Well what an amazing first birthday. We beat our target of 100 runners, parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt took part, and gave out prizes and the carrot cake was excellent.
Lots of thanks – to the volunteers who have turned up in all weathers to marshal, tail run, time and scan. We have had great help in setting up each week – and taking down. There have been photographers and even the occasional human turning cone. Today we had extra helpers who came along just to be part of Mile End parkrun today and lent a hand with the cakes and directing to the stadium. This weeks helpers were Carole BOYLE • Christina EASON • Claire TUFFIN • Craigie-Lee PATERSON • Heather HODGE • Lachlan MURRAY • Mary BURKETT • Pat REID • Rebecca MOLYNEUX • Sally MILLS • Sophie MINTER • Stephanie HOCKETT and Tracei POMPEY
We anticipated finding volunteers each week as being potentially one of the most stressful parts on event directing but it hasn’t been. Most weeks the rota is filled for at least the following week with slots filled weeks ahead. But don’t stop we still need volunteers to add to the data base. Just email email@example.com
Thanks to Mile End stadium – manager Nick and his team who open up for us early on a Saturday and store our equipment. We do appreciate the facilities!
Thanks to coffee Mike who turns up every week with his coffee 2 U van and son Scott. We do enjoy hot drinks in winter and the occasional free sandwich.
Thanks to Sweatshop who provide trainers for the monthly winners and vouchers. We have had 11 winners over the last year: they are
Feb Annie Walker
Mar Matthew Wise
April Mary Davies
May Scott Summers
June Richard Craven
July Kathryn Mycock
Aug Helen Button
Sept Matthew Button
Oct Jeff Martin
Nov Christina Eason
Dec Paul Boddey
Thanks to parkrun HQ who have guided us through the result process particularly in the early days when we did have some issues. The backup is fantastic allowing runners to get their result shortly after finishing.
This week’s cake and the prizes were only possible due to the donations we have had over the last year. We hope the donors felt it was money well spent. We will use the fund to replace equipment when required. You can find out how to donate here
The points competition runs over the year for each parkrun: Runners are separated into their sexes and allocated points based on the position that they finish. The first woman to cross the line will receive 100 points. The second will receive 99 and this tally will reduce until each runner only gets a point. This is repeated for the men. Volunteers are allocated maximum points on the day that they volunteer up to three times per year. More information can be found here http://support.parkrun.com/entries/22041167-how-does-the-points-competition-work
So the winners for our first year were:
Sophie BUTTON (Unattached) 3429 pts.
Lucy BUTTON (Unattached) 3366 pts.
Helen BUTTON (Women Running at E14) 2859 pts.
Matthew WISE (Unattached) 3766 pts.
Paul BODDEY (Unattached) 3030 pts.
William MCKEEVER (Unattached) 2990 pts.
So onto today results
Sean RENFER (SM20-24) of Thames Valley Harriers, was first over the line in 16:44 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Matthew WISE (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:41 - Has been first to finish on 16 previous occassions.
Stuart WRIGHT (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:49.
Sarah WINTER (VW35-39) of Stragglers, was first (10th overall) over the line in 19:46 - first appearance.
Lizzie BEARD (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:12.
Sharon KEAN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (19th overall) over the line in 21:33.
Finally after the success ofChristmas drinks at the Morgan Arms in Bow we are going again on Wednesday 6th februaryfrom 7.30 – all welcome.
So here’s to the next year lots of runningand volunteering
Carole and Craigie-Lee
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