It took a bit of wrangling behind the scenes, but eventually we were able to settle who was going to RD on the 1st day of 2019 - so here we go! 10:30 on 1st January will give those most enthusiastic of you to get to Clare Castle and then back again to do the double; what a great way to start 2019??
We have a fine record of being able to offer you the extra two runs over the holiday period but this year we are going to restrict ourselves to just the one, on Christmas morning. We will be on site for your Christmassy delight and delictation for a 9.30am run, but with the absolute minimum of volunteers; one RD, one timekeeper, one on finish tokens and a couple of speedy people taking over barcode scanning and tokens if needed, plus one person as keeper of the gate.
It is decidedly possible mince pies will be available on the day but you'll have to come along to find out!
Great Cornard parkrun core team.
Today I had the pleasure of visiting Great Cornard parkrun for the first time the morning after I attended a wedding in the local area.
The wonderful two lap course did not disappoint and it was nice to run mainly on grass which had its green colour back again. Apparently this week we were somewhat light on volunteers but despite this I found the course very well marshalled at all the key points and would not have known. I was welcomed into the Great Cornard 'team' when I arrived pre-run and this continued during the run as we were given a lot of encouraging support from the eager volunteers as we ran around which which always helps. I found the event very well organised by Natalie, who was today's run director, and her wonderful team of volunteers.
Amazingly, 20 of you managed to grab a new PB today which is wonderful considering the warm temperatures we've experienced lately!
Many thanks goes to the volunteer team without whom, parkrun could not happen week in week out. Do consider signing up to one of the many rewarding volunteer roles available. Please see the roster page at parkrun.org.uk/greatcornard/volunteer/ for details of where to sign up!
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Andy BRAME, Sharon BREWARD, Adam BULACZ, Piotr BULACZ, Lucy COWLIN, Sid HAYGREEN, Natalie JONES, Scott MANNING, Cliff MANNING, Jennifer MERRY, Adam MUMFORD, Matt POWELL, Charlotte RICHARDSON, Emma RICHBELL, Dee ST LEDGER, James WOOD
Thank you for a great start to the weekend and I do hope to visit again soon!
My parkrun journey started about a year ago with that feeling that perhaps it would be good to have one of those parkrun things nearer to home, rather than having to drive 30-45 minutes on a Saturday morning to run 5km. I spoke to a few running friends who all agreed.
So, I contacted parkrun headquarters to say, hey guys, let's have one of those parkrun things here please.
12 months, plenty of energy, determination, training and running later, we are live! I really didn't appreciate the work that Event Directors and the Core Team put into getting their events off the ground. And once the launch date gets closer, the enthusiasm and excitement grows and, although it may get a little boring for friends and family, for a while life revolves around little else.
And then, our first event was happening and people turned up!
I was so proud to see the 65 runners take to the start (and finish) line, the great comments and feedback we received and for our first experience of processing results went without a hitch.
We were delighted to host a number of serious parkrun tourists who have a tremendous amount of experience and who were extremely positive about our new event.
And for our second event, we were chuffed to pieces to have 39 of our own, homegrown parkrunners take to the field. Just two weeks in we now have 80 registered parkrunners, volunteers who didn't need to be browbeaten into it and the beginnings of our own parkrun community.
Welcome, one and all.