Event #329 – Another Newcastle (Staffs) AC takeover…

Another record breaking turnout!

Written by Olly Clarke

We choose our weeks, don't we!? We seem to be able to nearly guarantee that any takeover week turns out to be a record week. We can't take all (any) of the credit for this though.

The volunteer takeover on Saturday was organised for a number of reasons; primarily to thank all the regular volunteers, as well as our event directors Bryn and Liz, for all the hard work they do week in week out to make Hanley parkrun as successful as it is. Secondly, to show everyone that club runners are not all lithe and sinewy sub-3 hour marathoners. Of course, there are some of those but there are more likely to be people like me, and you; people who just enjoy to run, no matter how far or fast. Running is one of the most inclusive activities you can do, and joining a club, any club, will only enhance the experience.

My Hanley parkrun journey is now over 5 years old and I still haven't tired of it, not a bit. I might not always get there to hear the run briefing, or some runners' great milestone achievements, or even the start gun sometimes, but I wouldn't change it for the world. There's only 36 more runs for me until my 250 and you can guarantee I'll be there 9:04am sharp every Saturday til then!

I'd just like to leave you with my favourite running quote to keep you entertained and encouraged:

"Every day in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running."

Signing off,

Olly

Photos from Mick Hall on flickr.

Volunteering
Our most recent hi-viz heroes were:

Daniel John JORDAN • Liz TIDESWELL • Beth DAWID • Graham MCLACHLAN • Charli WELLER • Philip DAWID • Lee BARNARD • Mark David Arthur COOPER • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Ken RICHARDS • Oliver James CLARKE • Michael BEASLEY • Nicola BROWNSWORD • Tammy HOLMES • Ruth PARKES • Victoria POWER • Paul COTTERILL • Dan OXLEY • David HEBB • Carey DYER • Nick GORDON • Emma HUGHES • Mick HALL • Trevor BALL • Dean BROMLEY • Sarah BAYLISS • Patricia BALL • Wil CHUNG • Lucy BROWNSWORD • Andrew BROWNSWORD • Tommy BAYLISS • Phoenixe COPE • Victoria STEVENS • Maxine BICKERTON • Paul BAGNALL • William BARKER • Angelika BICKERTON • George BROWNSWORD

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. Get in touch by e-mail (hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com) or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down! And if you'd like to join our team of run directors, please get in touch as well. It's really not as daunting as you might like and you will get lots of support.

Event History
This week 436 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,898 participants have completed 53,766 parkruns covering a total distance of 268,830 km, including 10,201 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #328 – Get into the parkrun habit!

Written by Graham McLachlan

This time of year it's usually a case of out with the old and in with the new but parkrun is certainly not one of those things that needs to go out, as it's an extremely good habit to have; it helps you physically and mentally and, simply, it's just plain good fun no matter what the family.

A bumper turnout of 426 runners started 2018 with the parkrun habit, including 60 first timers, trying out Hanley parkrun for the very first time. And Mik Escolme joined the 250 club, completing his 250th parkrun at Hanley, where he did his very first parkrun at the very first Hanley parkrun in September 2011.

Whether you are a new runner, or a regular, chasing a PB or having a comfortable run and taking it easy, running with the family or pushing a buggy, join us for 5k in the park and then down at Park Church for a good cup of tea or coffee and to talk all things parkrun.

What have you got to lose?

Get into the parkrun habit!

Volunteering
Our most recent hi-viz heroes were:

Morwenna CROSS • Bryn HOLMES • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Naomi OWEN • Philip DAWID • Brian TONKS • John OWEN • Lee BARNARD • Jenny HARPER • Wendy SEARS • Ruth PARKES • Mark DIXON • Caroline COX • Paul COTTERILL • John PUTT • Jorja HARPER • Dan OXLEY • Phillip SLOSS • Dean BROMLEY • Rebekah YENDOLE • Jo YENDOLE • Mel BATH • Natalie CARTER • Paul MORRIS • Melody HARRIS • Simon HOLLAND • Steve WRIGHT • Louise WALDRON-KELLY • Katherine TRAVERS • Rob IRVING • Charlotte WILLIAMSON • Amany WILLIAMSON • Matthew WAY

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. Get in touch by e-mail (hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com) or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down! And if you'd like to join our team of run directors, please get in touch as well. It's really not as daunting as you might like and you will get lots of support.

Event History
This week 426 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,852 participants have completed 53,330 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,650 km, including 10,148 new Personal Bests.

 

Events #326 & #327 – New Year, same parkrun

What makes parkrun special

Adele told us on Facebook after Event #326:

The more I take part in parkrun, the less it becomes about PBs & technique! It's about making new friends, receiving mutual support and having fun.

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And Kevin reflected on New Year's Day about how parkrun is there for you every Saturday:

If I were to ask what kind of year 2017 was for you I suspect many of you reading this would say, mixed. How do I know this? I know it because if you had some unpleasant experience or event, like most of us did, you will also conversely have had a pleasant experience or event because you have been involved in some way with parkrun!

On NYD, I joined more than 355 other like minded souls who were doing something positive, either for their fellow participants or, equally as virtuous, for themselves. I know others on this platform have ably extolled the benefits of parkrun both physically and mentally. So with this in mind at the start of the new year I thought it was a good opportunity to remind everyone that what ever happens to you in 2018, you still have parkrun!

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I am sure you won't mind me saying on your behalf a big thank you to the run directors and also to everyone who has volunteered in 2017. I know its been said lots of times but if you have not tried it give it a go. It is fun, it is rewarding and you are helping to protect something we all love and in some cases need.

Finally a tip. Enter an event and use parkrun as part of your training. It helps you focus and gives you a goal. Goals are good, especially for helping put your problems to one side.

A Happy New running, walking or volunteering Year to you all.

Volunteering

Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered at Hanley parkrun - we really do appreciate all you have done to make sure parkrun happens each week and your continued support in 2018. Our most recent hi-viz heroes were:

30th December: Kevin BILL, Katrina BOSTOCK, Dean BROMLEY, Chris CALLAN, Simon CLARKE, Amy CONDLYFFE, Gareth COPLEY-JONES, Charlie COX, Kerry DIXON, Mark DIXON, Paul ELTON, Charlotte FOSTER, Paul GLOVER, Diane GOODWIN, Murray GRIMES, Mick HALL, Sarah HARDY, David HEBB, Bryn HOLMES, Daniel John JORDAN, Anne KINNAIRD, Gina LAW, Ragnhild MARSTAD, Graham MCLACHLAN, Andrew PEMBERTON, Sue RUSHTON, Eduardo SATO, Wendy SEARS, Lily STEVENS, Victoria STEVENS

New Year's Day: Laura Joan HALL • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Andrew DASEY • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Kaye MORRISSEY • Wendy SEARS • Sean LEWIS • Sue RUSHTON • Simon CLARKE • John PUTT • Olivia BERRISFORD • Emma DASEY • Mick HALL • Craig CARPENTER • Andrew LEES • Robert JUHASZ • Ken RUSHTON • David BENNETT • Louise WALDRON-KELLY • Katherine TRAVERS

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. Get in touch by e-mail (hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com) or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down! And if you'd like to join our team of run directors, please get in touch as well. It's really not as daunting as you might like and you will get lots of support.

Event History
30th December: 306 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Nigel Bostock and Peter Holdsworth who completed their 100th parkruns.

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Photos from Mick Hall here.

New Year's Day: 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Andy Diddams who completed his 100th parkrun and well done to everyone who completed the Congleton/Hanley double. Congratulations also to Patience Lamb who set a new JW-10 age category record.

For a marshal's eye view of parkrun, check out photos from Wendy Sears here. There are some more New Year's Day photos from Mick Hall here.

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Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,792 participants have completed 52,904 parkruns covering a total distance of 264,520 km, including 10,104 new Personal Bests.

 

Events #324 & #325 – A parkrun Christmas Carol

Martin's Story

Hello!

The majority of you will not have a clue who I am, what my background is or even what kind of person I am, but that is my reason for wanting to write this report.

Around 6 months ago when I was invited to join my friend at a parkrun, my world was not a good place to live. That first parkrun woke me up, I was actually quite shocked at what I saw and experienced. I was not in good physical condition and didn’t hold too much hope or ambition for my performance, but it didn’t matter. Before we even started I, along with other newcomers, were applauded for simply turning up. I thought “eh, what’s this all about”. Then we set off and it felt like most people shot off into the distance, but then within a matter of a few minutes strangers were clapping me and telling me “well done”. I thought “well done, I’m one notch above walking here”, but then I went through the start line again and a group of people stood there clapping as I plodded past. I was confused, but I couldn’t help feeling uplifted and encouraged to carry on.

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I struggled around the course, up and up the hills, wondering if I would make it to the finish line but being applauded and encouraged as I did so. In my final lap, panting my way around the lake with my legs voting to stop, fellow runners passed me by as I expected. But as they passed me, they didn’t just carry on or make a point of it, instead they encouraged me to keep going, and reminded me that I was nearly ‘there’. As I battled up that last hill, still people encouraged me on, and when I finally got ‘there’ amongst the exhaustion and drum beat of my pumping heart was a real sense of accomplishment. However, what stood out above all was that despite being among hundreds of strangers it felt like they were all on my side, it was a strange and almost surreal experience.

That wasn’t the end of it though, I was then invited to join people I did not know for coffee and toast or such like provided by people that did not know me and were getting nothing financially from it. Now there I was drinking pretty much free coffee that strangers had made purely to give me and others an opportunity to share our experiences and positively connect our minds for longer. It all felt quite alien to me on that day, completely at odds with the world as I knew or saw it. I left the cafe that day alert to the possibility of good things being out there, and that the world was not all some kind of evil and twisted place that conspires against me.

I returned the week after, of course I did, now looking to achieve a better time than I had done the week before and as the weeks went on I got fitter and strived to beat my personal best. It fed into my training during the week as it gave me a purpose and a weekly goal to aim for. No doubt as many do I probably became too obsessed with beating my pb but I was able to rectify that mindset and remember the point of being there. After all, while my 'what' is to run around the course as well as I can on any given day and my 'how' is by putting one foot in front of the other at a certain rate, my 'why' is not to beat my personal best. My 'why' is because turning up is seen as an achievement, because hundreds of strangers applaud each other and cheer each other on, and because I want to hang out with people that think that way.

That is what parkrun means to me.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all and thank you, whoever you are.

Christmas and New Year Running

We've still got some special events for the festive period - join us if you can:

  • 28th December - Christmas Social from 7.30pm at the Glebe in Stoke
  • 30th December - Last Run of 2017 - 9am start
  • 1st January 2018 - New Year's Day extra run - 10am start. Please note: New Year's Day is the only day where you can run two separate parkruns - our nearest neighbours at Congleton will be starting at 9am on New Year's Day.
  • Volunteering

    Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered at Hanley parkrun during 2017 - we really do appreciate all you have done to make sure parkrun happens each week. Our most recent hi-viz heroes were:

    23rd December: Dean BROMLEY, Simon CLARKE, Paul COTTERILL, Charlie COX, Beth DAWID, Philip DAWID, Craig EDWARDS, Paul ELTON, David GODWIN, David HEBB, Millie HOLMES, Chris KING, Sean LEWIS, Caitlin OTWAY, Kirsten OWEN, Dan OXLEY, Evie PARRY, Jowan PHILLIPS, John PUTT, Eduardo SATO, Linda SHEFFORD, Ian SLOSS, Victoria STEVENS, Lily STEVENS, Paul THORNE, Liz TIDESWELL, Katherine TRAVERS, Rebekah YENDOLE, Jo YENDOLE

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    Christmas Day: Kevin BILL, Sara BROOME, Mary CHADWICK, Peter COOMBS, Mark DIXON, Kerry DIXON, Neil HANKEY, Violet HAWLEY, David HEBB, Bryn HOLMES, Julie HOLMES, Michael HOWARD, Niamh MORRISSEY, Kaye MORRISSEY, Sarah OAKLEY, Caitlin OTWAY, Emma PHILLIPS, Sarah THORNE, Tracy WRIGHT

    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. Get in touch by e-mail (hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com) or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down! And if you'd like to join our team of run directors, please get in touch as well. It's really not as daunting as you might like and you will get lots of support.

    Event History
    23rd December: 357 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests.

    After two weeks of cancellations we had a bumper turn out of runners, lots of elves and Santas limbering up for the big day. During the holidays it is important to stay active, to embrace the fresh air, getting the heart rate up a little and put some colour in your cheeks, you will always feel better for it. Very much like parkrun you can walk, jog or run so long as you are outside and you are moving. Sometimes, a parkrun is just what you need.
    It was also a bumper food bank collection, thanks again to everyone who were able to give something we know it will be really appreciated by those in need over the Christmas period.

    Christmas Day: 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests.

    Whilst Christmas dinners were cooking, a Christmas Day record turnout of runners in Santa hats (and dinosaur costumes) enjoyed a festive 5k in the park. The efforts of the volunteers were particularly appreciated in the mizzly miserable weather, which didn't seem to dampen the spirits of regulars and visitors at all.

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    Check out Christmas Day photos from Mick, Constantine, Wendy and Paul

    Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,752 participants have completed 52,243 parkruns covering a total distance of 261,215 km, including 10,045 new Personal Bests.

     

    Christmas and New Year Running

    Festive Running

    It's the final countdown to Christmas; here's what's happening at Hanley parkrun:

    • 23rd December - Christmas Fancy Dress Run - 9am start. We'll also be finally - fingers crossed after all that ice and snow - joining up with our cafe hosts at Park Church to collect donations for Stoke's Foodbank. Items to donate include pasta sauces, tea bags, long-life milk and fruit juice, biscuits, tinned fish and meat, chocolate, instant mash and Christmas items such as Christmas puddings. More details about what to donate on the Foodbank website. We'll have some donation boxes at the bandstand or you can bring items to the cafe.
    • 25th December - Christmas Day extra run - 9am start
    • 28th December - Christmas Social from 7.30pm at the Glebe in Stoke
    • 30th December - Last Run of 2017 - 9am start
    • 1st January 2018 - New Year's Day extra run - 10am start. Please note: New Year's Day is the only day where you can run two separate parkruns - our nearest neighbours at Congleton will be starting at 9am on New Year's Day.

    We hope you can join us to run or volunteer. If you've got friends and family visiting, why not bring them along. If you're away over Christmas, you may still be able to get your parkrun fix. Check out the list of extra seasonal events Christmas Compendium on the parkrun website.

    Please note, there will not be a post-run cafe for some of the Christmas runs and the toilets in the park may not be open.

    Remember, Hanley parkrun relies completely on volunteers. If you'd like to volunteer at any of the runs, you can get in touch via email hanleyoffice@parkrun.com or by having a chat after your run. We would love to get lots of extra help to cover all the Christmas and New Year events. Thanks.

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