Oh, it is so good to have parkrun: a free, timed, and WEEKLY, regular, normal event where lots of happy people come together to run round a park in circles, again, and again- oh, welcome back to the mothership Nigel Adcock :-)- in an inclusive and supportive community. In a week so dominated by the news about the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and what this might mean for sporting events for example, parkrun's CEO Tom Williams drew out the social inclusivity of parkrun events when he wrote that
We believe that during challenging times it is more important than ever that communities are able to come together socially and support each other if appropriate and safe.
At Beeston, we certainly celebrated a coming together of our community on Saturday with a parkrun takeover courtesy of GirlGuiding Nottinghamshire (Beeston & Chilwell and Hemlock Castle Divisions). GirlGuides turned out in force, so we had 333 athletes walk, run and jog our course on Saturday, but they also swelled the ranks of the volunteers. And my word, there were some things to see: hand-painted signs a-plenty as well as the introduction of the elbow bump, because high-fives are just so last month.
We also saw a spectacular performance from our First Lady Finisher, Lucy Grant, who was one of 41 athletes recording a new PB on Saturday. Awesome running, Lucy!
While we are celebrating our Beeston parkrun community, we had a few milestones to celebrate on Saturday, too. First mention goes to the very awesome Jude Lyon who recorded his 10th run on Saturday, and we all know what this means for a Junior parkrunner: it's (white) milestone T-shirt time! Well done Jude! We also had two further (non-T-shirt ) milestones: congratulations to Chris Robson on completing his 200th parkrun at Beeston which means 1000kms around the Weirfields in circles over the past almost 6 years.
And congratulations to Kerry Tattershall Jones (in the black milestone T-shirt- very on brand, thank you Kerry!) on her 150th parkrun. Awesome work!
parkrun events can only be delivered safely because of the high-vis heroes who take on the volunteering roles needed to make the events run safely and smoothly. This week, the volunteers below were also supported by the GirlGuides, so a massive thank you to all of them:
Keith PEPPER • Claire SAYERS • Alison HOGG • Rab ACID • Christopher BIRLEY • Simon BARNES • Megan SAYERS • Emily HOGAN • Molly HUDSON • Catherine SIMKINS • Gabriele THOMAS-NEHER • Melanie GILBERT • Freddie THOMAS-NEHER • Sophie GILBERT • Rebecca HAINES • Simon GRAVES • Demi GRAVES • Caroline KIROSKA • Molly KIROSKA
Volunteering is fab- if you fancy giving it a go, drop us a line at Beeston HQ and join the happy gang!
I am actually not quite sure how to sign this report off because the current situation remains so fluid, so while we hope to see you (and your barcodes of course!) back at the Weirfield on Saturday for our event #311, external factors may overtake us. So please, keep an eye on the parkrun social media pages. The message from HQ reads as follows:
"The latest update from parkrun is now live at http://parkrun.me/covid19. Thanks for your support"
So, as soon as we can- see you at the Weirfield! Until then, keep safe, be kind, wash those hands and look after each other.
Gaby RD 14 March 2020