Once again we were lucky to have a sunny morning in Clumber for our 316th parkrun. We welcomed 26 volunteers, including some first timers and seven juniors, who all did a fantastic job. At our volunteer briefing, we found out what had prompted each individual to offer to volunteer. The answers were varied, and included:-
- I love to be involved with a great event
- My parents made me do it
- I love to encourage others and offer support
- I was dragged out by my wife
- I feel guilty if I don't do my bit as I know the event can't take place without volunteers
- I can't run at the moment, but helping out keeps me motivated
- It helps with depression and gives me a reason to get out of bed
- I promised myself that after 50 runs I'd make my 51st a volunteer role
- I started as part of my D of E and am happy to keep volunteering
- I used to bring my son and really enjoyed it, so kept coming along
- I like to give something back and get my kids involved too
What was apparent, was that everyone really enjoyed volunteering and would recommend it to anyone. If you feel inspired to give up your run once in a while to help out, don't forget to let us know via email, Facebook or in person.
Our visitors today came from far and wide, including Australia and New Zealand. Travis REVELL joined the 10 Club but unusually, no one else came forward with milestones, birthdays or anniversaries. We had a runner who identified himself as a 25.5 minute pacer for anyone who wanted to aim for that time. He did manage to pace his friend Richard WARD to his PB in 25:13, but unfortunately forgot his own barcode so didn't get a recorded time!
Although parkrun briefings are largely similar at all events, in that they cover the main safety points of the parkrun code of conduct, each event covers matters specific to each location. Each week we may have up to 70 or more runners who are visiting Clumber Park for the first time so it's important to give everyone the opportunity to listen to what's being said. Please attend the briefing and stand quietly for a few of minutes to allow this to happen and only move to the start line when the RD has finished.
Andrew HEWITT undertook a 2.5 hour drive to join us from the North East this morning. Straight after the run he was going along to the launch of the 'Run the Wall' event taking place at the Aurora Centre in Worksop, details of which were given at the briefing. His friends organising the event had no idea he was travelling down, so no doubt there were smiles all round when he arrived. To find out more about 'Run the Wall' and how the event is fundraising for the Aurora Centre, checkout their Facebook page.
Please remember that parkrun is a run and not a race and everyone is welcome to take part at whatever pace suits them. There are no prizes for PB's, only personal pride and Strava kudos. We ask slower runners to keep to their left to allow faster runners who might lap them to pass, but equally, faster runners should be prepared to slow down if necessary so they can safely overtake. For obvious safety reasons, spectators and runners who have completed their run should also keep well clear of the finish funnel and take extra care when crossing the route or walking back to the car park against the direction of oncoming runners. Here's Mel MCCLUSKIE finishing her 2nd parkrun and looking delighted at knocking a whopping 7 minutes off her time from last week.
Next week Clumber Runners have kindly offered to undertake all the volunteer roles. The Clumber Food and Drink Festival is also taking place, so allow additional time for the possibility of extra traffic in the park and #DFYB. .
Clumber Park parkrun
Event number 316
7th September 2019
This week 330 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Amy OGDEN • Sally STAVELEY • Sue ARNOLD • Nigel DAWBER • Sarah MORGAN • Jo LUCAS • Sandra BREEDON • Oliver MORGAN • Oscar MORGAN • Kate THORNELOE • Olivia THORNELOE • Katerina BUTLER • Chris HILL • Sam THORNELOE • Niamh CARROLL • Thomas LUCAS • Isabelle LUCAS • Chris LUCAS • Mark CROSSLEY • Fiona GIBSON • Anna LEE • Kula DYSON • Joanne SANDERS • Geoffrey CLARKE • Elizabeth FAIRCLOUGH • Rohan SANDERS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Clumber Park parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Amanda CROOK who recorded a time of 18:15 on 31st May 2014 (event number 49).
The male record is held by John BEATTIE who recorded a time of 14:57 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 252).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen BURRELL who recorded 91.86% (19:27) on 28th July 2018 (event number 259).
Clumber Park parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 11,136 participants have completed 70,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 351,880 km, including 12,712 new Personal Bests. A total of 649 individuals have volunteered 5,280 times.