14th September 2019

Event number: 256
Weather: Fresh with sunny intervals
Number of finishers: 104
First timers to Gibside: 28
Participants completing their first parkrun: 9
Milestones: Jan Oliver 50th parkrun, Simon Longstaff 50th parkrun,
Simon Francis 100th Gibside parkrun
Personal bests: 16
Finish tokens lost: 0 - Chicken dinner!
Funnel duckers: 1 - please take a finish token if you cross the line
Double crossers: 0
Awesome volunteers: 11
Really excited barkrunners: 1
Attempts taken to put away the pop up sign: 1 - Result!



Event number 250!

It's actually not that often that we get a soggy parkrun, but when we do we really do! Hopefully it was a nice refreshing change to being too warm this week.


Well done to all of our 82 participants today. We really weren't expecting as many with the way the weather was looking. But you all well and truly earned your breakfast this morning. It's always good to see new faces every week. Today we had visitors from outside the region today, including Worcester, London, Barnsley, Penrith, Cambridge and our furthest from Australia.

Huge thanks again to our amazing volunteers this morning. Congratulations to Shona Gillespie who joined the 25 volunteer club this morning. Shona is hopefully going to be joining our Run Director team shortly, so keep an eye out for her debut. ;)

As parkrun looks to a more sustainable future, you'll have seen us encouraging more use of the virtual volunteer app. We appreciate that not everyone has a smart phone, but if you're one of those people that has an old one lying around in a drawer somewhere we'd love it if you'd consider donating it to our event. Some older phones may not be compatible, so it's worth a check first. There's further information about the app in this news item: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/gibside/news/2018/07/30/theres-an-app-for-that/

Virtual volunteer
So, the bit I know you've all been waiting for - some stats!
  • Over our first 250 events we've seen 2092 people register with parkrun and listing Gibside as their home event, including 296 in the last 12 months.
  • 3761 people have completed 17215 parkruns at Gibside. That's over 86,000km - more than twice around the world!
  • 556 people have volunteered on 3081 occasions.  So at an average of an hour each, that's more than 128 solid days of volunteering, more than the gestation period of a lion!
If that's not enough for you, here's a sexy little chart showing the demographic of our registered parkrunners.
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Both our male and female course records have also been broken this year. Callum Hanson with a speedy 16:24 and Danielle Smythe with a very impressive 18:46. Yes, even up those hills!

Thanks to everyone who has supported us by running, jogging, walking or volunteering so far. Here's to the next 250!


New Year New You?

Team Gibside

So now that the decorations are down and we roughly know what day of the week it is, it's time to turn my attentions to the future of Gibside parkrun. Unfortunately we are saying a very sad thank you and farewell to 2 members of our Run Directing team. Rachael has now turned her attentions to the very important role of being a Mam, and Craig will be stepping down after his last RD stint on the 12th of January to focus on his exams at work.

Between Rachael and Craig, they've volunteered on 80 separate occasions and have been critical to the ongoing success of parkrun at Gibside. To fill the gap left on the team, we are now looking to bring another 2 Run Directors onboard. Ideally you will have some volunteering experience already, especially in the roles around the finish area. If you'd like to find out more, check out this article on our support site  - What do the volunteers do?, and drop us an email to gibsideoffice@parkrun.com.

Run Directing is a great way to get to know more of your parkrunning community, whilst developing new skills. Commitment wise, we operate a rota so that we all do roughly once a month, leaving plenty of opportunities for us to parkrun ourselves.

So if it's something you've thought about before or even if this is the first time you've considered getting a bit more involved, we'd love to hear from you.



There’s an app for that!

As parkrun look towards a more sustainable future, the development of our own scanning and timing app is a significant step forward. In trials the app has been proving to be more reliable than our current JUNSD timer and removes the need for us to plug in cables to download the information. The app is available now on both iPhone and Android completely free.

Download Android

Download iPhone

There's a handy user guide for you to download too, that explains how it all works. Due to the number of different cameras available on Android devices, we can't guarantee the scanner will work on all phones. Please try it out on your own printed barcode at home in advance.

Barcode policy

Despite the technology development, we still operate a 'no printed barcode no result' policy. parkrun frequently processes in excess of 250,000 results every week and any relaxation in the policy would hugely increase the amount of work for our volunteer teams.

Most other organised running events would not allow you to take part let alone get a result if you forgot your number. You are still free to run at parkrun events if you forget your barcode, you just won't get a result.

Your printed barcode also has the benefit of including your emergency contact number, should we ever need to use it. We'd rather this than it being locked away behind a passcode protected screen.

Barcode top tips

Lost your barcode? To print off a new set - click on this link, follow the link in the weekly newsletter, old results email or follow the 'request a reminder email' link on every event's home page. If you're still using an old printed barcode that isn't displaying your ICE details, how about printing off a shiny new one?

When printing off a new sheet of barcodes, instead of just cutting out one and leaving the other five to get lost somewhere in the house, how about leaving the other ones in your wallet, inside your mobile phone case, in the car or even under the insole of your trainer?

If you're a regular parkrunner, how about purchasing one of our more robust barcode products from our authorised supplier? From as little as £3.96 you can have a plastic barcode delivered to your door. They last far much longer than paper barcodes and also helps to support the future of parkrun.


April Update


We've been blessed with running club takeovers at Gibside for the last 2 weeks, which means we've had loads of volunteers on the roster. If you're part of a club or group who wants to take over all our volunteer spots one week, just drop us an email. You don't have to be an affiliated running club, just a group of people who like helping out their fellow parkrunners.

We're always looking for new people to get involved. If you've never done it before it gives you a better appreciation for what goes on before you arrive at 8.45 and the hard work that our volunteers put in every week. You don't need any special training as you'll be shown how it all works on the day. If you want to know more about the roles, check out our support site: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566523-What-do-the-volunteers-do-

We're also always looking for parkrunners to join our team of Run Directors, who are responsible for looking after the event on the day. We're only a small existing team so the more there are of us, the more sustainable the event is.


In Case of Emergency

An excellent percentage of UK parkrunners across both our 2k and 5k events have now completed the emergency contact section of their parkrun profile. Ideally we'd love this to be 100% and for you all to carry a printed barcode every parkrunday. We don't just ask you to carry your barcode to get scanned, it also has the advantage of displaying your emergency contact details (if you've completed them) and having them easily available rather than being locked away behind password protected phone screens.

Please take a moment to check your printed barcode to see if your ICE is displayed.

If not, then check the details on your profile at - https://www.parkrun.com/signin/ and click on 'update' to access your own details. You can also print off a new set of barcodes if you need to.

PROVE project (parkrun: Running or Volunteering for Everyone)

The PROVE project is sponsored by the Department of Health and has been initiated to make parkrun more accessible to people with disabilities or long-term conditions. In addition to our Event Support Ambassadors, we have a specialist volunteer team of Outreach Ambassadors who do some fantastic work in breaking down specific barriers to participation.

There are existing Facebook groups and Strava clubs for the following: asthma, blood pressure conditions, deaf and hard of hearing, dementia, diabetes, endometriosis, heart conditions, learning disabilities and autism, obesity, sight loss.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to know more Gibsideoffice@parkrun.com


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