Event #231 (13th Oct 2018)

We all talk about the parkrun community being one big family, but I think it's when we have an event like this week's pacer day that the community spirit really comes to the fore and we all come together to put on a great event :-) !

To add a little spice to our usual pacer day, the core team decided to include odd pacer times since it felt that 2 minute gaps between pacers was making it more difficult for runners to progress from one pacer to the next. As with all great plans, the logistics for obtaining the odd pacer bibs didn't quite work out as planned and so there had to be some hurried customising of old hi-viz tabards by Len. The new odd number pacer bibs will be ready for the next pacer day....promise :-) !

Can you spot Len's customised pacer bids?


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Mother nature decided to get in on the act by giving this week's run the challenging conditions of a wind sufficient to turn the organised chaos of the "HQ picnic table" into just chaos; while at the same time making it warm enough to encourage several runners to sensibly have a water break after the first lap! Despite this, 276 runners including 18 first timers (11 new to parkrun), managed to achieve 44 PBs, spookily (as we're getting close to Halloween) the same number as volunteers ;-) .

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How did our pacers do?

Pace Pacer Time
22 Min Martin Holland 22:26
24 Min Luca Predebon 23:54
25 Min Haydn Hawkins 24:37
26 Min Marc Went 25:36
27 Min Joby Humm 26:59
28 Min Simon Hawkins 28:04
29 Min Mandy Humm 28:43
30 Min Mark Greensides 30:00
31 Min Letitia Root 30:21
32 Min Acacia Hawkins 32:01
33 Min Jane Roach 32:40
34 Min Michelle Edney 33:58
35 Min Gareth Parriss 34:46
36 Min Gary Waters 36:05
38 Min Annabel Marriott 38:00

I'd have liked to have had more action shots of pacers being hunted down by their "chasers" but due to a technical issue not all of the photos uploaded onto flickr so check them out on facebook :-( !

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The first three finishers who gave Neil Johnson a good work out on the lead bike, with Karamadin Adam achieving his 3rd PB in only 4 runs (no pressure for next week ;-) ) were :-

1st Unknown
2nd Karamadin Adam 18:45
3rd Paul Anderson 18:58

The full set of results can be accessed here.

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I'd like to say a personal thank you to all of the running and non running volunteers who stepped forward to wear the hi-viz tabards or pacer bibs as Pacer day couldn't happen without you!

Acacia HAWKINS • Amanda ROBERTS • Andrew FARMERY • Angela PARSONS • Anna LUFF • Annabel MARRIOTT • Anthony PERKINS • Bob JENKINS • Caroline FAGG • Chris HOPKINSON • Christopher DAVEY • Christopher SEWELL • Freya MURPHY • Gareth PARRIS • Gary WATERS • Haydn HAWKINS • Jane ROACH • Jason BEDLOW • Jim MACTAGGART • Joby HUMM • Karen DAVEY • Kevan PACK • Letitia ROOT • Luca PREDEBON • Lucia ROBERTS • Lynsey HAWKINS • Malcolm BONIFACE • Mandy HUMM • Marc WENT • Mark GREENSIDES • Martin HOLLAND • Mary O' SULLIVAN • Matthew FREEMAN • Michael ELDRED • Michelle EDNEY • Neil JOHNSON • Nicholas GRICE • Noah MARSH • Philip GREENSIDES • Philip JOHNSON • Rex CROFT • Simon HAWKINS • Stephen FINCH • Thomas CLARKE

As always we need a whole heap of volunteers for the next few weeks run and so follow the link if you can help out and let me know which role takes your fancy greatnotleyhelpers@parkrun.com and we'll add you to the roster.

Regards
Chris
Run Director
Great Notley parkrun - Facebook - Twitter - Strava - Flikr - Instagram
Your Core Team:-
Len - Dan - Chris H - Nicki - Jane - Mark - Chris S - Anna
With special support from Mike - Ian
Great Notley junior parkrun
Do you have an eager young runner that you can't keep up with? Or have a youngster whose little legs are not quite up to running 5km? Well you now have the 2km Great Notley junior parkrun event to consider.
It starts at 9am every Sunday and its aimed at juniors between 4yrs and 14yrs old AND they can run unaccompanied! If they already have a barcode, it'll work at the junior event too - no need to re-register!
Running to raise money for Charity
If you'd like to support our growing number of runners who are raising money for worthy causes, visit our Raising Money for Charity page, there's also details on there on how you can add your charity to the page.

Great Notley parkrun on YouTube Independent Course Reviews
How to work the Pop Up sign
Guide to the Visually Impaired
John's Shakespearean Runner's Brief
Event 170 Run Report
Steve Stockwell - 29th Jun 2014
Carry on Running Video - 28th Jun 2014 (pt2)
Chris Holt - 3rd Jul 2014
Mark Brown - 29th Nov 2014 (Winter Route)
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Help your parkrun Help the Country Parks
You can donate to Great Notley parkrun through our About Us page and a small percentage of your donation will also help start up new parkruns. The donation will go to your "home run" and you can check this through your profile's update page. When you buy a car park ticket or a season ticket all profit goes back into the Country Parks, including Great Notley Country Park.
The money is used for things like the upkeep of the paths and even our new permanent sign posts. Essex Country Parks also, generously, offer free car parking to all those parkrunners who volunteer. Ask the Volunteer Co-ordinator on the morning for a parking pass which can be exchanged for exit from the car park.
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Lily’s Cafe at Notley Groovy ERS Barcodes
You can find us in Lily’s Cafe processing your results and enjoying a cuppa, a meaty salad or a slice of cake. Why not come along and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers?
Present your barcode for a 10% discount on all* food and drink produced at the cafe. *excludes retail items like canned drinks, crisps etc
Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer?
You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes. They come in great little keyring cards, credit card style or wristbands! Top Tip: Keep a spare in your shoe and never forget your barcode again!
. . ... . . . . ... . .
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Winter Route (v1) Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route
Winter Route (v2) In Progress Show Route In Progress Show Route Show Route

Don't forget to pay attention during the runner's brief because special course changes could come into effect during ANY event!

 

Event #230 (6th Oct 2018)

I've decided that finding a lead bike is much like waiting for a bus, I'd been searching all week and come early Saturday morning Len was busily folding up his trusty little Brompton and placing it in the boot of his car when whadda y'know! Three of them all offered at once - Thank you to Gary Waters who finally took on the role and led you all not just around the back of the hill but pedalled like a man possessed for the entire first lap - those of us waiting in the finish area almost thought he was going to nip up the hill too!
Not our lead bike but these little guys were super tail bikes!
tail bikes
I do have to say it was somewhat of a struggle to get volunteers this week - lots of you seem to like giving us Run Directors some sleepless nights and a few extra grey hairs, making us think for most of the week that we've barely got enough marshals to put on a safe run and then Friday lots of offers popped up on Facebook and into the email box. There are several ways you can offer to volunteer by our special leatherette Filofax (actually it is real leather, take a sniff of you like Len is very proud of it :-) ) or you can Facebook or email or just tell us by talking to us! And I do know for some people because of work, family commitments or for whatever reason they really aren't sure if they can help until the last moment. But if you can please get signed up as early as is possible - keep us RDs happy and sane (relatively)
No Vanessa, I have no idea what the bird is doing....

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And now I have no idea what you're doing Vanessa!

VanessaSo - onto the run and we were down very slightly on the 240 of last week and the week before but at 235 it's a good number to have as we enter the autumn running season - often a time for PBs as the weather can be 'cooler' and the ground firm! Several of our regular parkrunners were also busy elsewhere; Helen Pepper and Ian Lennard took on the Saltmarsh 75 (yep, 75 glorious miles of the Essex coastline - well some were slightly soggy as the weather wasn't overly kind come Saturday afternoon) other parkrunners were also having a rest day before taking on the Born3Tri duathlon on Sunday also held at Great Notley Country Park which consisted of a 4k run a 20k ride and finally a 4k run. I know I'll miss out some names but a few to mention include Miffy Duffy, Sue Taylor, Steve Hankinson, Roger (I'm not injured) Frampton, John Warne, James Conway, John Platt, Christina Harding, Neil Addington, Ruth Ford and lots of others - I'm hoping this link will work to a cool video (am I allowed to call it that?!) well, it's on YouTube if this link doesn't work!

We did in fact have 15 first timers and 54 people recorded new Personal Bests
Snazzy shorts and lairy leggings was the theme chosen by MRG and Chris didn't let the chaps down!
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And some lovely, loud leggings!leggings

Our first finishers were all pretty quick with Karamadim achieving his 3rd PB in as many weeks and that's also the number of parkruns he's taken part in - Well done indeed!

1st Mark Ford 17.54
2nd Karamadim Adam 18.53
3rd Richard Mead 18.58

Our first lady, well teenager actually was Rose Shepherd (glad her barcode worked this week) in 23.01

The full set of results for all 235 parkrunners can be accessed here.

As always we need a whole heap of volunteers for the next few weeks and don't forget that this week will be pacer week and we are ta dah..... going to go reallllllyyyy wild and go for a mix of ODD and EVEN numbers so follow the link and let your RDs Chris and Anna know which role takes your fancy greatnotleyhelpers@parkrun.com and we'll add you to the roster.

I've had a great two weeks and not only because I didn't have to put the finish funnel up (Len has made us some cool new laminated pictures to follow and I STILL can't do it) Thank you Matthew and Nicholas! But because each and every parkrun is so different and as the pictures tell so much fun!

Thank you all and see you in a few weeks

Regards
Jane
Run Director
It's really best not to ask what I'd done (or rather not done at this point!)
JaneRD
Great Notley parkrun - Facebook - Twitter - Strava - Flikr - Instagram
Your Core Team:-
Len - Dan - Chris H - Nicki - Jane - Mark - Chris S - Anna
With special support from Mike - Ian
Great Notley junior parkrun
Do you have an eager young runner that you can't keep up with? Or have a youngster whose little legs are not quite up to running 5km? Well you now have the 2km Great Notley junior parkrun event to consider.
It starts at 9am every Sunday and its aimed at juniors between 4yrs and 14yrs old AND they can run unaccompanied! If they already have a barcode, it'll work at the junior event too - no need to re-register!
Running to raise money for Charity
If you'd like to support our growing number of runners who are raising money for worthy causes, visit our Raising Money for Charity page, there's also details on there on how you can add your charity to the page.

Great Notley parkrun on YouTube Independent Course Reviews
How to work the Pop Up sign
Guide to the Visually Impaired
John's Shakespearean Runner's Brief
Event 170 Run Report
Steve Stockwell - 29th Jun 2014
Carry on Running Video - 28th Jun 2014 (pt2)
Chris Holt - 3rd Jul 2014
Mark Brown - 29th Nov 2014 (Winter Route)
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Help your parkrun Help the Country Parks
You can donate to Great Notley parkrun through our About Us page and a small percentage of your donation will also help start up new parkruns. The donation will go to your "home run" and you can check this through your profile's update page. When you buy a car park ticket or a season ticket all profit goes back into the Country Parks, including Great Notley Country Park.
The money is used for things like the upkeep of the paths and even our new permanent sign posts. Essex Country Parks also, generously, offer free car parking to all those parkrunners who volunteer. Ask the Volunteer Co-ordinator on the morning for a parking pass which can be exchanged for exit from the car park.
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Lily’s Cafe at Notley Groovy ERS Barcodes
You can find us in Lily’s Cafe processing your results and enjoying a cuppa, a meaty salad or a slice of cake. Why not come along and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers?
Present your barcode for a 10% discount on all* food and drink produced at the cafe. *excludes retail items like canned drinks, crisps etc
Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer?
You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes. They come in great little keyring cards, credit card style or wristbands! Top Tip: Keep a spare in your shoe and never forget your barcode again!
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Strava MapMyRun Runtastic Endomondo Garmin
Summer Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route
Winter Route (v1) Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route
Winter Route (v2) In Progress Show Route In Progress Show Route Show Route

Don't forget to pay attention during the runner's brief because special course changes could come into effect during ANY event!

 

Event #229 (29th Sep 2018)

Now that was just about a perfect parkrun day! We had 240 of you fab lot join us to run, jog, brisk walk, steady walk and gently meander and amble around our beautiful country park - we had visitors from Ireland and Southend and even a couple of tourists from Salisbury (where I hear people comes from thousands of miles away to visit their wonderful cathedral!)
visitors from the opposite end of Essex!
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229 is off...
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Many of our volunteers had a jam packed running weekend: Ian Lennard and Simon Hawkins who were our volunteer coordinator and lead bike respectively went on to run the inaugural Blackwater Navigation Marathon, Michelle Edney the Saffron Striders Fast Five and Louise Garret, James Richardrson, James Chalken and Haydn Hawkins the cross country event over at Gosfield. Kevan Pack walked 12 London Bridges in support of Diabetes UK and I'm sure there'll be others who I've forgotten in which case email me and I'll let everyone know what you've done (albeit a week late ;-) )
Len keeping Lynn happy half way round and at the end! Top job!
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Len and Lynn
The conditions must have been nigh on perfect because an amazing 56 of you managed to achieve a PB - our very own Ashwin (he was on time too :-D ) managed to achieve one on his 200th run last week and yet another one this week! Many congratulations mate - I wonder if he's building up to a sub 19 minutes??
Err, not thinking of funnel ducking there are you Ash?

Ash in funnel
So, onto our fast and first finishers and boy were they whizzy!

1st Jack friend - a first timer 17.24
2nd Karamadim Adam - his 2nd ever parkrun 19.02
3rd Ashwin Shah 19.08

 Jack the first finisher and a first timer too
Jack Friend
To see how the other 237 parkrunners fared the full set of results can be accessed here.
  
I managed to get my full quota of volunteers without too much pleading this week and I have to say that next week is looking pretty good already - don't forget there are lots of roles that you can do AND
run too! You can even sign up and request a specific job literally months in advance, if you're someone who works shifts or has a very busy life(don't we all) we have a lovely leather Filofax (from Len's days as an executive something or other...) which has pages going forward well into next year. Or you can simply send us and email to greatnotleyhelpers@parkrun.com and we'll add you to the rosta.

Just in case you didn't notice we had lots of four-legged friends at parkrun this week, some were running and some were giving the park the 'sniff over' as they're currently too young to run that far! Take a look at the lovely, cute and furry bunch below (you decide if that also includes Joby ;-) )
Joby
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Regards
 
Jane
Run Director
I need me some RD shades!

me
Great Notley parkrun - Facebook - Twitter - Strava - Flikr - Instagram
Your Core Team:-
Len - Dan - Chris H - Nicki - Jane - Mark - Chris S - Anna
With special support from Mike - Ian

Great Notley junior parkrun
Do you have an eager young runner that you can't keep up with? Or have a youngster whose little legs are not quite up to running 5km? Well you now have the 2km Great Notley junior parkrun event to consider.
It starts at 9am every Sunday and its aimed at juniors between 4yrs and 14yrs old AND they can run unaccompanied! If they already have a barcode, it'll work at the junior event too - no need to re-register!
 
Running to raise money for Charity
If you'd like to support our growing number of runners who are raising money for worthy causes, visit our Raising Money for Charity page, there's also details on there on how you can add your charity to the page.

Great Notley parkrun on YouTube Independent Course Reviews
How to work the Pop Up sign
Guide to the Visually Impaired
John's Shakespearean Runner's Brief
Event 170 Run Report
Steve Stockwell - 29th Jun 2014
Carry on Running Video - 28th Jun 2014 (pt2)
Chris Holt - 3rd Jul 2014
Mark Brown - 29th Nov 2014 (Winter Route)
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Help your parkrun Help the Country Parks
You can donate to Great Notley parkrun through our About Us page and a small percentage of your donation will also help start up new parkruns. The donation will go to your "home run" and you can check this through your profile's update page. When you buy a car park ticket or a season ticket all profit goes back into the Country Parks, including Great Notley Country Park.
The money is used for things like the upkeep of the paths and even our new permanent sign posts. Essex Country Parks also, generously, offer free car parking to all those parkrunners who volunteer. Ask the Volunteer Co-ordinator on the morning for a parking pass which can be exchanged for exit from the car park.
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Lily’s Cafe at Notley Groovy ERS Barcodes
You can find us in Lily’s Cafe processing your results and enjoying a cuppa, a meaty salad or a slice of cake. Why not come along and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers?
 
Present your barcode for a 10% discount on all* food and drink produced at the cafe.
*excludes retail items like canned drinks, crisps etc
Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer?
 
 
You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes. They come in great little keyring cards, credit card style or wristbands! Top Tip: Keep a spare in your shoe and never forget your barcode again!
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Strava MapMyRun Runtastic Endomondo Garmin
Summer Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route
Winter Route (v1) Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route
Winter Route (v2) In Progress Show Route In Progress Show Route Show Route

Don't forget to pay attention during the runner's brief because special course changes could come into effect during ANY event!

 

Event #228 (22nd Sep 2018)

There's something amazing in this run report and you've got to spot what it is by the time you get to the end.

I refuse to accept that the summer has come to an end, okay I'll accept it was a little cooler than usual. Whilst it was a bit chilly for the marshals, the conditions were almost perfect for the runners.

Jalena and chums heading for the hill
Jalena and chums heading for the hill

Here are some of the stats from the parkrun.

MALE FIRST FINISHERS
1st Toby Pereira 19:17
2nd Ashwin Shah 19:21 (New PB!)
3rd Neil Johnson 19:26
FEMALE FIRST FINISHERS
1st Rose Sheppard 21:40 (new PB!)
2nd Stephanie Hughes 21:46
3rd Emily Predebon 22:29 (New PB!)

Ashwin was amongst 43 parkrunners who achieved a PB.

The New Volunteer Club Members Report, which gets published every week, also tells us that Ashwin has also entered the Volunteer 25 Club!

Ashwin, 200th parkrun and a PB!
This was also Ashwin's 200th event, secretly we were impressed he arrived on time ;-)

We had 19 first timers and a nice sprinkling of tourists, including Aftab Sarwar from Clapham Common parkrun. This wasn't Aftab's first visit to Great Notley, the last time he visited it was my birthday! (I was at Bushy parkrun)

There were 240 parkrunners at Saturday's event, here's what the attendance numbers were for this event in the past. I'll leave you groovy mathematician types to work out what next year's attendance will be!

Event Date parkrunners
14 27/09/14 86
66 26/09/15 138
120 24/09/16 191
175 30/09/17 217

Chris and parkrunners enjoying the run
Chris and parkrunners enjoying the run

Stephanie finishing
Stephanie, second lady finisher.

Anna taking a break from Run Directing Chelmsford junior parkrun!
Anna taking a break from Run Directing Chelmsford junior parkrun!

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers this week, you were all superb.

Volunteer Karen
Karen encouraging the runners before handing out Finish Tokens

I now hand over to Run Director Jane who will be running the next two events. Don't forget that Great Notley parkrun really is YOUR event. If you love your parkrun, look after it and volunteer every once and while. 

Ah, nearly forgot. So before I give it away did you work out what was amazing about this run report? Every one of the photos that feature in this run report contains a volunteer! And only one of them is wearing a high-vis! So there you go, it's possible to be a high-vis hero without actually wearing a high-vis!
1) Jalena in the first photo helped with the set up,
2) Ashwin, as well as bagging his 200th run, helped with pack away,
3) Chris in the third photo was your Volunteer Co-ordinator,
4) The photo of Steph finishing second, well she stop there she went on to help pack away,
5) Anna, giving a little wave, sorted out the finish tokens in the cafe,
6) And Karen - well Karen handed out the finishing tokens, but not before cheering her chums on!

Here are all 33 volunteers that made your parkrun possible...

Christopher SEWELL • Len MARTEN • Anna LUFF • John WARNE • Ashwin SHAH • Chris HOPKINSON • Mark BROWN • Jane ROACH • Vanessa SANTOMAURO • Anthony PERKINS • David HOWARD • Malcolm BONIFACE • Chris WATKINSON • Nicole WOULFE • Amanda ROBERTS • Lucia ROBERTS • Haydn HAWKINS • Lewis SLADE • Ruth FORD • Thomas CLARKE • Laurence MORGAN • Matthew FREEMAN • Steven GRESHAM • Jelena GUNNER • Marc WENT • Mandy HUMM • Karen DAVEY • Emily PEREIRA • H MB • Stacey PALMER • K MRAD • Helen WOODS • Alex WALBY

Pretty amazing huh? I thought so...

Regards
 
Len
Run Director
Great Notley parkrun - Facebook - Twitter - Strava - Flikr - Instagram
Your Core Team:-
Len - Dan - Chris H - Nicki - Jane - Mark - Chris S - Anna
With special support from Mike - Ian

Great Notley junior parkrun
Do you have an eager young runner that you can't keep up with? Or have a youngster whose little legs are not quite up to running 5km? Well you now have the 2km Great Notley junior parkrun event to consider.
It starts at 9am every Sunday and its aimed at juniors between 4yrs and 14yrs old AND they can run unaccompanied! If they already have a barcode, it'll work at the junior event too - no need to re-register!
 
Running to raise money for Charity
If you'd like to support our growing number of runners who are raising money for worthy causes, visit our Raising Money for Charity page, there's also details on there on how you can add your charity to the page.

Great Notley parkrun on YouTube Independent Course Reviews
How to work the Pop Up sign
Guide to the Visually Impaired
John's Shakespearean Runner's Brief
Event 170 Run Report
Steve Stockwell - 29th Jun 2014
Carry on Running Video - 28th Jun 2014 (pt2)
Chris Holt - 3rd Jul 2014
Mark Brown - 29th Nov 2014 (Winter Route)
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Help your parkrun Help the Country Parks
You can donate to Great Notley parkrun through our About Us page and a small percentage of your donation will also help start up new parkruns. The donation will go to your "home run" and you can check this through your profile's update page. When you buy a car park ticket or a season ticket all profit goes back into the Country Parks, including Great Notley Country Park.
The money is used for things like the upkeep of the paths and even our new permanent sign posts. Essex Country Parks also, generously, offer free car parking to all those parkrunners who volunteer. Ask the Volunteer Co-ordinator on the morning for a parking pass which can be exchanged for exit from the car park.
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Lily’s Cafe at Notley Groovy ERS Barcodes
You can find us in Lily’s Cafe processing your results and enjoying a cuppa, a meaty salad or a slice of cake. Why not come along and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers?
 
Present your barcode for a 10% discount on all* food and drink produced at the cafe.
*excludes retail items like canned drinks, crisps etc
Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer?
 
 
You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes. They come in great little keyring cards, credit card style or wristbands! Top Tip: Keep a spare in your shoe and never forget your barcode again!
. . ... . . . . ... . .
Strava MapMyRun Runtastic Endomondo Garmin
Summer Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route
Winter Route (v1) Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route
Winter Route (v2) In Progress Show Route In Progress Show Route Show Route

Don't forget to pay attention during the runner's brief because special course changes could come into effect during ANY event!

 

Event #227 (15th Sep 2018)

Oh c'mon, you've never forgotten something? Really? Never?

View from the bench

...don't give me that look! I didn't mean to leave the stopwatches and scanners at home!

Luckily for us, those lovely people at parkrun HQ had developed a cool parkrun virtual volunteer app, which runs on both iPhones and Android phones.

Scanners armed with mobile phones... So along with my phone (recently replaced after I dropped my previous phone in the Limehouse Cut Canal), Tailwalker Charlotte leant us her phone, Kevan used his phone and Mark (as if he wasn't already doing enough jobs!) leant us his too.

For the observant of you, this is normally a three scanner event, but with only two phone/scanners it did create a bit of queue - which for entirely selfish reasons - was a great opportunity to have a right old good natter and a catchup with many of you (it was also a useful as it gave Jane a chance to ask if any of you would like to volunteer!).

Now we did have a few issues with the results (hopefully we've managed to resolve them all) but this was caused by someone either not taking a token or ducking out of the finish funnel that Lawrence and Mark had so lovingly prepared an hour or so earlier.

You would normally have a Finish Token Support volunteer, their job would be to take random finisher's times and positions and we would use that list to cross check against the results. Unfortunately we didn't have enough to volunteers to field this position - hence the slightly wobbly results.

<- Scanners armed with mobile phones!

This leads me nicely on to volunteering - one of the most rewarding things you can do! We've painstakingly created you a guide to all the key roles and absolutely none of them are scary! You can view the guide here. We're constantly updating it, in fact, if you've done any of these roles and have your own top tips, ping us an e-mail

Some of these roles you can do AND run, so you don’t have to give up your parkrun AND you can help run your event! (I know, it’s amazing).

Don't forget that all volunteers get free parking at Great Notley Country Park, courtesy of the lovely park rangers, just ask the Volunteer Co-ordinator when you turn up (8am for Event Setup volunteers, 8.30am for everyone else).

Results
parkrun is great, because you get to run with both friends and friends you haven't met yet. Unless of course you're Heydon and Holly...
Heydon and Holly waaaay out in front
...in which case you spend much of the run about 30 seconds in front of everyone else.

Great to see Heydon back at Great Notley, that brings his first finisher count up to 37! (Sorry Heydon, this time you don't get a special shirt when you get to 50!)

MALE FIRST FINISHERS
1st Heydon Mizon 17:06 (new PB!)
2nd Innes Fullerton 18:35
3rd Toby Pereira 19:09
FEMALE FIRST FINISHERS
1st Stephanie Hughes 21:35 (new PB!)
2nd Claire Parker 25:19 (New PB!)
3rd Megan Warner 25:53

Stephanie's Finish

Well done the fastest finishers, but here are MY top three finishers...

1st Smiliest Finishers : Acacia and Simon Hawkins, with their "CHAMPION!" cheer.
Team Hawkins, first smiliest finishers!

2nd Smiliest Finisher : Help! Sorry I don't know your name! "More Cheese Gromit" Wave
Smiley Finisher!

3rd Smiliest Finisher : Jane Roach with her "Wahoo! Cheer!"
Jane Roach, third smiliest finisher!

Well done to Thomas Gunner who ran his tenth parkrun so can now order his groovy Club 10 Shirt!

A big warm welcome to Steve Swan - first run at Great Notley (tourist from Kesgrave parkrun?) - and his 50th overall and a congratulations to everyone who achieved a PB, and that includes Zoe Gresham who also ran her 50th parkrun too! Both Zoe and Steve should be able to order their 50th Club Shirts soon!

Finally a huge well done to Sandra Ledwith who ran her 100th parkrun, making her one of the 52,161 parkrunners in the world who are in the 100 Club.

There were 42 personal bests out of 261 finishers (16.1%) and a special well done to Riley Brazier who, despite his wristband not scanning, was more excited over his latest PB which, and I quote, "...was way more fun than the last time I ran!". Well done Riley, top job fella.

The full set of results can be accessed here.

The run itself was great, with the weather being warm but mild - thanks in part to the hurricanes to the west and the cyclones in the east.

A huge great big thank you to all those that volunteered, including those who stepped forward on the Saturday morning. With just 26 volunteers running the event, for 2018, that was one of the bottom three least supported events (Events #216 and #219 both managed with 25 volunteers). You hear us say it every week - this is your event, we in the Core Team simply co-ordinate you and help you run your event. If you really love your parkrun, please help the event out every once in a while - or drag along a chum, or turn up a bit earlier and help set up, or hang around for a bit longer afterwards and help us pack away.

If you can't help out this Saturday, you can always volunteer at a future event.

I look forward to seeing you all next week - if anyone would like to volunteer as either timekeeper or barcode scanner, I promise to bring along the stopwatches and scanners this time ;-)


Mark, super hero volunteer, also set up a camera on the finish funnel - drag to look around...

Regards
 
Len Marten
Run Director
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Your Core Team:-
Len - Dan - Chris H - Nicki - Jane - Mark - Chris S - Anna
With special support from Mike - Ian

Great Notley junior parkrun
Do you have an eager young runner that you can't keep up with? Or have a youngster whose little legs are not quite up to running 5km? Well you now have the 2km Great Notley junior parkrun event to consider.
It starts at 9am every Sunday and its aimed at juniors between 4yrs and 14yrs old AND they can run unaccompanied! If they already have a barcode, it'll work at the junior event too - no need to re-register!
 
Running to raise money for Charity
If you'd like to support our growing number of runners who are raising money for worthy causes, visit our Raising Money for Charity page, there's also details on there on how you can add your charity to the page.

Great Notley parkrun on YouTube Independent Course Reviews
How to work the Pop Up sign
Guide to the Visually Impaired
John's Shakespearean Runner's Brief
Event 170 Run Report
Steve Stockwell - 29th Jun 2014
Carry on Running Video - 28th Jun 2014 (pt2)
Chris Holt - 3rd Jul 2014
Mark Brown - 29th Nov 2014 (Winter Route)
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Help your parkrun Help the Country Parks
You can donate to Great Notley parkrun through our About Us page and a small percentage of your donation will also help start up new parkruns. The donation will go to your "home run" and you can check this through your profile's update page. When you buy a car park ticket or a season ticket all profit goes back into the Country Parks, including Great Notley Country Park.
The money is used for things like the upkeep of the paths and even our new permanent sign posts. Essex Country Parks also, generously, offer free car parking to all those parkrunners who volunteer. Ask the Volunteer Co-ordinator on the morning for a parking pass which can be exchanged for exit from the car park.
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Lily’s Cafe at Notley Groovy ERS Barcodes
You can find us in Lily’s Cafe processing your results and enjoying a cuppa, a meaty salad or a slice of cake. Why not come along and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers?
 
Present your barcode for a 10% discount on all* food and drink produced at the cafe.
*excludes retail items like canned drinks, crisps etc
Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer?
 
 
You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes. They come in great little keyring cards, credit card style or wristbands! Top Tip: Keep a spare in your shoe and never forget your barcode again!
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Strava MapMyRun Runtastic Endomondo Garmin
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Winter Route (v1) Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route Show Route
Winter Route (v2) In Progress Show Route In Progress Show Route Show Route

Don't forget to pay attention during the runner's brief because special course changes could come into effect during ANY event!

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