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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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.

CVS Awards - 2Dec16 (1)

CVS Awards - 2 Dec16 (2)

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