Parkrun report, 13 October 2018

Windy.

If you were looking for one word to sum up today’s parkrun that would be it.

The reason was Storm Callum doing a bit of parkrun tourism, and blowing a gale with gusts of wind of around 40mph. In theory this should have helped on the back straight along the river, but I’m not sure many runners felt that it made up for the long slog into a headwind that they had to deal with.

In spite of the conditions, twenty runners managed a PB from a field of 196, including Samuel Lea finishing second in 18:26.

Rachel Brown reached the milestone of her 50th parkrun.

Dai Morris, our Run Director, told us that last week saw the 5 millionth person sign up to parkrun, which is an astonishing number. Apparently over the 14 years of the parkrun story so far the average time has gone up, which is a good thing in that it shows the growth in numbers has also been a growth in diversity of people taking part. parkrun is not just for people who already think of themselves as runners, it’s for everyone which is why we love it!

Part of that diversity is in the age range, and this week we had three runners in their 70s, 6 in their 60s, 17 in their 50s and 20 in their 40s. The rest we can categorise as officially being “young”!

Thanks to Dai and all of the volunteers for braving the wind and the rain to make it all happen, and doing it with a smile.

 

Event #5

This week’s parkrun began with our Event Director, and so called ‘leader’, showing his true student colours by oversleeping his alarm and rocking up some 30 minutes late for the agreed 7:30am set up time. It should also be noted that it is he who holds the keys to the equipment cupboard, and so his tardiness left the rest of the team helplessly waiting for him to clamber out of bed and cycle down to Pitchcroft Pavilion… Some leader! The offending student, who may or may not be the author of this news report, would publicly like to apologise for this rookie mistake!

Set Up parkrun

Unflustered by this setback and determined not to be late for the universal start time of 9:00am (briefing at 8:45am), the core team hastily dispersed to different corners of Pitchcroft park carrying various ‘CAUTION RUNNER’ and ‘KEEP RIGHT’ signs. A true testament to their abilities; and by 8:30am the course and newly altered finish funnel were set up and ready to go - leaving plenty of time for us to assign the 25 brilliant volunteers to their vital roles. And a ‘right on the money’ 9:00am start time.

The run itself appeared to run like clockwork. Beaming sunshine lead to equivalently bright smiles from most of the participants; the rest looked like they were trying to smile but favoured a full inhale of oxygen instead. As requested by our natural first time Run Director John Drew, runners seemed to politely navigate their way around the non-participant park users, throwing a cheery “good morning” as they did so. Thanks a lot for that as it really helps us avoid negative encounters.

Although Pitchcroft parkrun is, and will always be for everyone, it is the triumphant stories from first timers who make it all worthwhile for us. Stories like the blond lady wearing a plain black vest (sorry we didn’t catch your name) who finished somewhere inside 49 minutes despite just 8 weeks ago not being able to complete the 5k distance.

Or the other tale of a lady, new to the immersive world of running, who has wound up with a charity entry into none other than the London Marathon. Welcome to parkrun and we would love to hear how your training goes as the weeks progress.

Kudos goes to all those who reluctantly missed / delayed their viewing of the apparently quite significant rugby game that clashed with our start time. Our resident Welshman on the Lead Bike included in this category. Hope you enjoyed the game that you all presumably recorded.

As efficiently as it was set up, soon after the father and son team of the Baily family came across the line as our Tail Walkers, the course was packed away into the storage cupboard from whence it came.

It wasn’t until we processed the results at the Pump House Environmental Café afterwards that we realised the, surely record-breakingly low, number of forgotten barcodes… Just 3 out of the 226 runners. That deserves a clink of the team's coffee mugs for sure.

Once again, thank you to all who participated, supported, or volunteered this week and we look forward to seeing you once again soon. Although not next week remember as Pitchcroft parkrun is cancelled to allow for the operation of Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life / Pretty Muddy events. Good luck to all participating.

On the subject of brilliant charity events, Steve Jones is heading up the Sanlam GoDadRun event on Sunday the 23rd July – held on Pitchcroft. There is a 5k and a 10k event where the lads are issued big blue pants to raise money for 5 wonderful charities that support Prostate Cancer.

Colin Jackson CBE states….

“I’m excited to announce that Go Dad Run will be returning to the Worcester Racecourse on Sunday 23rd July to host our third annual 5K and 10K races! 

This year we’ve teamed up with local charity, St. Richards Hospice, who do some incredible work to support the local community.

Over the last few years our runners have helped raise thousands of pounds for our charity partners however we want to make this year the biggest and best yet, but we can’t do it without your help. So please sign-up to participate and join us and hundreds of men and boys on July 23rd!

See you there"  

Entries are still open, as is our parkrun the day before on the 22nd… Who’s got the legs to do both?

As always, email the following address to volunteer... worcesterpitchcrofthelpers@parkrun.com. All our roles are dead simple and offering up your services really does make the parkrun world go round.

Why not drag a non parkrunning friend to our next event on the 22nd July. As you already know, they can register via the following link... http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

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