning issues
  • a team who ensure the tokens are handed out in order, to every runner who crosses the line
  • a large team who sort the tokens to ensure they are handed out in the correct order and that none have been ‘borrowed’

However that said, we aren't perfect and errors do and will happen.  When we are advised of an error, we do our best to resolve it - to the satisfaction of the runner with the issue, while also trying to ensure the rest of the results we believe to be accurate remain so.

The results shown on the parkrun website should always been considered to be the most up to date and accurate.  When results are reprocessed, emails and text messages aren’t sent again (unless you were a failed barcode scan and were missed from the initial published set of results).

In an ideal world we would never have to reprocess results, as this is time consuming for the Results Processor, and also means a batch of emails to reply to as well when runners email in questioning why their time or position has changed.  One final thing to keep in mind is that results pages on the parkrun website are cached, so changes which we apply to the results may not immediately appear on your web browser (generally they are available 15 minutes later).  As you can imagine, the load on the parkrun website on a Saturday & Sunday is very high so this system is in place to ensure smooth and fast page delivery.

If you do final any positions tokens which have accidentally made their way home with you, then please do return them, as they cost us money to replace, and can affect results if don't realise one is missing.

If you feel that your result is wrong, please email weymouthoffice (@parkrun.com) quoting your name and runner (ie. a123456) number and as much detail as possible so that we can attempt to efficiently resolve the issue.  Issues raised on facebook may be missed or picked up late, so we would ask that if you only use email as a means of contact when it comes to results issues.  Remember that we are all volunteers, so we may not respond the moment you email us!

 

Weymouth parkrun and Christmas (2017)

Christmas parkrun
Christmas means a bump batch of parkruns.... Saturday 23rd, and then as a bonus event we are holding our first ever run on Christmas Day, and then we'll finish off the year with our final parkrun of 2017 on the 30th.

The 30th may be a pacing event, we'll see how well the survey fills up between now and then.

Our Christmas Day event will take place at the normal time of 0900, but be aware that the college car park may not be open, so you may need to seek alternative parking, or even stump up a few pennies to use the main Pay and Display carpark at Lodmoor, although that will probably only be 50p (do check the boards!).  If you opt to park in the near by residential streets, then please park responsibly.  There will are more details on our facebook Christmas Event page, but Santa hats, tinsel or anything Christmassy for runners, volunteers and supporters are encouraged :-)  For anyone wishing to partake in the harbour swim you should have plenty of time to run and then nip over to the harbour before being able to tuck into a well earned festive feast!

We won't be holding an event on New Year's Day; sorry about that, but if you feel the desire, then please check out the parkrun compendium for a complete list of locations and if they are holding additional runs or not in case you need another parkrun fix!

For those who attend junior parkrun, they will be holding an event on Christmas Eve at 0900 - their first festive junior parkrun (remember this is a 2k course, and not suitable for adults!)

As it as been a while since our last new post, we'd like to take the opportunity to remind parents that children under the age of 11 must always be within arms length around the park for the duration of the run of their 'responsible' adult.  This can be a parent, or a friend/family member (but they must be 18 or over).  If the latter, or you do not share a common surname as the under 11, then please contact us (ideally by email), stating the adults name and the under 11s name.  We'll be checking the results and any under 11s found without their responsible adult next to them in the results will be removed until we can confirm if there were running alone.  We don't want to be harsh about this, but this is a safe guarding issue for the under 11s.  parkrun has very few rules, so lets try and not break them!

More and more runners are taking advantage of our spare barcode folder, which all regular Weymouth parkrun runners are encouraged to leave a spare barcode in.  If you turn up and run, and then realise you have forgotten your barcode you can grab the spare from the folder, have it scanned and then pop it back in the folder.  As results processors we don't like seeing 'unknowns' in the results as much as you don't like missing out on not seeing your total run count increase each week!

You may have noticed The Friends of Lodmoor County Park were also in attendance this morning.  They were trying to raise funds by selling 2018 calendars and also observing how we operate the parkrun in Weymouth.  There is some concern of the path through the trees (which we currently pass through twice).  The width of runners in this section could potentially be causing issues to recently planted trees and bulbs.  Once again we would like to remind runners to keep to the paths and not to try and perform sneaky overtakes in the trees!  You can join the Friends, for just £2/year (Nov-Nov) per household and this entitles members to discounts at other park based attractions - but not at parkrun as we are free already!

Finally, the run report for this week.  Despite the slight chilly morning, and the odd little patch of ice (mainly in the carpark), we had 231 parkrun members taking part.  A special mention to Gail who completed her 100th parkrun with us (87 in Weymouth, and the remaining 13 runs being covered by 8 tourist locations, including Clearmont Waterpark in America).  Undoubtedly due to 2 different Couch 2 5k events recently finishing, they both used the parkrun as the first 5k run, which saw 25 first timers at Weymouth - well done to you all, we hope to see as many of you as possible going forward.  The conditions seemed to spur runners on as there were 33 new PBs - the thought of warm shower post run must work, or maybe it was the tub of sweets...

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