Wasn't it just glorious on Saturday morning! It had stopped raining, the Beeston parkrun course might have sported a few more puddles than usual, the water levels in the Trent might have been higher than usual (nothing our amazing marshals could not handle though!), and with finally a parkrun-sized break in the rain, 446 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests! It was a pleasure to welcome visitors both from nearby (unfortunately cancelled parkruns) such as Long Eaton and Clifton, and also runners from further afield such as Alice Holt and Hull.
A special mention must go the 25 volunteers- listed below- who went beyond and above this week in order to keep runners safe. A massive thank you to the extra marshals who looked after runners along the riverside, especially as some extra volunteers stepped forward on Saturday morning. The merry band of high-vis heroes who undertook duties as varied as marshalling, barcode scanning, sign language briefing, guide running and funnel managing were
Chris BEXTON • Peter FOWLES • Matt ROBSON • Sheena PARRY • Lucy BARKER • John R HARRISON • Alistair BLOOMFIELD • Jack BIBBY • Dave NETTLETON • Stephen BROWN • Isak IBRAHIM • Gordon STONER • Rachel WARD • Matthew HOLYLAND • Angie DRIVER • Gabriele THOMAS-NEHER • Freddie THOMAS-NEHER • Victoria SEDMAN • Trina BEAUMONT • Lara BISHOP • Katharina MEYER-OHLE • Phil JOHNSON • Jane JOHNSON • Ruth CORNOCK * Sheena PARRY
Volunteering is a great way of building community and this week we at Beeston parkrun HQ were really struck by how the community of runners came together to keep an eye on our parkrun route. Thank you muchly from all of us for the emails and Facebook posts keeping us updated about the situation at the Weirfield; on Friday night a hardy bunch of runners from Beeston AC actually used their training run to run the parkrun course, just to make sure that the course was safe for Saturday morning. Honestly, it makes us very happy to see how much the community values the parkrun.
Which leads me to a community-spirit plea. For the past couple of weeks, during parkrun core hours (between 9am and 10am) the No 18 bus, which is a vital public transport link for the Rylands, has been unable to travel along Canalside because of parked cars. Car parking is of course permitted along Canalside, but the problem for the bus has been, well, its size. Basically it has not been able to get around the corners. You know my plea: please park considerately- at the top of our Facebook page is a pinned post that may help. We had a very active carpark marshal (assisted by the trusty Suffragette duck) on duty on Saturday morning, but we need your help to prevent the carparking situation form becoming an annoyance to the local residence.
But we also had a few milestones to celebrate!
First up is Noah Mitchell who earned his white '10' T-shirt for completing his 10th run and as an under-11, he kept his responsible adult within arm's length all the way. Excellent work Noah.
The other milestones were completed by Vivienne CRAVEN and Dave BISH who both completed their 100th runs at Beeston on Saturday and will soon be able to show off their new shiny black milestone T-Shirts- congratulations Vivienne and Dave.
We also had an arbitrary milestone though: congratulations to Dana HELDT on completing her 200th parkrun, and I am under instructions from the Long Eaton Juniors parkrun team (Dana is a core volunteer there) to pass on their congratulations too!
Right, this concludes the round up of Saturday's events; I am handing over to Susan for event #295 on Saturday 23rd and am looking forward to running round the Weirfield with you then! Have a lovely week,
RD 16 November