Coventry parkrun – 2 June 2018

There will be an early course inspection (as usual) tomorrow - 2 June 2018

We've been told that by that time the route, with a slight detour, will be usable. We'll be checking early to confirm this and will let you know if we're on tomorrow morning.

If we are on, do attend the briefing.

 

Coventry parkrun celebrates the 70th Birthday of the NHS – NHS70

The NHS is celebrating 70 years this year. They have teamed up with parkrun to encourage people to come and celebrate with a special nationwide parkrun NHS birthday celebration on 9 June 2018.

Coventry parkrun will be holding a special NHS themed event and would love as many people as possible, particularly NHS workers, to join us at the War Memorial Park.

There will be cake* and as ever fancy dress is encouraged, so dig out your doctors/nurse/paramedic/patient outfits!

(*healthier alternatives also available)

Running isn't a requirement, we have plenty of walkers each week who complete the 5k.

If you feel you aren't able to complete the course then you could join in by volunteering.

parkrun is entirely run by volunteers and is free for all to participate in. Just register for free at www.parkrun.org.uk/register and print your barcode and bring it with you.

Your official invite can be dowloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3y57v36q1pv5b47/NHS70-parkrun-invitation.pdf?dl=0

Please feel free to share this with friends and colleagues there's a poster here too if you'd like to print one off: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dxdmrv5tbw8nra9/NHS70-parkrun-poster.pdf?dl=0

nhs70

 

The parkrun Code

The parkrun Code has been given a lick of paint.

The parkrun Code image

Some additional reminders:

  • If you’re new to parkrun or Coventry parkrun, please arrive in time to attend the new runner briefing at 8.50
  • Please attend the main briefing at the monument. You can’t hear it from the start line and we’d rather not have to come and repeat the briefing for those that don’t attend.
  • Please listen to the Run Director (or at least not talk through the briefing)
  • There are signs with estimated finish times at the start area. Please follow these. It will help everyone to get away safely and will decrease the need for people to overtake (particularly at the start)
  • Keep left at all time unless you’re on the way to the finish line (and finishing)
  • The paths are narrow in places so please don’t run more than 2 abreast
  • Be aware of other runners and walkers. Please give them room to enjoy the park and pathways
  • If you are passing people, please only do so when it’s safe and leave room for people behind you when you move back to the left hand side of the pathways
  • We do not have priority in the park. Under no circumstances should anyone shout at other park users or other parkrunners to get out of the way
  • Under no circumstances should you push anyone

These are, hopefully, common sense but if you’re unable to follow any of these then do get in touch with us at coventryoffice@parkrun.com or speak to one of our volunteers.

This will all help everyone to continue to enjoy the friendly, community event that Coventry parkrun is.

 

Coventry parkrun cancellations – 2018

There will be no Coventry parkrun on:
19 May The Biggest Weekend: Coventry; key paths unusable (setup)
26 May The Biggest Weekend: Coventry; key paths unusable
1 September Godiva Festival 2018

cancelled

 

Course inspections at Coventry parkrun

Our Run Directors carry out course checks weekly at Coventry parkrun. This is to ensure that the course is hazard free and safe to use before deciding whether Coventry parkrun can go ahead or be cancelled.

There’s two main reasons why we may cancel Coventry parkrun:
- Other events in the park: The park is a public place and other events may take place on a Saturday morning. These can have vehicles that may use or block our course and so we would need to cancel

- Weather: Occasionally, and normally due to wintery weather, our course isn’t able to be safely negotiated and so Coventry parkrun will be cancelled.

There is one other reason that we may cancel, which we hope never to have to do, and that is due to lack of volunteers. If we don’t have a team of volunteers sufficient to safely operate parkrun then we will cancel and this can happen up to the very minute of the scheduled start time.

When will we let you know about cancellations?

If we know we’re cancelling due to an event taking place then we’ll let you know in advance on the Coventry parkrun website, faceboook, twitter etc..

If it’s weather related then we will carry out the usual course inspection on the morning of the parkrun. If there’s thick, sheet ice on the course then we can make a very early call not to go ahead. If it’s a ‘little slippy’ in places then we may make the decision to go ahead or not closer to 9am to allow for any thaw to happen or make minor course changes off the pathway onto grass if possible and appropriate.

The decision is entirely based on conditions on the morning of the parkrun and a judgement call by the Run Director to the best of their ability and with very best intentions.

If we do decide to cancel then, as soon as we’re able, we will do our best (technology permitting) to inform our volunteers by email about the cancellation. We will update the Coventry parkrun website and facebook and speak to those who look like they’re in the park for parkrun about the decision.

If a cancellation means that you won't make a milestone parkrun or will cause you distress then do look for another parkrun that may be more likely, although not guaranteed, to go ahead. If you're in doubt as to whether to travel or not to Coventry parkrun then please err on the side of caution ie don’t travel – we’re generally on the following week.

 

On 3 February Coventry parkrun will be 8 years old.

On 3 February Coventry parkrun will be 8 years old.

As is customary, it will be a fancy dress affair. We know you like a theme so come dressed wearing your favourite sports kit (rugby, tennis, cricket etc..) or as your favourite sportsperson.

There will be celebrating and cake.

We'll be heading to the City Arms in Earlsdon after parkrun.

 

Christmas at Coventry parkrun 2017

Christmas at Coventry parkrun - 2017 (Edited)

23 December - will be this year's Coventry parkrun Santa run.

Come along in your santa suit, elfwear, reindeer regalia... and enjoy your regular, super, parkrun! Why not bring some festive snacks to share with your friends afterawards.

25 December - there will be a parkrun starting at 9am.
NB - there will be NO facilities open in the park on this day.

(Not strictly Christmas, but there will not be a Coventry parkrun on New Year's Day)

 

Coventry parkrun 2 September: Cancelled

Due to the Donkey Derby (and the event setup) being held on 2 September in the War Memorial Park, there will be no Coventry parkrun on that day. Normal service will be resumed on 9 September. Why not try a new venue? - your barcode will work at these events so don't forget it!

 

Car parking at Coventry parkrun

Please use the main Park & Ride car park when joining us on Saturday mornings rather than the Leamington Road car park.

The Leamington Road car park is smaller and does get full. Please ensure that you park in the allocated spaces and nowhere else.

There is no need for anyone to be parking on verges, or on top of planted areas or be blocking other cars in - there is another, larger car park.

The short distance from the Park and Ride car park is an ideal distance for warming up and/or chatting with fellow parkrunners on the way to the start.

Really shouldn't have to tell you this, but if you're spoken to by park staff then please be polite. If you're parked inconsiderately and asked to move your car then please do so. Better still don't park inconsiderately.

Lateness is not an excuse, aim to arrive earlier. There is (usually) always a parkrun next week where you can try for a better time.

Better still, if you're able to, walk, run or cycle to join us.

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