Last week we had three events join the thirty that had already returned post Covid. One of the events wasn’t really a return as it was a launch event. We’ll do a feature on Peace Valley parkrun in the coming weeks but for the meantime we want to give a very big welcome to Matthew, Patrick and the team at Pensylvania’s first event located just outside of Doylestown.
One of the big changes we’ve implemented which is part of our COVID framework is the updated app that makes result processing much easier for our teams. The UK blog has a piece this week which includes first hand experience from results processors which is worth a read if you’re not yet familiar with the app. The biggest thing we are hearing from US teams is that it simplifies the uploading process of the timing and scanning. No longer is it required to export, e-mail, re-upload and then assign volunteers. Instead, a quick scan of the event’s QR code from the Run Director and all is done automatically. We’ve heard reports of participants getting their e-mail before leaving the park!
We are still continuing to see 2-3 events opening each week and we are well on our way towards the later stages of the re-opening process. Please do continue to check with your local event to ensure they have re-opened and have patience with those that are still yet to. A few challenges remain with permissions in some locations and we continue to work with teams and landowners to satisfy remaining concerns.
For the events that were open on Saturday, it was another eventful one! Charleston parkrun celebrate their last 2 digit run and this week earn their 100 badge.
At Fletcher’s Cove, they have become friends with someone who was integral to the event being able to re-open! Welcome (again) Dr. Fauci!
Mentioned earlier, Peace Valley kicked off event number 1. Great achievement and well done!!
Sippo Lake had to think quick and put in place their contingency plans as a tree had fallen down on their route. Course checkers Kevin, Bruce, and Padraic notified the event of the obstruction and we were able to re-route accordingly!
And finally, at Third Creek Greenway, one of the tourists found out the hard way that he still had a brief out and back as he took sight of the finish line. We can imagine that can be a rude surprise if you’re not aware!
Wheelchair user Jono Whitehead was recommended parkrun by a good friend and frame runner. Initially hesitant, he arrived to find the tail walker that day was his former maths teacher so felt instantly at ease! Here he tells us why he wants to see more disabled people at parkrun. I’m disabled and I…
Attendance record! We blew our previous record out of the water with a whopping 2,364 finishers across 52 events, amazing! Summer really is in full swing and clearly, parkrun is the place to be on Saturday mornings. 510 super volunteers helped out around the country and we welcomed 357 parkrunners to their first ever event….