What a wonderful way to start a new decade!
The opportunity to do two parkruns twice in one day comes only once a year... and this year 232 people descended the heights of Mount Gedling to join us in the quagmire at Colwick.
In total we welcomed 461 walkers & runners and a smashing 33 volunteers for our New Year's Day extravaganza. This included 85 'first timers' to Colwick parkrun and 8 genuine first timers to a parkrun anywhere in the world.
Tourists came from Sheffield, Essex, Scotland, Boston, Cannock Chase, Rover Valley, Huntingdon, Long Eaton and Mansfield to name but a few.
We also welcomed Rebecca from Radio Nottingham. Listen out... we might be on the radio on Friday morning between 7:30am and 9am.
After the excitement of our traditional New Year's Day handshake (see the video on our facebook page) it was time to congratulate a fair few 'Clubbers'.
Joining the 50 Club on 1st January... Charlie Cook, Ian McGeorge, Peter Bryant, Louise Bainbridge, and finally Jon Potter. Five stone lighter and a year to the day...
Joining the 100 Club... (and both already members of the Volunteer 25 Club) Tony Madge who has been with us since 2011, and junior Will who has also run 71 junior parkruns along the way.
Finally... Kath Malone joined the 250 Club having joined us in August 2011 and having added two baby parkrunners to the family along the way (running 54 while pregnant). Kath also holds the record for the most first finishes at Colwick. Pretty impressive... but we still can't encourage her to do jazz hands.
We knew we'd be busy but we never know how many are going to come round the corner... and our 33 volunteers handled our bumper field of 461 with aplomb.
First time volunteer Sarah worked with 7 time NYD volunteer Maureen to hand out the finish postion tokens in double quick time while Claire Dunks ran a tight funnel. She was assisted by Megan and Phil doing a great job to keep people right and in single file with their hand out ready to receive a token.
Abigail, Steve and Frazer were all in complete harmony on the timers...
Our scanning team of Holly, Evie, Grace, Marie, Sandy, Steve, and Finlay ensured that no queues formed and Callie collected the scanned tokens in her bucket.
Out on course Judith, Debbie, Tracey, Trevor, Tony and Parbinder gave great support and direction.
Our three guides accompanied Iris, Kelly and Terry around the course. Thank you Lydia, Chris and Graham.
Our resident photographer Andrew Phillips captured the smiles... see our Flickr group and Helen oversaw operations in the Run Director jacket.
At the back of the field our tail walkers Sarah and Lynsey ensured that everyone crossed the line in front of them.
It's also worth mentioning that 5 of our volunteers were under 18 too. All doing a brilliant job and learning valuable life skills along the way!
Once we were all in we packed the kit away, thanked our fabulous volunteers from the bottom of our hearts, returned the defibrillator to the wardens office and wandered over to Costa for post-parkrun chat.
Frazer uploaded the results while our nibble-fingered team got to work re-stringing the tokens in readiness for event 441.
Another fabulous parkrun day in the bag!
Please do come along to walk, jog, run, volunteer, spectate and be part of our community in 2020 #loveparkrun
Read more about volunteering here and see the current state of the volunteer roster here - parkrun rocks!