Flaxmere parkrun, # 57 21st November 2020

There really isn't a better way to start Saturday morning than at Flaxmere parkrun, especially on a beautiful Spring morning is there? This Saturday the sun was shining, the sky was blue. and the park was looking fantastic as a smaller than usual group of parkrunners gathered before for the briefing. Those of you who have been coming to parkrun since we restarted after the second lockdown will have noticed that our numbers have yet to recover to the 70s and 80s we were having regularly before April. There are undoubtedly many reasons why the numbers are down and it is hard to pinpoint any specific reason but we can all help encourage people to come back and join us. If you know someone who has fallen out of the habit of coming on Saturday morning perhaps ask them to come out, especially while the weather is nice. If you know someone who has talked about coming then ask them to come with you next time. And also tell your friends and whānau about how much fun parkrun is. Encourage them to sign up and come along. How about we aim to double the numbers next week? Let's give ourselves the collective goal of getting our numbers back to over 50 at least every week before the New Year. It's easy to do if we all bring someone new or who has done parkrun in the past to the next parkrun, and the one after that, and the next one.

One of the difficulties with low numbers of parkrun regulars is getting enough volunteers to help out. We all want to parkrun but we can only parkrun if we have people volunteering each and every week. Your parkrun team have done all they can to streamline the number of volunteers needed to operate each week but we cannot hold an event unless we have even that small number at least. Please, do consider volunteering whenever you can so that we can all parkrun. None of the roles are difficult and you can be certain that you will get any help you need. You need nothing more than a smile for most of the roles but you do need to have a smartphone (or at least access to one) with the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app loaded for the Timekeeper and Barcode Scanner roles. We would really love to see our younger parkrunners volunteer too. If you have a young one over the age of 4 who is registered with parkrun then we can arrange for them to have a volunteer role too. They will need a parent or adult (over the age of 18) with them but both will get volunteer credits. Talk to the Run Director next time you are at parkrun or let us know when you volunteer and we'll make sure you are both added to the roster. Since Flaxmere parkrun started there have been a total of 108 individuals that have volunteered 466 times. Are you one of those?

The event this week was made possible by these hi-vis heroes: Michael John LEARY • Joce JONES • Andrew JONES • Philip SHAMBROOK • Richard MILLS • Sarah SEW HOY • Nick JOHNSON • Meredith JOHNSON. Thanks to you all for giving up your time so that others can parkrun. It's easy to volunteer. Usually there's a roster you can add your name to at parkrun but some numpty forgot to print it this week - you just can't get good staff eh Philip? However, the future roster is always available online at our webpage - Flaxmere parkrun Future Roster and we routinely post requests on our Facebook page. All you need do is look to see what roles are available and either send an email to flaxmere@parkrun.com telling us which role you would like to do and when, or comment on the Facebook page.

This week 32 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part. Amongst the 32 people was Pauline Stone who completed her 50th parkrun this morning and earned her free 50 parkrun milestone t-shirt. Pauline has completed 48 of her parkruns at Flaxmere and also visited Anderson and Tauranga parkruns too. Congratulations Pauline. We look forward to seeing you resplendent in your 50 parkrun t-shirt in the not too distant future. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flaxmere parkrun Results Page. There were a few UNKNOWNS in there from the event today. These were all people who either did not have a barcode or who forgot their barcode. It is not the end of the world if you don't have a barcode but it does help you keep track of the events you have done and also keep you progressing towards your milestones. If you do have problems printing your barcodes do let the event team know and we will print them off for you.

Flaxmere parkrun started on 15th June 2019 with a huge fanfare and tremendous support from the local community and the Hastings District Council. We're tremendously grateful for the ongoing support from the council. Hope you noticed the shiny new piece of path that had been re-sealed during the week. Since we started last June, 745 participants have completed 3,442 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,210 km, including 648 new Personal Bests. Of that 745, there are 554 people who have registered directly with Flaxmere parkrun. Yes 554 people have registered and printed barcodes showing Flaxmere parkrun as their home parkrun. So there are a lot of people out there with barcodes gathering dust. Let's see what we can do to get those barcodes out into the light of day, along with their owners. Look at the people to your left and right. Are they parkrunners? If not ask them why not and persuade them to register and come with you next time you parkrun.

While we do celebrate those who tear around the course faster than tearing around things, we also celebrate with those who take a more relaxed approach. parkrun really is for everyone no matter how long it takes to cover the 5km. We are extremely happy to see the average time taken to complete Flaxmere parkrun is increasing. That means we are attracting more people who are happy to walk with us on a Saturday morning. It is important that we do all we can to encourage walkers and joggers to join us just as much as the runners. parkrun really is for everyone. Remember 5km is still 5km whether it take sixty minutes or 16 minutes. The female record is held by Eva GOODISSON who recorded a time of 18:25 on 10th August 2019 (event number 9). The male record is held by Paul DE JONGH who recorded a time of 17:41 on 1st January 2020 (event number 31). The Age Grade course record is held by Eric PHIMISTER who recorded 83.48% (20:53) on 30th November 2019 (event number 25).

Let's all do what we can to get more people parkrunning next week and future weeks at Flaxmere parkrun. See you next time.