27 volunteers were needed to enable this week’s parkrun to take place. That's not unusual in fact but on this weekend of so much sport and focus on the athletes, it's good to think about the people behind the scenes that make it all happen now and again.
It all starts with our Event Director Reg Huxtable, arriving as usual well before anyone else and getting a good head start by preparing all the equipment, gazebo, signs, cones, finish funnel, all ready to be put out by the next set of volunteers to arrive. Super Sue arrived next soon followed by other core members of the team to set up the start and finish area, check the timers and scanners as well as prepare the finish tokens and set up the PA system.
As more volunteers start to arrive, the very important task of checking them off against the volunteer rosta and ensuring first time volunteers know what their role entails.
From about 8am the runners begin arriving, taking the opportunity to have their photos taken with the selfie frames, also captured by this week’s photographers, Toni and her daughter Leah.
At around 8:50am the Run Director calls out at the top of his voice for any first timers at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun, of which there were 78 today. He gives them the low down on what to expect.
It’s getting pretty busy by now and it’s feeling warm and muggy but everyone is in good spirits, making their way to the start line ready for the obligatory weekly briefing. It takes a couple of “Good morning parkrunners” before Reg is happy with the volume of the response from the eager runners, joggers and walkers itching to go. He welcomes visitors and gives a shout out to anyone celebrating a milestone.
Carly Neads completed her 100th parkrun as did Sophie Hockaday and Nick Ryles.
Freya Kent celebrated her 10th Junior parkrun. Great achievements, well done everyone and we look forward to seeing those new t shirts soon.
Finally, once the time keepers have confirmed they are ready, with a countdown from 5, parkrun gets underway.
Off they go and whilst they are away the rest of the volunteers take their place at the finish area, carefully timing everyone in and our number checkers checking random positions against runners times. This helps out with our results processing and ensures everyone has an accurate time. Yesterday our 3 time keepers clicked in 396 participants.
As the tail walkers arrives back, many stay to help pack the equipment away and the Run Director and the results processor Brian, take themselves off to the office to begin uploading the results. Some weeks this is easier than others. Each week we ask everyone not to cross the finish line twice as you can imagine this causes a lot of confusion with our timers and can take time to correct.
By 11 am most week's we are finished and enjoy having another successful parkrun under our belts. This wouldn't be possible without our wonderful volunteers:
Allan PENDLETON • Brian BEALE • Cecilia YOUNG • Colin HOLDOM • David KNIGHT • Helen DAVIS • Jeannine DARLING • Jennifer MORGAN • Katrina BUFTON • Kelly SHERRIFF • Leah MALLIN • Mark BENTON • Matt POWELL • Mel HUGGINS • Paul YOUNG • Richard HARRISON • Sarah MILLER • Stephen WALKER • Stuart ANDERSON • Sue NICHOLLS • Tim WICKENS • Tom CINDEREY • Tom SHARP • Toni MALLIN • Tracey BENTON • Vicki DAVIES • Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE
See our volunteer page for details if you fancy getting involved in making Burnham and Highbridge parkrun happen.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).
The male record is held by Adam HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 8,539 participants have completed 51,727 parkruns covering a total distance of 258,635 km, including 9,634 new Personal Bests. A total of 488 individuals have volunteered 4,315 times.
What a fantastic weekend of sport - hope you managed to enjoy some of it.
See you next week parkrunners.