Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Saturday 28 December 2019 - Wythenshawe parkrun Number 422

 
Back to 'normal' today - no outfits to slow us down, and a clear route to the first chicane-less corner, so no excuse for slow times. Unless you were a Barber - Paul "hangover", Laura "stitch", and Jeanette "my collar bone is broken"; ok, we'll let you off, Jeanette!
 
Oliver was back to his job of interviewing the ever constant flow of first timers with his usual alacrity, then Run Director Alan spent a good few minutes explaining the course (Flag and Sandcastle backwards again), before the usual announcements, with a landmark performer having forgotten to bring cake, so we would have to do with last week's leftovers!
 
On the course, life was pretty uneventful, with several people passing me as I slowed down in the last 2 km, and Andrew outsprinting his dad to the finish.
 
 
Cary slowed dramatically towards the finish, blaming 'Stopwatch Bingo' for his noticeable lack of effort!
 
 
Apparently 'Stopwatch Bingo' is a nerdy sort of 'collectors' thing - it's explained here:
 
"The idea is simple, every time you finish a parkrun, you discard the “minutes” bit of your finishing time and use the “seconds” to complete a virtual bingo card, that contains sixty numbers from 00 to 59."
 
Apparently Cary needs just 3 more times to complete his card, so he was deliberately slowing down in an effort to get one of them.

4 comments:

Gayle said...

I'm missing 11 seconds to complete stopwatch bingo, but I'd like to claim that I'm not being nerdy in knowing that. It's just that the Running Challenges Add-on for Firefox tells me so (along with lots of other fun, but arguably nerdy, parkrun stats and challenges).

In my case, I won't be employing any tactics to collect the missing seconds. They'll surely be gathered in due course.

Phreerunner said...

I've nerdily downloaded the app. I have two missing entries in 'stopwatch bingo' - got nowhere near either of them in the 6 runs over the past two weeks.
Perusing the data adds a little zest to the conversation whilst we sort the tokens...

Gayle said...

I managed to pick up another entry on the second run of New Year's Day, which retrospectively justified not deploying a 'sprint' (ha!) finish on that one!

Phreerunner said...

An 'entry' so geeky you don't say what it was!