Christmas Day parkrun

Frighteningly it is now less than 10 weeks until Christmas and we are already making plans. Our wonderful Run Director Jodi has volunteered to put on a Christmas Day parkrun this year, so not only will there be a Doncaster parkrun on Saturday 23rd December and Saturday 30th December there will be the extra Christmas Day one too.
To help us with our planning we would really appreciate people letting us know if they could volunteer that day so we can make sure we have enough people to ensure the parkrun can be put on safely. You can email us on doncasterhelpers@parkrun.com
So spread the word and look out for more details as we get closer to Christmas!!

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4th birthday celebrations – Saturday 23rd September 2017

A record attendance of 327 parkrunners enjoyed a fabulous morning in Sandall Park to celebrate our 4th anniversary. It is incredible to believe that our own parkrun has been going for so long and now attracts so many people. Unbelievably we haven't missed a Saturday since our first day and we have been joined by 4,261 different people over those 4 years, running collectively for 1 year, 183 days, 21 hours, 34 minutes and 52 seconds and covering a distance of 138,360km (85,973 miles) which is equivalent to 3 and a half times around the world!

Parkrunners generously brought cakes, buns and goodies for us to share and everyone stayed and encouraged every last runner home.

A fabulous morning showing the true spirit of what parkrun is all about. Here's to many more!

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Doncaster CVS Awards 2016

On Friday 2nd December 2016 Mark Hudson and Chris Moore attended the Doncaster Community & Voluntary Sector Awards at the Keepmoat Stadium on behalf of Doncaster parkrun. We had been nominated for the Community Group of the Year and were up against some very tough competition.

We were thrilled therefore to win the award, which was sponsored by Attero Recycling, and the judges commented that parkrun is a truly inclusive event which encourages people of all races, ages, gender and fitness levels to take part in exercise, in a fun, safe and friendly environment.

Mark Hudson, Event Director at Doncaster parkrun commented "This again shows how valuable parkrun is to so many people in Doncaster but it is only possible to put on such a fabulous event each week because of the wonderful volunteers who give up their time each Saturday. The award therefore is recognition of all the hard work put in by so many people since we started 3 years ago."

Pictured are Mark and Chris receiving the award from Zoe Piggott of Attero Recycling.

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Defibrillator unveiled and available to all

In the UK 30,000 people every year suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital and only 1 in 10 will survive and having access to a Defibrillator means the likelihood of survival is increased significantly.

Following the tragic events at our parkrun back in September we are delighted to announce that we have raised £2,071 to provide a Defibrillator for all park users to have access to. Very kindly, our local MP, Rosie Winterton, came along and helped us unveil the Defib and her support for our parkrun is very much appreciated.

Within 3 days of launching our fundraising appeal we had raised enough money to purchase a Defibrillator and within 5 days we had enough money for a secure Cabinet too. In total £2,071 was raised with donations coming from the entire running community in Doncaster and Michaels friends, Matthew Berris and Dale Thompson, collected money too and added £457 to the total.

The Defib and Cabinet cost £1,410 and Doncaster Council generously installed it for free for us. The remaining funds are being kept to cover the cost of servicing and maintenance in the coming years.

It has been an incredible response with so amny people digging deep to purchase this potentially life saving equipment and it is fabulous that it is also available to any park user should it be needed. Whilst this was a tragic event it is a great legacy to Michael that something so positive has come out of it.

We have been helped significantly by the Friends of Sandall Park who have provided massive support throughout the process with their excellent knowledge of the park, such as where to place the cabinet. The FoSP have been fabulous supporters of parkrun since we started 3 years ago and it is good we have been able to put something back into the park.

The Defibrillator is situated directly outside the gents toilet, opposite the Sandall Park Cafe, and is accessible for all park users and members of the public alike. Should the Defibrillator ever be needed access is given by the Ambulance Service who will talk the caller through the operation of the device until an ambulance arrives.

From everyone at Doncaster parkrun thank you to everyone that donated, lets hope it is never needed!

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Defibrillator now available to all at Sandall Park

I am delighted to say that our AED (Defibrillator) has now been made live and available to all park users. Its been registered with the Ambulance Service and the various groups that use the park now know its available.

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For one last time I would like to thank the Friends of Sandall Park who have assisted and advised us throughout, the wonderful people at DMBC, especially Penny and Lara, and also the electricians who did the installation, to parkrun HQ for all their assistance and advise and finally to you, the incredible parkrunners who raised £1,600 to finance the purchase of it all.

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