Intro by Kirsten Owen
parkrun is more than just a park and a run, it is about community and I know you have heard this before, but I wanted to reiterate it. This week as your run director I was humbled by the way people stepped in to help out, when they found out I was suffering from this horrible cold that is doing the rounds. Thanks to David, Liz, Jon, Jen, Tom and Paul for your extra support on the day and the numerous runners who stopped and took their time to wish me a speedy recovery. All of this does make parkrun feel more like a community event than just something we do an Saturday morning between 9 and 10.
Now for the real run report from Phil Thomas:
It's always a colourful start to a Saturday morning in Hanley Park.
Although this Saturday I noticed more red than usual at the parkrun.
Lots of 'REDers' as they're known were proudly wearing their RED January t-shirts as the ran through, around and up and down Hanley parkrun.
RED January is all about starting the New Year in the most positive way.
By being active each day of the month people are boosting their physical and mental health.
As one of the areas England Athletics Mental Health Champions (that's a bit of a mouthful) so let's just stick with the initials "MHC", I'm a firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of physical exercise to help banish those winter blues.
As Red January comes to a close on the 31st; 'Time to Talk' week starts on Saturday 2nd of February and Hanley parkrun will see a volunteer takeover from the areas Mental Health Champions who'll be promoting Time to Talk.
What is this all about? As well as your usual parkrun, Time to Talk seeks to start conversations about mental health.
Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
We'll build upon the great work started by Red January and ask people to '#RunAndTalk' and keep the conversation going.
Our aims are also to show the positive benefits of an active lifestyle in combating low mood, depression, anxiety and many other issues.
A lot of us know from personal experience how running can help us, but you don't have to be Dean Karnazes (the Chuck Norris of ultra-marathon running) to use running to help boost your mood. Taking part in a parkrun or volunteering can bring huge rewards in terms of feeling part of a community and having a social chat over a brew at the Park Church after is as beneficial as running a 5k around a park with friends.
Come and join us at Hanley parkrun on the 2nd of February.
Wear bright clothes to show there are always more colours of a rainbow than shades of grey and spread the word with like minded people that it's "ok to not be ok". Together we can end the stigma.
After parkrun, come along for a coffee or tea and time to talk and share stories at the Park Church cafe.
We look forward to welcoming you there.
Photos from Saturday's run here - thanks Mick Hall.
As you know we have volunteer roles to suit everyone's needs and you don't have to be a park"runner" to volunteer, you can register for parkrun and sign up to be a volunteer. So if you know someone who might be interested in volunteering or would welcome the opportunity to get out and see people on a Saturday morning let them know that they will be really welcome and you can't beat a nice cup of tea and toast in the café after.
You can get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak to the run director after your next run.
Stats and Stories
This week 336 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here. The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Phil THOMAS • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Naomi OWEN • Philip DAWID • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Sean LEWIS • Jen RILEY • Tom PERRY • Peter HOLDCROFT • David HEBB • Mick HALL • Paul ELTON • Helen CUMBERLIDGE • Oscar SCHOLES - FURNESS • Claire JOHNSON • Christine LAPPING • Ashliegh HOUGHTON MCGUINESS • Nadene BURGESS • Robert MACHIN • Peter CHELL • Charlie FOSTER
Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 8,411 participants have completed 68,396 parkruns covering a total distance of 341,980 km, including 12,311 new Personal Bests. A total of 974 individuals have volunteered 6,467 times.