On Gedling parkrun’s fourth event since restart, we had 144 runners embrace the hills, of those there were 19 first timers to Gedling (including tourists) and 15 new personal bests recorded!
Despite arriving a little late (there were a few volunteers waiting for me) we got the course set up in record time. Big thanks to our amazing hi-viz hero volunteers, today we had Chris and Julie timing, Jon and Liz on the funnel, Damian, Lyndsey and Ben scanning the barcodes, Neal, Nickesh and Andrew on Marshal duties, and Brian and John tail walking. Thanks also to Sharon for doing the first timers brief and to Jo & George for sorting out the popup sign & flag and then bringing it home for a wash! It sure needed it!
At the pre-run brief I asked for you to do us all a favour, and when returning to the car park, to go up the right hand side of the play area, as this will prevent clashes between pedestrians and runners who are heading to the finish. It worked! Thank you very much. The path between the play areas was much clearer. Long may this continue.
However... A complaint was received from a park user that they were "forced off the path and into the thistles by the runners". This happened on the path that cuts across the park just after the start. A polite reminder to you please, to be mindful of other park users and give them the space that they need, we do not have right of way.
Special mention to Rhod Price who was running his 100th event at Gedling! Well done sir!
Also to Lyndsey Johnson for her 50th volunteer occasion, that's how much fun volunteering is!
So, pre-run brief done it was time to set off, exactly at 9:00 am!
First across the line for the gents was Brandon Gell in 21:31, followed by Owen Jones in 21:37 and then Ben Parker in 21:38 (New PB!)
For the ladies it was Katie Hicken in 23:48, followed by Rachel Grant in 24:24, and then Suzanne Swanwick in 26:36. Well done all.
Sadly, as we are still running the event under the Covid framework, the PB bell is hidden away, hopefully we can see its return soon!
Once our tail walkers were safely back, it was time to pack up and say goodbye to the park for another week.
Our fantastic event could not happen without our volunteers. If you’ve not volunteered before, why not give it a go? It’s really simple and fun and you get to wear a sparkly new hi-viz. If you’ve volunteered before, then why not come back and have another go? All you have to do is drop us a note on facebook or an email to our volunteer co-ordinator and we’ll get you on the roster for the coming weeks.
Don’t forget you earn an amazing purple t-shirt when you’ve volunteered 25 times, everyone looks good in purple don’t they??
See you on the hills next week!