With a few events taking place locally this weekend, there was every chance that Lincoln parkrun could have a been a quiet affair. Compared to our record numbers of 600+, it was a lot quieter - just a mere 469 finishers instead! Yes, that is actually a fairly quiet week and is just a perfect example of our parkrun has grown and is reaching out to more and more people.
There are always a few pre-run nerves for the Run Director each week, we all say so! I suppose it's the pride we hold in our event - this week, I looked at Pat, just a minute before it was time to deliver the briefing, and said 'What have I forgotten?' - Pat's answer? - 'nothing, you're ready.' He was right, and off we went! I would just like to show my appreciation for the other Run Directors. Without them, Lincoln would not be what it is. Nor would it be as it is without our amazing volunteers! It's a different team each week, but what is really encouraging is the number of new volunteers and new runners who haven't done many parkruns at all, before stepping into the hi-vis! This week's team were absolutely brilliant and a huge thank you to every one of them for making the event the success it was.
Remember, if everyone volunteered just 2 or 3 times a year, the rosters would be well covered, we wouldn't need to send out panicky messages, appealing for help and the load would be shared nicely amongst everyone in the parkrun community. If you can help, please drop an e-mail to email@example.com and one of the Run Directors will get back to you.
We received some lovely comments form parkrun tourists who were visiting - thank you, it's so nice to hear such positive words. It's great to chat to tourists from other parkruns, to find out about their run and also as to why they're visiting us. It's so true that you're actually never far from a parkrun or indeed a parkrunner!
We welcomed tourists from:
SHETLAND - CARDIFF - SUSSEX - ESSEX - SHEFFIELD - STOCKTON - CONKERS
For our home park runners, we celebrated some more milestones. 250 is now becoming a regular on our list, showing the dedication and love people have for parkrun.
Charlie Bateman - 10 parkruns
Peter Triggs , Jake Bradley, Rebecca Canlett, Jo Somers-Wells - 50 parkuns
Samantha Nott (2nd member of the Nott family to achieve this!) - 250 parkruns
There were birthdays to be celebrated too! Debbie Bilton had no idea we'd mention hers. She has brother Marcus to thank for that! Thank you also to everyone who wished David a Happy 65th Birthday as they passed him by on his favourite marshal point! I'm told you made his day! I know he made a lot of people happy too with the chocolates he brought along for everyone to share! Thank you David!
There were just a couple of matters that need a little reminder to all:
- Please do not shout / push / barge your way past anyone. parkrunners or members of the public.
- Keep left and overtake on the right
Keep headphone volume to a level where you can hear what is going on around you. Runners are allowed to pass one another, so you need to know they are there. It's also really important should an emergency situation arise. Turn the volume down and soak in the atmosphere from the lovely volunteers and your fellow runners. There's actually nothing better than a friendly chat as you take part.
Looking ahead, there is much excitement about our very first Christmas Day parkrun here at Lincoln. The roster is looking good, but we do need a few more bodies to help us out. If you would like to be involved, please let us know!
Dates for your diary:
16th November - Lincoln parkrun turns 6! Please can wear 'daft dress' if they wish, no doubt there will be cake and a few special mentions
21st December - Christmas parkrun - dress up day. Santa suits, tinsel and glitter, Christmas jumper - anything festive welcome!
25th December - Christmas Day parkrun 9am start. Obviously no bowls club that day!
28th December - Last Lincoln parkrun of 2019.
Please note that Lincoln parkrun will not holding an event on New Years Day - however, other events are on. See the Christmas compendium HERE