Thank you to Rebecca Shepherd for this weeks run report.
This parkrun report comes as a cautionary tale as to what will happen if you forget your barcode.
I love running in the drizzle, it’s my favourite kind of running weather. I was able to run without any small children in tow. I went to bed early on Friday night and refrained from having a glass of wine. I am not far off my 100th parkrun. As such, I was ready and raring for a good run, and significantly managed my best run time since having baby no. 2.
THIS WAS THE DAY I FORGOT MY BARCODE.
And we all know the golden rule, no (printed) barcode, no time, no exception...
I normally have my wristband faithfully on my wrist, with my barcode and emergency contact details on it, but in my giddy excitement to be running sans family, it got left at home. As such, I’ve been thinking about all the ways to prevent me running barcode-less in future.
Here’s my list:
- Keeping spare printouts in my car glove box
- Keeping a laminated copy in my trainer
- Sliding a copy behind my phone case
- Having one of the barcode tags on my shoelaces
- Burying barcodes in various places around the park to dig up when needed
- Tattooing the barcode on my forehead
Any further suggestions on ways to remember your barcode will be appreciated.
Anyway, in total, 228 people turned out in the drizzle to complete the course today. From those of you smug runners with barcodes upon their person there were 14 first time runners, 24 juniors and 46 personal bests.
Excitingly, we had two milestone runs this week, so big congratulations to junior parkrunner George Starr for running his 25th parkrun (and gaining a new PB) and to Matthew Barnes for running his 100th parkrun.
This event was made possible by 31 wonderful volunteers (listed below). We are still short of volunteers next week. Lancaster parkrun cannot take place without volunteers so please consider volunteering. There are loads of different roles to have a go at, none are too taxing, you get to meet lots of friendly people and altruism always makes you feel good. So, in the poetic words of Mrs Doyle from Father Ted - ‘Go on, go on, go on, go on’.
Our volunteers were: Phoebe ATKIN, Sara ATKIN, Stewart ATKIN, Kirstie BANKSLYON, James BATESON, Alice DAVIES, Andrew FIRKINS, Jim FLETCHER, Abi GUILDER, Benjamin GUILDER, Jennifer GUILDER, Andrew HOLME, Pam HOLME, David JACKMAN, Martin LORD, Thomas LORD, Ruth MEWIS, Ryan MEWIS, Rosie MUTTON, Paul PARKES, Annabelle ROBINSON, David ROSEN, Rebecca SHEPHERD, Steve SMITH, Thomas SOMERS, Julie WARDLOW, Harriet WHITE, Andy WILBY and last, but not least, George WILBY.