It was touch and go if event 3 was going to going to happen at all and on Saturday night I headed over to check it out. It was fifty/fifty if it was going to go ahead as it was forecast for rain at 5am so we were all hoping the rain would sort out the icy conditions.
We all awoke to find it raining so I made my way over to see the route. Sammy and I walked it and it and thankfully it was fine.
There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and if it wasn’t for the volunteers giving up their Sunday mornings and free time during the week you wouldn’t have a Derry City junior parkrun so please, always thank them if you can. This week, our thank yous are to:
Darren BOYLE, Kieran COYLE, Anne HUTTON, Andrew KINCAID, Claire LIGHTOWLERS, Sammy MC ANANEY, Sandra MCDERMOTT, Sean MOLLOY, Stacey MONTGOMERY and Emmet O DOHERTY who made this event happen.
Sandra took on the role of volunteer co-ordinator and everyone within the team just thinks she is doing brilliant.
It is a mad rush sorting everyone out and I was even a bit tongue tied doing the runners briefing and warm up. I had to rush home and pick up my kids for the start time of 9:30am
The team only relax when the results are sent to HQ to publish. This information is then sent to you by email/text. We get an email/text first thanking us. We love to see this because then we know the job is done properly. Please help us grow this event by helping us out and volunteering.
Now for the boring bit…..sorry but just a few house-keeping issues to resolve.
- Could all walkers, wheelchair users and runners please make their way straight to the Start line, please don’t hang around the entrance to the mezzanine as it causes congestion when the volunteers are trying to get organised. This area is only for volunteer briefing and for Sandra to assign roles/tasks. Please don’t come into this space for health and safety reasons (it’s tiny). If you are cold please sit inside in the heat and warmth.
- Aim to be at the start line for 9:20am please, the event starts at 9:30am.
- At the start line could we have the older, taller kids at the front please. We are going to do something different this Sunday during the warm up so please encourage the younger ones to go to the back please to avoid being overwhelmed by the bigger ones trying to get past.
- We are going to address the kids and talk to them from the back of the start line. We will see how this works out for us; remember we are still finding our feet.
The weather didn’t put off 59 brave junior parkrunners this week. Well done folks!
Well done to our First Timers:
Carly CHESTNUTT, Charlie LIGHTOWLERS, Cillian DONNELLY, Zoe CAMPBELL, Jack LIGHTOWLERS, Aidan HEALY, Aoibhlinn GALLAGHER, Elijah KENNEDY, Joseph HARKIN, Lily DUFFY, Ryan DOUGLAS, Alice COYLE, Jamie MELLON and Jake LYTTLE.
Ronan CANAVAN was the 1st boy across the line in a time of 8:36 followed by 2nd Conor MC DERMOTT 8:41, 3rd Charlie BELL 08:47. All boys taking top 3 places.
Carly CHESTNUTT was 1st girl across the line in 9:11 followed by 2nd Ava COLGAN3rd was Lucy HEALY in a time of 09:22, well done guys.
This course record is held by Paul DOWNEY-7:41
We had 29 PBs which is just brilliant considering we are only coming up to our 4th Event.
The weather is going to mild this Sunday so we are expecting big numbers again. Please make your way to the start line.
It is free, all we ask is that you register herehttp://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and print out barcode.
We CAN’T accept barcodes from phone so please PRINT OUT barcode and bring along.
See you all Sunday