Event #300 – Fancy Dress Fun

Written by Kevin Bill

The 300th Hanley parkrun took place on a beautiful sunny morning, making the wearing of fancy dress seemingly, a mostly uncomfortable experience but one which made myself and many other non wearers all the more impressed. Well done to everyone who dusted off their 'party gear', particular mention, though in no set order, goes to, 'The Clown', 'The Gladiator', and 'Fred Flintstone' and what appeared to be two Sister Wendys! Also, did Murray Grimes claim fancy dress just by leaving the golf course, do parkrun, then go back and finish his round? I wonder?Finally on the theme of fancy dress, well done to the Cowgirl who I overheard telling her friends she had done about 26 minutes.....In Cowboy boots!

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Thank you also to the cake bakers - Helen Cumberlidge and Emma Clarke (celebrating her 50th parkrun).

Sadly, no Hanley parkrun next week , so to get your weekly therapy/ medicine, you need to become a tourist (please note Cannock Chase parkrun is also cancelled). Surprisingly, to me anyway, many appear not to have tried it, me included. With this in mind, God willing, I plan to 'do' Walsall parkrun next week as I used to play in the park where it is run as a youngster. I hope this inspires some of you to also give it a go but of course it won't replace Hanley.

Finally well done from me to everyone who has ever taken part in, or helped to put on this wonderful event over the last 300 times. May there be many more!

There are lots of photos over on flickr. Thanks to Caroline Davies for taking them.

Volunteering

As Hanley parkrun grows we are finding that we need more volunteers each week. There are lots of different roles available, from putting out the signs to pacing, timekeeping to token sorting and marshalling to making the tea and helping with the washing-up. You can find out more on the Hanley parkrun website, e-mail hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down!

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This week's hi-viz heroes were led by our guest run director Charlie "Freddie Mercury" Cox and a number of volunteers from Cheadle Running Club. Thanks to them and all the volunteers:

Rob EVANS • Paul Victor SMITH • Kirsten OWEN • Steve WRIGHT • Emma LONCZYK • Charlie COX • Mark HARRISON • Dai CARPENTER • Caroline DAVIES • Craig CARPENTER • Steven MILLWARD • Gareth KNAPPER • Jack OAKLEY • Liz CLUTTON • Natalie CARTER • Thomas HALLS • Sian PIGOTT • Skye WIGGINS • Dale THOMPSON • Rachel BEARDMORE • Bruce INGLIS • Barrie CLUTTON

Summary
This week 326 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. A full list of times can be found on our website.

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Kate HOLT recorded a time of 00:17:04, a new female record - well done Kate.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 5,960 participants have completed 44,476 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,380 km, including 8,748 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #299 – A Quiet Day

Written by Kerry Dixon

The Potters 'Arf Marathon is probably almost the biggest event in the local running calendar - parkrun being the main event, of course! - and many of the Hanley regulars were taking part on Sunday 11th June. For parkrun, this meant a bigger than usual turnout of volunteers and also a reduced number of participants as people opted for an extra rest day instead... so only 249 finishers completed Hanley on Saturday! "Only"?!

Remembering back to when I first started parkrunning (almost 4 years ago), the average turnout at Hanley was 50-60... it was hard to imagine then that in just a few short years 350-400 and more would be the norm, and 249 would be deemed "a quiet parkrunday"! It makes me wonder what the future holds for Hanley parkrun... how many participants do you think we'll be attracting in another 4 years' time??? And more importantly... do we have enough tokens on the string?!

There are lots of photos over on flickr.

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On Saturday we'll be celebrating 300! Not the fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae within the Persian Wars but our 300th Hanley parkrun.
We'll be celebrating with cake and fancy dress! Come and join the fun!

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Volunteering

As Hanley parkrun grows we are finding that we need more volunteers each week. There are lots of different roles available, from putting out the signs to pacing, timekeeping to token sorting and marshalling to making the tea and helping with the washing-up. You can find out more on the Hanley parkrun website, e-mail hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down!

Advance Cancellation Notice 24th June A date for your diary - there will be no Hanley parkrun on the 24th June. The Stoke-on-Trent Pride event is taking place later in the day and there will be lots of set-up activities going on throughout the morning. It could be your ideal opportunity to try a bit of parkrun tourism.

Summary
This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part. A full list of times can be found on our website.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Rob EVANS • Gary PAYNE • Julie HOLMES • Kerrie OWEN • Ben BEWLEY • Christine PEZZAIOLI • Jen RILEY • Ruth PARKES • Kerry DIXON • Mark DIXON • Paul COTTERILL • Simon CLARKE • Sarah THORNE • David KINSELLA • Dan OXLEY • Paul ELTON • Helen CUMBERLIDGE • Gemma WOODCOCK • Ash WILKS • Murray GRIMES • David BREWIS • Jack OAKLEY • Phoenixe COPE • Simon HOWARD • Matthew CUTHBERTSON • Skye WIGGINS • Emma BRADSHAW • Christine LAPPING

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 5,874 participants have completed 43,570 parkruns covering a total distance of 217,850 km, including 8,630 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #298 When Runger Strikes!

Written by Olly Clarke (amended from an article written by my friend originally published on therunningbug.com)

I don't know about you but I'm a sever sufferer of runger; that insatiable appetite after running that gets me reaching for another biscuit, or some cake, or church toast. If you're the same and you find yourself ravenous after you've scanned your barcode, here's some advice that might come in useful.

Eat real food
The body needs nutrients, not just calories, and many of the processed, starchy foods we tend to eat are lacking in nutrients; white bread, white rice, pasta, ready meals, processed foods, biscuits and so on. Don't avoid full fat foods such as oils, cheese and butter. The body needs some fat as part of a balanced diet to keep you healthy. Protein and fat take longer to digest and make you feel full for longer, so make sure you are including the right balance in your diet between carbohydrates, protein and fat. Include plenty of non-starchy vegetables in your meals, they will help fill you up and give you the nutrients your body needs.

Opt for slow release foods
Choose foods that offer a slow release of energy. Opt for complex carbohydrates (whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, wholemeal bread, wholewheat pasta, sweet potatoes). These take longer to digest and provided a more sustained release of energy meaning you won't crash immediately afterwards.

Eat little and often
If your blood sugar levels fluctuate a lot, leaving you shaky and feeling spaced out between meals, try eating little and often. You can have smaller meals more often, or go for more substantial healthy snacks that include protein and fat to be eaten between smaller main meals.

Are you actually hungry?
Make sure you are actually hungry, and not just bored or thirsty. The urge to eat is an easy distraction when you are bored and have nothing else to think about. Get good at recognising when you are actually hungry – wait ten minutes and see if you are still hungry afterwards.

Get a good night's sleep and minimise stress
Lack of sleep can mess with your levels of grehlin, the hormone that makes us feel hungry, and leptin, the hormone that sends signals to your brain that you are full and should stop eating. If you are overstressed you are likely to reach for comfort in the form of food. When your brain is calm and you are thinking positively and logically you are less likely to overindulge.

Drink water
Make sure you are properly hydrated, as it's easy to confuse thirst with hunger. When you're dehydrated, concentration slips and you may reach for a sugary snack to help you focus, leading to more energy spikes and crashes. Don't wait until you are dying of thirst to drink.

Volunteering

As Hanley parkrun grows we are finding that we need more volunteers each week. There are lots of different roles available, from putting out the signs to pacing, timekeeping to token sorting and marshalling to making the tea and helping with the washing-up. You can find out more on the Hanley parkrun website, e-mail hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down!

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Many thanks to all of this week's volunteers: Beth DAWID, Bryn HOLMES, Christine LAPPING, Craig CARPENTER, Dan OXLEY, David HEBB, Debbie DAVIES, Jack OAKLEY, Jenny HARPER, Jonathan TIDESWELL, Jorja HARPER, Kerry DIXON, Laura Joan HALL, Liz TIDESWELL, Mark DIXON, Mary CHADWICK, Matthew CUTHBERTSON, Michelle HARROP, Mick HALL, Millie HOLMES, Oliver James CLARKE, Paul COTTERILL, Philip DAWID, Simon CLARKE, Skye WIGGINS, Susan CASWELL, Taryn TALBOTT, Wendy SEARS

Advance Cancellation Notice 24th June A date for your diary - there will be no Hanley parkrun on the 24th June. The Stoke-on-Trent Pride event is taking place later in the day and there will be lots of set-up activities going on throughout the morning. It could be your ideal opportunity to try a bit of parkrun tourism.

Summary

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This week 331 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 28 volunteers. Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 5,900 participants have completed 43,901 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,505 km, including 8,679 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #297 – we love the parkrun cafe!

Written by Liz Tideswell

With "only" 338 runners this parkrunday, it felt a little bit quieter on Saturday than in recent weeks (although this was our 9th highest turnout ever) as I was making my usual announcements during the run briefing - welcome to our first timers and visitors, thanks to our volunteers including this week's pacers, a reminder about "turning left" for our revised finish on the other side of the bandstand.

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The biggest cheer though is usually reserved for the announcement about our parkrun cafe at Park Church, especially when Bill Mac is around. It seems that we all love parkrun but we really love the parkrun cafe. So this week's run report is dedicated to the team of volunteers who make it possible for us to have a post-parkrun cafe each week, down at Park Church. When we first starting using Park Church, we could all easily fit in the little room next to the kitchen and there were quite often lots of empty seats as well. As parkrun has grown, so have our cafe visitors and this Saturday as I arrived after packing away all the parkrun kit, it looked like we were filling the whole of the main room too.

It's fantastic that so many of our runners come along to the cafe to continue their parkrunday and the pile of trainers by the door is testament to just how many people come along. But, like everything about parkrun, without volunteers, there would be no cafe at Park Church.

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So thank you Beth, we're incredibly grateful to you and the team who help regularly (Dan, Phil and Ruth in particular). You do an amazing job and are right at the heart of the success of Hanley parkrun. And thanks to everyone else who has helped with making the toast and clearing up and washing up and stacking the chairs and sweeping the floors. And if you are a regular at the parkrun cafe, please do help out if you can, particularly by volunteering to wash up one week (you can email us to let us know you can help or speak to Beth at the cafe).

Volunteering
As Hanley parkrun grows we are finding that we need more volunteers each week. There are lots of different roles available, from putting out the signs to pacing, timekeeping to token sorting and marshalling to making the tea. You can find out more on the Hanley parkrun website, e-mail hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down!

Many thanks to all of this week's volunteers including our pacers and fantastic cafe volunteers: Andy DIDDAMS • Ash WILKS • Beth DAWID • Bryn HOLMES • Charlie COX • Craig CARPENTER • Dan OXLEY • Daniel JORDAN • David BALL • David KINSELLA • Egidija POPE • Isabella Sahara JORDAN • Isabelle SCHUMANN • Janet DIDDAMS • Jo YENDOLE • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Jorja HARPER • Kay LANCASTER • Kellie HARPER • Kerry DIXON • Kirsten OWEN • Liz TIDESWELL • Michael BEASLEY • Michelle HARROP • Mick HALL • Murray GRIMES • Oliver James CLARKE • Oscar SCHOLES - FURNESS • Paul COTTERILL • Paul GLOVER • Paul THORNE • Philip DAWID • Phoenixe COPE • Ragnhild MARSTAD • Ray WILSON • Simon CLARKE • Skye WIGGINS • Tanya VITTORIO • Tom PERRY • Wendy SEARS

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More photos from Wendy Sears and Mick Hall on flickr.

Advance Cancellation Notice 24th June
A date for your diary - there will be no Hanley parkrun on the 24th June. The Stoke-on-Trent Pride event is taking place later in the day and there will be lots of set-up activities going on throughout the morning. It could be your ideal opportunity to try a bit of parkrun tourism.

Summary
This week 338 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 40 volunteers.

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A full list of times can be found on our website.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 5,874 participants have completed 43,570 parkruns covering a total distance of 217,850 km, including 8,630 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #296 – Reflections, Records and Running

Reflections on 50 parkruns - Gareth Copley-Jones

We've had quite a few Hanley parkrunners reach their 10 (juniors only), 50 or 100 parkrun milestones recently and we'll be even have same runners hitting the 250 mark in the new year! A couple of weeks ago Gareth Copley-Jones reached his 50 milestone and he's told us all about it:

So that's parkrun number 50 done. Without a doubt my favourite run of the week. Since running my first parkrun at Hanley on the 19th of September 2015 I've found so many friends. And I've had so many parkrun highlights, I remember those early runs trying chip away at my PB , when I first nervously pushed a sleeping Lois round on her first parkrun, pacing my nephew to a sub 30 PB, racing round Congleton and Hanley with Lois trying to do the New Year's Day parkrun double, the Newcastle AC takeovers and that one time I nearly beat Ben Bewley!
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I'd have to admit I have a bit of a parkrun problem. Ideally I'd love to run Hanley every Saturday but my day job gets in the way. I'd like to thank my wonderful wife Sparkle Ruth Copley-Jones for putting up with me during my attempts to be parkrun tourist on my way to work at a football match somewhere in the northwest or Yorkshire. Me leaving the house a few hours before I really need to just get my parkrun fix for the week. I've visited 16 different parkruns on my travels, of course Hanley is my favourite but I've enjoyed visiting them all for in. They are all the same but different. I had no idea Witton Parkrun was actually the local cross country course when lined up the start line, I later leant they call the course 'The Beast'. Running on the sand at Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth was probably the most picturesque parkrun I've done. There was my busiest parkrun when 500 odd runners turned up at Brighouse which normally hosts 150 runners, I was tripped on the start line and landed face first in the the mud. The most surreal parkrun was the 7am start in quarry with Deano, Houlty and Stocksy for the Kimberley parkrun. I've now mastered the motorway services shower system and run out of different parkruns within an hours reach of home on enroute to Hull City. Long Eaton parkrun serves the best postrun bacon sandwiches. And the run director at Greenpoint parkrun in Cape Town is the scariest person I've met at a parkrun.
Thank you to everyone that makes parkrun happen every Saturday, well done. Here's to 50 more!

Volunteering
As Hanley parkrun grows we are finding that we need more volunteers each week. There are lots of different roles available. You can find out more on the Hanley parkrun website, e-mail hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down!

Many thanks to all of this week's volunteers: Kevin BILL, Nigel BOSTOCK, Simon CLARKE, David COOPER, Gareth COPLEY-JONES, Paul COTTERILL, Charlie COX, Helen CUMBERLIDGE, Bethany DAWID, Kerry DIXON, Gary EDGE, Michelle HARROP, Millie HOLMES, Bryn HOLMES, Daniel John JORDAN, Isabella Sahara JORDAN, Kaye MORRISSEY, Jack OAKLEY, Ian OAKLEY, Kirsten OWEN, Dan OXLEY, Paul PHILLIPS, Sian PIGOTT, Jamie PRINGLE, Sue RUSHTON, Andrew SLACK

Advance Cancellation Notice 24th June
A date for your diary - there will be no Hanley parkrun on the 24th June. The Stoke-on-Trent Pride event is taking place later in the day and there will be lots of set-up activities going on throughout the morning. It could be your ideal opportunity to try a bit of parkrun tourism.

Summary
This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 26 volunteers.

Congratulations to Kate Holt who set a new female course record of 17:16.

A full list of times can be found on our website.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 5,841 participants have completed 43,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 216,160 km, including 8,573 new Personal Bests.

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