Event Number 130 – 06th October 2018

Belton House parkrun
Event number 130
06th October 2018


Today’s event could only be described as wet, soggy and damp yet 240 runners, joggers and walkers still turned up despite the weather. We had 18 first timers who ventured out on the wettest day of the year to complete their first parkrun. Well done to you, we hope you enjoyed yourself and soon get the ‘addiction’ that every saturday becomes ‘parkrunday’ (formally known as Saturday)
I think some of us wished we had stayed in bed in the warm but who can resist a wet parkrun - especially on arrival we find out there is CAKE and of course the usual lovely atmosphere of people coming together whether running, jogging, walking or volunteering and enjoying the community spirit and support of parkrun.
Whether you are starting out with some physical activity or some first aid for mental health, parkrun always welcomes first timers right through to season runner's, joggers and walkers of any ability so come and give it a try.
Any worries?…..come and speak to the Run Director in the blue and white hivis or any of the volunteers, you can also message the core team on facebook messenger or drop an email to beltonhouseoffice@parkrun.com.
Remember a 60 minute 5K is just as far as a 15 minute 5K :-)

First timers Michaela Hamilton and Jenny Smeaton completing in 38:00 & 38:01
Great time ladies and well done on completing your first parkrun in the rain. Great results.
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18 first timers attending the first timers brief with Gordon Geach, this weeks Run Director
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Rachel Sheldrake who runs Mud and Miles bought along 15 Mud and Mile clients. The visit is part of the now monthly meet up at parkrun, bringing together a range of abilities of clients. All are keen trail runners from across the area and keen parkrunners too. Mud and Miles aim to visit a different trail-ish parkrun each month. After finishing they all enjoyed the social, warmth, hot drink and cake in the cafe. Thanks for coming, we loved having you and hope to see those red Tshirts back soon.
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Congratulations to Stuart Baty regular parkrunner who completed his 100th parkrun at Belton House in a time of 23:23. Stuart has completed 125 parkruns in total.
Stuart provided the donuts and biscuits to fuel the volunteers, which we all certainly enjoyed.
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Congratulations to Michael Jones regular parkrunner completing his 50th milestone in a time off 41:08. Well done Michael.
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Damian Barker tourist from Daventry attended his first run at Belton House, seasoned parkrunner who completed his 224th run with us in a time off 20:31. Thanks for dropping in Damian we hope you enjoyed the two laps in the rain :-)
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Simon Hartley spotted he had been ‘papped’ on the the welcome board at the stables in the main courtyard at Belton House, describing itself as the ‘green lung’ of Grantham and home to parkrun and Belton park cricket club. We have to agree with our hosts, we couldn't ask for a more scenic parkrun and gracious host. Thank you Belton House National Trust.
Can you see yourself on the board? be sure to check when we are back on the 20th October.
Parkrun will not take place next week (13th October) due to the Autumn fare taking place where you can browse handmade arts, crafts and food that celebrates the best of regional produce, and enjoy seasonal activities and entertainment throughout the weekend.
Why not drop in for a visit with stalls selling locally produced food, drink and crafts to celebrate harvest season and the beauty of autumn. Gates open at 09:30 saturday & Sunday, four legged friends needn’t miss out on the fun of the autumn fare, why not take them along to the Lincolnshire Greyhound Trusts annual dog walk starting at 11:00 on both days.
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As always parkrun cannot go ahead without the volunteers, so a huge thank you to those that made this week's event happen

Angela LONGLAND • Cameron MUIR • Claire FRITZ • Claire LANE • David CROMBIE • Elaine WORSTER • Emma WEIGHILL • Georgia COWLING • Gordon GEACH • Guy COWHIG • Ian MACARTHUR • Isabelle THORPE • Joaquim JERONIMO • Joseph THORPE • Kate MARSHALL • Keith MUNRO • Marc TREMAIN • Marie THORPE • Mark BROADLEY • Nelly MACARTHUR • Paul THORPE • Richard HALL • Roger WORSTER • Rosalind SADLER • Spencer EDWARDS • Theo HAWES • Thomas ROSS • Tracy WEBB

Six of our volunteers stepped up for the first time this week 3 are Angela Longland and Keith Munro and Joaquim Jeronimo the other three, Georgia Cowling, Theo Hawes and Cameron Muir who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh award. DoE is programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
Big thank you to all :-)

This week I volunteered to tail walk, this is walking the 5k checking all parkrunners are through the funnel before having your own barcode scanned ensuring no one is last on the results.
This week I had the company of Rosalind Sadler regular parkrunner and volunteer and Dotty (crazy) the dog. Rosalind was walking this week due to an injury which needs some rest and physio, we do hope you are back to full strength soon.
Everyone took the mickey out of my waterproof trousers today that just happen to match the Tail walkers hivis bib! You couldn’t miss me, but I was very pleased to be wearing them and kept me dry and warm in the rain.
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Don’t forget to come along to Belton House’s 3rd birthday party taking place on the 03rd November 2018. Lots of organisation taking place, follow the facebook page for updates.
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That’s all for now folks, and we will see you all again on the 20th October.
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If you would like to volunteer please contact the lovely Richard and Claire volunteer coordinators on Belton House parkrun facebook page or email beltonhousehelpers@parkrun.com.

If you have a milestone or celebration or would like to share your parkrun story with us please contact us on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or email
beltonhouseoffice@parkrun.com

This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Belton House parkrun Results Page.
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The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Linton TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:13 on 21st April 2018 (event number 110).
The Age Grade course record is held by Barbara EVELING who recorded 94.24% (25:44) on 21st April 2018 (event number 110).

If you would like to donate to your home parkrun, it is easy via paypay...

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Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 5,900 participants have completed 30,905 parkruns covering a total distance of 154,525 km, including 7,202 new Personal Bests.

 

Event Number 129 – 29th September 2018

Belton House parkrun
Event number 129
29th September 2018


What a wonderful start to a Saturday morning; the sky was a cloudless blue, one of the first frosts of the year was rapidly melting and 347 runners, joggers and walkers turned up for Belton’s 129th parkrun. There was the usual mix of seasoned club runners, dedicated regulars, family groups, excited dogs and a few nervous newbies wondering if they would be able to get around the course!

Saturdays run director Mark Wilson gives the first timers briefing
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Of course, we all know that rather than just ‘getting around’ many first time runners are likely to be bitten by the bug and their Saturdays will never be the same again. In fact, parkrun has been described, more than once, as a gateway drug to the full blown habit of hard core running! In which case Adam
Wells, a PT from Oceans Gym could be described as a drug pusher as he was there with three of his clients who he has encouraged to start the parkrun habit. Adam ran the course with the ladies who, with his encouragement, all achieved a sub-thirty-six minute time. We have no doubt that they will be back, and if they want will soon be seeing those times tumbling.
From left to right first timers, Abbie Johnson, Wendy Johnson and Alison Maycroft with their coach season park runner Adam Wells
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A particularly exciting aspect of today’s event was the first outing of one of the new pacing bibs which have been purchased with donations from parkrunners. Today the 30-minute vest was worn by Richard Hall and played no small part in at least four sub thirty PB’s. These included Diana McDonald (29:55), Jasmine Maxwell (29:56), Elysia Doughty (29:48) and Meg Smith (29:51). Meg is returning to form after a lay off from running associated with her recent move from the North East where she was a regular runner at Gateshead parkrun. A Belton sub 30 is a milestone that she has been looking to conquer for some time.
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Today’s first finisher was a tourist who runs for Long Eaton RC who hardly seemed to break a sweat as he strolled in at 16:38. The first female in was our very own Sue Brewin who steamed in at 19:17. I suspect that these two runners would have been too preoccupied to notice the hot air balloon that rose into the air above Belton during today’s event. No doubt they did notice the sun however, as despite the frosty start Saturday rapidly became unseasonably warm which was very pleasant for the volunteers and walkers but not quite so comfortable for those who were aiming for fast times.

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets of parkrun is that the most fun is not to be had running, jogging or walking the course, wonderful as that is. The week when it is one’s turn to volunteer can be even more rewarding! You get to find out all sorts of details about the organisation of parkrun, witness the triumphs of other runners from the first finishers to nervous newbies and also get to chat to other like-minded people and hear their stories. There is also something special about occasionally watching the park-runners start, rather than being part of that throng. There is then the opportunity to watch as they spread out around the course until the first finisher races through funnel and the hard work of recording everyone’s time begins! If you are interested in improving your running times or form this is also a great opportunity to learn from watching other runners.

Just some of the volunteers this week, some where already out on course ready to marshal or some had opted to run where some volunteering allows you to do both
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This week 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 98 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:
Richard HALL • David FOSTER • Mark WILSON • David CROMBIE • Jayne MACARTHUR • Stefan LATTER • John RAISEN • Spencer EDWARDS • Suzanne ELLIOTT • Claire FRITZ • Tracy WEBB • Nelly MACARTHUR • Jane WINTER • Natasha DOVE • Jo PARKES • Melissa HETHERINGTON • Roger WORSTER • Elaine WORSTER • Shaun PARKES • David BARNES • Harriet CORNWELL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Belton House parkrun Results Page.

Many people are put off volunteering because they feel nervous in case they don’t know what to do or make a catastrophic mistake! Fortunately, there are several regulars who will make sure that you understand the ropes. There are also lots of checks and balances; it would be almost impossible for you to corrupt the results (but please don’t take that as a challenge).
Claire Fritz and David Crombie, both regular volunteers showing just how enjoyable volunteering can be.
Both this week where timekeepers. David in particular will be very familiar to regular park runners as most weeks he is the first face that you see when you reach the funnel. David will also be familer to volunteers as he is always happy to help and advise. Claire has taken on a number of volunteering roles and is another person always willing to support first time volunteers and make the occasion as enjoyable as possible.
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As well as running, jogging or walking your local parkrun course or volunteering there is a third form that parkrun addiction can take, and that is parkrun tourism. For parkrunners, holidays that start and end on a Saturday are no longer an option; they need to be already at their holiday destination by 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning. Indeed, their holiday destination may well have been influenced by the proximity of a local parkrun! I have recently returned from a holiday on the Isle of Wight where I was able to experience the Medina parkrun which is in Newport. The course is run on a sports field in three large loops and is, broadly speaking, two and a half laps. Although most of the course is run on closely mown grass and in theory should have been easy compared to Belton it felt like a very long 5k compared to the Belton course! Because so many of the participants at this holiday destination are tourists (there were 39 first timers out of 255 participants on the day that I went), they ask under elevens and their accompanying adult to wear sashes to make it easier for the volunteers to see who is with whom!
So there you have it; three ways to enjoy parkrun. Whichever way you usually take part in yours I urge you to try out the other ways whether it is running, jogging or walking the course, volunteering or trying or a spot of parkrun tourism. Have a great week and see you on back on the 6th October.

If you can volunteer please let the lovely Claire and Richard know and contact them on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or via email beltonhousehelpers@parkrun.com.

If you have a milestone, celebration or would like to share your parkrun story with us please contact us either on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or via email beltonhouseoffice@parkrun.com or just let one of the volunteers or Run Director know on the day.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Linton TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:13 on 21st April 2018 (event number 110).
The Age Grade course record is held by Barbara EVELING who recorded 94.24% (25:44) on 21st April 2018 (event number 110).
Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 5,870 participants have completed 30,664 parkruns covering a total distance of 153,320 km, including 7,168 new Personal Bests.

If you would like to donate to your home parkrun, it is easy via paypay...

If you would like a more permanent barcode you can order from here

 

Event Number 128 – 22nd September

Belton House Parkrun
Event Number 128
22nd September 2018


After a very busy weekend racing at Equinox24 at Belvoir Castle I have poured through the emails, results and photos and it is my pleasure to bring you report number 128

This week 328 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 70 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
Well done to all that attended, ran, jogged and walked
3,2,1 GO!
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The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

We are very grateful to all of the volunteers who made this event happen
Peter BONNER • Andrew PASK • Gordon GEACH • Claire LANE • Rori RODELL • Stephen FAY • Marie THORPE • Mark EDWARDS • Hazell FROST • Spencer EDWARDS • Joseph THORPE • Sam SHARP • Ruth FEATHERSTONE • Claire FRITZ • Tracy WEBB • Kate MARSHALL • Fraser MARSHALL • Olivia MARSHALL • Natasha DOVE • Roger WORSTER • Elaine WORSTER • Shaun PARKES • Gavin STRACHAN

Sleaford Medical Practise - Belton House parkrun
Sunday 16th September

Exciting news!
parkrun UK teamed up with Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to prescribe active lifestyles to patients and practice staff in June 2018.
Rebecca Ireland, practise nurse from Sleaford Medical Practice made contact with Belton House to become a certified ‘parkrun practice'

Belton House parkrun and Sleaford Medical Group have just teamed up to form the area's first certified 'parkrun Practice'. GP practices throughout the UK are now being encouraged to form partnerships with their local parkrun, signposting patients and staff to a more active lifestyle especially those who are the least active or who suffer from chronic health conditions. 'Prescribed' physical activity could even reduce the need for lifelong medication and save the NHS billions. Those suffering heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, type 2 diabetes or depression could all benefit, as well as those of us wanting to lose a few pounds, get fitter or meet new friends.
Last Sunday we were invited to Sleaford Medical Group PPG's Summer Fete to help launch the parkrun Practice and raise money for much needed medical equipment. The event was opened by the town's mayor and mayoress Councillor Grenville Jackson (pictured in parkrun volunteer vests) and attended by other health-related organisations and community groups. Gordon Geach, Claire Fritz and Dona Hall had a very busy afternoon on the stand promoting the parkrun concept, health benefits and persuading folks to get out of bed every Saturday morning and join us. Hopefully we can look forward to cheering on a few more Sleaford first-timers and welcoming some new volunteers.
We would like to think this is the first of many local 'parkrun Practices' and have already invited a few other local GPs to collaborate with us to spread awareness of parkrun. So if you feel you have benefitted from parkrun maybe you could mention it to your GP...and maybe they too could join us.

I (Rebecca Ireland) have been a nurse for 12 years and a practice nurse for 3 years. I have always been aware of how exercise can benefit health but have never been particularly sporty myself. I would always find a way to excuse myself from cross country at school!! That all changed 1 year ago when I decided to give the couch to 5 k program a go! I can honestly say it is one of the best things I have ever done and I ‘graduated’ by running the Belton House Christmas Parkrun. Since then I have never looked back. I have attended various parkruns and have even been a ‘tourist’ to out of area parkruns whilst on holiday. I have also joined a local running club and have competed in various races locally. My longest event will be Peterborough half Marathon in October (there I’ve said it so I have to do it now!!). So when I heard that the Royal College of General Practitioners had joined with Parkrun to ‘prescribe’ an active lifestyle to patients and staff I knew that it was something I had to get Sleaford Medical Group involved with. Belton House is our local parkrun so I contacted them to see if we could form a relationship and become an official ‘parkrun practice’. We are a large practice with over 17,000 patients. If we could help to encourage patients to engage with parkrun we could improve both physical and mental wellbeing and hopefully reducing the need for lifelong medications. What I love about parkrun is that it is accessible for all ages and abilities and is so friendly.
Both staff and our patient participation group felt it was a great idea but I explained that in order to ‘prescribe’ it to our patients we needed to ‘put our money where our mouth is’!!! Therefore I teamed up with Bill Rayner from Sleaford Striders to enrol a group of staff including GP’s to take part in the couch to 5k program. We are currently on week 3 and everyone is doing brilliantly. We hope to come to Belton House Parkrun en masse mid-October to ‘graduate’. I have even mentioned to those that do not wish to run that they should come along, cheer, marshal and see what parkrun is all about as it is so much more than just ‘running’. I am really proud to be involved in this ground-breaking initiative and hope that our relationship with Belton House Parkrun continues to grow and develop.

Report: Rebecca Ireland & Dona Hall

Rebecca will be reporting on how the practise team are getting on with the couch to 5k and we will see them soon graduating at Belton House parkrun :-)

Sleaford Medical practise involved in C25K, From left to right front row Rebecca Ireland - (practice nurse), Natalie (receptionist), Charlie (receptionist), Louise (practice nurse manager), Vikki (lead health care assistant), Anna (admin), Lindsey (dispensary), Bill (Sleaford striders C25K lead). Back row left to right- phillippa (dispensary), Dr E pardoe (GP partner), Kate (admin), Geoffrey (admin).
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Dona Hall, Claire Fritz, Gordon Geach, Rebecca Ireland, Dr De Silva
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Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Grenville Jackson
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Sleaford Standard article
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Tourists
Some of you may have been aware of Equinox24 taking place this weekend at Belvoir Castle which is a 24 hour race starting at 12 on Saturday and finishing at 12 on Sunday. You can run as a team or solo,each lap is 10k and the aim of the game is to run, jog, walk as many laps as your legs and mind can take!
A lot of people attending Equinox drop into Belton on Saturday morning and use it as there warm up.
We managed to grab a photo of the Marple runners from Stockport,Greater Manchester
Well done! Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you next year.
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Grantham running Club (not quite tourists) but also attended Equinox at large with 54 runners and 'Team GRC' came 3rd overall. Well done all that took part, by far the largest club in attendance and regular parkrunners and volunteers at Belton House.
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Celebrations
Fantastic photo of Maureen and Eric celebrating 37 years of marriage with a parkrun!
Congratulations on your anniversary
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Milestones
Congratulations to Tracey COLBERT, Julie COLLIER, Tony RABY, Richard CHARLTON (1st parkrun at Belton) and Suzanne HARDY on reaching your 50th parkrun milestone!
Photo: Julie COLLIER
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Natasha Dove celebrated her 25th volunteering milestone a few weeks ago, here she is in her 25th volunteers Tshirt. Thank you Natasha for supporting parkrun.
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Requler parkrunner Stephen Fey was awarded by Grantham Tennis Club with a certificate of appreciation, for his efforts in spreading the word & signposting people to parkrun. Well done Stephen!
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Last but certainly not least! Pacer bibs
I am pleased to report pacer bibs are on order, this is thanks to the great price from Jenny at Grantham clothing and the generosity of you fabulous runners, joggers, walkers and volunteers.
These could take 15 working days and we will let you know when they are ready.
Thank you

Environmental
Purchasing a reusable water bottle to hydrate at parkrun is just one positive step you can make to save the planet, not to mention your pocket. It is calculated an average person will spend £25,000 on bottled water in their lifetime! Start saving now.
Please dispose of any rubbish in the bins at Belton or take it home with you.
If you are visiting the cafe remember to take a long your reusable hot drinks cup, when presenting this to fill you will get 25p off your hot drink. Thanks Belton House.

If you can volunteer please let the lovely Claire and Richard know and contact them on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or via email beltonhousehelpers@parkrun.com.

If you have a milestone, celebration or would like to share your parkrun story with us please contact us either on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or via email beltonhouseoffice@parkrun.com or just let one of the volunteers or Run Director know on the day.

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

The male record is held by Linton TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:13 on 21st April 2018 (event number 110)

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).

The Age Grade course record is held by Barbara EVELING who recorded 92.85% (25:39) on 28th October 2017 (event number 89).

If you would like to donate to your home parkrun, it is easy via paypay...

If you would like a more permanent barcode you can order from here

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 5,841 participants have completed 30,317 parkruns covering a total distance of 151,585 km, including 7,070 new Personal Bests.

 

Event Number 127 – 15th September 2018

Belton House parkrun
Event number 127
15 September 2018


Welcome to Belton House’s 127th report.

This week new Run Director Andrew Pask reported “No issues with results which made things much less stressful for me but was good to have Gordon Geach on hand for some expert guidance and support” looks like all attending kept things simple and looked after Andrew on his first time volunteering as Run Director. Be sure to look out for him at future parkruns.
Run Directors are always in the blue & white hi-vis vests.

Andrew and our lovely hi-vis heros

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This week 316 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers.

Well done to all that attended, ran, jogged and walked

We are very grateful to all of the volunteers who made this event happen:
Richard HALL • Christopher LIMMER • Ann Elizabeth RIDDELL • Graham Charles RIDDELL • Andrew PASK • Gordon GEACH • Joseph BIRCH • David CROMBIE • Lisa PASK • Hazell FROST • Claire FRITZ • Sue PORTER • Kate MARSHALL • Fraser MARSHALL • Mary MASON • Roger WORSTER • Elaine WORSTER • Shaun PARKES • Paul SMITH • Darron QUINN • Peter BROTHWELL

Touristing
After reporting on the remotest parkruns last week one of our regular attendees Stephen Fry has tourist at Crissy Field, California, USA with his son Daniel this was back in April 2018 and shows in the background the views of the Golden Gate Bridge

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Stephen and Daniel also attended Plymouth Valley parkrun this week and reported that “its is a toughie with an outrageous hill with a sign at the bottom" ‘Welcome to the hill’!
Devonshire humour at its best

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Mark Wilson attended Krakow parkrun and reported
“As good as the Krakow parkrun was, it was raining hard, it was flat, and 400m off road as they were digging the pavements up in an area, it was not on the same scale as ours. Nowhere near as professional, and organised. 1 marshal, 1 timekeeper, 1 barcode scanner , and if it didn't scan, she entered it manually, all done on her phone I might add.
No barcode scanners. The results came out at 10:30pm. and the were 111 runners.
18 Mark WILSON 20:40 VM50-54 73.15 % M 16 Belvoir Tri Club First Timer!
I remember it all Every single Mohito. Weiss Beer, and the rest.....

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Tourists
We had tourists from London, Andover and Doncaster this week all coming together for their annual university catch up. Thanks for coming, we hope you enjoyed your annual catch up and you visit again soon.
Gabriele RICHARDS Pink top - (1st parkrun) well done Gabriele fantastic time of 27.49
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Remember to share your holiday touring with us, don’t forget the photo!

Milestones


Congratulations to Barry Lincoln who completed his 100th parkrun at Tamar Lakes on the Cornwall/Devon border 2 weeks ago while attending his partners brothers wedding that weekend.
The picture shows the beautiful scenery but we only have top of Barry's head!
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From the results it looks like we had 5 people reach their 50th milestone congratulations to:
Jon BREEN
Georgina BETTS
Teresa SHEPHERD
Frank HOLDEN
Charley WALLEDGE

Your story's

Some of you may have spotted our wonderful photographer ‘Shaun Parkes’
This is his parkrun story

Shaun started doing photography when he was about 19. His Dad was trained in photography when he was an RAF Policeman so he was pretty good with a camera. Shaun started off with a Chinon CE4, 35mm film SLR and did quite a lot of aviation photography, particularly at the Paris and Farnborough air shows each year whilst working for his father's security consultancy company. Fast forward…...Shaun got married and with demands of family and a baby daughter, becoming a single parent when he won custody when the baby was c15 months old, photography inevitably took a back seat whilst balancing the demands of a full time job, single -parenthood, and being a volunteer running an Air Cadet squadron in NW London.
Shaun met his second wife Jo, who he can “blame' for getting him into volunteering for the parkruns. Shaun met Jo through the Air Cadets when his daughter Jade was about 12 years old, they married in 2006 and moved to Lincolnshire, 'back home' for Jo, in 2010.
Shaun didn't know it then but he was already suffering from arthritis in his hips and spine, which devastated his mobility and fitness, and piled some weight on. It got to the stage where he could only walk about 25m before having to stop and rest.
Shaun decided he could either give in and accept being disabled and be defined by it, or he could get on with fighting it by forcing himself to get out and about, take the pain and get stronger again.
Photography seemed to be an ideal vehicle for this so he bought a digital camera and started shooting.
Shaun did some portfolio development shoots with various people in studios and on location. A studio shoot is a dynamic shoot with lots of repositioning, kneeling down and taking some shots, then moving again, so 3-4 hours in the studio was a workout for Shaun and increased his core strength and mobility again.
Jo (Shaun’s wife) started running at Belton House parkrun last year, to increase her fitness and stamina for her main sporting passions, obstacle course 'mud runs' and playing rugby (Sleaford Ladies) first game this season was last week, won 56-5 away at Kesteven!.
Jo she was going out most Saturdays, and mentioned that parkrun was often short of volunteers, Shaun decided to see if there was something he could do, and registered on the website and contacted Belton parkrun, anticipating that he would be doing some form of marshalling, but when he got the volunteer roster page, and saw that the photographer slot was free, he 'snapped' it up “sorry, terrible 'dad joke” and turned up on the next parkrun which was 7th January this year.
Shaun has now notched up 28 parkruns since then, including touristing at Boston and Newark when Belton parkrun was closed due to other events, and in Enniskillen when visiting family in Ireland.
Shaun stated “He loves the whole ethos of parkrun”, and if he could run, he would be running it every week.
“I have tremendous respect for every one who runs, not just the elite runners, but even more so the runners who struggle but who persevere week in, week out, they are truly inspirational!”
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Shaun and his wife Jo at his daughter's wedding
Daughter - Jade Vlade and son in law Erion Vlade
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Shauns grandaughter baby Regan born in May 2018.
Shaun said she has him firmly wrapped around his little finger and is very happy in his role of Grandad and Chief baby entertainer.
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Many thanks for sharing your story Shaun and giving up your time every saturday morning to support Belton House parkrun.

Pacer bibs update

We are pleased to announce we have raised an incredible £90.00 for pacer bibs.
Thank you.
We had originally said we would do numbers 24 though to 40 with 2 minute intervals and sizing in small/medium and large/extra large.
After some feedback from you we are now doing 20 - 40 as above with two minute intervals.
Here is a sneak peak of them - Sapphire blue with black numbers.
We will update you again when we are able to go live with the bibs.
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To donate click on the link below:


Sleaford Medical practise - Link up with Belton House parkrun
Watch this space for the next report which will showcase this fantastic intiative

Environmental

Purchasing a reusable water bottle to hydrate at parkrun is just one positive step you can make to save the planet, not to mention your pocket. It is calculated an average person will spend £25,000 on bottled water in their lifetime! Start saving now.
Please dispose of any rubbish in the bins at Belton or take it home with you.
If you are visiting the cafe remember to take a long your reusable hot drinks cup, when presenting this to fill you will get 25p off your hot drink. Thanks Belton House.

If you can volunteer please let the lovely Claire and Richard know and contact them on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or PM or via email beltonhousehelpers@parkrun.com.

If you have a milestone, celebration or would like to share your parkrun story with us please contact us either on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or PM, or via email beltonhouseoffice@parkrun.com or just let one of the volunteers or Run Director know on the day.

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

The male record is held by Linton TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:13 on 21st April 2018 (event number 110)

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).

The Age Grade course record is held by Barbara EVELING who recorded 92.85% (25:39) on 28th October 2017 (event number 89).

If you would like to donate to your home parkrun, it is easy via paypay...

If you would like a more permanent barcode you can order from here

 

Event Number 126 – 08th September 2018

Belton House parkrun
Event number 126
08 September 2018


With 1,500 parkruns happening worldwide (600 in the UK) that's over 3 million runners, joggers and walkers, we had another fantastic turnout with over 300 people up and moving on a saturday morning.
This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers, 14 were first timers to Belton, 69 recorded new Personal Bests and 15 were unknown. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

3, 2, 1 GO
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Well done to all that attended, ran, jogged and walked

Have you seen parkrun UK's new project:

PROVE
Parkrun running or volunteering for everyone
Our PROVE project (parkrun; Running or Volunteering for Everyone) has been set up to make parkrun more welcoming and accessible for people with disabilities or long term health conditions.
We think this is an excellent project and really defines what parkrun is all about and its diversity.
Supporting the local community with volunteering or running for all at no cost.
Apart from some CAKE occasionally :-)
If you have friends or family with disabilities and want to join us please promote that ALL are welcome and if they have any worries why not call in on a saturday morning and speak to the Run Director.
If you are able to support us at all please let us know, for example sign language etc. We are yet to get this up and running at Belton so if you can help please let us know.

Tourism

I had no reports on parkrunners touring this week so instead compiled a list of 5 of the remotest parkruns

Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia
This is the first parkrun to launch in Siberia

Port Hedland, Western Australia
This takes in views of the Indian ocean

Crissy Field, California, USA
One of the oldest parkruns launched in January 2015 and takes in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

Salento, Leece, Italy
Located a stones throw from Mount Etna….Yes - that Mount Etna.

Nose Hill, Calgary, Canada
Nose Hill is located at an elevation of 1170 meters and includes breathtaking views of the Rocky mountain!

Be sure to take some photos if you get to take part in any of these parkruns while touring or maybe while on holiday!

Celebrations and Milestones

CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel Kettle and Richard Taylor who announced their engagement while on holiday in New York.
The team at parkrun wish you all the best and be sure to let us know when you are having your last freedom run, hopefully in full wedding attire that has become the tradition, we all love some fancy dress.
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Congratulations to Simon Hartley on his 100th parkrun at Belton House. 124 in total.
Simon started parkrun at Belton House a few years ago after approaching 50, being overweight and unfit, he felt he needed to do something to change his life. He had tried the gym but was throughly bored and uninspired every visit. A friend had mentioned parkrun, so in January 2016 he signed up and went along for his frirst parkrun, which he completed in a time of 37.35 (he did add ‘with a lot of walking’) and so - parkrun life began. The following week a friend came along and they have continued ever since. Simon set himself a goal of not missing a single week and ended up doing 53 parkruns in 52 weeks, and has now achieved his target of 100 parkruns at Belton House!
Simon has enjoyed parkrun tourisum, and has visited St Petersburg, Russia which was a great expirence.
Simon said that his next target of 250 parkruns seems like a long way off, so will be adding some tourisum and volunteering along the way. “I enjoy the camaraderie and inclusivity of parkrun - theres no judging, just celebrating everyones achievment at getting out of bed and putting one foot in front of the other, whatever your ablity”
Many thanks to Simon for sharing his story.
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Well done to Frazer & Kate Marshall, both completing their 50th parkrun.
Kate wrote that parkrun has been amazing for stimulating their interest in running :-)
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Pacer bibs update

174 of you voted for pacer bibs, and I’m pleased to inform you that Grantham Clothing can provide bibs, including printing, for just £4.40 per bib.
We have decided to go for numbers 24 though to 40 with 2 minute intervals and sizing in small/medium and large/extra large.
This will cost us £79.20, we are now looking for donations to make this happen. If all of the 174 people who voted donated just 50p each, we reach that target very quickly and would raise £87.00. I’ve started the ball rolling by donating a fiver - many thanks in advance and we will keep you updated on the progress.

To donate click on the link below:


Environmental

Purchasing a reusable water bottle to hydrate at parkrun is just one positive step you can make to save the planet, not to mention your pocket. It is calculated an average person will spend £25,000 on bottled water in their lifetime! Start saving now.
Please dispose of any rubbish in the bins at Belton or take it home with you.
If you are visiting the cafe remember to take a long your reusable hot drinks cup, when presenting this to fill you will get 25p off your hot drink. Thanks Belton House.

Volunteering

Special thanks goe to four new faces this saturday morning and their first time volunteering.
Naomi Jepson-Rivers, Diana McDonald, Ian Charles and Rachel Betts.
Thank you, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and see you on the rosters again :-)

We are very grateful to all of the volunteers who made this event happen: Adrian ROBERTS • Alison ROBBINS • Andrew PASK • Claire FRITZ • Claire LANE • David BRIGGS • David CROMBIE • Diana MCDONALD • Dona HALL • Gordon GEACH • Ian CHARLES • Jane WINTER • Jim MILLAR • Lorraine VINCE • Mark ARNOT • Mark BROADLEY • Martin CARTER • Naomi JEPSON-RIVERS • Paul SHAW • Rachel BETTS • Rosalind SADLER • Ruth FEATHERSTONE • Shaun PARKES • Stephen WELLS

If you can volunteer please let the lovely Claire and Richard know and contact them on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or PM us or email beltonhousehelpers@parkrun.com.

If you have a milestone, celebration or would like to share your parkrun story with us please contact us either on the Belton House parkrun facebook page or PM us, or via email beltonhouseoffice@parkrun.com or just let one of the volunteers or Run Director know on the day.

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

The male record is held by Linton TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:13 on 21st April 2018 (event number 110)

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).

The Age Grade course record is held by Barbara EVELING who recorded 92.85% (25:39) on 28th October 2017 (event number 89).

If you would like to donate to your home parkrun, it is easy via paypay...

If you would like a more permanent barcode you can order from here

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