Event 403 – 23rd March 2019

Event 403 was nice. Nice people... nice weather... and nice things happened.

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We were delighted to welcome a total of 301 participants, of which 29 were new to Colwick and 9 were brand new to parkrun.

We had a first today... as having gone for a warm up with Harriet, his guide for the day, Terry nearly missed his own tourist and first timer brief!

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We were delighted to congratulate Julie, Brian, Philip, and Oliver (joined by three generations of his family & friends) who all joined the 50 Club...

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and we gave a shout out to Andrew and George who'd joined the 250 Club and 100 Club respectively on tour at Wimpole parkrun last week.
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We welcomed tourists from Mansfield, Bournemouth, Newark and France...

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A whopping 68 of you got a PB! Always feel free to ring our bell...

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Other nice things happened... two keys were found and returned to their rightful owners, one bag was left behind but repatriated before we left the park, several items of lost property were collected, and people said rather nice things about our parkrun and the community we have built here.

Despite Event 403 being so nice... we did receive a couple of complaints via two of our marshals that a walker was nearly knocked over, and that a biker was sworn at. We apologised profusely... and would ask everyone to be considerate as they pass through the park please. It's very rare we get any negative feedback, and we'd like to keep it that way. Please also remember that the speed limit is 10mph around the park roads, thank you.

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To finish on a wholly positive note... our volunteers were really nice! Take a bow: Abigail CAST  •  Andrew PHILLIPS  •  Angie ALBERY  •  Chris JEKIEL  •  Emily DIGMAN  •  Finlay HOOD  •  Frazer HOOD  •  Gideon NUKPORTI  •  Grace PHILLIPS  •  Harriet JONES  •  Helen HOOD  •  Helen JEKIEL  •  Helen MARSHALL  •  Iris PEEL  •  Jacques SARAZIN  •  Lauren WHITMORE  •  Miri LEWIS  •  Niki WARD  •  Philip MOORE  •  Ruth BRANDON  •  Sandy WATERLOW  •  Steve JEPSON  •  Terry RODGERS  •  Thomas MOORE  •  Tim SORRELL  •  Tracey MOORE  •  Trevor PEEL. 

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If you'd like to be nice in hi-vis please get in touch. You can read more about volunteering here and see the current state of the volunteer roster here.

We look forward to seeing you all at the bell for Event 404 #loveparkrun

 

Event 402 – 16th March 2019

This week's run report has been written by Colwick regulars Iain & James. Take it away fellas...

At event 402 a total 247 people became intrepid explorers around Colwick Park. Colwick is infamous for its puddles and today it truly didn't disappoint. James and I knew we were definitely in for a challenging parkrun on our arrival by the size of the puddle at the entrance to the park.

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We had plenty of puddles, mud everywhere and a forceful gale into your face down to the hairpin bend and for the first time since we can remember a slight course alteration due to the fallen tree near to the hairpin bend, thanks to our marshal for helping the regulars and newcomers find their way round the altered course.

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Remi had a well drilled team of volunteers helping to ensure today's event passed so smoothly. 

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This event was made possible by 26 volunteers, take a bow for braving today's challenging conditions: Alexandro LEONE  •  Andrew PHILLIPS  •  Anthony DEANE  •  Anthony MADGE  •  Caitlin SORRELL  •  David ROBINSON  •  Emily DIGMAN  •  Grace PHILLIPS  •  Helen HOOD  •  Iain HICKMAN  •  Jacques SARAZIN  •  James HICKMAN  •  Libby HARRISON  •  Lydia Rose DEANE  •  Matthew PICKLES  •  Miri LEWIS  •  Nathalie DUBOIS  •  Philip MOORE  •  Remi GAUVAIN  •  Rita ROBINSON  •  Stephen WELLS  •  Terry RODGERS  •  Thomas MOORE  •  Tim SORRELL  and  Tracey MOORE. 

Just a thought for any first time readers and regulars of our run report, volunteering is really lots of fun. It took me a year and a half after my first parkrun before I volunteered and I've returned many times since as I've enjoyed so often being a high viz hero. For me I love giving something back to parkrun that has given me so much during the last five and a half years.

Terry expected an outbreak of tropical sunshine in his shades as he delivered the first timers & tourist briefing where he welcomed 45 first timers with his usual aplomb.

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We were blessed with three tailwalkers today, Here are David and Rita Robinson all ready to get going and they were accompanied by Nathalie Dubois.

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Today we were joined by Aimee and her friends on the first leg of her hen do, many thanks for starting your day of celebration by joining us at Colwick parkrun. We hope you enjoyed the rest of day.

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We also had a team of runners from Papplewick Green Runners this morning graduating from a Couch to 5k programme. We all hope you enjoyed your first parkrun and visit to Colwick parkrun, and join us again in the near future.

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Somehow nine parkrunners managed to set a new PB, well done to all of you in very challenging conditions.

Alan Lewis celebrated running his 50th parkrun today, 42 of his runs have been with us here at Colwick, well done Alan we look forward to seeing you in your red 50 Club t-shirt in the future.

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Our last word on the conditions today, Paul Smith kindly offered to model for us post-run and judging by the photo it looks like he will need a long shower to spruce those legs up ready for a return to Colwick parkrun next week.

 

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Today's full results and a complete events history can be found on the Colwick parkrun Results Page.

We hope you all enjoyed today's event so much that hopefully with a little less wind you will join us for more fun at event number 403.

We've also enjoyed writing the run report for the first time, Iain & James Hickman.

SYATB (see you at the bell) and remember DFYB (don't forget your barcode)

#loveparkrun

 

 

Event 401 – 9th March 2019

At event 401 a total of 259 people ran, jogged and walked our lovely muddy course. Here's Steve setting everyone off with the infamous Colwick parkrun bell...

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We welcomed 28 first timers...

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and a lovely bunch of tourists including these three from Leicester who also joined us at the Daleside Cafe and weren't camera shy...

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Also amongst the tourists was veteran Gurkha of 25 years Bishnu Singh who is planning to complete 207 parkruns carrying a 22kg Doko (traditional Nepalese basket) raising funds for the Gurkha Trust. You can read more about his challenge here. We had a look at his stats ahead of his visit and noticed that he usually did his parkruns in around 29 minutes. We suggested anyone looking for a sub-30 stuck with him and he didn't disappoint... coming in at 30:03.

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Congratulations to Michelle on her 100th parkrun and to Susan, Alison and Angie who all joined the 50 Club at Event 401.

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The event was made possible by 23 volunteers. Take a bow:

Frazer HOOD • Helen HOOD • Finlay HOOD • Andrew PHILLIPS • Anthony MADGE • Stephen WELLS • Julie MCGEORGE • Richard OWEN • Jacques SARAZIN • Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD • Iain HICKMAN • James HICKMAN • Jessica SHANKS • Tim SORRELL • Joanna WARD • Niki WARD • Julie HUGHES • Fiona BEALES • Miri LEWIS • Judith CARTWRIGHT • Julie MATTHEWS • Emma COVERLEY and Tony DEANE.

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Photographs of our wonderful community event can be viewed here.
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For the stattos amongst you:

Colwick parkrun started on 25th June 2011. Since then 10,983 participants have completed 78,609 parkruns covering a total distance of 393,045 km, including 13,903 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,034 individuals have volunteered 6,547 times.

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

It's so good... let's do it all again next week! #loveparkrun

 

Event 400 – 2nd March 2019

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This week's run report has been written by Kelly, a regular tourist at Colwick and an honorary member of the Colwick parkrun family. -- Congratulations to Colwick parkrun on their 400th event. It was superbly brought to courtesy of 32 hi-viz heroes under the awesome direction of Team Dickens, chiefly Evie assisted by Stephen! For the 400th run a fantastic 32 clubs were represented. We had runners at #400 who actually ran at #001! Huge thanks for sticking with us.

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My parkrun actually started two weeks before with a message saying “I’ll be delighted to guide you on March 2nd”…this doesn’t sound huge but as a visiting visually impaired runner it is. Saturday was my 5th visit to Colwick and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. As a tourist who is visually impaired being able to find someone willing to guide can be difficult yet it is never an issue at Colwick. Terry and Iris, your resident blind runners, have a team of well-trained and confident volunteers. So once again Colwick had 3 visually impaired/blind runners doing the route.

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Terry and Abigail.

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Kelly and Arry.

Ably guided by Arry, I avoided bins, overtaking runners, cars and low-flying branches. I didn’t end up sat in a muddy puddle, so that was a success! Unlike Terry and Iris, I have some vision but don’t have peripheral, so judging pot holes and slopes doesn’t work. I don’t run on a tether but more on the instructions of my buddy, and take their hand as necessary. I do at times use the feet of the runner in front-this weekend it was the orange feet of Messi, a pink jacket belonging to a lovely lady and the white trainers of the lovely Welsh gent! They made me avoid puddles that Arry might have missed. Colwick is a beautiful and attractive course, and Arry wasn’t without giving me descriptions of the key features of route and of the water glinting on the lake as I was cursing the sun for taking what vision I had! My home run is Sewerby, so not unlike Colwick with tarmac, gravel, and muddy woodland trail…only difference is Colwick mountain is a mere bump compared to Yorkshire hills.

Not strictly parkrun #400 but I need to thank another of your hi-viz heroes, Tim, who at the 11th hour on Saturday afternoon stepped in to guide at the Rushcliffe 10km on Sunday. Without him I wouldn’t have been able to participate in my race due to my lined-up guide being injured. So thank you Colwick as without this connection I would have missed my race-he guided me to a new personal best!

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Kelly and Tim on Sunday.

I am already looking forward to returning to Colwick but for now parkrun family, that’s a wrap for event #400 and the team will look forward to event #401 - 9am Saturday morning #dfyb

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Coming to run at Colwick never makes me feel nervous I just feel welcomed into the parkrun family and accepted.

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Thanks to this week's volunteers! And a special thanks to Kelly for this lovely report.

Stephen DICKENS • Libby HARRISON • Nik NEESHAM • Amy DICKENS • Katherine MALONE • Andrew PHILLIPS • David ROBINSON • Clare LAWSON • Kelly JACKSON • Rachel GRANT • Matthew PICKLES • Arry NATHAN • Debbie CROUCH • Alex LOACH • Jacques SARAZIN • Evie DICKENS • Sarah SHARP • Abigail CAST • Steve JEPSON • Tim SORRELL • Hilary MCHUGH • Niki WARD • Angie ALBERY • Thomas MOORE • Callie-May DICKENS • Tracey MOORE • Anthony DEANE • Lydia Rose DEANE • Elinor PAGE • Luke ROBINSON • Gideon NUKPORTI • Scarlett BRUMFITT

See you on Saturday for event #401!

 

Event 399 – 23rd February 2019

This weeks run report comes comes courtesy of Terry, one of our VI parkrunners.

Being registered blind, I am often told that I’m missing out on seeing the beauty of the park and am asked by other runners how I manage at parkrun? In particular, how I seem to know my way around the Colwick course?

To answer these, here’s how it went on Saturday, for event 399.

I was collected at home as usual and driven to Colwick by a volunteer; on this occasion it was SuperKev. On arrival, Kevin passed me over to Caitlin Sorrell, my guide runner for the day. Like everyone else, Caitlin and I waited eagerly at the start as James and Iain gave a briefing to the 19 first timers.

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Run Director Abigail greeted the 243 runners and welcomed tourists from Chelmsford and France. As well as congratulating Julie Matthews on her milestone 50th parkrun, we welcomed Roy and Jackie’s visit and applauded the 25 volunteers who had donned hi-viz for the day.

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We were soon on our way, accompanied by greetings from fellow parkrunners as they passed us. Talking to me as we ran, Caitlin controlled our pace and prevented me from running into others and relayed information about the course and conditions. This meant giving me notice of oncoming turns, speed bumps, changes of surface and counting me down (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) to meet these and avoid any falls. Her non-stop description of our surroundings i.e. the stillness of the lakes, the colour of the sky, other runners – even breeds of dogs, allowed me to build a vision of the event we were part of. Hearing we were passing particular features, such as Roy’s split, Shoesucker straight, Children’s playground etc, along with positions of benches/bins/picnic tables, meant I knew where we were and could decide if I wanted to speed up or slow down. To anyone interested, we had 9 changes of surface and passed 35 benches, 17 bins, 11 speed bumps and 2 picnic benches. We went through 2 gates, 1 barrier, passed 5 parkrun distance markers (1 was missing) 1 wind turbine and 4 new wooden sculptures. We passed areas of new blooms, trees in blossom, very few puddles, hardly any mud, plenty of geese and a lone heron flying overhead.

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Most importantly, we had the encouragement of other runners, spectators and marshals; all of whom we thanked.

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In no time at all, we ran through the 3 cones at either side which greeted the finish, passed the timekeepers and received our tokens and had barcodes scanned.

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Another parkrun completed - where I probably “saw “ and enjoyed more of the park than most. With the quality of my guide runners and support of the most friendly parkun imaginable, getting to and around Colwick is always easy and enjoyable. Plus, there’s the café afterwards. Here’s looking forward to next week.

Many thanks to Caitlin and to the following volunteers who made it all possible.

Laura and Tracey were our timekeepers, with Philip and Thomas barcode scanning and Joanna on the clipboard.

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SuperKev managed the funnel and Jacques gave out finish tokens.

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You were cheered and clapped round the course by your marshals Will, Lynsey, Neil, Scarlett, Maureen, Roy, and Jackie.

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Your tail walkers were Hilary, Libby, Louise, and Angie.

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syatb next week to do it all again!

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