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The first ever YPOM (Your Pace or Mine) Wycombe Rye parkrun takeover; and what a historic and iconic day this was! Remember this date friends, parkrunners and country folk, it all occurred today on Saturday 23rd of October 2021!
YPOM is a social running club (you can find them on Facebook) and with a number of regular runs throughout the week and plenty of informal spur-of-the-moment runs and some great socials too. Organisation and long-term planning may not be the natural modus operandi but somehow everything all seems to fall into place regardless.
So, with this in mind, YPOM offered their services to conduct a Wycombe Rye parkrun takeover, and we would like to think that it ended up being a success – enthusiasm is one of those attributes (along with a few others) that we can generally supply in spades. What is perhaps more remarkable, in terms of pulling off this take-over is that 9 of the volunteers had never volunteered before and a further 4 hadn’t done the role they were undertaking that day before – that’s a smidgen over 43% of the volunteers doing something new. I hope this shows that anyone can volunteer and that it is both easy and fun to do – after all, we do give full training for every role on the morning itself.
YPOMers come in all shapes and sizes, and apparently also have a penchant for exotic pets. Whilst we know the parkrun rule that it is “one dog per runner to be kept on a short lead”, we were less clear on the rules for dinosaurs, even if they are volunteering rather than running. We accepted that keeping Phil (yes, that’s the dinosaur’s name) on a short reign, was acceptable as he supported the role of Time Keeper. We are also delighted to report that timing wasn’t done to the nearest millenia, nor did any of our runners become extinct during the parkrun period. We suspect that Phil might be a Timeasurus Rex but please do let us know you are more expert than us.
On to the run itself: we were delighted to welcome 346 runners (including 18 unknowns) to Wycombe Rye parkrun. We were especially delighted to welcome 12 First Timers and 15 parkrunners who hadn’t visited Wycombe Rye before. There were a number of milestone runs completed, including Andy HEALEY (250), Colin JACKSON (100), Alison CROOK (50) and Oscar DAVIES, Edward FLOOD and Charlotte FLOOD (10s). We also got to celebrate another milestone with Bob Engle, our most experienced parkrunner, with now 427 parkruns completed, having just recently celebrated his 80th birthday!
On to the faster side of things, 43 of you managed to obtain New PBs! These ranged anywhere between Joel HORROCKS (19:23) and Daniel MCSHANE (44:38), however fast you may ultimately be, going faster than before is always worthy of celebration!
Our first three finishers were Richard HENDERSON (17:21), Lawrence BURTON (19:22) and Joel HORROCKS (19:23). We are even happier to note that our YPOM marshals managed to usher round our first two finishers successfully as they were both First Timers to Wycombe Rye – we usually tell first timers in the First Timers briefing that there will be someone else to follow (woops!). Our top three ladies were Christina O’CONNOER (22:04), Lyndsay MARKHAM (22:24) and Kathryn BAKER (22:47).
So, lastly, but certainly not least of all, please give a warm thank-you to all of Saturday’s volunteers from YPOM, who were: Siobhan ALLINSON, Katie ATHERTON, Andy BELLINGHAM, Warren BENNET (plus Phil the Timeasaurus), Karen BOYLE, Kris CHAPLIN, Katt CLARK, Harry COBLEY, Linda CURLEY, Marion DEANE, Matteo DONATI, Callum ELSEY, Lucia ENDRODYOVA, Douglas GORDON, Lynda GUNN, Jenny HEDGES, Agi JASCHOB, Peter JEMMETT, Alasdair KLYNE, Rachel LAKER, Susan MCHUGH, David MORLEY, Gregg QUIXLEY, Iain ROBERTSON, Zach SCHROEDER, Nick SENDALL, Ann SMITH, Esme STRINGER, Paul SZEFER, Imtiaz TURAB, Rebecca VALENTINE, Sandra VALTERA and Stuart G WHEELER (YPOMer-in-Chief).
Alistair & Lyndsay will be your RDs next week. There are still some gaps on the volunteer roster, so please do get in touch if you can help us out, and ensure that the run is able to proceed.
Douglas & Katt