The start of today's parkrun
About a month ago, Malc (our Event Director) came up to me after we had both finished parkrun and asked if I wanted to be Run Director one day. I had previously volunteered but never really offered to organise everything. However, I put my hand up and said yes and also immediately committed the CLC Striders to filling every volunteer position that week too.
The pleasing thing was as soon as I sent out my email to my club asking for volunteers, the offers of help flooded in. Hopefully, aided by my words out encouragement but also how rewarding volunteering at parkrun is. Many thanks to all of those that stepped up to help out:
Clark LAWSON • Chris DRISKELL • Gordon BENDALL • Louise LAWSON • Claire SANSOME • Louise ALLSOP • Dan HARTE • Amanda PILL • Jon HOWES • Helen HOWES • Sophie HOWES • Jacob HOWES • Bethan HOWES • Emma ABBEY • Joseph ABBEY • Daniel ABBEY • JJ WILLSON • Miranda STEWART • Alison GREGORY • Denise HALLAM • Joel FREELAND • Dave MAYO • Alice JOHNSTON • Simon JARVIS • Juan MORENO • Chris HALE • Jon BIRD • Rachel VINES • Andrew PATERSON • Amanda STEER • George PARKER • Rob GLADWIN • David SMEATH • Rob BIRCHER • Nat LOVEKIN • Trish WOODS
As you can see, we had a lot more volunteers than normal because we organised a pacing crew, pacing from 19 minutes through to 30 minutes.
Our pacing crew were super excited before the event but did feel the pressure of getting to the finishing funnel at the right time.
On the day, everything went smoothly apart from Simon needing to nip home to get the laptop to process the results. Even the early drizzle disappeared with the sun coming out at 9am for the start.
Once everyone had arrived, the briefings started with Malc stepping up first. He mentioned in his briefing that we will only be doing the clockwise route from now on. Given the fact that our anti-clockwise route has a sharp right turn and a narrow bridge to cross in the first 30 seconds, I think this is a good decision given the higher risk of something going wrong.
Malc then started to hand out the recently received & hard earned shirts for those new members of the 10 and 50 clubs. I wonder who will be our first member of the 100 club?
Malc then gathered us for a group photo which will hopefully be used in the parkrun coffee table photo album - I'm looking forward to seeing the photo of us all waving at the camera!
Once the photo call was complete, it was my turn on the stool and apart from giving the thanks and guidance to new attendees, I wanted to find some snippet of information to share with everyone. I found out that runners from Cheltenham parkrun have nearly run the distance around the world's equator twice and we only needed 507 more runners to finish to achieve that milestone. As we had 350 runners at the event, that means that at next week's event, position number 157 will start our third lap around the world!
Once the briefings were over, we headed down to the new starting position - moved further up the field to allow extra room in the initial surge down to the footpath. This meant that the finishing position was straight off the footpath and many people were surprised to see the finish so early!
It was so pleasing to see everyone finishing and enjoy their morning's run with many (106!) people achieving new #parkrunPBs. All of the volunteers were doing a great job, so I soaked up the glorious sunshine before heading to the Boat House to process the results with help from Simon & Prashanth. The remaining Striders & Malc helped order the finishing tokens onto the official coat hanger for next week's event.
After that, my first taste of being Run Director was over, I highly recommend volunteering for any role at parkrun. It is truly satisfying to see everyone run in a relaxed and friendly environment. If you want to volunteer, please email CheltenhamHelpers@parkrun.com. More information can be found on the Cheltenham parkrun Volunteering page
This week's PB Wall of Fame (10+ parkruns & a PB) is:
Simon GILL (25) 17:39
Michael James SHAW (20) 19:22
Haiggy MCHAIG (46) 19:35
Frank O'CALLAGHAN (23) 19:40
Rachael CARY (14) 19:42
Ellie HATHAWAY (32) 20:03
Sharon Rachel BULLIMORE (15) 20:39
Robert FOORD (37) 22:10
Emma HALL (46) 22:18
David ALDEN (31) 22:30
Joanna RODGERS (18) 23:16
Joanna JOHNSON (20) 23:24
Pratik PRADHAN (25) 25:29
Charlie HAWARD (29) 25:38
Sophie JOHNSON (17) 25:58
Jess COLLINS (11) 25:59
Sandy SMITH (22) 26:43
Stewart FREWING (21) 27:30
Emma DOOLEY (55) 28:09
Ailish HAIG (19) 29:29
Nathalie DOWNING (34) 29:57
Rebecca HODGSON (11) 30:49
Alix KING (22) 34:29
Helen MAYO (53) 35:43
Dmitry NAZARENKO (JM15-17) of Cheltenham & County Harriers, was first over the line in 17:14 - 11th time in 28 appearances.
Lee PERRY (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:20 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Simon GILL (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:39 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andrzej KONIOR (Unattached) 1490 pts.
Freek VAN ARKEL (Gloucester AAC) 1421 pts.
Steve HALL (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 1404 pts.
Rachael CARY (SW30-34) of CLC Striders, was first (24th overall) over the line in 19:42 - 5th time in 13 appearances.
Ellie HATHAWAY (JW15-17) of Cheltenham & County Harriers, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:03 - was first to finish once before.
Sharon Rachel BULLIMORE (VW35-39) of Almost Athletes, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 20:39 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Danka PACOVSKA (Unattached) 1381 pts.
Emma HALL (Unattached) 1293 pts.
Charlie HAWARD (CLC Striders) 1244 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lee PERRY (VM40-44) was graded 81.15% for the time 17:20 (second overall).
Dmitry NAZARENKO (JM15-17) was graded 78.34% for the time 17:14 (first overall).
Ellie HATHAWAY (JW15-17) was graded 77.31% for the time 20:03 (26th overall).
This week there were 350 runners, of whom 54 were first timers and 106 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.
Cheltenham parkrun started on 16th February 2013, and since then 3,160 different runners, including participants from 197 athletics clubs, have completed 15,873 runs covering a total distance of 79,365 km, and there have been 3,909 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Kate GOODHEAD who ran in a time of 00:17:34 on 2013-08-31 (event number 28).
The men's record is held by David ROPER who ran in a time of 00:15:42 on 2013-05-11 (event number 12).
The Age Grade course record is held by Martin FORD who recorded a 92.00% run (19:10) on 7th September 2013 (event number 29).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cheltenham parkrun Results Page.
Photos from todays event can be round on the Cheltenham parkrun Flickr Group Page.