Event #353 – And the heat goes on!

Written by Phoenix
So Saturday morning was the last chance to drum up some support for the Stoke on Trent Festival of Running, which took place on July 15th ...what better way to promote than having the mascot turn up!

SOTFOR mascot goes by the name of Phoenix- rising from the ashes, apt, due to the fact the festival is bringing back the marathon distance to the potteries.

Well I'm not sure if rising from the ashes was going to happen on Saturday morning or more likely combustion due to the heat of the day, which was already hitting the 20's before we had set off.

Running a parkrun in mascot costume or any costume for that matter, gives you a different spin on the situation. Gone are notions of PBs or age category bests, instead it's about cheering and bouncing around to bring a cheer to those around you. I had some hi-fives and waves from the younger runners, and older too.

I think that Phoenix got a positive response from the majority of runners (apart from a few small children I confused-sorry!). I am hoping that SOTFOR will be a regular event on the Stoke-On-Trent running calendar, so Phoenix can fly around Hanley parkrun again next year, perhaps it will be a little cooler and she won't worry about her wings catching fire!!
Take Care

Phoenix (aka Laura J)

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Can you help?
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Bryn HOLMES • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Millie HOLMES • Julie FLETCHER • Sean LEWIS • Paul COTTERILL • Peter HOLDCROFT • William MCAULIFFE • Sofie HAIDON • Dan OXLEY • Paul GARDINER • Lee TURNER • Caroline DAVIES • Caroline DAVIES • Amy CONDLYFFE • Laura Ann SLACK • Jo YENDOLE • Gina LAW • Ian OAKLEY • Mel BATH • Oscar SCHOLES - FURNESS • Jackie MCGOWAN • Violet HAWLEY • Christine LAPPING • Gary LOVELL • Darren JACKSON

If you would like to volunteer then please tell any of our run directors or contact Hanley parkrun and they will be more than happy to put you on the roster. There are a range of ways to help out and volunteer; you could scan barcodes, hand out tokens or you could marshal. It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. 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 245 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,699 participants have completed 60,996 parkruns covering a total distance of 304,980 km, including 11,330 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #352 – The calm before the (football) storm

Written by Natalie Carter

It was (another) hot start to Hanley parkrun event #352. The sun was already shinning and it didn’t take long to warm up. As it is so hot it is important to keep hydrated and to bring a drink along. It is hard to run in the heat so well done to the 286 people that turned up!

Today we welcomed visitors from Manchester, Essex and The Wammy! There was some activity at the top half of the park as various vehicles/tents were starting to arrive/setup for the Six Towns Carnival, which is a Jamaican themed carnival due to take place on Sunday.

Milestones this week included:
Andrew Slack (50th run) and Laura Ann Slack (100th run)
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and Dean Bromley (25th time volunteering).
Well done on reaching these milestones!

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There is plenty to look forward to. It’s not long until the Stoke on Trent Festival of Running. Extra marshals will always be useful so please volunteer if you can. I will see some of you there and will be cheering you on.

Also junior parkrun will be coming to Stoke soon. This is very exciting and something else to get involved in. Of course Hanley parkrun is always in need of volunteers. You can still getting a running credit whilst volunteering. Why not write the run report?
So back onto the important matter of 7th July. We did it! We won!

So is it coming home? Will it be coming home?

Can you help?
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Laura Joan CARPENTER • Bryn HOLMES • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Sue RUSHTON • Janet BRINDLEY • Caroline COX • Paul COTTERILL • Laurence FOSTER • David KINSELLA • John BEATS • Helen RANFORD • Poppy RANFORD • Craig CARPENTER • Dean BROMLEY • Amy CONDLYFFE • Kevin BILL • Anne DAVIES • Gina LAW • Natalie CARTER • Michelle HARROP • Christine LAPPING

If you would like to volunteer then please tell any of our run directors or contact Hanley parkrun and they will be more than happy to put you on the roster. There are a range of ways to help out and volunteer; you could scan barcodes, hand out tokens or you could marshal. It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. 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 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,673 participants have completed 60,751 parkruns covering a total distance of 303,755 km, including 11,301 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #351 – Joining the 250 Club

Written by Sarah Hardy

My sister, Jenny Harper, introduced me to parkrun and I ran my first run in February 2013 when we started by the lake at the bottom. It was cold and wet and I wasn’t wearing the best clothing. My jogging bottoms socked up the water making them heavy and wet and I wondered "why am I doing this" as I went around the course. 5 years and 250 parkruns later and I still think that sometimes but something keeps me going back.

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At first it was to get fitter and healthier. Then as my times came down, I wanted to push every run to see what PB I could get. Family soon started to come along too so parkrun became our weekly get together. Now it’s my nephew who keeps me coming back. I’m excited to see how he develops over the coming years but he’s still got 3 years until he can run alone and I think by then he will be pulling me along and I’ll be the one trying to keep up with him.

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What started as a 5k parkrun soon turned into me running half marathons, a marathon and a couple of ultra marathons. You never know where parkrun will take you.

Can you help?
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Laura Joan CARPENTER • Bryn HOLMES • Paul Victor SMITH • Liz TIDESWELL • Julie HOLMES • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Elton HOOD • Wendy SEARS • Ruth PARKES • Paul COTTERILL • Simon CLARKE • Peter HOLDCROFT • William MCAULIFFE • Lilian TAUBMAN-HOLMES • Helen RANFORD • Poppy RANFORD • David HEBB • Craig CARPENTER • Kelly MCMAHON • Dean BROMLEY • Amy CONDLYFFE • Ash WILKS • Andrew PEMBERTON • Anne DAVIES • Natalie CARTER • Michelle HARROP • Nikki TOWLE • Margaret GRIMSHAW • Anthony BOOTH

If you would like to volunteer then please tell any of our run directors or contact Hanley parkrun and they will be more than happy to put you on the roster. There are a range of ways to help out and volunteer; you could scan barcodes, hand out tokens or you could marshal. It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. 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 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,653 participants have completed 60,465 parkruns covering a total distance of 302,325 km, including 11,268 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #350 – parkrun in pictures

Written by Liz Tideswell

After a week away due to another event in the park, Hanley parkrunners were back in force on a sunny and very warm morning. Wendy Sears was back to running and photographing at the same time... many thanks to Wendy for these fantastic pictures captured during the morning - can you spot yourself?

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Lots more photos on flickr.

Can you help?
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers, including a group from Cheadle Running Club.

Bryn HOLMES • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Emma LONCZYK • Rebecca HARRISON • Janine DAY • Wendy SEARS • Kerry DIXON • Charlie COX • Peter DIVALL • Simon CLARKE • Stuart DAY • Carys JONES • Gareth KNAPPER • Oscar SCHOLES - FURNESS • Liz CLUTTON • Sally KENNY • Melody HARRIS • Claire JOHNSON • Barrie CLUTTON • Michelle HARROP • Christine LAPPING • Emma LEWIS

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If you would like to volunteer then please tell any of our run directors or contact Hanley parkrun and they will be more than happy to put you on the roster. There are a range of ways to help out and volunteer; you could scan barcodes, hand out tokens or you could marshal. It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. 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 268 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here. Lots of our first timers were from Cheadle Running Club's graduating couch to 5k group.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,631 participants have completed 60,198 parkruns covering a total distance of 300,990 km, including 11,233 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #349 – The Best Things in Life Are Free (at the point of use)!

Written by Charlie Cox

9th June saw Hanley parkrun joining hundreds of other parkruns across the country in celebrating seventy years of the NHS. This brought together three outstanding public health institutions from three different centuries.

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Nineteenth century Britain saw huge increases in industrialisation and rapid urbanisation as people moved from farms and villages to towns and cities, seeking reliable wages and a better standard of living. These aspirations were often not realised, and many people ended up living in squalid conditions and abject poverty. As the century wore on, the rich industrialists gradually became aware of the plight of their workers (prompted by Charles Dickens, amongst others) and realised that access to green space was essential to their health. Britain’s first purpose built public park is said to be Derby Arboretum; it was donated to the town in 1840 by philanthropic industrialist Joseph Strutt, who wanted to thank the people of Derby for helping his family to amass their fortune. Entry was free on Sundays and Wednesdays, the days that working people had off at that time, to allow them to appreciate the natural world and breathe fresh air.

Hanley Park was developed during the last decade of the century on former wasteland, and opened in June 1897. It was built by the town of Hanley; it would be another 13 years until the federation of Stoke-on-Trent with the other five towns. The bandstand, which is currently away for restoration as part of the £4.5m park regeneration project, was originally paid for by local pottery owner George Howson.

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The first half of the twentieth century was punctuated by the two world wars, which obviously lead to huge loss of life. If anything positive can be said to have come of these horrendous conflicts, it is the development of healthcare that they accelerated. They also prompted an expectation amongst those who had fought for their country, or had lost relatives, that their sacrifice would be rewarded with better living conditions including healthcare. There had been a gradual increase in free healthcare provision through the first few decades of the twentieth century, but this was sporadic, being provided on a local level either by local authorities or by charitable organisations.

The National Health Service was founded on 5th July 1948, based on the core principles that it meet the needs of everyone, that it be free at the point of delivery, and that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay. The available healthcare has increased enormously in the 70 years since then, with incredible advances in equipment, medicines and procedures meaning that conditions that were fatal at that time, now being routinely treated. This has put incredible pressure on the NHS, but it continues to deliver world-class quality and value.
The big health concerns of the twenty-first century (so far) are diseases related to obesity and inactivity, and also mental health issues, often related to feelings isolation in the busy digital world.

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Anyone who has been to a parkrun will know that it’s so much more than just a free, timed, 5k run/walk. The 530 parkruns that take place across the UK every week mean so much to so many people. They are a reason to get up and out on a Saturday morning, a challenge, a fitness test, a chance to catch up with friends, and to make new ones. The impact of this on the mental and physical health of the nation is enormous. Over 135 thousand people completed a parkrun on 9th July. This is a significant number of people, and is making great use of the UK’s parks to ease the pressure on the NHS.

So, to the run itself. Other than the evergreen Adri Hartveld, I couldn't see any of the usual first-finish suspects as we gathered for the pre-run briefing. I thought this might be the day I finally got to the funnel first, and as I took the lead approaching the top car park, it seemed almost likely. Then, suddenly, I crashed back to reality as a proper runner came past me up the hill as if I was running through treacle. And not just and proper runner, but a proper female runner, making it all look pretty easy.

The first thought that went through my head is unprintable. My next thought (with the expletives removed) was WHO IS THAT? She had come past so quickly that by the time I realised she was there, I could only see her back. By the end of the first little lap, she was 50 meters ahead of me, with a male runner between us, and run director Kirsten was at pains to make sure that I was aware of the gender of the runner out front.
As the run continued and she disappeared into the distance, it occurred to me that it must have been Kate Holt. As the female course record holder, Kate is the only woman with a faster Hanley parkrun PB than me, so I was hoping that it was her, as she was clearly going fast again. Her identity was confirmed as the results came in, showing that the City of Stoke runner finished nearly a minute clear of the next runner. This may just have been a training run as part of her international career, but we can now confirm that her time of 17:08 was the joint fastest parkrun by a woman on that day. The other run on that time was at Hull where the total elevation gain is just 11 feet, so this was definitely a better performance considering the 183 feet we all grind our way up at Hanley.

The first male finisher this week was Simon Ford of Newcastle (Staffs) AC, who clocked an impressive 17:56 on his first run at Hanley. I ambled in next, exactly two minutes behind Kate, followed by Ian Heath of Trentham RC in
19:42. Two junior City of Stoke runners completed the top three females with Aria Aberley-Barker (20:38) and Katie Williams (21:15) both impressing on their first attempts at Hanley parkrun.

There is no parkrun at Hanley on 16th June due to another event in the park. See you at Congleton, Crewe, Cannock Chase, Macclesfield or The Wammy!

Can you help?
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Laura Joan CARPENTER • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Graham FLETCHER • Julie FLETCHER • Philip DAWID • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Emily SMITH • Sean LEWIS • Jen RILEY • Ruth PARKES • Charlie COX • Lucy CORBETT • Grahame STANLEY • Paul COTTERILL • Dan OXLEY • David HEBB • Craig CARPENTER • Andrew LEE • Amy CONDLYFFE • Jane LEE • Linda SHEFFORD • Rachel WANFORD • Katie LEE • Andrew SLACK • Katherine TRAVERS • Emily CURTIS

If you would like to volunteer then please tell any of our run directors or contact Hanley parkrun and they will be more than happy to put you on the roster. There are a range of ways to help out and volunteer; you could scan barcodes, hand out tokens or you could marshal. It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. 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 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,588 participants have completed 59,930 parkruns covering a total distance of 299,650 km, including 11,186 new Personal Bests.

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