Event #341 – The world of parkrun

Written by Liz Tidewell

The Potters Trotters Volunteer Takeover took place on Saturday and it was great to see so many of the club members taking part in the event this week as volunteers and parkrunners - we are celebrating our 10th birthday this month and volunteering at parkrun was just one of the activities we picked to mark the occasion. As a running club, we love parkrun, although I don't think everyone loves the hills all that much. Regular runners incorporate parkrun into long runs, test their fitness and also when recovering from injury. It has helped many of our beginners on their running journey and we look forward to bringing our next group of beginners to parkrun in 10 weeks time for their graduation run.

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Photo By Mick Hall

After safely negotiating the extra challenges provided by an event on the top field, 262 runners completed parkrun this week with the sun almost shining on them, after last week's very wet parkrunday. Well done to all!

Meanwhile in Australia....

My 200th parkrun - By Chris Rwatschew

The first (and last) time I wrote some stuff for the run report was when I completed my 100th parkrun and as I have just completed my 200th,I thought it was time to have another go - especially as my 200th was run "down under". We were in Australia to attend my daughter's wedding and I was keen to get in a parkrun whilst we were there. Because of various things; wedding arrangements,bucks(stag) weekend,jet lag etc I only had one Saturday to get in that awaited 200th. For the weekend of 14 April we were in the Hunter Valley NSW. There are quite a few parkruns in that area, but we decided on the Maitland run. You may know that parkrun starts at 8am in Aussie to allow for the high temps. We set off at 7am for the half hour drive to Maitland - we being me, my daughter Caroline (parkrunner), new son in law Jeremy (parkrunner), son Peter(parkrunner) and wife Christine - occasional parkwalker. We arrived at Maitland to be met by the usual atmosphere of parkrun - anticipation, excitement and friendly chatter.

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Following the first timers briefing, the Run Director started his briefing. Here,to say the least, I was surprised when he announced that there was a milestone runner from Hanley in the UK present. He almost pronounced my name correctly as I was called to the front and greeted with generous Aussie cheers. I was then presented with the Maitland parkrun cricket bat which all "200" runners sign for posterity. This was a relief as I initially thought I was expected to run the course with it held high! We then proceeded to run a very steady parkrun. The course itself wad very similar to Congleton - run around a large lake - and we were glad of the early start as it was already in the low twenties. As we crossed the finishing line a kangaroo came bounding past within 40 metres of us - wow what a finish! And finally,as it had been a volunteer take over by Maitland Triathlon Club, I was presented with a MTC running top, which I wore for the rest of the day. It was a great morning, which brought home again what a fantastic (international) family parkrun is and we should all do our bit to keep it going from strength to strength. Look forward to running at my favorite parkrun (Hanley) in my MTC shirt soon.

Can you help?
Most of this week's volunteers came from Potters Trotters - thanks to them and all our other volunteers, parkrun can't happen without you. Also, a special mention for our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers - working to bronze and silver awards.

Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Carol BRYANT • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Ruth PARKES • Sue RUSHTON • Michelle BOURNE • Janet BRINDLEY • Julie Anne WANTLING • Marion MCDONALD • Paul COTTERILL • Poppy RANFORD • Karen SEILES • Chris SCULLION • Leonard GAUNT • Mick HALL • Rose YEARDLEY • Kerry LYTH • Amy CONDLYFFE • Helen CUMBERLIDGE • Linda SHEFFORD • Julie HAYCOCKS • Nicola MUNI • Rupa ARK • Jackie MCGOWAN • Sharon ROWLEY • Melody HARRIS • Michelle HARROP • Janice HAWKINS • Christine LAPPING • Lindsey POOLEY • Olive OTWAY • Charlotte WILLIAMSON • Margaret GRIMSHAW • Kelan SCULLION • Lisa BAILEY

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If you'd like to volunteer, please get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run. Remember, you can also help out with our cafe team after the run too:

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And special mention too for our photographer Mick Hall, who celebrated his birthday this week too - his photos from Saturday can be found on flickr here. This photo of Mick in his favourite spot on the bridge was taken by our tail walker this week, Helen Cumberlidge.

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Event History
This week 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here. Dan Oxley and Alice Coles completed their 50th parkruns - congratulations to them!

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,306 participants have completed 57,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,120 km, including 10,765 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #340 Stone Master Marathoners’ Takeover

Written by David Dunsmore

Despite the miserable weather, 295 parkrunners turned up at Hanley Park for event 340. This was also the first time my club, Stone Master Marathoners, had undertaken a parkrun takeover and Paul Glover, our takeover organiser, had the whole thing running like clockwork from the off! It was through Paul’s gentle badgering for volunteers in the preceding weeks that we soon realised just how much organising was involved in a parkrun!
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As with all previous Hanley parkruns I’d attended, there was a great buzz around the park, lots of chatting and laughing – a chance for local runners to catch up and run together without the pressure of the NSRRA races. The rain certainly wasn’t going to dampen anyone’s spirits and there were plenty of smiles around the course too – everyone enjoying their Saturday morning 5k.

Highlights of the morning for me were (in no particular order):

1) Jonny Bibb’s bat suit getting another airing
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2) Paul Swan donning his Bats’ vest again
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3) Bill Mac (apparently) finding himself caught short
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4) Craig Carpenter and Laura Hall’s wedding / running outfits
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5) The 20 minute pacer, Mark Neald, crossing the line in 18 minutes 50 seconds because his glasses had steamed up and he couldn't see his Garmin!!
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6) Paul Swan (running his first parkrun) running in the wrong direction towards the finish line!

Can’t wait for the next Hanley parkrun – either as a runner or volunteer!

Stone MM Spring Treble Series
Don't forget the Spring Treble Series starts tomorrow (Thursday 12th April) - this is an off road race series over three consecutive weeks taking in local courses with a few hills. You can run the full series or individual races. Each race is approximately 5 miles
You can still come along and race tomorrow evening at Hanchurch Hilly! On the day entries WILL be available from 5.45pm until 6.30pm. Fees are £11/13 for single races or £27/£33 for the series. All full series entrants get a special Buff!
Please can all runners already signed up aim to collect their chips before 6.30pm to enable us to get the race started on time! More info on Stone MM website

Can you help?
Most of this week's volunteers came from the Stone Master Marathoners - thanks to them and all our other volunteers, parkrun can't happen without you:

Laura Joan HALL • Anne-Marie MOUNTFORD • Rachel RATHBONE • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Millie HOLMES • Naomi OWEN • Amy GAMBLE • Philip DAWID • Martin CROSS • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Michael BEASLEY • Wendy SEARS • Ruth PARKES • William MCAULIFFE • Pippa STEELE • David BRAIN • Dawn WATKINS • Jonny BIBB • Paul GLOVER • Mick HALL • Matt DAVIES • Caroline DAVIES • Craig CARPENTER • Amy CONDLYFFE • Laura Ann SLACK • Anna HOLLINGWORTH • Mel BATH • Jennifer SMITH • Andrew SLACK • Michelle MILES • Violet HAWLEY • David DUNSMORE • Robin WILLIAMSON • Lynda CARTWRIGHT • Christine LAPPING • Tim HULSE • Anna ROBINSON • Katherine TRAVERS • Martin RATHBONE • Sara BUCKLEY • Charlotte WILLIAMSON • John CLEMENS • Shaun ASHWORTH • Bernie PRIEKULIS

If you'd like to volunteer, please get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Event History
This week 295 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,287 participants have completed 57,362 parkruns covering a total distance of 286,810 km, including 10,726 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #339 – Lights, Camera, Action!

Written by Wendy Sears

I know not everyone will agree but I personally think that there is something fun about having your photo taken at a parkrun. You get up on a Saturday morning, in all types of weather to walk, jog or run 5K. You get a sense of achievement in completing the 5K course as well as recognition from volunteers and official validation through the registering of a time. But having a photo of that run sometimes adds a little something. I've learned to embrace my sweaty, panting, grinning self in pictorial form!

I know from personal experience that when I turn up, I will meet and greet all the familiar faces, but at the same time have a sneaky little scan of the surrounding area to see if Mick Hall is about with his magical bag of tricks. (For those who don't know Mick, you will often see him poised like a coiled spring on the Hanley Park bridge, peering through a view finder as you pant your way towards him. He takes some of the best photos ever!)

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With this thought in mind, I spent a bit of time looking through the photographs that have been shared of hanley parkrunners over the years. And these are my observations.

By far the most common action is the thumbs up. Most people manage at least one at some point. Depending on the level of fatigue and/or enthusiasm, a thumb on each hand may be displayed. I know that my mind can go into overdrive when I see a camera. Shall I exaggerate my running action to look like I am actually moving? Shall I stick my tongue out? Shall I leap in the air to get that great action shot? In the end I often panic and end up with an inane grin, combined with a single - or even double - victory sign, that makes me look like some escapee from some deserted island!

About one third of participants make a conscious effort to stare directly into the lens of the camera. This can result in photos that appear very intimate to positively scary. Often a smile is the difference, although, I'll be honest.. sometimes my smile can be scarier than my grimaces and after 10 minutes of running, telling the difference between the two can be a challenge!

There is the runner with the raised arm, sometimes just high enough to look like a gentle wave but at other times thrust to one side at an angle, partially obscuring the face. I am reliably informed that this is called 'dabbing', which until recently I always thought referred to something you did with a felt tip pen at Bingo. Who knew! There seemed to be a phase where 'mo-bots' were popular as a tribute to Mo Farah, but I think this takes far more energy than many people have on the bridge.

I think my favourite photos relate to walkers and runners who just do not conform to any category, and who defy definition. You know who you are. Their facial expressions and body contortions displayed in front of the camera are totally unique! And don't even get me started on the photo bombers!

I wanted this report to be a tribute to Mick and others who take the time to take and display photos, and allow us to revel in our own running expressions. A photographs has a way of capturing an expression or emotion that simply tells its own
story. Photographs will usually be published on the parkrun's flickr site and can be accessed from the Hanley parkrun site here and you can find Mick Hall's photos from Saturday here.

Of course, as the run directors will always tell you, if anyone is uncomfortable with having their picture taken and/or published, then a quiet word with the run director can resolve this. Photographs should be a celebration of your achievements and are never intended to cause discomfort or concern.

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Wendy demonstrates her own unique pose! - captured by Mick.

Coming Soon

We have another opportunity for Fancy Dress on Saturday:

- It's wedding fun on Saturday 7th April - to celebrate the upcoming wedding of parkrun regulars Craig and Laura, you're invited to join the happy couple for a wedding-themed parkrun. Mick Hall has promised to bring cake too!

In partnership with our cafe hosts, we will be also holding another Foodbank Collection on 7th April. Please bring your donations to the park before the start of the run or take them to the cafe afterwards. Donations can include:

INSTANT MASH, MILK POWDER, INSTANT COFFEE, TEABAGS, JAM, CEREAL, PASTA, RICE, TINNED FOOD (SOUP, MEAT, FISH, VEGETABLES, FRUIT), LONG LIFE MILK AND FRUIT JUICE, SAVOURY TREATS, SWEET TREATS AND BISCUITS

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Can you help?
Most of this week's volunteers came from the Michelin Running Club - thanks to them and all our other volunteers, parkrun can't happen without you:

Bryn HOLMES • Paul Victor SMITH • Beth DAWID • Millie HOLMES • Ian ALLEN • Graham MCLACHLAN • Julie HOLMES • Philip DAWID • Emma LONCZYK • Wendy SEARS • Tom PERRY • Paul COTTERILL • David COOPER • Sarah THORNE • Helen RANFORD • Poppy RANFORD • Dan OXLEY • David HEBB • Mick HALL • Dean BROMLEY • Amy CONDLYFFE • Jo YENDOLE • Duane ROBERTS • Stephen AVANN • Natalie CARTER • Paul MORRIS • Melody HARRIS • Ryan SMITH • Claire JOHNSON • Emma BRADSHAW • Mark ROBERTS • Robin WILLIAMSON • Christine LAPPING • Mark RANDELL • Charlotte WILLIAMSON

If you'd like to volunteer, please get in touch via Facebook send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Event History
This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,255 participants have completed 57,067 parkruns covering a total distance of 285,335 km, including 10,677 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #338 – Spring Forward

Written by Mark Dixon

The eve of the clocks going forward and the first signs of spring appearing saw another parkrun volunteer takeover from a local running club, this time from the Michelin AC. The event went very smoothly from a Run Director's perspective so a big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who made the event happen. To top it all, the rain stayed away which is always good for keeping your briefing notes and volunteer list dry.
Considering there was a new local parkrun starting up this week in Newcastle Under Lyme, a very impressive 297 people still turned out to Hanley parkrun. A big congratulations goes to Graham Sheridan who reached his 250 milestone this week so we expect Graham to modelling a new 250 milestone shirt soon.
More t-shirt news available at Milestone t-shirt update

Coming Soon

We have two opportunities for Fancy Dress in the next couple of weeks:

- It's Easter Fun on Saturday 31st March - don't forget your Easter Bonnet!

- It's wedding fun on Saturday 7th April - to celebrate the upcoming wedding of parkrun regulars Craig and Laura, you're invited to join the happy couple for a wedding-themed parkrun. Mick Hall has promised to bring cake too!

In partnership with our cafe hosts, we will be also holding another Foodbank Collection on 31st March and 7th April. Please bring your donations to the park before the start of the run or take them to the cafe afterwards. Donations can include:

INSTANT MASH, MILK POWDER, INSTANT COFFEE, TEABAGS, JAM, CEREAL, PASTA, RICE, TINNED FOOD (SOUP, MEAT, FISH, VEGETABLES, FRUIT), LONG LIFE MILK AND FRUIT JUICE, SAVOURY TREATS, SWEET TREATS AND BISCUITS

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Can you help?
Most of this week's volunteers came from the Michelin Running Club - thanks to them and all our other volunteers, parkrun can't happen without you:

Bryn HOLMES • Bill STEVENSON • Beth DAWID • John WOOD • Rachael WOOD • Clare SHUBOTHAM • Jenny HARPER • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Ruth PARKES • Clare DUNDAS • Hannah RICE • Mark DIXON • Jo COTTON • Paul COTTERILL • Norman COLLINS • Jorja HARPER • Andrea MCCUTCHEON • Bridget MCCOURT • Francesco CACI • Victoria MCCREA • Mark MALONEY • Dan OXLEY • Paul GARDINER • Hazel BARLOW • Leonard GAUNT • Kerry LYTH • Lynda COLLINS • Amy CONDLYFFE • Rebekah YENDOLE • Jo YENDOLE • Simon MCCALLUM • Chloe MCCOURT • Jackie MCGOWAN • Rich KEEN • Milly DUNDAS • Lisa BAILEY • Kenny JOHNSON • Andrea HASTELOW

If you'd like to volunteer, please get in touch via Facebook send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Event History
This week 297 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here. Congratulations to Graham Sheridan, who completed his 250th parkrun this week - that's a fantastic achievement.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,216 participants have completed 56,795 parkruns covering a total distance of 283,975 km, including 10,642 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #337 – Thanks for the Memories!

Written by Gareth and Lois Copley-Jones

Hanley parkrun has been our home parkrun for three years now. I started running parkrun when we moved down to Newcastle from Yorkshire just before my daughter Lois was born. The biggest factor keeping me away from parkrun, waking up at 9am on Saturday morning, was no longer an issue when you’ve a newborn baby at home! Hanley has been my only home parkrun, I’ve done my fair share of parkrun tourism but no parkrun I’ve been to compares with the spirit of Hanley parkrun. Lois has been coming with me to Hanley parkrun since she was nine months old. At first she slept the whole round the course and now she spends most of the ride round shouting and waving at fellow parkrunners. Often the last lap involves lots of shouts of “cake” and “toast”. As a result the last lap is often our quickest !

In the last three years we’ve seen Hanley grow into a very special place. Hanley regularly gets attendances of over 350 runners, the park redevelopment is now well underway, we have nice new paths to run (push) on and the church cafe has grown from a handful of parkrunners in a small room at the back of the church to huge parkrunning community which fills the church hall to bursting at a Saturday morning. The run is the thing that brings us to Hanley is first place, but the thing that keeps you keeps you coming back every week is the runners. We have so many happy memories of our Saturday morning’s running round Hanley and we’ve met so many wonderful friends. You’d had probably seen this first hand if you’ve tried to follow mine and Lois pacing, we can a bit erratic as we speed up and slow down to chat as we go round.

This Saturday morning we drove to Hanley Park with very heavy hearts as this weekend’s parkrun was mine and Lois’s last ‘home parkrun’ at Hanley. We are now moving to our new home parkrun. Me and Lois have been part of the core team have been putting together a parkrun for Newcastle Under Lyme.

Back in October, Newcastle Borough Council held an open meeting to see what was the level of interest for new parkrun in the Newcastle area. I went along, as did quite few Newcastle based parkrunners to see what the council had to say. Most of us in the room were happy Hanley parkrunners that couldn’t see themselves running anywhere else. We all love Hanley. In many ways Hanley is the perfect parkrun. The council were really keen on having a parkrun in Newcastle and they were prepared to give a core team of parkrunners all the support they needed to set one up. An offer too good to turn down. The Potteries has a huge running community, so much so attendances are getting really big some weeks at Hanley Park. Spreading all those runners over two parkruns in the area would help the team at Hanley as well as hopefully create lots of new parkrunners. After that first meeting a core team of parkrunners were formed with the goal, if Newcastle is going have a parkrun, lets make it a good one.

Six months later, after lots of meetings, countless cups of tea, recce runs and a fair bit of paperwork we have a Newcastle Under Lyme parkrun. It’s called The Wammy parkrun. We quite like it. We’d like to think of ourselves as Hanley’s slightly flatter little brother. The Wammy is going to be the new home parkrun for me, Lois and a few other Hanley regulars. We’ll miss you all at Hanley. Please visit, come say hi, bring cake and enjoy the course. When you do come visit, please go easy on us. Don’t all come at once, as parkrun only give us so many finish tokens! We’ll be finding our feet as new kids on the block for the first few weeks. Please be patience at the start and stay line in the funnel!

When we do start up officially, we will be in need of volunteers, if you’d like to be involved with volunteering please get in touch with the team at thewammyoffice@parkrun.com or find us the usual social media channels.

Thank you everyone at Hanley that has helped create The Wammy parkrun, especially our wonderful parkrun ambassador Liz for the countless hours that she’s spent pointing us in the right direction and training us up.

We’ll miss you Hanley. Me and Lois will still visit from time to time, raising our hands when Kirsten shouts out “Have we any tourists from other parkruns?”

Thank you Hanley parkrun for the memories

Gareth and Lois

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Can you help?
The event at Hanley parkrun this week was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Laura Joan HALL • Liz TIDESWELL • Beth DAWID • Millie HOLMES • Julie HOLMES • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Ken RICHARDS • Ruth PARKES • Michael John UNWIN • Mark DIXON • Charlie COX • Peter DIVALL • Paul COTTERILL • Tonia VERNON • Gareth COPLEY-JONES • Grit POETZSCHER • Caroline DAVIES • Leonard GAUNT • Craig CARPENTER • Kerry LYTH • Jane LEE • Jo YENDOLE • Nicola MUNI • Daniel SOLTYS • Ian OAKLEY • Dan HEATH • Jackie MCGOWAN • Sharon ROWLEY • Simon PEARCE • Graham BRIDGWOOD • Benn HAILES • Tim HULSE • Katherine TRAVERS • Charlotte WILLIAMSON

We know from your feedback on FB and Twitter that the efforts of our volunteers this week were particularly appreciated in the cold, windy conditions.

If you'd like to volunteer at Hanley parkrun, please get in touch via Facebook send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Event History
This week 299 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here. Congratulations to Taryn Talbott, who completed her 100th parkrun, and a special welcome to Grit Poetzscher, who joined us from Hassenheide parkrun in Berlin.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,189 participants have completed 56,498 parkruns covering a total distance of 282,490 km, including 10,587 new Personal Bests.

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