High Crimes and Misdemeanours!
There are three major offences that can be committed at Bestwood Village parkrun. In ascending order of seriousness, they are:
- Forgetting Your Barcode - Don't, just Don't!! #DFYB
- Taking the Shortcut of Shame - If you "don't know where it is", that's a good defence.
But the worst, the very worst crime is:
- Stealing one of the orange Finish cones for a game! Shocking.
It happened this morning, almost at the end of the run. A non-parkrunning dog was let off his lead, and was frolicking and bounding (as you do). Then he spotted the row of orange Finish cones, and you could see - the end one was Just Asking For It!
He sniffed it, he nudged it, he toppled it - and then he was off and away with it in his mouth. His owner was aghast. The parkrun volunteer team at the Finish just fell about laughing. The owner used a stern voice. Nope, that did no good. She rattled the dog's treats bag. Erm, no - an orange cone is still too much fun. He raced through the grass with it. He dropped it, he picked it up. More running. Then his owner produced a treat from the bag for him to see. That was too much. He dropped the cone and the owner was able to retrieve it!
It was a glorious moment. And if one of the cones has tiny teeth indentations in it for evermore, at least this Run Report will prove that it wasn't a Run Director who was having a moment of madness.
But to the run - We welcomed 101 runners and walkers last week, just 82 made it round this Saturday. Did the week's Half Term school holiday take its toll, and a weekend lie-in proved too tempting? Congratulations, though, to Alan Buglass, Patrick Hewitt, and Ian Nicol: they all chose Bestwood Village for their début parkrun this morning. We hope you liked our undulations! Dave Vardy also débuted today, volunteering as a Tail Walker: our volunteers are one of our greatest assets.
Steve Geldert, Chris Howarth and Angela Burley, all members of the 250 Club, took on The Bestwood Beast. It was Chris' first time, but Steve and Angela have both run the course multiple times - to know it is to love it! Allegedly.
Tourist and First Timer Birtie West from Matlock AC was first back with a time of 20:39. He was closely followed by Rob Ogelsby and James McConnell, both of whom have improved their times at Bestwood on each of the last three occasions - this could be a battle to watch in the next few weeks!
First female back was Isabel Westwood, clocking 23:27. Isabel is transitioning smoothly from junior parkruns, and is a frequent runner at Mansfield, Brierley Forest, Sherwood Pines and Long Easton parkruns - we hope our 2½ "gentle gradients" will become a firm favourite with you over the months too, Isabel!
Rita Temple celebrated her 150th parkrun, narrowly missing a new PB by just 3 seconds. She landed her PB at Bestwood at Event #4 way back in February 2017, and has not visited our parkrun since 2018. It's lovely to see you back! Her husband would have run his 100th today, but chose to sit this one out - he was there at the Finish, though, to applaud his wife's triumph!
Jane Matthews was top Age Grade performer with 75.30%. Congratulations! And finally - to all intents and purposes, Bestwood's own Mr and Mrs Radford, Nicola and Jonathan finished together today, with only 1 second separating their times. Who finished before the other is of little significance in the great scheme of things - but I bet the result will be mentioned once or twice, or maybe half a dozen times, in the Radford household. "It's not a race, darling..."! ;-) Of course it's not.
Thanks, as always, to our stoic team of volunteers. Today's parkrun seemed to go particularly smoothly: well done to everyone involved.
(Postscript - We LOVE your photos! Especially if they show a quirky aspect of Bestwood Village parkrun. Please send us your best shots, as soon as possible after parkrun, to email@example.com)
Run Report by David Heathcote
Photographs by Ryan Buzzard-Nall, Catrin Egan and David Heathcote