You can always tell when it’s Robin Hood Half Marathon weekend.
The numbers at Rushcliffe parkrun dip a bit – as no doubt they do at other parkruns around the county – while we’re suddenly inundated with volunteers, so that there’s pretty much a marshal on every corner, straight, split, you name it.
Not that we’re complaining. We always welcome those eager to help out with open arms, any time of the year – details of how to join in below. And this week’s army of hi-vis heroes did their run director proud as always.
And anyway, I was doing exactly the same: saving my legs for my first ever 13-miler the next day, in the hope I somehow made it round the route in one piece. And hopefully dry (yeah, right).
Yes, the hi-vis heroes were out in force, despite another force – Mother Nature – threatening to throw wind and rain their way. Fortunately, she behaved and sent us just about the ideal conditions instead.
The turnout was still pretty respectable, too, with 388 runners lining up at the start including five first timers plus tourists from Billericay, Brierley Forest, Bristol, Hanley, Wepre, Watford and a couple of others I didn’t quite catch.
There were also a couple of celebrations: an unofficial but no less impressive milestone of 200 for Katherine Richards, plus Phoebe Pickup running her first parkrun since celebrating her fourth birthday last week. Happy birthday, Phoebe!
Lauren Johnson kindly paced for us at 30 minutes, bringing those eager to keep up home in just under that time – so well done to all of you.
A couple of issues that arose before and after the run mean a couple of reminders are necessary.
First, we noticed some missing finish tokens at our initial count. So, if you’re a Rushcliffe regular, please check around at home or in the car, etc, to see if there are any stray tokens lying around. We’d be happy to get reacquainted with them.
In general, please remember not to take your finish tokens away with you. Drop them in one of the barcode scanners’ buckets after they’ve zapped it. Or just hand it to them if you haven’t brought your own barcode.
And, on that last point, the second reminder is to please ensure you bring your barcode with you. It really is the one thing we ask of everyone who takes part, and it’s why we post so many reminders about it on Facebook and here in our run reports.
Our little scanners do not read barcodes from your phone. We were asked if we could record a phone barcode manually instead but we can’t, sorry. It’s really not us just being unaccommodating. There are a number of reasons for it.
One is the need to limit how much manual entry of runners and their results is needed at the end of the run. After all, parkrun events are operated by volunteers who kindly give upon their time each weekend.
If we agree to do it for one, that opens it up to all. And suddenly the time taken to enter handwritten barcode details manually when we’re processing the results can go up dramatically.
If you do forget your barcode, you can still get an idea of your finish time. Just note the number on your finish token and find that position on the Rushcliffe results page. It won’t register as a result against your profile, but you’ll still know how speedy you were.
You can get barcode wristbands, tags and more here. It’s worth keeping some extras in different places.
And, a while back, I wrote a run report with ideas about how to ensure you “don’t forget your barcode” in future. I know those tips have helped me I (forgot mine four times).
Hopefully most people had a hiccup free run, though. The results processing went nice and smoothly, so that seems to be the case. And another 51 of you were celebrating personal best times – see them all at www.parkrun.org.uk/rushcliffe/results/latestresults
For those keeping the legs moving ahead of Robin Hood, I hope it sped you to a glorious result. And, to those resting up, I wish you the same.
Hope to see many of you all again next week.
Your volunteers this week were: Alex BROWN • Anna SOSIN • Dan PICKUP • Darren WILLIAMS • Deborah EDIS • Diane PECK • Ellie BROWN • Emma WOOD • Ethan SOSIN • Gemma BLACOW • Geoff HARDY • Jackie KEY • Jackson BLACOW • Jo THOMAS • Jonathan SMITH • Karen LAYTON • Kath SOSIN • Kirsty PARNABY • Lauren JOHNSON • Lynne KELLOW • Mark BURNS • Michael MCHARDY • Mike MACDONALD • Mike SOSIN • Paul THOMAS • Robert HACKFORD • Ruth TYSON • Sam JAMIESON • Sophia PIETRYKA • Tilly WOOD • Toni HARPER
Want to volunteer yourself?
See the spaces we have in the coming weeks at www.parkrun.org.uk/rushcliffe/futureroster
And drop a line saying you’re interested to firstname.lastname@example.org