At around 9pm on parkrun eve we had some stopwatch sized holes on our volunteer roster less than 12 hours until something in the region of 250 - 300 people would be coming down to join this week's parkrun party. In our formative days (back when we used to run the wrong route and that sort of thing) we would perhaps have been reaching for the panic button. That though, was in a time before our parkrun family had fully formed and of course as if by magic by 9am on Saturday, the Hi-Viz's ranks were fully stocked and we were ready to welcome 295 parkrunners to sunny Colwick park.
This weeks volunteers were simply brilliant but a special mention for Lauren, Steve and Graeme for responding to the parkrun logo in the sky and donning their capes. Not forgetting Jean of course who was sitting quietly in her deck chair minding her own business when a scanner landed in her lap! She joined the junior Bowen scan team (thus forming a junior RAC super scan group) and picked it up like seasoned veteran.
Speaking of the wonderful RAC massive (possible author bias) they joined us en-masse to celebrate the graduation of their latest couch to 5k group where the group, plus many other newish members ran their first EVER 5k. It is always a favourite of ours seeing the sheer joy and sense of achievement of first time 5kers when they cross the finish line. Inspirational the lot of you... including their mentor (and our own core team member) coach Tim!
46 people in total (helped by the aforementioned group) completed their first Colwick parkrun today and 47 made good use of the near perfect conditions to record a personal best time.
Cathy Wiser very kindly brought along fruit, cake and water (plus tables for them all to sit on) to celebrate her 250th parkrun with friends and family.. Well done and thanks Cathy!!
Roger 'ultra' Spence reached his 50th milestone, completely unbeknown to himself it seems judging by his post parkrun strava post !! (See below)...top job Roger - another 6 years for the 100?
Take the joy of your parkrunning exploits into the new week folks and it'll keep you revving along until next parkrun day!