We dodged the showers on Saturday for a fresh parkrun – and I’m very glad of that because as I write this report the rain is pouring down. 488 people went across the line at Moors Valley this week and we welcomed several visitors today. We welcomed runners from Ealing, Kingston, Worthing, Ilford, Tring, Daventry, Colchester, Coalville, and Edinburgh today as well as more first timers than I could count. We all hope you had an enjoyable run!
This week was Volunteers’ Week here in the UK and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. I took the opportunity to talk to a parkrun regular (and my lovely dad!), Neil Jones (aka Mr Molecatcher on flickr) about his experience volunteering!
You’ve been volunteering for parkrun for well over a year now! What do you like about volunteering for parkrun?
I started out volunteering once or twice to practice with my shiny new camera (Fuji XT-20). This led to the discovery that trying to photograph people running and looking at their best can be challenging (that's why I don't take photos at the finish line very often). I find it very rewarding, because it's different every week and have had some very kind feedback, especially about my "team photos" before the start. I find that a lot of fun. One thing... I'm always happy to remove a photo from Flickr if anyone is not happy with it - I wouldn't want anyone to feel uncomfortable about any of my photos.
What would you say to anyone who is thinking of volunteering?
Please do. It's really rewarding. I've never heard anyone say "I'm really glad I didn't volunteer for that".
A special mention to Harry DOLMAN who ran his 10th parkrun as a junior and Sandra JONES who ran her 50th parkrun in style. There were also two runners celebrating their 100th parkrun this week, Oliver HARWOOD and Marilyn HUNT. Congratulations to all of you! So many new PBs were made this week it’s impossible to mention you all, but very well done to everybody!
Will NEWBERY (VM40-44) (New Forest Runners) took first place this week with the super speedy time of 17:09. Second place went to Sam JACKSON (VM40-44) (Havering Athletics Club) who came in at 18:29. Third place this week was awarded to Philip MOSLEY (VM40-44) (New Forest Runners) who was across the line in 19:05. Congratulations to all.
Jo WILLIAMS (SW30-34) (Lothian RC) was across the line in 19:25 this week. Alison HUMPHREY (VW45-49) (Bournemouth AC) took second place with a time of 21:06 and Sophie WILKINS (SW25-29) (Unattached) came third with a time and PB of 21:30. Great times all!
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Will NEWBERY (VM40-44) (New Forest Runners) – 79.59% and a time of 17:09
Brian LONG (VM70-74) (Unattached) – 78.75% and a time of 22:40
Alison HUMPHREY (VW45-49) (Bournemouth AC) – 78.52% and a time of 22:40
As always, a very special thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! If you would like to give one of the roles a go, it’s a great opportunity to give something back to an event that so many of us enjoy participating in week after week. If you would like some more information take a look at the volunteer tab on the Moors Valley parkrun website.
This week’s hi-vis heroes were: Susan ANDREWS, Jason BEECH, Esme BEECH, Carole BLACKMORE, Lindsay CASS, Rachel CASS, Tim CHALLIS, Joanna DANIEL, Mandy GREEN, Harvey GREEN, Joanne HANSELL, Benjamin HARWOOD, Jort HILLE RIS LAMBERS, Celia HODGSON, Anna JONES, Neil JONES, Michael KING, Peter LARCOMBE, Karen LINGAFELTER, Annie MCALEER, Maria MCCABE, Kay MILLS, Caitlin RISEBROW, Tracey SMITH, Amira STONE, Sophie STONE, Jan UNDERDOWN, Ronald WALMSLEY, and Sara WILSON.