Event #366 – If you can toast it, you can do it!

Written by Wendy Sears

At the beginning of every parkrun, when announcements are made about the course and personal achievements, you can spot parkrunners (we're looking at you Bill Mac!) cocking their head to listen out for what some consider to be the most important words heard at a parkrun:

"There IS a café this week."

The parkrun café is the equivalent of the 19th hole in golf... with tea, coffee and squash instead of alcohol and toast, waffles and crumpets instead of beer nuts. Scrolling back to past run reports I noticed a great report from Liz Tideswell written in May 2017 explaining why the café is loved so much. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hanley/news/2017/05/30/event-297-we-love-the-parkrun-cafe/. So I thought I'd continue that theme by getting information directly from today's café volunteers.

UK parkrun Cafe Poster JPG

The parkrun café is manned by volunteers and takes place at Park Church, located at Boughey Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2BZ. It is easily accessible through the park itself – usually within 5 -10 minutes walk to and from most available parkrun parking. The Run Director will always be able to point you in the right direction if needed.

The café is run by volunteers, who set up tables and chairs either the evening before the parkrun or on the morning of a parkrun. The same cohort of individuals take responsibility for ensuring there are sufficient resources each week to feed the hungry parkrunners. However there are plenty of tasks for other willing volunteers.

Hanley parkrun 13.10.18

The café kitchen has capacity for three to four volunteers to work comfortably to prepare beverages, toast everything from bagels to waffles and to wash up. Volunteers can also help to collect abandoned crockery and return it to the servery or even help to put the tables and chairs away at the end. One of today's volunteers did suggest that he had been headhunted for the role. Another was trying to obtain a PB in cup washing.

When you look around the hall you will be able to view a sea of welcoming faces, many of whom will be visibly steaming after their 5km run. Its a great opportunity to unwind, recount heroic tales of running up the bridge incline without the use of tethering rope or crampons, and to fill your face with yummy warm food... uhh I mean replenish your body's spent energy. The only requirement of runners is the removal of footwear to maintain the cleanliness of the floor as much as possible and a very nominal donation for what you consume, to allow for the purchase of more resources the next weeks ravenous rabble.

The café is also where token sorters sort though the jigsaw of tokens, ensuring they are restrung in the correct order ready for distribution the next week. It is also where the run director can be seen praying in one corner of the hall that the information from the timekeepers and the barcode scanners match. The café is an incredible hive of activity!

And occasionally an event will be hosted at the café like the televising of a royal wedding on a big screen or, as on this day, the provision of a demonstration regarding resuscitation techniques.

So in short, the café is a great place:
To unwind
To socialise
To enjoy some great food
To volunteer

Incidentally if anyone is interested in volunteering with the café then just send an email to hanleyhelpers@parkrun.com. Or just ask on the day. All help will be gratefully received. As one of the volunteers said today:
"If you can toast it, you can do it!"

Can you Help?
If you would like to volunteer over the coming weeks 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. You can help out in the cafe or sort out the finish tokens.

It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. You can also 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 227 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Laura Joan CARPENTER • Bryn HOLMES • Julie HOLMES • Philip DAWID • Brian TONKS • Ray WILSON • Jenny HARPER • Michael BEASLEY • Wendy SEARS • Sarah HARDY • Ruth PARKES • Sue RUSHTON • Janet BRINDLEY • Michael John UNWIN • Charlie COX • Grahame STANLEY • Simon CLARKE • Jorja HARPER • Mick HALL • Craig CARPENTER • Rose YEARDLEY • Dean BROMLEY • Dexter HARPER • Linda SHEFFORD • Mel BATH • Jackie MCGOWAN • Steve WRIGHT • Kim MOODY • Rebekah BEESTON • Dianne DAVIES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ryan HOLROYD who recorded a time of 15:28 on 17th September 2016 (event number 261).
The female record is held by Kate HOLT who recorded a time of 17:04 on 17th June 2017 (event number 300).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 89.20% (22:23) on 23rd July 2016 (event number 253).

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 8,024 participants have completed 64,569 parkruns covering a total distance of 322,845 km, including 11,873 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #365 – A parkrun report with a view

Written by Liz Tideswell

Last Saturday marked International parkrun day... a worldwide celebration of the anniversary of the very first parkrun (originally known as Bushy Park Time Trial). Starting out with 13 runners and 5 volunteers, including Paul Sinton-Hewitt who was the person with the idea, it has grown into a global event across 20 countries which now includes separate junior 2k parkruns for children aged 4-14. Over the last weekend, there were 1,609 events with 240,006 runners and 25,155 volunteers - added together, that’s roughly the same as the entire population of Stoke-on-Trent taking part in parkrun.

Essentially, the event is still the same; a group of people get together to complete a run supported by another group of people who volunteer to make it happen. It’s the same at Hanley parkrun, which started seven years ago, and our nearest neighbours at The Wammy, who are going from strength to strength since starting in March this year. It’s also the same at our new local junior events too, in Longton Park and Burslem Park (Sundays at 9am). Last year on International parkrunday, there were 333 runners and 29 volunteers at Hanley parkrun. Across the 4 local events this year, there were 475 runners and 85 volunteers - wow!

Come sunshine or, as was the case this weekend, torrential rain, parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am in Hanley Park . Sometimes there are more challenges than others, like skips on the course, or route diversions or broken stopwatches, but we do our best to make sure every parkrun event is a success:

- saying hello and welcome to first time parkrunners as well as visitors from other parkruns too - 15 of them this week!

- recognising milestones, birthdays and special occasions for members of our parkrun community - this week it was great to congratulate David Hebb (100 parkruns as well as 50 times a volunteer).
Hanley parkrun 06.10.18

Jane Lee, Katie Danks, Chris Booth and Matthew Levett (50 parkruns), Natalie Carter and Sara Broome both reached the 25 volunteer milestone too.
Hanley parkrun 06.10.18

We also got to admire gold medals won by parkrun regulars Ashleigh and Oscar at a recent athletics event - well done to both of you

- reminding our under 11s to run safely alongside their responsible adult, but always admiring the extra energy they have for those sprint finishes

- making sure Hanley Duck is on hand to be part of the celebrations for anyone who has achieved a new PB - this week, there were 25 of you!

- encouraging everyone to thank our fantastic volunteers and also take a turn at volunteering - it’s incredibly rewarding, relatively straightforward and a great way of meeting new parkrunners and showing your support for the event. This week we want to say a special thank you to Paul Cotterill, who has helped set up the parkrun course over 100 times in the last 3 years. We are very grateful for his help and support. He’s still going to be a regular at parkrun but is taking a well-deserved break from regular volunteering.

- catching up over tea and toast at our parkrun cafe - we are incredibly fortunate to have such a great place for post-parkrun chat (thanks again to all involved).

Long may it continue

Foodbank Collection
During October, our parkrun cafe hosts at Park Church have invited us to support their foodbank collection for Autumn. You can drop donations off after parkrun each Saturday during October. We will have another collection just before Christmas too. Donations can include:

Foodbank Foodbank 2

Can you Help?
If you would like to volunteer over the coming weeks 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. You can help out in the cafe or sort out the finish tokens.

It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. You can also 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 231 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Bryn HOLMES • Phil THOMAS • Liz TIDESWELL • Beth DAWID • Julie HOLMES • Philip DAWID • Brian TONKS • Elton HOOD • Wendy SEARS • Ruth PARKES • Michael John UNWIN • Peter DIVALL • Dan OXLEY • Lee TURNER • David HEBB • Caroline DAVIES • Sara BROOME • Susan TAMS • Natalie CARTER • Sian PIGOTT • Richard TAYLOR • Susan CASWELL • Kim MOODY • Christine LAPPING • Deborah VAUGHAN • Dianne DAVIES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ryan HOLROYD who recorded a time of 15:28 on 17th September 2016 (event number 261).
The female record is held by Kate HOLT who recorded a time of 17:04 on 17th June 2017 (event number 300).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 89.20% (22:23) on 23rd July 2016 (event number 253).

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 8,009 participants have completed 64,342 parkruns covering a total distance of 321,710 km, including 11,855 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #364 – Autumn’s coming!

Written by Hanley parkrun

29.9.2018 Hanley parkrun-2

Autumn sunshine, leaves changing colour, parkrun milestones - another fabulous parkrun morning! Thanks to everyone who joined us to run, walk, jog and volunteer.

More photos on flickr here - thanks to Jenny Harper for sharing her photos this week.

Foodbank Collection
During October, our parkrun cafe hosts at Park Church have invited us to support their foodbank collection for Autumn. You can drop donations off after parkrun each Saturday during October. We will have another collection just before Christmas too. Donations can include:

Foodbank Foodbank 2

Can you Help?

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Bryn HOLMES • Daniel John JORDAN • Isabella Sahara JORDAN • Paul Victor SMITH • Liz TIDESWELL • Mark David Arthur COOPER • Jenny HARPER • Michael BEASLEY • Wendy SEARS • Kerry DIXON • Mark DIXON • David COOPER • Jorja HARPER • Dan OXLEY • David HEBB • Robert MILLS • Matt DAVIES • Caroline DAVIES • Sara BROOME • Ian SLOSS • Helen CUMBERLIDGE • Ash WILKS • Kevin BILL • Lyndon BAGGALEY • Michael BAGGULEY • Kim MOODY • Philip KILLEEN • Jon LAND

If you would like to volunteer over the coming weeks 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. You can help out in the cafe or sort out the finish tokens.

It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. You can also get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Event History
Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,994 participants have completed 64,111 parkruns covering a total distance of 320,555 km, including 11,830 new Personal Bests.

This week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Robert Kewish who completed his 100th parkrun this week.

Hanley Parkrun 29.09.18

A full set of results from this week can be found here.

 

Welcome to the parkrun family

Some very good news for our junior runners - we now have two junior parkruns in Stoke-on-Trent.

Burslem Park junior parkrun

Three laps around the Pavilion Café area of Burslem Park on a tarmac surface including a small incline. Start and finish is within the walls by the bandstand, this is on a gravel surface. There is a cafe in the park too.

Location: Burslem Park, Moorland Rd, Stoke-On-Trent, ST6 1EA
Website: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/burslempark-juniors/
Facebook page: Burslem Park junior parkrun
Email: burslempark-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

Longton junior parkrun

Start and finish near the play area entrance off Queen’s Park Avenue. The course is two laps on tarmac paths around the fields. Children’s play area is very close to the start and finish location.

Location: Longton Park, Trentham Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 4AZ
Website: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/longton-juniors/
Facebook page: Longton junior parkrun
Email: longton-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

How does it work?
The junior events are for children aged 4-14 and our held every Sunday morning at 9am over a 2km course. A few simple rules:

  • Register and bring your printed barcode each week to get an official time. It's the same barcode as for the 5k events.
  • Adults can run with the children but don't get an official time and shouldn't cross the finish line.
  • Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied to/from the event by a responsible adult, and the responsible adult must remain in attendance for the duration of the event
  • Dogs are not allowed to take part
  • Buggies are allowed but only if the adult pushing the buggy is accompanying a junior participant
  • Children wanting an official time need to complete the whole course themselves - no bicycles, balance bikes, hand cycles or scooters
  • Participation should be for fun - run, walk, hop, skip, jog and enjoy

junior parkrun Code JPG

You can find out lots more about junior parkruns here.

Can you help?
Like Hanley parkrun, these new junior events are delivered each week by volunteers - more heroes in hiz-viz. If you'd like to help make the junior parkrun magic happen, please get in touch with the event teams via email. They would love to have your support.

Welcome to the parkrun family Burslem Park and Longton junior parkruns.

 

Event #363 – Celebrating Seven Special Years

Written by Tommy Hill
A lot can change in seven years - just look at Hanley Park.

Where a crumbling and derelict pavilion once stood, regeneration is taking place to remind visitors of the park’s heyday. The bandstand, once tired and leaky, is being made more open and welcoming. Even the paths have changed their winding course around the park ever so slightly.

And of course, the number of people using the park at 9am on a Saturday has rocketed upward. Just 17 people took part in the first Hanley parkrun. Seven years on, nearly 8,000 people have gone up and down the park’s hills.

Hanley parkrun 22.09.18

But a lot stays the same at parkrun in that time too. There’s the encouraging (and loud!) welcome from the run director every week. Along the course, there are smiles, cheers and encouragement from the volunteers. There’s one last push to get up that never ending hill over the canal bridge, to finally reach the finish line. And there’s the chatter over a well deserved cup of coffee as runners catch up with one another.

Hanley parkrun 22.09.18

These are all the things that make Hanley parkrun so enjoyable, and worth coming back for week after week.

These are the things that have led to The Wammy, Congleton, Crewe and Macclesfield parkruns all starting up in recent years. And while Hanley celebrated its anniversary, this weekend also saw the city start its first junior parkrun at Longton with 60 participants taking part in a 2km event (with Burslem Park junior parkrun coming soon too).

If that’s what happens over the course of seven years, who knows where the next few may lead, both for parkrun and for Hanley Park.

Hanley parkrun 22.09.18

More photos on flickr here - thanks to Wendy and Sarah for sharing their photos this week.

Can you Help?

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Tommy HILL • Daniel John JORDAN • Phil THOMAS • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Julie HOLMES • Philip DAWID • Lindsay BROMAGE • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Wendy SEARS • Sean LEWIS • Sarah HARDY • Ruth PARKES • Kerry DIXON • Charlie COX • John PUTT • Lilian TAUBMAN-HOLMES • Dean BROMLEY • Gary EDGE • Simon HOLLAND • Claire JOHNSON • Graham BRIDGWOOD • Kim MOODY • Christine LAPPING • Nadene BURGESS • Geoffrey TAUBMAN

Hanley parkrun 22.09.18

If you would like to volunteer over the coming weeks 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. You can help out in the cafe or sort out the finish tokens.

It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. You can also get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Event History
Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 7,968 participants have completed 63,815 parkruns covering a total distance of 319,075 km, including 11,777 new Personal Bests.

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

A full set of results from this week can be foundhere.

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