Doncaster parkrunners ‘Grand Day Out’

Saturday 3rd November saw 9 crazy Doncaster parkrunners undertake a ‘Grand Day Out’ to our great capital to partake in a spot of ‘extreme tourism’ by running the Finsbury parkrun in North London. What had seemed a great idea back in the summer was beginning to look questionable now the dark nights and colder weather are here.
So a 4.45am alarm was set and, blurry eyed, I set off to the station to catch the 6.03am train to Kings Cross. Sat on the platform were some of the other members of the gang, so after introductions and many minutes questioning our sanity we boarded the train and set off. Early morning London on a weekend is quiet so we easily caught the underground and found ourselves in Finsbury Park at 8.15am. What a beautiful park, looking fabulous in the autumnal colours and with views over towards the City of London and the Shard. We introduced ourselves to the Run Director, Libby, and settled back safe in the knowledge we would be the tourists from furthest afield. Within two minutes a lady from Canada turned up shortly followed by a family from Perth, Australia!!
And so a fabulous parkrun was enjoyed by all 9 of us, a two lap course with a long sweeping downhill, a long very steady climb and then a nasty short sharp hill. A beautiful lake and great views always meant there was plenty to keep you interested.
Once done we wondered down into the high street and found a coffee shop for a well earned coffee and breakfast. By now even members of the group who didn’t know each other at the start of the day were now best friends and we laughed and chatted for a good hour.
Eventually a couple of the party headed off as they were staying in London overnight and the rest of us caught the tube back to Kings Cross where we ‘forced down’ an alcoholic beverage before catching the 12.35 train back home and getting back to Doncaster for 2.15pm.
It’s fair to say everyone had a fabulous day out, become friends with people we’d never met before that morning and are all excited about doing something like this again. Keep your eyes peeled for Doncaster parkrun’s next ‘Grand Day Out’ in spring next year.

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Christmas Day parkrun 2018

Frighteningly it is Christmas Day 11 weeks today and we are already making plans. Our wonderful Run Director Jodi has volunteered to put on a Christmas Day parkrun again this year, so not only will there be a Doncaster parkrun on Saturday 22nd December and Saturday 29th 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
We won't be having a New Years Day parkrun but there are plenty of others locally so we will keep you updated nearer the time. So spread the word and look out for more details as we get closer to Christmas!!
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Leeds Building Society Community Rewards Scheme Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen to receive the first Community Reward Scheme award from Leeds Building Society. The award provides funding to improve parkrun communities across the UK and our donation is for a project to build a memorial garden within their park, which will include flowers, trees, fencing and a memorial bench. The money has been given to Friends of Sandall Park who have already started work on this project and the £1,500 will go a long way to further developing this area of the park. Below are some photographs of the area before work started and as it is now following some planting and tidying up. We can't wait to see it in a few months time!

For those of you that don't know the Friends of Sandall Park are a group of volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the park by raising money for plants, play equipment, etc. On top of this they invest so much of their time into the park carrying out repairs, painting fencing, gardening and even cleaning the toilets and keeping them stocked up with supplies. Without them the park toilets would have been closed years ago!

As the work on the memorial garden progresses we will keep you updated and if anyone would like to get involved and offer their time or a donation please get in touch.

So thanks again to Leeds Building Society for your generosity and to Friends of Sandall Park for the wonderful work you do in making Sandall Park such a fabulous place!

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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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