Event 348 – 17th February 2018

We were delighted to welcome 205 runners, joggers & walkers to our beautiful park this week, 17 of whom completed our 5k for the very first time and for 4 of you it was your first ever parkrun. We also welcomed visitors from Kingston and Canterbury amongst others. Thank you everyone for joining us for a run in park with friends.

As usual we had a crack team of volunteers who made the parkrun magic happen.

Tim briefed our first timers and tourists, Ben, Ian Joanna and Tina marshalled the course, Geoff & Emily timed everyone around the 5k, Sandy & Phoebe expertly kept order in the funnel and handed you your position token, Aimee & Benjamin scanned your barcodes whilst Will manned the clipboard. Sally-Ann & Karen made sure everyone was accounted for as tail walkers and Caitlin guided Terry safely around. Cailin & Tim were joined by Abi in sorting the finish tokens at the café. SuperKev did the shouty bit at the start and then wandered around trying to look busy.

Check out our volunteer roster at  https://www.parkrun.org.uk/colwick/futureroster/ and email us at colwickhelpers@parkrun.com if you'd like to join us in the hi-vis. We have several spaces available for the remainder of February and also March so please do get in touch.

Several of our community celebrated milestone runs with us this week. Harry Sporton joined the junior 10 club, Robert Newton completed his 50th parkrun and Nick Hopewell joined the coveted 100 club. On his travels Des Oldham also joined the 50 club. Congratulations and well done all of you!

The PB bell also saw plenty of action this week as 28 of you set a new personal best time. Amazing!

We wrapped up the morning in the familiar, welcoming surroundings of the Daleside café where Rachael, Zoe and the Co served up lashings of bacon, eggs, tea and coffee.

Such a good morning we've decided we'll do it all again next week.

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Your Colwick parkrun Event Team.

 

Event 347 – 10th January 2018

Smiles all round

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"I'm going to state the obvious- it's cold, icy and going to rain. Look after yourself."  That's how I briefed our hi-viz heroes and parkrunners. Sure enough our 20 hi-viz heroes did a fantastic job, all with a huge smile on their face.

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Take a bow: Sandra GELL • Daniel CORDLE • Joanna MASSEY • Terry RODGERS • Arry NATHAN • Cathy WISER • Grace PHILLIPS • Iain HICKMAN • Auangfa HURST • Abigail CAST • Emily DIGMAN • Phoebe STANYARD • James HICKMAN • Philippa HICKMAN • Steve JEPSON • Benjamin FELL • Sandy WATERLOW • Denise HOOLEY • Tina HOLLAND • Alan LEWIS

Well done to the 182 parkrunners who carefully ran, jogged and walked around Colwick, most with a huge smile on their face! Especial mention to the 27 first timers and tourists from Brierly Forest who joined us today. Very impressed with the 13 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests. Impressive considering the conditions!

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We congratulated a number of our beloved regulars completing their milestone runs today:

James who realised he had joined a milestone club when he received a congratulations email from parkrun! He is one of our regular volunteers, cheering us while marshalling or tailwalking.

Param ran her 100th parkrun with her mum, who by amazing coincidence completed her 200th parkrun today. They both completed their 50th and 100th parkrun respectively on the same day as well... they tell me it was unplanned! :)

"Our" Matt joined Colwick in June 2012 and has run 208 runs with us. He is a member of our volunteer club, and his achievements include safely guiding Terry 12 times around Colwick. Well done all of you- we look forward to seeing you in your t-shirts soon!

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I would like to finish by thanking our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, Emily, Grace, Phoebe and Benjamin. It has been a pleasure to volunteer with you and we hope you will join us soon.

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Till next week,

Your Colwick parkrun team

 

 

Event 346 – 3rd February 2018

Terrible conditions underfoot led to a select field this morning so a huge pat on the back to the 160 participants and the 16 volunteers who made it through the morning!

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We welcomed 10 genuine first time parkrunners to the ranch this morning plus ten tourists. Here’s a few of them receiving the first timer/tourist brief courtesy of Terry...

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Congratulations to the 19 people who managed a PB today, and to our latest milestone parkrunners... Adam Chettle joined the 10 Club and Alison Atkins joined the 100 Club.

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Thanks to all of our awesome volunteers who had their mettle tested this morning and were still smiling. Take a bow...

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Abigail CAST  •  Brian WILLETT  •  Cheryl MAPPLETHORPE  •  Emily DIGMAN  •  Finlay HOOD  •  Frazer HOOD  •  Grace PHILLIPS  •  Helen HOOD  •  Hilary MCHUGH  •  Libby HARRISON  •  Phoebe STANYARD  •  Richard OWEN  •  Sandy WATERLOW  •  Steve JEPSON  •  Terry RODGERS  •  Tina HOLLAND

If you’d like to join us in the hi-vis one Saturday please take a look at the volunteer roster and get in touch. Arry is in charge next week and he only needs two more marshals for a full set. No experience necessary but a few layers/wellies are quite useful at this time of year...

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Event 343 – 13th January 2018

Safety first

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219 parkrunners, expertly assisted by 21 hi-viz heroes, braved the cold and mud to run, jog and walk around our beautiful Colwick Country park. Amongst them were 36 first timers and tourists from Rugby, who were briefed by our very own "I bet you didn't expect to be briefed by a visually impaired runner" Terry Rogers! Having listened and guided him many times, I can confidently say no one knows the route better than him.

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On a personal note, I would like thank each and every parkrunner and hi-viz hero today. It took me over a year to pluck up the courage to Run Direct. Setting up, ensuring volunteers knew their role and uploading results is the easy bit. Safety of our parkrunners and hi-viz heroes is always my priority and source of worry. I always chat to the warden to see if anything is amiss around the park and assess the running conditions. Mud and slippery conditions always worry me as people may slip, fall, twist their ankle etc. That... and trees being cut and pulped along the parkrun route!!

Hence, I was really pleased everyone was quiet to listen to the run brief today. I know it's a pain when you would rather catch up with your friends, but it's the only chance to warn people of dangers around the park.

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My fingers and feet warm up within a few minutes of running. But standing still they stay cold... very cold... I honestly could not feel my fingers and toes! Made me really appreciate our hi-viz heroes, who not only stay in one spot, but do so with a smile and cheer everyone as they pass.

Take a bow: Ian BEASLEY, Bekki CARRE, Abigail CAST, Emily DIGMAN, Hilary HARE DUKE, Corrina HARKER-SMITH, Tina HOLLAND, Steve JEPSON, Ann KIRKWOOD, Wendy LAWSON, Mick LORD, Pauline MILLIGAN, Arry NATHAN, Richard OWEN, Grace PHILLIPS, Joe PIDGEON, Will ROBERTS, Terry RODGERS, Maureen SILVER, Carol SIREL, Mark WEBSTER

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We celebrated milestones of Joseph and Stuart. Amazing achievement- many congrats both!

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Despite the mud, an impressive 18 of you managed a PB today!

Another PB was the number of VI runners we had... 4!

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The day was complete with the traditional Daleside breakfast, where the World was put to rights, tokens sorted and results uploaded.

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What a fantastic way to spend a cold and dreary January morning.

Till next week,

 

Your Colwick parkrun team

 

Event 342 – Whatball??

Our volunteer roster was packed with new hi-vizzies on saturday, boosted by a super seven from Nottingham Korfball Club... What is Korfball you may ask and by the power of cut, paste and edit our new friends tell us on their website that Korfball originates from Holland (the word korf is simply Dutch for basket), is the world’s only true mixed team sport which is similar in principle to netball, handball and basketball.

Now there is another bit on the NKC website which we especially like as it demonstrates many of the qualities which we all love about parkrun..... . Korfball is accessible to both young and old, from the complete beginner to the international performer. This could be the ideal opportunity for your friends and family to take part in the same activity together. Korfball is the most inclusive of sports and truly a team game where players cannot succeed unless they work together.  Accessible to all, encourages families to take part together and according to the crew at Colwick on Saturday there is a big focus on social side... whats not to like??.

Hopefully you took the chance to shoot a Korf or two after your parkrun, if not they'll  be back for another visit in slightly sunnier and drier (hopefully) conditions.

On to Saturday's parkrun.  What can we say other than .. it was muddy.. and wet... and of course the perfect start to the weekend.  Hats off to this weeks awesome volunteers

Maureen kept Roys split warm

Amelie and Ella smiled their way through the mud and rain whilst collecting up all the tokens, and then helped dad to sort them all back into order (with help from James) in the Daleside.

and Claire expertly briefed an impressively good contingent of intrepid first timers.

Many thanks also to Andrew Phillips for taking some brilliant action shots this weekend. He has pretty much captured each and every one of the 184 parkrunners at least once and you can see yourself here if you haven't already spotted them

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.. pictures that speak a thousand words!

A few of you took on the Korfball challenge  post parkrun

and whilst we can't promise our park will dry out any time soon .... some weren't complaining!!

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