"Oh huzzah, it's parkrun day!" you exclaim as you leap excitedly out of bed. "And it's a glorious... FOUR DEGREES OUTSIDE!! Whaaat?!" You're tempted to creep back under the duvet, they'll not miss you at parkrun just this once, and the bed is sooo warm...
Then you remember you're Run Director. Duty calls.
By 8.50 this morning, at Bestwood Village parkrun, there were few runners assembled. But the motto seems to be "Give them an impossible hill to run up, and they will come!" At 9.00am, 101 people set off - that's the largest number since we returned to parkrunning.
We even had a surplus of volunteers this morning (we're certainly not complaining!) It's been a close-run thing some Saturdays - but Alan Cobb, our Volunteer Coordinator, must surely be a practitioner of the dark arts: the volunteers step forward from somewhere. We're not sure what the other ingredients are in his cauldron, but there's a strong smell of Ralgex Deep Heat...
Roy Austin from Ripley RC chose Bestwood Village for his 100th parkrun, complete with celebratory helium balloons - congratulations, Roy!
Ben Burnell of Rushcliffe AC, visiting us for the first time, was first back in 21:32; Francesca Godwin-Austen was first female back, clocking a new PB with 25:04. Francesca also topped the Age Grades with 72.21% AND she's a member of the Volunteer-50 club! Kudos!
Greetings and welcome to Kate Castanho, Aidan Crosby and Chris Iliffe who all chose Bestwood Village for their début parkrun, and a socially-distanced hi-five to Laura Patton who returned to Bestwood to run her second parkrun! See, our "gentle undulations" aren't that bad... are they??!
It looks from the Results table as if we experienced a Richards Family invasion: on their first visit to Bestwood Village parkrun, Juniors Max Richards and Harry Richards, and Mum Sarah Richards finished 68th, 69th and 70th. Max finished a whole 4 seconds ahead of Harry - but it's not a race, is it, boys? No, no, no!
Congratulations to everyone today who achieved their goal, whether it was running up the second hill, clocking a better time than they feared, making others happy by applauding them as they ran past, or simply getting out of bed! You did yourself proud.
The parkrun consumer report by Bestwood Village's own nerdmeister (David)
You may have noticed an addition to our kit this morning, a Co-op QR code board. The Co-op are one of parkrun's sponsors; we pay nothing to run a 5k on Saturday morning, yet there are expenses in the background - such as operating the Results system. The Co-op help pay for that. So accepting a QR code board at the Finish - "Have Brunch on Us!" - does not seem unreasonable.
The board seemed popular - one comment I overheard was "I've read about these offers online, but this is the first parkrun where I've actually seen the code." Bestwood Village leads, others follow!
The offer is activated on a Saturday morning and lasts until Wednesday. You scan the QR code into your smartphone. The code takes you to the Co-op website and a button to click for the week's exclusive parkrun offer. This week it's £2 off Co-op fresh fish, and there's a recipe for Smoked Mackerel Omelette. There was no mackerel on sale at the Hucknall Co-op branch I tried, though, only salmon. But I got two salmon steaks for £2 rather than £4, quite a saving. (Bizarrely, it was more expensive to buy 2 packs for £7. £2 discount makes each pack £2.50. I was never any good at Economics!)
The enthusiastic sales assistant in the Co-op was keen to warn me that I had to load the offer into my Co-op membership wallet, or it wouldn't work. Not so! The barcode that activates the offer is simply read by the till scanning machine. The assistant was astonished when the price dropped by 50%. "Oh, that IS a bargain!" she said. Which was nice.
Run Report by David Heathcote
Photos by David Heathcote and Francesco Lari