MILESTONES, WEDDINGS & CRICKET
Just before I report on this week's event, please would you allow a little self indulgence!
You may have already seen the Facebook post we shared on Thursday telling of our being nominated and subsequently chosen to be Trophy Carriers at the ICC World Cup match between Australia and the West Indies at Trent Bridge.
What an honour and a privilege for us to be walking out onto the pitch to deliver the trophy to it's plinth ahead of the National Anthems. We were able to spot a few parkrunners in the crowd who were lucky enough to enjoy our special moment as it happened....unlike the billions across the world who had tuned in especially to witness the trophy carrying brilliance, only for Sky to miss our bit completely and then cut our heads off as we carried the trophy back in!!
No matter. We have the photos and our own video to cherish always. We have shared a few photos but don't be shy and please do ask if you would like to watch the video - we are only to happy to share it with you so you can enjoy watching with family and friends again and again and again!!!
And of course we have the memories to cherish too - a particular favourite memory for me was having to ask Geoff for his fashion advice regarding how best to wear the official ICC T shirt - tucked in or not?
A wonderful day which we will never forget and particularly relevant during National Volunteer Week.
Our thanks go to Jonathan for the nomination and to Rushcliffe Borough Council for the invitation and their continued support of our event.
Now to this week's event. Another corker filled with milestones and a pre wedding parkrun from non other than our own ambassador.
Nicola was nowhere to be seen at any parkrun. Not sure why but I expect she was busy. Our congratulations go to you both. We hope you had a wonderful day and share a long and happy, parkrun filled life together.
Congratulations also go to our milestone parkrunners. Gary & Lynn bought along some friends from Shepshed RC for their 50ths (sorry I didn't get a photo)
Your brand new Run Director for next week - Darren Williams celebrating his 50th too
Heather Bennett enjoyed her 100th
And Jo Betts is now one of less than 6000 parkrunners to have achieved an amazing 250 parkruns and combined her milestone run with a bit of wet weather tail walking!!!
Under 300 parkrunners this week! I can't even begin to imagine why?? The last time we dipped under 300 was 15th Dec last year. I wonder if that was weather related too.
The rain and puddles didn't stop 21 one of you achieving PBs though. Brilliant! Super pacer John coming in at bang on 30 minutes and Facebook comments suggest he helped a few of you achieve times you were delighted with.
It really was wet so not many tourists this week - some making the trip from Mansfield, Strelley & Boston (that's the Lincolnshire one!) and then a gentleman all the way from Australia was able to enjoy the taste of a British Summer parkrun.
Now to our fabulous volunteers
Did I mention it was wet? Very wet. And yet the volunteers carried out their roles as cheerfully as if it were a sunny June Saturday. They applauded and high fived you round the course. They clicked you over the line whilst wiping water from the stop watch screens, they kept you in order in the funnel as the rain dripped off the end of their noses, they made sure you only got one finish token instead of two wet ones stuck together, the scanned your soggy wet barcodes and made a big long list of the ones too wet to scan. They were, quite simply, fabulous. Thank you one and all.....
Jo BETTS, Freya BETTS, Mark BETTS, Natalie BETTS, Kate COPPINGER, Ross CROMBIE, Grace CRYER, Carl DICKINSON, Lisa DICKINSON, Toni HARPER, Bill HAWLEY, Hilary HAWLEY, Alan HOWE, Sam JAMIESON, Lynne KELLOW, Jackie KEY, Charlie LITCHFIELD, Katie MARSH, Rosa MEREDITH, Chris NEALE, Philip OWEN, Kirsty PARNABY, John PARTRIDGE, Polly PICKARD-BRACE, Alison POVER, John RYCROFT, Linda RYCROFT, Henny SCOTT, Roshan SINGH, Paul THOMAS, Andy WALKER, Ben WALKER, Tilly WOOD, James WOOD, Fiona YOUNG
And finally, we know there is an abundance of wildlife in the park, much of which we never see BUT one of our marshals was lucky enough to spot a deer during a quiet moment this week.....so if the excitement of the unpredictable weather isn't appealing enough to encourage you to volunteer then maybe the possibility of being at one with the animals might just swing it!!
See you at Event number 351!