Here is the thing about parkrun. A bunch of people get together and do something together for fun. It’s something we could do on our own, but it is better with others. We don’t need to be watched doing it, but it is much better when you bring your Mum and Dad with you or Dad stands with the kids and cheers on Mum, how wonderful to know someone watching is proud of you. Truth be told, we don’t need an army of volunteers to point us in the right direction or ensure our safety, but it is nice know you are being looked after. Parkrun is more than a 5k run, an attempt at a PB or beating that guy who always seems to sprint past you on the line each week. It's about community, its about family, to be honest it just feels right. This all feels particularly relevant right now as we enter a period of uncertainty across the globe. I think if this country can harness the power of parkrunners, we’ll be alright.
As for parkrun, we await guidance and rules from HQ later this week, but we want you to be aware that the Lingwood parkrun team will do everything we can to deliver your weekly dose of feel good at parkrun. We may have a few less volunteers, Mum and Dad might not be able to come and watch for a few weeks and the village hall may be closed now but we’ll do our best to keep it going.
I think we all had a feeling of it being the last one for a while (and if it is I am honoured to have been the Run Director) as the mood felt rather joyous. From good natured heckling in the pre-run briefing to our runners all cheering each other on. We counted 111 (Cricket buffs among you will know this as a Nelson, if you like your cricket – allegedly named this after Norfolk’s finest who had one leg, one arm and one eye) runners, joggers and walkers on Saturday which is up there as one of our biggest turnouts. Thank you all for coming to our run. It was a family affair at the top with the Bray boys doing what the Bray boys do best, run bloody quickly and taking the top two spots. Chapeau lads. Jasmine Sargeant was our first lady finisher, with a really speedy time indeed, well done you! Other notable results were not one Bethell best, not two Bethell bests but three Bethell bests as this week saw Samantha, Matthew and Ben all get PBs. All in there were 29 personal bests at Lingwood this week, good work all.
We had four pacers out on the course on Saturday wearing the number 24,26,28 and 30 tabards of responsibility. Now, pacing is hard. Really hard. It is basically witchcraft to able to get it spot on, but the good news is that only one our pacers is a witch (the finder general has been alerted Mark so watch out….) as the other three failed in the parkrun ducking stool test (I think Rob was stood next to the finish line for nearly two minutes waiting for the 30 minutes to be up). It is of course easy, and very enjoyable, to mock the pacers, but they are good sports for doing it and helping others achieve their target times.
And of course no parkrun run report would be complete without mentioning our pink panthers. We had a full house of volunteers including our Swiss army volunteer, Gisle, who seemed to have a different noise maker for each runner! I want to specially mention Ivan Block as well who completed his 25th Volunteering so wins not only a snazzy purple t-shirt but also the respect, admiration and thanks of anyone that has or will run parkrun. Thanks buddy. And thank you to all the other volunteers on Saturday who are listed below (if you want to volunteer, please email email@example.com or pop a message on our FB page or go round to Sophie and Owens house, the address is 27 High Stree……… actually, they are more than likely to be out at the pub, so probably best to just email us):
Ian SADLER • Martin TRUELOVE • Kate TRUELOVE • Ivan BLOCK • Lesley GEORGE • Gisle LUND • Eden SPACKMAN • Flora CLOVES • Mark OLLETT • Robert DYE • Catriona GEORGE • Emma CHILDERHOUSE • Gavin FLOOD • John ELGOOD • Tina ELGOOD • Richard BETHELL • Margaret BETHELL • Gary CUTHBERT
So that was Saturday parkrun. Hopefully we will see another this coming week, but if not, understand we wouldn’t cancel lightly, we want to ensure everyone’s safety and it is only a run after all (except in the last few 100 metres or so when you are chasing a PB and then it becomes something very, very different indeed!).
Hopefully the impact to you all will be minimal, but be safe, be well, be kind, but above all be ready to parkrun again very soon.