Uneventful. That is my one word description to sum up this week’s parkrun at Rushcliffe. And, you know what, that is how we like it! The weather was good, the parkrunners were in good spirits, as always, as you can see from the above photos*, the volunteers did a magnificent job and the results were processed in double quick time by Jo and Luke. (10.24am – pretty impressive for Luke’s first time on the laptop),
As I say, exactly how we like it.
The numbers were down a bit because of the rugby - can I mention the score yet? – it seemed that may of this week’s participants were recording the game and dashed off after their parkrun to watch it 'as live’ and didn’t want my score updates. I even found one young girl watching the game on her dad’s mobile phone whilst all around were, as loudly as possible, singing ‘la la la’ to avoid hearing how the game was going. Quite well as it transpired. Numbers will be down again next Saturday!
*And before anyone else says it, yes, I know, the photos are awful quality. Failing to multi-task - again. Keeping up with the rugby means not having the camera ready on my phone, and hence I nearly missed most that I was looking to capture. Hopefully they are enough for you to get the idea!
Of course parkruns are never uneventful for everybody and this weeks milestoners were celebrating their important achievements. Congratulations to Susan and Fiona (pictured) on your 50ths. They were the two we read out in the pre-run brief.
Congratulations to this week’s other milestone parkrunners. Frank Ellis did hid 100th and Angela Kindness and David Atkinson their 50th – a reminder that we can only include you in the pre-run brief if you tell us beforehand!
You may have noticed that we were joined this week by some particularly quick parkrunners. Thank you to the Absolute Tri club, a triathlon club based in Nottingham, for choosing Rushcliffe parkrun for your time trial. Four of the first five finishers were members of their club, and all in under 18 minutes. Very impressive.
And that’s it for this week. Looking ahead there are a couple of things for which we would like to give you early warning.
Whilst more competitive people can use parkruns to test themselves against their own time, and against others, participation should ultimately be for fun. We are delighted to see, as time goes by, that we are being joined by more and more walkers and noticed a few weeks ago that some were on their own, particularly for a lot of their second lap.
We are planning to introduce a walking group to Rushcliffe parkrun, lead by a volunteer with a target finish time of 55 to 60 minutes. It will have a simple objective – to make parkrun even more enjoyable by encouraging people to talk to one another . We hope it will be a way to make new, like minded friends, and achieve ‘participation should ultimately be for fun’.
We will let you know the start date in a couple of weeks – it is looking like mid-November.
In the meantime, did you know that there is a facebook group dedicated to ‘walking at parkrun’? You will find it via the link below.
After a couple of recent incidents we realised that it was a long time since we were last trained on how to use the defibrillator. We have new RD’s that haven’t, yet, been trained and a few of us that need a refresher. It is easy to use, and ‘talks’ you through the steps, but it is always good if you are familiar with it. It increases confidence should the need ever arise.
With that in mind we have arranged a defibrillator training session for Saturday November 30th, after that week’s parkrun, in the Education Centre on the park. Starting at 10.15 and last for about an hour. We would like to throw the session open to anyone who would like to know how to use this life saving equipment – you never know when such knowledge will come in handy.
For now, put the date in your diary and we will let you know more in a couple of weeks time.
The Heritage Café
As mentioned in yesterday’s pre-run brief, the cafe at the railway heritage centre have kindly offered a discount for all parkrunners. You can claim up to 15% off all food and drink on presentation of your barcode, anytime up to 12 noon each Saturday, including their big breakfast for only £6.
We like to support the various groups that share our wonderful space on Rushcliffe Country park and would like to thank the café for supporting ourselves too.
See you next week – I promise not to mention the rugby score.