In years to come, a "killer" pub quiz question in Bestwood Village will be:
What is the next number in the series: 160, 7, 161, 7, 162, 7, 163, 7, 164, 7, 165, .....?
The answer is, of course, 497. Because Bestwood Village parkrun #165 came 497 days after #164. It's good to be back! parkrun is slightly different now - Covid Framework etc. Everyone needs to maintain social distance, the Start line needs to be more spread out, no high-fives and no spitting (did anyone ever spit before??) Et cetera.
We welcomed 93 runners, joggers and walkers, including 17 first timers and 13 personal bests! Tracey Brown celebrated her 100th parkrun, this time as a Tail Walker, and reluctantly accepted a round of applause from everyone at the Start. But, without telling anyone, Adam Kennedy quietly snuck in a 100th parkrun also, and was first runner back. Congratulations to both! Nicola Radford was first female back.
Topping the Percentage Weighted boards was Des Gibbons with 70.51% and a PB of 23:34 to boot!
Among the first timers were Juniors Jemma Ball, Reka Kaska, Lukas Tyler and Meredith Clayton. Well done to all of you - we hope you'll be back as second timers next week!
We're very grateful to Gedling Borough Councillors Rachael Ellis and Des Gibbons for awarding Bestwood Village parkrun Community Funding. Thanks to their support, we have been able to instal direction and distance posts along the 5k route, specially designed for us by graphic designer and Bestwood Village resident Tracey Jackson. We are very grateful to her, not least for designing our very own logo, based on Alexandra Lodge.
Thanks also to Daniel Belfield, Chris Cotton and Chris Slater Carter for their tremendous help along the way. Community Funding has also paid for non-latex gloves and sanitising gel, replacement lanyards, a base for the "Welcome" sail, a step and a megaphone that works!
parkrun cannot happen without a wonderful team of volunteers, and we are more indebted to this week's team than most, because they turned up to a "dress rehearsal" on the new parkrun procedure last Tuesday evening. And the Bestwood Backwards runners were our cheerful "guinea pigs"!
A few more photos from the Finish:
(Photos and report by David Heathcote)