The 20th of July hosted the 246th Banbury parkrun and made way for a new Run Director, Jo Woodbridge (my Mum) who carried out the role for the first time. Despite being nervous, she aced it and made a good first impression.
This now leads me onto my experience as a Run Director.
For the past 6 months, I woke up early and volunteered every Saturday carrying out most roles as part of my bronze D of E award. This included, marshalling, barcode scanning, timekeeping and a host of other roles found on the roster sheet culminating in my being RD. My favourite role was most certainly being the Run Director as I had to lead the event and in doing this it allowed me to gain experience, maturity and teamwork skills all of which are very important for adulthood.
I learnt just how much of a complex operation the amazing core team carry out behind the scenes as there are so many things to do and check including: results, position tokens and the volunteer roster to name but a few. If anyone reading this has not volunteered before, please consider it as we can’t run the event without you.
The day itself started muggy, but soon morphed into a sunny one nearer the end. There were 4 milestones in total: Adrian Evans and Simon Hook both ran their 50ths, Wendy and Maddie Carter carried out their 25th volunteer stints and Ben Miller also completed his 50th run at the age of 9! Big congratulations to all of you on these great achievements.
With 42 first timers; 27 new PBs and our farthest tourist coming from Scotland, it was a successful parkrun for all.
D of E Volunteer
The event was made possible by our fantastic volunteers:
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Banbury parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).
Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014.