Apologies this is late, but I have the good excuse. I didn't write it earlier. This report has so much packed in it, courtesy of Di Neville, who should really work for one of the national newspapers, such is her nose to sniff out the finest stories.
First up this week is the lovely Jog Derbyshire group, All About Jogging (AAJ) - and look, here are a bunch of them who have successfully graduated their Couch to 5K. Feast your eyes on this lovely gaggle:
AAJ graduater Val Tunnicliffe said "Markeaton is going to seem so much easier after this" and that she "wasn't going to let the hill defeat" her. Well done Val after just 11 weeks of running!
Estelle Horan deserves a mention - mainly because she complimented the lovely Shipley volunteer team for being very well organised and showing vociferous support. On a similar note, 69 years young AAJogger Brian Couples also called the volunteers "great" and the setting "brilliant". Thank you both, please help yourself to a free parkrun anywhere next week.
At the other end of the age scale, Sienna Taliku (12) and Bethany Sharpe both said they will run Shipley again and were thinking of doing the junior parkrun too. Don't think - just do!
This seems an appropriate time to plug junior parkrun - after a year of work, this is now up and running pretty much every Sunday - it's like big parkrun but with a less smelly finish area as it's 2K not 5. Suitable for up to 14 year olds, adults can run (but not finish) with a kid in their charge (but not finish) and all you need to participate is that all important barcode.
Next up, let's give a mention to Alison Morrell of Giltbrook - completing her 50th parkrun, complete with glittery balloon:
Alison was another volunteer thanker - saying "without them, parkrun couldn't do it." Thank you for the thanks Alison, we'd love to welcome you to the volunteer team from time to time if you fancy it! 47 of her runs have been at Shipley - the other 3 at Long Eaton. Both are hilly challenges, except Long Eaton.
Time to give that official mention to our lovely volunteers!
They are: Jo Rhodes • Graham Worsfold • Lucy Morris • Elle Lockhart • Neil Byford • Lisa Kirkley • Zoe Boiyes • Terence Hunt • Darren Lee Hayes • Amanda Strickson • Marcella Kilbane • Michael Armitage • Gemma Blacow• Claire Coombes • Ceri Dee • Priya Agheda • John Gilbert • Drew Cameron • Tara Cameron • Georgie-Ann Cameron • Sara Fearn • Winifred Morris • Esther Lockhart • Michelle Welsh • Dave Clark • Eileen Norton• Oliver Norton • Michael Kirkpatrick • Thomas Norton • Yvonne Insley • Sophie Norton and Dorothy Goodrick.
To this list, we've added in our Visually Impaired guide Neil Byford of Markeaton who was guiding Molly O'Brian from Swanwick. Neil and Molly regularly run together and smashed out 45:22 today and as both recorded the same time, then it's a big well done to our timekeeping heroes and funnel team for super-accurate button pushing and token giving (it's not always that way, believe me!).
You volunteers are all heroes - and on behalf of the runners - HUGE, humungous, incredible thank-you's. If anyone want's to improve their lives, make more friends and become more beautiful inside and out, just contact the parkrun facebook page or talk to a hi viz hero at the event. Run 9 and volunteer 1 would make a massive difference to filling the roster each week and give our regulars more chances to run, jog or walk. x
A quick mention to Jonathon Rogers of West Hallam - back from a hernia repair 6 weeks ago and today was his first proper run. Welcome back to your regular parkrun Jonathon!
David Beard's local parkrun is Groves Park, Sheffield so he was a first timer at Shipley today - running with his Market Harborough parkrunning brother Stuart . Both were born in Derby, and have both moved an equal distance away - one North, one South - so what more perfect place to meet up, but halfway at Shipley. David's daughter Emily (10) volunteered as soon as she arrived today, proudly ringing a cowbell at her marshall point.
First ladies today were Elizabeth Bamford, Julie Carrington and Emily Cartwright but I didn't get a piccy - oooops. So this week - content yourselves with this lovley pic of the first male finishers: Ben Abbott, Dean Cross and Jason Buckley:
Finally step forward Charlie Buffin 14 from Brailsford with dad Tony. Unfortunately Charlie was suffering from a hockey injury so had to stop part way and couldn't complete the run today but we look forward to seeing him soon to go again. Adam Buffin, all the way from the Forest of Dene was visiting Tony to make it a trio of Buffin's today. They were joined by Phil Harris from Darley Abbey to complete this fetching photo:
That's it for this week folks - Well done to the 196 runners walkers and joggers, and I confidently predict that more came this week, than will attend next week's event sweetly numbered parkrun 123.