#141 – The nuclear option

Afternoon of Friday 15th November, and I’m staring at a volunteer roster with big gaps, assessing my options. Should I just cancel? Should I re-allocate timers and scanners, ensuring a safe run, and 472 equal first finishers all on 59:59? Or should I go for the nuclear option and send out the appeal email?

I drafted, I spell-checked, I re-read three times. (There’s probably still a typo in there somewhere). Then I hit send, and went to make a cup of coffee. By the time I got back to my PC, the roster had pretty much filled itself. It was then simply a case of switching on the auto reply to say thank you to the ongoing stream of replies. (And I did remember to switch off the auto reply. Eventually).

THANK YOU to all who responded.


And a pre-emptive hint to book your volunteer place early for the Christmas & New Year events. These are always special occasions – but just as with every other event, they only happen if we have the volunteers. Christmas & the NYD Double give you three extra parkrun opportunities over and above the usual Saturday fix – why not pick just one of those dates to volunteer?

Oh, and while I remember, if you’re ever on the receiving end of an email appeal for volunteers, it’s a blanket email. The “I’m sorry, I’m away in Cleethorpes visiting Auntie Mabel” are lovely, but really not needed. Only reply if you CAN volunteer!


Lining up for the start - Event #141

This week 472 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Sophie CHATER • Nick CAVENDER • Maria Isabel TRUJILLO VERGARA • Charles DYTHAM • Claire PEARCE • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Brian CHANDLER • Isobel TOON • Tracy HOWARTH • H Matthew HOWARTH • Harry LOVATT • Alex CUTMORE • Diane ANSTISS • Jessica HOWARTH • Pippa KENNEDY • Richard ALLIBONE • Mark SIMPSON • Cameron FRASER • Jon HUBBARD • Paankhuri BHATIA • Karen FISH • Anastacia PALMER • Emma KRAMER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 8,896 participants have completed 53,422 parkruns covering a total distance of 267,110 km, including 10,733 new Personal Bests. A total of 589 individuals have volunteered 3,236 times.

See you all again next week,