Hello and welcome to our latest run report.
On Sunday we welcomed a large number of you to Locke Park. 100 juniors took part, giving us our 4th highest attendance of the year and our 4th of the year into 3 figures.
Before the main briefing, we did a separate one specificaly for new and visiting runners. We think this is better for all, as we are getting healthy numbers of new runners most weeks now and it is important to explain the course and finish funnel process to them, without covering the same info every week for those who regularly attend. We've only being doing this for a few weeks, so we will see how it goes and may change it as time goes by.
We started the pre-run briefing with a short silence as a mark of respect for the tragedy in Manchester. This was very well observed and we thank you all for that and are proud of the maturity shown by the children.
We reminded everyone that there is no junior parkrun on 11 June (this is due to the classic car show event taking place in the park, and they need vehicles to be driving into the park to set up at the same time as we would be running). We then handed out just the one milestone wristband - a blue half-marathon one for 11 runs - to this young lady. Well done!
Jayne and Lyndsey then led another great warmup, and here's a photo. If you'd like to see a quick video clip, we posted one on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Sunday's volunteers were this wonderful lot:
Mick BOOKER, Stephanie BOWER, Rainbow BURDEN - SHARP, Christine CAPEWELL, Bill COTON, Jason EVANS, Ian FRANCE, Jamie GODWIN, Geoff HOLMES, Lyndsey JONES, Charlotte JONES, Keith LITTLEWOOD, Gaynor LUNN, Jude MITCHELL, Tony MURRAY, Jayne OGLEY, Ellie STEPHENSON, Paul STEPHENSON, Ian WALTON, Dawn L WALTON
Thanks to all of them for giving up the time to help out. These events can't happen without our volunteers and we would urge any of you who haven't tried it to give it a go. We really do need the support of as many of you as possible to ensure we fill our roster each week.
As you may have seen from our Twitter and Facebook posts, one of our scanner devices was playing up on Sunday leaving us with a bit of detective work to do with the data after the event. Thanks to those of you that knew which position you finished - that helped us to sort it all out.
A couple of issues that arose on Sunday have prompted us to remind you all of a couple of things.
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the course at junior parkruns. They are allowed to run (1 per runner and on a short leash) at the 5km Saturday parkruns, but are not permitted at junior events.
Barcodes: Please check the barcodes you give to your children. We have had a few instances recently of children presenting their parent's barcode. The results system filters out overage runners from the results and records the place as an unknown. It's a lot easier for all concerned to check you've got the right one before you leave the house.
Thank you for your understanding.
So, on to the stats for Sunday:
13 First Timers - 12 joining us for their first ever event and 1 visiting from Nostell. Welcome to you all and it is great to see so many new faces each week;
22 New PBs - great work! Well done to you all;
and 7 Unkowns (now that we've pieced the data together!)
Looking a bit further ahead, another couple of dates for your diaries:
23 July - Barnsley Hospice's Bubble Rush event is taking place in the park. We have made arrangements with them so that junior parkrun will go ahead. If anyone is interested in taking part in the Bubble Rush, see the hospice's website for more info here.
13 August - no junior parkrun - due to the Locke Park summer gala event.
That's all for this week, see you on Sunday.