Bright sunshine and 147 eager runners - amongst them 18 people doing their first ever junior parkrun, plus 25 new PBs (including the first and second girls to finish - Edie and Emily).
We were delighted to award wristbands to Brandon who collected his blue half-marathon band, Bonnie who collected both her half-marathon and green marathon band, and to Clifford who collected his ultra-marathon orange wristband. Well done to you all. And shout out to Theo Gaymes, first finisher today, who was doing his 150th junior parkrun.
Massive thanks to our volunteers this morning:
Adam, Adela, Alex, Amanda, Anya, Ed, Eibhlin, Eloise, Hector, James, Joseph, Kev, Layla, Linda, Mateo, Oscar, Roni, Ruth, Sam, Scott, Sharon (who was one of our timekeepers today despite a hand in plaster cast!), Sky, Suzanne, Thomas and Zoe.
The big news today was about our next junior takeovers. These special Sundays where all of the volunteer roles are done by under-18s are always EXTREMELY popular events - and we have not one, but two junior takeovers coming up before the end of the year; on 6th October in 3 weeks time, and again on 24th November. The roster always fills up very fast so don’t forget to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to bag a role for the juniors in your household. And this time around we’re opening up the coveted position of Run Director to all interested applicants. We got a few submissions of interest this morning at the park, but we’re also keen to hear from people during this week by email with applications to be Run Director (on either 6th October or 24th November), and we’ll be selecting some lucky juniors for the role soon!!
We also reminded everyone about our Big Half community places. Just a few left so if you fancy doing a half-marathon in London on 1st March 2020 at a reduced rate of £10 do get in touch - email@example.com. More information on the Big Half here.
The other lovely thing happening in Hilly Fields this morning was the Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust sponsored relay run. It was great to see so many of our junior runners and volunteers take part - as well as a big contingent of our Run Directors. Well done to our four junior parkrun runners Oscar, Jake, Ray and Lucien who won the event, completing 10k between them in about 42 minutes. And our Run Director Luke was on the 2nd place team along with some of the GoodGym gang. If you’d like to donate to the Marsha Phoenix event fund, don’t forget you can still do so online here at their Just Giving page.
Sam is on RD duty next week, check out the roster and do get in touch with him if you can volunteer.
Have a great week,
Lisa (Run Director Event 222)