We had a massive turnout of local Shabbas - the only thing missing were those Shabbas too far way to join us - one day we'll get us altogether in one place!
It saw our very own Chris Tucker taking on the Run Director role, and he had the job of making sure all the volunteer Shabbas were in the right place and the right time, doing the right thing! Not an easy task!
Annmarie and Sarah took over the pavilion and made sure that all our parkrunners would be fed and watered. This included our new Shabbaflag!
Yes. A wedding cake.
Byron and Marissa are getting married on Saturday 3rd May, and were our tailrunners. Not only did they dress for the occasion, they finished in style running through a Shabba red guard of honour while being confetti'd!
I enjoyed it because everyone did their bit, pulled together and proved what a great bunch of people we have in the Shabbas. Also was good to get probably the biggest amount of Shabbas in the same place at the same time.
My funny story of the morning was when Sarah & Chris Tucker's son Stephen asked me for some squash because he couldn't get the lid off the bottle. I poured him a small amount in the bottom of the cup thinking he would turn around to the sink and dilute it with water.....next thing I knew he'd drank it! He must have thought how tight is she only putting that much in the cup lol
The fun and laughter stands out for me and the amount of red tops was a sight to see. This parkrun had a great feeling to it, I could have stayed there all day. My happy place, It was fantastic to see Mick there, Annmarie's dad. He's been our biggest supporter since me and Baz started the Shabba.
Dishing out the tokens was harder work than the marathon, concentration and ability to get token off the lace in time to the right person lol!
Rocket Ron omitted me from all pictures, so was I there?
That said it was great saying well done to every single runner, quite a privilege!
Martha meeting morph was great, she has told everyone and I have printed the pic off for her to take to show and tell at school on Tuesday. The smiles all morning were great, it felt like a family reunion. I could quite happily have stayed in the pavilion eating cake and chatting all day. Seeing other family members like the kids and Marie's dad there was great too. And to top it all we finished the run with a guard of honour for the happy couple, Shabba take over and a wedding run, it was an ace morning.
Don't think I've ever seen a volunteer rota so full - the run went really well - had tweets saying they had their results text before they got home it went that smoothly. Personal moments of muppetry: looking round for Rich Upton for ages cos he wanted to mention Jog Walsall when he was right behind me and after being worried we'd have forgotten something (like lots of drinks but no cups, lots of cake but no plates) I forgot to mention it at the run brief!
After coming to Walsall parkrun for the first time in March 2013, to now look round and see lots of people I now consider to be friends (both Shabbas and non Shabbas) and to see them all enjoying each others company after a run that we as Shabbas put together really makes me feel happy and proud.
I love marshalling on Saturday. Always my favourite volunteer activity as you get to see everyone!
I was amazed to see how many people I actually recognised and called out loads of them by name.
I just love parkrun. There is no better way of spending a Saturday morning with my friends.
We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep as I have friends in Harrow and Stafford that don't have that luxury.
Parkrun isn't just a 5k run. It's a wonderful experience and I'm so glad to have met so many friends from it!
Marissa Craddock & Byron Maidens
It was such a special Shabba mornent especially for us - loved our Shabba wedding cake a memory we will never forget that we are honoured to be part of the Shabba family that Baz and Paul created.
So many people have contributed to be part of like Mick (Annmarie's dad and Shabba's number one fan!) and of course the laughs and smiles and great company!
Standing in the pavilion., I looked around the room full of red shirts, from all different backgrounds, different levels of experience, all happily chatting, smiling, being together, and knew that if I ever needed a friend there wasn't a person in the room who wouldn't step up & help.
It was a special moment looking at my Shabba family and being honoured to be part of it.
Me and Tammy had the same thought at the same moment - it was quite the tearjerker moment! But the Shabba sisters hugged it out!
Mr Collis, took ownership of some unusual objects....