Catton parkrun 321 “*Weird Ted Rogers hand thing*”

Long before most Catton runners have opened their eyes and started to consider which type of running shoes would fit the conditions of the day the magic in Oak Lane has started. In the dark and the damp the Cone Maestro is hard at work making sure that we keep the residents happy. Up until now this has been achieved by distribution of the large cones by wheelbarrow from the Lodge. A task requiring patience and brute force. Now we have used some of the money donated by generous runners to purchase smaller cones that fit into Brett’s van and like some motorway maintenance hero he can quickly dispense them along the road. What will we do when Brett is on holiday? Volunteers please!!

WhatsApp Image 2019-11-23 at 07.50.49 Speaking of holidays check with our social media feeds as to when Catton is hosting runs over Christmas and New Year. Don't miss out on the festive cheer and the exercise of course! As a contrast to Brett’s early morning trudge in the rain we have news from Robin and Andrew in Oz. They are continuing their efforts to visit as many parkruns as possible in Australia and sent the following photo from Albert Melbourne parkrun. Congratulations guys on reminding us just how damp and grey Norwich has been while you have been away. Haste ye back to atone for all that Vitamin D you are enjoying.

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Enough of all this talk of holidays and sunshine the run this week in the park was not without its drama. The RD was determined to start on time but then the PA system died on us. Step forward James the ‘Mighty Mouse’ of announcements who quickly brought the assembled runners to order so that we could celebrate the milestones, Dick Cheung 50th and Kevin Chapman 100th, plus our visitors who were from Stavanger, Norway, Hunstanton, North London and Swaffham.

This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Lucy FLEMING • Dan GOODWIN • Raymond MARSHALL • Stephen MOSELEY • Ian EDWARDS • Louise O'CONNELL • James BISHOP • Tina MOSELEY • Mandy BERESFORD • David PARKER • Andy EVANS • Helen WARD • Brett CORNISH • Richard HOLLINGS • Malcolm RANDALL • Lottie SANDERSON • Elizabeth HALFORD • Becky PIGOTT • Lynda HOWARD • Emma SAXTON • Ruth LEARY • Robert HOWE • Howard TULLY • Pete GRANT • Frankie PIGOTT • Lewis WHITMARSH • Robert ORGAN • Alison READ • Jonathan WRIGHT • Andy TIBBLE • Karen PATTERSON • Lisa ALBOROUGH • Kerrie ROSE • Rose REUBEN • Leon REUBEN • Heidi WILSON • Fleur MURRAY

If anyone had any doubts about the spirit and community that is generated by our amazing volunteers our official photographer Ian captured this moment on Saturday. I am not sure of the age range in the group but no matter young and old alike are showing their enthusiasm for the parkrun experience.

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Just one final comment about volunteering there are many and varied roles that we use to make sure the event runs smoothly. For example timekeepers, scanners and finish token roles are high profile and you see all the runners but we also have some unsung heroes whose participation is just as important Our final picture today shows this week’s Tail Walker encouraging a participant to sprint over the line at the end of the 5km course. The Tail Walker ensures that no one gets lost and more importantly that no one feels excluded by the greyhounds finishing ahead of them.

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Until next week ………………………………. David