The Week the Volunteer Roster Magically Filled
Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Ken Hooks (Click on the following link to vies the complete set in Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157677586663097 )
The first run of British Summer Time, and after a mostly rain-free week, it was grey and chilly but dry at Riddlesdown.
Run Director this week was Nicki Clark, and today there were a majestic band of 30 volunteers. Thank you to everyone! Things were not looking so rosy earlier in the week, however, and on Wednesday there was a polite message on our facebook page pointing out there were many blank spaces for crucial volunteer roles during April. Magically the roster filled for Saturday and is looking much healthier for April, but volunteers are still needed, so please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. Please contact email@example.com if you can help. As I say every week, NO volunteers, NO parkrun.
The dry conditions meant high numbers, and there were 172 finishers. 11 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 8 were doing their first ever parkrun – well done and hope to see you all again. There were also an impressive 39 personal bests, that’s 2 pbs in every 9 finishers.
There were fewer ‘unknown’ runners this week, only 5 this week.
Remember, no barcode, no result, no exception. So Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB
Japan becomes the 21st country to be hosting parkrun.
On Saturday, 6th April, Futakotamagawa parkrun started in Tokyo.
There was a great turnout with 343 finishers, including many experienced parkrunners who just happened to be visiting Tokyo!
There are two more parkruns planned in Tokyo and others will no doubt follow.
parkrun Pop Quiz – Can you name the other 20 host countries? No looking!
If that was too easy, Can you name the 3 countries who have been but are no longer hosts? Answers at the end.
Paul Groves does not earn a new t-shirt but altered a red one for his 350th parkrun, one of 11 people to achieve 350 parkruns this week. He first ran on 25th September 2010 at Roundshaw Downs and he also ran at Riddlesdown’s inaugural event back in 2011. In fact, he has run at 304 of the 423 Riddlesdown parkruns. He has also volunteered 74 times, Well done Paul.
Karen Weighall earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 19th June 2010 at Roundshaw Downs. After completing 13 runs there she ran at Riddlesdown’s inaugural and has now completed 66 at Riddlesdown She has also volunteered 7 times, well done Karen.
STAT of the week
Karen is one of 470 people who joined the 100 club this week which now has 66,040 members.
parkrun interest story - 93 years and still running strong
Harry Tempan has been a life long runner but came to parkrun rather late. In June 2018 he ran Mole Valley parkrun (a very tough course) at 93 years young, in 32:50 producing an age grade of 107.56%. He has run twice since both times producing age grades of over 100%. What a veteran!
parkrun featured the Evening Standard
This interesting article on parkrun appeared this week, if you fancy a read, click on the link - www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/parkrun-group-exercise-a4107331.html
This week’s top male age grades
1. Harry LAWSON - 80.30%
2. Maximilian LORKE – 77.70%
3. Tom HARMER – 77.70% (Same Age, Same time)
This week’s top female age grades
1. Juliet CLEGHORN – 83.69%
2. Gill O'CONNOR – 81.74%
3. Stephanie UPTON – 79.16%
Next Saturday is Riddlesdown Event #424, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.
parkrun popquiz answers
20 hosts are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, UK, USA. Very well done if you got all those.
3 Ex-hosts are Afghanistan, Iceland, Zimbabwe. Brilliant if you got all those as well.