My goodness it was wet this week! The Pines core team were expecting the numbers to be well down on the last couple of weeks (with the parkrun bingo guesses reflecting this) but an amazingly hardy 144 runners and 14 fantasic volunteers braved the weather conditions to make event 15 another great morning.
Each week it's amazing to see the community grow, recognise more familiar faces and get to know peoples names. This week it was a real family affair with oodles of families running or volunteering together...
Here's Stacey (time keeping), Luke (on the funnel), James (who got a new shiny PB), Roger (who also got a new PB), Lucy and Sarah along with other members of the family who supported everyone through the funnel with claps and cheers. Thank guys - it was a privilege to have you with us this week and to get to know you a little better.
This week we welcomed tourists from our neighbouring parkruns around Nottingham along with Chesterfield, Luton, Buckingham, Newcastle and Stoke. We also were joined by the lovely lot from Nottingham Sweatshop Running Community - we hope you enjoyed your outing at Sherwood Pines and hope to see you again soon!
As many of you are aware due to the nature of our ace course we welcome Canicross runners (and their dogs) each week. These guys are VERY much part of our community and we're working closely with them to ensure that they (along with everyone else) get the most out of the parkrun experience. We've taken on feedback from the community and have set up the following:
- A designated briefing area for the runners and dogs
- The guys will always let us know when they're coming down so we can put extra volunteers in place
- Ensuring the leads and harnesses are of a suitable length
Speaking of Canicross - we can't not mention the lovely Heather. Talk about dedication! She's nursing a broken foot and still came out in the wind and rain to look after that clipboard.
A huge thanks to Heather and all the volunteers who got soaking wet this week...
The multitasking Luke with the bell:
Not forgetting our fab marshals out on the course including the brilliant Jen:
Best have a quick word about the runners now:
Huge congratulations to Matthew Jelley who joined the 10 Club this week.
This weeks first finishers were David Fletcher who was a first timer to both parkrun and the Pines - not a bad start hey? Sally Hughes scored a fab PB to be our first female.
All the volunteer team commented on how strong every ones finishes were this week. A huge thanks to everyone who gathers round the finish area to support runners coming in - trust us it makes a real difference. Here's some of those storming finishes:
Finally, this week token 129 went missing. If you've taken it home by mistake please let us know so we can reunite it with its mates!
The tokens are property of parkrun and we do need them every week - please don't wander off with them.
Right, enough waffle; we'll see you next week for another ace run in the park (preferably without the rain).