The enthusiasm of newcomers and junior athletes… Run report #15

This week half of our finishers were newcomers to parkrun! Welcome to Katrina Brisbane, Karter Johns, Laura Johns, and Zoey Johns! We also had four junior athletes eagerly take off at the start and successfully complete the 5k.

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Max Lemons was our first finisher for the second time this week. He added on the 5k to his long run as part of his training for a marathon in March and a slew of sprint triathlons as well as an Iron Man in the year ahead. All parkrunners should feel free to work parkrun into any running plans you already have. For those looking for distance, it’s easy to tack on miles before or after parkrun.

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In terms of personal bests, this week the McConnell family dominated! Grace, Thomas, and Rebecca McConnell worked together to get everyone across the line in under 43 minutes. We love having families and junior athletes out.

Thomas McConnell races to the finish!

Thomas McConnell races to the finish!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered this week! All the volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.  If you’re interested in volunteering at a future event, please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com.

Finally, each week we do our best to include motivational messages or fun images in chalk on the course. We want to hear from our parkrunners if there are quotes or messages that are particularly special or motivating for you that you’d like to see in future weeks. Don’t hesitate to share!

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Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 105 individual finishers and 25 individuals volunteering.

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Into three figures… Run report #14

We hit a major milestone at event number 14 last Saturday as first-timers Carlene and Casey became the 100th and 101st individuals to walk, run or jog 5k on Third Creek Greenway!

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Carlene and Casey were our only two first timers this week. With cold winds blowing down the greenway, it was 10 hardy souls who made it out.

Finishing first was David (and ‘barkrunner’ Scout) with incredible support from Max to help pace him to an extremely consistent time. Great to see the parkrun community spirit in action with runners supporting each other to progress. 

There were personal bests for Nancy and for your regular report writer Joe, who wishes he’d slowed down a bit rather than knock nearly 50 seconds off in one huge leap...

A massive thanks to our volunteers this week, especially Kirk and Diane as our joint tail walkers - keeping each other company and cheering on fellow participants. 

All the volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.

A number of our usual team are unavailable for our events on February 1st and February 8th so we’d love to hear from you if you can help out on those dates. Please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com

Next week’s parkrun

We are back next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 101 individual finishers and 24 individuals volunteering.

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First timers from near and far… Run Report #13

What do you do when you know you’re about to relocate thousands of miles to a new continent? Look for a new place to live? Check out the local amenities? Head straight to the parkrun events map to work out your nearest location? 

If you’re a parkrunner then you’ll probably be doing all three! We certainly won’t judge in what order...

We were joined this week for the first time by the McConnell family, who arrived in Knoxville just two weeks ago from Australia. With over 100 parkrun events under their belt between the four of them, they were delighted to find a new purple dot on the parkrun USA map when Third Creek Greenway parkrun was established in October 2019. We’re so excited that the whole family can continue their parkrun journey here in Knoxville.

One of the best things about parkrun is that all the family can get involved together. There were plenty of high-fives at the finish line for junior Lucille who took part in her first 5k with mom Amelia and did a great job! 

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With six first-timers this week, the number of individuals completing Third Creek Greenway has reached 99! Who will be our 100th?

Our 13th event was not unlucky for Alex, Freya, and Nancy who all recorded course personal bests along Third Creek Greenway. And it was a first first-finish for core-team member David who, accompanied by ‘barkrunner’ Scout, knocked over 30 seconds off his previous course best which is incredible improvement.

A heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers this week - particularly Kirk and Heather doing a great job as joint Tail Walkers - keeping each other company and cheering on our participants. The Tail Walker is fast becoming our most coveted position but there are others that we need filling each week to help us run the event safely and record participants’ times and finish positions. 

Volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.

A number of our usual team are unavailable for our events on February 1st and February 8th so we’d love to hear from you if you can help out on those dates. Please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com

Next week’s parkrun

We are back next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 99 individual finishers and 24 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun

 

 

Should it be this humid in January? … Run report #12

The surprisingly warm temperatures for mid-January were the main topic of conversation as participants and volunteers lined up for the 12th parkrun on Third Creek Greenway.  

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The majority of our runners this week were returners, with just one first-timer - welcome to parkrun Sarah! We hope you enjoyed your first free, weekly timed 5k running with regular Rebecca and ‘barkrunner’ Pepper.

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Ron was first across the line for the second time at his second run with us. Showing incredible consistency, he’s recorded 18:38 and 18:39 on our course!

Sue returned to Third Creek Greenway parkrun as part of her spring marathon training and was first female finisher. Keep up the good work Sue!

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A huge thank you to our volunteers this week, especially Nancy who parkrun volunteered for the first time!

Each week we need 4-5 volunteers to help us run the event safely and record participants’ times and finish positions. Volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line.

If you’d like to volunteer at a future event please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com

Next week’s parkrun

We are back next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 93 individual finishers and 23 individuals volunteering.

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Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

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Running in the New Year… Run Report #11

Running in the New Year… Run Report #11

While the course was wet, with one formidable puddle following our third bridge crossing, the rain mostly held off during the eleventh Third Creek Greenway event. A total of thirteen participants came out to celebrate our first parkrun of 2020. We are looking forward to a full year of parkruns ahead.

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This week four runners achieved personal best times. Both of our first two finishers, Max Lemons and David Talmy, had their best ever finishes. Jeanne Wykert and William Kelch also shaved time off their previous runs.

Max is our first finisher and runs his fastest time

Max is our first finisher and runs his fastest time

David runs a personal best

David runs a personal best

In addition to many familiar returning faces, at today’s parkrun we had one newcomer. Martin Cordell brought along his daughter, Freya. She had a strong run, keeping alongside her father and sister for the 5k. If you have a friend or relative who you think might enjoy parkrun, please do invite them out to take part and support them on their first run. Having someone you know introduce you to parkrun is often far more effective than social media posts and it really embodies the community spirit we aim to foster.

The Cordell Family

The Cordell Family

As always, we are very grateful for our volunteers who make each event happen. This week Alex was “helped” by her daughter Lauren in scanning barcodes and Rebecca Rogers stepped up to timekeeping. We would also like to give a special shout out to our tail walker, Diane Taylor, who donated a bag to better transport and store all of our course signs. Thank you so much for finding the perfectly sized container (a gift wrap bag)!

Alex and Lauren Snyder barcode scanning

Alex and Lauren Snyder barcode scanning

Diane finds us the perfect sign carrying case

Diane finds us the perfect sign carrying case

If you’d like to volunteer at a future event please email thirdcreekgreenway@parkrun.com. Volunteer roles at Third Creek Greenway parkrun are easy, fun, and don’t require a lengthy commitment. You’ll get a briefing about roles at 8:45am and be on site until the tail walker has crossed the line. 

Next week’s parkrun

Rain or shine, we’ll see you next week! Don’t forget to register and don’t forget your barcode...

Since launching on October 26 2019, Third Creek Greenway parkrun has had 91 individual finishers and 22 individuals volunteering.

Facebook: facebook.com/ThirdCreekGreenwayparkrun

Instagram: instagram.com/tcgparkrun/

Twitter: twitter.com/tcgparkrun

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