Cambridge parkrun #484 3rd August 2019

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It was another gorgeous day in Milton Country Park and we welcomed many visitors from Coldham’s Common parkrun as well as tourists who are attending the Folk Festival. I hope you all had a brilliant time. We had our fifth highest attendance today – 610 of you – it’s been a long time since I had to queue at the first bridge. Of those 610, 98 were first timers at Cambridge and, of those, 18 were first timers to parkrun. We hope you all had a great morning with us and stayed to enjoy the café.
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76 of you set new PBs – well done! Milestones were achieved by Ian Keys and Jamie Ward (PB!) who reached 100 runs, Martin Davies and Andrew Kennedy ran their 50th and Megan Birch qualified for her 10 T shirt. Well done to all.

This was Cambridge parkrun number 484 and Julia Oldham finished in position 484 in her first ever parkrun. Some of the aesthetically pleasing times include John Robson at 19.:19, Aonghus Haicéid 20:02, Gordon Ross 23:45, Lina Undicino 26:27, Katherine Troeller 29:29 and Jo Horley 34:56.

We hope you got a good result, but we did have quite a few funnel duckers, people overtaking in the funnel, people crossing the line twice and so on. If you cross the finish line, the timekeepers will click the stopwatches. If you don’t want a finish token, please carry on through the funnel, in order, and let the finish tokens people know. This means that everything is in order and makes life much easier for the results processors.
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Today’s parkrun would not have been possible without the support of Milton Country Park and all our volunteers. Amongst the team of 39 people who made your morning run possible were seven first time volunteers – hope you enjoyed it. Volunteering is great fun and anyone is welcome to try their hand at the roles available; we’d love to have you.

This week’s high viz heroes were: Julia DARLING, Helen HENRY, Steve BUCHAN, Graham DARLING, Beccy TAYLOR, Joseph SMITH, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Neil TWEEN, Mary HOLMES, Christina YOUELL, Frances NEW, Pamela ABBOTT, Rachel EVANS, Robert ZIEGLER, Martin Daniel HORROD, Stephen CORNELL, Jenny PAYNE, Gary COLE, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Frederick CHEUNG, Peter CHARROT, Bob PEACOCK, Nigel NEW, Travis LEE, Stuart PAYNE, Bob STOREY, Elena CHICULITA, Daniel WORF, Paul Marius BIVOL, Laurence LAMARCQ, Susan HORROD, Graham DRANE, Valerie MORGAN, P ., Robert JONES, Susie CUMMING and Chelsea OBRIEN. Thank you all very much!

See you all next week!

 

Cambridge parkrun #483 27 July 2019

Soggy Saturdays are a rare thing at Cambridge parkrun but the rain was a welcome treat for some after the scorching week we had.

I was volunteering at the finish this week as number checker. Juggling my clipboard and umbrella it was my job to keep track of the number of runners recorded by the timers compared to the number of finish tokens handed out. Any discrepancies between the timers and tokens can then (hopefully) be corrected when the results are processed. It’s a fun job if you like pretending to be important with a clipboard!

I love running at Cambridge parkrun but I also really enjoy the volunteering side. Marshalling is one of my favourite roles as you get to cheer for all the parkrunners and there’s nothing quite like all the smiles and ‘thank yous’ for a boost of positivity on a Saturday morning. I also really enjoy barcode scanning. I like meeting new people but I find small talk awkward. Barcode scanning allows me to have lots of mini chats with new people without the awkwardness and gives me a big confidence boost!

I asked some if my fellow volunteers about their favourite roles and what they enjoy most about volunteering:

Jenny Payne likes that volunteering means she gets to shout at people. Marshalling is a great is for shouting encouragement at other runners but if, like Jen, you like to unleash your bossy side then funnel manager may also be the job for you. Fiona McDaid enjoys the smiling faces of the runners as they cross the finish line, although she’s not so keen on all the sweat! Time keeping is Steve Buchan’s favourite role. This is a job that some people find a bit stressful while others really enjoy getting in the zone and being focussed on the task. Either way we always try to have two timekeepers so that there is a backup in case of any problems. Fiona MacDonald likes the fact that volunteering gets her off the sofa on a Saturday morning. Fie likes to run too but prefers to save herself for longer runs. Yesterday’s Run Director Helen Henry likes how volunteering makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I second that!

There’s a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at Cambridge parkrun, whether you enjoy shouting and being bossy or you’re more of a quiet focussed type, there will be something for you - so come and be a hi-viz hero!

Here are some impressive volunteer stats from yesterday’s parkrun.

35 volunteers carried out 43 roles yesterday. Between them, yesterday's volunteers have helped at Cambridge a huge 1,815 times! We welcomed five first time volunteers. The average number of times per volunteer was 52 and the most prolific volunteer is James Stocker who has volunteered at Cambridge a whopping 319 times! Thank you Jim for all your support of Cambridge parkrun.

A big big thank you to all of yesterday’s volunteers!

Anita LEWIS, Helen HENRY, Steve BUCHAN, Mike DIFRANCO, Jim HIGGINS, James STOCKER, Michaela JOYSEY, Katie TWEEN, Mary HOLMES, Fiona MCDAID, Edward COLBY, Lorna ANDERSON, William WINTER, David PIPE, Martin Daniel HORROD, Jo MCGOWAN, Fiona MACDONALD, Stephen CORNELL, Karoly ERDOS, Jenny PAYNE, Katherine REED, Nicola HORNEGOLD, Bob PEACOCK, Kevin SHELLIE, Martin KILDUFF, Stuart PAYNE, Antony KELLY, Paul FEETENBY, Naomi SHELMERDINE, Susan HORROD, Valerie MORGAN, Alice HOMER, Tamsin PAGE, Robert JONES, Rachel CONNOR and Fiona MCDAID.

Of course there wouldn’t be volunteering if it wasn’t for all our amazing runners, joggers and walkers. While puddles started to appear during the run, conditions were generally good underfoot and runners enjoyed the cooling effect of the rain. 439 of you completed the course yesterday. A big welcome to the 54 first timers to Cambridge parkrun of whom 21 completed their first ever parkrun (welcome to the parkrun family!). Well done also to the 42 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests this week!

There was one milestone to celebrate this week. Congratulations to Toby Robertson who completed his 50th parkrun on his first visit to Cambridge parkrun in a time of 26:58.

Since Cambridge parkrun began in January 2010 our runners have covered 869,200km. That’s approximately 21 and a half times around the globe!

We look forward to seeing you all again next week!
Michaela

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