Hi my name is Leonora (Leo) it’s a great privilege to be writing the run report for the 40th Isabel Trail parkrun. The Isabel team are so quick that the Facebook page has already given many of this weeks stats, 53 were first timers, 56 recorded new PB’s,. representatives of 29 different clubs took part. I thought I would turn my report into a bit of a chat about family and volunteers.
This was the first time that I had volunteered at Isabel - the previous week (being a virgin tourist and volunteer at Southwark parkrun) . Early in the week I looked at the roster and there were only a couple of names on for the 7th, this prompted me to think - I get so much from this run surely, I can give something back? Some of the roles, and the two that I did on Saturday; run report and first time briefing, are great because I could still run and to do these. One of our tourists also sorted finish tokens, once she had finished her run - thank you!.
A huge thanks to all the volunteers that made it possible for me to run today and some of them sacrificing their own run so 262 of us could do just that. I have to say putting on the hi-viz was a bit scary as people automatically started asking me questions (thankfully simple -yes you can put your jacket in the tent) but I soon lost my nerves as I interacted with the lovely runners and volunteers that attended this week.
A big up to the rest of this weeks team, Julie ASHFORD, Crawford BAIRD, Melanie BATH, Chris BEDFORD, Neil COLLINGWOOD, Lisa CONN, Holly DRAPER, Sarah ENGLISH, Eileen FITZGERALD, Jon FOLLOWS, Steph HOLBECK, Jane HOLT, Catherine LINDSAY, Michael MCCOY, Joanna MCCOY, Adam MORRIS, Ellie OLIVER, Kathleen PASSEY, Gemma PHILLIPS, Wendy ROBERTS, Chris THOMPSON, Jenny THOMPSON, Tessa VERNON, Simon WARWICK
If you have any family and friends that may like a bit of fresh air please encourage them to come and volunteer, #DoingOurBit. I asked some non-running friends to volunteer I think they all enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe and foraging for damsons (Jon) that parkrun brings. Today was no exception to the ‘usual parkrun suspects’ there were lots of alphabeteers for the illusive ‘I’ and runners from as far away as Tokyo, South Africa and Swindon. No milestones this week but a shout out to Wesley touring with his daughter Arianwen JM10 who was on running this week for his half cowl - I did not even realise there was such a thing! It means he has 50 tourist parkruns (a full cowl is 100 tourist runs). I noticed that he also ran his 97th race today - that black tee shirt will soon be yours for the taking! London as always was also represented on Saturday with runners from Victoria Dock.
What I love about parkrun is the family atmosphere, aside from the bigger parkrun family couples such as regulars Ann and Clive Douglas who will be getting 50 tee-shirts for sure as the weeks go by, or mums and dads with their kids and even whole families, the entire Burrows family turned out this week, Toby who is usually busy earning money at his Saturday job joined regulars his mum Kathy, dad Simon and little bro Archie to take part in his first parkrun - I hope you enjoyed it! My family chat would not be complete without mentioning ‘our lot’ - My husband and I (I sound like the queen) both managed to run this week not as well as our son Jordan who joined the other 56 PB’s and also managed to get a new course record 15:18, and 10th spot in the weekly national times to boot - so well done Jordan! #proud mummy moment.
Picture by his Aunty Kate who was barcode scanning, his partner Holly marshalled at the first bridge so you may have seen them both cheering you home. Jordan nearly #DidFYB like 30 others this week it would have been a shame not to be able to record his time, so please - DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE and come down and see Simon WARWICK and the guys from New 2 Tri as they do a volunteer take over even next weekend. That said there are still a few spaces available so check out the VOLUNTEER ROSTER for next week and the next few sessions and help make parkrun happen.
Happy running everyone!