This week's Run Report is bought to you by Luke, another of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers enjoying his final volunteering week as part of his Bronze Award.
Luke was one of your timekeepers on Saturday and we have never seen a more relaxed approach - clicking away on that stopwatch whilst it was safely tucked away in his pocket. No need for RD Chris to be nervous though...not a single person missed as they crossed the line!
Over to Luke....
This week was a good week, we had a turnout of over 400 runners (including GB triathlete Jodie Stimpson)
46 first timers enjoying their first visit to Rushcliffe Country Park.
We also discovered a group of baby frogs hopping across the path whilst the runners were finishing which alarmed some of the volunteers.
Some of the announcements this week included it being Elaine’s 50th parkrun (as well as being our Sign Language Support Volunteer)
Ian Carrington, Dean Perry also celebrating their 50ths. Sarah Maston reaching a whopping 150 parkruns. Congratulations all. David Marshall tried to slip under the radar - he also ran his 150th but thanks to Lindsey, here's a belated shout out!
William Kirk was first finisher this week finished in a very quick time of 16 minutes and 20 seconds who was then followed by Oliver Matharu (a change from being first)
Luckily we had reasonable weather this week, unlike some weeks were the wind blows so hard you cant even hold a finish token, which meant everyone was able to do there jobs without freezing their fingers off.
Thanks, as always, to a great team of volunteers.
Heather BENNETT, Tracey Louise CLAY, Kate COPPINGER, Lisa DICKINSON, Hilary HAWLEY, Bill HAWLEY, John HESS, Grace HIRD, Mike HIRD, Matilda HIRD, Martin JESSOP, Lynne KELLOW, Louisa LANGTON, Keith LANGTON, Christina LAURENTI, Grace LITTLEJONES, Mike MACDONALD, George MAYELL, Jacqui MEASURES, Chris NEALE, Nik NETTLESHIP, Christine OLDFIELD, John OLDFIELD, John PARTRIDGE, Chris PEASTON, Alison POVER, Simon RIPTON, Hannah SAMPSON, Elaine SELLER, Charlotte SPENCER, Jo THOMAS, Luke WEBB
And as we bid farewell to Luke with our thanks (although we do hope he comes back to show off those timekeeping skills!), we are already welcoming new DofE participants into the team.
This week we also welcomed the team from DESMOMD (Diabetes Education Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) team – a service running within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
DESMOND is a structured group education course aimed at individuals with Type 2 diabetes.
Last week was #DiabetesWeek and it was a great opportunity for the team to showcase the openness and inclusiveness of parkrun.
parkrun is now the UK’s most popular sporting event for people living with diabetes, with well over twelve thousand runners or walkers participating in parkrun events self reporting as having the condition. To support those parkrunners, and encourage those who have yet to take part, parkrun run a closed Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/parkrun.for.people.living.with.diabetes/) which acts as a user friendly tool for support and practical advice.
If you are interested in finding out any more about DESMOND, follow them on Facebook and Twitter @desmondnotts
Interested in attending a course? Simply ask your GP to refer if you live in Nottinghamshire and have a county GP!
Another happy & healthy week at Rushcliffe parkrun. We hope to see you back next week
(Photos courtesy of the DESMOND team - except the frog one!)