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...