Events 279, 280 and 281 – 24 November, 1 and 8 December 2018

A quick round up of the last few weeks.  There have been:

Lots of runners, walkers and joggers - 872 in total...not all at once though.  We do have finish tokens up to 1,000 just in case :)

A takeover from Notts Women Runners - thanks to our purple people!

Multiple milestones - excellent work and congratulations to:

  • 50 parkruns:  James Morris Smith, Emma Tomlinson, Andrew Bee, Angus Filshie, Paul Newbury,
  • 100 parkruns: Bailey Knighton, Cody Knighton and David Croydon-Fowler

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Thanks to all our volunteers, across the three weeks these are the people who made the events possible:

  • Timekeepers:  Steph James, Charlie Pearce, Natalie Holmes, Heather Severn, Ian Dennis and Michelle Dennis
  • Barcode scanners: Vivienne Craven, Oskar Keeble, Caroline Mahal (twice), Julie Thorne, Rachel Cadman, Neil Roach, Su Justice, John Houghton and Fred
  • Finish tokens:  Sue Chicken, Stuart McCletchie, Nicola Steel, Linda Woodings, Emily Jones and Simon Worsley
  • Marshals:  Karen Archer, Deborah Elson, Maureen Limb, Adele Reid, Fiona Starkie, Sarah-Jayne Wilson,  Sara Mawson-Sinclair, Emma Tomlinson, Kelly Witts, Micnael Cavanagh and Antony Dowd
  • Tail walkers:  Mark Dawes, Ewan Henderson, Gary Ryan, Lorinda Ryan, Pauline Fields, Claire Madon, Rita Temple, Rachel Grant and Sarah Sharp
  • Sign Language Support:  Trina Beaumont
  • Post event close down:  Amy Gilbert
  • Token Sorting:  Daniella Dimambro, Martyn Newton and Tracey Parr
  • Run directors:  Tessa Turton, Alison Fox and Chris Foulds

Here are a few of them in hi vis:

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...and, in one case, Fred vis :)

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You'll see a volunteer for sign language support, which was the first time Forest Rec has had someone in that role.  If you'd also like to help with this at future runs drop us a line at forestrecoffice@parkrun.com!

As always we finished each week in Homemade, for tea / coffee / breakfast / cake / token sorting / some combination of those five things :)

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Lastly a reminder we are running on Christmas Day in addtion to the usual events :)  Usual 9:00am start time.  The pavilion will be closed, so for once we won't be in Homemade afterwards.  That also means there'll be no toilets, including before the run.

 

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 8,268 participants have completed 47,799 parkruns covering a total distance of 238,995 km, including 8,644 new Personal Bests. A total of 684 individuals have volunteered 3,624 times.

 

 

Events 277 and 278, 10 and 17 November 2018

10 November was very busy indeed, with 444 parkrunners joining us.  That made for some interesting moments as people kept crossing the line and we got closer and closer to the end of our 450 finish tokens!  Then it turned out the tokens after 388 wouldn't scan...it all made for a busy day for the volunteers who did excellently in making the run possible :)

Also doing excellently was everyone who ran, walked and jogged the course.  There were...

  • Lots of Notts Women Runners with us for a big Couch to 5k graduation
  • 177 people doing Forest Rec for the first time
  • Three 50 parkrun milestones - Hannah Millwater, Shaun Moore and Debbie Pacey
  • 36 PB's

Well done to everyone who ran, walked and jogged - hope to see you all again soon!  Great work by Hannah, Shaun and Debbie to earn their red shirts :)

As you'll see from the run report for the 17th below, we've been making some extra tokens already (HQ have sent us some sticky stick stickers with printed barcodes on to make even more).  Might need them for Christmas Day!

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Thanks to our volunteers who looked after everyone:

Michelle Dennis and David Watson (timekeepers); Nathan Brown, Chris Dwyer, Natalie Holmes and Sarah Middleton (marshals); Lenka Alioum and Milly Roach (finish tokens); John Houghton, Su Justice, Sara Mawson-Sinclair and Janet Wallace (barcode scanning); Rachel Claire Cadman, Deborah Rigby, Kayleigh Rigby and Katie South (tail walkers); Emma-Jayne Twissell (funnel manager); Daniella Dimambro, Martyn Newton and Tracey Parr (token sorting).

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24 November saw the overnight rain abated early on Saturday morning and by the time our eager volunteers arrived at the Forest Rec pavilion the sun was shining and there was no wind to speak of – perfect conditions for another Forest Rec parkrun!

A big well done to the 285 runners, walkers and joggers who completed our course, including 36 first timers and 27 new PBs, and tourists from Chelmsford, Hereford, Leamington, Peterborough and Colwick. We had some special milestones to celebrate too! Forest Rec stalwarts the Roach family had brilliantly co-ordinated their milestones to occur on the same day – Milly, who recently completed her Duke of Edinburgh award with us, was volunteering for the 25th time, her brother Tom was running his 50th parkrun and their dad Neil, a regular top-five finisher, was running his 100th! They generously brought along home-baked chocolate brownies and Anzac cookies to share with everyone and not a crumb was left by the end of the morning. Well done, too, to regular Forest Rec parkrunners William Scott [also a volunteer] and Kev Rogers, both completing their 100th parkrun with us this week.

 

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We had a wonderful group of volunteers supporting us this week – huge thanks as always to the following lovely people: Milly Roach and Claire Hill [timekeepers], Maria Mills and Jeanette Barnes [finish tokens], Sarah Melrose, Antony Dowd, Tracey Moore and Caroline Mahal [barcode scanning], Calum Priest, Elliot Whittingham, Matt Blick and Amit Puri [Marshals], Vicky Cavanagh, Mary McCann and Nathan Brown [tailwalkers], David Mason [pre-event course setup], Alison Fox, Anna Ozolina, Martyn Newton and Tracey Parr [token sorting] and Shelagh Mitson [run director]. We are especially grateful to Alison and Anna who spent extra time over the weekend making new finish tokens so that we have enough for our Christmas Day parkrun :)
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We had 24 unknown runners this week, which is quite a lot – please remember to bring your printed barcode with you each week as we love scanning and giving you a time. If you are the forgetful type then you can now get shoe tags and wristbands with your barcode on them, which might help!

After everyone was safely across the finish line we refreshed and refuelled in Homemade Café, where results were processed, tokens sorted and parkrun stories shared. We hope you will join us again next time :)

 

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 8,122 participants have completed 46,927 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,635 km, including 8,507 new Personal Bests. A total of 672 individuals have volunteered 3,575 times.

 

Events 275 and 276, 27 October and 3 November 2018

Here's what happened over the last couple of weeks:

It definitely felt like winter was on it’s way as 302 runners and walkers lined up to start parkrun at Forest Rec on the 27th of October. Huge thanks to the volunteers for braving the crisp weather, we were envious of how warm the runners looked by the second lap!

We had lots of visitors this week from as far away as Bromley, Chester, Watergrove, Dartford, Portrush, Berlin and Vancouver - a truly international field! Congratulations go to Ailsa Pearson and Charles Taylor who ran their 50th parkrun, and Janey Appleyard who ran her 200th parkrun, 100 of which have been at Forest Rec :)
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Well done too to the 48 people who recorded PBs on the day and also the 15 people who were new to parkrun - we hope you enjoyed it and will come and visit us again soon!

Thanks to our volunteers who made the run possible:

Lenka Alioum and Fehn Chua-Short (timers); Antony Dowd, Tom Gwynne, Tracey Moore and Maggie Taylor (marshals); John Houghton, Su Justice and Fred (Finish tokens); Wayne Wright and Max Pickles (barcode scanning); Vivienne Craven, Rachel House and Julie Thorne (tail walkers); Daniella Dimambro, Martyn Newton and Tracey Parr (token sorting).
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Remember, remember the 3rd of November?  With preparations underway for Bonfire Night, 271 runners joined us on a beautiful autumn morning.  . A very warm welcome to our 40 first-timers and tourists who joined us this week and hope you join us again soon!

This week we had four people reach milestone numbers. Maddie Smith and Stephanie Murphy reached 50, Fiona Starkie 100 and Paul Stacey 300. We had 38 runners who set new pb’s. Congratulations to all on their amazing achievements!

If you want to join these runners, don’t forget your barcode! We had 23 unknowns this week. Remember, no printed barcode, no time, no exceptions.

As ever a massive thank you to our wonderful volunteers in hi-vis, whom without parkrun would not be possible: Suzanne CHAPMAN, Lynne CHAPMAN, Lauren CRISP, Daniella DIMAMBRO, Alison FOX, Claire HILL, John HOUGHTON, Rachel HOUSE, Emily JONES, Sarah MIDDLETON, Shelagh MITSON, Martyn NEWTON, Tracey PARR, Charlie PEARCE, Calum PRIEST, Milly ROACH, Elliot WHITTINGHAM, Wayne WRIGHT.

Why not take a rest weekend and give volunteering a go?  We do still have a number of vacancies available for the next few weeks. We have a number of different roles you can do, and it is a lot of fun! If you’d like to give it a go have a look at our future roster and drop us a line!

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Forest Rec parkrun, event number 276 - 3rd November 2018

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 7,909 participants have completed 46,198 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,990 km, including 8,443 new Personal Bests.

 

Events 273 and 274, 13th and 20th October 2018

A double run report this week, thanks to Karen Archer and Shelagh Mitson for the write ups from the 13th and 20th respectively :)

Roll up, roll up for the (13th of October) run report

After two weeks off to make way for Nottingham’s annual spectacular Goose Fair, Forest Rec parkrun returned on Saturday, 13th October with all the thrills and spills of a large, public, family fun event.

Every year the fair rolls into town, but every week we can enjoy the delights of the carnival atmosphere at parkrun.

This week was no exception, with 252 runners and walkers enjoying a somewhat blustery morning up and down the rollercoaster hills that we’ve all come to love!

While many of us bobbed up and down on the merry-go-round of the two-lap course, the fairground costers were all on hand to cheer us on and spin us round the bends.

People came from far and wide to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the event – 30 were new to Forest Rec parkrun and 9 were brand new to parkrun.

Prized t-shirt milestones were celebrated by Wayne Stott (25 volunteering roles), Mariatu Kanneh-Mason (Junior - 10 parkruns). Meanwhile Chris Hill and Karen Archer (200 parkruns each). They were to be found on the cakewalk at the end of their run.A fabulous 22 people also took home their special new personal best trophies!

Unfortunately, 15 people did not win a prize on the day – they appear as unknowns on the results page. It’s possible that some may have forgotten their barcodes. You get a prize every time if you bring your barcode!

As always, this fabulous occasion would not have been possible without the marvellous efforts of all the volunteers. All would vouch for the feel-good experience and we would like to extend the invitation to each and everyone who runs to come and try parkrun from the other side of the hi-viz. Just take a peek at the future roster and let us know when you can come and join us.

They were: Stephanie James & Milly Roach (timekeepers), Peter Gale & Matthew Adams (finish tokens), Alyson Leeks, Jonas Leeks, Sarah Middleton & Wayne Stott (Marshalls), Deborah Elson, Claire Hill, Caroline Mahal & Steve Willey (scanners), Vivienne Craven & Julie Thorne (tail walkers) and Ian Dennis (run director).

All that remains is to invite you all back again tomorrow, and the week after, and the week after!

 ...and here's what happened on the 20th!

An autumnal day greeted our band of happy parkrunners on Saturday – not too cold and not too windy, definitely could have been worse! The slightly threatening sky failed to deliver anything substantial and certainly nothing to stop our 251 enthusiastic runners, joggers and walkers from enjoying their respective journeys around the gently undulating Forest Rec course this week.

We welcomed tourists from Gunpowder in London [what a great name for a parkrun], Roding Valley, North Norfolk, Cromer and Beeston – thank you for coming to visit, we hope that you enjoyed your time with us.

A huge congratulations to Susie Chapman who ran her 50th parkrun on Saturday – well done Susie! A special mention must go to Reece Barclay – not only had he arrived back from the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii on Friday and travelled straight up from London to Nottingham for the first night of his stag weekend, he got up on Saturday morning to run at Forest Rec and finished in second place! Ironman indeed!

As always a big thank you to our wonderful heroes in hi-viz, without whom parkrun would not go ahead:

Brian Leslie Smith and Milly Roach [timekeeping], Sandrina Finocchio-Daniels and Maggie Taylor [finish tokens], Jen Beverley, Su Justice, John Houghton and Fred the dog [barcode scanning], William Scott and Sarah Middleton [marshal], Alyson and Jonas Leeks [tail walkers], Martyn Newton, Tracey Parr and Daniella DiMambro [token sorting] and Shelagh Mitson [run director].

A special extra thank you to Jen Beverley, who ran Forest Rec as a tourist for the first time this week then dropped straight into a volunteering role after she had finished her run, even scanning her own barcode! While we had enough volunteers this week to keep everyone safe it is always easier with more support, so if you fancy putting your name down just talk to the run director on the day – a copy of the future roster is always available and there are plenty of roles to choose from.

Only two finish tokens missing this week – not bad, though we would prefer it to be zero so please do make sure that you return your token to the barcode scanner once you have been scanned.

There were lots of lovely cakes on display in Homemade Café afterwards of which many of our runners availed themselves as a well-earned treat at the end of another enjoyable parkrun. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Here's Wayne, Karen and Chris:

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Our volunteers from the 13th...
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...and from the 20th:

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Forest Rec parkrun notes

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 7,810 participants have completed 45,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,120 km, including 8,357 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

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.

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