On this day in history – March 7th 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for what would go on to be known as the telephone. Exactly 144 years later no less than 151 people were given a buzz by running, jogging or walking the trails of Rosliston. Burton ACs teenage talents Callum Abberley (17m29s) and Paige Barker (22m15s) were first to pick up in the mens and womens run. No less than 10 people downloaded their barcodes and answered the call for the first time including the likes of Joshua Harcombe-Bricknell, Oliver Gwynn and Chris Chapman. 37 people helped organise or marshal the event thus connecting with their consciences and sending out a clear signal that volunteerism in our community is alive and kicking.
Report by Matt Long
Regular parkrunners at Rosliston may have noticed a few familiar faces were missing this week. Micheal, Sarah and Shannon were amongst a group of over 40 from several local running clubs who took part in some extreme touristing getting up at 3.15 am before taking car, aeroplane and bus to parkrun some five hours later at Malahide, Dublin but more of that later.
Julianne and David had a more leisurely start, missing out on pre-event set up at Rosliston and also travelling west but stopping well short of the Irish Sea to parkrun at Crewe, Cheshire.
Crewe parkrun has recently celebrated its second birthday and with an average attendance of almost 400 has soon established itself as a firm favourite with the local community.
The event takes place at Queens Park, and is a multi lap course on tarmac paths. No trail shoes required at Crewe but four times past the clock tower instead!
Queens Park is renowned as one of the finest Parks in the North West. It is a traditional Victorian Park that has been undergoing renovations to bring her back to her former glory. Within her 45 acres are walkways, trees, shrubs, planting, children’s play area, crown green bowling, ornamental lake, grassed areas, memorials and Lakeside Pavilion. Originally given to the people of the town by the London and North Western Railway Company (LNWR) , she is steeped in history with a true Crewe engineering background. Local folklore tells that the land was bought by the LNWR to stop a rival company building another railway line and station at Crewe.
The cafe/pavilion area was already open to parkrunners on arrival and although refreshments weren't on sale before the event there was already a parkrun buzz as people arrived and caught up on the news of the week. A tourist and first timers brief was followed by the pre-run brief as the four hundred and fifteen runners spread out across the wide tarmac path at the start line and were soon underway through the valley, around the lake and then a cheeky hill back past the pavilion and the clock tower to start the next lap.
All the familiar elements of parkrun were present, with lots of encouragement from and to fellow parkrunners and the marshals, but unlike Rosliston a need to remember how many laps had been completed and the number of times the clock tower had been passed before peeling off and taking a different route to the finish funnel and a slightly downhill sprint.
A lovely course, a sunny morning and the usual parkrun welcome made the visit a great success so if you fancy a visit to a different event around seventy five minutes away definitely one to try.
Now onto the antics of Ireland!
When the alarm blared out at 3:30, there was a mixture of emotions.
First: 'oh no, it's already time to get up?'
Followed by: 'We're going to Ireland!'
As we were driving to my pick up point, we looked around and we didn't see a single car on the road. After all, who would be mad enough to wake up early on a Saturday morning? The answer; just your average parkrun tourist of course.
We arrived at the airport at 4:45 ready for the 6:30 flight to Dublin. It was quick and easy to make our way through security and as we reached the other side, we were quick to make our way over to the bar to get a coffee and actually wake up. We met up with the other 30+ of our group and took over a section of the cafe. Shame we couldn't push the tables together though.
We were watching the departure board like hawks (not owls) waiting for that all important announcement that it was time. We boarded the plane, still half asleep but excited, ready for our adventure! As soon as we knew it, we were in Dublin, singing 'happy birthday' and hoping we got to parkrun on time.
Next stop was to get the bus. Thankfully tour-guide Kev knew which bus we needed to get but this did not stop us from wondering around the terminals trying to find the correct stop. After asking a number of airport workers which direction to go in, we found the stop we were looking for and it wasn't long before the bus arrived! As we began to clamber on to the bus, we were asked to get off while our bus driver had a pit stop. Once we were finally allowed on, we faced the added problem of the leap cards that we had brought in advance for unlimited travel not working. At this point it seemed like Ireland did not want us to get to parkrun after all. Lots of jabbing f leap cards to the reader later, and we had taken over the bus to Malahide and we were on our way!
We arrived at Malahide parkrun with plenty of time to spare and made our way over to our gracious hosts who greeted us as conkers' parkrunners. Excuse me!? We are Rosliston parkunners I will have you know! And we quickly put him right. After that little mishap, we were introduced in the run brief as from Rosliston and the world was put to right. Overall, it was a really welcoming experience and thank you to all of the volunteers that welcomed and supported us last week.
Before the start, we had plenty of time to get some photos and begin the long track to the toilets. We may also of had a little go on the slide before making our way back for the beginning of the run.
The route was lovely, consisting of a smaller lap and a later larger lap of the grounds. As someone who will begrudgingly run laps of a parkrun, this did not feel painful in the slightest and I really enjoyed running around the grounds. It was a tarmac path along the whole route which winded itself around grounds and through trees. Wonderful scenery to behold!
Apparently there was a castle to see on the way around also, but i'm sad to say that myself (and the majority of our group) didn't see this sight. - We must have been focused on the run!
Well done to everyone that attended but special well done to those members of our group who got their overall parkrun PB and those who completed their first ever parkrun too! A very special occasion for sure.
The rest of the trip was wonderful too but parkrun (and getting that new flag on my profile) was definitely the highlight! We had a trip to a 'spoons (who APPARENTLY take breakfast items out of baskets at 11:53; 7 whole minutes before breakfast was taken off the menu- not bitter, I promise), visited the Temple Bar and tried Guinness, wandered around the city, sat on some steps and almost panicked when the bus back to the airport didn't arrive until after 30 minutes of waiting. Overall, a great day that will be remembered for a long time and I cannot wait for the next one!