parkrun number 352 followed a familiar pattern, but was as eventful as ever…
Preparation started at 8am with Rosa retrieving all the equipment we use from the parkrun shed, and sorting and loading it into start, finish and ‘out on the course’ piles and trolleys. The other volunteers arrived soon afterwards and we discussed what roles people were doing, whether they needed a quick training or refresher session, and put on our yellow jackets. Ian warmed up by running round the course and putting up the signposts, Chris tested the loudspeaker and it was soon time to go. We then split into 2 teams, one setting up the finish and the other setting up and managing the start.
It was nice weather for a parkrun, and over 500 runners arrived and congregated at the start. A large contingent of ‘1st timers’ included one of the organisers of a well known local half-marathon, who was astonished at the number of people present at 9am on a Saturday morning and at how well organised everything seemed. I think us regulars sometimes overlook how amazing parkrun is, and it’s good to be reminded.
The pre-run brief included a welcome for our tourists, some of whom were displaced regulars from Colwick and Long Eaton, and a special mention for Emma Fielding and Jackie Key who were parkrunning with friends prior to being married later that day. Congratulations to you both from us all.
Once the run was underway the volunteers removed the start area and moved en masse to the finish to await the first runners, who usually arrive between 16 to 18 minutes later. Yesterday Michael Miller was first to arrive in 17:23. Things went pretty smoothly, the runners came through the funnel in a nice steady stream, and by approx. 11am the last runners had crossed the line.
Yesterday volunteers ended up with a small collection of keys, phones and barcodes that had been dropped by runners on the course, and these were reunited with their owners.
Then it was all back to the Visitor Centre to put the kit away, have a cup of tea and a chat and process the results. Apologies for the delay in processing the results this week, the technology gave us a few issues.
All the runners and volunteers were great as usual, but I wanted to especially thank Ashleigh and Maci who helped their Dad David with barcoding yesterday for the 1st time. All 3 of them were magnificent, and brought along the biggest smiles I saw all day!