Hello Sloughbottomers. It's was a wet one but that didn't stop 246 of you running, jogging and walking the course - close to a record number for us. Spare a particular thought for our volunteers. They're all stars at the best of times but on day's like Saturday it takes real dedication to drag yourself out to get soaked all so hundreds of people can enjoy our parkrun. So well done to all of them and make sure you remember to say thank you next time you're out on the course.
Speaking of volunteers, a big shout out to core team and founding member Sophie Kendall this week (disclaimer: she's my wife). parkrun has been a big part of her life for a long time, both as runner and volunteer. She did her last one at our spiritual home of Catton in May last year when she was pregnant with our second child. Since then she's not only given birth but also undergone major spinal surgery to repair damage she suffered in childbirth. At her lowest point she could barely walk, often slept on all fours and couldn't care for our children alone as she couldn't lift them. This week she completed her first parkrun in more than a year.
It was her 56th so no milestone (although it's also worth noting that she's also volunteered a massive 49 times) but it means more to her and us than you can imagine. Me, Alex and Isobel are all very proud - there really were times that we thought she might struggle to walk properly, let alone run, ever again but she's been determined to get back to parkrun throughout. I know she would like to particularly thank the Norwich Road Runners Couch to 5km programme which has helped her massively in the last few months.
I know I'm in danger of laying it on a big thick but it's worth saying as well that parkrun also kept me going when things were difficult. It was often one of the only times of the week when I could get away from it all. I'm sure, to a greater or lesser extent, it plays a similar role in a lot of people's lives.
Other people who were celebrating this week were our latest milestoners: junior runners Henry Murrell and Emilia Thomson completed their 10th runs, Estelle Corner completed her 50th and Jason Peck completed his 100th. Well done all of you - it's time to claim those t-shirts.
Just a quick plea from all of the core team. Recently we've had to do lots of last minute shout outs to fill our volunteer roster. We're always very fortunate that people step forward and do their bit. But it would really help if anybody who is willing to volunteer let us know in advance - ideally a few weeks. I know it's not always possible to plan that far ahead but the sooner we fill our roster, the sooner our regulars - the same old faces who give up their time and their chance to run to help you all - can be stood down and given a chance to enjoy parkrun for themselves. We say it a lot but if every parkrun regular volunteered just a handful of times a year, it would make life a lot easier and would allow the dedicated core of volunteers to have the odd week off so that they too can run. It is also a really good chance to see parkrun from a different, and often more rewarding, perspective.
That said, this event was made possible by 22 volunteers, each and every one of them a true high-viz hero:
Paul WOODYATT • Tina POTTER • Graham HARDINGHAM • Martin George ROPER • Samuel WHITHAM • Radley FENN • Sam WALL • Ian MARCER • Ben KENDALL • Sophie KENDALL • Robert WESTBURY • Clare MARCER • Simon WRIGHT • Karl PEEBLES • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ELLIS • Katie FENN • Paul ELLIS • Jessica PARKER • Rose REUBEN • Laura WOLSEY • Luke WOLSEY
We also had one marshal whose name we didn't get - if that was you, please get in touch.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sloughbottom parkrun Results Page.
That's all for now, thanks for reading.