Event number 347
14th July 2018
For the umpteenth week on the trot conditions were perfect and the sun shone as 247 people ran or walked (or even did both) around our beautiful course. I'm sure the rain will return sometime soon but in the mean time I hope you are enjoying the feeling of clean legs and trainers.
21 of our runners this week were first timers including 7 who were doing their first parkrun anywhere and 35 people managed to take advantage of the fast conditions to record personal bests.
In cakewatch the table was resplendent thanks to Peter Jones who was celebrating his 50th run and Annie Woolley who I don't believe was celebrating anything but still produced some very popular gluten-free bakewell tarts.
I know I didn't mention it in the run briefing but that doesn't mean that it's OK to take the finish tokens home with you. Three went missing this week and it really does create extra work for us. If you find one in the pocket of your shorts or wherever please can we have it back?.
As you know, the run can't take place without volunteers. Technically we could stage it with just 6 volunteers (a run director, a tailwalker and the 4 minimum marshalling positions for safety needs) but you wouldn't be timed or get a result.
If we add one volunteer to hand out tokens and one to scan barcodes then you would be recorded as having run but you would get a time of 59:59. However there would be queues in the finish funnel and a long queue for scanning.
A ninth volunteer means we could have a timekeeper, but it wouldn't change the queues and we would have no means of reconciling errors in the results.
But you don't want to queue and you want your results to be accurate don't you? And we achieve that by having a second person on finish tokens; having someone operating the back up timer, which takes a picture and records the time of those crossing the line, and having another person doing barcode scanning.
So our realistic minimum is 10-11 and ideally we would have 12 or more. We're lucky in that we have a number of regulars who help most weeks without running (John, Jane, Norma, Sam) plus some D of E youngsters which is fantastic but it still means that we need you.
If each person volunteered 3 times per year then we would be comfortably covered without the group of run directors getting to Friday evening and fretting whether we'll have enough to go ahead safely. It's been sad to read of so many of the local parkruns recently putting out desperate appeals on facebook on Thursdays and Fridays, especially when it's clear that the number of people doing parkrun is increasing steadily.
What's more, you're not missing out on a run, you're doing a good thing in helping others to have a run. It isn't difficult, it gives you a very different perspective of the whole event and it can be rewarding and fun. Just three times a year is all we ask (but not everyone on the same week!)
Our wonderful volunteers this week who made my job as RD relatively easy were:
Alan LAMB • Jennifer LUTTON • Kate HOLLOWAY • Richard PAVEY • Cary O'DONNELL • Dan MARTELL • Kieron WALSH • Chris SNOW • Mark SYDDALL • Ron CARTER • John GAVIN • Thomas PAVEY • Duane GAUNT • Sam MCGRATH • Jane GAVIN • Norma BURGESS • Amelie MONK • Gill HIGHAM
A big thanks to them all.
If you're interested to see all the results and a complete event history take a look on the Wythenshawe parkrun Results Page.
A reminder to keep an eye out for news about our run on 28th July as we might need to amend our course as the Wythenshawe Games will be taking place.
Wythenshawe parkrun started on 6th August 2011. Since then 8,600 participants have completed 63,560 parkruns covering a total distance of 317,800 km, including 10,795 new Personal Bests.
See you on Saturday. Don't forget your barcode. Or suncream.