My name is Karen and I am one of the regular volunteers at Burnley Parkrun, I am the volunteer coordinator and results processor away from the event but my role on the day changes weekly.
Before each parkrun I send out a volunteer appeal to all the volunteers and then check the emails regularly to see what people are saying and who is offering to volunteer for the coming Saturday. I receive regular updates from Parkrun UK regarding risk assessments that need to be completed, run reports weekly and on a monthly basis suggestions for the Sweatshop runner of the month. I also ensure that the timing and scanning devices are charged ready for Saturday morning. From the volunteers that email in I then set up the roster and decide whether I need to panic and if so we send a message to all our twitter followers (348 at last count) @Burnleyparkrun and we normally have enough people on the day.
On Saturday the 10th August we had plenty of volunteers and I had the opportunity to be a tail runner, running round with two of our junior parkrunners on their second ever run; Imogen and Jude. The weather was perfect for PB's and both were confident they would beat their previous times of 45:25 and 44:10 as they completed their first little lap, before long we started to be lapped by the faster runners. Joe Johnston who was first over the line with a fantastic time of 16:39 on his first appearance sped past us on the long stretch out past the football fields and it was quite a while before the rest of the pack followed. We carried on undeterred and we kept going to the fantastic support of the marshalls and other runners for the first thirty minutes and well in to the last lap and both Imogen and Jude looked like they were going to beat their PB's by at least 3 minutes then disaster struck. We had to make an unscheduled toilet stop (not me I must add) which took at least 5 minutes putting the chances of a PB out of reach, this did not deter either runner and following this little detour the final lap continued without incident and Jude stretched out his legs on the final straight and beat his sister by 49 seconds. Imogen despite having stitch in three places managed a sprint finish to amazing support as she crossed the finish line. No PB for either of them but this is parkrun so there is always next week.
For me it was a fantastic experience and I thoroughly enjoyed my tail runner volunteer role and I would highly recommend it to any one who is injured or just feels like experiencing parkrun from a different perspective, I know Parkrun is encouraging people to give volunteering a try and I do think there is a role for everyone.
Please email burnleyoffice@parkrun if you are interested in volunteering or if you are a regular runner and fancy writing the run report one week, or if you have any news you want us to share any Saturday let us know
Please take a minute to read the full run report statistics below, there are some amazing facts about what we the Burnley Parkrun family have achieved in the short time we have been up and running, pun absolutely intended.
Thanks for reading and see you all on Saturday, not sure what I will be doing but I will be there, if we have enough volunteers I might try and run it myself
Burnley parkrun Event number 61 10th August 2013
Men's placings: Joe JOHNSTON (SM20-24) of Rossendale Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 16:39 - first appearance. Wayne THORPE (VM50-54) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:00. Sean CLARE (VM45-49) of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, was third over the line in 19:03.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: John HARTLEY (Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) 937 pts. Stuart Anthony REEVE (Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) 822 pts. Jonathan PYE (Unattached) 791 pts.
Women's placings: Fionnuala SWANN (VW40-44) of Trawden AC, was first (41st overall) over the line in 22:40 - first time in 5 appearances. Jackie PORTER (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (42nd overall) over the line in 22:43. Christina LEWIS (VW50-54) of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, was third (53rd overall) over the line in 23:16.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Jennifer ADAMS (Northern Veterans AC) 986 pts. Louise Victoria STEVENSON (Unattached) 907 pts. Jean BAISTOW (Trawden AC) 830 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Jackie PORTER (VW55-59) was graded 80.78% for the time 22:43 (42nd overall). John HARTLEY (VM55-59) was graded 80.31% for the time 19:18 (6th overall). Dave KELLY (VM55-59) was graded 78.31% for the time 20:08 (16th overall).
This week there were 156 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.
Burnley parkrun started on 2nd June 2012, and since then 1,646 different runners, including participants from 106 athletics clubs, have completed 7,198 runs covering a total distance of 35,990 km, and there have been 2,147 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Elizabeth GREENWOOD who ran in a time of 18:52 on 2nd March 2013 (event number 38). The Men's course record is held by Christopher FELL who ran in a time of 16:02 on 13th July 2013 (event number 57). The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded a 87.87% run (20:20) on 13th July 2013 (event number 57).