Happy Anniversary! Byxbee parkrun is 2!
What a great turnout! This week 65 people walked, jogged and ran the course with the support of 9 volunteers. Miles Smith set a brand new course record at 15 minutes 23 seconds - congratulations Miles! Thank you to everyone who helped make it a special event.
Some amazing stats from this event:
Our first finisher's time: 15:23
Our Tail Walker's time: 1:03:54
Number of first timers: 21
Most experienced parkunner: 237 parkruns
Youngest parkrunner's age group: 4-11
Oldest parkrunner's age group: 65-69
Male/Female Ratio: M28/F35
...And only 2 people without a barcode #dfyb
This really is an event that brings together people of all ages and abilities!
The parkrun Code
As we look ahead to another year of Byxbee parkrun, let's take a moment to review our parkrun Code of Conduct.
In any situation the number one expectation is:
Always be courteous to others
What does that look like at parkrun?
It's a run, a jog or a walk, not a race. All parkrun events will insist on safety and encourage regular participation.
Run on the right side of the trail at all times. Announce yourself before overtaking someone (call out "On Your Left!" loudly). No one is obliged to get out of your way.
Slow down and take care around tight corners, and avoid jostling other runners at the finish line. There's always another week to try and achieve a personal best time.
Clapping and encouraging others is ok, but excessive noise is not. Do not bring bells, whistles, loud music or other disruptive noise makers to parkrun. Loud noise disturbs other park users and the wildlife.
There is no cutoff time at parkrun. It sometimes surprises people that the event keeps going long after they finished and went home. A one hour parkrun is the same distance as a twenty minute parkrun, and everyone comes to parkrun with their own personal goals. It is OK to walk the whole distance.
With that in mind, as a volunteer, be sure to allow *at least* one hour from the start time to when you leave. It's not fair to the participants or other volunteers if you over-schedule and need to leave early.
As a participant, show your respect to the volunteers by arriving on time, listening to the pre-run briefing, and making steady progress from start to finish, keeping ahead of the Tail Walker volunteers.
Be mindful that faster runners may need to pass you on their second lap and allow them some space. If you can't finish for any reason, let one of the volunteers know and withdraw from the event. You can always come back next week.
Have your printed barcode ready to be scanned as soon as you finish.
If you are walking at parkrun, we invite you to volunteer as Tail Walker! We can add a group of tail walkers to any event, and it counts as a point to both your parkrun total and your volunteer total - but get in early - this is a very popular volunteering position!
Thanks for taking the time to read this article - it takes everyone working together to ensure we have safe and welcoming event for all to enjoy.
See you on Saturday!