Event 70 – 10/2/18

The One with the New Run Director

Well as I woke up to an early alarm call on a Saturday morning I wondered to myself what on earth am I doing?! I was full of nerves and excitement as I contemplated being Race Director for the first time. Those nerves quickly dissipated when I arrived to be fully supported and assisted by our fantastic volunteers.

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Sadly the weather was not kind it was wet and very cold but this did not put a dampener on our spirits and we continued to cheer on all our runners.  This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. If you wish to view a full breakdown of the results they can be found on the parkrun results page HERE.

This week we hosted tourists from Bracknell and Cornwall and we extended our usual Brierley Forest welcome to them as we do to all our visitors as well as our resident runners.

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A special mention to our very own Jason Ward on his milestone 50th parkrun, well done Jason and Andrea Porter who ran her first parkrun this week, welcome Andrea.

So as I floated around watching you all cross the finish line I took the opportunity to reflect on what makes Brierley Forest parkrun so special and there was one word that sprung to mind, family! We try to create a family friendly atmosphere and volunteers and runners alike all create a family like unit which we all hope you enjoy being part of as much as we do.

On the subject of family it was lovely to see some younger participants at this week’s event most of whom finished with a big smile on their face as parkrun has clearly become part of their family weekend routine. So a big congratulations to good friends Freya Longmede and Izzy Westwood

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And brother and sister William and Imogen Raynor who cheered each other on until the end along with Mum and granddad.

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This week's first male was Lewis Boswell with a time of 18:19 and the first female was Fleur Pickering with a time of 22:50.

This week’s fantastic volunteers who made it possible –

Lesley TAYLOR • Phoebe TAYLOR • Jodie BINCH • Lou HERBERT • Mia PIDCOCK • Roger WIESLI • Tracy MANN • Caroline FRITH • Lesley GOODMAN • Sam CLARKE • Patricia ELLIS • Elaine WOODBRIDGE • Ted HALLETT • Jackie HALLETT

 Remember if you feel like giving volunteering a try then we are always happy to hear from you at the office on brierleyforestoffice@parkrun.com.

Can we take this opportunity to thank you for your patience during this period of restricted parking at the park we know it has been a challenge. We are pleased to say that our visitors have now left so parkring is back to normal which will enable a prompt 9 a.m. start this Saturday but do not forget your barcode #DFYB.

Finally a big thank you to the family for all your support I will happily return to continue to assist this great event to take place.

Thanks for reading,

Lesley