The Tilgate parkrun management team are always keen on supporting new ways of individuals getting involved that will also provide benefits to our wonderful parkrun community. So when a local rugby team contacted us to identify ways that they could improve their fitness once we have overcome the restrictions of COVID-19, we got our thinking caps on and have come up with what we believe is an innovative solution that will help the rugby team whilst also adding a little bit of fun and enjoyment for our participants.
We have created a new volunteer position of chevron puller, in essence the rugby players will congregate on the path between Pete’s crossing and the bottom of Chevron where those lucky enough to have been selected for some 'Chevron assistance' will make themselves known by wearing a specially designed bib.
The rugby players will be wearing a harness, with a bungee cord attached, the lucky runner grabs hold of the bungee cord with the rugby player then sprinting up Chevron pulling our parkrunner along, trying to hold on for as long as they can.
The rugby player gets some much-needed resistance training whilst our parkrunner gets some assistance up the mighty Chevron #WinWin.
So how could you benefit from this innovation? All you need to do is submit evidence to our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) demonstrating that you are showing no improvement in your times going up Chevron – Garmin/Strava segment analysis would be best.
The management team will then randomly choose 10 lucky winners each week and their names will be read out during the pre-run brief; so if you're noisy or not listening you may miss your name being read out!
All being well, we hope to be able to offer this innovation as soon as we are back parkrunning, it will certainly be great to see you all again and what an occasion that is for us all to look forward to.
Until then #StaySafe and have a very Happy April fools day.
Tilgate parkrun management team