After the huge influx of runners last week, things returned to normal for the 20th Rosliston parkrun. There was no need for the additional car park marshalls, and parking was once again ample (and don’t forget free if you pop a barcode in your windscreen). Run Director Seran briefed a much more modest 122 runners at the bottom of the hill on a warm, sunny Saturday morning.
Despite what had seemed like a lovely week of weather, parts of the course were slightly muddy as we turned right at the bottom of the zig zags at the start of the course. Last week I had been chatting to Thunder Run tourists on my way round (me – chatting – surely not!) and they had all mentioned what a pretty course we have (tough and hilly were also mentioned, but we’ll focus on the pretty). We are very lucky to be able to use the Forestry Centre, and it’s more noticeable on mornings such as this.
It’s not just us who like the Forestry Centre. Marshal point 4, which was covered by Sarah and Esme Heath was home to 3 Pokémon and a Pokémon gym…. And if you’re not 100% sure what that means, then you’re not alone. The first runners certainly didn’t have time to get their phones out and go Pokémon hunting (unless they snuck back later) with Jack Leafe of South Derbyshire Road Runners coming home first in 18.13 on his first appearance, followed by what will have been a close fought sprint finish by Matt Pleass in second and Alex Killbery in third, both in 19.06. Alex is still third in the annual standings, with Mikey Walters and David Walters, both of Burton Phoenix Canoe Club in first and second place.
For the ladies, Isabelle Otway way first over the line in 23.02, followed by Nicola English and Rowena Wilkes. The ladies annual points competition is headed by Ruth Ford, with Lauren Ford in second and Rosie Midwood in third.
There were also an impressive 28 new PBs recorded. I promised a mention to junior Josh Hudson who knocked 2 minutes off his previous best time on his 60th parkrun! He also made dad Paul PB as he sprinted to keep up – good work Josh. I’m sure Paul is giving you lots of encouragement at the finish!
We welcomed 27 first timers to Rosliston on Saturday, 7 of whom had never run a parkrun before. We hope you enjoyed it and that we see you again soon. There were another 10 runners who didn’t bring a barcode, so we couldn’t record your run. We love to know who we’ve got running, and if we can’t scan your barcode your run won’t count towards milestone t-shirts, PB’s etc. Leave a spare in the car, in a friend’s car, tape it to your water bottle, or buy a key fob or wrist band on the link on the parkrun website.
Not all first time runners are new to parkrun. Clive Oakman will be a familiar face to Rosliston regular as he's normally found around the finish area in charge of the stop watch, tokens or barcode scanning. A keen cyclist, Clive decided that this running malarkey looked like fun, so after a bit of training he swapped his high viz for a pair of trainers and came in a very respectable 99th.
A couple of places behind Clive was Colin Scattergood of Hatton Darts running in his first parkrun in over 2 years, and deciding on a change to his old running ground of Conkers. Colin runs in the 80-84 age category and had a very respectable age graded score of 56.88%. Same time next week chaps?
This is the time of year when people go on their hols. A great time for getting some tourist runs in, but also a time of year where we can struggle to get volunteers, so please consider giving us a hand. It will help Pete sleep easy in his bed knowing that the roster is full. It’s only for an hour or so on a Saturday morning, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve put a bit back in to help your parkrun out, and you can easily justify the call of the café as you’ll want to catch up with everyone after you’ve clapped everyone home.
parkrunners in general are a friendly bunch, but as anyone who’s been a tourist somewhere else knows, it’s a bit like the Wizard of Oz in that there’s no place like home. Opt in for the volunteer email on your parkrun homepage, check out the Facebook page, Facebook message or email and you can be a high viz hero. Or write the run report, so you can run AND volunteer – you’ve got to be pretty fed up with hearing my ramblings every few weeks, and I’m sure you can do better. See you next weekend at the start – maybe I’ll get that elusive PB next week, because despite lots of encouragement on the way round (thanks Dina!) I was just short again…..
Rosliston parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am. It is a fun event for all ages and standards. It is free to take part but it is a barcode only event. Any runners new to parkrun should register beforehand at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ and print off and bring along the reusable bar code. There is a pre-run briefing for all new runners at around 8:50am each week and new runners will be made to feel most welcome. We also meet in The Hub café afterwards for breakfast and a chin wag! Bring a spare barcode to place on your dashboard for free parking between 8.30 and 10.30.