Saturday, 12 July 2014

Get set. Go!

As a time-keeper at today's parkrun, I got to start the 'race'.

This would have been more exciting had I not been quietly shitting myself about getting everyone's times wrong.

Ridiculous, especially given there was another lady doing the same job so I wasn't even alone in the first place.

All I had to do was press two buttons on a large stop-watch:

- Button A when the run started
- Button B every time a runner passed the finish line.

That was it. Yet I got the massive fear. I kept imagining accidentally pressing button A, therefore stopping the watch prematurely, mucking up everyone's times and becoming a parkrun pariah.

Thankfully, this did not happen.

All runners were correctly clicked in and I only pressed A again when the tail-runner (no. 127) entered the finishing tunnel. ("Runners this way, please. In the tunnel, thank you. Well done.")

So, all's well that ends well. Huge relief.

(Pic: The finishers' tunnel of love.)

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