We had the great pleasure of hosting a takeover day from local athletics club Celbridge AC at event 125! For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a takeover day is when a club “takes over” all of the volunteer roles – as well as turning out in force to enjoy the run as well! A huge thank you to Celbridge AC, many volunteers had never even done a parkrun before but still turned up at 9 am to help out.
We had a bit of a hectic start due to issues with equipment delivery, and as RD I felt a bit like the mother of the bride desperately trying to ensure things didn’t start too late. Derek Cullen and Paul Foy did a fantastic job heading out to do the pre-event set up as quickly as possible.
As usual, the third Saturday of the month is pacer day: and this week’s volunteer pacers were also all supplied by Celbridge AC. We had pacers from 20 minutes up to 40, and a whopping 60 of you got a new PB, I’ve no doubt partly in thanks to the hard work of our pacers.
We had 34 volunteers at this event – a new record! A big thanks to Peter Donaghue (who you won’t find on the volunteer list as he isn’t registered) who stepped into marshal when one of our other volunteers was running late. With 305 people at event 125, we have now had over 4000 different people run, jog or walk at parkrun. That’s fantastic! We have also had 490 different people volunteer – about 12% of those who have taken part. Please do remember we are an entirely volunteer-led event, and we always love to sign up new people! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org – and feel free also to drop us a line if you have a question about any of the roles. We still need a few roles filled for next week.
A big congratulations to Finn, who did his junior 10 parkrun! We also had a group join us from St Cocas AC, many of them doing their first ever 5k. They had a great day for it, and we hope you all enjoyed the experience. Congratulations to all 28 people who did their first parkrun with us.
Have a great week everyone.
RD Event 125.