Run Report by Kirsten Owen
Well, Saturday 10th August was an eventful parkrun for a whole host of reasons; the day started with we me (your Run Director) leaving her keys at home and frantically phoning Liz (parkrun mum) to see if she had her keys, which fortunately she did so panic over. My first thank you to Liz for always been prepared and also living closer to park then me!
We started the pre-parkrun prep, setting out the course, checking off the volunteers, assigning roles, looking out for Jon T, our ever popular first timers briefer extraordinaire and generally organising people…
- yes the loos are over the bridge and passed the tennis courts on the left and canal on the right,
- yes you can still run without a barcode but still go through the finish and take a token
- yes you can leave your things here but at your own risk
- yes you never know we might make it to end and miss the threatening looking rain shower
Our next event was far more serious and all happened in those few moments the run briefing; for those who were there on Saturday and have been asking about the runner who was taken ill just before the run briefing on Saturday, he wants to assure everyone he is ok and much recovered. It was how everyone reacted and behaved after this incident that made me think about the title of this post “thankful” and what a lovely parkrun community we have in Hanley.
As a run director my job is made so much easier by having great people around me, and I think Saturday was an prime example of this, which is why I would like to personally give out a couple of thank you messages:
- THANK YOU to those parkrunners who stepped in a offered immediate first aid to their fellow parkrunner
- THANK YOU the parkrun volunteers who ran around the park ensuring that the ambulance was able to make it through to the scene,
- THANK YOU to the other parkrunners who respectfully gave the gentleman some space, did as they were asked and patiently waited until we could safely start the run
- THANK YOU (again) to the volunteers who ensure that when we did get under way that the finish area was a sea of efficiency and calm
- THANK YOU everyone for came up to see me at the finish and said some really thoughtful words
They say every day is a learning day and Saturday was no different; what was brilliant was that our runner had is “In Case of Emergency” contact details on his barcode. So if you have not yet completed your ICE information on your parkrun personal page, now is the time to get this filled in. If needs be, it might be an idea to get ensure that you print a new barcode with this information on it.
Finally, I hope I that our visitors from, Markeaton, Beeston, Rushcliffe, Crewe, Finsbury Park, Isabel Trail, Coombs and Maldon Park parkuns and our first timers enjoyed there run at Hanley and we will see you again soon.
Lots more photos from the run can be found here - thanks to our photographer Mick Hall.
Thanks to our volunteer team this week
Laura Joan CARPENTER • Morwenna CROSS • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Philip DAWID • Paul MASON • Judy BROWNSWORD • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Sean LEWIS • Ruth PARKES • Sue RUSHTON • Craig CARPENTER • Dean BROMLEY • Jennifer HENSHALL • Tim WEST • Andrew SLACK • Kurt DOWSON • Ken RUSHTON • Claire JOHNSON • Christine LAPPING • Ashliegh HOUGHTON MCGUINESS • Kris MIDDLETON • Daniel HOPE • Charlie FOSTER
Please get in touch with us if you can volunteer at any of our upcoming events - the roster is always tricky to fill over the summer so your help will be much appreciated. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.
This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. A full set of results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.
Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 9,106 participants have completed 75,783 parkruns covering a total distance of 378,915 km, including 13,359 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,056 individuals have volunteered 7,266 times.