Saturday, 19 January 2013
Me: I'm really sorry Ella, but you can't do parkrun today.
Ella: But I want to Daddy.
Me: I want you to Ella, but it's so cold, you won't like it.
Ella: I will. I want to do it.
A few minutes later.
Ella: Daddy I am doing parkrun.
Me: You can't Ella, it's really icy. You might fall and hurt yourself.
Ella: You can hold my hand Daddy.
Me: Ella, it's a really long way to run in the snow and ice. You won't enjoy it. It's too cold.
Ella: I will enjoy it. What clothes shall I put on?
Me: It doesn't matter - you can't do it. I'm going to brush me teeth.
A minute later, whilst brushing my teeth.
Me: Why are you coming in here.
Ella: To brush my teeth to get ready for parkrun.
Me: Ella, it's just not safe.
Ella: I am doing it.
A couple more minutes pass by.
Me: Ella, I'll ask Mummy, she'll agree with me.
Me: Ella wants to do parkrun, I have told her it's too cold and icy.
Mummy: Let her do it, make sure she wears lots of layers.
Me: Ok Ella, get lots of clothes on.
She came back with 4 layers and eventually wore 5, plus hat, scarf and gloves.
And so Ella was allowed to do it. "Crazy" you say, a 4 year old can't do parkrun in the snow! Oh yes she can! Ok, but she won't enjoy it you say. Oh yes she did!
She was a little slower than last week, the traction wasn't great, but she ran almost the whole way again (just a couple of short walks) and never complained at all. And yes, she really did enjoy it again. Unbelievable! I kept asking her if she was enjoying it and the reply was yes every time. And when asking her if she wanted to stop, she would say "at the finish", or "after the funnel".
Fairly close to the end she asked, "can I have cake at the end". Last week a new 100 clubber had brought cakes for everyone, or so I believe (we got there quite late!). Ella had had some and she remembered. Luckily for her, two more 100 club newbies had taken cakes today. So Ella got her way on that too. Unfortunately, she will probably associate cake and parkrun for all time now. I'm sure that there are plenty of others that do too. At least she earns it I suppose! And she doesn't like icing - which was a bonus, as I certainly do!
She has since been told that she has to take a couple of weeks off parkrun now. I think she needs to give her little legs a break. She took it well at the time, but who knows what arguments we may have next week!
I just hope that she can keep that enjoyment of running. That would be brilliant. And as for that determination to both turn up and to do the entire parkrun, well I just find it incredible.
Friday, 18 January 2013
Totalling up new registrations across parkrun globally, shows that parkrun has attracted a further 5,566 registrations this week, 2,399 less than at the same time last week!
This takes the total number of global parkrun registrations (according to my official source page on the parkrun website) up to 426,064 (up from 420,498). That is a growth in total registrations of 1.3% in a week.
As far as I am aware, there are 2 new parkruns starting this weekend:
Carlisle and Chelmsford: An interesting weekend for your first event with all this snow!
Incredibly, Malahide parkrun is top of the charts yet again in the number of new registrations category. This week adding another 155 new registrants so far! That is now 11 weeks in a row that Malahide parkrun has added the most new registrations.
12 different parkrun events have added 50 or more new registrants this week!
The parkrun events showing (the most) notable growth in registrations this week are:
|Chelmsford Central parkrun||259||81|
|South Bank parkrun||665||71|
|New Farm parkrun||4431||64|
No great surprises in the "largest parkrun in the world" category this week, where it is still the same top 5:
|Brighton & Hove parkrun||10256|
|Wimbledon Common parkrun||9905|
And at the other end of the spectrum, but just as worthy of a mention we have:
|Temple Newsam parkrun||44|
|Upton Court parkrun||89|
Thursday, 17 January 2013
196 parkrun events run (up 5 on last week)
29,120 runners (up 1,337 on last week) NEW parkrun weekly record attendance for the second week running (pun intended)!
The average number of runners per parkrun event run was: 148.5 (up 3 on last week).
An utterly ridiculous 41 events recorded a new record attendance this week, as follows:
|Old Deer Park||86|
The longest standing parkrun attandance record is:
Amager Faelled 146 28/08/2010
And in the UK it has finally changed, with Old Deer Park getting a new record attendance this week. So it is now:
Gorleston 156 19/03/2011
The highest attendance this week was 1027 at Bushy Park, the second highest attendance ever at a parkun event and only 24 short of the attendance record set at Bushy park last week.
The lowest attendance this week was 3 at Hillerod parkrun, one higher than the same venue last week
7 new male course records set this week (1 less than last week):
|Harrow Lodge||Danny NORMAN||18:48|
|Modderfontein Reserve||Anrich ZIMMERMANN||20:10|
|Summerfields||Johardt VAN HEERDEN||17:36|
|Wimpole Estate||Paul MAKOWSKI||18:46|
8 new female course records set this week (4 less than last week). The women win yet again this week:
45 runners (down 8 on last week) ran times under 17 minutes this week.
For the second week running, the fastest parkrunner in the World was Wondiye Fikre INDELBU running 15:46 at Albert parkrun.
Just 2 of these 45 runners (down 8 on last week) run under 16 minutes!
|Albert||Wondiye Fikre INDELBU||15:46:00|
The top age grade performance this week was by Hayley Haining who ran 16:49 in the VM40-44 category at Strathclyde parkrun, recording a 90.98% Age Grade in the process. Very impressive!
Only two runners in the 90%+ Age Grade bracket this week:
|Event||Athlete||Time||Age Group||Age Grade||Club|
|Strathclyde||Hayley HAINING||16:49||VW40-44||90.98%||Kilbarchan AAC|
63 parkrun freedom runs were recorded last week. The fastest freedom run recorded was 18:53 by James Slade at Newcastle parkrun on 5th January 2013.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
|South Bank Parklands - Photo courtesy of the Brisbane City Council|
|South Bank parkrun map|
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Home parkrun: New Farm
Date of first parkun: 09/06/2012
Total number of parkruns: 9
Number of other parkrun locations run: 2 – South Bank, Wynnum
Number of times volunteered: 1
My parkrun history: View my parkrun history here.
I always loved distance running in high school and had some ability, but my love of distance running was eventually challenged and temporarily beaten by a then newfound love of beer throughout the majority of my twenties. Unfortunately, when beer took over, it failed to mention to me that it was going to dump pounds and pounds of weight on my feeble frame, and after coming to realise this sobering reality as I entered my thirties, I sheepishly had to return to running and ask for a second chance. 2012 saw me return to running and parkrun has played a significant role in keeping me motivated.
A friend of mine recommended parkrun last year and I haven’t looked back since. I live in Brisbane, Australia and we’re fortunate to have five parkrun events in and around the city. For a while there, New Farm was the only event, and consistently was the most popular parkrun in Australia. Since then Wynnum, South Bank, North Lakes and Sandgate have come on board and helped spread the parkrun brand and philosophy. I plan to run all the local events in due course.
While I’m still a relative newbie to the scene, I’ve used parkrun as a springboard for other running achievements. In 2012, I managed to cut my 10K time from 56 minutes to 49, rip apart my 5k time for 30 down to 23, and also complete a half marathon in an hour and 56 minutes. Parkrun has played a big role in keeping me motivated. I factor parkrun into my training schedule, and it’s going to play an integral part in my training for my first marathon in July.
In 2013 I plan to add at least another 23 parkrun events to my athlete history and get my PB down under 21 minutes. Of course, I also hope to volunteer a bit more and give back to the community. I’ll be chasing that 50 shirt, but don’t imagine I’ll get there until 2014. I also hope to visit Bushy Park when I’m in the UK later in 2013.
In the meantime, I hope to write a bit about parkrun, particularly about its phenomenal growth in Australia. I also blog here on running and other subjects of interest on my own personal site as well as use runkeeper and you're welcome to follow my progress on there.
Sunday, 13 January 2013
I have, instead, volunteered 4 times therefore haven't registered a run for those weeks.
I admit when I realised the significance of next week's event I did, for a few seconds think 'If Only' I hadn't volunteered. I joined parkrun in November 2011 so haven't really missed many. I have been chasing that 50 shirt all year, even running on Christmas day! But then I thought back, what would I have missed if I had simply turned up and run each of those weeks and had never volunteered?
I would have missed the chance to see every parkrunner pass my marshall point twice one (freezing) morning while I clapped and cheered them on. I saw everyone's running styles from the first to the last person and the effort everyone put in from the fastest to the slowest. This is what parkrun is all about.
I would have missed the chance to hand a token to every finisher and congratulate them on the completion of their run.
I would have missed the chance to speak to other runners who volunteered who run in a diffferent time to me and therefore don't see.
I would have missed the chance (twice) of scanning barcodes and learning a few more names of runners, and chatting to people about their run of that day.
I would have missed the chance to pay back something to parkrun.
Without volunteers parkrun cannot operate. According to an article published on this site last year fewer than 25% of parkrunners ever volunteer. parkrun only ask for 3 Saturdays a year. At Coventry we have an amazing team of volunteers some of whom never run but every week turn up whatever the weather and allow us runners to have our fun. Its not a big ask for runners to not run for one Saturday
I still have 5 more runs to go before I get my 50 but I don't begrudge those 4 sessions of volunteering at all. I feel more part of the parkrun community because I have got involved in as many ways as I could in the year.
So, when an email, tweet of facebook request comes your way asking for volunteers, if you haven't done it yet why not? Without it parkrun would fold. Then what would we do on Saturday mornings?