Event 73 – 10/3/18

The One with the Rain after the Snow

Thank you to all of our volunteers who supported our event and had a cheery smile even in the rain.


Conrad Watson, Claire Watson, Wayne Lowe, Jodie Binch,Roger Wiesli, Ted Hallett, Jackie Hallett, Phoebe Taylor, Emma Hayden-West, Harry Burnside, Darren Edmonds, Paul Hillman, Kirsty Willetts, Chris Taylor, Sally Woodhead, Elaine Woodbridge and Paul Castledine.


We were joined by 109 runners and walkers including our 3000th participant to cross our finish line and first celebrity of the day, Avril Sweeney.

What makes our parkrun so special is the mix of different abilities.


Both Edward and Adam run together most weeks, with Edward a club runner at Sutton in Harriers and Adam a recreational runner. Adam does make up for it with being an ace cyclist though. Our parkrun community is extensive and today saw one of the Run Directors from Mansfield parkrun join us. Liam Probert finished in third position and is welcome back in the future as both a runner or volunteer.


Welcome to our 9 first timers and congratulations to our 7 runners who achieved a new PB. A great result in very wet conditions.

First male and female to finish the course this week were Richard Holden with a time of 19:16 and Fleur Pickering in 23:12. Well done to you both.

After volunteering previously twenty times, today was my first time as Run Director. It is important that we all help out when we can and support the sustainability of our future parkruns. Every task is really easy to learn and we are a friendly bunch. Please let us know what task you would like to learn first?




Event 72 – 24/2/18

The One with the parkrun Celebrity

It was another cold one last Saturday as we made our way down to the park to set up for the week's event. Thank you to our 21 volunteers who braved the elements to make sure your parkrun could go ahead!

Chris TAYLOR • Lauren BAKUNOWICZ • John MALCOLM • Emma DANDO • Gary PEET • James PEET • Phoebe TAYLOR • Nick BURNSIDE • Jodie BINCH • Marianne BURFORD • Stephanie BIRD • Harry BURNSIDE • Ann GRAHAM • David CARVER • Edward PORTER • Roger WIESLI • Penny MARSDEN • Tracey CARVER • Tracy MANN • Ted HALLETT • Jackie HALLETT


We were joined by 134 runners and walkers this week, including Simon and Iris doggie and a parkrun uk NEWSLETTER celebrity!


Joanne and Alice from Long Eaton parkrun joined us for a run last weekend. To read their parkrun story click HERE. We hope to see you both soon...although Joanne did say Brierley Forest was much harder than Long Eaton which is considerably flatter.


Twenty-three first timers came to run our course this week including the lovely Etherington family mum and dad Marianne and James with their daughter Molly and her friend Jess!


We were also joined by twin sisters  Emily and Victoria. Both touring from Markeaton and Bushy Park! Other tourists travelled from Rowington, Leeds and Lancaster including Ben and Louise Gill from Lancaster.


It was PB's all round as 24 we're recorded including Darren and Paul who rang the PB bell with new times of 20:43 and 20:48!


And MASSIVE congratulations to Sarah North who celebrated her parkrunaversary with us too. A year ago Sarah ran her first parkrun at Mansfield in a time of 36:18, today she completed the course in 26;53! What an achievement...well done Sarah from all of us! We're extremely proud of you.

First male and female to finish the course this week were Neil Cope with a new PB time of 17:18 and junior Caitlin Dodds in a time of 23:25.

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

We are please to announce that our paper token competition has now ended as token 76 has returned from its little holiday on my mantlepiece. The lovely Rachel Richard won the paper token prize of a free parkrun anywhere in the country last weekend. Congratulations Rachel! We are, however, on the lookout for parkrunner number 89 this week who will be our 3000nd/th (not sure which that is?!?!) participant to cross the Brierley Forest finish line!

Tomorrow, our parkrun regular Nick Burnside of Sutton in Ashfield Harriers fame will be your Run Director! Please be kind with him...we're hoping he will become a regular to the team.

See you all in the morning.




Event 71 – 17/2/18

The one with the milestones!

It was a little on the chilly side as we arrived to set up for our 71st event. The finish funnel flew up in a flash, whilst I allocated the marshalling positions and ensured everyone had a hi-viz and knew their roles. This week we thank:

Pete • Chris • Phoebe • Jode • Marianne • Steph • Mel • Steve • Ann •

Edward • Adie • Alex • Roger • Laura • Ted • Jackie • Ethan • Marie

We welcomed back Edward, one of our valued regular marshals from his holidays in Canada. He is a jet setter these days, so make sure you catch him cheering you on from Edward's bench for the next couple of weeks, as he's off to South Africa then. Here he is with Jode, Adie and Alex all looking happy ready for the fun to begin.


We were able to offer full car parking again, now that our visitors have left. We do have two little requests though:

1) Please do not park on the surrounding residential streets unless absolutely necessary and then with consideration for peoples driveways


2) If you park in the second parking area after the gate, please close the gate once you're through if there are no more cars coming in after you. This will be locked late morning as always.

We had tourists from Anglesey, Cwmbran and Rushcliffe and of course our milestoners from Southbank Bar Running Club you will have seen on our FB page, if you follow us (please like our page if you haven't already). Here they all are, Des Oldham after his 50th and Ian Warren after his 150th parkrun, great achievement chaps well done.


166 people ran or walked our course, of whom 30 were first timers like Samantha below who was an absolute superstar and was so pleased to complete her first parkrun, celebrating here with her brother. See you in a couple of weeks.


We also had 39 PB's and love to hear the bell ringing, please come over for a photo and you might be like these lovely people below and make it into our report. Tag away if you recognise yourself or friends to let them know on FB post.


Ok, if you like the photos here or have some you would like to share, head over to our FLICKR page and sorry for my slightly waffley pre run brief this week, I promise to be less woolly headed - until then it's over to our lovely ED Jode.

M x


Event 70 – 10/2/18

The One with the New Run Director

Well as I woke up to an early alarm call on a Saturday morning I wondered to myself what on earth am I doing?! I was full of nerves and excitement as I contemplated being Race Director for the first time. Those nerves quickly dissipated when I arrived to be fully supported and assisted by our fantastic volunteers.


Sadly the weather was not kind it was wet and very cold but this did not put a dampener on our spirits and we continued to cheer on all our runners.  This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. If you wish to view a full breakdown of the results they can be found on the parkrun results page HERE.

This week we hosted tourists from Bracknell and Cornwall and we extended our usual Brierley Forest welcome to them as we do to all our visitors as well as our resident runners.


A special mention to our very own Jason Ward on his milestone 50th parkrun, well done Jason and Andrea Porter who ran her first parkrun this week, welcome Andrea.

So as I floated around watching you all cross the finish line I took the opportunity to reflect on what makes Brierley Forest parkrun so special and there was one word that sprung to mind, family! We try to create a family friendly atmosphere and volunteers and runners alike all create a family like unit which we all hope you enjoy being part of as much as we do.

On the subject of family it was lovely to see some younger participants at this week’s event most of whom finished with a big smile on their face as parkrun has clearly become part of their family weekend routine. So a big congratulations to good friends Freya Longmede and Izzy Westwood


And brother and sister William and Imogen Raynor who cheered each other on until the end along with Mum and granddad.



This week's first male was Lewis Boswell with a time of 18:19 and the first female was Fleur Pickering with a time of 22:50.

This week’s fantastic volunteers who made it possible –

Lesley TAYLOR • Phoebe TAYLOR • Jodie BINCH • Lou HERBERT • Mia PIDCOCK • Roger WIESLI • Tracy MANN • Caroline FRITH • Lesley GOODMAN • Sam CLARKE • Patricia ELLIS • Elaine WOODBRIDGE • Ted HALLETT • Jackie HALLETT

 Remember if you feel like giving volunteering a try then we are always happy to hear from you at the office on brierleyforestoffice@parkrun.com.

Can we take this opportunity to thank you for your patience during this period of restricted parking at the park we know it has been a challenge. We are pleased to say that our visitors have now left so parkring is back to normal which will enable a prompt 9 a.m. start this Saturday but do not forget your barcode #DFYB.

Finally a big thank you to the family for all your support I will happily return to continue to assist this great event to take place.

Thanks for reading,



Event 69 – 3/2/18

The One After The Quiet One


This week we had some light rain which was most welcome as that meant the temperature was rising from the near freezing temperature that we awoke to leaving some light ice patches around the course which were negotiated supremely by all participants. We even had a light snow flurry during the run to remind everyone that winter is still with us! Not put off by that 123 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests, 10 of which are new to parkrun with 5 runs or less, proving that perseverance certainly pays off.

Each run report we usually go through the results and highlight the top finishers, but we are starting to believe if you want to see who did what you'll check out the results yourselves. A full breakdown of results can be found on the parkrun results page here....http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brierleyforest/results/latestresults/

Once again we had a selection of tourists making their debuts from Rother Valley, Wimpole and Trentham. We welcome anyone to our run as that is the spirit of parkrun, all we ask you to bring each week is a smile and your barcode! #DFYB. Please can people check that their ICE details (In Case Of Emergency) are kept up to date on the parkrun profile, it only takes a minute to update and just crosses the t's after you've dotted the i's with a scan-able barcode. I will take a moment and thank you all for adhering to our parking advice and directions during our period of restrained parking areas.

This weeks the event was made possible by our fantastic volunteers - Lauren BAKUNOWICZ • David HERBERT • Bethany HERBERT • Lesley TAYLOR • Phoebe TAYLOR • Craig FREESTONE • Simon CREAK • Katherine ROBINSON • Mia PIDCOCK • Steve HALLETT • Ann GRAHAM • Roger WIESLI • Eve ELLIOTT • Natalie HALLETT • Caroline FRITH • Lesley GOODMAN • Elaine WOODBRIDGE • Ted HALLETT • Jackie HALLETT • Ethan HALLETT • Lynsey FREESTONE • Sophie HARRISON.

If you ever feel the urge to lend a hand or just fancy a week off from running we would be happy to hear from you at the office brierleyforestoffice@parkrun.com where we can work around your calender (No date is too far away!). Come and be a part of something that really can inspire and motivate you into seeing how communities make a difference.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas we can incorporate into the event we are always listening and keen to hear them. Currently at the park, things are changing slightly with the cafe and visitor centre closed. But please bear with us as we aim to not let anything spoil the events and hope to share some news very soon.

We have some takeover events happening really soon, more details will be announced very soon. If running is something that you have been doing for years or just started, there is always a running group nearby that is willing to support and accompany you or provide depth of knowledge and advice that can enhance your desire to improve or maybe you just want to be make new friends and get more involved locally. Our local running club to Brierley Forest is 'Sutton In Ashfield Harriers'. We also have 'The Huthwaite Hunnies' & 'Sutton Smilers' that get together with times available to suit most people. If you need any further information please don't hesitate to ask us. Untitled Remember we no longer have the use of our wonderful cafe. We do have access to the football grounds toilet block which has a little shelter. The cafe will open at 10.30 am if you do wish to wait around otherwise we may pop to the local golf club, a five minute walk away to process the results and we'd love you to join us.

That's it from me this week, thanks for reading, I'll be seeing you all soon.


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