Race Report for 8th December by Elizabeth Goodliffe

A cold blustery morning full of the usual rushing to get to parkrun on time! Not just one daughter to get out of the door today but two. It is the day of my middle daughter's first official parkrun, along with my eldest proudly wearing her 10 milestone t-shirt for the first time (safely hidden under a much warmer hoody) - so lots to prepare to even get out of the door.
It's always reassuring to swing into the car park at 8.45 and see lots of others cutting it fine and definitely not giving themselves enough warm up time either (unless everyone is secretly warming up at home).
The wind was blustering as we listened to the usual announcements - always inspiring to see those achieving their milestones. A moments contemplation for the chap who had a heart attack on the course three weeks ago (a little prayer in my head that he is recovering well).
Down to the start point - sound of trainers and chatting, watches beeping and then the siren and we're of ...
But slowly, as my middle daughter is only six and is trying her best to keep going. Lots of people going past, offering encouragement, but the hill is tough, especially if you are only six. The wind buffets down the long straight and my eldest admires the blustering leaves. I'm trying my best to keep on encouraging, but it's tough when your legs want to go faster but today it's about someone else.
An angel in the form of Tracey Anderton whisks eldest daughter on - her cross country is paying off and she has more stamina now and now I can focus on middle daughter - encouraging, support ...
As we approach the funnel for the first time we see George Gay seep past into the funnel - I never usually get to see the front runners and he made it looks so effortless!
But we have another lap to go ... walk, run, walk, run ... motivating supporting ...
A wave from the spaniel on the hill gate ...
The tunes at the last gate (loving this) ...
And down the hill ...
And a final shove over the finish line to get her ahead of me, cheered on by by my eldest daughter and Tracey.
Congratulations you have completed your first parkrun. My proudest run - two daughters inished. Well done to everyone who finished today - you are all amazing.
Thank you to all the volunteers today - you are all amazing too, because we wouldn't be there without you and some of us wouldn't finish without your encouragement!
Liz (old enough to know better) & Millie (8) & Charlotte (6) Goodliffe.


Blickling parkrun – 17th November 2018 – 255

Picturesque. Peaceful. Pleasant.

Three words that in my opinion describe the parkrun that is Blickling. On what was a glorious Saturday morning 285 parkrunners and 16 volunteers turned out to enjoy what was a brilliant morning for running.

Having completed numerous different parkruns around the country and ventured overseas last month it is always nice to return to my favourite parkrun in Norfolk. It delivers not only a course that has a few challenges, it is also one of the friendliest, and most certainly the prettiest, within 20 minutes of the outskirts of Norwich (other parkruns are available!) I have ran at Blickling 17 times in total and always try to volunteer with their pacing events throughout the year. It’s one that I always love coming back to.

Firstly a massive thank you to all the amazing volunteers. Without their dedication and attentiveness parkrun doesn’t happen. Thank you all - when things go well, they keep things ticking over, and when things may not go to plan they always step up and are there to help and support.

This weeks hi-viz heroes:
Christine HERRING • Claire RICHES • Diane CHALK • Elizabeth GIBBONS • Karen EVANS • Kathy WORSENCROFT • Lee ANDERTON • Lynn GREENFIELD • Neil ADAMS • Neil ANDERTON • Noel MEEKS • Rachael SIMONS • Sally BARDSLEY • Sarah HOLNESS • Tanya MANSER • Tracey ANDERTON

Now on to the running side of things...
There were 33 first timers at Blickling of which 19 were completing their first ever parkruns. A massive 20% (58 runners) achieved a new Personal Best - of which 9 were achieved by runners who were completing their second ever parkrun.

It was a good week for Tony McCallum who recorded his first ever First Finisher on his 35th run at Blickling and a new PB of 18:25 to go with it. Second finisher was claimed by Finsbury parkrun regular Michael Heaney in 18:44 with James Lillistone in 3rd place in 19.24.

First female was Memphis Symonds in 20:18 and a new PB. It was also her 8th consecutive first female at various different events. Victoria Tovell was 2nd female in 22:30 on her 126th run at Blickling. 3rd female was Beverley McLees of Ware Joggers came home in 22:34 on her first visit to Blickling parkrun.

Well done to all that continue to make Blickling such a successful and popular parkrun in the East of England.

Rob Whalen


Blickling parkrun 252- 27th November 2018

Well just for once the weather wasn't perfect, but considering the forecast none of us got too wet. Well done to the 167 hardy souls who turned up today, to walk, jog or run around lovely Blickling Park.
There were 25 first timers today, including 7 complete beginners, well done to Thomas, Liam, Nona, Jim, Grenville, Nigel and Jordy - we hope that you enjoyed the parkrun experience and that we'll see you again next week.
Despite the far from perfect weather there were 29 Personal Bests (PBs) today, including Kathy (who knocked 8 minutes off her previous best time), Carol (5 PBs in a row), and Trevor (3 PBs in a row and sub 22 minutes for the first time). Well done to you and the other 26.
I'm personally looking forward to next week (3rd November) when the Coltishall Jaguars take control and provide all the volunteers. There will be lots of pacers for you to use in attempting to set your own PB. The following week (10th November) we will be celebrating our 5th parkrun birthday by running the alternate, one lap, course. and would encourage parkrunners to wear red.
See you next week.


Bloickling parkrun # 234 – 18th August 2018

Well,it's cooled down a little and made it more bearable to slog your way around the park at Blickling. 236 of us took the opportunity to run, jog, walk, push prams and doggy run/walk around the alternate course today. Having measured the course yesterday it looks like I miscalculated and as a result it was probably just over a 100 metres short. Sorry about that, I'll amend it to make sure that it is accurate the next time that we use the alternate course.
Having said which there were 34 PBs and varying from seconds to minutes better than previously run - well done to all of you. There were also 31 first timers to Blickling Parkrun, of whom 8 were brand new to parkrun - Liam, Jonathan, Sonia, Terry, Jennie, Charlie, Carol and Louisa we hope that you enjoyed the experience and that we'll see you at parkrun again.
Just a reminder that next week's event is cancelled because of the Aylsham Show, so enjoy the opportunity to do a bit of parkrun tourism and we'll see you in a couple of weeks.


Blickling parkrun #240 – 21st July 2018

Another Saturday and another parkrun day, lovely to see all 223 of you enjoying the sunshine as you walked, jogged and ran around the course. 30 first timers her today, amongst whom was Sarah (Cambridge Triathlon Club) who chose to visit us on her 297th parkrun - what took you so long! Another visitor was Robbie, normally resident at Ormskirk, who visited us for the second time and knocked 16 minutes off his PB - although he was tailwalker last time! Other PB notables were; Craig and Luke, who are very close to breaking 20 minutes; I particularly liked the run of young Finley Manners who got Mum Tanya to a PB. Well done to Amelia, who ran her 10th parkrun today and Roger on his 100th.
Just a couple of parish notices, as a reminder: parkruns on 11th and 25th August are cancelled because of the Aylsham Show and the Proms. We will be running the alternate, one lap route on 18th August and Reepham Runners have filling all the volunteer slots that day. Finally, as from August the National Trust have asked us to encourage parkrunners to park in the alternate car park from August onwards and we will be putting out signs to indicate this.

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