The icy missed parkrun.

This weekend there was no parkrun.
By Friday evening there was black ice on multiple areas of the path, and the reluctant decision was made to cancel the event.
We were not alone. Markeaton closed, as did beeston. Beeston is mainly rough track, and would normally be OK, so this reflects the severity of the conditions. No run is worth one person breaking a hip or similar.
Thank you everyone for being understanding. If the forecast and the survey on Friday had shown some hope, we would have re-inspected very early Saturday morning.This time it may sense to cancel early so that everyone could plan a serendipitous lie-in!. Talking to the park warden, West Park is prone to damp and is a bit of a frost hollow, which means that it a little prone to ice.
In inclement weather it is worthwhile checking the ‘news’ tab on the long eaton parkrun website, and/or the Facebook page to see if a cancellation is happening-particularly important if you are travelling from afar.
Sadly, this years Turkey Trot half-marathon was also postponed today for the first time in 35 years.
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Thank you to all the volunteers who had volunteered but weren’t needed.
Thank you to the handful of people who turned up at 9am not having seen the updates , who were gracious and philosophical.
Some needed their 5k ‘fix’ and did a grass run, which was safer.
The photo attached is the parkrun route today (Sunday), and is a tribute to the two intrepid joggers who braved the elements and enjoyed the magical conditions (carefully)- they were grossly outnumbered by happy dogs-the latter have useful four wheel drive.
Happy running the rest of the week, even if its on a treadmill!
Take care all
John
 

Event No 128 – The not so busy one…

Perhaps there had been an abundance of Christmas parties this Friday night, or maybe people were saving their legs for the cross country race in the afternoon, but this week we had a quieter event with 296 runners crossing the finish line.

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We were pleased to welcome tourists from Northampton this morning- hopefully they enjoyed their time with us.

We had another first time visitor this week. Rachel, our event director brought her puppy to experience her first parkrun. She was almost well behaved (and a little excited) and I imagine she’ll be making regular appearances on a Saturday morning. She certainly had an abundance of energy which is always useful at parkrun!

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We were also pleased to celebrate Zoe Cowlishaw’s 50th parkrun. Congratulations Zoe- next stop 100! Family outing running with her Dad and Mum too! Treating them to a bacon cob and cuppa tea after!

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Our first finisher today was George Burnett in a time of 15 mins 41 secs and our first female finisher was Juliet Potter in 17 mins 21 secs. Well done to them both for those impressive results.

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This week our pacers were Adam, Mike, Rob, Gavin, Dave & Eamonn. Thank you to each of them for running the target times.

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Also thanks to our fantastic volunteer team. This week the superstars were: Adam WHITE  •  Brandon STREET  •  Caleb DEAKIN  •  Charlie PEARCE  •  Charlie SARELL  •  David HARLEY  •  Deborah FAULKNER  •  Denise COX  •  Eamonn HUGHES  •  Emma GEARY  •  Esther FAULKNER  •  Gavin WILKINSON  •  Ian QUINN  •  Laura MCCRISTAL  •  Mike WIDDOWSON  •  Miriam DEAKIN  •  Paul LEWIS  •  Peter EDMONDS  •  Rob OGELSBY  •  Sharon STREET  •  Shaun BORRILL  •  Simon ELLIOTT  •  Stuart FAULKNER  •  Sue COX

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It was great to have a few brand new volunteers joining us. We always welcome any offers of help and it really is good fun being part of the volunteer team. One of our new volunteers commented on how appreciative the runners were and how good that made him feel. You too can get that same buzz any Saturday morning of your choice- just email longeatonoffice@parkrun.com with your availability.

Don’t forget that Dec 16th is our festive Christmas jumper parkrun in support of Save the Children (voluntary donation online via https://christmasjumperday.org/)- we’re looking forward to seeing you all in festive attire. Can you believe it’s less than 2 weeks away!!

See you all next week for more PBs, milestones and celebratory bacon cobs.

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Event #127 – The one with all the milestones

As volunteers, we are all really proud of everyone who takes part in parkrun.  Some of you are running your first 5k, some of you are coming back from injury, others are using the fantastic atmosphere on our lovely park each Saturday to motivate you to achieve the goals you have set yourselves.

We love to see you all down here and taking that first step on the 5k road is hugely significant.   It is, probably, going to be tough; you’ll ache the next day in places you didn’t know existed, and doubt if you will be able to do it all again; you’ll possibly have the odd niggle here and there (the knees; usually it’s the knees!) but perseverance is key and before long you will be tripping along to parkrun to start beating your PB, rather than to just get around.


Now; imagine this week was your first time at parkrun.  What do you think you might be doing on 19 August 2023 (that’s 300 Saturdays away)?  Shall we ask Joanne Woodward?  Joanne ran her first parkrun at Conkers on 16 April 2011 (which, incidentally, was also Conkers’ very first event) and has continued to complete a parkrun pretty much every week since.  Of those weeks she hasn’t run, she has managed to volunteer for about half of them – a total of 21 times.  Now that is commitment to the parkrun cause and we are delighted to welcome Joanne to Long Eaton each week.

It would seem that this weekend was a great one for milestones.  Not only did Joanne complete her 300th but, hot on her heels, were Matt Hooton and Mike Widdowson who were each running their 100th parkruns; while Hannah Latham and Aynur Allen completed their 50ths.  Well done to you all.  Hannah was going to celebrate her achievement at Markeaton, her home run, but, as that was cancelled, she decided to bring her lovely cakes to share with us here on West Park.  Thank you Hannah.

We had a group from Ilkeston Joggers who appeared to enjoy themselves; even if it was a tad nippy.

First finishers this week were Aston Perrin (16:44) and Carolyn Plateau (17:43), and 62 of you recorded personal bests.  Our visitors were rather geographically diverse; coming from Southampton and Teesside.

Obviously; none of this would be possible without the volunteers who turn out in all sorts of weather to encourage you along to your PBs and milestones.  It was a real struggle to get names on to the volunteer roster this week and it was only because we had three people who turned up to support their friends and family that we managed to fill it.  Without a full quota of volunteers we are in danger of not being able to hold a run so, please, if you have an injury preventing you from running, if you have a big race on the Sunday, if you are bored of watching yet another James Martin programme or just fancy giving it a go; please contact us at longeatonhelpers@parkrun.com.  None of the jobs are particularly difficult and I know of at least 409 people who will appreciate your efforts.

Next week we welcome back the pacers; so if you are targeting a specific time or just want to hang on to their coat tails to see where it gets you, get yourself down to West Park for another great morning.

See you all soon!

Peter

 

Event No 126 – A new course record

As I’m sure you’re all aware, parkrun is a run and not a race, with the aim of encouraging everyone to participate no matter how quickly they run, jog or walk the 5k. But every now and then there is a performance by one of the faster runners that leaves the rest of us in awe. That was certainly the case this week as a new course record was set by Kevin Seaward in time of 14mins 43 secs. This time eclipsed the previous course record by 15 seconds.

A little bit of post run research showed Kevin runs for Cardiff AAC and represented Ireland in the Marathon at the Rio Olympics. He has PB’s of 64mins 51secs for the half marathon and 2hrs 14mins 52 secs for the full marathon.  So all of you that took part on Saturday can now say you’ve competed with an Olympic athlete!

Here’s Kevin following his record breaking run.

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Kevin was followed home by Darren Potter in 16:42 and Chris Baxter in 16:56. The first lady home was Heather Timmins in 17:22 followed by Louise Insley in 19:45 and Jenny Romeo in 20:53.

For those of you who like your stats here are this week’s numbers……..

  • The attendance was 432 runners. This was split of 178 ladies, 236 men with 18 runners forgetting their barcodes!
  • There were 68 people running at Long Eaton parkrun for the first time of which 27 were doing their very first parkrun.
  • 96 people earned the right to ring the PB bell, with 45 PB’s being achieved by ladies and 51 by men.
  • The men in the field had completed an average of 43 parkruns each, whilst the ladies averaged 31 parkruns each.
  • The split of age groups; 9% were Juniors (under 18), 21% were Seniors (18 – 34) with the remaining  70% being Vets (35+).

Congratulations to John Bush who completed his 100th parkun on Saturday. There were three runners who completed their 50th parkun’s this week, they were Stephen Smith, John Graney and Christopher Rigby. Well done to you all, we hope to see you all wearing your milestone shirts with pride very soon.

Of course parkrun couldn’t happen without our magnificent volunteers. This week’s team were: Adam Robinson, Ady Douglas, Andrew Marshall, Denise Cox, Gavin Wilkinson, Gill Stevenson, Julie Dean, Ken Smedley, Linda-Claire Smith, Lisa Machin, Marcus Smith, Marie Jackson, Peter Machin, Sheena Parry, Steven Ramage and Sue Cox.Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, grass, sky, outdoor and nature

To assist the volunteers in recording accurate times, it would be a great help if everyone can remember the few points below…….

  • Only cross the finish line when you have completed two laps
  • Stay in the order that you cross the line whilst going through the finish funnel
  • If you cross the line, make sure you take a finish token (even if you’ve not got your barcode)
  • Don’t take your finish token home.

But most of all………

  • Join us for coffee and a bacon butty in the Rugby Club afterwards
  • Register to receive volunteer emails
  • Don’t forget your barcode
  • Enjoy your running……. and see you next week!

Andrew

 

Event No 125 – Autumnal Awesomeness

s Autumn really became evident at West Park with the red orange and yellow leaves beginning to descend from their branches, it was damp, slightly chilly morning that greeted the 352 runners on Saturday morning.

Here is a picture of pretty much all the runners at the start (courtesy of Eammon Hughes) - Can you spot yourself?
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We were pleased to be able to welcome 38 people who were running at Long Eaton for the first time and of these, 13 were new parkrunners. We had a tourist join us all the way from Slough and also some runners from not so far away at Conkers!

It always gives us pleasure to celebrate our runners achievements and this week we had five people celebrating milestone runs. Natalie Johnson celebrated her 100th parkrun, whilst Sam Tebbutt, Harry Burnside, Julie Truman and Tracey O'Sullivan completed their 50th runs.

You will have probably seen a number of runners in costume, they were from the Riverside Drama Company and were running collecting for Cancer Research whilst also trying to raise awareness of their latest production.
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As ever we have to thank our wonderful band of volunteers who made the event possible. This week's team were:

Val Lindsey, David Lindsey, Eammon Hughes, Caitlin Woolley, Dawn Woolley, Claire Whitmore, Joanne Chilton, Roland Hyett, Steph Hart, Kerri Emm, Nicola Howell, Alison Bowley, Sue Cox, Denise Cox, Andrew Marshall and Tracey Dennis

Special thanks to Caitlin who has been volunteering for many weeks at Long Eaton and has now completed the volunteering part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Her help has been invaluable to us and I'm sure is appreciated by all the runners.

The roster is looking a bit empty for the coming weeks, so if you can help out please email: longeatonoffice@parkrun.com

Remember if everyone volunteers once for approximately every fifteen times they run, we'll have no problem keeping the roster full.

We had a few issues with the results this week but they were re-processed on Sunday morning so we now believe everyone has the correct position and time allocated to them.

It's really important that runners stick to the correct procedure in the finish funnel and makes processing the results a whole lot easier! As a reminder the rules are:

1) Only cross the finish line once

2) Stay in the order you finished as you pass through the funnel

3) Never "duck out" of the funnel (if you do everyone behind you gets allocated the wrong time!)

4) Always take a finish token (even if you have forgotten your barcode)

And finally, congratulations to the 78 runners who achieved a PB and to our first finishers who were:

The first lady across the line was Ashleigh Barron in 19:50, followed by Linsey Ryall in 20:07 and Karolina Kucharek in 20:45

Mark Ryall was first gent over the line in exactly 16mins, closely followed a second later by Aston Perrin. Anthony Robinson was third in 18:03.

We look forward to seeing you again next week.

Andrew

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