RVp #305 – The one for International Women’s Day!

After weeks of storms, parkrun finally welcomed some clear (ish) skies on Saturday morning. Some puddles remained, but parkrunners and volunteers were substantially drier than in previous weeks! As well as the better weather, you may have noticed a lot of parkrunners donning various shades of purple. The purple theme was in aid of International Women’s Day (IWD); a day to celebrate achievements of women and highlight the movement for women’s rights. Parkrun aimed to celebrate and encourage female participation in sport on this day, encouraging the wearing of the colour purple to demonstrate support for IWD. We hope you all enjoyed digging out your purple gear and celebrating this day with us.

Regular Run Director Helen steered the ship this Saturday, getting all 428 parkrunners off to a prompt start. This week we welcomed 72 first timers at Rother Valley parkrun. That means that nearly 17% of you ran at Rother Valley parkrun for the first time! We hope that all of you enjoyed it, and would be keen to welcome you back again soon. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part, including many runners from Aston and Woodhouse Strideout, who have recently graduated from their couch to 5k course. Congratulations ladies! Many of our fantastic volunteers were also Strideout members, so thank you so much for your invaluable support.

The weather was kind to us this weekend, with no rain and only a bit of headwind for the first mile. The conditions were so good that 83 of you recorded new personal bests! As spring approaches we hope for more of this mysterious sunshine and more PBs all round. Is it just me that prefers running in the warmer months? Please refer me back to this report in July when I am complaining that it is “too hot” to go out for a run! Being a little cautious, I wore my gloves for parkrun, but found myself a bit too warm come the 2km point. I’m excited not to have to have the very boring debate of “do I/don’t I wear my gloves for parkrun” in a few months time. Some people that also donned the gloves Saturday morning were our wonderful volunteers! In light of recent events, we provided our volunteers with FREE (how generous?!) sanitary gloves to protect their hands from seasonal germs. If you were looking for another reason to volunteer… there you go! Talking of volunteers, Saturday's event would not have been possible without our 30 hi-vis heroes:

Julie AITCHESON, Chris AMERY, Adeline AUGUSTINE DRUCE, Sue BASS, Freddie BESTWICK, Stephen CARFORD, Joseph CONNOLLY, Tom COPPING, Juliet CRESSWELL, Deborah CUNDEY, Jacky FAIRFAX, Pete FLYNN, Gill FREER, Andrew HAMMETT - RIDSDALE, Sara HAMMETT-RIDSDALE, Michael HARKER, Philip HICKEN, Lucy HOOK, Olivia JOHNSON, Steven JOHNSON, Martin PEARCE, Michelle PEARCE, Gary SCHOFIELD, Katherine SHAW, Anne SLATER-BROOKS, Steven THORPE, Lynn THURSBY, Mandy VERNON, Angela WALL, Helen WORSFOLD

As always we are exceptionally grateful to all our volunteers for giving up their time to help us provide your weekly dose of parkrun happiness. If you are thinking of giving volunteering a go and would like some more information, you can find it via the following link. If you would like to put your name down to volunteer at any of our events in the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to email us at rothervalleyhelpers@parkrun.com or contact us via our facebook page Rother Valley parkrun. For this Saturday coming (14th March) we are holding a pacing event! We love pacing events as they provide an opportunity for parkrunners of all abilities to challenge themselves to achieve a specific time if they so wish. As many of our volunteers next week will be pacers out in the field, we will be actively seeking volunteers to do the usual duties of timekeeping, marshalling, barcode scanning, etc. Additionally, we are still looking for various volunteers willing to pace different times, so please feel free to come forward if you wish to give pacing a go!

Have a lovely week folks, and we hope to see you all again this coming Saturday!

The RVp Team