Event #016 – 24th November 2018

Tamworth Wetlands parkrun
Event number 16
24th November 2018

Thank you to everyone who came this week, particularly the volunteers who generously donated their Saturday morning so we could all have some fun in the sun.

This week marks the possible end of the extreme wet weather course, because the Puddle of Doom has finally dried up, transforming into the Dribble of Inconvenience. Next week we may go back to the normal course which goes over the Dribble and continues around the wetlands on the eastern side.

Also a quick reminder that it's always the right time to volunteer, whether you've completed one run or one hundred.

This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Geoff AMOS • Cameron DRAKE • Shirley WHITING • Dave DYSON • Sarah BALLARD • Sienna BALLARD • Gerry LIGTERMOET • Richard HUTCHISON • Karen STEEL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tamworth Wetlands parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 11th August 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Clare Natalie WARDLE who recorded a time of 19:46 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon DAVIS who recorded 79.82% (19:54) on 11th August 2018 (event number 1).

Tamworth Wetlands parkrun started on 11th August 2018. Since then 647 participants have completed 1,777 parkruns covering a total distance of 8,885 km, including 374 new Personal Bests. A total of 83 individuals have volunteered 160 times.

 

Event #006 – 15 Sept 2018

Event #006 - 15 Sept 2018

Tamworth Wetlands parkrun
Event number 6
15th September 2018

Once more it was a beautiful morning, perfect for #parkrun. We ran the WET WET WET course again this week because the "puddle" was deeper and meaner than ever. Congratulations to all this week, including the first timers who made up a quarter of all participants!

This week 101 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

Please have a look at the future roster page and consider putting your name down for volunteering. The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Cameron DRAKE • Shirley WHITING • Craig BARRETT • Kathleen STOOP • Gerhard STOOP • Gerry LIGTERMOET • Ray BOHAN • Julie AMOS • Grant YOUNG

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tamworth Wetlands parkrun Results Page.
http://www.parkrun.com.au/tamworthwetlands/results/latestresults/

Tamworth Wetlands parkrun started on 11th August 2018. Since then 467 participants have completed 892 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,460 km, including 169 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Event #005 – Sep 8th 2018

Tamworth Wetlands parkrun
Event number 5
8th September 2018
This week 126 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Sharon CHETWYND • Renae LILLEYMAN • Margaret VEAL • Miranda DE GOEDE • Angela MURRAY • Cameron DRAKE • Jack MURRAY • Adam VEAL • Shirley WHITING • Craig BARRETT • Gerry LIGTERMOET

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tamworth Wetlands parkrun Results Page.

This morning we trialed the WET WET WET course as the dreaded "puddle of doom" matured into a full "ocean of terror".
This course will be used only when the weather demands it and we will return to the usual course as soon as the ocean parts enough to become a puddle again.

See you all next week and remember the volunteer list is always in need of a few more names.

 

Volunteer Roles: What do our hi-vis heroes do?

Volunteer Roles: What does "Finish Tokens" do?

The finish tokens role is fairly straightforward, and if you've run at parkrun before, you've definitely run into this guy/girl. The finish tokens volunteer is the one that hands out your finishing position token once you have crossed the line. Simple as that. We even try to ensure the finish tokens person has a helper to smooth out any busy times when lots of runners cross the line.

Volunteer Roles: What does "Barcode Scanner" do?

The barcode scanner role is another that you've definitely dealt with if you've run at parkrun before. The barcode scanner volunteer scans everyone's barcode and finishing position at the end of the run, or manually record details if there is a problem with scanning. The scanner unit has only one button to press, so hopefully nothing can really go wrong! If it's appropriate, these volunteers may also help sort the finishing tokens into order for the next week's event.

The downside to this role: you get to handle lots of sweaty barcodes. To be honest, that's about as bad as it gets with any of the volunteer roles!

Volunteer Roles: What does "Marshal" do?

This is absolutely one of the most important jobs you could be tasked with at parkrun. The primary responsibility for the marshals is, of course, to provide all runners with motivation and encouragement in the form of high-fives! Of course, we also ask that you think about the safety of the runners and warn them of any possible problems, for example oncoming cyclists, and generally keep a watch to make sure everything runs smoothly on course.

This role does come with two possible shortcomings:
- standing in the rain
- sore high-five hand (we recommend an alternating hand strategy to avoid serious injury)

Volunteer Roles: What does "Timekeeper" do?

Timekeeper is one of the easiest jobs at parkrun, but also one of the most feared. The timekeeper is in charge of the stopwatch for the event, and whilst the role is just pushing one button every time someone finishes their parkrun, the responsibility of recording everyone's time can make this feel much more difficult than it actually is. Our timekeeper also works with "Finish Tokens" to keep everything in sync and ensure the right parkrunners get the right time.

As with all of our roles, we keep a "cheat sheet" of instructions in the box with all of our run kit, and our run director has a reasonable knowledge of how to operate the stopwatch and is available to help whenever needed.

Key attributes that we look for when filling the role of timekeeper are:
- enjoys parkrun and encouraging runners over the line
- can press a button
- knows left from right

Volunteer Roles: What does "Photographer" do?

"Wait!" I hear you say. Isn't it obvious?

Well, yes it is. The photographer takes photos. As simple as that. The photographer is the most autonomous role we have, free to roam the course as they like and take complete creative license with making a pictorial record of each event. The only guidelines are really that we want to capture both the community and park parts of parkrun, and as many runners as possible.

People do seem to be very hesitant about this role, but it's a lot of fun and you really do not need special equipment! In fact some of the best parkrun photos have been snapped on a smart phone. The event team will organise access to the Facebook page, so your pictorial creations can be uploaded for all to see!

Volunteer Roster: How do you know if we need more volunteers?

There are a few ways that you can find out how the schedule for volunteers is looking. Email tamworthwetlandsoffice@parkrun.com or facebook message both work to get in contact with us, and we can tell you what the current plan is.

We also keep the future roster on our website, and keep it as up to date as we possibly can. You can check the website roster at any time if you are thinking of helping and want to see which roles have been filled.

If you are interested in any volunteer role, please email us at tamworthwetlandshelpers@parkrun.com

 

Event #004 – 1 Sep 2018

Hope everyone had a lovely morning at Tamworth Wetlands parkrun #4 and the first day of Spring.

This week 124 people ran and walked the course and welcome to the 25 first timers who participated. Congratulations to the 47 participants who recorded a Personal Best.

Thank you to this weeks volunteers - Dayna VAN KRIEKEN • Gary WILMOT • Isabella UNDERWOOD • Jacinta MARRIOTT • Leisha MCGINNIS • Margaret VEAL • Michelle BOVILL • Roger MILLETT • Sharon CHETWYND • Sienna BALLARD

If you would like to volunteer please message the page. As you know parkrun cannot operate without volunteers.

Results emails have been sent and you can check out the results by clicking this link

Enjoy the weather and see you all next week.

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