Run Direction, Oh Volun-Deer!
18 runners ran to help the ODP parkrun in Richmond.
- Saturday, 25th of January 2020
- Led by Kate Holmes
An overcast and chilly morning wasn’t enough to stop 164 runners turning up at Old Deer Park to run 5km. A great morning was had by all with 26 personal bests and 23 new runners at Old Deer Park.
Today’s first finisher was Kris Davidson who has completed 131 parkruns and was representing Ranelagh Harriers with an amazing time of 18:32.
17 Goodgymers turned up to support the event: Pre Event Set Up: Nicky and Phil, travelling from Vauxhall to arrive at 8am was no mean feat, but they walked the course with Kate & Holly to ensure potholes were marked, branches moved and most importantly that the conditions were deemed safe for the run to go ahead.
Marshals: Africa and Ellen, battled in with a fever (Africa) and having never attended a parkrun before (Ellen) these two provided encouragement to all the runners on their three lap run.
TimeKeepers: Eva and JP, proving there's actually nothing scary about timekeeping, they delivered a perfect set of results whilst encouraging a huge amount of sprint finishes!
Finish Tokens: Jen and Holly, handing out tokens and getting to congratulate every finisher made up for the numb fingers!
Barcode Scanner: Gavin and Nat with Number Checker: Lorna, made sure no one who brought their barcode went home without their time.
Tailwalker: T, made sure no one came in last and had a great chat whilst she was at it!
Post Event close down: Helen, completed a fourth lap of the course to make sure all the equipment got collected in ready for next week.
Report Writer: Oliver, capturing the whole event with words and pictures for the parkrun website.
Token Sorters: Lenka & David, putting all the tokens back in order for next week.
Running Marshals: Richard, making a very welcome appearance back in his goodgym t-shirt after a years break, cheered in the runners adding to the celebratory atmosphere at the finish funnel.
Run Director: Kate, makng sure everyone knew what they were supposed to be doing, once I'd started the run with a very satisfying blow of the whistle, I was mostly left to clap and cheer on the runners, a favourite pastime of mine!
We had a good handful of runners out on the course too, representing in their shirts. We enjoyed cheering them round, hopefully they enjoyed the run!
Once our Tailwalker came through, the course was packed up and we all headed round to the cafe for tea, cake and chats!
Report written by Kate Holmes
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