Event 254, 19th May 2018

A glorious May morning greeted our 267 parkrunners, joggers and walkers at this week’s parkrun. There was not a cloud in the sky as everyone made his or her way round our mixed terrain course – there’s something for everyone at Forest Rec! We were delighted to welcome tourists from Braunstone, Whitstable, Great Yarmouth and Gedling – we hope you enjoyed your visit. There were a stunning 77 new PBs reported, including our first and second placed runners Bob Templeman and Thomas Miller. 24 of our parkrunners were first timers – we hope you enjoyed parkrun enough to come back again!

Of course, none of this would be possible without our amazing volunteers.  This week we were cheered on all the way by Michelle Dennis and Lenka Alioum [Timekeepers], Amit Puri, Antony ‘Ginge’ Dowd, Emma Tomlinson and Ian Dennis [Marshals], Clare Bevan and Gillian Roberts [Finish Tokens], Ishrat Amin, Jackie Scruton, Natalie Holmes and Tim Smith [Barcode Scanning], Tripti Gyan, Ian Hill and Mark Howson [Tail Walkers], Martyn Newton and Tracey Parr [Token Sorting] and Shelagh Mitson [Run Director].

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Special thanks to Clare Bevan for switching roles to cover finish tokens, Ian Dennis for providing additional Run Director support and Tim Smith, who unfortunately had to stop running after the first lap with a calf strain but immediately donned hi-viz and jumped in as a volunteer!  Volunteering is so much fun and you really do get to see a different side of parkrun. Whether you are injured but still want to be involved, need a rest day or are racing later [Clare and Jackie, hope your sprint triathlon went well!] we are always so happy to welcome you to the team.  All the details about how to join in are on our future roster page :)

It was already very warm by the time everyone had crossed the finish line and after all the kit had been packed away we retired to Homemade to process results, sort tokens and seek shade as necessary. The front windows of the café were open to the sunshine and many runners also chose to sit outside to enjoy their well-earned post-parkrun treat. We look forward to seeing you there again soon!

 

Forest Rec parkrun, event number 254 - 19th May 2018

This week 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Ishrat AMIN • Shelagh MITSON • Lenka ALIOUM • Clare BEVAN • Jackie SCRUTON • Ian DENNIS • Emma TOMLINSON • Martyn NEWTON • Michelle DENNIS • Amit PURI • Antony DOWD • Gillian ROBERTS • Tim J E SMITH • Natalie HOLMES • Tracey PARR • Tripti GYAN • Ian HILL • Mark HOWSON

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 7,112 participants have completed 40,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,100 km, including 7,609 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 253, 12 May 2018

Over 300 finishers at Forest Rec today, and more than 20 volunteers, either on the roster, or helping on the day.  Cool, calm and dry helped some achieve personal bests, and there was much celebration on the patio of the Homemade café afterwards.
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Most of today’s volunteers were provided by University of Nottingham Triathlon club, to which Matt gave a brief introduction at the run briefing. Thanks for all their help, and to Matt for bringing them all together for us. At the front of the field today was Nick Beazley-Long, also from the University and more regularly a runner at Beeston parkrun. His was an impressive run today, only a few seconds down on his Beeston personal best. First lady was Rachel McGuinness, with another impressive sub-20 minute run.   IMG_20180512_085632007
Michael Hodson achieved his 250th parkrun, spread across 25 events from Middlesex to Jersey. Another milestone was achieved by Bodhi Sterland, running his 10th event as a junior.  Robert Marshall ran his 50th parkrun to complete ta set of three milestone runners - well done everyone!

One of the great things about parkrun is its sense of community, with lots of people getting involved to make it happen. Volunteers are much appreciated by everyone, so if you’re interested in helping out over the next few weeks please contact forestrechelpers@parkrun.org , or let the run director know at your next parkrun. Volunteer early; we need to make sure we have enough volunteers to safely run the event before the day.  It’s great that volunteers arrive in plenty of time to help set up too, and it helps the run director to know if they have to reallocate any essential roles.

Thanks this week to:

Hannah GIBBS • Jessica PAGE • David WALSH • Tim ALLMAN • Debra FEARNSHAW • Miriam TYLER • Emma TOMLINSON • Martyn NEWTON • Matt PHILLIPS • Alex RETIEF • Simon WORSLEY • Amit PURI • Beverley MAKIN • Thomas KING • Tripti GYAN • Thomas JUSTICE • John HOUGHTON • FRED • Heather DUNN
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Triathlon is increasingly popular, both as a sport and a spectator event. If you’re interested in joining in, the Nottingham University Tri club is holding the 4th instalment of their triathlon event "The Notts Triathlon", located on University Park Campus on the 17th June this year.  It is open to students and the general public with an emphasis on beginners who have never done multi-sport events before, and comprises a 400m swim at the University Park Swimming Pool, a 15km cycle on internal university campus roads, followed by a 5km run. Check it out at http://www.nottstriathlon.com , or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NottsTriathlon/

So thanks again to the Nottingham University Tri Club and all the other volunteers who helped out today.  parkrun just keeps getting more popular as more and more people continue to find its benefits, whether they run or walk, for fun, for fitness or for training, and we welcome those who like to keep their feet on dry land as well as those who also like wheels and water :)  And, of course, there’s always the opportunity for coffee and cakes afterwards!

Forest Rec parkrun, event number 253 - 12th May 2018

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 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 7,088 participants have completed 40,553 parkruns covering a total distance of 202,765 km, including 7,532 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

Event 252, 5 May 2018

What a pleasure it was to be out in the sunshine on Saturday morning! Good weather guarantees happy volunteers and a good turn out, and this Saturday was no exception. The volunteers were all smiles in the glorious weather and 291 runners turned out to thank them for their efforts!

It seems that not only does good weather bring about happy runners, it also inspires them to run faster too, our parkrun celebration bell was ringing regularly with a total of 52 participants recording a new PB - that’s an impressive 18% of all who took part! Another impressive statistic is that 13% of the field on Saturday were new to Forest Rec parkrun - the news of our lovely course and mildly challenging hills must have spread….

Congratulations to Matt Blick, Roisin McNall and Tracey Parr who all reached their 50th parkrun milestone - great effort guys!

If you enjoy parkrun and want to support it please do put your name down to volunteer with us. Volunteering on a Saturday morning certainly gives you the ‘feel good’ factor and the High Vis vests look particularly fetching on a bright summer morning.  Thanks this week to:

Mark WEBSTER • Julie WEBSTER • Chris HILL • Emily JONES • Kevin TWISSELL • Peter Russell DAVIES • Richard SMITH • Martyn NEWTON • Chris ALLEN • Sarah MELROSE • Stephanie JAMES • Tracey PARR • Lorna EATHERINGTON • Thomas JUSTICE • John HOUGHTON • FRED
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To get involved contact us via forestrecoffice@parkrun.com or speak to any of the volunteers on the day :)

Have a good week everyone!

 

Forest Rec parkrun, event number 252 - 5th May 2018

This week 291 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 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 7,036 participants have completed 40,240 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,200 km, including 7,469 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 251, 28 April 2018

A rather wet and overcast start to the weekend didn’t put us parkrunners off.  What  better way to start a Saturday?  We hope both volunteers and runners all had a great time of it.

In summary we had 282 runners crossing the finish line; with 35 of us achieving a new PB. It was great to see 225runners that were new to ourcourse at Forest Rec; of those a bumper 10 were new to parkrun.

We were de lighted to play host to quite a few tourists today; coming from Bournemouth, Essex, Kent, Lincolnshire, Manchester and North Wales; as usual a Forest Rec welcome is extended to all and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

We weren't able to give results to 16 runners as they didn't have printed barcodes. parkrun’s rule is "No printed barcode, no result, noexceptions" - a paper barcode will always be acceptable (and free) or you can have a look at parkrun-barcode.com for a fancy plastic one.

Our great volunteers this week made the run possible, and here they are!
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Thanks to:

Thomas Justice & Tom Luca (timekeepers), Jeanie F & Regina O'Reilly (tokens), John Houghton, Marianne Luca, Charlotte Rowatt & William Trease (bar code scanning), Deborah Elson & Tripti Gyan (tail walkers), Rachel House, Don Ross, Becky Sampson & Stephen Seaton (Marshalls), Martyn Newton & Tracey Parr (token sorting) and Ian Dennis (run director)

Two of our runners celebrated milestones today. Jessica Hall achieved 50 while James Barrow clocked up 100 runs. Congratulations to them; we wish them many more runs with us :)

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!)*

*Not really :)

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.

Forest Rec parkrun, event number 251 - 28th April 2018

This week 282 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Don ROSS • Regina O'REILLY • Ian DENNIS • Rachel HOUSE • Martyn NEWTON • Marianne LUCA • Tom LUCA • Charlotte ROWATT • Jeanie F • Stephen SEATON • Becky SAMPSON • Deborah ELSON • Tracey PARR • Tripti GYAN • Thomas JUSTICE • John HOUGHTON • William TREASE

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 6,995 participants have completed 39,949 parkruns covering a total distance of 199,745 km, including 7,415 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 250, 21 April 2018

249 runners were with us as we put the 250th Forest Rec parkrun in the books this week!  Tourists from Totley, Bristol, Shelton, Milton Keynes and Norwich joined us for a run round in some pretty nice weather.  Hope everyone enjoyed it and will be back at Forest Rec soon :)
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Nicky Beeby reached her 50th parkrun on the day, well done Nicky!  There were 32 PB's too, nice work by all who ran :)

Mark Taylor did his 209th parkrun at Forest Rec (211 overall), not a formal milestone but we think he's the parkrunner with the most runs out of a possible 250 on our course.  Good stuff Mark!

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Our volunteers make parkrun possible every week, the event can't take place without them.  Thanks to everyone in hi vis on Saturday:

Chris FOULDS • Tessa TURTON • Ian DENNIS • Martyn NEWTON • Matt BLICK • Sarah MIDDLETON • John SUTHERNS • Karen LAYTON • Deborah ELSON • Alastair YOUNG • Lauren HARDY-HEMM • Tracey PARR • Mandy TOMKISS • Judah BLICK • Thomas JUSTICE • Ciara MILLER

If you'd like to help out all the details are on our future roster page :)

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We finished up as usual in Homemade (it's warm enough to eat cake at the tables outside now!).  Thanks to all our token sorters - there were quite a few tokens missing this week, remember to give them back at the end of the run.  We need them for next week :)

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As we mentioned in the run brief, we've got a fair bit of lost property at the moment.  If you're missing anything please have a look by next week, after that it's all getting washed and donated to charity.

Lastly, a reminder that Forest Rec Juniors run on Sunday mornings - lots more details here!  It's for 4-14 year olds and is a 2km course on the flat, it doesn't go up the hills.  Homemade is open afterwards too :)

Forest Rec parkrun, event number 250 - 21st April 2018

This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 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 6,953 participants have completed 39,667 parkruns covering a total distance of 198,335 km, including 7,368 new Personal Bests.

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