Ice Marshals a plenty!

Event #293

 

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There was a slightly nervous start to this morning’s run, Roger had been out nice an early to inspect the course and broadcast an early update to the Graves faithful.  Despite some ice being out on the course, we got the go-ahead and 218 brave souls took part in the event.  This was a great chance for Roger to remind everyone to keep an eye out on facebook and twitter early on Saturday mornings to check the event is going ahead, there were lots of cancellations around Sheffield this week.  As well as a safe course, we really need a good number of volunteers each week to ensure the event can take place safely, the number needed in bad weather is a little higher than normal, so please consider volunteering to ensure the event can take place.  It’s been a while since I’ve marshalled, but you may have spotted me at the cross roads after the pond, and you certainly reminded me how much fun it can be with lots of cheer people yelling “thank you” as they passed by!

 

In addition to Roger’s weather watching this week, he also had to send out a couple of requests for volunteers, this week’s heroes were the following:

 

Becky GREENWOOD, Catherine SYKES, Charlie LAST, Christopher DYER, David TAYLOR, Everything's Run GREEN, Jill VALENTINE, Jon HOWSON, Martin DOWNHAM, Michael JONES, Michael Peter ANYON, Mike JONES, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Robert NICOL, Roger WALTERS, Sarah SANDERSON, Stephen GILMER, Sue MATTHEWS, Susan GILLIE, Tom MUTTON, Tony BELL , Tony ELLIS

 

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Several of the volunteers this week were from goodgym Sheffield, currently undertaking a January Challenge along with the other groups around the UK to complete 5000 good deeds and 50,000kms of running during January. You may have spotted out fetching red t-shirts (not to be confused with 50 club members), picked up a leaflet, heard from our trainer Tom during the briefing or heard one of us yelling “watch out for the ice” on your way round.  If you would like to learn any more about goodgym, have a read here… https://www.goodgym.org/areas/sheffield

 

 

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Shout outs for milestones this week; Harrison BROWN celebrated joining the Junior 10 club with a new PB, and Andrew MANSFIELD crossed the 50 barrier. Congratulations also to Bryan Bradwell on his 250th run, which he didn't register because he wanted to have a double celebration and run the 250 at his 100th different parkrun. Well done all!

 

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There were 42 first timers this week, with 28 runners completing their first ever parkrun.

 

Completing their first Parkrun were:

 

Amy BICKERSTAFFE Beth LONGSTAFF Charlie BROCKLEBANK
Darren COGGINS Hannah FRIEND-MORRIS Jonathan CROFT
Liam JENKINSON Marcia TORRANO HARLING Martin TODD
Mitchell PLATT Neil GRAHAM Oliver MANSFIELD
Owen HAGUE Samantha RIDLEY  

 

And visiting Graves for the first time were:

 

Ajay WILSON Andy WHITE Catherine TOMBS
Dylan GEORGE Elliot JENKINSON Hannah WALTON
Hera OSKARSDOTTIR Huw DAVIES Jen TURNER
Joanne COY Joanne WOODWARD John HALL
Katie PEARCE Katy SHARP Lilja OSKARSDOTTIR
Louise CLAPHAM Lucy WHITE Lynn THURSBY
Mark ISON Michelle PEARCE Rebecca WHITE
Robert DYMOND Sam NUNN Steve TURNER
Suzanne PRESLAND Thomas DOYLE Tori SHANKLIN
Wendy WESTON    

 

 

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Run Stats

 

There were 17 PB’s this morning and well done to everyone who set their fastest time this year.

 

Abbie MCGREGOR Andrew LEACH Ben AVERY
Ben GREEN Cathy SINCLAIR Claire LORD
Elliott COOPER Gary JEPSON Harrison BROWN
Harry HARDIKER Martin PEARCE Matthew Thomas SMITH
Philip JARVEST Sam AINSCOUGH Sam WHITE
Stephen SAVAGE Tim WEBSTER  

 

Finishing positions

 

Male     Female    
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Dylan GEORGE ** 18:19 1 Rachel MILLER 23:21
2 Sam WHITE * 18:41 2 Gemma THORPE 24:55
3 Thomas HALL 18:49 3 Cathy SINCLAIR * 25:25

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

This week’s top age graded result this week was out first place finisher

Dylan GEORGE (JM15-17) with 18:19 (74.80%)

 

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OPT IN TO VOLUNTEER E-MAILS

 

Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow these instructions:

Follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails.

 

 

Notices

 

There was a black gillet left behind this week, if it’s yourd get in touch and we will try to reunite you!

 

Please keep an eye out on Facebook for any cancellation notices before heading to Graves, we will always try to let people know as early as possible of any issues, but safety of those taking part will always be our priority!

 

The doggy detour is still in full effect.

 

Don’t forget that there is now a junior parkrun at Graves Park on a Sunday morning too.

 

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As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: graveshelpers@parkrun.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.

Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail gravesoffice@parkrun.com

 

Gracious Graves

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Event #292

A pretty good turn out again this week as 256 runners, walkers and generally good folk rolled out of bed to join us on a grey and cold Saturday morning. Feels pretty good afterwards though eh?

There were 35 first timers to Graves this week with 18 runners completing their first ever parkrun. Congratulations to you all!

Ally BOOKER Andy LIVERSIDGE Cecilia MASON
Daniel GOULTY Danny BROWN Davene SMITH
Harry HARDIKER Katie BROADHURST Kelly TURTON
Laura STEELE Matthew Thomas SMITH Oscar JEAVONS
Ro COCKIN Sammy CAMPBELL Sazzle COCKIN
Sophie MARSHALL Stephen DOMAN Tom LEACH

 

A further 17 people were visiting Graves for the first time. We had shout-outs from Gloucester, Brisbane and Hallam(!) to name a few!

Catherine Margaret HAYDEN Chris WOOD Christopher HURT
Hannah DOWNING Jamie AILANO John BARRADELL
Karen DOBSON Katherine DOBSON Kathryn QUINTON
Lynn AILANO Mark PRINCE Mark SHAKESPEARE
Patrick SCAHILL Tom BAGGOTT Tommy GERMAINE
Vicki JOHNSON Zaheem MUSHTAQ  

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RD Green was at the helm again this week and has introduced the run directing team to a new ultra-organised briefing technique… He got us all assembled and gave the necessary instructions as well as some extras such as the school cross country which crossed our path towards the end of the run. He also reminded us that during this wet and muddy weather, we need to make sure that we leave the path clear for all runners to complete their run without the need for dodging others and to ensure that the timekeepers have a clear view of who is entering the finish funnel. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

 

I briefly stepped on the bench to re-remind you all that we are running a Graves parkrun bingo incentive at the moment. Some small parkrun related goals to challenge yourself this new year an you will be rewarded with cake – what more can you ask?! There will still be bingo sheets to collect for the next two Saturdays but after that, it’s all about how many you can tick off! Enjoy!

A lady visiting from Peterborough thought it was a good idea, as she took a bingo sheet to take back to her parkrun!

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As mentioned huge thanks to all who stepping in this week to volunteer. The volunteer team were:

William ALVES, Erica BRAMHALL, Allison BROAD, Lucy BROOM, Paul CHAPMAN, Janet CHAPMAN, Zoe DICKINSON, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Sylvia ELLIS, Rosemary FERRILL, Alex FORREST, Andes GEIGER, Everything's Run GREEN, Sophy HALLAM, Mark JACOBI, Kat JONES, Charlie LAST, Catherine NEEDHAM, Neal PATES, Millie POLLARD, Sue RANSOM, Tom VALENTINE, Roger WALTERS, Rowena YATES

The Chapman’s headed up the timing team this week – all for the love of volunteering! And Zoe must have had just a good a workout leaping about at the top of killer hill as she would if she’d have run! I certainly heard her before I saw her! Thank you all for making our parkrun what it is!

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OPT IN TO VOLUNTEER E-MAILS

Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow the instructions below:

For those who don’t currently receive the volunteer e-mails, if you follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails. We won’t bombard you don’t worry! Well not unless we’re really desperate!

 

Milestones:

Congratulations to tourist Patrick SCAHILL who ran his 50th parkrun; to Peter MELDRUM and Shelley WALSH who ran their 100th and to Stephen John DAY who ran his 250th!

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Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

There were 39 PBs this week - well done all

Abbie MCGREGOR Amy SUTHERLAND-JARVEST Andrew SPYRKA
Caroline BRASH Chris REA Claire TODD
David BROOMBY Emma FAINTON Erica BRAMHALL
Erica ORAM Fran BARNES Freddie SODEN
Graham BELL Hannah BACON Heather TONKS
Jack BOUTINAUD Jensen BROWN Jon HOWSON
Joseph MATTHEWS Karen HYATT Laura HARWOOD
Lorna BYRNE Luke ROBINSON Maria ROBINSON
Marie TONKS Mary RODGERS Meadow CROWTHER
Megan OHRI Mick CROOKES Naomi HALLADAY
Natalie AUSTIN Peter BRASH Robin PILLAR
Sara HINCH Sarah GRAY Stuart SCOTT
Tina HAVENHAND Tracey DAVIES Violet SCOTT
     

 

 

The top age graded result this week was Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 26:19 (86.00%)

 

Finishing positions

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Stuart CARRACK 18:41 1 Vicky PENN 22:07
2 Stuart SCOTT* 18:55 2 Jane GARDINER 22:52
3 Andrew SPYRKA* 19:46 3 Charlotte ELLIS 23:22

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

Notices

Green was particularly pleased at the end of the event this week because he had been made a aware of a couple who had been walking around Graves park with their dog and at one point met the hoards coming up killer hill… thankfully the feedback was that the parkrunners graciously ran around the couple leaving them to continue their walk undisturbed. This is what we want to hear and see! Thank you to all.

VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER! Please!

As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: graveshelpers@parkrun.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.

WINTER MONTHS

We’re not out of bad weather yet, please keep your eye on the Facebook page or Twitter feed for any cancellations. These are few and far between but worth checking on those icy (dare I say snowy!) mornings.

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Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail gravesoffice@parkrun.com

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR PARKRUNNERS

Event #291

 

Oops forgot I wasn’t marshalling today but helping out with the run report….. Less shouting, more writing…. It was a cold, and very muddy, January morning which welcomed 227 parkrunners to the first official Graves parkrun of 2018.

 

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Catherine was RD today and, with the help of William, started off with some exciting news about Graves parkrun Bingo.  Simply collect your Bingo card (or download off the Facebook page) and cross off 12 or more parkrun achievements on the card at any point over the next 12 weeks to win a prize! Yep, cake! What further incentive is needed! William was doing a fab job handing out the cards. Bingo cards will be available at every January parkrun or print your own from facebook - how many did you cross off this week?? And lastly on the Bingo front, the cafe are offering a free cuppa as part of the parkrun bingo. So bring your card to the cafe afterwards and they will cross off that one for you!

 

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Catherine reminded everyone of the parkrun rules and due to the mud, that the funnel would be located on the path this week.  The doggy detour was in force as usual in the mud, but I think everyone had left their pooches having a lie in today.

 

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Catherine gave a big shout out of thanks to our fantastic volunteer team this week; many of whom were unable to escape the mud, and this week were:

Brian ADAMS, Magdalena BOO, Bryan BRADWELL, Mark DAVIS, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Sylvia ELLIS, Lynn FINDLAY, Paul GILL, Stephen GILMER, Everything's Run GREEN, Jon HOWSON, Charlie LAST, Sue MATTHEWS, Catherine NEEDHAM, Robert NICOL, Stuart ROOKER, Jimmy SHARMAN, Helen WAKEFIELD, Roger WALTERS

 

A round of applause then followed for the milestones this week; there was Lucy GRAY and Leo WARD doing their 50th run today, and Roger KNIGHTLEY and Zebedee VORTEX reaching the 150 milestone. Well done all!

A special mention also to Malcolm TAYLOR who ran his 100th run with each of those runs being completed at Graves. His friend Les e-mailed an interesting story: For the last 20 years or so, Malcolm and Les would meet up at the bottom gate at 9:00am every Saturday morning for a run. When they noticed lots of runners 'on their patch', they decided to join in. Another example of parkrun's fantastic community. Les also mentioned that Malcolm used to be a very good runner and included a photo (below) of Malcolm aged 14/15 at cross country in Graves park where he came in just behind someone who went on to become a World Record Holder, Olympic champion and politician...! We look forward to your next 100 Malcolm, well done!

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There were 37 first timers this week, with 26 runners completing their first ever parkrun.

 

Completing their first Parkrun were:

Pamela ALLEN, Lauren ALLEN-WARWICK, Ben AVERY, Cassie BEEDLE, Rehanna BENJAMIN, Chloe BOLTON, Matt CARR, Katie DUNHILL, Jacob FOGG, Andy HART, Neil JACKSON, Libby JONES, Sharif KHAN, Chris KIRBY, Andrew LEACH, Daniel PREST, James REVELL, Luke ROBINSON, Maria ROBINSON, Perry SIMPSON, Freddie SODEN, Georgia TINDALL, Grant VEITCH, Keeley WARD

 

And visiting Graves for the first time were:

Mollie ANDERSON. Sarah BALFOUR, Karen BEEDEN, Lewis COX, Leah EVANS, Emma FAINTON, Kate HARRISON, Hollie MEALING, Mark RIORDAN; Steve TAYLOR, Tim WEBSTER.

 

Well done and welcome to Graves parkrun.  We were visited by 7 girls and supporters from the Charnock Ridgeway girls Football Club, who after being unable to play on waterlogged pitch decided to come and parkrun.

 

And a very warm (in the friendly sense) Sheffield welcome to Emma and Harry, who visited from Brisbane (accompanying Dad and Grandad Ray; who managed to sneak in the picture too!). They are more used to a flat course along the seafront in 25deg heat but were wrapped up for cold and smiling all the way round.

 

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We hope to welcome you all back soon!

 

Good luck with the Bingo and Happy parkrunning!

Report written by Lynn Findlay

 

Run Stats by Stephen Gilmer

 

There were 22 PB’s this morning and well done to everyone who set their fastest time this year.

 

Alison DOWNEY Andrea SNOWDEN Ashleigh BARRON
Corinne HERITAGE Eleanor HALL Gaynor HOBSON
Harrison BROWN Jack BOUTINAUD James AUSTIN
Jensen BROWN Kathryn DEAKIN Katie MELDRUM
Kirk SMITH Luke PREST Nick BRIMACOMBE
Paul BEDNALL Richard LOWE Ryan HOYLAND
Sara HINCH Sarah BIRD Steve COX
Thomas CANNON

 

Finishing positions

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Sam NEEDHAM 18:52 1 Ashleigh BARRON * 21:02
2 James AUSTIN * 18:59 2 Rachel MILLER 22:32
3 Thomas MEAGER 19:13 3 Grace HULTON 25:01

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

This week’s top age graded result this week was

Jane EVANS (VW55-59) with 25:19 (72.48%)

 

OPT IN TO VOLUNTEER E-MAILS (You could cross this off your bingo!)

 

Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow these instructions:

Follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails.

 

 

Notices

 

Please keep an eye out on Facebook for any cancellation notices before heading to Graves, we will always try to let people know as early as possible of any issues, but safety of those taking part will always be our priority!

 

The doggy detour is still in full effect.

 

Don’t forget that there is now a junior parkrun at Graves Park on a Sunday morning too.

 

As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: graveshelpers@parkrun.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.

Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail gravesoffice@parkrun.com

 

A Record Breaking Start to 2018

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Event #290

 

This week 374 people kicked off their New Year by coming to Graves to run, jog, or walk out 5k course. That’s a new all time attendance record for Graves!

 

A whopping 78 first timers joined us for the first of a possible New Year Double of which 2 were taking part in their first ever parkrun, what a great way to kick off 2018, welcome to…

 

Chris DAVIES Robin WOOD

 

The other 76 tourists join us were, this might take a while, as follows…

 

Amy MITCHELL Amy MONACH Andy DAVIDSON
Angela PURDUE Anna GISBOURNE Ben BURRELL
Ben CARTER Ben MITCHELL Ben STEEL
Ben WOOTTON Ben WRIGHT Carol FICKLING
Caroline FRITH Claire BRACEGIRDLE Clare EVANS
Clive DOWNING Craig RENTON Damian BAKER
Damien MATTHIAS Darren LYNCH David SMITH
Edward DEAKIN Elizabeth MEEKINGS Erica ORAM
Fleur ROBERTS Freddie SCOTT Isabel Johanna DEAKIN
James GARNETT James OSBORNE Jemimah DEAKIN
Jess BREIDER Jessie CRAWSHAW Jim BREIDER
Jo CRAWSHAW Joanna MITCHELL John Joe DOYLE
John MONACH John SANDERSON Johnny BATTERSBY
Karen DESOYSA Kath WHARMBY Kathryn DEAKIN
Katy COUTTS Kev SAVILLE Kev WHITEHEAD
Kevin CARTER Laura WRIGHT Lauren BAKUNOWICZ
Louise GALVIN Lynda MATTHIAS Martin BROOK
Matilda WITHYCOMBE Michael GISBOURNE Nicky HINE
Oscar MITCHELL Paul NEWEY Rachel DODD
Rebecca LOCKWOOD Richard COLES Richard OWEN
Robert FOSTER Robert IRESON Ruth MOUNTFORD
Samuel DOYLE Sandra BREIDER Sarah BURRELL
Sean RUSSELL Sharon JAMES Simon REYNOLDS
Stephen SAVAGE Stuart VAS Thomas ELLIS
Tim HALL Tom GEORGE William GARNETT
William LANE

 

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Green was in charge of proceedings today and welcomed us with a novel approach to the briefing…

 

“So this is parkrun
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun

And so this is parkrun
I hope you all have parkfun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very merry parkrun
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
With PBs a plenty

And so this is parkrun
For walkers, for runners, for buggies and dogs too
And especially for everyone

So this is parkrun

X”

 

As always the re was a big hand for this week’s volunteers

 

Angela JACKSON, Ann BREWSTER, Catherine NEEDHAM, Charlie LAST, Chris ELLIS, Everything's Run GREEN, Jennie WOOD, Jo ECCLES, Magdalena BOO, Martin DOWNHAM, Neil SCHOFIELD, Pippa WOOD, Robert ATKIN, Robert NICOL, Rosemary FERRILL, Rowena YATES, Sam ALLIN, Sam NEEDHAM, Sam WOOD, Sarah UTTLEY, Stephen GILMER, Sylvia ELLIS, Tony ELLIS

 

A special mention to Magda for managing to distribute finish tokens with no support, pretty impressive stuff in those temperatures! Also to Arif Ali who, although not an official volunteer, did give me a lift to Poolsbrook so I could do the double, see Run Stats for how many others did the same.

 

If your New Year’s Resolution is to help out with Parkrun, volunteer or maybe if you haven’t settled on one yet, why not think about volunteering at Graves? There are plenty of roles, you get all the training you need and you’ll never be asked to do something you aren’t happy with! Maybe you already volunteer but you fancy trying a different role, time keeping isn’t as bad as everyone thinks!  More details later in the report for how to get involved.

 

There appear to be no milestones this week, although this could have been caused by the double parkrun option, so if we’ve missed giving you a shout out, let us know!

 

Keep your eyes peeled for parkrun bingo coming next week, where you can check off different ways of taking part in parkrun with the possibility of being rewarded with cake later in the year.

 

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Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

 

Before we get into the PB, Finishers and Age Grade stats, it’s worth mentioning that of those taking part at Graves this morning, 131 then headed to Poolsbrook and a further 50 to Hillsborough.  This was the view from the back at Poolsbrook before the start.

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There were 38 PBs this week!…

 

Alyson SMITH Anthony WHITEHOUSE Caroline BROCK
Caroline CLIFFORD Cass DOWTHWAITE Charlotte KAY
Douglas ARMSTRONG Eleanor HALL George CARMAN
Iain HOOLEY Jane STIRLING Katie WHITBY
Kevin RANDALL Laura TISDALL Louie SMITH
Lucy COWELL Mark SMITH Matthew BROWN
Matthew HENNELL Matthew WINSLOW Nathan CUMMINS
Niamh HARDY Oscar BURGESS Owen FORD
Paddy WILKINSON Penny MERRETT Rachel SUDDRICK
Reuben SMITH Richard BURGESS Rosie SMITH
Sallyann WINSLOW Sara HINCH Sergei SHKUL
Sophie TONKINS Sophie TOYN Stephanie ABIVA
Stuart SCOTT Timothy RAFFERTY

 

Finishing positions

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Joseph NEWMAN-BILLINGTON 17:00 1 Caroline BROCK * 20:20
2 Stuart VAS ** 18:15 2 Hannah K PEEL 21:01
3 Robert FOSTER ** 18:16 3 Sarah BURRELL ** 21:08

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

This week’s top age graded result this week was

Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:24 (82.60%)

 

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OPT IN TO VOLUNTEER E-MAILS

 

Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow these instructions:

Follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails.

 

 

Notices

 

Please keep an eye out on Facebook for any cancellation notices before heading to Graves, we will always try to let people know as early as possible of any issues, but safety of those taking part will always be our priority!

 

The doggy detour is still in full effect.

 

Don’t forget that there is now a junior parkrun at Graves Park on a Sunday morning too.

 

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As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: graveshelpers@parkrun.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.

Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail gravesoffice@parkrun.com

 

Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Event #289

 

A lovely bright December morning greeted the 246 park runners, who came bedecked in a variety of festive costumes. The seasonal headgear included lots of antlers and Santa hats, as well as a couple of fantastic matching Christmas pudding hats.

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The runners weren’t the only ones who had risen to the occasion as a number of our four-legged friends were also dressed for the festive season including Lil, the whippet.  The runners were joined by some of Santa’s elves (who had clearly been given time off for good behaviour from packing duties) and the man himself was based at the intersection of the ponds.

 

There were 29 first timers this week with 5 runners completing their first ever parkrun. Congratulations to you all!

Abbie MCGREGOR Richard KNAPTON Richard LOWE
Sean CUCKSON William KNAPTON  

 

24 runners were visiting Graves for the first time this week! Welcome and come back soon!

Asa MOBERG GROUT Carolina MANRIQUE Caroline RYE
Catherine CHARLTON Fiona KIRBY Jack LAMB KEATS
Jennifer PRICE Jo-Anne HICKLIN Kim WAKELAM
Leonie PHILLIPS Lisa BELL Matthew DEVLIN
Melanie COOK Nicholas SZCZEPANIAK Paul CAHILL
Richard COOK Richard STONE Rob CARLISLE
Rob PEARSON Sally HEASLEY Sam GROUT
Sara GOTTLIEBSEN Steve GROUT Steven RYE

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A festively-attired Gav welcomed everyone to the Graves Christmas Park run, asking us to watch out for jolly (and not-so jolly) other park users. After thanking the volunteers, he asked the under-11s to see if they could find an adult who could keep up with them and compared an East v West ‘show me your barcode’ competition. He hopefully got his Christmas wish – that there would be no funnel ducking and that the times and numbers would stack up at the end.

The fantastic volunteer team were:

Magdalena BOO, Allison BROAD, Jo ECCLES, Tony ELLIS, Lynn FINDLAY, Janet GLOVER, Jon HOWSON, Scott HUSSEY, Angela JACKSON, Charlie LAST, Andy LEDBETTER, Catherine NEEDHAM, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Robert NICOL, Stuart ROOKER, Amelia SANDERSON, Amanda TOWERS, Geoffrey TWELVETREE, Tom VALENTINE, Roger WALTERS

 

Parkrun UK was celebrating Christmas this week and here's a good joint effort!

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If you are reading this and contemplating if you should join us, come along. We are a friendly bunch. It doesn’t matter if you run, run/walk or walk all the way round. You will meet inspirational people and you will feel physically and mentally stimulated by taking part. There’s a nice cafe for a natter afterwards and you can even visit the animals in the farm park too!

 

 

 

 

OPT IN TO VOLUNTEER E-MAILS

Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow the instructions below:

For those who don’t currently receive the volunteer e-mails, if you follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails. We won’t bombard you don’t worry! Well not unless we’re really desperate!

Milestones:

Few admitted to milestones at this week’s briefing but Janet Glover’s double of 250 Park Runs and 25 volunteers more than made up for the lack of other milestone events.

Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

We had 21 PBs this week – well done all!

Adam LEACH Adam MITCHELL Anne HEGARTY
Brian THORNHILL Diarmuid COOPER Dylan MATHER
Hannah BACON Harrison BROWN Jennifer WORTHY
Jenny FRENCH Jensen BROWN Jill MOTLEY*
Katie MELDRUM Liz SMITH Mary RODGERS
Pete SHEFFIELD Robert SAMPSON Sara HINCH
Sarah GATLAND Shelley GYTE Stephen ARCHER

*Happy PB Birthday to Jill!

 

The top age graded result this week was Yvonne TWELVETREE (VW65-69) with 23:47 (89.21%).

 

Finishing positions

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Matthew DEVLIN** 17:52 1 Fiona KESTEVEN 20:49
2 Chris BEVAN 18:24 2 Sara EAMES 20:50
3 Tom SPENCER 18:34 3 Kate MACFARLANE 21:29

* New PB

**Graves first timer

Finally all at Graves parkrun wish our runners and volunteers a safe and happy Christmas. We hope to see you at the last Graves parkrun  of 2017 and of course the very first one of 2018 – our New Year’s Day special! Start the year off in the best possible way!

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Notices

We are running back through the farm – yippee! The doggy detour is still in place for our four legged friends (and their owners), so they didn’t get chance to show off their costumes to the farm animals.

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As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: graveshelpers@parkrun.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.

Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail gravesoffice@parkrun.com

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