Event 363 – 16th June 2018

It was lovely to return to Colwick Country park after a week off along with 277 parkrunners and 17 wonderful volunteers.

Our beloved Roy was under the weather this week.  These are big boots to fill and it took 6 legs to fill them!  Thanks to Katy and Scampi (or 'not Roy' as she was christened by passing parkrunners!)  for manning the split. Quote of the day  from the field - 'the Oil of Olay' is working Roy'.    Get well soon Roy.

We had plenty of milestones to celebrate this weekend.  50 T's earned by Helen Walsh and Steff Elliott along with Clare Lane,  Laura Clark and Tracey Moore (below).

Well done also to Philippa for adding a 50 T to her volunteer T-shirt.

We also had a 250 to celebrate with Angela (and of course cake and goodies!).   Brilliant achievements all of you - well done!

Well done also to not one but two couch to 5k graduation groups.  The Purple Power of Notts Woman Runners were out in force.

as were the wonderfully yellow Rebel Runners..

Post event we had an enquiry into HQ as to whether parkrun was open to walkers... well of course it is open (and free) to EVERYONE.  We know this as we have been in and around it for some time now and are proud of the wide ranging participation we see at Colwick .... but the query serves as a good reminder that not everyone does so we should all keep spreading the the word and the parkrun love...…

We leave you with a caption competition this week..... just what were our most experienced time keeping duo discussing in great depth between finishers.. politics? world cup tips?  7th birthday plans for next week (hint hint) or … (my guess)  what to have in the omelette at the Daleside?!




Event 362 – 2nd June 2018

After a beautiful month of May, the first parkrun of June saw a return of the wet weather. Whether the rain was a deterrent, or whether the half-term holiday impacted numbers, a select group of 159 parkrunners turned up. Amongst them were 2 brand new parkrunners (and we hope to see them again on a drier day!), a few tourists from places like Brierley Forest or Penrhyn, and some regular Colwick fans, like Steven who was running his 100th accompanied by his family.

Congratulations also go to Becky and Claire who both ran their 50th. Becky has run 45 of them at Colwick and Claire has run them all at Colwick. That's quite something! Sorry we missed your milestones ladies!

28 of you recorded PBs, including Lynne here who looks thrilled about it!
Rather than a muddy run-up to the finish line, our parkrunners had to navigate a temporary surface which we hope will protect the paths during the music festival. Nobody tripped or slipped on it, but Roy doesn't look too impressed with the changes in front of his split! IMG_3345

The parkrun photo theme for the week was "finish faces". Here are some fantastic smiley faces (well most of them are smiley), which just goes to show that a bit of rain didn't stop our hardy parkrunners from having a great time.

Parkrun couldn't happen without our lovely, cheerful and friendly volunteers.
Thank you to our marshals, Roy, Jacqui, Olivia and Mary, John and Phoebe. Sandy and Louise expertly managed the stopwatches, and Frances, Helen and Dawn coped admirably with soggy barcodes and temperamental scanners. The clipboard was full!
Ben and Hannah made sure the funnel was kept in good order, and Terry briefed the first timers. David, Rita and Stef were your tailwalkers, and Abi guided Terry. Caitlin was in charge of the megaphone and forgot to ask for everybody's parkrun bingo guesses! Ooops!

Back at the Daleside, whilst Roy and Jacqui enjoyed breakfast, Caitlin processed results, whilst Tim, Abi and Nic sorted wet tokens.

Volunteering is such good fun, particularly as the weather gets warmer, so if you think you might want to join us, just check out our volunteer roster at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/colwick/futureroster/ and email us at colwickhelpers@parkrun.com.

The barcode scanners have at least got two weeks to dry out before they get put to work again, as next week is the Detonate music festival at Colwick Park. A great opportunity to try some parkrun tourism!
See you on the 16th!


Event 361 – 26th May 2018. SBRC takeover!


Southbank Running Club arrived early on Saturday morning to allay any fears that the substantial rain the day before would have turned our beautiful course into the quagmire it often resembles through the winter months... they completed a quick parkrun freedom reccy and confirmed we were definitely in for a good one!


With slightly cooler temperatures and just the odd puddle here and there, the conditions were actually perfect for running and for us to kick-start the bank holiday weekend, the best way we know how… with another brilliant parkrun.


In their numbers, 31 to be precise, the guys from the Southbank made the short journey over Trent Bridge for the latest Colwick volunteer roster takeover. They, along with a couple of stalwarts and with another one or two who also kindly volunteered, proved to be more than adequate Hi-Vis heroes... run #361 passed just how we like it: without fuss.



A big thank you to every single one of the volunteers; their enthusiasm and big smiles guided an impressive total of 228 parkrunners, walkers and joggers around both lakes and safely back down the finishing funnel, where they were met by the friendly faces of Kay (Knowles) and Kistee (Gee).


Included in the volunteers were 7 pacers. Between them, they covered 2 minute intervals from 20 to 32 mins. They helped provide this week magic by leading 28 newcomers and a fantastic total of 51 of you to your personal best. Great work pacers, great work parkrunners!


If there was ever a pacer that took his job seriously, that would have to be David Jones… when he said he’d run 24 minutes, he meant it… finishing with a time of 24:00… to the second!


There were no official milestones this week but it was another notch for many towards those very impressive looking brand new milestone t-shirts. Keep up the good work and you will be the proud and lucky owner of one of them before you know.


We had representatives from 20 different running clubs and a tourist all the way from Poland, which just goes to show how parkrun brings the whole running community together…


With that spirit, achievement and pleasure, and as many parkrunners disappeared back through the trees, the volunteers packed up before reconvening at the Daleside Café, for a bite to eat and the result processing. As always it was packed with plenty of talk about another fine morning at the place we call home…


... when the results went live, the gratitude and good will was there to be seen all over social media! Keep sharing the love guys... but please remember parkrun is a team effort and just as with the volunteers, our events wouldn’t be what they are without our amazing participants turning up week in, week out.


We have one more run next Saturday before the park is unavailable on the 9th of June... so make the most of it and join us again for number 362... you deserve it!



Event 360 – 19th May 2018

The sun well and truly shone on Colwick Park on Royal Wedding day, when to watch or not to watch seemed to be the centre of pre-post (and probably mid) parkrun run discussion.

Not missing out on their hi-viz fix were today's awesome volunteers who got the course set up so swiftly that they took some time out to perfect their Howler Throw techniques!
The younger contingent within our volunteer team also got stuck into the Colwick undergrowth to retrieve some errant howlers!  We are fairly certain that all howlers and DofE ers were accounted for by the end!
A big thanks then to all 21 of our super volunteers this week.  That number was 20 right up until 9:45am when whilst waiting for big sister Olivia to wrap up her Funnel Manager duties young Matilda was overheard telling her dad she was 'getting a bit bored'.   No  pocket dictionary required to know that this translates directly in parkrun language to 'please can I start sorting out the number tokens?'  and so she did...
Good on you Matilda, a future magic maker in the making!  Thanks also to Hilary, Sharon and Elizabeth for finishing the job off back in the Café.. love the focus here ladies!
The sunny weather (and lack of mud) bought with it 46 PB's, and 42 first timers including a good number of tourists making a weekend of it before heading (swimming?) over the river to Holme Pierrepont for Outlaw triathlon festivities. Hope all went well folks.. ..
There were no official milestones this week but we did celebrate with one of our 'originals' Karen who reached number 300.  David Robinson and Andrew Horton both also notched up their double century of parkruns.  Well done folks.
Talking of originals - lest we forget that our unsung hero and the technical and operational glue that holds Colwick parkrun together celebrated (at last) his 100th parkrun down in London on Saturday.  We could show you a picture of Frazer hosing down and repairing our kit, solving some of our technical / IT glitches,  manning the stopwatch as he so often does or one of the many other 'back of house' activities he gets on with so that we can all keep doing the fun stuff..... but......... here is Frazer tripping up his son at Colwick in the early days...
....for no other reason than he doesn't like a fuss and we like any excuse to remind ourselves of an all time classic Colwick parkrun photo!  I  should add that this was entirely (allegedly) accidental!!   Well done for finally reaching 100 Frazer!
A mention finally also for our tourist volunteer Rory who was marking his 500th parkrun appearance with a spot of timekeeping (and results processing too).
No mud..no clouds.. lots of sun.. lots of familiar happy faces...there are not many better ways to start a weekend than that!








Event 359 – 12th May 2018

Holme Pierrepont Running Club (HPRC) takeover and Grand Prix


Sunshine, supportive volunteers and scrumptious flapjacks helped to break several records this parkrunday. We recorded our highest attendance this year (316)*, highest number of volunteers ever (37) and an impressive 66 PBs! Wow!


Our day started with Helly welcoming 59 first timers, including the learn2run group from Nottingham University Hospitals who graduated with flying colours by their first 5k today. What an achievement! Well done all of you and thank you for the flapjacks! We also welcomed tourists from Norfolk and West Yorkshire- thank you for joining us.


A big thank you to our friends at HPRC who cheered our parkrunners and ensured the day went like clockwork:

Lucy ADAMS, Lisa CHAN, Sue CHICKEN, Olivia DEACON, Eddy GEORGE, Matthew GRAINGE, Rachel GRANT, Claire HAYES-GILL, Christine HEATON, Claire HILL, David HODSON, Natalie Jayne HOFFMAN, Frazer HOOD, Helen HOOD, Denise HOOLEY, Bernard JARVIS, Chris JEKIEL, Helen JEKIEL, Rob MACDONALD, Julie MCGEORGE, Arry NATHAN, Michele NOBLE, Andrew PHILLIPS, Derek James ROSE, Jessica SHANKS, Graham SKELTON, Jacqueline Marie SKELTON, Scott SMITH, Lisa Marie SMITH, Olivia SMITH, Tim SORRELL, Caitlin SORRELL, Phoebe STANYARD, Kim STANYARD, Ruth SWAIN, Sarah TYLER, Nicola WHILLIS

Big thanks to Chris who told us about HPRC. They are a running club who cater for all abilities and have a variety of training sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. They are hosting the ever popular Grand Prix race again this year consisting of 4 races of varying distances to raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice. Technical t-shirt for entering all races and lots of individual and team prizes.

Race dates:

26 June Rushcliffe Country Park (4 miles)

28 June Holme Pierrepont (10 km)

3 July Embankment (5 km)

5 July Colwick Racecourse (5 miles)

Our multi-tasking Chris also timed you across the finish line. He is one of our much loved regulars at Colwick and we are delighted that he joined the volunteer club today! Many thanks for being part of our parkrun community Chris. We look forward to seeing you in the aubergine t-shirt soon.

The PB bell was busy today with an impressive 66 of you recording a PB. Well done all of you and thank you to our pacemakers who I am sure helped.

What a fabulous day- complete of course with a visit to Daleside cafe.

See you next week,

Your Colwick parkrun team

*bar New Year's Day

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