Event number 299
Saturday was a great warm up for our upcoming 300th Burnley parkrun. We had a massive turnout of 435 runners which is our 3rd largest attendance since we began, there was also stunning run by Callum Davidson of Rossendale Harriers who blasted round the course in 15:49 which is the 2nd faster time recorded and new personal best for Callum. We suspect he was keen to get to the Co-op van to get his box of goodies! So after a great warm up and a fantastic weather forecast for Saturday lets make our 300th run Red Hot. We also had a couple of great runs from 2 of our juniors girls, Sophie Stanworth and Sophie Answorth finishing 1st and 3rd ladies across the line.
A quick word from the boss!
My name is Karen Holland and most of you will know me as the bossy lady who shouts a lot at parkrun. I have been involved in Burnley parkrun now since the very start which is very close to six years ago and on the 21st April we will celebrate our 300th Run when we will return for one week only to the very first route that we ran.
We are constantly having people join the parkrun family so I thought it was an appropriate time to talk to you all about what it is all about and what makes it work so well. parkrun is purely run by volunteers at every run throughout the country but what does that mean for Burnley parkrun?
Every single week myself or Tom sends an email out to anyone that has agreed to be on the volunteer mailing list, this email is the initial cog in the wheel for the week that starts the process to make the run on Saturday work. We then rely on enough people responding to this email and kindly agreeing to join the volunteer team for the coming Saturday. We then go through the replies and put a roster together for the approaching Saturday, this is then sent to all the volunteers that have agreed to help. Regular runners are asked to consider volunteering three times a year to help support their local parkrun, this does not necessarily mean giving up the run, you can help set up, write the run report or pace so there are a number of options.
Once we have enough volunteers there is the equipment prep, charging the barcodes and the sound system, checking the times, washing the volunteer vests and pacing tops and answering all the emails that have come through. We also try and keep on top of the Social media pages with the help of Darren who works hard to reply to all queries and comments.
On Saturday the team are all on site from 8:15 walking the course and putting out all the KM markers and sign posts throughout the course. The volunteer brief takes place at 8:45 and then everyone gets into position to support everyone throughout the run safety being of paramount importance to all the marshals. Scanning and timing are always the roles that people are initially nervous about as they seem the most technical but we are constantly inundated with volunteers to scan once they have done it once and it is the most popular job at parkrun. This is because you get to speak to every runner and find out their name although many of you will never remember who scanned you as everyone’s brains seem to fail for that brief time following the run.
The volunteers always stay until the tail runner comes over the line showing as much enthusiasm for the last finisher as they do for the first three hundred, it is definitely the taking part that is most important at parkrun. They then put everything away and the results are processed and photo’s uploaded on to the face book page. Any queries regarding times or places we try and deal with as soon as possible as we know how important this is to everyone.
So come and join us please week after week and enjoy your run, whether it takes you 20 minutes or 60 minutes take a few seconds to think about the team of volunteers that have given up their time for no better reason but to see you all run, smile and participate in a fabulous community event.
Roll of honour
(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -
- 1st Callum Davidson (Rossendale Harriers) 15:49 PB
- 2nd Luke Turner (Clayton Harriers) 17:22 PB
- 3rd Jonathan Pye (Worstthorne with Hurtswood) 18:17
- 1st Sophie Stanworth (Trawden AC) 21:58
- 2nd Michelle Abbott (Clayton Harriers) 22:48
- 3rd Sophie Ashworth (Clayton Harriers) 22:56
Congratulations to Ian Clough on completing his 100th parkrun all of them run at Burnley!.
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