Reader, They Ran!
Tail-walker [n]: a person who walks at the back of the run to ensure all runners are accounted for. The tail-walker is the last to walk across the finish line thus declaring the run is over.
I’ve got to tell you – I was quite excited about tail-walking. Firstly, because it is the first time that I have lapped EB Park with actual parkrunners. And secondly, because in January I bought a proper dog-harness and have been training Dougal, our dog for just this moment! His first ever parkrun as tail-wager.
Even the drizzly, cold forecast couldn’t dim my optimism. I layered up warm from toes to nose; hiking boots and ski-socks, thermal gloves and bobble hat. I was fleece-lined and water-proofed, bundled in so many layers I could barely move my arms. But I was ready. Ready, right up until the moment of 3…2…1… GO!
Reader, they ran! All of them.
While I was prepared for ALL the weather – I was not prepared to run. Read the small print, it’s a tail-WALKER. Right? Dougal on the other hand was excited to be a in a pack and chased up the starting slope and across the top terrace dragging me and my clunky, old hiking boots behind him. By the end of the first lap I was melting in my many layers - but the parkrunners were still going strong. Needing to keep up, I threw my hat and gloves in the direction of a kindly volunteer and off we went for a second … and third round.
To those of you who cheered and smiled along the way – thank you, I was smiling on the inside.
To the other dog runners who gave me the dog-runner-nod – thank you, I feel initiated.
To the volunteers who laughed – no cakes for you next week!
And to the walkers and the walk-joggers – where were you? I was looking forward getting to know you better. When we say "walk it, jog it, run it" we really do mean it. And trust me, you were missed! Never let weather put you off - parkrun keeps you toasty. Fact.
Afterwards we went to Eden Café for breakfast and a de-brief. Aggie, half of the lovely couple who run the café smiled to see us back. “Saturdays have got better since the run started,” she said, “Not just the mornings – people see us busy in the morning and then they keep coming back. Saturdays are always good now.”
EB parkrun – the goodness keeps rippling out.
Report by Catherine Considine
parkrun role this week: Tail-WALKER
We are really keen to grow our core group of volunteers. Can you spare a Saturday morning once in a while? Or encourage a friend, lover and/or partner to come along and support you in a hi-vis? If so, please contact email@example.com. Or join us for breakfast on Saturday morning? We are everso proud of how far we have come and would love to have you on-board.
EB parkrun PEOPLE, RESULTS AND (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS:
This week 59 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Mark CONSIDINE • Adam PENWARDEN • Lucy MITCHELL • Steven TENNANT • Jonathan TERRY • Emma WROE • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Charlie WILLIAMS • Miriam BINDER • Darren SNOW MBE • Vinnie THORNTON • Michael SWALLOW
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ben SAVILL who recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2), and by Maxwell DUMBRELL who also recorded a time of 16:37 on 15th December 2018 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Cat BOUNDS who recorded a time of 20:34 on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WOOD who recorded 85.28% (20:57) on 5th January 2019 (event number 5).
East Brighton parkrun started on 8th December 2018. Since then 422 participants have completed 605 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,025 km, including 91 new Personal Bests. A total of 46 individuals have volunteered 123 times.