Hey, we were pleased to be up at Haldon Forest today whatever the weather as all but one of the local Park Runs were cancelled last week due to the high winds. If you know who controls the Haldon weather let us know so we can negotiate some better conditions for you over the next few weeks!
Paul was Run Directing today with the able assistance of Nonny who is a regular volunteer at Haldon and doing her Duke of Edinburgh award. It's wonderful to see young people flourishing at Haldon PR. Rhianna has also been assistant RD twice recently and today was out on a marshalling post cheering runners on. Our volunteers today were Paul and Nonny (Run Directing), Rona (1st Timer's Briefing & Run Report writing), Philip and Gordon (Timekeeping), James, Jess, David, Lisa, Rhianna, Janet, Emily, Chris and Jane (Marshalling), Karla and Maurice (Tail Walking), Esmee (Funnel Managing), Verity (Finish Tokens), Jessica and Emily (Barcode Scanning), Leah assisted by Becky (Results Processing) and Karla (Volunteer Co-ordinating). What a team!
Our volunteers gathered at 8.15 to set up the run for everyone. It's great when 'many hands make ……. ' - you know the rest! We all pull together and have fun getting things ready for the runners and it doesn't take long. We have some regular volunteers and every week there are also a few new people who are always welcome. We have families, people of all ages, people with dogs, people with babies, people with funny hats ……. everyone's welcome to come and see if you like volunteering - you only do what you are comfortable doing and you won't be pressurised to volunteer again if you don't like it. If you're interested or want to ask about it
As it was cold and wet, everyone wanted to get their legs on the move so we didn't dilly dally too long over the 1st Timer's Briefing or the Run Directors' introduction. Any exposed skin felt the chill this morning and there were two options – layer up or run fast! I took the first option, but there were 18 PBs today so plenty of people took the second option!
It was a special day today as it was Maurice Durbin's 25th volunteering event, and 1st time
as Tail Walker using a motorised Tramper.
Karla and Maurice, both stalwart volunteers at Haldon Forest PR, accompanied each other around the course on Trampers and I noticed Karla very fetchingly wearing the Unicorn Tail Walker's tail today.
After the run some of the hardiest volunteers
sat outside the cafe to celebrate Maurice's achievement by eating slap up excellent food (there is always something to celebrate after Park Run so this happens every week!).
Did you know you can hire the Trampers for a really reasonable price from the Ranger's Office, and complete the Park Run on one as long as you have a long term condition that prevents you completing it walking or running? So if you know of people who would enjoy this tell them they can book a Tramper in advance for Park Run, and they can see all the lovely sights and be part of our fabulous friendly Park Run community. They can get run and volunteer credits by Tail Walking!
Of the 93 runners today we welcomed 13 people who ventured out for their 1st Haldon Forest Park Run, and 3 of these were doing their 1st Park Run ever today (in the rain!). All us regulars hope you enjoyed your runs and will come back and see us again. We're not aware of any very long distances travelled to Haldon today – people came from as far afield as Stroud, Torbay and Killerton!
As I left I was struck by how fabulous the autumn colours on the trees at Haldon look at the moment. The fantastic views from the open tops towards the Exe estuary were somewhat less far reaching than usual but very atmospheric! As I left I did spot a couple of deer sporting lovely dark brown coats, that hadn't been scared off by all us intrepid Park Runners, and again Park Run made me feel happy and connected with lovely people. I can't wait for next week and hope to see you there!