This week the weather gods decided to smile on us as we were blessed with warm dry conditions. In fact it was so dry that last week’s boggy ground had dried out sufficiently to enable us to return to our traditional winter start location by the giant see-saw.
298 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers (13 new to parkrun and 15 tourists) and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. It was also good to see 5 people return who ran their first ever parkrun last week .
This week we had a lot of things going on and special thanks needs to go to Ian LENNARD for bringing along his camera to record the event while our usual photographer Michael ELDRED was otherwise engaged at a little event up the road called the London Marathon .
To show that people of all levels of ability and ambition take part at our parkrun, we had a hardy bunch having a gentle run before heading off to tackle the London Marathon.
Photo by Mike Eldred - still photographing Great Notley parkrunners even when he's not at Great Notley!
Run for Jake
You could not have failed to spot the cluster (collective noun for spiders) of spider man costumes on the course as we welcomed the run for Jake where his friends ran the course in his memory dressed in spider man costumes to raise money for “Wipe Away Those Tears” which aims to grant the wishes of terminally ill children in Essex. There were so many spider men crossing the finish line together that I’m amazed that the timekeepers were able to record them all
When you look at the results you’ll see that we had 33 “unknown” finishers. These would usually be finishers who have forgotten their barcodes #DFYB but this week most of them were friends of Jake who ran despite not being registered with parkrun. This shows that anyone is welcome to run the course, they simply don’t receive a time!
Foster Care Bear
The new mascot of the Essex County Council’s Fostering team paid us a visit to help spread the word about how much foster carers change children’s lives. Despite not running the course, the bear worked up a good sweat cheering on runners at the finish and posing for photos.
The first three finishers were :-
The full set of results can be accessed here.
Today’s event wouldn't have been possible without the following high viz heroes who volunteered to ensure all the runners, joggers and walkers were safe on the course and all times were recorded:-
Christopher SEWELL • Len MARTEN • Chris HOPKINSON • Katie CONNEW • Ian LENNARD • Anthony PERKINS • Malcolm BONIFACE • Michael PURKISS • Sheila PURKISS • Kevan PACK • Chris WATKINSON • Amanda ROBERTS • Lucia ROBERTS • Alex WILSON • Lewis SLADE • Sandra LEDWITH • Anthony EVERARD • Thomas CLARKE • Matthew FREEMAN • Edward LEGGETT • Maisie ALLAN • Brendan HAND • Connor RATHE • Grace MALEK
If you'd like to join the high viz heroes please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all of your support and good wishes over the past two weeks. I hope you give the same level of support and encouragement to Mark who will be your Run Director for the next fortnight.
~ Chris and Anna ~
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.
|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!