Event No 153 – Our 3rd Birthday here at Long Eaton

Firstly an very important announcement missed in the celebrations!
This week - 16th June our parkrun is CANCELLED!
Please enjoy being a tourist or a rest instead!

Wow what a fun packed Saturday - so it was our 3rd Birthday. Special thanks to all our core team of volunteers, The Run Directors, permanent marshal / volunteers who even have their specific marshal spots! Dee's Corner, Sue's High five bridge and Music Marshal Tim. Timers David & Vaughan.
Thanks to all as week after week we wouldn't be here without the hands on deck to put the event on for our incredible participants.
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Our Long Eaton parkrun started on the 13th June 2015. Since then 8,803 participants have completed 49,597 parkruns covering a total distance of 247,985 km, including 10,438 new Personal Bests!!
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As well as our birthday to celebrate there as also 70 years of the NHS being celebrated by UK parkrun. It was great to see NHS Staff taking part and we even had Rob who volunteered for the first time who works for the NHS.
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More celebrations for Melissa's 100th parkrun, Julia and Peter's 50th parkrun with Malcolm also celebrating his 70th birthday with a parkrun with us.
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Wouldn't be a party with out and cake and balloons - hope you managed to get a treat as it didn't last long!Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standing, outdoor and nature
Lots of Tourists this week visiting family, heading over to the Download festival so great to see you all - from Canada, Stockport, Coventry and Exeter to mention a few remembered.

We also welcomed the Erewash Valley Running clubs recent couch to 5k group for their parkrun and 5k debut. Well done all and keep up the running.

Thanks to our as always amazing volunteers on the day - You are all superstars!
Andrew KELLS  •  Ashley SMITH  •  Caleb DEAKIN  •  Claire WILLIAMS  •  Denise COX  •  Elaine BOVEY  •  Gemma ROBERTS  •  Ian QUINN  •  Joanne MOORE  •  Ken SMEDLEY  •  Martin BURKINSHAW  •  Nathan CHARLISH  •  Phil DEAKIN  •  Rachel ARGENT  •  Rob CATTANACH  •  Stephen BRINKLOW  •  Sue COX  •  Tim HODGES  •  Timothy PEVERETT  •  Vaughan MORRIS

See you back on the 23rd June here at Long Eaton parkrun.


Event number 152- 2nd June 2016- the driest parkrun for miles!

Unlike other local parkruns, we had warm dry conditions for this week’s run. It seems Long Eaton was favoured by the weather gods, who saw fit to keep their rain to the other side of the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. It was a fairly quiet morning as many of the regular runners were saving their legs for the Derby half marathon the following day, but a healthy 396 runners crossed our finish line and added 5km to their daily step count.


This week was our monthly pacer week and we had a whole host of PB targets covered with nine volunteer pacers stepping up to the mark. Huge thanks to Adam, Ian, Mike, Dave, Rob, Tom, Vaughan, Vanessa & Gemma for helping our runners to chase down their personal bests. It was great to see some tourists at our run this week, including visitors from Gateshead, Whitstable and Indiana, USA! We hope you enjoyed the Long Eaton parkrun experience and that we’ll see you all again soon.

Here is our Gateshead visitor, who enjoyed a break from the hills she's used to up north.


And here are our American tourists with the friends that they had come to visit (and we thought they were staying in Long Eaton for a sunshine break!!)


Congratulations to Tina Ramage & Dawn May for their 50th parkrun this week. Here’s a picture of Tina and her celebratory balloon. Next stop 100 ladies!


We also welcomed a large contingent from Mansfield Harriers & AC this week. I believe there were a few PBs achieved amongst this group. Well done all of you!


Another achievement of note this week came from Tony Ansell who was visiting from Holme Bay in Kent. This week he ran his 100th different parkrun (and his 184th overall). How incredible is that?? He said that he enjoyed our parkrun, but his preference is for hills and mud, of which Long Eaton is slightly lacking. We feel very honoured that Tony’s 100th run was at Long Eaton and we hope he returns soon. Here he is with his friend Keith who is closing in on 100 parkruns and was also visiting from Whitstable.


Our first finisher this week was Tom Bell in a time of 15:36, which was a new PB for him. Our first female finisher was Jessie Crawshaw, one of the Mansfield runners, in a time of 19:47. Well done to you both- inspirational running.

Seventeen of our finishers this week were running their first ever parkrun. A huge parkrun welcome to you all! Congratulations on joining the parkrun family for hopefully the first of many runs at Long Eaton.


Thank you to this week’s volunteers- you are all officially awesome!  We even had the husband/wife team of Linda & Marcus on funnel management and not a cross word spoken! They are an example to us all! This week’s dream team were: Adam WHITE  •  Arthur WALDRAM  •  Ben CLIPSHAM  •  Caleb DEAKIN  •  David HARLEY  •  David LINDSEY  •  Deborah FAULKNER  •  Denise COX  •  Dominique MUIR  •  Esther FAULKNER  •  Gemma ROBERTS  •  Ian CHANT  •  Isabelle BRIGDEN  •  Joanne CHILTON  •  Joanne WOODWARD  •  Kim GUNN  •  Linda-Claire SMITH  •  Louis DEXTER  •  Marcus SMITH  •  Mike WIDDOWSON  •  Nicola HOWELL  •  Paul LEWIS  •  Pete REES  •  Peter EDMONDS  •  Rob OGELSBY  •  Steve DEXTER  •  Stuart FAULKNER  •  Sue COX  •  Thomas LANE  •  Tim HODGES  •  Vanessa BEADSWORTH  •  Vaughan MORRIS


See you all next week for our 3rd birthday and celebration of the NHS! So we welcome  NHS workers to volunteer or run, jog or walk with us! Fancy dress optional, doctors nurses or wear Red, White or blue for the Queen's birthday!!
We have some treats for you and welcome all to join in. Feel free to bring cake  - it's party time.
So don't forget some change for a cuppa and a treat over at the Rugby house. Sally and the team cook up a great breakfast deal for us too - £2.50 drink and sausage/bacon /egg cobs too!

Have a great week all!


Event number 151- 26th May 2018- the one with all the 50s!

This week was full of celebrations at Long Eaton parkrun, with five runners achieving their 50th parkrun. Even more special was the fact that two of them are part of our illustrious core volunteer team here at Long Eaton- Rachel our amazing event director, and Lisa one of our most excellent run directors.

Also celebrating was junior runner Finley who marked the occasion by dragging a lovely, shiny balloon around and earning himself a brand new PB! They were joined in the 50 celebrations by Isabelle Brigden (who had a very vocal support crew) and Stuart King who managed to keep his milestone run under wraps. Congratulations to you all and thank you for the celebratory cake!


We love celebrating milestone runs here at Long Eaton, and parkrun HQ rewards these runners with a free T shirt so it’s an achievement worth striving for. If you are a junior runner, you can also receive a T shirt if you run ten 5km parkruns, and Alex and Finn did just that this week. Well done to them both- that is a lot of running for little legs! Here's Alex looking fresh after his run.


We had 379 runners crossing the finish line this week. The first finisher was the aforementioned Stuart King in a time of 15 mins 36 secs. It was his first time at our parkrun and we’re very glad he chose us for his 50th run. The first female finisher was Lisa Palmer-Blount in 17 mins 11 secs. She was also running with us for the first time. Well done to both of you and we hope you join us again soon. Amongst our visitors this morning was a group from the Ordnance Survey Runners club, based in Southampton. Haven’t they got fantastic kit?! We were delighted to have you all with us and hope you enjoyed your visit to our PB friendly course.


Our volunteer team was fantastic this week. It was great to have a mix of seasoned volunteers, first time helpers, DofE superstars and junior supporters. Here they all are looking a bit like they are stood in front of a firing squad….


And the roll of honour this week is… Andrew KELLS  •  Ben CLIPSHAM  •  Caleb DEAKIN  •  Claire SHELDON  •  Deborah FAULKNER  •  Denise COX  •  Elaine BOVEY  •  George MURPHY  •  Mark LAY  •  Miriam DEAKIN  •  Paul WHEATCROFT  •  Phil DEAKIN  •  Rob CATTANACH  •  Sarah BOVEY  •  Steph HART  •  Stuart FAULKNER  •  Sue COX  •  Tim HODGES  •  Timothy FEARN

Another milestone we need to celebrate is Dee Cox’s 50th time volunteering. I’m sure you all know that Dee can usually be found marshalling on the top corner of the park (or Foxy as it is commonly known). If you see her there next week give her a shout to celebrate the amazing commitment she has made to making Long Eaton parkun happen. Thank you Dee!

We're looking forward to seeing you all next week. There's spaces on the volunteer roster if you fancy a stint in the high viz. Give us a shout if you are celebrating a milestone or joining us from afar and would like a shout out.


Event #150 – Here comes the sun..!

Regular parkrunner Huw Davies volunteered to do the run report this week...Thanks Huw for a cracking report!

Glorious sunshine greeted 431 enthusiastic runners and walkers as Long Eaton marked its 150th parkrun event.

It was a day of celebration for football fans, fans of weddings of people they’ve never met and a number of us who made the short hop up from Leicester to visit Long Eaton on tour, with a birthday, two 50th parkruns and a 20th different venue milestone and subsequently two PBs between the six of us who visited.

West Park welcomed 10 brand new runners embarking on their first, and hopefully not last, parkrun. Well done to Molly TREMBIRTH, Adam HAYNES, Alex GRANEY, David HALL, Helen TAYLOR, Natalie HOBBS, Abigail KNIGHT, Jake TAYLOR, Saskia HOOK and David GRIFFITHS.

I had sold Long Eaton parkrun to my friends as a potential PB course and boy did it deliver with 100 parkrunners (almost a quarter of the entire field and far too many to name individually) recording shiny new personal bests. Amazing work from you all!

Congratulations on their 50th parkruns to Timothy FEARN (who was agonisingly one second outside his own PB), Lisette NAYLOR and Laura BUTLER (who did celebrate with a PB) while junior runners Evie LEWIS and Matthew LEAR (finishing in 4th place overall) recorded their 10th 5k parkrun earning a milestone t-shirt in the process. There were 3 members of the 250 club running on Saturday, alongside 36 members of the 100 club, 79 50 clubbers and15 junior runners from the 10 club.

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The front of the pack, and we had an unknown runner first over the line. Maybe it was Prince Harry or Meghan Markle trying to stay off the radar on their morning jog, who knows! Of those who brought barcodes with them here are the results!

A special mention to 10 year old Kate SHORT who completed her 20th different parkrun venue (in just 26 overall runs) thus earning the coveted cow cowl from the parkrun fairy which she found under her pillow on Saturday morning. She would have celebrated in style with a PB too were it not for a pesky shoelace malfunction in the early part of the run. Touring is a great way to see different parks around the country and I would highly recommend trying some new ones if you never have before. If you are a regular at Long Eaton though, a word of warning, you’ll struggle to beat your PB elsewhere, most other runs are a little trickier than your beautiful pancake flat course!

Male placings:
Mark RYALL (VM35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was first barcoded runner over the line in 16:08.
Ben PLUMMER (SM25-29) of Barrow Runners, was second over the line in 16:23.
Matthew LEAR (JM15-17) of Burton AC, was third over the line in 17:05.

Female placings:
Leonie SHIPLEY (SW25-29) of Derby AC, was first barcoded female over the line in 19:22.
Sarah SEMMENS (VW40-44) of Long Eaton RC, was second over the line in 20:23.
Lindsay RYALL (VW35-39) of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, was third over the line also in 20:23.

Thanks go to the volunteers who made your free run possible, our gratitude for enabling us all to run goes to Dan CATION, Ian CHANT, Ben CLIPSHAM, Denise COX, Sue COX, Miriam DEAKIN, Caleb DEAKIN, Phil DEAKIN, Valerie LINDSEY, David LINDSEY, Joanne MOORE, Gemma ROBERTS, Charlie SARELL, Andrew SELBY, Claire SELBY, George SELBY and Kay STEVENS.

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With half term approaching the need for volunteers is always great, it really is a rewarding way to give something back to parkrun. If anyone would like to volunteer in the upcoming weeks, have a look at the roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/longeaton/futureroster/, email us at longeatonhelpers@parkrun.com or message us via the Facebook page. There are a variety of roles that might take your fancy and you will be provided with full training and much appreciation from the core team and runners alike.

Huw Davies

Parkrunner and volunteer


Long Eaton parkrun – Coming Up!

Saturday 9th June - Party Time!
It’s our 3rd birthday here at West Park for the mighty Long Eaton parkrun so it’s party time - we encourage all things cake & chocolate and if you’re any good at baking we can have our very own parkrun bake off!

It’s also a double celebration as across the country parkrun will be helping to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS and our event will also be supporting the occasion by welcoming as many staff of the NHS to takeover as many different volunteering roles as possible, for a themed party fancy dress doctors nurses optional or just join us for a free 5k run.You can find out more information about the NHS 70th birthday here: https://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/.It would be really good to see as many off you there sharing your stories and of course back over to the rugby club after for refreshments and some treats!If you have any questions about this or would like to volunteer on the 9th of June as part of the event then please let us know on longeatonhelpers@parkrun.com

Saturday 16th June - EVENT CANCELLED due to Long Eaton Carnival on the park with vehicles and obstructions.

Hope to see you for our 3rd Birthday / anniversary 9th June.
A huge thanks to all our volunteers, everyone of our runners and parkrun family for making the event what it is week after week. You make it amazing!

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