There were literally tears of joy today as parkrun finally returned to England and the Town Moor. It's been months in preparation, and in the end it couldn't have gone better.
This week 471 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom a massive 63 were first timers at our event and 34 were total parkrun first-timers - welcome! 67 participants recorded new Personal Bests for this event, no mean feat for an event that's been going since 2010. Representatives of 49 different clubs took part, and we had our biggest ever turnout of volunteers - 50 in total, without whom none of this is possible.
Thank you to all runners for sensible spacing at the start and for seeding yourself in roughly the right order. These aspects worked even better than we hoped.
Our new pink hi-viz volunteer bibs certainly made for an arresting sight. Our new route allowed for lots of social distancing at the start, and with no gates until 2km we had no bottlenecks. The new route was well-received by runners, though we will struggle to remember that "Malcolm's Gate" is now Gate 2 and not Gate 1!
Lining up the barcode scanners near the fence seemed to work well and no queues built up. Russell the Run Director today was also over the moon with the new Virtual Volunteer app, as results were posted before he even finished his first coffee!
Urban Green Cafe were delighted to see so many runners come along after the race, and the core team retired there for a post-mortem of an event that couldn't have gone better.
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