Event number 166- Chase the Groom!

Another busy morning at Long Eaton with 446 runners completing the course. It was good to see a handful of keen newbies turning up to see what this parkrun lark is all about. I’m proud of how welcoming and inclusive our parkrun is, and how well we all support the parkrun ethos of making the run accessible to everybody who wants to take part. Runners/walkers of all speeds are equally valued and supported by our community, and support and encouragement is something I believe we do really well.

I don’t know what the majority of you did after parkrun this week, but I imagine a fair few enjoyed a bacon cob in the rugby club, or went home and put your feet up for a bit. I’m guessing the unfortunate ones amongst you had to do some boring household chores, shopping or even go to work. For one of this week’s parkrunners there was something way more exciting in store! Regular parkrunner Mark Ison hot footed it to his wedding after completing the run! He has married Joanne, another regular and we wish them both all the best for a long and happy marriage including lots of miles of running together. Here he is, dressed for the occasion….
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This wasn’t the only celebration this week, we had four runners completing their 50th parkrun. Congratulations to Gemma Roberts, Richard Kershaw, Zoe Lycett- Ranson and Geoff Pennington.

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Gemma kindly provided a cake for us all to enjoy (and very nice it was too!).


On top of that, we also had four runners completing their 100th parkrun! Well done to Eamonn Hughes, Ian Baggott, Rob Taylor and Paul Parker. It’s an incredible achievement. Stats fans may be interested to know that 366 of those collective 400 runs took place at Long Eaton- that’s a whole lot of laps of West Park! Here's Ian looking suitably happy to have his 100th run ticked off....


Our volunteer team were fantastic this week. Thank you to Annabel NICKOLS  •  Brandon STREET  •  Claire WILLIAMS  •  David LINDSEY  •  David WILSON  •  Deborah FAULKNER  •  Denise COX  •  Eleanor LUNT  •  Jill MACHIN  •  Ken HEWITT  •  Marc KINCH  •  Rachel ARGENT  •  Sacha HAMPSON  •  Sarah MORLEY  •  Sharon STREET  •  Shirley BROWN  •  Steven RAMAGE  •  Stuart FAULKNER  •  Sue COX  •  Valerie LINDSEY  •  Vaughan MORRIS



We appreciate our volunteers so much. Giving up time to make the run happen is a real gift to the local community.

Just a quick reminder- we cannot accept barcodes on mobile phones- you need to have a printed barcode with you to get a result. If you drive to parkrun, a good idea is to keep a spare one in the car. You can also slip one behind your mobile phone case for emergency use. We recommend the plastic tags https://parkrun-barcode.com/ can pop these in pocket, with keys or safety pin to your shirt - no crumpled sweaty paper with unable to read barcodes due to print quality too!
Let us know any more top tips you have for ensuring you have a barcode accessible on parkrun day.

See you next week, when Andrew will be leading his team of merry men/women making the magic happen once more.


Event No 165 – Another day in the life of Long Eaton parkrun.

A lovely cool Autumn day and the rain held off. We had a ‘normal’ day’......which is what exactly?
On Friday it was the usual pondering whether we’re actually going to have enough marshals to run the event. At 8.20am it was the usual lovely faces volunteering, plus some new volunteers. It takes at least 15 volunteers each week, which theoretically means that if you come regularly, then helping three times a year would sort out the volunteer rota nicely! A few people volunteered last minute which was appreciated. At 8.50am there was a small but perfectly formed clump of first-timers for briefing about practicalities-2 laps-toilets-barcodes-cafe-have fun!

For one lady this was her very first 5k, and I think we can all remember what a daunting milestone that was for us at the time. At 9am we had the usual housekeeping announcements, and congratulated Pete Groves and Pete Edmonds on their 50th parkrun.

A celebratory box of Heroes appeared, (and were soon pecked away at the finish line.....). Off we went. More turbocharged buggies than normal, and some very fit dogs as ever. A few more youngsters also, running strong because they wanted to and had the energy!

A relaxed briefing and start. Someone came from Wiltshire (Hi!). Then Aston Perrin appears at the half way point a few minutes later.

A very few minutes later. Electric trainers? Bionic legs? Normal mortals follow on, and it is always interesting to see how varied peoples gaits are, and how differently we run. Do most of us aspire to a gazelle-like action, in our dreams? Everyone makes it within the hour, which is brilliant. Bells are rung to celebrate PBs, and one more senior lady relishes but regrets, celebrates yet exasperates, over her parkrun PB time just missed by 7 seconds this week. We tidy. Pick up, pack away and adjourn for the best bacon roll in the county to accompany token sorting in the Rugby Club.

There are 412 tokens to sort and re-order, done by a small cohort of the same volunteers, an activity reminiscent of an efficient beehive, a buzzing order out of chaos.

2195 squadron were here in force this week, part of their hectic schedule of activity-runs, volunteering, shooting and of course flying. They mentioned that they have open evenings 7pm+ on Tues/Thurs 25th and 27th Sept for 12 yearolds and above to see what they do- (JCC, Grange Rd, Long Eaton) On Sunday 30th Sept 11am-2pm there is a family 5k/dog walk organised by Fibro Active charity in West Park.

Results get loaded on the Official parkrun Laptop, this time with no glitches, and results appear as if by magic by text, telling us well done, and how you ran/walked or jogged this week. Kit gets recharged, reset, tidied, and we replace the missing tokens that folks took home with them.

See you next week......!

Thanks John.


Event 164.  Pacers week.

It was perfect park running conditions as West Park hosted event 164 and pacers week for September. We were join by 409 park runners and a brilliant team of magic making volunteers.
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We had guests from Northumberland and Poland joining us in this East Midlands beauty spot and we had 23rd birthday celebration for Alex Strong. We also celebrated 3 centurions, in that this was their 100th parkrun.
So well done to Valerie Lindsey, Rod Mattock and Brandon.
It is quite an achievement to hit the 100 mark and earn a new parkrun T shirt so lets hope they wear it with pride.
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Special thanks to our pacers this week.
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We do this on the first Saturday of each month, and if chasing a time if your thing, then join us on the first Saturday in October.
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See you next Saturday.

Event No 173 – #teamparkrun, tokens and celebration fun

The temperature was cooler but it was still sunny-the shape of things to come hopefully for brilliant Autumn running weather. Today we were honoured to have a GB sport athlete with us, Sam Oldham, a gymnast. He brought up the tail today, and was extremely popular to talk to, and brilliantly helpful and lovely - everyone enjoyed meeting him.

Tracy Dennis hit her 50th parkrun today, and we thank her for the cakes to celebrate! We had a huge number of people this week (455) which is great, but we apologise that we had a combination of glitches with the records, which meant a delayed set of results.

As ever, do let us know if you see a big error in results, and we will try and sort. Thank you to the runner who came up at the end to say, ‘don’t worry-it’s just for fun, and you’re appreciated whether the results come out or not!’ If you come regularly and haven’t volunteered, yet, you would be very welcome as an occasional volunteer to see how the support for the event gets put together.

Statistics - Danny Hallam came in with a PB at 15:17 and Sarah Semmens at 20:18 - well done both and all for a super Saturday.

Unsung heroes-Sally in the Rugby club kitchen keeps us very well looked after the event, and the parks wardens do a great job being in the park before we are to check for problems, and open up buildings. Have a good week.
PS please try not to take finish tokens home with youplease bring any back that you may have accidentally taken away-just give them back to a barcode person another week.

Thanks all and for your results patience.



Event #162 – a late arrival

My big shout out this week is for the fantastic volunteers. For those who don’t know, the kit is locked away in the Football side of the Rugby Club building, nice and safe for us to get the next week. We all gathered as normal at 8.15 to grab the kit. However, we couldn’t get in to grab the kit until 8.35, so it was a mad rush to get set up. However, get set up we did, and we even managed a photo.

So, thanks to the following for making today happen: Claire WILLIAMS • Denise COX • Gemma ROBERTS • Hannah MARRIOTT • Isabelle BRIGDEN • John HART • Lisa MACHIN • Martin PRATT • Mike WIDDOWSON • Nathan CHARLISH • Pete STURGESS • Peter MACHIN • Phil DEAKIN • Robert TREDWELL • Sacha HAMPSON • Sheena PARRY • Steph HART • Timothy BAGGS • Valerie LINDSEY

There were 365 of you lovely people run, walked or jogged at Long Eaton this week. 42 of you were first timers and 66 of you recorded personal bests. Well done!

Janet Sebbage completed her 100th parkrun on Saturday, congratulations Janet and I really enjoyed the cake that you left for us at the end. Janet has been a regular at Long Eaton parkrun since last summer and has run 34 of her 100 events with us.

Anyway, we have a very exciting week planned for this week. As part of the UK sport and #teamparkrun event, we have Olympic athlete Sam Oldham volunteering at Long Eaton parkrun.

See you at the same time next week.

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