It feels like it’s been ages…

Event #346

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Due to ice and winds it was three weeks since the last time there was a run briefing at Graves and some of you may have thought it was a case of deja vu as it was Stephen again delivering this morning’s welcome.  There was the usual thank you to this week’s volunteers… Helen ALFORD, Amy ALLCARD, Laura ALSTON, Daniel ALSTON, Terry ARMSTRONG, Louisa BARTON, Erica BRAMHALL, Lucy COWELL, Jo ECCLES, Andes GEIGER, Stephen GILMER, Millie GLAVES, Eleanor HALL, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Jon HOWSON, Nick HUNT, Nicola JACKSON, Finley LAWSON, Ashley MELLORS, Dan MURPHY, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Liz NICHOLAS, Emma PORTUS, Stuart ROOKER, Helen SMITH, Carol SPEIGHT

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He took the opportunity to run through some parkrun reminders about funnel ducking and token etiquette, pointing out that is aimed at getting you as accurate a result as we can and as quickly as possible. Despite this, we still had 14 unknowns and a finish token go missing (it has since been tracked down) this week.

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We also had a quick pause in proceedings to welcome Iris Elsie to the Graves parkrun family and send a congratulations video to RD Cat.

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There were 16 new to parkrun parkrunners today, we hope you enjoyed your first event and look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Beth RAWSON Cheuk Hang MOK Daisy KEYWOOD
Dani LOVEGROVE Harriet WRIGHT Jamie KERR
Joshua SUTTON-SPRENZ Kim Yew WONG Linda GREEN
Louise TYLER Martin SUTTON Philippe CLEGG
Sin Yee NG Steve MALLINDER Vicki INMAN
Yvonne O'DONOVAN    

 

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A further 22 people were visiting Graves for the first time.

 

Alex HENDRIE Amer AHMED Clare Michelle WESTON
Damian HAWKSHAW Hannah KNIGHT Helen THURLOW
Howard KINNEAVY Jennie WHITTINGTON Jennifer EVANS
Joseph RODDIS Ken THOMAS Livia TRY
Lysander LAWSON Mark WHITELEY Nigel ROBINSON
Peter DUTHIE Philippa THOMPSON Sam WESTON
Simon WATERHOUSE Steve MARSHALL Thomas GRAHAM
Tom LOCKHART    

 

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There were 2 Milestone this week, Elina HINE joining the Junior 10 Club and Mark Davis joining the 100 parkrun tshirts crew! Congratulations from everyone at Graves.

 

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Run Stats

 

There were 47 PB’s this morning. Well done everyone!

 

Akira KANEDA Alex SULTER Amelia GLOVER
Andrea OWENS Chris ANTHONY Clive John WILSON
Duncan GRAHAM Elizabeth CLAY Graeme FORTH
Harriet DAVIES Hekmat MORADI Helen BLUNDELL
Isaac BARRETT Joseph MALLINSHAW Karen HYATT
Kirk SMITH Kirsty BRIGGS Lesley MELLOR
Maisie BURN Matt DUNBAR Michael SEEL
Nick HALL Pauline WILSON Peter MOXON
Rachael HODGSON Rachel ALLCARD Richard WELLS
Rob EARL Rob JONES Robert HUTCHINGS
Robert NICOL Sakura GASCOIGNE Sally RHODES
Sally-Ann ROGERSON Samah ISSA Sarah HUDSON
Saul LONGBOTTOM Sean PARKIN Sharif KHAN
Shaun KAWALEK Tim OVEREND Tim THAIR
Tom BOLLARD Tom SPENCER Tommy MURRAY
Victoria BROWN Will DOYLE  

 

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Finishing positions

 

Male     Female    
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Tom SPENCER * 17:57 1 Amy WHEELER 21:23
2 UNKNOWN 2 Christine HICKS 22:06
3 Michael KENYON   18:09 3 Charlotte ELLIS 23:10

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

This week’s top age graded result this week was…

Tom SPENCER (JM15-17) with 17:57 (77.53%)

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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:

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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!

 

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

 

 

Pacing Spectacular!

Event #345

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Another busy Saturday for Graves this week with another top turnout of 327 people raring to run, jog, walk their way around Graves park. It was a mild morning but with the traditional Graves micro-climate of being 5 degrees colder than anywhere else…!

There were 38 first timers this week, 10 of these were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done to you all.

Amelia GLOVER Dan BELL Gemma THORNTON
James PARSONS Katie TAYLOR Keith BARKER
Luke BARKER Nicola GLOVER Samah ISSA
Stephen WINTERTON    

 

We had 28 people visiting Graves parkrun for the first time and quite a few cow cowls on view! Come back soon!

Becky GREENWOOD Bev BARNES Christopher James FLETCHER
Colin BATEMAN Daniel SAYLES Dawn WOOLLEY
Eugene CHANG Eugene RYBINSKI Ewen LAYCOCK
Faye GOODWORTH Gillian FALKINGHAM Ian BOWMAN
Iuliia KAMANETS Jacqueline MITCHELL Jim RANGELEY
John DEMPSEY Julie HOLLINGSWORTH Lisa PULLAN
Maria CRAVEN Monica COATES Paul SIMPSON
Philip CRAVEN Rich KERSHAW Robert PULLAN
Rosemary MAGUIRE Sona BIRD Stephen SMITH
William MATTHEWS    

 

Many thanks to all the volunteer heroes this week:

Helen ALFORD, Tony BELL, Magdalena BOO, Finn BURGUM, Eugene CHANG, Sarah COWANS, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, David EGAN, Sylvia ELLIS, Grace FEENEY, Bee GAN, Stephen GILMER, Becky GREENWOOD, Jessica HALL, Tom HARMAN, David HIGHAM, Annie HINTON, Sarah Louise KING, Charlie LAST, Kim LONGBON, Leanne MALLINDER, Joseph MALLINSHAW, Jacqueline MITCHELL, Ann-Marie MULVEY, Dan MURPHY, Mary NEAL, Catherine NEEDHAM, Rebecca PARKER, Amelia SANDERSON, Becci TAYLOR, Zofia TRZECIAK, Sally WALES, Andrew WATERS, Eleanor WHITTINGHAM

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Stephen was RD for his second time this week and had organised for the Sheffield Goodgymers to hold a pacing event. There were pacers from 24 minutes to 40 minutes and also included some run / walk pacers. There was some really positive feedback from this event, plenty of people enjoying the inclusivity and a few PBs as a result. There have been requests for repeat events so watch this space!

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Milestones:

There was a nice run of whooping and cheering for milestones this week. Congratulations to Emma MORGAN who ran her 10th parkrun; Robert ALLCROFT ran his 50th; Catherine SYKES ran her 100th and Leah EVANS ran her 250th parkrun! Congratulations to you all – fantastic achievements and thanks for the cakes!

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Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

There were 42 PBs this week. I wonder just how many were as a result of a pacer?! Well done all!

Adina HUMA Alex HYLAN Ally BEAL
Amy JENKIN Andrew PAYNE Charlotte SEFTON
Claire BELL Claire BONNETT Conor O'BOYLE
David PORTER Ed GUCCIONE Hekmat MORADI
Jack COLLIER Jacob WALKER Joanne GLEIG
Jon COOK Joseph MATTHEWS Julie ARMSTRONG
Julie BIRD Kathryn DEAKIN Katie TYNAN
Kim LONGBON Laura RANGELEY Lesley MELLOR
Liz SMITH Nick HALL Nicola CLEMENTS
Nigel DISBURY Robert HUTCHINGS Robert NICOL
Robyn PAYNE Sarah MCGOLDRICK Shaohua CUI
Shaun TURNELL Stephen BOND Susie PEPLOW
Tara SPILLINGS Tim NEAL Victoria BROWN
Wayne MORTON William EARL Zofia TRZECIAK

 

 

The top age graded result this week was Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:42 (83.09%)

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Finishing positions

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Stuart CARRACK 18:08 1 Amy WHEELER 21:48
2 Joseph HIBBERT 18:38 2 Carla GIBBONS 21:59
3 Conor O'BOYLE * 18:46 3 Tara SPILLINGS * 22:51
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

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!

 

Notices

Keep your eye on the facebook page if there weather looks like it could be icey or snowy. We try to get a course inspection done by 8am if cancellation is a possibility.

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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

 

Marshalling in the new year!

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Graves parkrun #341.

Happy New Year! And what a great event it was.

Me and my little family kicked 2019 off by helping to marshal a record breaking 396 runners around a dry and occasionally sunny Graves park. The dog and I ran to the park for Mind’s RED challenge, then took up our spot between the ponds, whilst my partner and the tiny tyrant got cow poo corner! You'll have noticed the enthusiastic dad jokes as you headed for the finish.

 

I'm assured that Run Director Gav’s briefing had everyone chomping at the bit to get going. As the gags flew thick and fast participants trying to do the new year double Parkrun were pawing the ground and stamping with enthusiasm to get to Hillsborough and Poolsbrook. There was no need to worry as Poolsbrook’s Andy Morris came to run his 100th Graves at Graves but shot off to be the Run Director for his second event of the day.

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We had lots to celebrate this week. Apart from the record turnout, there were also many milestones. Congratulations to all the following people:

 

Local legend Roger Knightley was out on his 200th event. Emma Barker and Marie Hippey and Caz Kay were all celebrating their 100th run.

 

We welcomed 9 first timers to Graves,hopefully see you all again soon.

 

 

Adrian HOTSON Akira KANEDA Charlotte KENNEDY
Chris WILLIAMS Ewan KENNEDY Helen BATTY
Jo JARVIS Julie BIRTLES Sarah KENNEDY

 

 

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And well done to the 57 tourists.

 

 

Alex GREEN Andrew THOMPSON Andy HOLLINGUM
Andy YOUNG Angela HOLLINGUM Anthony BOWYER
Bart LAWRENCE Callum WOODWARD Cameron Colin BATTY
Christopher MOSS Claire CARTLEDGE Daniel DUNN
Edward PINNOCK Emma DONSON Gemma MORRIS
Gordon FIANDER Hannah WHITEOAK Harvey BATTY
Iain NESS Jacob KENNEDY James BALKWILL
Jamie THOMPSON Jason CRABB Jenni FIANDER
Josh BOWEN Kenneth KENNEDY Kerry SAVILLE
Kirsty SUTTON Linda BILLAM Linda VAN GELDER
Lorna MIDWOOD Lucy LYNCH Malcolm BAGGALEY
Mark LAWTON Mark WITHAM Martin SUTCLIFFE
Matt DUNBAR Matthew GILES Mia KOFOED KRISTIANSEN
Michael BOWEN Michael CLEARY Michael PLANT
Nicholas BOWEN Nick OSULLIVAN Paul MIDDLEMAS
Paul SHACKLETON Paul STOKES Peter GOODFELLOW
Peter MCCOY Rachael HONEYMAN Rachel PERRY
Richard TIBBLE Robyn PAYNE Samantha ISAAC
Sarah CHAMBERLAIN Sarah HONEYMAN Wayne SUTER

 

 

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Finally, a massive shout to all the volunteers who filled the empty slots since Saturday.
Laura ALSTON, Daniel ALSTON, Michael Peter ANYON, Julie ARMSTRONG, Magdalena BOO, Steve BRAMHALL, Lucy COWELL, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Alexis FOSTER, Fran GRACE, Sarah HARRIS, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Sue HUTCHINSON, Angela JACKSON, Duncan MCLEAN, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Carol PARSONS, Robyn PAYNE, Gillian RAY, Lindsay STANSALL, Jennie STEVENS, Tim WALTERS

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Without you all the event can't run...Parkrun HQ say that if everyone volunteered 3 times per year, nationally there would never be a deficit so please come and take part in both sides of the event.

 

 

RUN STATS

 

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Kate Reece got top age graded result:

Kate REECE (VW65-69) with 24:55 (82.61%)

 

 

With the following people entering the funnel first. A real achievement.

 

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 David MILLNS * 18:07 1 Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT 21:29
2 Bruno BECKETT 18:16 2 Caz KAY 21:57
3 Joseph HIBBERT 18:24 3 Sarah BURRELL 22:00
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

 

We also saw 39 people hitting a new PB.

 

Alannah BOLTON Alfie SUDDRICK Amanda HOLTEY
Andrew FISHER Andrew R Ben STEEL
Christopher TAYLOR-COOK Claire BRACEGIRDLE Damien MATTHIAS
Daniel FORD David MILLNS Denise ADAMS-JACKSON
Erica ORAM Hannah MCCORMACK Helen ASHFIELD
Helen GREGORY James BOREMAN Jamie KAY
Jessica CARMAN Kev SAVILLE Lauren FORD
Lena MARSTON-GIROUX Lucy BOWMAN Michael PAYNE
Nathan GASCOIGNE Nicky HINE Owen FORD
Penny MERRETT Rachel SUDDRICK Rebecca CARMAN
Robert NICOL Ruth FORD Samantha DRAPER
Stephen HOWARD Steve GARNER Teresa DINEEN
Thomas CANNON Wayne CHURCH Will DOYLE

 

 

Chris and his guide dog Eric were back to complete their challenge of 6 Parkruns in 15 days for one of our local goalball teams. Good luck with the rest of your fundraising! (For anyone wanting to know about Goalball have a look at this great video on the Goalball UK website. http://www.goalballuk.com/the-sport/)

 

 

On a personal note, thank you to all of you who cheered, smiled and in one case sang to me on tuesday. It was great to see people skipping, jogging, running, walking, pushing, guiding, puffing in the new year. Everyone should be smug that they were out first thing in the morning to participate!

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NOTICES

Keep an eye on Facebook in case of last minute weather related cancellations and remember to dress for the conditions.

 

If you have any questions, or wish to sign up as a volunteer you can email graveshelpers@parkrun.com. You can also look at the available roles and gaps here… http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/futureroster/

 

Happy New Year folks,

 

Laura

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Rainbows, Fancy-dress and Guest Run Reporters

Graves #339

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This week we have a special treat for our run report, if the form of a guest reporter, thanks to tourist Daniel Connolly for the following...

 

Over the last few years of parkrun tourism I have developed and revised a few key rules.

 

Check the volunteer roster on the website

 

This I have found to be a sure fire way to see if a parkrun is on.  It has also helped me fulfil my New Year's Resolution I set at Colwich on 1st January and then expanded upon at Bedworth on 5th May – to try and write a run report for each new venue I visit this year.  As I have been on tour since the beginning of 2016 and haven't yet repeated a venue it has meant 41 reports this year.  By now I should be something of an expert at them...  or at least have a bank of statements I could use but whilst parts are similar each report has to be different, just like the parkruns I visit each week.  As each venue is the same – a free 5km timed run entirely run by volunteers – it is unique; trail / tarmac, in a park / not in a park!, city / rural.

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Arrive at 8:10!

 

Yes, I know parkruns start at around 9am BUT after a dreadful experience of being unable to find the start of the parkrun before it started and then having to run after the tail for 15 minutes I am keen not to repeat that again!

 

For ages my wife and daughter have commented that they could have had an extra 30minutes in bed (or longer!) My son has never made this complaint but that is because he was the one who had to play catch the tail runner as it was then!

 

Programming the postcode into Google Maps we had a dream drive up the M42, A42, M1 & A61 - I doubt many over the Christmas period will be saying those words and at ten past 8 we arrived in Cobnar Road – with no sign of a carpark!   STRESS!  After parking up and zooming in on course maps and Google Maps – we headed off to Bunting Nook Car Park (S8 8JU) and still arrived on time to capture a picture of most of today's #HiVizHeroes in our homemade picture frame.

 

Carry both trail and road shoes in the car

 

I could cover up this rule by saying that conditions can change and a dry field can become boggy – but the truth is I never read the course descriptions beforehand.  Hilly or flat, 5 laps or one – it is always a surprise to me and the family.  If I was as quick as Monday Night Club's, Bruno BECKETT (VM40-44) who stormed over the line as first finisher in a new PB of 17:53 this week – so a double well done - I would need to know where I am going but with lovely marshals on the course directing me and the pace I move, I do have lots of runners to follow!

 

So normally a quick question of a regular or a marshal helps make the choice and as a completely tarmacked course road shoes were definitely the order of the day.

 

The number of laps is always easy to find out as there is always a first timers briefing for new parkrunners and tourists alike so listening carefully to Martin DOWNHAM today I discovered the second lap was shorter than the first and a marshal and signs were positioned read for the short cut!  Whilst I have heard over 100 first timer briefings :- Scott HUKINS, Laurie NICHOLAS, Wes JACKLIN, Jessica BIRD, Daisy NICHOLAS, Grace NICHOLAS, Gregg DALE & Wendy GRAY all had their first as Graves become their first ever parkrun.  So a huge welcome to them.

 

At the main run briefing the shout went out for tourists, despite driving from Coventry we were certainly pipped at the furthest travelled as although Hong Kong was mentioned... Daisy QUIGLEY ran her first Graves parkrun all the way from Cairns in Australia!

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For the first time in a year, much to my great regret 1km into the run, I haven't worn my much prized milestone T-shirt, today Steel City Striders RC's, Rowena YATES ran her 100th parkrun so with holidays and disrupted deliveries hopefully she will soon be the proud wearer of her black 100 t-shirt very soon – currently you will just have to enjoy seeing the red 50 logo on the results being replaced by a black 100 icon.

 

After the formalities were out the way the run started with the all too familiar beep of hundreds of GPS watches being pressed at the same time.  And soon hundreds of festive parkrunners stormed off around the park. Thankfully many of them also in Christmas themed clothes as I had encouraged my family to all dress up as Elves – which seemed a great idea at 6:15am but soon after 9am I realised why cotton wasn't a great technical running fibre as I started to melt as I thudded up the first short steep slope.

 

Before the loop back uphill from the park keeper's cottage I was blowing.  I could barely manage a grunted thank you to the marshal and from each marshal after that it went downhill - mainly due to the uphills! – my grunts replaced with a signed thank you.

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My report writing started for this very reason as no matter how much I try and tell myself to take it easy and just enjoy a gentle run round I get caught up in the moment and my brain makes demands that my body just can't fulfil so I end up huffing and puffing round.  Don't get me wrong; I still enjoy it – well maybe not at the time as it hurts – I just can't breathe, run and speak – something has to give.

 

So writing the reports is my way of thanking the team of #HiVizHeroes – the volunteers that I fail to do during the run or afterwards.  So I offer a huge THANK YOU to Amy ALLCARD, Julie ARMSTRONG, Magdalena BOO, Marnie BUTCHER, Keith BUTCHER, Andrew CALLAGHAN, Cath DAVIES, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Sylvia ELLIS, Stephen GILMER, Everything's Run GREEN, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Jon HOWSON, Sarah HOWSON, Charlie LAST, Catherine NEEDHAM, William NEEDHAM, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Liz NICHOLAS, Neal PATES, Gillian RAY & Carol SPEIGHT for making this run possible today for myself and the 270 other runners.

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Heading up the hill towards the cattle and church a beautiful rainbow filled the darkening sky.  And running round the second lake a light drizzle started.  Many might have hated the idea or the rain but dressed in a full elf outfit the cooling drizzle felt amazing; however it was short lived and I had to try and power up the slope to finish the first lap holding up my rain and sweat soaked Elf trousers!  Before taking on the shorter second lap.

 

As I was taking a short walk break up the hill by the keeper's cottage at the far end of the park, Steel City Striders RC's Lucy BROOM (VW40-44) crossed the line in 23rd place in a time of 22:36 to be the first female finisher.   Great running.

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Heading back up towards the church I decided to capture the glorious view and the rainbow, but alas by the time I had accidentally taken a couple of mid run elfies...  it was no longer in sight but the finish funnel was! So with one last push and a much needed walk break halfway up the final hill I crossed the finish line and stood at the top of the hill waiting for the other three Coventry Elves to finish!

 

As I waited a young marshal offered me the last slice of rocky road before carefully checking on the crumbs for quality purposes.  As a one-time tourist, I am not sure if Graves has a regular cake marshal but it is a role that I certainly would like to see at other parkruns I visit!

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After the whole family had completed the run the next (or for my son the important) part of our parkrun adventures happened - the café and what a treat – superb cakes and a great breakfast selection.   The huffing, puffing and struggling around the last lap today forgotten so a full English Breakfast and a flap jack was washed down with a latte or two as the volunteer team sorted tokens and processed results.

 

As with parkruns around the world Graves needs people to help each week to make it happen, so if you fancy giving scanning a go, being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please send an e-mail - graveshelpers@parkrun.com You might even fancy writing a run report or taking some pictures of the runners.  You will be shown what to do, it is lots of fun!

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My family and I had a lovely time at Graves this morning.  Thank you for being so welcoming!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy parkrunning.

 

Daniel Connolly

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They Breed ‘em Tough in Yorkshire!

Event #338

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In his blue and white vest for the first time, Stephen our newest run director welcomed everyone to a cold and windy 338thGraves Parkrun.

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153 runners turned out to conquer the elements and listened to a well-rehearsed run briefing: a great update on the course conditions, under 11s run with your responsible adult, dogs are welcome on a short lead held in your hand, and don’t duck the funnel. The crowd eagerly joined in with the mantra that it’s a “run not a race” and then we were off! An amazing number of people had their legs out despite the forecast snow.

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He thought he got away with it, but we highlighted Andy’s birthday and I know for certain that he got at least one round of Happy Birthday sung at him and his face said it all!

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Two brave runners joined the Parkrun tribe for the first time. Massive congratulations to:

Adam PERRY Julie BIRD

 

Sixteen tourists came to Graves for the first time.  Welcome and we hope to see you again soon.

 

Jonathan TECWYN Christopher BROWN Oliver BURT
Sebastian PUGH Steve DOMMETT Rosie DOMMETT
James REES Heather COLYER Mark WILLIAMS
Gary LOWE Andrew COLLIER Carter WHITLAM
Luke PAYNE Maxine PAYNE Andrew PAYNE
Chris PAYNE

This included Chris (with his guide dog Eric) who was scouting the course for his up and coming sponsored challenge for the Derbyshire Ducks Goalball team: He plans to do 6 Parkruns in 15 days from next Saturday so let’s support him fundraising for some local Goalball goals. (For anyone wanting to know about Goalball have a look at this great video on the Goalball UK website. http://www.goalballuk.com/the-sport/)

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A big thank you to this week’s volunteers, with a special shout out to the Sheffield Good Gym group. Parkrun can’t operate without wonderful people making it happen so have a look at the future roster to see if you can help out. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/futureroster/ If you are nervous about taking on a new role, the volunteers meet beforehand and will walk you through it…so give it a go!  The heroes of this week are:

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Brian ADAMS, Helen ALFORD, Amy ALLCARD, Laura ALSTON, Robert ATKIN, Michelle CLARKE, Christopher DYER, Jo ECCLES, Susan GILLIE, Stephen GILMER, Everything's Run GREEN, Tom HARMAN, Sioned HAUGHTON, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Daniel KETTON, Sarah Louise KING, Charlie LAST, Kim LONGBON, Zoe MILLS, Robert NICOL, Simon NIGHTINGALE, Andrew PAYNE, Adam PERRY, Jennie STEVENS, Sallyann WINSLOW

 

 

RUN STATS

 

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The 19 people below got a PB and I’m assured by my better half that it was a good day for getting your highest position place.  Well done to you all.

 

Amanda TOWERS Chris GRANGER Christopher BROWN
Claire BONNETT Emma HILLS Ian FEELEY
Jack COLLIER James BROOMHEAD Jon COOK
Lesley BROSNAN Lynn FINDLAY Martin DOWNHAM
Mick CROOKES Regina KAY Sally RHODES
Samantha BIRD Sarah Louise KING Shelagh FREEMAN
Tim SALT    

 

 

Huge congratulations to Graves regular Janet GLOVER who ran her300thrun.

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This week’s top age graded result this week was

 

Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:25 (83.95%)

 

 

FINISHING POSITIONS

 

Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Nick TAYLOR 17:49 1 Sam BLAKEMORE 22:31
2 Stuart CARRACK 19:05 2 Charlotte ELLIS 22:53
3 Gavin NEWHOUSE 20:07 3 Lucy BROOM 23:05
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

NOTICES

 

Keep an eye on Facebook for any cancellations, please check the conditions and dress appropriately remembering that the finish funnel is 220m up (we had some very cold volunteers this week!)

 

For those of you planning for the up and coming holiday you can check which Parkruns are operating and when. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

 

Graves Parkrun Saturday 22th December, 9am start time, Santa Hats and Fancy Dress encouraged.

Graves Parkrun Tuesday 25thDecember NO RUN

Graves Parkrun Saturday 29th, 9am start time as per normal

Graves New Year’s Day Parkrun Tuesday 1stJanuary, 9am start time

 

Don’t forget that there is a Junior Parkrun on Sunday mornings too.

 

Have a great week,

Laura

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(with a big shout out to my finish buddy Andrew!)

 

 

 

Lights, Camera, Action and repeat

Event #337

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Jo welcomed everyone to Graves this morning including her special guests from Sky who were filming for a series of videos that will be shown in April. We will, of course, share more details when we get them.

As well as the usual run briefing this morning there were a few extra bits of information to share about the recording, it was great that everyone listened in and we didn't encounter into any issues during the run! It was a useful reminder though that often we may have to add info into the briefing, so it can change and just like the safety briefing on any flight, one of the biggest points is to ensure everyone's safety during the event.

 

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A big thank you to this week's volunteers… Amy ALLCARD, Julie ARMSTRONG, David BONNETT, Charley BURNEY, Paul CHAPMAN, Janet CHAPMAN, Lucy COWELL, Julie DAVIS, Mark DAVIS, Martin DOWNHAM, Robert DYMOND, Jo ECCLES, David EGAN, Joe 'the Pirate' ELLIS, Charlotte ELLIS, Tony ELLIS, Lynn FINDLAY, Stephen GILMER, Janet GLOVER, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Charlie LAST, Catherine MCKEOWN, William NEEDHAM, Catherine NEEDHAM, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Liz NICHOLAS, Robert NICOL, Carol SPEIGHT, Jennie STEVENS and Simon John WILES.

 

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While we are talking about volunteers, we will have a shiny new Run Director next week! If you would like to volunteer and perhaps try something new (like I'll be doing!), please have a look at the future roster here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/futureroster/ and drop us a line at graveshelpers@parkrun.com with what you'd like to do.  All the volunteering roles are straight forward, you'll always be shown exactly what to do, and you'll never be asked to do something you are uncomfortable with.

Back to this week's run... There were 6 new to parkrun parkrunners today, we hope you enjoyed your first event and look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Chris FITZPATRICK Clare PATTEN Esther HOCKING
Helena GRADY Mark RHODES Simon EVERETT

 

A further 17 people were visiting Graves for the first time.

 

Ainsley SHADWICK Andy SLAUGHTER Chris DARLASTON
Claire LUX Daniel TEASEL George RANDS
Ian STINSON Jack COLLIER Jenny FEATHERSTONE
Joseph SHADWICK Laura PRECIOUS Lucy ARNOLD
Neil BARKER Nicholas BOOKER Pauline WILSON
Steve BEDDOE Yvonne Gillian Jane HILLIER  

 

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There was 1 Milestone this week, Kerry MARSTON-GIROUXjoined 100 Club. Congratulations from everyone at Graves.

 

RUN STATS

There were 25 PB’s this morning. Well done everyone!

 

Brendan LENEHAN Bruno BECKETT Caroline WALTHEW
Chris GRANGER Claudia BRAZ NUNES Daniel MILLS
David BARROTT Gabriel ARMITAGE Graeme FORTH
Hannah HAWKINS Harriet DAVIES Helen HARMSTON
Jack ROTHERAM Jacob ARMITAGE John ARMITAGE
Kate HAMILTON Katherine HARKNESS Kerry MARSTON-GIROUX
Martin BILLINGTON Martin DOWNHAM Mick CROOKES
Robert HUTCHINGS Robert MARSHALL Sue BRIFFA
Will DOYLE    

 

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FINISHING POSITIONS

Male     Female    
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Joseph HIBBERT 18:22 1 Kate MORRIS 21:02
2 Bruno BECKETT * 18:34 2 Jenny FEATHERSTONE ** 21:47
3 Nicholas BOOKER ** 20:08 3 Caz KAY 21:52

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

This week’s top age graded result this week was…

Kate MORRIS (VW50-54) with 21:02 (82.81%)

 

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!

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

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.

 

 

Talk Walk Run at Graves Parkrun

Even #335

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A slightly damp and dark autumnal morning didn’t put off 234 parkrunners and 25 volunteers turning up to Graves Parkrun #335. Roger was RD this week, and a very happy RD as all the key volunteer roles filled up early in the week, with some spontaneous volunteering on the morning too! Roger led the briefing with all the usual announcements.

This week Graves parkrun welcomed students and staff from Meadowhead School. There were 13 students from Y7 to Y13, accompanied by 3 members of staff, from their couch 2 5k group (and I also spotted a few parents trying to keep up!). Mr Sam Tooby-Broome (Teacher at Meadowhead School who was leading the students) said that this was the students’ first ever 5km, and they were being sponsored to raise money for mental health awareness in school.

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They all finished, with a smile and sprint to the line. As we ran through the sheep and cow fields I chatted with some of the young people who told me that running graves parkrun course was very different to laps of the school rugby pitch; unless the school chef is having a bad day! And where else will you find a cow-poo corner followed death slide hill.

Parkrun is associated with positive mental, and physical, health outcomes and many people come to parkrun, not just to run, but for other reasons such as being part of the community, a sense of achievement and seeing friends, whilst running or walking and talking. If anyone wants support to attend Graves parkrun for the first time, or someone to talk, walk or run with, there are volunteers who will help. Please email the Graves Office or message.

Graves parkrun wouldn’t’ be possible without the volunteers and a massive thank you to all the volunteers this week: Amy ALLCARD  •  Carol SPEIGHT  •  Charlie LAST  •  David SHEPPARD  •  Emma GOODLIFFE  •  Everything's Run GREEN  •  Gavin NEWHOUSE  •  Graham NIELD  •  Janet CHAPMAN  •  Jill MARSTON-GIROUX  •  Jo ECCLES  •  Jon HOWSON  •  Julie ARMSTRONG  •  Katherine HARKNESS  •  Lynn FINDLAY  •  Magdalena BOO  •  Nicole NIELD  •  Nigel ARDING  •  Paul CHAPMAN  •  Paul HIGGINBOTTOM  •  Robert NICOL  •  Roger WALTERS  •  Stuart ROOKER  •  Sue RANSOM  •  Tom VALENTINE

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And we now have a ‘volunteers white board’ at the clothes bush if anyone wants to sign up whilst at parkrun for the following week.

FIRST TIMERS. This week we welcomed 30 first timers to Graves parkrun; 13 of who were completing their first ever parkrun. Well done everyone and hope you visit again soon:

Completing Graves for the first time were: Ewan CRAWFORD Scott James WILSON Stephen WYATT Daisy PICKLES Sarah O'NEILL Lucy EDDOWES Lisa SABIR Gabriel ARMITAGE David MUNDAY
Jacob ARMITAGE
John ARMITAGE Elizabeth JOHNSTON Stewart JOHNSTON Paul HEMSWORTH Ian PENSON   Ben GREEN Jean PENSON

And completing their first ever parkrun were: Benjamin ROBERTS Georgina THOMAS Emily WALSH
Lizzie BRADY
Samantha BIRD Sally RHODES Niki MILLS Tommy MURRAY Grace MARSH Kaya SILL Jacob WATTAM Andy BRYSON Xianna CARBERRY-CONSADINE

Milestones: CONGRATULATIONS to Simon John WILES and Keith FORWARD on your 50th parkrun

PB’s: There were a very well deserved 30 PBs this morning: Jacob SHIPLEY Oliver ROBINSON Alex OSBORNE Michael HULTON Kanch SHARMA Will DOYLE Phil LEIGHTON Brian THORNHILL
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Grace WALKER Kevin WALKER Darren GRAY Greg FREEMAN Robert HUTCHINGS
Ben PEARSON
Joanne WALKER Emma GIBSON Shelagh FREEMAN Amanda TOWERS
Peter JACKSON
Cara HALL Katherine HARKNESS Mary LINDOP Ian FEELEY Rachel Louise MARSDEN Andrea OWENS Jess ADAMS Abigail HERRING Daniel MILLS Claire BONNETT

This weeks top placed male finishers were:

  1. Ewan CRAWFORD 17:44*
  2. Scott James WILSON 18:17*
  3. Stuart CARRACK 18:51

And top placed Female finishers:

  1. Daisy PICKLES 22:12*
  2. Sarah O’NEILL 22:17*
  3. Rebecca PARKER 23:03

*Graves first timer

And top age grade finisher was Helen EBERLIN with 84.62%

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!

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Beautiful Autumnal Graves

Event #333

Another beautiful morning this week with our new route bringing previously unseen beauty to our morning parkrun. We had a good turnout again this week: 296 people starting their weekend in the best possible way led by RD Green.

There were 36 first timers this week.

15 people were completing their first ever parkrun, well done!

Albert TSHAMALA Andrew BEASTALL Cara HALL
Claire BONNETT Cristina RIMINI David BONNETT
Helen HALL Kev HEWITT Mya BARTRAM
Nathan BACCHUS Robert HUTCHINGS Robert MITCHELL
Ross MACKAY Ruth GIBSON Will DOYLE

 

And a further 21 completing Graves for the first time as tourists – come back soon!

Ailsa BERRY Andrew BEASTALL Archie DEAKIN
Claire MCDONNELL Cristina RIMINI Ethan LEE
Jennie STEVENS Jessie ROBINSON-MORLEY Kathryn STEVENS
Katie PORTER Lewis CURRAN Luke CUTFORTH
Melanie ENGLISH Mike BURTON Mike HAYNES
Oliver ROBINSON Robert MITCHELL Ruth GIBSON
Sophie THRELFALL Thomas PARKINGTON Tim BONNETT

 

Two of our tourists this week had a special reason for running this week:

Robert Mitchell and Ethan Lee ran parkrun this week in honour of Chris Gregory. Chris sadly lost the battle against his brain tumour three weeks ago and last Saturday (10th) was the day that his family and friends said goodbye at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium. He loved to be outdoors so it was fitting that they ran parkrun in his honour. Graves parkrun offer their condolences to Chris’ family and friends. Thank you for sharing your story Robert.

As ever, a massive thanks to the volunteers this week – remember, without them, there can be no parkrun. Vounteers were a little hard to gather again this week: please give back to your parkrun once in a while – we promise you’ll enjoy it!

The volunteer heroes this week were:

Julie ARMSTRONG, Connie Susiebelle BINGHAM, Elaine BIRD, Janet CHAPMAN, Cath DAVIES, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Everything's Run GREEN, Kieran HICKEY, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Andy LEDBETTER, Kerry MARSTON-GIROUX, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Robert NICOL, Graham NIELD, Stuart ROOKER, Helen SMITH, Geoffrey TWELVETREE, Yvonne TWELVETREE, Roger WALTERS, Simon John WILES, Sallyann WINSLOW

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.

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:

There were some milestones this week: Daniel MILLS and Saul LONGBOTTOM both completed their Junior 10 runs – well done! Then we had two Rachels celebrating their 50th runs: congratulations to Rachel MILLER and Rachel BIGGIN.

Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

There were 31 PBs this week - well done all!

Alex WALL Andrew TAYLOR Andy DAVIDSON
Ann-Marie MULVEY Bret DUNCAN Chris ANTHONY
Claudia BRAZ NUNES Darren GRAY David JOHNSON
Dominic BARKER Emma BUTCHER Eve CONNOLLY
Eve ROBINSON Helen ASHFIELD Joe SINNOTT
Jon GREGSON Julie MEREDITH Laura TOWERS
Lindsay STANSALL Liz BUTCHER Louise GRAHAM
Martin BARKER Peter ATKIN Richard METTAM
Sam TAYLOR Samuel SHIPLEY Saul LONGBOTTOM
Shelagh FREEMAN Stephen HALLAM Steve GARNER
Vicki HALLAM    

 

 

 

The top age graded result this week was Steve BRAMHALL (VM65-69) with 24:02 (72.54%)

Finishing positions

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Stuart CARRACK 18:21 1 Jennifer RICH 21:07
2 Robert CASSY 19:06 2 Amy WHEELER 21:16
3 Tom BOLLARD 19:50 3 Bobbie WAUGH 22:28
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

Notices:

Lost Wedding ring! A Wedding ring was lost near the ‘coatbush’ last Saturday. Please can people check anything they had with them that day just in case.

 

WINTER MONTHS

We are entering the winter months and due to the high position of Graves, we do occasionally have to cancel. Please keep your eye on our facebook page for updates as the weather gets colder, icier and inevitably snowier!!

DOGS

One dog on a short hand held lead only please. No dogs connected to runners by a waistband. Thank you.

Apologies, I forgot to take photos this week! Catherine

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Milestones and Messages!

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Event #332

A beautiful crisp November morning greeted 301 parkrunners this week. Chilly but beautiful! The second week of the ‘new course’, went without  hitch despite less volunteers and slightly more apprehension from RD Jo. I enjoyed volunteering this morning and getting to hear all the comments being made about the new course. Some people love the new ‘hills’, others wondering which RD was cruel enough to design it! On the whole though, positive feedback all round.

If you run with a dog at Graves – please read the notices at the end of this run report.

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There were 39 first timers this week.

11  were completing their first ever parkrun, well done!

Annie HINTON Daiana ALLEN Greg FREEMAN
James HARKNESS Keith WRIGHT Ken POYNER
Michelle HARRISON Shelagh FREEMAN Steve ROBINSON
Sue BRIFFA Thomas MARRIOTT

 

And a further 28 completing Graves for the first time as tourists – anyone would think word had spread!

Amy TOWERS Andrew CLARK Andrew PICK
Andrew WATERS Andy SHEPPARD Catherine FRASER
Chris MATTINSON Chris WOJCIECHOWSKI David BARROTT
Gary DAVIES Grace FEENEY Hannah RICHARDS
Jane BULLIMORE Janet TAYLOR Joshua NAISBITT
Keith BUTCHER Ken POYNER Laura TOWERS
Lindsay STANSALL Paul TAYLOR Rachel Louise MARSDEN
Richard SEDGLEY Rob RILEY Sara BOOTH
Sarah COWANS Sarah PITCHER Stuart PITCHER
Tom HARMAN

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As ever, a massive thanks to the volunteers this week – remember, without them, there can be no parkrun. Last week was an amazing week for volunteers in order to get the new course off the ground whereas this week Jo was pretty worried about having enough. We need a minimum of 8 marshals each week now to safely run the course as well as all the other crucial roles. Please consider giving it a go if you haven’t already. We are a friendly bunch with informative lanyards for all roles!

The volunteer heroes this week were:

Mathew ATKIN, Magdalena BOO, Erica BRAMHALL, Matthew BROWN, Nick CROWNSHAW, Cath DAVIES, Yvonne DAVIES, Jo ECCLES, David EGAN, Jane EVANS, Keith FORWARD, Andes GEIGER, Stephen GILMER, Everything's Run GREEN, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Marie HIPPEY, Jon HOWSON, Charlie LAST, Andy LEDBETTER, Catherine NEEDHAM, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Graham NIELD, Francesca ROOKER, Stuart ROOKER, David SHEPPARD, Roger WALTERS

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Don’t forget, parkrun ask for just 3 volunteer stints a year. That’s not much to give back if you enjoy your parkrunning!

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.

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:

We had a bumper crop of milestones this week. Congratulations to Marek TAYLOR who completed his junior 10th run; Meadow CROWTHER and Emma GOODLIFFE completed their 50th runs and Chloe HENSHAW, Ian CROWTHER, Chris MATTINSON and Stephen GILMER all completed their 100th runs. Special mention to Stephen Gilmer who had meticulously planned a triple milestone event this week. His 100th run coincided with his 50th run at Graves and also he equalled his total runs with 100 volunteers as well! Many months of planning! Well done all!

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Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

There were 31 PBs this week - well done all!

Adrian SHIPLEY Alex WALL Amanda HOBSON
Ben MARSHALL Chris ANTHONY Christine ROWE
Christopher WILCOX Dean HARDING Emily WEBSTER
Emma BUTCHER Esther BARNES Finlay GRAY
Fiona RHODES Francis BOWERS Harriet DAVIES
Heather PAGDEN Helen ALFORD Ian FEELEY
John SCHOLEY Jon STANIFORTH Katherine PADDICK
Michael SEEL Nadia LAMBERT Robert NICOL
Sally BROWN Sam TAYLOR Sarah Louise KING
Sarah SODEN Susan HIRD Tim WEBSTER
Victoria BROWN

 

 

The top age graded result this week was Sam BLAKEMORE (VW50-54) with 21:18 (78.72%)

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Finishing positions

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Joshua NAISBITT ** 19:14 1 Sam BLAKEMORE 21:18
2 Ben MARSHALL * 19:38 2 Amy WHEELER 21:46
3 Andes GEIGER 19:49 3 Caz KAY 21:57
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

Notices: Please read if you run with a dog at Graves parkrun!

The doggy detour is no more… the course is inclusive to all including dogs however:

After some incidents involving dogs on cani cross style waistbands we have taken the decision to ban the use of waistbands at Graves parkrun. We have consulted with parkrun HQ who have given us permission to ban cani cross style waistbands. This is not uncommon practice and we did not wish to ban dogs completely. We hope that as many of our dog owning participants can continue to run at Graves whilst we maintain our responsibility on safety to all other participants. Please only run with one dog on a short hand held lead.

We anticipate that this may take some time to bed in and we will be working to publicise this further. It will be included in the First Timers Briefing, the main Run briefing and marshals will be asked to politely speak with people who attempt to run with cani cross style waistbands.

 

WINTER MONTHS

We are entering the winter months and due to the high position of Graves, we do occasionally have to cancel. Please keep your eye on our facebook page for updates as the weather gets colder, icier and inevitably snowier!!

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Personal Bests All Round!

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Event #331

Run Director Green welcomed everyone to the Graves Park Run 331 (or is it the first?). Starting the briefing off with boundless enthusiasm he reminded everyone to watch Facebook for weather updates and to consider volunteering in the future (as I write this, the roster for next week is empty!).

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David ran a first timers’ briefing for the 8 first timers and 21 tourists. People have come from far and wide to visit our beautiful, autumnal, exciting (challenging) course… even from Beirut. Also flying the flag for first timers was Jean Docherty who started her Parkrun career today, on her 54th birthday and with the Couch to 5k team.

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We had 29 visitors to Graves for the first time this week. This included 8 people new to parkrun – congratulations on your first of many parkruns!

Andrea OWENS Jean DOCHERTY Joel HULBERT
John SCHOLEY Martyn SLACK Paulette DUCHENE
Sarah SMITH Tito LAZO  

 

Here are the 21 first time tourists to Graves – you chose an interesting day to visit!

Andrew GARFORTH Brother GHOSTBUSTER David THORNHILL-SMITH
Dawn MORLEY Fiona MADDOCKS Jane EMANUEL
Jennifer KELLY Jonathan BEARD Karen GARFORTH
Lewis COURTNAGE Lisanne THORNHILL-SMITH Little Brother GHOSTBUSTER
Lynsey TARR Paul HULBERT Rachel J WALL
Ruan MARE Sarah IDZERDA Sharron FITTON
Sleeping ZOMBIE Susan HIRD Val HUZZARD

 

We also celebrated a 100th Parkrun Milestone. Congratulations Adam Darnall.

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Obviously, a new route brings new challenges for park runners, run directors and volunteers but these will get smoothed out in the coming weeks. Thank you particularly to the excited marshals who stood in the cold to cheer everyone on and a huge thank you to everyone who came to help, especially with the early start and wintery conditions.

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Massive well done to the Hi-vis heroes this week! Bumper volunteering meant a very successful course change! Thank you all!

 

David ADAMS, Laura ALSTON, Nigel ARDING, Emma BEER, Sam Ian BELLAMY, Jude BISSELL, Magdalena BOO, Lucy COWELL, Zoe DICKINSON, Jo ECCLES, Paul GILL, Everything's Run GREEN, Michael JONES, Charlie LAST, Jill MARSTON-GIROUX, Catherine MCKEOWN, Gail MOSS, Catherine NEEDHAM, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Robert NICOL, Graham NIELD, Nicole NIELD, Neal PATES, Helen SMITH, Sarah SODEN, Carol SPEIGHT, Claire TODD, Roger WALTERS, Jennie WOOD

Feedback following the new course had a consistent theme that it is fun because of the increased variety of views and some new comfortable downhills but ‘challenging’ because of the increase in number of hills (and apparently the colder weather!). As we all get used to the new route there will be tweaks to prevent congestion in a few places on the course but it seems like a great start with 19 PBs.

 

Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

 

We had 18 PBs this week (I know, I know, Green promised them to everyone…!) Well done those who cracked a PB on what seems to be a tougher course!

Addam DARNELL Alexis FOSTER Andrew TAYLOR
Ann-Clare FOURCIN Bethany HAWLEY Caroline WALTHEW
Chris ANTHONY Chris REA Debbie MCCART
Emma GIBSON Isaac BARRETT Jennifer BLACKWELL
Lynn FINDLAY Oscar WAINWRIGHT Paddy WILKINSON
Richard MARSH Sam TAYLOR Tim GRICE

 

The top age graded result this week was Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:36 (83.39%)

 

Congratulations to all 258 runners who had their barcode, especially those who dressed up for the occasion!

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Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Stuart CARRACK 18:19 1 Hannah K PEEL 21:12
2 Lewis COURTNAGE ** 18:57 2 Kate MORRIS 21:19
3 James STOREY 20:09 3 Fiona MADDOCKS ** 21:51
* New PB
**Graves first timer

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Please opt in to get the volunteer emails and there is a job for everyone, from timekeeping to marshalling (my favourite) to token sorting in the café afterwards. Just follow the ‘manage my profile’ link from your results to ‘opt in’ to the request emails.

Have a great week, Laura and Cat

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