Event 325 – 16th September 2017

Bobble hat weather is definitely closing in on us, there was a chill in the air for event 325. That didn't stop 303 of you joining us this week for a run, jog or walk around Colwick Park.

We celebrated a few milestones. Tony Madge did his 50th run (and bagged a new PB and the top age grade %!).

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Congratulations to Harry Cramp and Sarah Croydon-Fowler who also ran their 50th parkruns today.

Stuart Robinson (aka Son of Robbo) ran his 100th parkrun with a supporting cast of family and friends.

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There were 48 PBs. Good to see you making the most of the dry-ish weather. The rain, and shoesucker straight will no doubt make an appearance as autumn progresses!

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We welcomed a sea of yellow as the latest group of Rebel Runners couch to 5k graduates did their first parkrun. We hope to see you again soon!

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All of this fabulous running, jogging and walking took place courtesy of our hi-vis heroes, and we had a bumper crop this week.

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Helen, Finners, Jacqui, Jason, Evie, and Roy were your clapping and cheering marshals.

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Tim and Sandy timed you over the line.

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Anton managed the funnel and Angela gave you your finish token. Angela also joined the 25 volunteer club - well done Angela!

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Steve, Matt and Alison scanned your barcodes and Megan helped on the bucket.

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Dawn did a sterling job on the clipboard - it was a busy day for barcodes that had decided they didn't want to be scanned.

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Iain, Philippa and James were your tail walkers, making sure you all got back safely.

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Terry gave the first timers briefing aided by his glamorous assistant Arry. Arry then guided Terry round the course.

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Conrad guided Iris.

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We'll leave you this week with a small ditty - 'it's a run not a race, there's always time to tie your lace!'

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Your Colwick parkrun team

 

Event 324 – 9th September 2017

There once was a parkrun in Colwick
Where runners and walkers did frolic.
One Saturday in September at event 324
(we were oh so lucky as the rain didn't pour)
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249 made their way round the lake
With smiles on their faces that were far from fake,
Along came a rainbow of bright t-shirts and vests
Achieving no less than 33 personal bests
The bell rang out so many times
Filling the air with jingles and chimes.
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With tourists coming from near and from far:
Swaziland, Leicester and perhaps Myanmar*
Greatly supported by 24 volunteers
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Well done to Nick who completed run fifty
In a milestone shirt he'll look pretty nifty
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31 jolly first timers joined in the fun
Abi and Terry briefed them on the run
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Hats and tutus to mark great achievement
It may not be official, but I'm in agreement
Let's ring the bell just because we are glad,
Dress up in costume, and pretend to be mad!

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Here is a picture of Tim and of Sandy
Armed with a stopwatch they're pretty handy
Once in the funnel Christine gave the token
"Please stay in order!" - Stephen has spoken

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Adults and children brought up the rear
Making sure all did complete without fear
A troupe of tail walkers crossed over line
(never before did hi-viz look so fine)
Thus marking the end of fun so divine!

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But our parkrunners should not despair
Whether the skies are dark, cloudy or fair
They still can walk, run, skip or jive
As next week will bring us event 325!

*OK, there weren't really any tourists from Myanmar, but it rhymed.

With great thanks to our wonderful volunteers:
Kevin BOWEN • Stephen DICKENS • Jonathan Mark Adrian SHORT • Christine HEATON • Jason CLACK • Stephen WELLS • Jacqueline Marie SKELTON • Terry RODGERS • Molly BOWEN • James BOWEN • Graham SKELTON • Megan WARREN • Abigail CAST • Dawn WARREN • Tim SORRELL • Caitlin SORRELL • Sandy WATERLOW • Amanda BURROWS • Esther DAVEY • Rachel ASHTON • Fraser BURROWS • Samuel ASHTON • Leila MILLS • Alexander WALKER

 

Event 323 – 2nd September 2017

Summer may be drawing to a close but the clouds parted and we were treated to a stunningly sunny morning for this weeks parkrun. As lovely as they are it would be nice to keep our famous big bobble hats and other wondrous woollens in the wardrobe for a few more weeks at least.

20 volunteers donned the hi-vis and made the magic happen for our 297 finishers.

Take a bow.... Tim and Jon on timing, Team Robinson, Rita and David managed the finish funnel and handed out the position tokens. Finners, Louise, Callista and Lily scanned your barcodes, Frazer manned the clipboard, expert marshals Roy, Jacqueline were joined by Sam, Alison and Alexander for the very first time. And they were fab! Conrad and Matt guided Iris and Terry. This being Matt's 25th volunteer occasion. Thank you and welcome to the 25 volunteer club Matt. We look forward to seeing you in your purple t-shirt very soon. First time volunteers Anthony and Lydia made sure everyone was accounted for as tail walkers. Claire briefed our tourists and first timers and drew high praise with one tourist declaring it the very best brief he'd ever received at a parkrun. Well done Claire!

SuperKev did his regular shouty bit on the megaphone. Still not as loud as Helen though!

If you would like to join us in the hi-vis one week please do email us at colwickhelpers@parkrun.com to bag a slot on our volunteer roster. It's brilliant fun and you really do get to see how parkrun works from a different perspective.

We welcomed 45 first timers to Colwick Park this week, 15 of whom completed their very first parkrun. Tourists joined us from Kent and the lake District amongst others. Thank you all for joining us and please do hurry back.

There were also an impressive 58 new PB's so the PB Bell saw plenty of finish line action.

The all important parkrun bingo was won this week by Frazer who was bang on the nose with his guess of 297 finishers. Tim and SuperKev took delight in informing Jon he'd lost even before we'd shouted 3,2,1 go. His feeble guess of 200 being obviously way out. Jon attempted to change his guess which is a breach of parkrun bingo rules, this being promptly refused by the adjudicating committee.

As always we retired to the Daleside café post run for coffee, chat and more coffee.

We had so much fun we've decided we'd better do it all again next week!

A reminder that there is still time to join our volunteer team marshalling the Robin Hood Marathon water station in Colwick Park on Sunday 24th September. We have been doing this for several years now and always have a really enjoyable day cheering on the many runners. Please email us at colwickoffice@parkrun.com if you'd like to join us.

Your Colwick parkrun Event Team.

 

Event 322 – 26th August 2017 Hawaiian shirt day

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Filled with sunshine, palm trees, tropical fruits, enchanting music, and even a bit of controversy, Hawaiian shirt day definitely lived up to expectations! It provided the perfect start to the bank holiday weekend for 23 hi-viz heroes and 308 parkrunners- our ninth highest attendance!

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Helly, in traditional Hawaiian attire, welcomed 45 first timers including tourist from Swaziland, Finland, Gedling and, you've guessed it, Hawaii! :-) We look forward to seeing you all again very soon. Many thanks, Helly. Congratulation to Kathryn Raynor on her 100th parkrun and Mia on her 10th parkrun today.

And we were off... to the sounds of maracas and drums...
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... and had music enroute thanks to Mr D and his girls.

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Big thanks to our fabulous volunteers who set up the Hawaiian finish funnel, cheered you on and did a fantastic job looking after you:

Christine BENTLEY, Callie-May DICKENS, Evie DICKENS, Stephen DICKENS, Lily GREENWOOD, Helen HOOD, Chris JEKIEL, Helen JEKIEL, Harjit KAUR, Naomi MCARTHUR, Arry NATHAN, Karen Jane PARKIN, Callista READ, Caleb READ, Jacqueline Marie SKELTON, Graham SKELTON, Scott SMITH, Tim SORRELL, Cassie VIDLER, Megan WARREN, Dawn WARREN, Sandy WATERLOW, Stephen WELLS

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The day was complete with a cob and a coffee at Daleside.

Results were uploaded and position tokens all sorted ready for next week thanks to Jess and Steve.
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Aloha till next parkrunday,

Your Colwick parkrun team

 

Event 321 – 19th August 2017 #teamparkrun

The sun shone, the puddles receded, and Colwick Park seemed determined to show us its best side this week. It must have heard that Team GB National Lottery funded elite athlete Grace France was coming to tail walk with us as part of the #teamparkrun initiative.

For one week only, parkrun bingo had a prize that wasn't just a free parkrun! A fantastic #teamparkrun headband was on offer to the volunteer who got closest to the number of parkrunners we had (224). More on who won that later....

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We celebrated John Swift's 50th parkrun this week. Welcome to the milestone club John!

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We saw some fantastic running, jogging, and walking this week with 41 of us recording a new PB.

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Our hi-vis heroes as always, were there making the magic happen.

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Claire gave our first timers briefing, then dashed off to manage the funnel with Helen.

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Andrew, Amanda, Roy, Jacquie and Sarah were your cheering and clapping marshals.

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Frazer and Steve timed you over the line.

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Finners, Alex (a volunteer all the way from Havant!), Claire O, and Ben scanned your barcodes and manned the clipboard and bucket.

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Bernard guided Terry, and this week they'd have us believe that it was the blind leading the blind...

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Making sure you all got round safely and that no-one was left behind were our tail walkers Cathy, Aungfa and Grace.

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As to who won parkrun bingo... how could it be anyone other than Roy. His guess of 225 parkrunners was almost on the nose and his reward was to be able to channel his inner John McEnroe with Run Director Abigail.

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After all this great parkrunning it was off to the Daleside for the best breakfast in Nottingham and a good old chinwag.

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We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of #teamparkrun and for giving such a warm and friendly welcome to our UK Lottery Funded athlete Grace. Colwick parkrun is a wonderful place to be on a Saturday morning and that is down to all of YOU making it what it is.

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One last thing to remind you all. This coming Saturday is our annual Hawaiian Shirt parkrun. Hawaiian shorts, shorts, grass skirts, sunglasses, leis are all encouraged but of course not compulsory. Can anyone beat the PB for running with a pineapple, banana, or tropical fruit of your choice? We will have to wait and see!

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Until we next syatb.
Your Colwick parkrun team

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