It didn’t rain! All we needed was some belief and we made it happen. Or maybe not, but at least it didn’t rain.
Maybe it was the good weather, possibly the lack of international rugby or even the cancelled local parkruns (Long Eaton, Clifton and Dishley that we knew about), but parkrunners turned up in significantly greater numbers than previous weeks – and quite a few more than we were anticipating. 531 to be exact. We managed it pretty well, and apologies to the small number that had to queue just before the finish line.
A good morning for milestones. 250’s are still quite special to us at Rushcliffe – we are only on 372 ourselves – and so for Louise Platts to complete 248 of her 250 at Rushcliffe was worth a very special mention by Marc in his pre-run brief. And exactly 7 years after that first one in November 2012. Congratulations Louise.
Other milestones were Katherine Wilson’s 100th, and 50’s for Peter Walker, Laura Needham, Finn Rogers and Rebecca Moroney. Well done all.
Now whilst we (hopefully) have your attention, we would like to tell you about a few things happening at Rushcliffe parkrun in the next few weeks. In chronological order, no less!
November 16th – walking group
We mentioned this a few weeks ago and can now confirm that it will begin next Saturday. The group will be lead by a volunteer - it will be Jill Peaston next Saturday – wearing our new pink high viz, very much like the one pictured above. We will introduce the group leader each week as part of the pre run brief.
The group will have two very simple objectives – to show that we welcome walkers at parkrun and 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 show that participation at parkrun is fun.
November 30th– Defibrillator training
Something else we mentioned a few weeks ago, and now confirmed for November 30th in the Education Centre on the park. It will begin at 10.15am and should last approximately an hour.
The session will be lead by Marijke van Eerd and she will be accompanied by unresponsive dummies that will be used for practice. Marijke has a number of machines and there will be the opportunity for us to have hands on practice. De-fibs are easy to use, and talk you through the steps, but it is always good if you are familiar with them. It increases confidence should the need ever arise. The session is 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.
It would be really helpful if those intending to join us could drop a short email to email@example.com to help us plan numbers.
December 7th – Jonathan’s ‘faux pas’
Now, cast your mind back to mid August, the 24th to be precise. The sun was shining and the England cricket team were having a torrid time at the hands of the old enemy, the Australians. Bowled out for just 67 in their first innings and put to the sword by the Aussie batsmen, England were facing an uphill battle, to put it mildly, when asked to score a world record breaking 359 runs to win the match, and save the Ashes series for at least another couple of weeks.
Well, true to his word Jonathan will be at Rushcliffe on December 7th parkrunning in just his underpants and flip flops. And to encourage him, not that he needed much encouragement in truth, his friends will be supporting him on the day and will be setting up a charity fund raising page to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the official charity supported by parkrun.
We’ll let you know more, including a link to the charity page, as the date approaches.
Wednesday January 1st – New Year’s Day parkrun
We are delighted to be able to confirm that, subject to being able to get a volunteer team together, we will be having our usual extra parkrun at Rushcliffe on New Year’s Day.
It will have a 10am start time, it will be a Wednesday – and everything else will be the same as usual.
Put it in your diary. A great way to start 2020.
That’s us done for this week. Time to do something to take Jonathan in his underpants out of your mind! See you next Saturday.