Event #218 (14th Jul 2018)

It's not every RD who begins a parkrun morning by trying to organise a lift for a tourist who's come all the way from Hove (near Brighton in case you weren't sure) for their parkrun fix! But that was exactly how my Saturday began and thanks to a whole bunch of offers from you lovely bunch Jane Tew was brought safely to Great Notley. Following on from her 5k run she wrote a lovely message in our guest book and then stayed on in the cafe for a coffee and to sort tokens! Thank's Jane :-)
Jane our tourist - smiling all the way!
Jane Tew
So, once again we had a gloriously sunny morning - lovely if you're sitting, not doing very much and with a cool drink in your hand - but if you're running a 5k, well, bit of a different story so top job to the 240 parkrunners who turned up and 25 of these for their very first parkrun! We do hope that you'll return.
Event 218 is good to go!
start
Because some people need a little reminder! Thanks Kev!
touch the bird
As it was the second Saturday of the month we had our 'pacer gang' and the question is how well did they and you do? Well, the fact that there were 37 PBs goes some way to suggest that they were pretty good at their job!
All superbly hung ;-) pacer bibs

A quick time check.....
pacer 36

Paced to perfection!
perfect
And there's the face when you're 2 seconds of a PB!
Phil
A pacer with a possee!
Neil
Our fast finishers were....

1st Aaron Graves 18.26

2nd Desbele Kiflom 18.28
3rd Jonathon White 19.06

The full set of results can be accessed here.
 
Each week there's generally a shout out for volunteers - sometimes it's hard to see just how many people are volunteering because they volunteer AND run - now there's a thing! I know I've said it before but there's a bit of a misconception that if you volunteer then you can't run. But, there really are a great many roles including those of helping to set up and pack away the course where you can also run.
If you'd like to find out a little more about the different roles then just ask a member of the core team and when the volunteer plea email arrives take a look there too as there are descriptions about each role :-) They're all easy peasy honest! Follow this link to let us know you're interested...greatnotleyhelpers@parkrun.com

So it really just leaves me to thank my 9 pacers and my 26 other volunteers for their time and enthusiasm it makes everything so much easier and enjoyable! 
I shall now hand you over to Chris and Anna your RDs for the next two weeks

Thanks you fab lot

 
Regards
 
Jane me/>
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 - John - Pete - Jenna

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

 

Event #217 (7th July 2018)

Cor... that was a scorcher! But I'm glad to say that lots of you heeded my advice and came prepared with plenty of water and headwear!
We had in fact 211 parkrunners with 16 first timers! You can tell it was a tad on the warm side as we only had a mere 15 PBs. Having said that Neil our first finisher was through in just under 19.30 minutes and that was including a most spectacular tumble as he came through the central field. I'm searching through the photos to see if Mike caught a picture of it, those pesky rabbits digging holes on our course!

They're off - can you spot yourself?
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There has been some other sporting activity going on recently and some parkrunners liked to remind us of that
Les from HRR sporting the location
Les

And Ash wearing the shirt of a very strong contender.... we'll see what 3pm brings!
Ash
 
So.. on to our speedy finishers... We had the wonderfully named

1st Katie Tuttlebee 22.36

and for the guys...

1st Neil Johnson 19.28
2nd Jonathon White 19.41

 
The full set of results can be accessed here.
 
Super smiley ladies - Karen and Leah
Leah and Karen

Next week being the second Saturday of the month is our 'pacer' event... no not the lovely minty sweets from many of our childhoods but a chance to run or walk at a particular - speed or pace. It's not an exact science and there's been some interesting sights in our pacing history :-D Our pacer crew will be wearing a lovely collection of hi-viz tabards with the numbers from 20-40 on them. The numbers relate to the time they anticipate completing our 5k course in. I do have some spare pacer slots, so do please get in touch if you'd like to join our, um, crack squad!
We do as always need a whole heap of volunteers to put on a safe, timed parkrun. There are lots of roles that do mean you can both run and volunteer. There are roles that involve encouraging, clapping and ringing a bell and roles that involve managing a clipboard or stopwatch and then there are those roles where you don't have to speak to another soul if you don't wish to as you set up our course! Just let us know what you'd like to do by following this link greatnotleyhelpers@parkrun.com or signing up in our little black book.

Haydn our 'Saturday safety bike' I did say there's a ton of jobs to be had!
Haydn
KENNY! SHOELACES!!

Kenny

Is Jayne practicing the zombie run?
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Thank you all and see you next week!
 
Jane
Run Director
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 - John - Pete - Jenna

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.
. . ... . . . . ... . .
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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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 #216 (30th Jun 2018)

Generally I think everyone is enjoying this recent heatwave, it gives us all the excuse to eat a lot more ice cream and we can blame the weather - and to burn off all that ice cream you've got your favourite free, weekly 5km to help you out. But running in these conditions can sometimes involve a little more than to carry a little extra water on your run (though that's not a bad start!).

Dr Natasha Beach, the UKA Medical Advisor has produced a pretty useful paper which is well worth a read for everyone parkrunning in these conditions.

parkrunners

Katie Connew completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Volunteering on Saturday. So her last role was to Run Direct the event and give your runners brief.

Guest RD

...and we thought she did a brilliant job!

Joby and Katie

To complete the award presentations from last week it gave me great pleasure to award Chris Watkinson with the Most Inspirational parkrunner of the Year award.

Chris Watkinson receiving his award

As we were short of a Photographer Volunteer, I actually took a selfie. Some of the volunteer roles look pretty scary and the event photographer role is one of them. We're in the process of compiling a Volunteer's Guide in a bid to help de-mystify all of the roles. None are scary, they all come training and to give you an idea of how straight forward those roles are - none of the training takes more than a few minutes.

We had 16 first timers, all being well they'll come back!

We had 221 parkrunners and 35 of you recorded PB's! Clearly the hot weather just makes you go faster!

Toby nabbed himself a PB 15:57, knocking one whole second off of his previous PB from April 2017!

Toby gets to ring the bell

...but Amanda Crouchman knocked TWO MINUTES off her PB!

Amanda Crouchman's PB

The full set of results can be accessed here.

You hear us say it every week and every once in a while it comes true! "You do not have priority over other park users, and that includes horses..."

Horses on the course!

Don't forget that we're still in need of volunteers for the next few events, go and have a look on our website to find out what roles we need and ping us an e-mail to greatnotleyhelpers@parkrun.com
 
parkrunners

Jane will be your Run Director for the next few weeks and don't forget that the second Saturday of the month will, as always, be a Pacer Event!
 
Regards
 
Len Marten
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 - John - Pete - Jenna

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.
. . ... . . . . ... . .
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!

 

Volunteering – A quick guide (Summer Course)

On this page, we'll be describing a few of the volunteer roles that we use at Great Notley parkrun on our SUMMER ROUTE (if it's sunny and you're not stood up to your ankles in mud, chances are you're on the summer course). None of the roles are difficult and take a few minutes to learn, but we appreciate that some people like to know up front what's involved - and if you're one of those people, this page is just for you!

Safety Bike ("Lead Bike")
Lead Bike Skill Level : Easy (...if you have a bike)
We need to make sure the "back of the hill" is clear of other park users before the event starts.
Towards the end of the Runners Brief, they ride to Marshal A at the start of the play trail and tells them to warn park users not to walk round the back of the hill. They then ride in reverse, around the back of the hill, to the start. Where the Run Director can then take a judgement to start the run or wait.
The Safety Bike needs to stay about 100 - 200m in front of the parkrunners, warning any other park users of their approach. They don't need to ride the whole course, just that start bit behind the hill to the start of the play trail.

Can I run/walk? You could, but you'll need to get in front of the Tail Walker to get a finish position and time!

Marshal A - Start of the Play Trail
Chris at Marshal A Skill Level : Easy
They guide the runners across the grass and on to the start of the "Play Trail".
At the start they also need to warn other park users that around 300 parkrunners are going to be coming round the back of the hill!
When they see the Tail Walker for the second time, they need to collect in the cones and Caution Runners sign and head to the Finish Area.

Can I run/walk? Alas no.


Marshal B - End of the Play Trail
(Coming Soon)
Can I run/walk? Sorry no.

Marshal C - Boggy Transition
Big Dave at Marshal C Skill Level : Easy
Guide the runners left, across the grass.
Because this is at one of the farthest parts of the course, best to give yourself about 10mins to get down there.
It's best for Marshals B, C, D & E to walk down together.
You'll get a "Caution Runners/Keep Left" sign, position this after the grassy area, runners turn right at the end back onto the track, so best to position it on the right.

Can I run/walk? Alas, no.

Marshal D - Leaving the Lakes
Tony at Marshal D Skill Level : Easy
Guide the runners right at the junction.
Because this is down near the lakes, you'll need to give yourself about 10mins to walk down there.
It's best for Marshals B, C, D & E to walk down together.
You'll get a Radio (see below), a Bell and a "Your parkrun, Your Pace" sign too (bring these back at the end of the event)

Can I run/walk? Sorry no.

Marshal E - The Big Yellow Frog
Big Yellow Frog Marshal Skill Level : Easy
Guide the runners straight on at the junction.
This marshal guides runners straight on at the junction.
It's important that they stay out of sight of the marshal at the end of the Play Trail (Marshal B).
TOP TIP : parkrunners will have just 500m to the Finish Funnel from this point on their second lap.

Can I run/walk? Sorry, no.

Marshal F - 2nd Lap/Finish Corner
Len at Marshal F Skill Level : Easy
The first time round, parkrunners follow the path round and up the hill (yippee!). Try and make sure they don't cut the corner as they turn right.
Second time round they'll head to the Finish Funnel, try and get them off the path shortly after turning right.
Lending a hand pack away is always appreciated.

Can I run/walk? Sorry no.

Tailwalker
Nicki doing the fine job as Tailwalker Skill Level : Easy (...as long as you can walk 5km)
Follow the parkrunners around the course and don't run!
On the second lap we also ask the Tail Walker to co-ordinate the collection of all the signs and cones. So as they go round they tell the marshals that it's okay for them to to return to the finish area and take with them any cones or signs in their area.
You'll get a Radio (see below) and a special "orange" Hi-Vis!

Can I run/walk? You can take part and you'll get a finish time and position and it'll count towards your Club Shirt goals - but you cannot run.

Timekeeper
Timekeepers Skill Level : Easy (...even with gloves on)
Each event has two timekeepers, just in case one makes a mistake - and if they do make a mistake, it's normally easily fixed when we process the results in the cafe. They stand at the entrance to the finish funnel.
They press the "A" button when the event starts and press "B" every time a parkrunner crosses the line.
Include the Tail Walker, but don't press the button for dogs, buggies or children on shoulders *sigh*

Can I run/walk? Sorry, that wouldn't really work.


Finish Tokens
Coming Soon
Can I run/walk? Actually yes, if you can finish in the top ten. The Run Director or Funnel Manager can hand out the first few before you arrive and you take over when you come through the Finish Funnel.


Finish Token Support
Coming Soon
Can I run/walk? Yes you can if you're a fast finisher. Run Director/Funnel Manager can do the first few before you arrive in the finish funnel. Must be a top ten finisher.

Barcode Scanners
Barcode Scanners Skill Level : Easy (...even with gloves on)
Each event can have up to FOUR scanners and one Scanner Manager. They're based near the flag.
They scan the parkrunner's barcode first, and the Finish Token second and then throw the Finish Token into the bucket. It's important to keep an eye on the queue and make sure it doesn't clash with parkrunners on their finish approach.
TOP TIP : The scanners work best when NOT in direct sunlight, so a bit of shade will work wonders!

Can I run/walk? Yes you can, if you're a fast finisher. Other scanners will scan and look after your scanner for you until you finish. Scan your own barcode when you get there and start to help scan all the parkrunners.


Scanner Manager
Coming Soon

Token Sorter
Token Sorting Skill Level : Easy (...if you can count)
At the end of the event the tokens need to be sorted and popped onto rings ready for next week.
We also need to look out for any missing barcodes so we can try and get them back for next week!
TOP TIP : Sort into piles of TEN!
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Can I run/walk? Yes you can! Complete your run then pop up to the cafe after the event has finished to help out.

First Time Runners Brief
First Time Runners Brief Skill Level : Experienced parkrunner only.
Their job is to introduce both parkrunners who have NEVER attended a parkrun before as well as those visiting for the first time to Great Notley parkrun.
They'll give an outline of our two lap course and explain about the finish tokens and how to get scanned. They'll also explain that Great Notley is a permanently sign posted course and chat a lot about the cake and ice cream available at Lily's Cafe afterwards.



Pacer
Coming Soon


Guide Runner
Coming Soon


Photographer
Coming Soon

Using the Radio
If your volunteer role involves you using a radio, fear not, it's pretty straight forward - and if you can't remember any of this information, it's also written on your lanyard too.

To use the radio hold the button on the left hand side when talking. Sometimes it's best to wait a second after you've pressed the button - then release the button to listen to the reply.

Using the Bell
Yeah, yeah, shake the bell - I'm sure you didn't need instructions for that ;-)
If your marshal position has a bell you need to ring this before the park runners approach. This is to give other park users in the area (you may not see them) that there will be fast runners approaching shortly.

Regards
 
The Core Team
Run Directors and RD Support
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 - John - Pete - Jenna

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Event #215 (23rd Jun 2018) – 4th Birthday Event

[This Run Report is pretty extensive, so grab yourself a nice cuppa, pop up your feet and read on!]

What a superb vibe at our FOURTH Birthday event! Four years! Wow! Whilst I’ll always recommend looking back and reading ALL of our old run reports just having a flick through our previous Birthday Event Run Reports is a fun and colourful journey back through time! 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017

Lovely Photographer/Videographer Volunteers
Before we plough into the Run Report I have to give a special shout out to our photographer and videographer volunteers - without them this run report would be a bland boring affair! So a special thank you to Mike Eldred, Ian Lennard, Mark Brown and Paula Marten (aka "Wifey").

We do try and think up a theme for the birthday event and "Pirates in the Park" was this year's theme and I think it’s fair to say it was a huge hit!

It was quite an intimidating sight from the top of the bench ;-)
View from on top of the bench

Chairman of the Council
Whilst our parkrunners are very appreciative of parkrun’s sponsors who keep the larger parkrun machine running, we are also very appreciative of Braintree District Councils financial support to get Great Notley parkrun off the ground. We continue to receive great support from the council through our now regular parkrunner, Joby Humm (Leisure and Heritage Manager).
So It gave us great pleasure to welcome the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Vanessa Santomauro. She brought cake too! And we all know how parkrunners love a cake or three ;-)

Whilst she did a great job of handing out the awards and started the event - all the talk was about her spectacular transformation from Chairman of Council…
Chairman of the Council, Councillor Vanessa Santomauro
Chairman of the Council, Councillor Vanessa Santomauro (Ward- Braintree South)

…to Piratey Vanessa Santomauro once the event got underway!
Piratey Vanessa Santomauro
Piratey Vanessa Santomauro, encouraging on the finishers

Annual Awards
Inspirational parkrunner of the Year

Stacey Palmer (Highly Commended)
It’s a sad state of affairs that we don’t know everyone that attends Great Notley parkrun, but as the numbers steadily increase, it gets increasingly challenging to have a chat with everyone (pop over and have a chat with any of member of your core team, we don’t bite!). But stopping and having a chat with a Stacey and her two boys was easy, they were pretty stuck in the sand. With hubby on a long cycle in Chelmsford she was pretty determined to have their first family parkrun together, but when her teenage son is wheel chair bound, and with deep sand and a hill on the course Stacey was either heading towards an Inspirational Award or a Stubborn Determination Award!

Stacey Palmer and Chairman Vanessa
Stacey Palmer with Councillor Vanessa Santomauro

On crossing the line after an arduous 50 mins to huge rounds of applause it was quite a heart warming moment, Stacey Palmer receives the Highly Commended Most Inspirational parkrunner of the Year Award.

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Stacey Palmer at Event 213, 9th June 2018

Chris Watkinson
Chris suffers from a condition that causes his legs to effectively “switch off” when he stops running. This has led to some rather spectacular crashes in the finish funnel, but as we’ve made some changes to accommodate his condition we’ve got better at catching Chris as his running has improved week on week.

Despite his condition he turns up most weeks and when he’s not running he’s a regular volunteer at the event as well as the junior event too. We’re really glad that Chris has made his parkrun home at Great Notley and we’re pretty pleased that his not “face planted” for months now (he nearly bagged “Most Improved” too!).

If you think you’ve had a tough run, spare a thought for Chris, truly inspirational. Chris Watkinson is your Most Inspirational parkrunner of the Year winner…

Sadly Chris wasn’t there on Saturday to receive his award, so here’s a photo of him not falling down in the finish funnel ;-)

Chris Watkinson
Chris Watkinson at Event 208, 5th May 2018

Most Improved parkrunner of the Year

Vicki Possee
Nic writes, "Vicki started running with me in January 2017 after telling me she couldn’t run. Even though it took a long time for her to find it enjoyable she stuck with it. She did her first parkrun on 13/05/17 in a time of 33 minutes and started coming with her husband, Simon, on a regular basis.
Vicki Possee
Vicky Possee at Event #208, 5th May 2018

On the 9th June this year she got a time just under 29 minutes but more importantly than times she now enjoys running and was part of a large group from Beckers Green Primary School who completed their first paid race at the Braintree 5. It’s has been a privilege to see Vicki go from a non runner to a happy parkrunner!"

For 2017/2018, the Most Improved parkrunner of the Year, Highly Commended award goes to Vicki Possee.

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Vicky Possee at Event #211, 26th May 2018

Leah Greensides
We see Leah most weeks really pushing herself round the course, sometimes with either coach Lindley or hubby Mark in tow encouraging her round. She’s entering ever more challenging races and her efforts are regularly rewarded with a joyous and enthusiastic ring of the bell. We still remember Leah’s TEN PB streak back 2015 so it was pretty amazing to see that she’s still bagging PBs now!

Leah Greensides
Leah Greensides at Event 210, 19th May 2018

Sadly Leah wasn’t there on Saturday to receive her award, but we reckon she’d much prefer a photo of her with new best friend the PB bell! Your Most Improved parkunner of the Year award goes to Leah Greensides.

Leah Greensides
Leah Greensides, post event smiley photo!

...oh go on then, here's Phillip, proud son, accepting the award on his Mum's behalf...
Phillip and Chairman Vanessa
Phillip Greensides with Councillor Vanessa Santomauro

parkrun Volunteer of the Year
If given the opportunity we could award quite a few “Volunteer of the Awards” out. Everyone’s efforts and contributions to the event are greatly appreciated and the event quite literally wouldn’t be possible without your contributions. In Joby’s wise words, “…these nominations are not to the discredit of some of the long standing ever presents like Malcolm, Kevan, Tony and Team Roberts…”.

Tekleab “Tek” Mebrahtom
Tek! You whizzing around the course at 500mph hasn’t gone unnoticed, but more impressive than that is (and any parents of teenagers should really sit down and prepare themselves for this next bit) we’re pretty impressed that even when you were injured you hauled yourself out of bed before noon and still came along to volunteer. If that wasn’t amazing enough, we suspect you’ve encouraged some of your mates to do the same.


Tekleab "Tek" Mebrahtom at Event 208, 5th May 2018

The Highly Commended parkrun Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Tekleab Mebrahtom, or “Tek” to his parkrun chums.

Tek with Chairman Vanessa
Tek with Councillor Vanessa Santomauro

Ian Lennard
We’ve watched as Ian’s running has improved from week to week. We see him entering longer and longer events and attend most weeks at Great Notley. But we’ve always been impressed with his unwavering dedication to the event. He’ll attend in running gear but gladly sacrifices his run to fill a last minute volunteer role. He regularly supervises pack away - which is a pretty critical role if you want the next event set up properly ;-)

Ian Lennard

We recently added Ian to the Core Team as part of our new RD support crew, a superb addition to the team which, quite frankly he was already part of.

Ian with Chairman Vanessa
Ian with Councillor Vanessa Santomauro

Your parkrun Volunteer of the Year award winner goes to Ian Lennard!

parkrun Personality of the Year
This award is given to those individuals who are seen as being “larger than life”, they never fail to make those around them smile and really have embraced the event 150% and all of the parkrunners too. If we hear murmurings of “Who!?”when we call out these names, we’ve failed horribly - but on Saturday both of these gentlemen were greeted with a loud and rapturous applause and cheers!

”Big Dave” Howard
Both “Big” in stature and “Big” on personality, “Big Dave” has been at Great Notley parkrun since October 2014 and we’ve all known him every since.

His favourite marshalling spot is the “Boggy Transition” aka “Big Dave’s Corner” we’ll leave you to decide whether we should rename it ;-)

Big Dave

So another big cheer for “Big Dave” Howard (aka, that bloke that marshals at the “Boggy Transition”) who receives the Highly Commended Award for Great Notley parkrun personality of the Year!

Mike Eldred
If you still don’t know who Mike Eldred is yet, I’m not entirely sure where you’ve been. If you’ve attended any of the Great Notley parkrun events - or a Nuclear Race, in the last three or four years, chances are he knows you. That’s because in the last three years or so he’s uploaded nearly 54,612 photos to the Great Notley parkrun Flickr Group, that’s about 254 photos per event (and he’s not attended them all!).

Mike

He’s able to get everyone smiling and if you don’t believe us, all you need to do is to look at the photos! The rumours are that we ensure he wears a parkrun hi-vis vest so we can spot him easier when he leaps out of the bushes, trusty Nikon in hand!

Mike and Chairman Vanessa
Mike with Councillor Vanessa Santomauro

So it is with great pleasure to award the Great Notley parkrun Personality of the Year award to Mike Eldred, I’m surprised we’ve not got 350 photos of it taken from a multitude of different angles! ;-)

Unsung Hero Award
Now normally, that’s where our awards presentations would have ended - but we had some real difficulties selecting those awards. The selection process is no huge secret, you the parkrunners nominate those you think are deserving in each category and then the Core Team and special guest representing Braintree District Council, Joby Humm, meet down the Prince Louis where we argue and drink beer until we come up with the winners.

That very nearly didn’t happen until we decided to award a new award to Jim MacTaggart as our “Unsung Hero Award”.

Jim MacTaggart

Jim is there every, pretty much, every week on his bridge. Whilst he’s marshalling he’s not actually volunteering, he’s never sent in an e-mail, or written in the little volunteer book - in fact, the few times he has approached us it’s to tell us those days he’s NOT volunteering. So here’s the thing, according to the data, Jim has only volunteered TWICE, but we reckon you need to add a few noughts to the end to get a number pretty close to reality.

At this rate, by 2110 he should be entitled to order his V25 shirt ;-)

So our very first “Unsung Hero Award” for Great Notley parkrun goes to Jim MacTaggart.

Jim with Chairman Vanessa
Jim with Councillor Vanessa Santomauro

(Yes Jim, whether you like it or not, we’re going to add you to the roster anyway…)

Groovy custom trophies? You all have our very own Mark Brown to thank for them.
The trophies were designed and made by him and I think they look bloomin' great!

Trophies designed and made by Mark Brown
Mark Brown with one of his unique trophies, designed specifically for Great Notley

Piratey Pirate Finisher "On the Spot" Prizes...
...were awarded to...
Chris Davey
Paul Wells
Acacia Hawkins
Jo Eldred
Ethan Ray
Tim Marney
Kelly Calver
Anna Luff
Chris Sewell
Jodie Condon
Ryan Condon
Miffy Duffy
Sue Taylor
Keith Rojas
Craig Vernon
Jayne Vernon
Joby and Mandy Humm
Helen Pepper
Michelle Edney

...these and a quite a few more, nabbed themselves Prince Louis Great Notley T-Shirts and bags of sweets.

Still didn't get a Prize?
Some local businesses have provided some great discounts - and these are in ADDITION to your regular discounts that our lovely sponsors provide :-
- Intersport, 10%
- Lily's Cafe, 10%
- A1 Cycles in Braintree, 10%
- Prince Louis Pub : will offer 20% off food and drink to all parkrunners for three weeks MONDAY to FRIDAY last day 13th July 2018. You must eat to qualify for the drink discount.

Mark's 5min PB - is this a course record?

Fastest Galleon at parkrun
Whilst some events boast the biggest numbers, or visit from a comedy mega star, Great Notley parkrun can now boast the fastest Pirate Galleon to complete a parkrun anywhere in the world - that we know of.

First Admiral Craig Vernon laughed as he boasted to Nic and myself of his diabolical plan to take his new galleon out of the shipyard, complete with his newly recruited hoard of pirates…

The crew, consisting of Joby, Jayne, Michelle, Mandy and Jane…
The Galleon's Pirate Crew

…stormed up the hill and conquered “The Bird” (you don’t see many ships going up hill, so this was quite an impressive sight)…
The Galleon storms, er, up hill...

…the galleon banked wildly as they tacked left and sailed across the Boggy Transition…
The Galleon tacks into the Boggy Transition...

…it was shortly after here that Admiral Craig claimed the lake for his own. Despite the best efforts of valiant marshals and parkrunners nothing could be done…
Admiral Craig, in the Lake...

…only for the highly trained Great Notley Country Park resident Swans to save the day. Seen here repelling Craig and the pirate hoard from lake - and giving him a stern chatting to about getting in their lake, something we’d clearly not recommend…

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…after ditching their treasure, they high tailed it out of there, leaving the swans behind…
The Galleon leaving the lakes

Caution Swans
Caution Swans

Mr and Mrs Pirate at The Bird

Michelle C @ the Bird
Michelle Caulfield on the Hill

Kelly Calver
Pirate Kelly Calver

Acaci Hawkins
Pirate Acacia Hawkins

Rowdy Jalena
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Volunteers
We're still after volunteers for the next few events, if you can help out, please do get in touch!
greatnotleyhelpers@parkrun.com

The full set of results can be accessed here.

Here's a couple of weird coincidences! Chum Dave Hayday wanted some "Billericay" letters making similar to Great Notley's - which wasn't a problem - I left them to paint them and they look great - but I didn't fully appreciate that they share the same birthday as us! ...

Billericay parkrun 1st Birthday
Billericay's First Birthday

Panshanger parkrun 200th Event
...and who remembers our "200" sign from our 200th event? It got pretty muddy...

Our 200 sign...

Well we gave it a wipe down and a lick of paint and then sent it to Panshanger, and again, I didn't realise that their 200th event was on the same day as our birthday event!

Panshanger's 200th Event

The Great Notley parkrun Chums

Your Core Team
Great Notley parkrun continues to be a warm, friendly, welcoming event, four years on and whilst this is made possible by your lovely parkrunners who step forward to help out every week, behind the scenes there is your Core Team - a regular bunch of volunteers who dedicate lots of their own spare time to co-ordinate and manage the event. So a special thank you to Nicki Edwards, Chris Hopkinson, Dan Warden, Jane Roach, Chris Sewell, Anna Luff, Mark Brown and our newest members of the team, Ian Lennard and Mike Eldred.

An awesome event made very special by all of you. We of course are now faced with a pretty big problem, how on earth are we going to match this next year ;-)

Regards
 
Len Marten
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 - John - Pete - Jenna

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.
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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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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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