Event #307 – Containing your enthusiasm

Written by Kevin Bill

Hanley parkrun #307 had a slightly different look about it with a brand new wider path by top car park, coupled with the mass migration of the now familiar orange storage containers to bottom car park, causing a sharp bend in the course which was my marshalling point for the event. Fortunately there were no difficult incidents to report. Well done everyone for taking care.

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It was awhile waiting for the first runners to arrive that it occurred to me that the two most prominent elements that make a parkrun happen, running or walking the course and volunteering, offer two very different experiences. The former doing something for yourself and the later doing something for other people. Then I thought again and this is where I want to extol the benefits of being a volunteer, because also the feeling one gets from doing something useful to help others cannot be underestimated. As they say in corporate land, its a win/win situation.

This I know to many of you who have volunteered previously is nothing you didn't know already. So my message is simple, give it a go if you haven't tried it, you wont regret it.

One particular highlight for me was on congratulating a lady on completing the course, she excitedly replied it was her first run and how pleased she was and saying she would to be back to do more in the future.

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I thought I would finish with a tip, (I like tips) so here it is; change your socks! By this I mean running socks. Try it, a crisp new pair is a treat for your feet, the difference in comfort is really noticeable.

315 plus several youngsters in push chairs and a few dogs took part, another buoyant figure and of course well done to all who volunteered. Here`s to the next Hanley parkrun.

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Park Improvements

The Hanley Park restoration works are progressing well - we love our new path at the top of the park - and we will be making temporary alterations to our course to accommodate them. Some key (subject to change) dates are:

  • Mon 24th July : Bottom car park closed for duration of works.
  • August: Work on new path around bottom car park and repairs around lake begin - we'll be skirting around these as necessary.
  • September : we'll have no access to the bandstand area, so we're looking at an alternative route that starts and finishes on the north side of the lake.

As you can see, there's lots going on and plenty of opportunity for disruption. We'll always attempt to continue running during the works but may have to cancel occasionally to keep our runners and volunteers safe.

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!

Thanks to all the volunteers this week : Jazz BAINS, Lisa BENNETT, Kevin BILL, Dean BROMLEY, Sara BROOME, Craig CARPENTER, Clare CLARKE, Paul COTTERILL, Caroline DAVIES, Beth DAWID, Philip DAWID, Kerry DIXON, Mark DIXON, Laura Joan HALL, Bryn HOLMES, Julie HOLMES, Karl LATHAM, Kerry LYTH, Ragnhild MARSTAD, Kim MOODY, Carmel MURPHY, John OWEN, Tom PERRY, Nicola QUINLAN, Sue RUSHTON, Chris RWATSCHEW, Michael John UNWIN

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Summary
This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

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

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,198 participants have completed 46,532 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,660 km, including 9,150 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #306 – Feeling 5k Better

Written by Graham McLachlan

It was Hanley parkrun 306 this past Saturday which I found rather satisfying as it was my 103rd parkrun (98th at Hanley) meaning I'm there 1 out of every 3 roughly.
Anyway it was a nice day for it and I forced myself along having already agreed the previous week to write the report.
I was welcomed back by a large amount of regulars whom I'd missed the week before as they were away running up in Meerbrook.
I've been largely absent this year due to injuries and illness but this is what I would like to touch upon.... no, not my ailments as there's too much to gripe about, but in fact about the first aid that a simple parkrun can provide.
It's a morale boost to be welcomed back and a physical boost, as we all know, to get around the course in reasonable shape.
This is all thanks to the run team and volunteers who make it all happen on a weekly basis, and also the camaraderie that the regular crowds of 250 plus runners, walkers, pram pushers and many more bring.
I left for work in fine spirits on Saturday after parkrun all thanks to each and every one of you.
So if you're feeling at a low ebb, get yourself to the medical bay that is Hanley parkrun and cure your ailments with a highly recommended healthy dose of parkrun and you'll feel 5k better.
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Hopefully I'll be along next week for another injection of fun so until then take care of yourselves.

Park Improvements

The Hanley Park restoration works are progressing well and we will be making temporary alterations to our course to accommodate them. Some key (subject to change) dates are:

  • Mon 24th July : Bottom car park closed for duration of works. Work has begun on path between toilet block and top car park entrance. We'll be diverting onto the grass.
  • Early August: Work on new path around bottom car park and repairs around lake begin - we'll be skirting around these as necessary.
  • September : we'll have no access to the bandstand area, so we're looking at an alternative route that starts and finishes on the north side of the lake.

As you can see, there's lots going on and plenty of opportunity for disruption. We'll always attempt to continue running during the works but may have to cancel occasionally to keep our runners and volunteers safe.

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!

Thanks to all the volunteers this week : Andrew LEES, Andrew SLACK, Ben BEWLEY, Beth DAWID, Brian TONKS, Caroline COX, Charles LARSSON, Ciaran O'REILLY, David HEBB, Dean BROMLEY, Graham MCLACHLAN, John PUTT, Katherine TRAVERS, Kirsten OWEN, Laura HUGHES, Liz TIDESWELL, Mark DIXON, Murray GRIMES, Natalie CARTER, Nicola JENNINGS, Olivia LARSSON, Paul COTTERILL, Paul GARDINER, Peter DIVALL, Philip DAWID, Ruth PARKES, Sara BROOME, Skye WIGGINS, Sue RUSHTON, Wendy SEARS

Summary
This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

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

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,164 participants have completed 46,217 parkruns covering a total distance of 231,085 km, including 9,090 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #305 – parkrun at your pace!

Written by Nicola Quinlan

It was a bright and sunny Saturday morning which prompted 249 men, women and children to descend on Hanley Park Run; including 17 first timers and 16 runners who forgot/ didn’t have a bar code. We welcomed visitors from Stow Market, Colchester, Plymouth, Somerset, Coventry, Bridgnorth, Winchester and Bristol.

There were a few alterations to the course to accommodate certain paths that had been fenced off- (something we may see more often as more improvements and building work gets under way - see below) but that didn’t spoil anybodies enjoyment of Hanley’s undulating and scenic park run.

Push chair pushers, dog runners, fun runners, walkers, joggers, and fast runners plodded around at their own pace, respecting each other to complete the 5k course in whatever time they desired/could; all feeling a lot better for it than if they hadn’t ventured from under their duvets. Many drifting off for a coffee and a natter at the Cafe afterwards.

Gratitude as always to the 34 volunteers who made it all possible. I was looking through the results and was so pleased to notice that many of our regular runners are regular volunteers too, volunteering many times a year - a big CLAP to them.

And Congratulations to Dave Elborn, who completed his 100th parkrun.

Park Improvements

The Hanley Park restoration works are progressing well and we will be making temporary alterations to our course to accommodate them. Some key (subject to change) dates are:

  • Mon 24th July : Bottom car park closed for duration of works. Work has begun on path between toilet block and top car park entrance. We'll be diverting onto the grass.
  • October: Work on new path around bottom car park and repairs around lake begin - we'll be skirting around these as necessary.
  • Some time during Autumn : we'll have no access to the bandstand area, so we're looking at an alternative route that starts and finishes on the north side of the lake. A big thank you to everyone who came along on Sunday for a trial run on our proposed temporary course. We had some great feedback and we'll be doing some more tweaking and testing over the next few weeks prior to implementation.

As you can see, there's lots going on and plenty of opportunity for disruption. We'll always attempt to continue running during the works but may have to cancel occasionally to keep our runners and volunteers safe.

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!

Thanks to all the volunteers this week: Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Millie HOLMES • Nicola QUINLAN • Graham MCLACHLAN • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Kaye MORRISSEY • Wendy SEARS • Peter MORGAN • David WELDON • Kathy JACKSON • Charlie COX • Caroline COX • Tom PERRY • Paul COTTERILL • Sarah THORNE • Paul THORNE • David KINSELLA • Victoria MCCREA • Dan OXLEY • Paul GLOVER • Jackie BRYAN • Sara BROOME • Paul ELTON • Dean BROMLEY • Peter COOMBS • Fleur SPAFFORD • Murray GRIMES • Chris CALLAN • Jasmine GREEN • Sharon ROWLEY • Natalie CARTER • Skye WIGGINS • Katherine TRAVERS

Summary
This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

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

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,136 participants have completed 45,933 parkruns covering a total distance of 229,665 km, including 9,020 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #304 – The Sound of Thunder

Written by Mark Dixon

The weather always plays it part in the Saturday morning parkrun experience and this week was no exception with a ‘damp’ run from the previous night’s rain being preferred over a full on down pour.

event304_3However, we could hear thunder calling in the distance, but not from where you would expect in the sky above. This thunder was coming from Catton Park where the Conti 24h Thunder run race was taking place over the weekend. Many of our parkrun regulars including the core volunteer team had chosen to setup camp on the Friday evening and take in some parkrun tourism at Rosliston. This decreased the number of feet pounding the course this week, but we still managed to safely marshal 279 athletes around the course. event304_2

Park Improvements

The Hanley Park restoration works are progressing well and it won't be long until we have to make some temporary alterations to our course to accommodate them. Some key (subject to change) dates are:

  • Mon 24th July : Bottom car park closed for duration of works. Work begins on path between toilet block and top car park entrance. We'll be diverting onto the grass.
  • October: Work on new path around bottom car park and repairs around lake begin - we'll be skirting around these as necessary.
  • Some time during Autumn : we'll have no access to the bandstand area, so we're looking at an alternative route that starts and finishes on the north side of the lake.

In order to test out our temporary course we're going to have a trial run on SUNDAY 30th JULY - this isn't an official parkrun, it's just to help us iron out any bugs in the temporary course. It would be great if we could get a cross section of all parkrunners to take part - join our FB event to let us know if you are coming.

As you can see, there's lots going on and plenty of opportunity for disruption. We'll always attempt to continue running during the works but may have to cancel occasionally to keep our runners and volunteers safe.

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!

Thanks to all the volunteers this week: Andy WORSEY • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Mike STEVENS • Mark DIXON • Caroline COX • Dave ELBORN • John PUTT • Sally ALDRIDGE • David HEBB • Caroline DAVIES • Dean BROMLEY • Evie WORSEY • Susan TAMS • Oscar SCHOLES - FURNESS • Skye WIGGINS • Christine LAPPING

Summary

This week 279 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part. We welcomed visitors from as far afield as San Francisco, celebrated Huw Riley’s 50th milestone with cake and a 74th birthday for Terry Williams. Congratulations to Tony Preece on his 200th run and Charlie Preece who set a new JM10 age category record of 20:10, whilst also completing his 200th parkrun.

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

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,101 participants have completed 45,684 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,420 km, including 8,973 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #303: Dexter’s parkrun story

Written by Jenny and Dexter Harper

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When we first bought Dexter to parkrun at 4 years old, we didn't expect him to make it the whole way, just maybe a top lap for fun. Little did we know how determined and competitive he is! He's never quit a run and loves coming every week that I can bring him. He's been so excited to reach his 50th run before he turns 7 and he has his sights set on PBs and his 500th run!

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Dexter says:-

"I go to parkrun because I love running and the toast and cake at the cafe. I want to be good at running and get faster. My favourite person to run with is my Aunty Sarah because she is faster and my mum is too slow! I always say 'thank you' to the marshals and I like wearing a watch that tells me what time I'm on. I can't wait to do my 100th run."

Congratulations also to Rebekah Yendole who completed her 50th parkrun this week.

Park Improvements

The Hanley Park restoration works are progressing well and it won't be long until we have to make some temporary alterations to our course to accommodate them. Some key (subject to change) dates are:

  • Mon 24th July : Bottom car park closed for duration of works. Work begins on path between toilet block and top car park entrance. We'll be diverting onto the grass.
  • October: Work on new path around bottom car park and repairs around lake begin - we'll be skirting around these as necessary.
  • Some time during Autumn : we'll have no access to the bandstand area, so we're looking at an alternative route that starts and finishes on the north side of the lake.

In order to test out our temporary course we're going to have a trial run on SUNDAY 30th JULY - this isn't an official parkrun, it's just to help us iron out any bugs in the temporary course. It would be great if we could get a cross section of all parkrunners to take part - join our FB event to let us know if you are coming.

As you can see, there's lots going on and plenty of opportunity for disruption. We'll always attempt to continue running during the works but may have to cancel occasionally to keep our runners and volunteers safe.

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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Thanks to all the volunteers this week: Liz TIDESWELL • Beth DAWID • Jenny HARPER • Emma LONCZYK • Michael BEASLEY • Jen RILEY • Ruth PARKES • Kerry DIXON • Charlie COX • Dave ELBORN • Paul COTTERILL • John PUTT • Victoria MCCREA • Dan OXLEY • David HEBB • Caroline DAVIES • Dean BROMLEY • Charlie WILSON • Dexter HARPER • Jo YENDOLE • Mel BATH • Alex WILSON • Jasmine GREEN • Clare EDGE • Gary EDGE • Natalie CARTER • Thomas HALLS • Violet HAWLEY

Summary

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part. We welcomed lots of visitors this week too, including three runners with almost 1,000 parkruns between them - Carol Muir, Nicola Tarrant and Rosemary Egbe, who told us via FB that she had "a fantastic morning on tour from London - thx 4 such a warm welcome, and the post run gathering is awesome".

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

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 6,054 participants have completed 45,405 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,025 km, including 8,926 new Personal Bests.

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