Event 296 – 23 March

Bright sunshine and a gentle breeze greeted both volunteers and runners for this week’s Forest Rec parkrun; we all had a great time of it!

In summary we had 297 runners crossing the finish line; with a whopping 83 of us achieving a new PB. That’s nearly 28% - all that training is paying off! It was great to see 34 runners that were new to our course at Forest Rec; of those, 10 were new to parkrun. These numbers keep on growing!

We were delighted to play host to quite a few tourists today; coming from Eastbourne, Northampton, London, Wales and many local clubs; as usual a Forest Rec welcome is extended to all and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Our great volunteers this week kindly gave their time to make the run possible.
Karen Archer, Sue Chicken, Mark Dawes, Craig Dawkins, Ian Dennis, Daniella Dimambro, Naomi Ellen Fretwell, Deborah Elson, Jane Harston, Ewan David Henderson, Stephanie James, Caashim Kotze, Ameer Kotze, Caashief Kotze, Stuart McCletchie, Debbie Newton, Martyn Newton, Tracey Parr, Tamzin Yates

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Several of our runners celebrated a milestone today. On 100 Ayesha Kotze and Gary Johnson and on 50 Debbie Newton and Barry Jeffery. Congratulations to them all, enjoy those well-earned T-Shirts; we wish them many more runs with us.

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Sadly, we weren't able to give results to 17 runners as they didn't have printed barcodes. parkrun’s rule is "No printed barcode, no result, no exceptions" - a paper barcode will always be acceptable (and free) or you can have a look here for a fancy plastic one. If you don’t have a printed barcode with you, we are not able to give you a time. Our volunteers don’t have the time after each run to look up the records of those that forget a printed barcode. Please don’t ask that we take numbers from phones etc and certainly don’t argue about it.

Our volunteers are not just keeping you safe during the run, but they set-up and take-down the course signage, make sure you get a recorded time, administer the rosters and manage run reports (to name just a few roles). It really is easy and also very rewarding - if you fancy giving it a go, simply email the office at Volunteer and let us know.

As usual, some of the volunteers and runners retired to the Homemade Café after the run to cool down, process the results, prepare the finish tokens for next week and socialise off the field with great refreshments. Please feel free to join us there after your next run.

 

Forest Rec parkrun

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest Rec parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 15:29 on 30th November 2013 (event number 33).
The female record is held by Lucy GOSSAGE who recorded a time of 18:03 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 94.48% (23:34) on 26th October 2013 (event number 28).

Forest Rec parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 9,053 participants have completed 52,540 parkruns covering a total distance of 262,700 km, including 9,369 new Personal Bests. A total of 715 individuals have volunteered 3,882 times.

 

Events 292, 293 and 294 – 23 February, 2 March and 9 March

Three run reports this time :)  Here we go with 23 February:

Bright sunshine but a rather bracing morning greeted both volunteers and runners for this week’s Forest Rec parkrun; we all had a great time of it.

In summary we had 364 runners crossing the finish line; with 64 of us achieving a new PB.  That’s over 17%, all that training if paying off!  It was great to see 60 runners that were new to our course at Forest Rec; of those a bumper 24 were new to parkrun.  These numbers keep on growing!

We were delighted to play host to quite a few tourists today; coming from Southampton, Coventry, Wales and many local clubs including 5k your way; as usual a Forest Rec welcome is extended to all and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Our great volunteers this week made the run possible:

David Archer, Sonja Bredgaard, Peter Russell Davies, Ian Dennis, Daniella Dimambro, Deborah Elson, Sonya Hendy-Ibbs, Toby Hendy-Ibbs, Zac Hendy-Ibbs, Claire Hill, Chris Hill, John Houghton, Su Justice, Paul Merry, Martyn Newton, Tracey Parr, Gillian Roberts, Charlotte Rowatt, David Walsh, Jo Wardle.

Sadly, we weren't able to give results to 49 runners as they didn't have printed barcodes. Parkrun’s rule is "No printed barcode, no result, no exceptions" - a paper barcode will always be acceptable (and free) or you can have a look here for a fancy plastic one.  If you don’t have a printed barcode with you, we are not able to give you a time.  Our volunteers don’t have the time after each run to look up the records of those that forget a printed barcode.  Please don’t ask that we take numbers from phones and certainly don’t argue about it.

Our volunteers are not just keeping you safe during the run, but they set-up and take-down the course signage, make sure you get a recorded time, administer the rosters and manage run reports (to name just a few roles).  It really is easy and also very rewarding - if you fancy giving it a go, simply email the office here and let us know.

As usual, some of the volunteers and runners retired to the Homemade Café after the run to warm up, process the results, prepare the finish tokens for next week and socialise off the field with great refreshments.  Please feel free to join us there after your next run.
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The following Saturday (2nd March) saw our volunteer roster filled by Formula One Circuit crew.  They're a city centre running club for all abilities - lots more details on their website and Facebook page.

Thanks to our tigerish volunteers (plus some honorary tigers for the day), who were:

Catherine Allen, Helen Clarke, Liz Golberg, Chris Foulds, Daniella Dimambro, Alison Fox, Tom Humphries, John Houghton, Fred, Su Justice, Zoe Mcvinnie, Shelagh Mitson, Martyn Newton, Tracey Parr, Gillian Roberts, Clara Tennant, David Vernau, Sarah Vernau

Joining us on tour we had parkrunners from Wymeswold, Westbury, Walsall, Derby, Retford, Kimberley, Norwich and Cambridge.  Hope both they and our local runners, walkers and joggers had a great morning :)

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Often run reports talk about the weather first, then the runners, joggers and walkers who completed our great course, and then the volunteers. In the report for 9 March we’re going in reverse order and starting with the volunteers, because as always we had a great team this week and would like to sing their praises!

On the finish funnel you had three members of the Roach family, all stalwart supporters of Forest Rec parkrun - Neil [finish tokens], often a top five finisher when he’s running rather than volunteering, his daughter Milly [timekeeping] who completed her Duke of Edinburgh award with us in 2017, and his son Tom [finish token support] who is also a regular participant at parkrun. Completing the funnel crew was our second timekeeper Jacob, who will be volunteering with us for a full year while he completes his Gold DofE. He’s doing a great job every week learning all the different roles and will hopefully feel confident enough to be your Run Director later in 2019!

 
On barcode scanning you will have witnessed the formidable organisational skills of Su, who is an accomplished runner and ultra runner. She volunteers most Saturdays with her dad John, who stepped into the breach in December 2017 when we didn’t have many volunteers to hand and who has now helped us out on an amazing 46 occasions! John’s dog Fred, a standard size Yorkshire Terrier, loves Saturday mornings at parkrun and has his very own yellow hi-viz jacket which he wears with pride as he helps John and Su put out the signage every week. This Saturday they were joined by family friend Nick, who now knows that staying for the weekend always includes volunteering, and Craig, who has recently moved back to the area from Leicester. Thanks also to Jen Beverley, who offered to drop in and help us after her run.

 
Having had no marshals at 8.45 and risking no parkrun at all, we were delighted in the end to have Matt keeping an eye on proceedings at the Mansfield Road entrance – he is currently rehabilitating an injury and came to volunteer instead. We also welcomed Chris, a first-time volunteer, on the split – Chris had turned up planning to run and instead donned the famously stylish yellow vest to generously help us out at incredibly short notice. Last but never least, Ian Daws, another experienced parkrun volunteer, was on hand to marshal the cone and cheer everyone on. I am sure his enthusiasm was of great support to runners trying to keeping going despite the downpour!

Your tail walkers this week were mother and son team Kim [another first-time volunteer] and Scott Radford, who enthusiastically kept the back of the pack safe and crossed the line just behind our regular walkers Celia and Maggie.

And let’s not forget our trusty token sorters – Daniella and Tracey, who sort finish tokens every week ready for the next run. This week they jokingly complained that they hadn’t had time to chat because there were only the two of them, so why not come and give them a hand next week – you can follow up your run with token sorting and make some new friends at the same time!

This week 236 runners, joggers and walkers braved the unpredictable weather and we were very happy to see you all. There were 21 first timers and 39 new PBs. We also welcomed visitors from Swansea, Marlow and Long Eaton and hope you all enjoyed a little bit of parkrun tourism!

Probably best not to mention the weather again – we hope it didn’t take you long to dry out and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Across the three weeks we saw quite a few parkrunners reach milestones, so well done to:

10 parkruns:  Jacob Slater

50 parkruns:  Cherry Krol

100 parkruns:  Finlay Wilson, Jamie Knighton, Wendy Conibear and Fred Share

Great work everyone! :)

Forest Rec parkrun

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest Rec parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 15:29 on 30th November 2013 (event number 33).
The female record is held by Lucy GOSSAGE who recorded a time of 18:03 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 94.48% (23:34) on 26th October 2013 (event number 28).

Forest Rec parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 8,974 participants have completed 51,971 parkruns covering a total distance of 259,855 km, including 9,252 new Personal Bests. A total of 712 individuals have volunteered 3,849 times.

 

 

 

 

Events 290 and 291, 9 and 16 February 2019

We had a Rebel Runners takeover on 9 February (that's where most of the photos are from, thanks to Guy Jones for these).  It was their third birthday - lots more details about the club here: http://rebelrunnersnottingham.co.uk/ :)

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We could not have wished for better parkrun weather the following week – Saturday dawned mild and bright, with soft sun creeping over the playing fields at Forest Rec from early in the morning and absolutely no wind to speak of. The curious phenomenon of ‘where are all the parkrunners?’ held true this week too – it’s amazing how, at 8.45, there appears to be almost nobody around, then at 8.55 suddenly everyone is streaming through all the various entrances to the park and congregating at the start line ready for the off. We were delighted to see the recent higher numbers of parkrunners continue this week with 320 runners, joggers and walkers crossing the line, together with several buggies [including a double one – well done sir!] and some lovely four-legged runners too.

We had 51 first timers this week and there were a massive 61 new PBs! We welcomed tourists from Melton Mowbray, Rosliston, Bristol, Mansfield, Bath, Conkers, and as far afield as Beeston, Bestwood and West Bridgford [steady!]. You were all very welcome and we hope to see many of you again in the future. 07

While it is now very normal to have touring parkrunners, it is less usual to have touring volunteers, and although Colwick is a local parkrun we were still delighted to welcome Kevin Bowen to the team this morning.  Kevin is both a regular parkrunner [202 runs to date], prolific volunteer, experienced run director [and Spine Race finisher!], who was at Forest Rec this week supporting his triathlon club, Whole Health Tri. He was very willing to drop in as second timekeeper, for which we were extremely grateful. Thanks also to Fiona Starkie for taking on the role of finish token support at the last minute. We were delighted to welcome three brand-new volunteers to the team this week too – Alan, Scott and Chris all carried out their roles with enthusiasm and we hope you come back again!

We love all of our hi-viz heroes equally, of course, as parkrun would not go ahead without them. The full teams for the two weeks was as follows:

  • Alan Buxey, Kevin Bowen, Claire Hill and Steph James [timekeepers]
  • Alyson Leeks, Jonas Leeks, Lynsey Palmer, Sarah Middleton, Shelagh Mitson, Jackie Newham and Antony Stock [marshals]
  • Michelle Dennis, Fiona Starkie, Nic Walters and Richard Smith [finish tokens]
  • Peter Davies, Jacob Hawes, Sarah Melrose and Lisa Smith, Charlotte Rowatt, Nic Walters, Su Justice, John Houghton and Fred the dog looking resplendent in his own special hi-viz jacket [barcode scanning and barking]
  • Chris Hill, Lynsey Palmer, Tessa Turton, Scott Radford and Chris Dickinson [tail walkers]
  • A bumper crop of token sorters – Martyn Newton, Tracey Parr, Daniella DiMambro (all both weeks), James Read, Alison Fox, Tom Humphries, Sarah Cole and Alex Hiller
  • Guy Jones [Photographer]
  • Emily Jones and Shelagh Mitson [run directors]

Thank you all for your support :)

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Many of our volunteers join us very regularly indeed and it is wonderful to build up a team of friendly faces. Why not give volunteering a go? There are lots of different roles to try and you don’t have to do anything you’re not comfortable with. We are always happy to pair people up as tail walkers or marshals, so if you fancy seeing a different side of parkrun, bring a friend or two and find out for yourself that fluorescent yellow is always a rewarding outfit choice!

Homemade Café was so full this week that we spilled over onto four of the extra-large tables in the community room next door, where we swapped parkrun stories, sorted tokens, processed results and spent time with friends both old and new. We hope to see you all again soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Rec parkrun

This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest Rec parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 15:29 on 30th November 2013 (event number 33).
The female record is held by Lucy GOSSAGE who recorded a time of 18:03 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 94.48% (23:34) on 26th October 2013 (event number 28).

Forest Rec parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 8,845 participants have completed 51,045 parkruns covering a total distance of 255,225 km, including 9,094 new Personal Bests. A total of 708 individuals have volunteered 3,796 times.

 

 

Events 288 and 289, 19 and 26 January 20183

Two run reports this time, here's what happened on 19th January:

Well at least the rain managed to hold off until after the start this week we hope both volunteers and runners all had a great time of it.

In summary we had 336 runners crossing the finish line; with 22 of us achieving a new PB. It was great to see 37 runners that were new to our course at Forest Rec; of those a bumper 9 were new to parkrun.

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We were delighted to play host to quite a few tourists today; coming from St Peter’s, Southwell, Chelmsford and many local clubs; as usual a Forest Rec welcome is extended to all and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Our great volunteers this week made the run possible :)  Thanks to:

Katy Aggus, Adam Cooper, Michelle Dennis, Ian Dennis, Daniella Dimambro, Jacob Hawes, John Houghton, Su Justice, Shelagh Mitson, Martyn Newton, Kevin Rogers, Tessa Turton, Kevin Twissell, Jo Wardle.

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One of our runners celebrated a milestone today. Vil Vijayan ran his 100th run. Congratulations to him; we wish him many more runs with us.

We weren't able to give results to 10 runners as they didn't have printed barcodes. Parkrun’s rule is "No printed barcode, no result, no exceptions" - a paper barcode will always be acceptable (and free) or you can have a look at http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ for a fancy plastic one. Also, can you please remember not to take the finish tokens home with you. We are missing some nearly every week and we have to make them again before next week’s run.

Our volunteers are not just keeping you safe during the run, but they set-up and take-down the course signage, make sure you get a recorded time, administer the rosters and manage run reports (to name just a few roles). It really is easy and also very rewarding - if you fancy giving it a go, simply email the office at forestrechelpers@parkrun.com and let us know. The hi-vis jackets are very comfortable and their warming and waterproof properties are legendary (really!).
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As usual, some of the volunteers and runners retired to the Homemade Café after the run to warm up, process the results, prepare the finish tokens for next week and socialise off the field with great refreshments. Please feel free to join us there after your next run :)

And here's 26th January:
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After the freezing temperatures in the week leading up to Saturday, it was a relief to wake up on the morning of the 26th to comparatively balmy conditions for the latest Forest Rec parkrun. In fact, the main hazard for runners to contend with seemed to be overheating, with a number shedding layers as they passed the volunteers' cheering station at the bottom of the hill, and one runner stripped to the waist by the end of his run (from the top, fortunately)!

We welcomed at least 22 first-time parkrunners, with a number more included in the 33 'Unknown' runners and walkers in the results. Everybody is welcome to join us at parkrun, but please remember that to receive an official time you need to register on the parkrun and to bring your printed barcode on the day!
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We were delighted to have two large groups joining us on Saturday - the Move Against Cancer: 5K Your Way support group (movecharity.org) who take part on the last Saturday of every month, and a sizeable touring party from Barrow Runners of Leicestershire. Overall we had 48 'tourists' making their first visit - thank you for choosing Forest Rec parkrun this Saturday and we hope you all enjoyed your morning!

Notts TV were with us to film the Move Against Cancer group and also caught up with some of our regulars - you can see it all at https://nottstv.com/programme/ey-up-notts-monday-28th-january/ :)  The parkrun section starts at about 31:45.

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We saw a number of official and unofficial milestones achieved on the day. New T-shirts will soon be on the way to Mark TAYLOR (250), Chris SUTTON (50) and Hugo WARHURST (10), with Ewan HENDERSON reaching 200 runs (one million metres of parkrun!).

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Thank you to this morning's volunteers, Sonja BREDGAARD, Adam COOPER, Daniella DIMAMBRO, Robin FORD, Litza FORD, Chris FOULDS, Jacob HAWES, John HOUGHTON, Emily JONES, Maria MILLS, Shelagh MITSON, Martyn NEWTON, Tracey PARR, Charlie PEARCE, Mary PENFOLD, Kevin ROGERS and Antony STOCK.

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Forest Rec parkrun couldn't happen without volunteers - if you would like to join the team and give any role a go, please email forestrechelpers@parkrun.com or drop us a message on our Facebook page.

We look forward to welcoming visitors, regulars and newcomers at the same time next week!

 

Forest Rec parkrun

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest Rec parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 15:29 on 30th November 2013 (event number 33).
The female record is held by Lucy GOSSAGE who recorded a time of 18:03 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 94.48% (23:34) on 26th October 2013 (event number 28).

Forest Rec parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 8,745 participants have completed 50,425 parkruns covering a total distance of 252,125 km, including 8,983 new Personal Bests. A total of 701 individuals have volunteered 3,754 times.

 

Bad weather cancellation procedure

Hello everyone - the weather's starting to look a bit snowy / icy so here's a reminder of the bad weather cancellation procedure:

If we do decide to cancel in advance of a run, and make the decision before Saturday, we will put an article to say so on this page and our Facebook page.

Remember there's always the chance we may not be able to give this advance notice (for example if there's bad weather late in the week or on Saturday morning).  If that happens we will have a look round the course and try to post an update by 8:00am on the Facebook page.

In all cases, if the Run Director decides conditions are not safe for runners and volunteers on the day we will always cancel.  This is the Run Director's decision alone and is not a matter for discussion once they've made it.

Additionally, once we announce a safety related cancellation this decision will never be reversed (even if, for example, weather conditions later improve).  There's always next week!

 

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