Event 213 – Park & Slide

 

"Is it even worth showing up..?"

"Look at that ice. No chance..."

"There's a squirrel frozen to the course somewhere near the tennis courts..."

"Yeah, it'll definitely be called off today..."

 

BUT WAIT!!! After much scratching of heads, chewing of fingernails and recruiting of extra marshals, a very tricky decision was made to go ahead with today's Markeaton parkrun. Cheers to Tim and the Team for making it happen, and to everybody who answered the call when extra marshals were needed. 

The decision was made, much to the relief of (most of) the 410 wrapped-up runners who had gathered on this freezing cold morning. We came from London, Northern Ireland and there were a fair few who were originally planning to visit Shipley parkrun, before it was cruelly cancelled due to the icy conditions. The hardcore Markeaton locals were in attendance, as well as 76 first time visitors to the park. 47 people chose today to do there first ever parkrun anywhere. That's very impressive folks. We can promise you that most weeks it's not this tricky! 

It was a great morning for Aidan, who ran his 10th run and Neil who ticked off his 50th. Huge congratulations to you both.

Delayed until 9-15 so that various new marshalling positions could be taken up, the worst icy puddles could be identified and everybody's various layers could be peeled off in time, the run eventually got going along the slippery, icy path that at times resembled a Mario Kart course, rather than a parkrun one.

There were some interesting running techniques on display in order to get round the hazards. Some of us adopted the arms out wide approach, some stuck to the grass and eyed the path with suspicion, some went a bit Wile. E. Coyote, others screamed and pointed at each potentially slippery bit, while some saw this as an opportunity to really take it easy and sacrificed the PB that they were DEFINITELY going to get today, in order to get round without breaking anything vital. As ever, the dogs just didn't care and belted round like it was the best thing ever. 40 people must have been chanelling those dogs though, as they went home with PBs. Impressive stuff indeed!

Incredibly, despite the conditions which went from icy to wet and back again, nobody went over! I must admit, from my vantage point, I saw a few people nearly go down but save themselves at the last second, but, as far as we know, everybody made it round safe and sound and in one piece and the first-aid box remained unopened. Well done everybody. If you walked, or if you ran or if you looked a bit like Bambi on the frozen lake, you were awesome.

Here's an exclusive shot of the first female and first male crossing the finish line...

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What a fantastic time we all had. It would be really dull if every run was the same and this one certainly kept things interesting eh? Avoiding the ice, swerving the puddles, working out which bit of you was the coldest bit, it was all great fun. So much better than staying in bed. No, it was. Honest.

A massive pat of the back to all the icicle-ridden marshals who helped to get everybody round safely and cheers to everybody that came out on a bleak Saturday morning to make the magic happen. A turnout of 410 parkrunners was incredible. We came, we ran, we slid around a bit. We were amazing.

Lets do it all again next Saturday (but with much better weather please.)

Here come the freshly thawed out stats...

 

Markeaton parkslide

Event number 213

20th January 2018

This week 410 people ran, jogged, walked and slid round the course, of whom 76 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Samantha JAMES • Tony EVANS • Tim SPATE • Andrew GALLIMORE • Chris WHITE • Kathryn WILLS • Neil BARNES • Rob SEYMOUR • Rachel FARROW • Catherine SEYMOUR • Becky MALLEY • Jerry EVANS • Richard BURKE • Shane WALKER • Matthew WEST • Tim BENTLEY • John WINTER • Sarah SENIOR • Tim STANDLEY • Alan WILLIAMS • Sue CLARKE • Sarah HUSKINSON • Viv MOXHAM • Charlotte BECKETT • Leanne CROSS • Nick POTTER • Eloise FLEMING • Rachel SHARP • Phillip VARIN • Christopher FENTON

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

The female record is held by Harriet EMKES who recorded a time of 18:23 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142). The male record is held by Alex PILCHER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 29th October 2016 (event number 164).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.64% (24:29) on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 8,436 participants have completed 48,940 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,700 km, including 10,327 new Personal Bests.

Cheers!

Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event 212 – parkrun Panic

 

NOBODY PANIC!!!!! ARRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

STAY CALM!!!!!!! AAAARRRRGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, get a hold of yourself. Let's all take a breath and start from the beginning shall we?

It was a sleepy, chilly Saturday morning in Markeaton Park. All was quiet. A few freshly awakened squirrels were scratching their nuts and a bird or two was hopping around the grass thinking, "Crikey, that fun fair left a right old mess didn't it?" All was peaceful. All was still. Like a cold January early morning should be...

But then...

What was that rumbling in the distance? That flash of luminous yellow over the horizon? The squirrels scattered and the birds flapped away. The people in the cafe hid behind the counter...

YES! IT WAS  A HUMONGOUS 465 PEOPLE TURNING UP TO DO THE PARKRUN!

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What an incredible turnout it was. Here we were on a freezing, dark January morning all raring to go for a parkrun. Absolutely brilliant. 85 people were visiting Markeaton parkrun for the first time and an amazing 48 people were doing their first ever parkrun anywhere. Wow. Great to see you folks and may this be the first of many. We even had a tourist from Down Under. It's a long way to come to gloat over The Ashes, so why not do a parkrun too?!

Huge congratulations to Simon who did his 100th run today. Awesome stuff.

It was a stroke of good fortune that we received a very kind donation of a brand spanking new loud-hailer. Thank you Team Brocklehurst! Just in time to save Tim's voice as he belted out the run briefing to the assembled masses.

Cheers to the volunteers. None of this could go ahead without a bunch of mighty fine people stepping forward every week to give up their time to help out. If you fancy volunteering one week then go for it. Get yourself on the roster and see the run from a different perspective for a change. You can sample the joy, the fun and the slight hint of panic in the air as we realise... WE MIGHT NOT HAVE ENOUGH TOKENS AND THE STOPWATCHES ONLY REGISTER 500 RUNNERS!! Yep, most of us ran, jogged or walked around the course oblivious to the drama that was waiting at the finish line. A hastily assembled Plan B involving scraps of paper, a child's abacus and Tim removing his shoes and socks to count the extra runners was put in place. There was much mopping of brows, phone calls to parkrun high-level management and biting of finger nails. The tension was as tight as some of the post-Christmas running shorts on display around the course...

Turns out, it was fine. No dramas. No worries. We just missed breaking the all-time attendance record by 16 people and Plan B was not needed. You know what this means though? If everybody brings a friend along next week...

Congratulations to everybody who got round the course. It felt a bit strange this week as, for the first time for a long time, there were no puddles and no ice patches! No wonder 79 people went home with a PB. Whether you were one of the 79 PBers or not, it was a marvellous display of all ages, abilities and speeds. Some walked, some jogged, some chatted, some dragged dogs along, some were dragged along by dogs and some ran quicker than the time it has taken for me to write this run report. Fantastic stuff everybody.

Let's do it all again next week eh? Maybe with a friend tagging along so we can regain that slight whiff of panic in the air...

Here are this week' stats...

Markeaton parkrun

Event number 212

13th January 2018

This week 465 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 85 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Paula Jane HUBBER • Jacquie WILLIAMS • Samantha JAMES • Matt GRIFFITHS •Kenneth MALTON • Chris WHITE • Simon BRAY • Neil BARNES • Rachel FARROW• David BENTLEY • Matthew WEST • Tim BENTLEY • Pascale HOLDEN • John WINTER • Neve BROCKLEHURST • Tim STANDLEY • Alan WILLIAMS • Gary WATERFALL • Andy LYNCH • Joe LEWIS • Jacqui HABGOOD • Darren ASKROFT • Charlotte BECKETT • Nick POTTER • Anna BLOOR • Lucy ELSON • Lucy BLOOR • Christopher FENTON

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

The female record is held by Harriet EMKES who recorded a time of 18:23 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).

The male record is held by Alex PILCHER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 29th October 2016 (event number 164).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.64% (24:29) on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 8,360 participants have completed 48,530 parkruns covering a total distance of 242,650 km, including 10,287 new Personal Bests.

(Photograph from The Derby Telegraph)

Cheers!

Chris

 

 

Event 211 – Staying Positive…

 

First things first, a message from Run Director Tony...

Apologies for the long queues for scanning. One of the scanners had a technical issue.

We also have a significant difference between the timers and the token numbers. I have adjusted (fiddled) the times at present, but I hope to be able to correct them to some extent. If you know your time is significantly different to the published time, please e-mail me at: markeatonoffice@parkrun.com I will not be able to get them spot on, but may be able to get closer to reality.

Also I hand wrote some barcodes and names from the scanning queue. On 2 the names were totally unrelated to the numbers that I wrote down. If you are missing from the results and you gave your details to a miserable guy, let me know what I should have written.

Position token 346 was not around at the end. If anyone has it, could you return it next week or at least let me know.

See you all next week.

Tony

So, errrr, yes, as you can tell from the above, things didn't quite go to plan! Morning's like these though, just go to show how amazing each and every one of the volunteers and organisers are. They were soggy, they were freezing, the equipment failed, but each and every one gave up their time to make sure that over 400 eople could run, walk and squelch round Markeaton Park. A huge thank you to Tony and all the volunteers for being so positive and helping things go as smoothly as possible on a pretty harsh January morning.

January isn't known for being the most joyous of months. The weather is terrible, Christmas is over, Trump keeps on going, so where better to get a shot in the arm of positivity? Yep, head to parkrun! That's exactly what an incredible 429 of us did on Saturday. It would have been easy to look out of the window, see the wet and cold-looking weather, roll over in bed, snuggling up with the nice warm negativite whisper in your head, but that loudly positive parkrun voice wouldn't let that happen! RAAAAAAAR!

Amazingly, 68 people visited Markeaton for the first time and 8 people chose today as their first time to do a parkrun anywhere. A massive well done to you all. I promise it's not always that cold and damp. Honest. We were joined from tourists from all over the UK, who were used to the conditions, but also some runners from Australia, who probably weren't. Sorry! Payback for The Ashes result? You decide!

Infact, for a moment it looked like the run may not happen. Some icy patches were on the course, the puddles were threatening to swallow small dogs and children, but the positive decision was made to crack on regardless. Hurrah! This will have pleased everybody who was doing a milestone run. Gabriel completed her 10th run and Bob, Karl, Joe, Katie and Nick did their 50th. Congratulations!

Every week, the Run Director's brief is there to warn of these potential hazards on the course as well as other vital information, so we all need to be quiet for a few minutes and listen up. Tricky with over 400 people raring to go, but it's important stuff, so pin back your freezing cold ears and take it in folks!

Brian, our regular photographer, is still poorly (get well soon Brian) but we did have a visit from The Derby Telegraph photographer, so check on The Derby Telegraph website to see how drenched and cold we all looked. We have managed to get a preview of one of the shots of the course though...

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The run was a challenging one eh? A great chance to grab the positives though.

Freezing cold? An incentive to run quicker to keep warm/how AMAZING will that coffee taste at the end?

Raining? A great time to test out that waterproof running gear you had for Christmas. At least, it says it's waterproof. Have I got the reciept?

Ice on the course? Time for a little cross-country as you run on the grass/ a good excuse to slow down and get your breath back.

Massive queues due to a scanner breaking? A perfect time to chat to other people in the queue about their run. Make a friend! Compare dampness!

Result a little out? Remind yourself that, regardless of how quickly you finished, you took place in an incredible thing. A free run, put on by amazing volunteers, in a beautifully soggy park with beautifully soggy like-minded people.

So, it's times like these that parkrun is at its best. It's easy to enjoy it when it's sunny and you can lie around on the grass afterwards, clapping and cheering everybody in, but when people are cold and wet and queuing to be scanned and need to shoot off straight away to get warm, it's a different experience. But, there we all were, still happy to have done it, still smiling and still being positive. I think it brought a tear to my eye, although I was so wet already it's hard to say...

So well done to everybody that contributed on Saturday. If you froze your lanyards off whilst volunteering, if you were one of the 27 awesome people who clocked up a super-fast PB or you were  one of the incredible walkers who brought up the rear, everybody was amazing for just getting out there and doing it in such miserable conditions.

You were all positively brilliant.

See you next week when we've all dried out (and if you have token 346 please bring it with you!)

Soggy Stats time...

 

Markeaton parkrun
Event number 211
6th January 2018

This week 429 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Samantha JAMES • Tony EVANS • Tim SPATE • Chris WHITE • Fiona Catherine ENGLAND • Kathryn WILLS • Ian GRUNDY • Tim BENTLEY • Jo DURSLEY • John WINTER • Neve BROCKLEHURST • Jean BRICKMAN • Tim STANDLEY • Alan WILLIAMS • Jamie ATKINSON • Sarah FOWLER • Amanda HACKETT • Craig WEBSTER • Charlotte BECKETT • Nick POTTER • Eloise FLEMING

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

The female record is held by Harriet EMKES who recorded a time of 18:23 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).
The male record is held by Alex PILCHER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 29th October 2016 (event number 164).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.64% (24:29) on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 8,275 participants have completed 48,065 parkruns covering a total distance of 240,325 km, including 10,204 new Personal Bests.

Cheers!

Chris

 

Event 210 – Hello 2018…

HAPPY NEW...WAIT! WHAT?! We've only just done this haven't we? I'm so confused. Is it Saturday already? Nope! But it is another parkrun day!

Yes, to add to this most confusing time of year (Should I be back at work yet? Is it still OK to eat chocolates for breakfast? When is the next Bin Day?) we get the chance for an extra bonus parkrun on New Years Day! WHOOP! Many people took up the challenge to do 'The Double' and it seemed as if the various roads between Shipley, Long Eaton, Conkers and Markeaton between 9-45am and 10-15 were the solely taken up by Lycra-clad, mud-splattered people anxiously glancing at their watches...

Bonus stats for a bonus parkrun: 33 people ran at Shipley then made it to Markeaton and 8 people made the journey from Conkers to Markeaton. Well done folks.

As if the extra parkrun wasn't exciting enough, up stepped Neve Brocklehurst to whip the rowdy New Year's Day mob under control and deliver a fantastic run briefing as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Absolutely awesome stuff from Neve. I don't think I've heard a parkrun crowd so silent for a run briefing as Neve knocked it out of the park. Even the dogs were quiet. Unfortunately, Brian, our regular photographer is still poorly (get well soon Brian) so we have had to use this artist's impression again to try and give a sense of Neve's awesomeness...

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We greeted 266 wonderful people into the park on a chilly New Year's morning. 59 people were visiting Markeaton for the first time and 21 people were doing their first ever parkrun. What a way to kick off 2018! Keep it up folks, that's marvellous!

Maximilian ran his 10th parkrun today. Simon ran his 50th and Chris and David completed their 100th. Congratulations everybody!

The Markeaton Massive was swelled by tourists from Sheffield and Bournemouth as we got ready for another run, jog or walk around the fair (it's going to be weird next week when it isn't there anymore), the tennis courts, the hill, the woods and the massive puddle (that wasn't so massive anymore).

Due to a later start of 10-30 there was an extra challenge of avoiding lots more park users too! Dodging the prams, dogs and small children going in the opposite direction kept all the parkrunners on their toes. Much groaning could also be heard from people who were now thinking that 'The Double' may not have been such a great idea. But, whether we ran, jogged, walked or hobbled round, we got round and we were amazing.

Huge thanks to each and every volunteer who made this all happen. It couldn't go ahead each week without people helping out, so if you haven't volunteered yet, or for a while, please stick your name down on the roster and give something back.

So there we go. The best way to kick-start a brand new year. If it was your first time, then keep it going! A very happy 2018 to all Markeaton parkrunners and volunteers. May all your times be PBs and may your barcodes never be forgotten.

Cheers folks! Have some new year stats...

Markeaton parkrun

Event number 210

1st January 2018

This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Jacquie WILLIAMS • Samantha JAMES • Tim SPATE • Kathryn POUND • Kenneth MALTON • Chris WHITE • Nicola WHITE • Kathleen GRUNDY • Jean SILCOCK • Joan DUTTON • Ian GRUNDY • Shane WALKER • Andrew POLLITT • Tim BENTLEY • Neve BROCKLEHURST • Tim STANDLEY • Alan WILLIAMS • Rachel UFF • Karen NEWTON • Tayler SINCLAIR • Angela ROOME • Matthew GLAZIER • Nick POTTER • Jack BLOOR • Jacey ALLEN • Chris SMITH • Christopher FENTON

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

The female record is held by Harriet EMKES who recorded a time of 18:23 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).

The male record is held by Alex PILCHER who recorded a time of 15:20 on29th October 2016 (event number 164).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.64% (24:29) on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 8,207 participants have completed 47,636 parkruns covering a total distance of 238,180 km, including 10,177 new Personal Bests.

Chris

 

Event 209 – Goodbye 2017…

 

It's that funny time of year. Some call it Chrimbo Limbo, some think it's just a week of Sundays, some are off work, some are back to work, the Chrisrmas Edition of the Radio Times is nearly out of pages. Where do we turn in these vague, directionless times? What can we anchor our restless souls onto? Where is the one thing that happens every week, at the same time, in the same place? (weather permitting).

Yes. In these 'Do I take the decorations down yet?' and 'How can there still be chocolates left, I've been eating them for days?' times, we turn to... MARKEATON PARKRUN!

There was so much good news this week, it's hard to know where to start. With a Christmas hangover in the air, it's apt to report that we received three gifts. Forget gold, frankincense and myrrh, we received a shiny first aid kit, a brand spanking new defibrillator and a fantastically generous cash donation. Huge thanks to everybody who dug deep to make these things happen, wise men (and women) indeed...

(Please note, due to regular photographer Brian being away this week, we have had to rely on artists' impressions. Normal service will be resumed next year...)

image The Presentation of the Defibrillator 

Also, at this time of year when a special visitor appears to all the good boys and girls to bring cheer and seasonal good will, it is my pleasure to say that down the Markeaton parkrun chimney came...Andrew Lane! 'Ho Ho WHO?', you say? Well, Andrew was one of the thirteen runners who went for a jog round Bushey Park in 2004 and thus, parkrun was born! Andrew finished in position 68 today and flashed his GOLD BARCODE at the finish line. These were only issued to those special thirteen runners back in 2004. Santa may have the beard and the suit, but even he doesn't have a gold barcode.

Then there was the heartwarming festive fact that, last week we had 351 parkrunners and this week we had 352. Which means somebody made a friend over Christmas. Altogether, 'Aaaaaaaaah!!!'

63 people this week were visiting Markeaton for the first time. We had tourists from Great Yarmouth, Leeds and Manchester, amongst others. Welcome along folks. We hope you enjoyed the puddles we arranged specially for you!

Grace completed her tenth run and Alan his fiftieth! Well done both of you!

Massive thanks to all the volunteers this week who stepped forward to make sure the event could happen. It's always tricky at this busy time of year to find volunteers, so well done everybody who gave up their time. Volunteers are always needed every week, so if you haven't volunteered yet (or haven't for a while) please do as we can't do all this without fine people like yourself stepping up. Cheers!

So, the actual run then? It was chilly, it was fun, and this week it had the added bonus of MASSIVE PUDDLES!!! Did you tiptoe around the edges or did you plough through the middle? Did you wince when you realised the one near the bridge had actual ice in it? Are your socks dry yet? All good fun...no, it was...honest.

 

image Massive Icy Puddle*   (*Not actual size)

So that was 2017 then. Happy New Year to everybody that took part in Markeaton parkrun this year. If you did your first or your hundredth. If you volunteered a few time or lots. If you racked up the PBs or you battled back from injury. If you ran, jogged or walked through 2017 then you were ruddy awesome. Let's do it all again next year. In more good news, we don't have to wait too long until next year, as at 10-30 on Monday it's the bonus New Year's Day Markeaton parkrun!

See you there to kick off 2018 in style. I just hope your socks have dried out in time.

 

Stats, stats, get your stats...

Markeaton parkrun

Event number 209

30th December 2017

This week 352 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Samantha JAMES • Tony EVANS • Patrick MUNRO • Tim SPATE • Chris WHITE • Emma GORDON • Simon BRAY • Fran CLARKSON • Neil BARNES • Rob SEYMOUR •Rachel FARROW • Jane FOULKES • David KEEGAN • Liz WILLIAMS • Richard BURKE • Tim BENTLEY • Pascale HOLDEN • Caroline MURPHY • Tim STANDLEY • Alan WILLIAMS • Rachel UFF • Elizabeth JONES • Viv MOXHAM • Angela ROOME • Nick POTTER • Eloise FLEMING

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

The female record is held by Harriet EMKES who recorded a time of 18:23 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).

The male record is held by Alex PILCHER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 29th October 2016 (event number 164).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.64% (24:29) on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 8,147 participants have completed 47,370 parkruns covering a total distance of 236,850 km, including 10,154 new Personal Bests.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Chris

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