Harrogate Parkrun number 426 has been no ordinary Harrogate parkrun. It was chosen as an opportunity to answer the question everyone has been asking...Ok not everyone, but a question I may have asked Sam over a glass of wine one evening......
How many Parkrun volunteer roles is it possible to fulfill by a single person at a single parkrun? Potentially 10 was the answer Sam came up with and from that moment on there was no stopping the idea from developing in to reality. - Event set up - First timers briefing - Run briefing - Run director - Pacer (27m), running back in time to be a... - Barcode scanner - Event clear up - Results processing - Token sorter Did the last few meters with the tail walkers too
This is my last role of the day the Run Report, if you count the few meters with the tail walkers 11 volunteer roles to celebrate reaching 100 Parkruns.
The biggest celebration of the day was not a number of parkruns or volunteer roles completed by one person. What should be celebrated is that parkrun relies on everyone of its volunteers, every week at every parkrun.
parkrun is a community, 5 years ago, I got up one saturday morning in the rain and took part in that community for the first time. it wasn't fast (36 minutes approx) made possible by all the volunteers on that day. Today, I also had the pleasure of seeing a lady complete her first parkrun, Well done Sue and I hope you benefit from this community as I have. It really is a thing of beauty.
Thank you to the other 27 volunteers who to ensured that Harrogate parkrun went ahead when our two nearest parkruns had to cancel due to the conditions. Special thank you to Sam & Caroline for making sure I didn't make a complete hash of it. Then we have those that braved the very damp conditions to run the course. firstly to those who lost shoes in the bog at the top end of the stray. managing to keep my shoes from being sucked off was completely down to luck. 271 runners completed the course this morning and although the sun was shining the conditions under foot were far from desirable.
That said, 15 runners managed to bag a Personal Best time. That is another reason to celebrate! Today has been, a sort of 'work experience' previously I had only marshalled or scanned barcodes. its been great to experience some of the other volunteer roles, granted some I need a little more practice at. I have an extra level of respect for those who volunteer.
Those of you that plan the route avoiding the Crocus', checking the Defibrillator, (I didn't even know they had to do that) measuring the course, setting out the finishing funnel, and packing down when every one has finished all the bits we don't always see.
Thank you! I would highly recommend volunteering at your local parkrun and my pledge is that I will volunteer more often. Happy parkrunning Mike Benson
Just a few reminders.....
Post run refreshments - Join us at Caffe Marconi (2 Princes Square) each week after parkrun to catch up, process the results, have a coffee and a good old chat. The food and drinks are great and Sarah and her team are huge fans of parkrun! It's good fun and you can even get your result early!
In Case of Emergency - Please double check that your emergency contact details are complete and up to date on your parkrun profile. You'll find a link to your profile on your weekly results email and newsletters or via this How can I access my profile / account? link. It only takes a few moments, put could really help us to help you if and when you most need it.
Barcodes - Is your printed barcode looking tired or not scanning easily? There are a range of tough and durable plastic parkrun barcode ID tags and parkrun wristbands available via http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ These are the only UK authorised and professionally printed tags and feature the parkrun branding and logo, your athlete details and can also be personalised with your ICE (In Case of Emergency) telephone number and additional information including specific medical details. They come in a range of options and can be attached to a key ring, laces, and running vest zip or worn on a lanyard.
Volunteering - It is thanks to our great volunteer teams that parkruns around the world continue to happen every Saturday. Harrogate is no exception and without your kindness we would not be able to put on this wonderful free event. If you would like to help out please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harrogate/volunteer/for more information or talk to anyone in a yellow vest on parkrun day and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Event number 426
22nd February 2020
This week 271 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Jane EVANS • Rebecca VENTRESS • Dawn RICHARDSON • Fiona BARKLEY • Jeremy SCOTT • Caroline RAINBOW - GARDENER • Sarah STAIANO • Andrea MATTHEWS • Sam FUGILL • Christine JONES • Phil VENTRESS • Colleen GRUENWALD • Ellie PEAGRAM • Michael LINDLEY • Mike KAYE • Jeff WALKER • Isabelle JONES • Mike BENSON • Alasdair CHISHOLM • Robert HILL • Caroline YATES • Jonathan CLIPSTON • Vicky WARD • Edward GREEN • Ben PEARCE • Philip WARD • Jill MORGAN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrogate parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Rosie SMITH who recorded a time of 17:28 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Paul POLLOCK who recorded a time of 15:14 on 7th October 2017 (event number 303).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy GRANT who recorded 90.63% (16:01) on 1st September 2018 (event number 348).
Harrogate parkrun started on 21st January 2012. Since then 16,628 participants have completed 133,563 parkruns covering a total distance of 667,815 km, including 21,169 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,370 individuals have volunteered 9,732 times.
For a member of the third best running club in the area that's a cracking run report