The local deaf and hard of hearing community have very much been an integral part of Rugby parkrun since we started last year. When serial volunteer, a deaf runner and all round nice guy Jamie started talk about a take-over we all knew we were in for a fab morning.
Winfield Rec was bathed I sunlight and blue sky (albeit it was so cold even hardy photographer Nick had his “big coat” on). It’s worth mentioning that although the majority of our team were hard of hearing or deaf (a whopping 16 in total and 3 sign language support), this weeks’ briefing followed exactly the same protocol as usual with some very minor amendments. Jamie was assisted by Paul and with Jen translating into speech for the non-signing volunteers – everyone was briefed and ready for action.
Saturday’s magic doesn’t happen without high viz heros, so thanks to everyone today if it was your first time or 100th volunteering stint please take a bow
Sasha BRADLEY, Damian Martin Craig BRADLEY, Morgan BRADSHAW, Sarah BUTT, Caroline CARROLL, Freya CARROLL, Lee CHASE, Amy CHASE, Helen COTTINGHAM, Leanne DALE, David DONALDSON, Aimear ELSON, Jamie FULLER, Anna HARVEY, Shona HUDSON, Lisa JAY, Jennifer LYNCH, Ann-Marie MCINTYRE, Jasper RANSFORD, Paul SAUNDERS, Lawrence SAUNDERS, Louise THOMPSON, Kim WAKEFIELD, Lucy WARNES, Neil WARNES, Andrea WOLSTENHOLME, Nick WOLSTENHOLME
Jamie led the briefing welcoming tourists from Edinburgh, Sheffield and various events from around the Midlands, again assisted by Jen who translated into speech. Was good to hear total silence from everyone but Jen during the talk which allowed all our runners to understand the briefing correctly, would be great if you all could consider refraining from talking like this every week please.
Big Cheers went out for Andrea WOLSTENHOLME and LISA JAY (me lol) who reached 50 separate volunteering stints! I still say volunteering is easier that running if you don’t believe me put your name down firstname.lastname@example.org.
The dynamic duo Jamie and Jen also gave us some extra guidance to support our community – we all learnt to sign “Rugby parkrun”, “thank you” and to “cheer”…… which I think were well used by our runner throughout the course.
Onto the run, less mucky due to the frost this morning lead to easier conditions and cleaner trainers.
Top 3 Males all familiar to Rugby parkrun and a 1-2-3 for the R&NAC
1) Adam Wright – 17:17
2) Allistair McDonnell – 18:20
3) Daniel Williams – 18:25
1) Lorna Latimer – 20:49 R&NAC
2) Elizabeth O’Connor – 22:41
3) Emma Wreford-Bush – 23:16 Kenilworth Runners
There were 25 First Timers to Rugby parkrun and 37 of you got a shiny new PB – Well Done all!
We were also treated to cake and protein balls by our lovely takeover hosts to round off a fantastic morning …….
Once again today showed us all what an inclusive, supportive, just totally awesome our parkrun in Rugby is.
Lisa Jay – Core Team Member