Geoff Keogh of the Bristol parkrun Organising Team has sent out a progress report, some dates for your diary and a request for help.
Progress so far:
The race risk assessment was completed and submitted to the city council some time ago and the course has been measured by GPS and with a professional measuring wheel (by Ray Jaeckels, Technical Director of the Bristol Half-Marathon). The race organisers are close to receiving an initial licence to run full trials and the inaugural event and are busy drafting content for the Ashton Court parkrun website, so you’ll soon be able to register for parkrun with Ashton Court as your home run. If you can’t wait, you can register now at www.parkrun.com and your id and barcode will be valid at any parkrun event.
Run Bristol have announced their training days for the 10k and half-marathon races. This year these will be held on Saturdays at Ashton Court, timed to follow on from parkrun (www.bristolhalfmarathon.com/areyoufit/Training-Days)
The parkrun organisers plan to hold full trial events on Saturday 26 March and Saturday 9 April at the normal parkrun time of 0900. These events, and the time between them, are to allow parkrun volunteers to learn the system, test the registration and timing equipment, and trial the course with a larger number of people.
For the trial events, they need all runners to be registered in advance with parkrun and bring their barcodes. They shall be submitting recorded times to parkrun to test the system, but unfortunately these results will not form part of your official parkrun record. That only happens once the event is officially launched.
The inaugural Ashton Court parkrun is provisionally scheduled for Saturday 23 April at 0900. From that day the results start to count and you can start working on those PBs!
The organisers can only operate parkrun if they have a sufficient pool of volunteers to call on. It is particularly important that they have enough volunteers in place at the beginning to ensure that they can run the event every week. They expect to need at least 8 people on each occasion and are looking for a pool of at least 24 people to draw from.
Please email Geoff Keogh if you are willing to volunteer. Let him know if you are interested in any particular task (these include deputising for the event and run directors, registration, timing, position tokens, course marshals, etc). And they are particularly keen to hear from any trained first-aiders.
Initially Geoff is putting together a simple list of volunteers but once the website comes on-stream you will be able to volunteer, opt for particular tasks and manage your commitment on-line.
The organisers are very conscious that most people want to run in the event, rather than manage it. Experience at other parkruns shows that as the number of runners grows, so does the pool of volunteers. Regular parkrunners are asked to volunteer at least 3 times a year to share the workload. Please consider volunteering if you’re not able to run due to injury, and do twist the arms of friends or family who might like to help out when they come to support you.
Please get in touch with Geoff with any questions, comments or offers of help.