Event 334 : Brought to you by Mellish Ladies RFC

245 parkrunners were expertly cared for by our visiting volunteer team from Mellish Ladies RFC this weekend.

Mellish's skipper for the day was Kate and as all good skippers do she stepped up to the plate to take on the all important stopwatch duties, expertly mentored by our Steve. Whilst Ebony, Jessica and Lydia made sure you all found your way around the course.  Joined of course by Roy

 

Toni, Kerri and Emily scanned, Grace manned the clip board whilst Faye and Evie snapped up all the finish tokens.

 

Izzy and Charlotte manned the funnel, supported by Matt and despite their early worries that this may entail a level of responsibility not usually expected of them at this time on a Saturday morning they nailed it and even managed to deal with a couple of instances of token dodging.

So effective was the finish line dream team in fact that we had only 4 'won't scan' results to add-in and no (that's nil, zero, zilch!) lost tokens which all meant that results were done and dusted in absolutely no time. Awesome job team!

Over on the start line local celeb Terry manned the 1st timers brief whilst Alex, Alison, Helen and Aimee made sure all was well out on the course.

 

Iris was guided round by Tim whilst aforementioned local celeb Terry was guided by our newest TV star Abigail... rumour has it that they were 'debating' all the way round as to who is now most famous (note - I might have made that bit up!)

 

Absolutely brilliant team all ably assisted by Helen our roving photographer and on the day emotional support worker for the Run Director.

Once we finally got going (sorry about that) we took a show of hands to see who had seen us on the tellybox this week courtesy of Abigail and Agata's appearance on Russell Howard's show.  A good number of hands shot up and hopefully a few more have now had chance to see it. If not, do have a quick look on our facebook page.

Before the off we welcomed some new members to the 50 club. Well done to Gary Manson (pictured below) and Trevor Stephenson for notching up their 50ths this week

and to Dougie, who snook off and reached his landmark quietly on tour last week!

Over at the finish line we had another instalment of what is developing into a new favourite game of ours.  Emily and Grace took on the challenge of deconstructing the sign.   It was touch and go for a while and the tension was mounting as tailwalker Alex (our unofficial record holder) turned onto the finish straight with the sign still in a state of unfoldedness but the girls perservered and managed to get it packed packed away without assistance.  Safe to say Alex your record is safe for now.  A top gear style leaderboard is called for surely.

  

Final word this week goes to our guest volunteers from Mellish.  They handed out a few flyers to see if anyone fancied joining the club.  It is open to all, no level of experience or ability required and if the rest of the club are as friendly, fun and dedicated as those that joined us on Saturday then you should definitely give them a go we reckon..

Thanks ladies

SYATB

 

Event 333 – 11th November 2017

We were glad to see the rain disappear for event 333. There were still plenty of puddles and mud to navigate for the 253 of you that joined us for a run, jog, and walk around the beautiful Colwick Park. We had 38 first timers including visitors from Italy, Lanhydrock, and the more local Forest Rec! We also had some visitors from Avalon TV, who were filming VI runners and guides - we'll let you know if and when our parkrun makes it to the telly.

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It was a bumper crop of milestones this week with plenty of cake and biscuits to celebrate. Congratulations go to Heidi and Stuart Fielder, Kate Horton, and Jason Randall on their 50th parkruns, and Helly and Chris Jekiel and John Tilling for their 100th parkruns. John has run all 100 of his parkruns at Colwick - we admire your dedication to our parkrun John!

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38 of you appear to love the mud, recording a new PB. Good to hear the bell ringing!

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Our hi-vis heroes did a fabulous job as always.

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Doing your first timers brief and timing you over the line was Claire. Joining Claire on the stopwatch was Steve.

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Our cheering and clapping marshals were Roy, Alison, Alex, Sandy and Erica. Special thanks go to Erica who covered one of our marshal spots at very short notice.

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Handing you your finish token was our clipboard maestro Dawn, adding another string to her volunteering bow. Dawn was joined by Will managing the funnel. Congratulations to Will who is the latest member of the 25 volunteer club.

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Your barcode was scanned by Evie, Phoebe and Grace, with Emily on the clipboard.

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Jane, Kelly and Ben made sure you all got back safely as our tail walkers.

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Caitlin guided Terry and Abigail guided Agata.

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Your Run Director was Helen (photo credit Andrew Phillips).

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After consuming cake and biscuits and finishing up the filming, it was then off to the Daleside for more food, results processing and token sorting.

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Looking ahead, next week we have a volunteer roster takeover by Mellish womens rugby club, however we would love volunteers for the rest of November and December and if you like to plan your volunteering in advance we're open for booking into 2018! We will NOT be running on Christmas Day but will be holding an extra parkrun on New Years Day at 10.30am.

I think we can all agree it's been another great parkrunday! syatb next week!

Your Colwick parkrun team.

 

Event 332 – 4th November 2017

The first properly soggy parkrun of the autumn awaited us on the morning of 4th November. Well done to the 176 of you that braved the rain, puddles and mud to run, jog and walk round the course.

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We had a few milestones this week. Congratulations to Martin Quinn, Christina Godfrey, and Graham and Jaqueline Sisson who all completed their 100th parkrun.

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Despite the conditions 10 of you managed to get a new PB! That takes some going, well done!

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Our wonderful parkrun couldn't happen without our hi-vis heroes.

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Supporting your parkrun this week were your marshals Roy, Janice, John, Eileen and Aoife. Janice and her girls also have hidden some 'Notts Rocks' around the park for you to find!

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Timing you over the line were Jason and Kevin.

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Emily handed you your finish token and Sandy managed the funnel.

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Alex and Grace scanned your barcodes and Will was on the clipboard. Alex also single-handedly got the A-board back in its bag and now has a job for life!

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Karen and Joanna made sure no-one got left behind as your tail walkers.

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Tim guided Terry and Corrina guided Agata.

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Your first timers brief was delivered by Claire, and your Run Director was Abigail.

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Once the action was over we decamped to the Daleside for some warming brekkie, results processing and token sorting.

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The hi-vis have had a wash, the scanners have been charged, the stopwatches reset. We're ready to do it all again this coming Saturday!

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Your Colwick parkrun team

 

Event 331 – 28th October 2017

A combination of half term holidays, XC season and the Worksop half marathon saw a smaller field take to the start line this week. In total we timed 201 people across our slightly muddy finish line. This meant a rare parkrun bingo win for Run Director SuperKev.

26 of our finishers were making their first trip to Colwick parkrun, 9 of those completed their very first parkrun, and we were joined by tourists from France, Burnley, Middleborough and Melton Mowbray amongst others. Welcome everyone! We hope you enjoyed spending time in our beautiful Country Park.

There was quite a strong breeze blowing as we started so somewhat surprisingly the PB Bell saw plenty of action this week. 34 of you defied the conditions to record a new personal best and earn the right to ring our bell at the finish line. Well done all!

Donning the hi-vis and making the parkrun magic happen this week were Phoebe who helped set up the finish area, Steve and Graeme who timed everyone around the course, Anthony handed out the position tokens, Ellie and Alexander scanned your barcodes, William did a sterling job manning the clipboard whilst Roy, Jacque, Louise and Callista marshalled the course. Ian, James and Philippa ensured everyone was accounted for as tail walkers. Special mention to Matt Pickles who steeped in and assisted Anthony in managing the finish funnel once he had completed his own parkrun. You're all Superstars. Thank you!

We do still have plenty of spaces on our volunteer roster for the next few weeks so if you're up for a bit of high-vis fun and frolics then please do email us at colwickhelpers@parkrun.com to bag a space on our roster. It's brilliant fun and a lot easier than completing 5k so what's not to like?

We were delighted to celebrate with some of our community as they completed milestone runs. Elizabeth Simpson joined the junior 10 club as she completed her 10th parkrun. James Pickles completed his 50th parkrun and Nathan Kirkwood completed his 100th parkrun surrounded by his family. Congratulation on some fantastic achievements all of you.

Once our volunteers had completed much head scratching, frowning, quite a bit of laughing and finally instruction reading in order to pack away our new 'pop up' A Board a small contingent ventured to the Daleside Café where the results were processed, position tokens sorted and breakfast cooked and served by Rachel and Zoe.

syatb next week!

Your Colwick Event Team.

 

Event 330 : 21st October 2017

As storm Brian swept across the UK, 272 parkrunners braved the wind to run, jog or walk around the Colwick course at event 330, and were rewarded with sunshine and puddles!

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32 were first timers, including a handful of local tourists, and even some who had travelled all the way from Leicester! 27 people achieved PBs, which was quite an achievement given the strong headwinds around the lake.

Only one milestone was officially celebrated on the day, but what a milestone! Paul Stacey join the exclusive 250 club accompanied by friends. Paul has left his mark on Colwick, in people's hearts but also on the blue bags that carry your top layer of clothing to the finish line... We have him to thank for the laminated numbers that help you identify which bag your hoody is in!
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However, hopefully it isn't too late to give credit to Francesco who joined Paul to run his hundredth parkrun. We are delighted that he chose Colwick for such a special occasion and look forward to seeing him back in the not too distant future in his black t-shirt.
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As always, we had a fantastic crew of volunteers who made event 330 possible.
Tourists and first timers were expertly briefed by Terry, ably assisted by Abi who then guided him round the course.
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Joanne, Roy, Jacqui, Stephen and Brian marshalled the course. Geoff and Steve timed you over line (between in-depth conversations about tennis), and Maureen managed the funnel and Mark handed out finish tokens.

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Ian captured your best profiles as our official photographer and we look forward to seeing the results soon.
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A huge thank you to Rachel from Leicester who volunteered at the last minute and joined Francesca as a tail walker.

Dawn continues to hold the title of unchallenged clipboard queen, and Alex and Sandy scanned your barcodes, and Caitlin was your run director. Thank you to all these high-vis heroes!
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Last week's run report asked how many people it takes to put the A-board away. The answer was 7. It turns out, you just need one person, as long as that person is the talented and dextrous Ian. Let's see if next week's crew can match that sterling performance.
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