We’re back! And on at Christmas too :)

A reminder we're back running as usual this Saturday (13 October) - usual time, usual place.

Also to let everyone know we'll be running on Christmas Day again this year :) Same routine as previous years - 9:00am start, pavilion will be shut so no toilets or Homemade.

 

A run report from 22 September, while we’re on our Goose Fair break

Remember we're on our Goose Fair break at the moment - we're cancelled on 6 October and back on 13 October

We were cancelled on 29 September too, but we saved the run report from the week before specially :) Thanks to Redhill Road Runners, who provided our volunteers - here's the report:

Well done to everyone who completed Forest Rec parkrun today, and a huge thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen. The winds of the last few days had scattered some debris along the course, but thankfully seem to have had little impact on the number of personal bests achieved today. It’s great to see people improving throughout the field, with as many PBs at the front as at the end. Several milestones were achieved today, including Maggie and Claire who finished their 50th’s together, and Josie who completed her 100th parkrun. Wayne is now only one run off his 250th! Here’s a special mention too for Tessa, one of our regular volunteers, who completed her 150th.

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Milestones represent an achievement of persistence over performance, are achievable by all, and (critically) T-shirts are free to claim. Sadly, there isn’t one for 150 although at least one runner and enterprising seamstress has been spotted who’s cut his 50 and 100 T-shirts down the middle to customise a 150! When you’ve achieved a milestone, parkrun will email you inviting you to make your claim (although this may take a few weeks to come through at busy times) and you’ll have 8 weeks to claim your t-shirt. Unfortunately replacements are not currently available, so do look after them! More information is available at https://www.parkrun.com/news/2018/03/26/milestone-t-shirts-a-new-process/

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There’s also a special milestone (and t-shirt) for 25 volunteering episodes. Today’s volunteers were organised by Redhill Road Runners, one of our local clubs, in celebration of the graduation of their most recent Couch to 5k programme. Congratulations to everyone who completed their first ever parkrun today; an achievement in its own right irrespective of your time (and the Redhill C25k times were pretty impressive!). Hopefully this will have been your first of many parkruns. Redhill are also starting this week a 5 to 10k programme for those bitten by the running bug, and similar programmes are available through other clubs and organisations in the region. parkrun can be an end in itself, and also can be a solid stepping stone to other things (fitness, running, socialising, triathlon, race-walking, volunteering, inner peace….). For many of us, parkrun has become a welcome way of life :)

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We had several tourists at Forest Rec today, including from Norwich, Cheshire, and Ilkeston. The next 2 weeks are our turn to be on tour, with no event on Forest Rec due to setting up and delivering the brilliant Goose Fair. Homemade will be open throughout, but we’ll look forward to seeing everyone back on Saturday 13th October!

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Forest Rec parkrun, event number 272 - 22nd September 2018

This week 260 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers.  Thanks to:

Cherry KRÓL • Paul NEWTON • Martin David LEE • Gary LEE • Kathryn WALSH • Nick DIXON • Leigh STUBBS • David WALSH • Simon NASH • Jonathan MORLEY • Francesco LARI • Nigel FISHER • Michelle DENNIS • Alan GREEN • Sarah MARGESON • David MARGESON • Tracey PARR • Vivienne CRAVEN • Anthony WALTHALL

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 7,724 participants have completed 45,121 parkruns covering a total distance of 225,605 km, including 8,288 new Personal Bests.

 

Cancellation reminder – 29 September and 6 October

A reminder we are cancelled on 29 September and 6 October for Goose Fair.  We're back as usual on 13 October :)

In the meantime you can find all the other parkruns here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/.

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Events 270 and 271, 8th and 15th September 2018

Not from the two weeks in question, but first of all you may remember we had some filming going on recently - here's the result :)

Also remember we're cancelled on 29 September (Goose Fair setting up) and 6 October (Goose Fair taking place).  Back as usual on 13 October, but while we're off there are lots of other parkruns here!

 

Our first run report is from 8 September:

This week we had 214 parkrunners, we welcomed 30 First Timers and 38 people achieved PB’s. We had Tourists from Cumbria, Sheffield, Southend, Lancaster, Windsor, Essex, Coventry and Brazil. Thank you for your support, and hope to welcome you back to Forest Rec soon.

As always, a well deserved thank you to our wonderful volunteers –

Michelle Dennis and Samantha Shepherd (Timekeepers), Amit Puri, Sarah Middleton and Wayne Scott (Marshall’s), Francesca Barney and Peter Worsley (Finish Tokens/Finish Tokens Support), Steph James, Caroline Mahal and Devina Worsley (Barcode Scanners), Sarah Sharp, Lenka Alioum and Leanne Bonnington-Rhodes (Tail Walkers), Daniella Dimambrod, Martyn Newton and Tracey Parr (Token Sorting) and Tessa Turton (Run Director).

As people are aware we have a bell here at Forest Rec parkrun which can be rung for a number of reasons, eg this week for 3 of our runners the reason was just feeling awesome :) Well done all!

Post run we retired to a Busy Homemade for refreshments, token sorting and results processing.

Please remember - and it cannot be overly stressed - no printed barcode, no result, no exception. Additionally, please ensure that you do not take our finish tokens home with you as we require them every week.

Finally, we are always looking for new volunteers. Take a look at our future roster here.  Why not take step one and join our happy hi vis heroes? Take a further twenty four steps and you will be awarded a place in the Volunteer Club, and gain an eye-catching tee shirt to wear with pride.

 

...and then from 15 September:

A lovely late summer morning greeted us at Forest Rec this weekend for our parkrun; both volunteers and runners all had a great time of it.

In summary we had 213 runners crossing the finish line; with 32 of us achieving a new PB, all that training is paying dividends. It was super to see 33 runners that were new to our course at Forest Rec; of those a bumper 12 were new to parkrun.

We were delighted to play host to quite a few tourists today; coming from Northampton, Plymouth, St. Alban’s 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 made the run possible :)  Thanks to:

Matthew Adams, David Archer, Matt Conrad, Vivienne Craven, Peter Russell Davies, Ian Dennis, Chris Hill, John Houghton, Fred, Emily Jones, Su Justice, Charlie Pearce, Stephen Seaton, Sarah Sharp, Tessa Turton, Adam Wootton
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Jason, one of our regulars, celebrated his 40th Birthday with us today - many happy returns :)

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We weren't able to give results to 14 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.

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 cooling and waterproof properties are legendary (really!).

As usual, some of the volunteers and runners retired to the Homemade Café after the run to cool down in the sun, 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 :)                                                     runners1
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Forest Rec parkrun, event number 272 - 15th and 22nd September 2018

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 7,682 participants have completed 44,861 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,305 km, including 8,239 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 269, 1 September 2018

First of all - remember we're cancelled on 29 September and 6 October for Goose Fair.

Great to have 302 people walking, running and jogging the course this week!  We had visitors from Leicester, Lincoln and quite a few other places.  There were 43 parkrunners with us for the first time too.

Good work by everyone on the course, including 62 PB's.  Hope everyone enjoyed it and will be back soon :)
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There were two milestone runs this week - congratulations on their 50th parkruns to Caroline Smith and Samantha Blatherwick :)

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Two reminders:

  • Please don't take the finish tokens home.  We need them every week :)
  • No printed barcode, no result, no exceptions.  There's always next week!

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Thanks to all our volunteers who made the run possible this week:

Fiona DELANEY • Lenka ALIOUM • David ROBINSON • Dave FRETWELL • Chris D MACDONALD • Chris FOULDS • Naomi Ellen FRETWELL • Ben SANDERS • Matt JAKOB • Mary SLATER • Martyn NEWTON • Alison FOX • Matthew ADAMS • Annie BERKELEY-WHITE • Tracey PARR • John HOUGHTON • FRED  Franziska WOHLGEMUTH   IMG_20180901_085116146

If you'd like to help out all the details are here. Lots of hi vis waiting!

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Time for a well deserved rest afterwards...

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...and then token sorting to go with tea and breakfast in Homemade!

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All our photos are on Flickr here, by the way.   See if you can spot yourself!

Forest Rec parkrun, event number 269 - 1st September 2018

This week 302 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 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 7,619 participants have completed 44,434 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,170 km, including 8,168 new Personal Bests.

 

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