Event 389 – 22nd December 2018: Christmas jumpers & satsumas

279 runners and walkers joined us for our Christmas jumpers & satsuma parkrunday, suitably dressed for the occasion.

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The day was made even more special with Roy returning to marshal the famous “Roy's Split”.

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Jim and Patrick completed their 100th parkrun, Katy and Paul their 50th and Alistair his 10th “grown up parkrun” as a junior.

For once, the volunteers looked less flashy than the participants:

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But they all knew what they were doing and enjoyed working together. What a team!

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Special mention to Steve who lead a team of tail walkers comprising of four under 10s.

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The team had brought enough satsumas for everyone to enjoy at the finish!Cp389

Katy spiced up her 50th parkrun by doing “burpees” every time she passed a marshal.

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It does take something truly special to be noticed among the two legged reindeers

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and the running trees:

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The atmosphere was so great, lots of people staying at the finish line, talking to friends, and enjoying the occasion.

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33 parkrunners scored a pb:

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The Daleside Cafe looked very seasonal afterwards:

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Thank you all for the costumes and the great atmosphere. Have a fantastic Christmas!

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Event 388 – 15th December 2018

The weather forecast predicted sleet and snow but how lucky we were to have a clear morning and reasonable under foot.

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The volunteers consisted of the Robinson Family and their friends, known collectively as The Breakfast Club (for obvious reasons) and supported by other volunteers and the more professionals like Abigail, Super Kev and Finlay who gave much needed support. Clare O'Neil kept it quiet that it was her 25th time of volunteering. Well done Clare.

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Congratulations also to Guy Lambert and Craig Provett who both joined the 100 Club today!

I took the helm for the first time and the role was made easier due to the group just getting on with their tasks, they were brilliant. It's made me realise how much work goes on in the background to make parkrun happen. A special thanks to Gideon Nukporti who turned up before his run just to help unload the gear and set up the course. I'm told he does this regularly.

In my pre-run announcement I made comment that if everyone volunteered just once a year how good that would be and how much they would enjoy the experience.

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As for the event, 217 people took part with no injuries and no incidents on the route. The Run Director breathed a sigh of relief and pleasure on what was a successful day.

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Please join us next week when Christmas jumpers are welcome but never compulsory... and we'll have satsumas for all! #loveparkrun

 

Event 386 – 1 December 2018: Rebel Runners takeover

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Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak of December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.”

Is it just me that feels slightly melancholy as December dawns and we enter the rump of the year? This year seemed no different: slate grey skies and a cold, hard drizzle in the air.

I can taste the tin of the sky —- the real tin thing. Winter dawn is the colour of metal.

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Nevertheless, 210 hardy parkrunners and a crack squad of volunteers, mainly consisting of Nottingham’s own Rebel Runners, descended upon a starkly beautiful Colwick Country Park as celebrants to event #386.

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The Rebels were here to celebrate the graduation of yet another couch to 5km group. Nottingham seems especially blessed with running clubs and communities like this, with a conveyer belt of new runners gently encouraged into the welcoming bosom of the parkrun community. Well done to coaches and graduate alike! Mindful that the winter is drawing in and that Christmas is a very difficult time of year for many people, the Rebels organised a collection for the Netherfield food bank and our wonderful community at Colwick donated food and gifts for the "cherish a child" programme in such quantities that we easily filled the back of a car. Thank you, everyone: these donations will make a very real difference to people in our local area.

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Find out more about the Rebels here. http://rebelrunnersnottingham.co.uk/

Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
Flash, like a Love-though, thro’me, Death
And take a Life that wearies me.

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In spite of the distinctly grimy weather, Claire welcomed 30 first timers at the Briefing as well as tourists from as far afield as Braunstone, Leicester and Forest Rec.

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Sarah Melrose also celebrated her 50th parkrun with us. Congratulations Sarah, and we look forward to seeing you proudly wearing that very natty scarlet milestone t-shirt very soon!

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You were timed in Matt and Tina, with 28 of you managing to record PBs. Well done!

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Stuart and Reed ran a particularly smooth funnel (excellent funnel management by Reed in particular there, making sure that everyone stayed in order).

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Your elite scanning squad was Fiona, Jess and Chris, with Lord Archer supervising a very neat and mostly legible clipboard.

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You were cheered on and high-fived around the course by our crack team of marshals: Chris deputising for Roy at the split, Peter on sign 10, Zoe and Ross down by the Warden’s hut, Lisa at the corner as you leave the road, Natalie by the playground and Alan in the car park.

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Your tailwalkers were Iain, James, Charlotte, Richard, Anjela, Lynsey and Bobby the dog!

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Terry was guided this week by Caitlin and Iris was encouraged around the course by Coach Moffatt.

Andrew took some fantastic photos, which you can view here:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/colwick-parkrun/

Richard and Caitlin sorted the tokens in the Daleside over a coffee as your Run Director Tim processed the results as it really started to rain.

It might be winter now, but remember:

We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December

Shakespeare might have been a bit gloomy about the dark days, freezing nights and the scant pleasures of the fleeting year, but we parkrunners know that we have memories so that we might have roses in December.

We are not Summer's Children; no Winds of Winter can stop this parkrun.

See you next week for more of the same.

 

Event 385 – 24th November 2018

Ahoy, me Hearties!

All was calm as the hi viz crew readied the Colwick parkrun ship to welcome 312 parkrunners. Anthony, Kate, Tina and Tom (marshals) and Alex, Amelie, Claire and Remi (tail walkers) ensured the ship stayed on course. Andy and Finlay kept us on time while Emily and Nathalie kept everyone in order. Angie, Carol, Eben and Louise scanned everyone safely off the ship. Tim and Caitlin expertly guided our VI runners. Andrew ensured memories were kept forever. Captain Arry enjoyed chatting to the passengers and was relieved no one walked the plank! :)

Steve welcomed our 61 new arrivals and travelers from foreign lands, including London and Ireland. Beaming among them were the Nottingham University Hospitals Couch to Infinity graduates who proudly completed their first parkrun ever today. We look forward to welcoming you on board again.

We were delighted Seadog Graeme came aboard for his 250th voyage today. He first alighted the Colwick parkrun ship at event seven, just over seven years ago, and inspired many friends and all his family to join him. Rumour has it that his family book holidays based on parkrun locations... of which Graeme has touristed 41 different locations. When resting, Graeme has volunteered 45 times and can be found walking for miles along the Wall or up Mount Kilimanjaro. Thank you Graeme- here's to many more voyages with us!

Many congratulations to James Smith and Ruby Dalziel who completed their 50th voyage with our sister ships.

And so we were ready to weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen at precisely 9am CMT (Colwick Mean Time)!

Shiver me timbers! 51 of you recorded a PB today! Well done- you were too fast for me to take photos.

Our hi viz crew had the place shipshape in no time and we set sail for a meat and rum at our favourite Daleside cafe.

Captain Tim and his capable Rebel Runners crew look forward to welcoming you next week. They are collecting booty for Netherfield Foodbank who are assembling individual gift packs for young children. They would appreciate donations of toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, hand soap, deodorant, toilet rolls), food items (UHT/ powder milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit), sweets and small toys and games (those without batteries please). No baked beans, tomatoes or cereals, please.

Till next week,

Your Colwick parkrun team

 

Event 384 – 17 November 2018

What a belter of an autumn parkrun day we enjoyed this week.   Sunshine, fallen leaves, swans a singing, 255 parkrunners (including 37 first time visitors to Colwick), 46 shiny new PB’s and 24 wonderful volunteers.  Nothing not to like there!

We love to see different perspectives on parkrun and are all for people having a go at sharing their own parkrun experience.  If you  fancy getting creative and penning a run report, creating your own entry into the annals of Colwick parkrun history in the process, please do ask any of our RD’s (who will almost certainly say ‘yes please’).   You even get a volunteer credit to help you on the step towards your 25 T-Shirt…. Speaking of which –

This week one of our  37 first time visitors, Nicholas Partridge, stepped up and asked if he could provide a tourist’s eye-view account of his trip up from his usual surrounds of Corby parkrun.  This week’s RD did indeed reply ’yes please’ … so here it is… 

If you're looking for a comprehensive guide to Colwick parkrun, then you've come to the wrong report, however if you want a tourists viewpoint then, maybe this is indeed the place for you.  

68 miles away from home lies Colwick Country Park. A scenic, peaceful place, with ducks, geese, swans and the odd partridge.

My chauffer (v50), Ady, did a grand job - collecting me at 6:25 am!. The purpose of our visit was two-fold:  VI guide to Iris for Ady,  and an excuse to catch-up with Terry, who I guided in August.  We arrived around 8:30 and met run director Steve who was briefing a group of volunteers at the finish.  Soon enough Iris arrived and we headed to the start.  

Once underway every step was greeted by a mixture of hard packed gravel, grassy mud and a beautiful woodland carpet of coloured leaves.  The course I would describe as a bit twisty and slightly undulating, with a 'mountain!'

The marshals are all smiley… and we loved it.  

Just a shame we didn't get that course record for Iris, though that does leave the door open nicely for a next time... 

Thanks for sharing Nick - Mount Colwick awaits your next visit !!

SYATB folks