We did have a nice new shiny welcome flag and IWD selfie frame which was put to great use.
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Our very first Leap year wedding proposal here at Long Eaton, we are very excited and to congratulate David & Shannon. They also ran their 100th parkrun, David and Shannon her 50th!
Here are some words from David about their story and how it all happened ...............
15th February 2020- Racing against Storm Dennis
At 8am it was all quiet at West Park- barely a breeze and not a single drop of rain. Perfect running conditions in fact. By 9am there was a splattering of rain and the winds were picking up, but it didn’t stop 375 runners battling through the beginnings of Storm Dennis to complete our course.
It was lovely to have tourists from Peterborough, Exeter, Wokingham and Queensland Australia joining us in Long Eaton. Our Australian visitor ran past us on her first lap, all bundled up against the weather and called out, ‘it’s 40 degrees back home’. We’re not jealous much!!
We were also celebrating Steph’s 100th time volunteering and we’re very grateful for the cake she brought along for us. That’s nothing compared to how grateful we are for every single time that Steph has given up her time to make Long Eaton parkrun happen- huge thanks to her for her commitment to our event.
Congratulations to Anthony Sullivan, Wendy Lauberts and Helena Rankin for achieving your 50 runs milestone and to our 10 first timers. Also, a huge happy birthday to Laura McCristal, this weeks tail runner.
The rugby club wasn’t open this weekend, so we were done and dusted by 10am. The usual bacon cobs were much missed as well as that chance to chat after the run. Hopefully it’ll be business as usual next time.
On a personal note, I’d like to add a word of thanks to my husband Stuart, an unsung hero. As well as offering his support in whatever way is needed each time I run direct, this week he went the extra mile and sorted and dried all the finish tokens ready for next week. What a guy!
Please keep an eye out for announcements about this coming week’s parkrun. As I write this, West Park is under a LOT of water so we will have to see whether that recedes enough for us to be able to continue, and which course will be most appropriate to use. Finger crossed that storm Ellen doesn’t ruin our plans!
Thank you as always to this week's amazing volunteer team who were:
Alex SHELDON • Amber BANKS • Amber LEE • Anne BIRCH • Antony V CARR • Carrie CHAN • Deborah FAULKNER • Denise COX • Janet SEBBAGE • Kay STEVENS • Kevin ROUGHTON • Laura MCCRISTAL • Louise COWLISHAW-BOOTH • Luci BRADLEY • Peter GRIFFIN • Rob OGELSBY • Robert MITCHELL • Sharon STREET • Steph HART • Stuart FAULKNER • Sue COX • Thomas OGELSBY • Vaughan MORRIS
All the chatter during setup was about impending Storm Ciara, due in the early hours of Sunday morning, and what effect it might have in events scheduled. As it turned out, there were many, many cancellations nationally; and our own Junior parkrun and a regional cross-country race on the Park (hosted by the fabulous Long Eaton Running Club) were also called off.
Here's a picture of most of the great volunteers this week proudly showing off the Active lives In Erewash Special recognition runners up award. Great team looking after us all.
Happily though, Saturday brought pretty much perfect conditions for a 5k and I think that was reflected in the number of great runs. 103 PBs were achieved; which is pretty astonishing, given it represents 20% of the field. We also welcomed Bal Gill, who joined us from his usual Leicester stomping ground to run his 50th event. Bal was joined by fellow tourists from East Devon, Reading, Poolsbrook, Gedling, Rosliston and Leeds, to mention a few.
On a serious note, we have received lots of comments from participants recently regarding this or that group of runners not being respectful of each other during events. Indeed; a lot of the comments are along the lines of, "parkrun isn't for fast runners", "slower runners should get out of the way".
The parkrun UK website states:
"...we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all."
Therefore; no type of runner has more right to be at the event than another and, being adults, we expect all participants to be grown up enough to respect each other. The paths on West Park are for the most part wide enough to accommodate overtakers if runners keep to the left but, where you are chasing a time and need to get around a group, be patient and make your way around them safely.
We have been continually asking over the last month during the run brief that you are courteous to each other, and you keep to the left side of the path. We shouldn't need to keep asking this of adults who share a common interest.
If you wear headphones for the run, we also ask that you keep the volume to a level where you are aware of what is going on around you. Its important that you are able to hear instructions from marshals, should the need arise.
We also expect all participants to be polite and respectful to others on the park as we do not have sole use and share with the public.
Debs and her team will be looking after you for the next couple of weeks and I will hopefully joining in with the run after a month off.
On 7th March we will be joining many parkruns across the world in celebrating International Women's Day, supported by This Girl Can.
There will be a selfie frame available for photos.
As always, our parkrun event is open to everyone, but we want to encourage as many females to this special #IWDparkrun, whether this is through volunteering or participating.
The suggested dress code is purple and everyone is welcome!
We love our male and female parkrunners equally but did you know that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun?
So, let's encourage as many girls and ladies to come along and join us at this event and make it a day to remember! Ask your family and friends to join us!