Oh dear, oh dear, so on Thursday/Friday I got the usual parkrun volunteer reminder, which I didn’t bother to read “yes, I’ve got this, close down – we can do this” – not a problem, put email into bin and forgot all about it.
So, imagine my surprise on Saturday evening when I find an email in my Inbox titled “Post Run Journalist Report” – on no! Of course – I’d also volunteered to do the post run report, which I usually offload to the kids as it amuses me to watch them squirm for 30 minutes and write about 15 words. Wouldn’t be able to offload this time as I hadn’t given them the 150 days notice that they require to write said 15 words. Then panic sets in as I hadn’t taken any photos…… thankfully the marvellous Team at Leamington has taken lots of photos (insert here )
because it was “Support your local Running Club day” – so photos taken care of, erm, now I get to extemporise on the run itself. So, nothing to lose, here goes:
What a surprisingly great morning it was – bit grim and grey getting up but it cheered up on the way over and surprisingly sunny when we got there. It was rather fantastic to round the corner of the “hut” and see all the gazebos and flags from the local running clubs. And people, lots and lots of people.
Not so many milestones today, Jacob ran his 10th and Stuart ran his 50th . Mike sneaked his 100th in - completing a PB at the same time!
The weather was glorious and despite the recent rain only a very few puddles on the course, which made for great running, despite there being lots and lots of people there. In fact this was the second largest parkrun that Leamington has hosted and the brilliant thing was that there were 58 amazing volunteers who supported the event. I was especially impressed by the slickness of the finish funnel and the speed of the barcode scanners – hardly any delay at the end despite the crowds of us completing. Great organisation as ever by the Team!
I was especially impressed by a mother and daughter duo who were doing their 3rd parkrun and who had already gotten into the groove of volunteering. They were working on close down – one of the very many roles that allow you to run as well as volunteer.
I have done quite a few of the volunteer roles which allow you to run and I can thoroughly
recommend Run Report Writing
So, hopefully you have all been encouraged by the great turn-out to think about joining a running club, or looking at joining one to help support your running goals.
Here are this week's stats:
This week 747 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 90 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 58 volunteers:
Sharon LITTERICK • Susie TAWNEY • James HARTWRIGHT • Malcolm FRY • Sean LONERGAN • Nigel FOX • Ian TAYLOR • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Saty KANDOLA • Jane CUMMINGS • Iain MCLAUGHLIN • Robert EGAN • Linda FULLAWAY • Stephen EVANS • Becky HAWKESFORD • Gemma KINSELLA • Emma TEEVAN • William PLATT • Jamie HANNA • Nicky DOCKER • Sandrine WIGHAM • Steven TAYLOR • Violaine WIGHAM • Sue MARTIN • Stu MARTIN • Stephen TRAYNOR • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Cerys HARTWRIGHT • Niamh MCCLENAGHAN • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Lizzie ROURKE • Patrick JAMES • Matthew BUCKHAM • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Wilfred EVANS • Weller DOCKER • James HARWOOD • Emma BISH • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Mark DOCKER • Claire WESTROPE • Jasmine HARWOOD • Jill COATES • Sola SONUGA • Vicki HARDING • Marley DOCKER • Jamie FINNEGAN • Zoe SCANNELL • Matthew HORLEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).
Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 16,136 participants have completed 139,084 parkruns covering a total distance of 695,420 km, including 22,829 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,561 individuals have volunteered 9,956 times.