No matter what the weather its always great to take part in Saturday morning parkrun, whether you’re running or volunteering. This week our 105th event saw the sun shining with hardly a cloud in the sky, great weather for the volunteers, probably a bit hot for the participants.
We had a good gathering of parkrunners, two of whom were visiting from the west country. A lady from Bristol, it was also her first ever parkrun, and a gentleman from Salisbury who enjoyed the event and made a point of coming up to thank us at the end of his run.
The run briefing details the usual important parkrun rules which we ask runners to adhere to for their safety and that of other park users. We also include other information, so always make sure that you listen carefully. This week we introduced our new Volunteer Sign Up board. This is so that you can let us know if you are able to help the following week.
The Core Team are always looking at ways to ensure the safety of the runners and park users alike. This week we changed the position of the funnel leading to the finishing line. As we enter it, it now veers to the right thus avoiding collisions between finishers and park users. This also allows finishers to manoeuvre safely into the Gateway Café for their well-earned post-run drinks. We have also made sure that there is still plenty of room left to cheer in all finishers. It worked quite well, and with a few minor tweaks in the coming weeks I'm sure we will get it right. We will always make sure that there is an enthusiastic, trusty volunteer at the entrance to guide the runners safely through.
Another new introduction that we made, following requests from parkrunners was that the Marshal at the entrance to the funnel and at the end of each lap, now has the parkrun timekeeping app on their phone and would give out split times to runners who wanted to know their lap times. This worked well for those who don’t have their own watch/timers.
As we are always in need of volunteers to ensure our event runs safely and smoothly, we put out a call asking people to sign up either in the usual way by going into the Peacehaven parkrun Facebook Volunteers page or by putting their name down on our “New White Board” which is prominently positioned by the "Volunteer Office" before the event and by the end of the funnel, for when parkrunners have completed their run. Please remember that as a volunteer you are making a difference and giving back to the event. We regularly email our park runners, so to guarantee you are contacted please "opt in" to receiving emails from Peacehaven parkrun, as well as adding your name to our white board. You will then be contacted.
All in all, our 105th event ran smoothly this week. Thanks to everyone for turning up and to our brilliant volunteers.
This week we welcomed 91 of you, who ran, jogged or walked the course. We had a wonderful 12 of you who were either first timers or on your first visit to Peacehaven parkrun and 16 of you managed Personal Bests! Well done to ALL of you and "Thank You" for joining with us.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Dawn PAUL • Zingy THETHO • Martin CROMBIE • Terry PARRIS • Lisa DICKSON • Francesca PARRIS • Jeff YOUNG • Melanie TURNER • Clive WILLIAMS • Steve DICKSON • Carol MOORE • Ollie SPRAGUE • Steve SPRAGUE • Aidan FORRISTAL • Chris PULLAN • Stephen STANDEN
Here are some interesting statistics for you all...
Peacehaven parkrun started on 20th May 2017.
We have had a Total of 11,963 finishers.
We have had 2,599 different participants
We have had 2,557 Personal Bests
A total distance of 59,815 km has been covered.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Peacehaven parkrun Results Page.
Hope you all have a great week. See you next Saturday and ……. Don’t forget your Barcodes!