Not being 100% sure on being at parkrun this week I decided that if I made it there, I would run this week rather than volunteer. Having returned from Canada the day before and jet lag setting in I was surprised to wake up in plenty time to make the start, the body clock must know what’s important!
Not having run the course since the change of direction I thought I’d check out Adam’s first timers briefing which also give a great chance to see who else is there for the first time and get an idea of where they have travelled from. As always, Adam did a great job, fully explained the course before then explaining the finishing process and finish funnel/token system to those who were brand new to parkrun. It didn’t take long to find out that one of the people listening to the brief was originally due to take part in the now cancelled Triathlon which was due to take place this weekend, we hope you enjoyed your parkrun instead, much less cycling and swimming involved...
Any new visitors to Alderford Lake parkrun should check out the first timers briefing which is held at the first timers and tourists post which is straight in front of Admissions. We start this at 8:50am each week.
Liz was the RD this week and had worked hard in the week to make sure that all was well organised and that we had enough volunteers to go ahead safely, we have put extra marshals in place on over the busy summer, so we really have really appreciated all those who have come forward to help out. Parkrun cannot happen without volunteers.
After last week’s appearance by the hot air balloon, I am sure it was quite a surprise to find this week it was back, maybe next week they’ll stay and run? But this week, as the volunteers had made the course ready, it was up, up and away, being waved off by Duncan who was fresh from laying out the course.
Straight after the first timers briefing it was time to make our way to the start and Liz to give the full run brief. As we took off, she announced the milestone that Adrian Kent was running his 50th parkrun and applause arose from the runners as we left the field. Another celebration this week for the Grandfield family as they ran together to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
It was my first running on the new course and it was nice to see all the marshals around the course, Natalie, Kathy, Jill, Jane, Janice, Julie and Sue on the first part of the course leading into the woods, on approaching the end of the woods I could hear the cowbells ringing out, (I’d better not stop now), and there were Connie and Adrian, Connie ringing her bell to encourage us all around the last section of the field (well we had to do it all again) but there she still was, the second time around, still ringing her bell loudly as ever! Thanks Connie.
Normally being on the volunteer side of the run, it was great to see it all happen, the smiling volunteers turning into high viz heroes as they put on those fetching pink jackets, and once more it was all like clockwork.
Turning into Hi Viz heroes!!
We had two new timekeepers this week in Mandy and Carol, and a great job they did too. I think Keith Cotton may have welcomed a second or two off his time as he missed a pb by just one second, oh so nearly… well there’s always next time..
At the finish area we also had Aaron, Jon, Linda, Pete, and Jack ensuring we all got our tokens and barcodes scanned and Paul was last over the line as tail walker.
We think we've finished!!
4 People did their first ever parkrun at Alderford Lake this week, Darren SAYNOR, Oliver DURKIN, Peter KEOGH and Evelyn TROW, while Nicola COLLINS and Oscar ADAMS returned for that all important 2nd parkrun.
This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Jonathan MORGAN • Liz RANKIN • Mandy LEWIS • Linda CALLAGHAN • Adam RICHARDS • Paul EVANS • Duncan MEREDITH • Aaron ASHTON • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Sue EVANS • Carol FOWLES • Julie HOLLINS • Natalie STEVENSON • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Adrian SWABY-BOAG • Connie SWABY-BOAG • Jack GRIFFITHS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).
Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,300 participants have completed 5,611 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,055 km, including 1,023 new Personal Bests. A total of 183 individuals have volunteered 860 times.