As silly as this may sound, it is much nicer when, as far as the Run Director is concerned, not much happens between 9am and approximately 9.45am on a Saturday morning.
The ideal situation is, that some runners will arrive ready to set off about 9am.
Some will be doing their first parkrun at Rushcliffe (well done to those 39 who did theirs with us yesterday - we hope you come back again soon). Some will achieve a PB (39 of you did just that yesterday - well done!!). The timekeeping, funnel managing and scanning process will work like a dream (which it did yesterday but more about our fantastic volunteers in a moment) and everyone basically has a great time (which I certainly did yesterday and I hope you all did too whether running or volunteering).
The only problem is that when everything runs like clockwork, it leaves very little to spice up the run report so I will pick out a couple of highlights and then add a couple fantastic pictures (thanks to Marc) and finish by telling you about the brilliant First Aid/CPR session we held post run.
The first highlight is always the great work done by the volunteers.
We had Rebecca taking the next step (and probably the most nerve racking!) in learning the Run Director role (and we encourage everyone to have a go!) by delivering the pre run brief. A hard job at the best of times but made even more difficult with the number of dogs at yesterday's run (as an aside - 1 dog per runner on a short lead is welcome but can we encourage you to maybe take them away when we are delivering the pre run brief if they are barking and getting excited about the run. We do have messages that all runners need to hear. Thank you). Rebecca delivered a faultless brief and was then one of your timekeepers. Eoin was the other timekeeper and managed to take some fantastic photos whilst clicking you over the line - that is serious multi-tasking! Richard kept excellent order in the funnel so that crack Father/Daughter team, Chris & Juliette could give you your correct finish token. Linda & Fliss were ready to whizz you through the scanning process with Richard making note of any issues. Not forgetting our fabulous marshals, John & Marcelle who set up the course and made sure you all went in the right direction and Marc who joined them in the hi viz to take some stunning photos (see more of Marc's photos here https://www.flickr.com/groups/rushcliffe-parkrun/pool/with/16784174450/) . And then our family of tail runners, Mum Fiona and Nick & Ellie bringing up the rear and collecting in the markers along the way. Thanks to you all.
Pete from Sweatshop in Nottingham told us about the brilliant running community they have there. Give the Sweatshop Nottingham Facebook page a 'like' to find out more and email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will add you to their mailing list.
So, after the tail runners crossed the finish line, we packed away (thankfully before the threatening dark clouds delivered a heavy rain/sleet shower!) and headed back to the Education Centre ready for the First Aid/CPR session.
The session was delivered by parkrunner Marijke. Her passion for educating as many people as possible was so evident and we are extremely grateful to her for taking the time to do this. The session lasted around an hour and 25 people were taken through basic life saving skills. 6 year old Natalie operated a defibrillator expertly without being given any guidance at all. We all had the opportunity to give CPR to a mannequin and were taken through the basic steps of how to cope in an emergency situation. It really was such an education and is an invaluable life skill to have. It was great to see so many of you there, particularly the children who were as enthralled as the adults (purely down to Marijke pitching the session perfectly). A number of people expressed disappointment in not being able to attend but rest assured, thanks to Marijke's generosity and passion, we will be delivering another session in the future.
So, a thoroughly enjoyable and educational start to the weekend.
Rushcliffe parkrun really does rock!
And now for your stats.
Event number 129
28th March 2015
Ben PLUMMER (SM20-24) of Barrow Runners, was first over the line in 17:17 - second time in 5 appearances.
Alex LOACH (VM35-39) of Holme Pierrepont RC, was second over the line in 17:54.
David SOMERS (SM18-19) of Rushcliffe AC, was third over the line in 18:56.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Sean WALDRUM (Unattached) 2032 pts.
Donald HISLOP (Unattached) 1976 pts.
Chris NEALE (Unattached) 1906 pts.
Alice DANIEL (JW15-17) of Charnwood AC, was first (4th overall) over the line in 18:58 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Ffion JONES (SW20-24) of Barrow Runners, was second (33rd overall) over the line in 21:51 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Emmie TOWNS (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (34th overall) over the line in 21:54.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lottie DAVIDSON (Unattached) 2283 pts.
Sarah MASTON (Rushcliffe AC) 2078 pts.
Rachel ANGELL (Unattached) 2042 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Simon WHITAKER (VM55-59) was graded 81.35% for the time 19:13 (5th overall).
Alice DANIEL (JW15-17) was graded 80.67% for the time 18:58 (4th overall).
James WARDLE (JM11-14) was graded 77.73% for the time 19:41 (9th overall).
This week there were 247 runners, of whom 39 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part.
Rushcliffe parkrun started on 6th October 2012, and since then 3,806 different runners, including participants from 257 athletics clubs, have completed 20,607 runs covering a total distance of 103,035 km, and there have been 4,805 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Laura-Jane DAY who ran in a time of 00:17:44 on 2013-12-21 (event number 63).
The men's record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:14:59 on 2013-12-07 (event number 61).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded a 98.45% run (22:37) on 21st September 2013 (event number 50).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushcliffe parkrun Results Page