We are hoping to hold a New Years Day parkrun at Gedling.
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!
(EDITOR NOTE) I'm a little late in posting this as following event 251 it looked like the impact of COVID-19 mitigation actions might lead to the cancellation of events for a while and I didn't want to post this run report without comment if that was the case. And sadly, the right thing to do is stop parkrun events for a short while, the first time in 15 years there won't be a parkrun anywhere in the world.
Please look after yourselves during this time and also follow the parkrun guidance for social distancing such that you don't set up alternative group runs. We all need to look after each other right now. Please reach out to others for support if you need it. Keep well, body and soul. Jenny x
It was a chilly start to the event but the ominous clouds kept away and we had a lovely smiley crew all ready to cheer you all round.
Ben, Holly, Joshua, Samuel, Ruby and Emma did a great job of running the funnel with the tokens, stopwatches and barcode scanners being totally in sync for the first time for ages (for me - including the horror of New Year's Day). Thanks to you all as well for abiding by our no touch token policy. I'm sure it will have made a difference.
Thanks to Adam, Emma, Peter and Allan for their excellent High five free marshalling, to Mike for offering to pace at the last minute and to Sally and Hilary for bringing up the rear in such style with our lovely Mr Sullivan, his toe and Lucy the dog!
This is where I would usually do a shout out for future volunteers but we'll be taking a break for a little while as you know. See you soon.
Wow can you believe it the weather was dry for us at Gedling this morning, it was the best type off weather to stand and cheer our runners.
Today 224 joined us to celebrate our 250 event and international women's day. We had 29 first timers and a massive 36 of you achieved a personal best. Well done to everyone. A massive thank you to everyone who came in purple or green, it was a great sight to see.
Our Parkrun heroes for this week are as followed: We had Sarah our volunteer coordinator ensuring our event was full. If you feel you would like to try and volunteer, its super easy and fun, please get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our first time briefing was given by Helen, where she explained everything which was needed to do, so basically just have fun. Our timers were Ian and Holly ensuring you had the correct time, Ben and Joshua worked together to ensure the finish funnel and tokens were given in the correct order. Beeping you in with there barcode scanners were Samuel and Jacob, who was then joined by Tracy after her run. Great work guys. Our wonderful marshals on route were Jolene, Jim and Neil making sure the parkrun love was felt. Sorry i forgot to say in the run brief, we did have pacers so we had the lovely Sally and Liam pacing you around, Our fabulous purple dressed tailwalkers were Alex and Rachel.Then we had Chris with his fantastic camera. Making my job easy because i didn't have to remember to get my phone out. Take a look on our face book page to see the wonderful photos. Finally me Kel in the Rd vest.
There is nothing worse when the microphone doesn't work so we are sorry if you didn't hear everything. Holly one of our Duke of Edinburgh students gave you a summary of the female runners at Gedling. I have posted it on our face book page. Happy international women's day from us here at Gedling Parkrun #thisgirlcan.
Gedling has now achieved our 250 event, its come a long way seen the days Ian, Sarah, Nickesh and Rob where they were only run directors on our roster and they were the main core team and now we have 13. Our community has just got bigger and better each milestone. Samuel and Josh gave you some off our Gedling stats this morning, which can always been seen on our result page. Just one off the things the lads said this morning was " without our runners, our next lot of stats wouldn't exist, so a massive thank you to all that choose our Parkrun on a Saturday morning" This is very true so a massive thank you to all our runners and especially our volunteers who ensure theses events can take place.
So not only being our 250 event, Sarah Tyler also bagged her 250 t-shirts. We can't wait to see the green when your next on the hills. Well done from us all. Sarah has ran 69 off those runs here at Gedling.
Another big thank you to Helen Smalley for your great cupcakes, they matched our colour scheme perfectly but most off all our runners loved them, Also Tracy and Chris for your chocolate contribution.Our 250 cake also went down a treat. I have manged to bring a small piece home for my cuppa later.
Barcodes: Please ensure you have your barcodes, there seems to be a few missing in the results today. Barcodes make happy runners aswell as happy Run directors when result processing.
So thats it another successful Saturday morning done, Jenny will be in the RD vest next week. Have a great week Kel
For the first time in three weeks we weren't running through a named storm! There was a bit of wind and rain, but it didn't stop 199 people hitting the hills, with visitors from Sheffield and Surrey. We also welcomed friends from Colwick and other somewhat soggy local parkruns.
We had 23 first timers, and a brilliant 31 PB's (guys don't forget to ring the bell!), with representatives from 24 different clubs.
We celebrated Sharon Messam's 25th volunteering event and George Miller's 100th parkrun!
First over the line was Matthew Nutt in 18.50, followed by Mark Hornsey at 19.04. First lady was Amy Casson in 21.57, followed by Katherine Malone in 23.13.
A couple of reminders to help our parkruns run smoothly. After finishing please don't walk back through the funnel as it causes problems for the finishers. Also when walking back to the car park, please be aware of those still running and keep to one side to let them through.
The IT won't talk to my phone, so photos will be on our FB page....
Next week is our 250th parkrun and International Women's day. To mark this try to wear purple or green!
We're all in Kelly's safe hands next week!