Spring finally sprung at Fletcher’s Cove for parkrun #163, before freezing over again as a sad April Fool’s joke, but not before 62 parkrunners - 52 runners and walkers and 10 volunteers - made the most of the morning. Many of us were seen in shorts and t-shirts for the first time in 2019!
No new milestones were achieved this weekend, but a number of parkrunners primed the pump and are close to earning their coveted 10 (for under 18s), 50 and 100 t-shirts! Watch this space. It’s great to recognize the many familiar faces and see people coming back! My personal favorites are the 2nd timers, of which we had quite a few this time. They say that when you reach 10 parkruns, you’re hooked!
We are keen to see more walkers join us at Fletcher’s. Nancy came to watch just to check us out to see if she would be welcome as a walker. She joined us for coffee and promises to be back! Paula has volunteered twice and says she’ll walk next week. Do you know anyone who doesn’t quite feel ready to join a 5k race? parkrun is just for them!
We especially thank this week’s volunteers, Jason Legum, Tim Ramsey, Roberta Alvarez, Rodger Potocki, Susan Crammond, Terry Shen, Cj Libassi, Sedwyn Anthony and Paula Mattison, who joined me to make this event happen. On a week in which many of our core team members seemed to be away touring, overseas, out-of-state or just downstream at our closest parkrun neighbor, you showed we can still keep the show running. In Susan’s debut as Volunteer Coordinator, we were even turning down offers to help! Terry Dunbar, one of the guys that went over to Roosevelt Island parkrun, got a volunteer credit there after completing his run and picking up the barcode scanner. Sedwyn and Terry then came back to Black coffee, where Sedwyn proceeded to sort and stack up barcodes!
See you next week, with fine weather once more. And bring a walking friend!
Event Director, A110656