It was the final race of the first year and before the points are reset. 102 runners, of whom 14 were first timers took part with 20 recordin new Personal Bests. After a couple of very wet weeks it was nice to have realtively dry conditions and we were even treated to a break in clouds.
With the weather being so rubbish this year it's been easy to spot people who are just back from holiday. Andrew Moodie was back from Turkey complete with Turkish Delight for all - the leftover box is sitting in my car and I'm not sure it's going to make it back to Callendar Park for next week.
JK, Spikey & Douglas will be back from their respective holidays next week. I'm sure they'll talk about how the first year has been for them but I thought (in my role as official geeky person) you'd be interested in these stats. Since 16th July 2011 1,348 different runners, including participants from 71 athletics clubs, have completed 6,141 runs covering a total distance of 30,705 km, and there have been 1,931 new Personal Bests.
Also in that time we've seen a great community of runners, a lot of whom never knew each other before, come together to support each other through injuries and inspire others to achieve better times. And how interesting that the top 3 mens and womens points scorers this year are not members of running clubs.
Speaking of points, as I mentioned this morning the points get reset this week. Everyone who volunteers gets 100 points for each of their first 3 volunteer shifts in a year. So if you want to join me at the top of the leaderboard next week then you might consider volunteering. We ask that everyone volunteers 3 times during the year and it was nice to see a lot of new faces amongst the regulars this week.
Finally don't forget we've got a Roman theme to Falkirk parkrun's 1st birthday next week. We're looking forward to togas-a-plenty and legions of centurions in the park next week. We'd love to see you slightly earlier - just after 9 - for the prizegiving before the run. And don't forget the post-run picnic (we're drafting in extra gazebos just in case) as we celebrate the start of a new parkrun season.
Extra finally - special thanks to all the volunteers this week who made my first week as Race Director so easy and straight forward. Also thanks to everyone who helped setup and pack up.
See you all next week.
Ali Maximus (just getting in the spirit early)