There was one big decision that had to be made before this week’s run, and that was whether or not we would go ahead given the current situation. The Worthing parkrun Core Team work so well together and these are uncharted waters for us all, but after some deep soul searching and exchange of messages, we all agreed that we should proceed. For one, we all know the benefits that parkrun brings to so many people for so many different reasons – and for another, we are in the open fresh air (usually with a fresh breeze t’boot). And for another, it’s not compulsory and it’s free – plus it was being supported by parkrun UK.
We were, quite understandably, lighter in volunteer and runner numbers this week, but for those who came along to support this wonderful institution, I would like to say a huge thank you.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Lauren GROOME • Nicola HAWKINS • Bryan DARNEY • Steven YOUNG • Lee SPICER-HOWARD • Julie DAY • Dana GARDINER • Marilyn KEMP • Chris MCALEES • June FUHRMANN • Paul MARTIN • Ian SCHIFFER • Lynn HORTON • Sharon BELTON • Mike BELTON • Tom GREAVES • Chris Cheesy HUTCHINSON • Haydn LE MANQUAIS • Dixon Maurice DILLEY • Honor O'HARA • Sue SWAN • Ben SWAN • Kayleigh POLLOCK • Alison CHAPLAIN • Helen WINSER • Brynley GRIFFITHS • Neil LE MANQUAIS
We are always on the lookout for people to take on different volunteering roles, so it was with great pleasure that we welcomed one of our Worthing parkrun stalwarts (both runner and volunteer), Ian Schiffer to the stage as Run Director. As it was his first time out he shadowed Mike today, but will be on his own next time – Thanks for stepping forward Ian, you will make a great RD
So onto the Run Briefing. Now I know that it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a really important part of parkrun and everyone needs to pay attention to ensure everyone remains safe. So what a great addition these are to the parkrun paraphernalia. (the signs that is)
This week was especially important for two reasons. Following the overnight rain, runners were informed about changes made at the finish owing to the waterlogged grass. Also, and more importantly, to avoid our volunteers on Barcode Scanning duties having to touch barcodes and Finish Tokens, runners were asked to just hold up both for scanning and then drop the finish Token into a bucket. Thanks for your co-operation with this.
The run itself was another success with 344 people taking to the prom to walk, run or jog (or maybe even a bit of all three) the course. The weather was pleasant enough to encourage 33 First Timers and enabled 38 Personal Bests to be recorded.
First back this week was Liam BRISCOE in a personal best time of 17:19, followed by Michael RIX, taking part in his 369th parkrun, in a time of 17:32 and then Jason HARROLD in 3rd running in his 244th parkrun with a time of 17:37. Well done guys.
There were also a couple milestones out on the course today. Congratulations go to Benjamin MILLER and Paul REYNOLDS for hitting their 50th parkrun milestone (looking forward to seeing you both wearing your Red 50 Milestone t-shirts next time out)
With all the runners back it was time to pack away and get on with sorting the Finish tokens ready for next time – But not so fast. This week we thought it best to disinfect the Finish Tokens before they were sorted by Sue, Ben and Kayleigh.
So, as the sun came out, Chris, Sharon, Ian and I wandered over to Coast for a post parkrun coffee/water (and maybe cake) while processing results. One problem – we were missing one set of data from our Barcode Scanners! With time running out on the car park ticket, it was decided to ‘deal with it later’. A short while later the missing results arrived via WhatsApp (don’t you just love technology – if only I understood it!!) and Sharon was able to process the results back at parkrun ‘HQ’, ably supported by a bacon sarnie and a cuppa. All’s well that ends well