Event 235 – It’s Coming Home…


For the last couple or weeks, people have been yelling "It's coming home!" wherever possible. In newspapers, on the radio, on the internet, it has been everywhere.

Finally, after all this time, it makes sense. The reason people have been using this phrase and whipping themselves up into a frenzy for a while now? Well, if you were in the park at around 8-30 on Saturday morning then you'll know that it did indeed come home. After two long weeks, parkrun came home to Markeaton Park. It was glorious, it was brilliant, but MAN it was hot!


363 of us slapped on the Factor 50 and headed down to the park but the sun beat us to it and was high in the sky by the time 9-00am rolled round which let to a squelchy affair for most of the parkrunners on show. In fact, this much sweat hadn't been shed by anybody since watching the penalty shootout against Colombia last week.

We welcomed runners from such far-flung places as Norwich, Cardiff, South Bank, France, Russia and, possibly the most exciting...Hull. Incredible stuff. A real international flavour to this week's parkrun as demonstrated by our French friends below, who, due to the heat, possibly turned into French fries by the finish line...


I'm writing this before the World Cup final has finished, so congratulations or hard luck, depending how it panned out...

An amazing 59 people were running at Markeaton for the first time and 30 of those people chose yesterday to do their first parkrun anywhere. Brilliant! Welcome along everyone. May it be the first of many.

There were plenty of milestone runs this week. A very special mention goes to Kevin Jones from Cardiff on his 375th parkrun and his 228th parkrun venue worldwide, spanning thirteen countries. Incredible stuff! As was the Welsh cake that Kevin brought along.


Nigel Tissington and Nick Bates ran their 100th parkruns. Congratulations chaps!

Then let's not forget Sir Brian Silcock, our phenomenal photographer, who shot his 100th Markeaton photoshoot on Saturday morning. You can see the fantastic fruits of his camera by clicking on the 'photos' tab on the top of the Markeaton parkrun page.  It's always great to see Brian pop up around the course snapping away and Saturday's collection is a particularly sweat-drenched offering, including a couple of runners who ran topless. Yeah, you want to look now don't you eh!?

Run director Tim did his best Gareth Southgate impression by donning the closest he could find to a waistcoat, the blue and white hi-viz vest and belted out the run-briefing before we all ran, walked, jogged and melted our way around the course. It was hot. Possibly the hottest parkrun ever at Markeaton? I'm struggling to think of a warmer one. Well done to everybody who made it to the finish. Whatever your time, we hope you had a good time.

Big thanks to all the marvellous volunteers who also sweltered in the heat. Nobody wants to wear an extra layer of hi-viz vest in this weather, but you all did like champions. parkrun can't happen without wonderful people like you.

So, it was good to be home and unlike the footballers, we don't have to wait 4 years for the next one as we can do it all next week!

Enjoy the sunshine and the stats...


Markeaton parkrun

Event number 235

14th July 2018

This week 363 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Paula Jane HUBBER • Jacquie WILLIAMS • Tony EVANS • Brian WARNER • Fiona FINNEGAN • Chris WHITE • Neil BARNES • Jean SILCOCK • Catherine SEYMOUR • David KEEGAN • Richard TISSINGTON • Marie STANDLEY • Tim BENTLEY • Sarah BENTLEY • Angela MONK • John WINTER • Tim STANDLEY • Brian SILCOCK • Neil MOSLEY • Gillian RICHARDSON • Ali CLARKE • Kimberley JOWITT • Nick POTTER • Christopher FENTON • Rebecca PAYNE

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 9,646 participants have completed 57,938 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,690 km, including 12,030 new Personal Bests.




Event 234 – Midsummer Solstice – Derwent Runners Takeover

Well we had a choice of venues today. Either go down to Stonehenge and join the hundreds celebrating the sunrise at the mid point of the year,and join in the wailing of secular hymns and chants at the arrival of dawn.Or join the weekly celebration of our Parkrun down at Markeaton Park.

475 parkrun enthusiasts arrived at the start line for our own weekly celebration,and the prizewinner for distance travelled has to go to the gentleman from Australia,which made our vistors from such far flung outreaches as Belper, Matlock and Burton feel somewhat awestruck! There were 63 first timers. We hope you enjoyed the experience and we will see you again.

Congratulations to the 94 who managed PBs this week but a special mention must go to Joe Lewis,who will not mind me reminding people that he is in the 70-75 years age grouping. Striking a metaphorical blow for those in the higher age groupings this was an awesome achievement. Well done Joe!

Mind you as we listen to the run briefing every week, which quite rightly refers to the care of those youngsters at the other end of the age spectrum, some more senior participants can be heard to mutter about who is caring for the over 70s? Just don’t tell Age Concern that there is such a group of oldsters who love their Saturday morning gallop/shuffle around Markeaton Park and will always be welcome at Markeaton Parkrun

On a more serious point the great attraction of Parkrun to older participants is that the distance is manageable and must keep quite a few out of doctors’ surgeries.

A big thank you to Derwent Runners for managing the event this week. In particular to the wonderful encouragement by the Tail Walker to the lady hobbling around on her crutches. What a wonderful reception she received when she finished. Well done to all the volunteers. The whole organisation was very much appreciated.

Gerry White

ps Come home Chris, all is forgiven!

Now, the stats:

Markeaton parkrun
Event number 234
23rd June 2018

This week 475 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Ian Andrew SCHOFIELD • Zoe JONES • Michael BOTTOM • Matt GRIFFITHS • Tony EVANS • Karl WELLS • Alison JESNEY • Simon JONES • Matt CARTWRIGHT • Leigh JOHNSTON • Steve HAND • Simon FIELD • Andy BUTTERTON • Susan CARTWRIGHT • David BENTLEY • Ros JOHNSON • Sonia BURNS • Emma ELLIS • Simon ELLIS • Emma LEEMING • Michelle KINSEY • Andy TIDMARSH • Phil HOLMES • Samuel KNIBBS • Jane WINTER • Seren SENIOR • Ruth WILLOTT • Brian SILCOCK • Richard ERRINGTON • Tim SAUL • Amanda HACKETT • Gillian RICHARDSON • Ruth VARLEY • Zoe TOMLINSON • Kuniko MURAOKA • Curtis GREENE • Matt PULHAM • Russel TURNER • Raymond EVANS • Daniela BALL • Louise JAMES • Leona BOYLE

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 9,587 participants have completed 57,575 parkruns covering a total distance of 287,875 km, including 11,984 new Personal Bests.


Event 233 – 409 Lions


Yes it's that time again that everybody looks forward to.

It doesn't happen everyday so it seems more special when it rolls round again.

All eyes fall upon a certain place, at a certain time as men, women, children gather together to witness the sporting spectacle to end them all. Elite athletes have been working towards this moment for a while now. Will they rise to the occasion? Will they surprise even themselves? Who will be crowned the winner? And will the hedgehog return this week?*

Eh? What? Well, what do you think I was on about? Whilst something far less significant is happening in Russia, the eyes of the world fell upon on the true epicentre of sporting greatness...Markeaton Park.


Peru? Iceland? Saudi Arabia? Forget it! We had runners join us from New Zealand. And Leeds!! Purpose built, multi-million ruble stadium? We had a beautiful park and The Orangery! Vladimir Putin giving a rousing speech before it all began? We had Tony, at the top of the steps, giving the run briefing! Putin didn't even have a megaphone!

Hang on...I'll stop with the parallels for a bit, as I'm not sure Tony would want to be compared to Vladimir Putin. I mean, Tony runs a tight ship, but...

So, there we all were, gathered together once more. 409 of us braving the slightly showery conditions to run or walk or jog around the marvellous Markeaton Park in the name of fun and fitness. We had 65 people attending Markeaton parkrun for the first time and an incredible 29 of those people were making their parkrun debut. Welcome along everybody. May it be the first of many.

Is was a big day for Chris Payne who ran his 50th parkrun and bagged a new PB too. Great work Chris. That's doing it in style.

The volunteers were amazing this week (as ever) as 23 fine folks stepped up to help out this week. From cheering us on, to scanning us in, each volunteer was awesome. In the Markeaton parkrun World Cup Sticker Book 2018, you are the shiny silver stickers that everybody hopes they get when they tear open a packet. I'd swap you for a dog-eared Ronaldo anyday...


Now, Event 233 had a lot to live up to. In recent weeks we've had royal wedding fever and a hedgehog. What can compete with that eh? But, sitting on the damp grass afterwards, trying to get my breath back and trying not to say 'Good morning' to my breakfast again, I had a moment. Yes, a moment. Watching everybody come in down the finishing funnel was a beautiful thing. Whether somebody is sprinting as fast as they can, or walking purposefully towards the finish, it is incredible to see. So much joy on each face (maybe mixed with a little relief). No big song and dance, no razzmatazz, no Robbie Williams, just a bunch of brilliant happy people coming together each Saturday morning to do their thing. Everybody on their own parkrun journey. Some trying to get a PB, some trying to better last week's time, some not caring about time and just enjoying the moment and some just trying to get round for the very first time. It really is an amazing thing that we are all part of.

Looking down the results, you can see the diversity that brings us all together. Now, I don't want to point the spotlight at anyone, or embarrass anybody, but there were Charlie and Ruth, and Nicola. bringing up the rear doing their very first parkrun. Absolutely amazing. Then further up the table we have Joanne completing her 330th. Amazing for the same, but different reasons. It just shows what a wonderfully diverse bunch we are,  yet we all come together every week to share this magical couple of hours together. Everybody running, or walking , for their very own reasons. Forget 3 Lions, we had 409 of them.

So, no need to jump on a plane to Russia. You can get all the happy, smiley, people coming together, sporting loveliness right here on your doorstep. Plus we don't need VAR when Tony is on the case with the results.

Brian was popping up to photograph us all on Saturday too. You can see his always amazing photos on the website. The rain didn't stop us all from looking awesome.


Dont forget folks, that next week, Derwent Runners will be taking over and then for the next 2 weeks after that we are cancelled, so get your parkrun passports out and go be a tourist. Russia does have plenty of parkruns. Just sayin...

Also, one last thing. A bloke called Chris, who started parkrunning in Darley Park 5 years ago, ran his 200th parkrun on Saturday. He feels very proud of himself and of the brilliant parkrun family he's met along the way. Cheers everybody.

So there we go, yet another perfect parkrun. 409 wonderful people Russian round the park.

That's your lot.

Mos co...


The Stats...

Markeaton parkrun

Event number 233

16th June 2018

This week 409 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 95 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Paula Jane HUBBER • Tony EVANS • Kenneth MALTON • Chris WHITE • Nicola WHITE • Tony SMITH • Kathleen GRUNDY • Rachel FARROW • Amy BIRD • IanMGRUNDY • David KEEGAN • James COWIE • Matthew WEST • William MATTHEWS • John WINTER • Alan WILLIAMS • Jamie ATKINSON • Carolyn HALE • Brian SILCOCK • Kimberley JOWITT • Johanna WESTWOOD • Nick POTTER • Jacey ALLEN


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 9,524 participants have completed 57,100 parkruns covering a total distance of 285,500 km, including 11,890 new Personal Bests.

*No hedgehogs were harmed in the writing of this run report...


Event 232 – Wild About parkrun…


Well, here we go again. I know what you're thinking...

Another parkrun, another run report.

After 232 parkruns, we've seen it all. We know how this goes. We turn up, we run, jog or walk round Markeaton Park and read all about it the day after. Nothing new here. The same old routine. There is nothing that could possibly occur at Markeaton parkrun that hasn't happened before. Let's get the run report out of the way and go back to our lives people. First timers...blah blah blah...PBs...blah blah blah...it was a bit sunny...blaaaaaah..,

But wait! Hang on a second!!

I promise that if you stick around until the end of the report then I will write about something that has never been seen before at Markeaton parkrun. Honest. Your mind will be blown, oh jaded reader. Just you wait. It'll be worth it, I guarantee. It'll be wild...

But first, let me take you back to where it started...

The weather was warm but not too warm. Many were still recovering from the Derby Half Marathon the weekend before, some were still reeling from the sauna-like conditions of last week's parkrun, but 456 of us gathered together in Markeaton Park to kick off the weekend in the only way we know how, the wild and wonderful world of parkrun.

We had parkrunners from London join the regular bunch of  Markeatoneers this morning. Also, a fine turnout from running clubs The Peacock Firm, Dragons Running Club and Ealing Eagles who sent Mickleover Running Club scuttling off to call an emergency meeting about a re-branding to "jazz it up a bit." Next week, look out for Micklover Minotaurs...

So, after Tony wrestled with the megaphone (and won) we took in the delights of the run briefing and set out on our 5k quest to sweat, smile and slog round the park.



Still with me? Great. Keep reading, it's worth it in the end...

There were an incredible 63 runners who were visiting Markeaton parkrun for the very first time and 40 of those fine people were doing their first ever parkrun anywhere. Welcome along folks, great to see you and we hope you come back for more.

It was a big day for Robert Parkinson as he clocked up his 100th run to enter the parkrun hall of fame and Matthew Hatton also had cause for celebration as he reached his 50th run. Congratulations to you both. Enjoy your t-shirts.

The glorious Event 232 could not have happened without the aid of 28 fabulous people who made the magic happen. It's incredible, when you think about it, that this wonderful activity takes place every week with just some poles and tape, some hi-viz jackets, a couple of stopwatches and scanners, a clipboard and a whole lot of love and goodwill from the people who step up each week to help out. Amazing stuff. Thanks to all the volunteers this week. You were beyond awesome. A special mention to Russel who went from bad cycling injury to super scanner without batting an eyelid.

Still here? Brilliant. Nearly there now...

The park looked fantastic, the weather was kind (again) and, despite a slip from a couple of runners who thankfully were OK, everybody made it found both laps safely. Some ran, some jogged, some walked and we were all amazing. 456 like-minded people, joining together to share the parkrun love. A beautiful sight to see.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, get to the good bit!!" I hear you cry. Well, OK, it's coming. Are you sitting down for this? Good. Right, here we go then. Hold onto your hats. Lock all pets indoors. Take whatever medication you need. Take a deep breath. The moment is here...

After this many parkruns, you think you've seen it all. Ice, snow, sun, sticky-out branches, grown men in too-tight shorts, that time a dog won etc... But, my friends, on Saturday 9th of June, in the Year of our Lord 2018...(remember the date to tell your grandchildren) WE HAD A HEDGEHOG ON THE COURSE!!!

Yes, I told you it was worth sticking around until the end. Reports began to emerge after the run that the spiky beast was spotted somewhere near the bridge on lap 2. Many runners stopped in amazement, many couldn't believe their eyes and some got down-hearted that they were possibly being lapped by a hedgehog. Incredible scenes. In a week that saw an amazing 96 PBs, surely the only one PB that really counts is the Prickly Ball. There were also mumblings that Tony's run briefing, whilst informing us what to do with dogs (short lead), children (arms length) there were no instructions on what the ruddy heck to do with a hedgehog on the course!!! Tony was last seen scratching his head and consulting the 'parkrun Rules and Regulations' handbook, whilst mumbling about "This never happens to Tony..." Expect next week's run briefing to be very different.

I am glad to say that the hedgehog was safe and unharmed (and, by all accounts, did a very reasonable sub-30 minutes time, but thinks he can do better next week). We do have an incredible photograph of the exact moment the furry parkrunner was first spotted by one eagle-eyed runner, thanks to our amazing photographer Brian...



To see more of Brian's brilliant pictures, click on the photos bit at the top of the Markeaton parkrun page.

There we go then. I told you it would be worth reading to the end. You're welcome. I'm sorry that anything that happens from now until the next parkrun won't be as awesome as that, but that's life I suppose.

Great to see you all and whether you ran, walked or hogged...congratulations.

Dont forget that we are cancelled on June 30th and July 7th but we will be back and raring to go, same time, same place, next week.

Wear spikes if you can.






Event 231 – Nah Nah Nah Nanah Na Naaaa, Hey June…


This is the stuff! This is what it's all about! It doesn't get much better than this!

Cast your mind back to those cold Wintery mornings, not that long ago. Could you be bothered to force yourself to get up, let alone force yourself to get to an icy park? Could you manage to get enough layers of running kit on whilst still managing to move your limbs?  Would the park even be OK to run round? Would the event be called off or would you be ravaged by a hungry polar bear half way round? Cold, ice, snow, rain. Tough times everybody. Tough times...

But now look at us all. Just a few weeks later and all has changed. It's the first parkrun of June and the park is in full bloom and looking mighty fine. The weather is hot and sticky. The only coat you need is a coat of sun block and the only thing more dazzling than the sun is the array of bright and brand new milestone shirts on display.


Yep, what better way to usher in the weekend than to push yourself or plod round a park with 409 friends? We welcomed runners from Kent, Ipswich and Manchester to Markeaton Park and many of the local familiar faces were in attendance too, all raring to go with a smile on their face. Many smiles would be tested later as we realised exactly how warm it was on Saturday morning. Unconfirmed reports say that many found it so hot, close and sticky that they finished the run with towels round their heads and swim wear on. Was it more a sauna than a parkrun or a bit of both? You decide... Did a few runners really lose so much weight that in the afternoon they sent their new milestone t-shirts back to exchange for a smaller size? Were some runners were sweating so much and lost so much fluid round the course that the Puddle of Doom actually briefly made a shock reappearance around 9-20am. Again, unconfirmed reports...

In amongst the sweaty throng were an incredible 40 first timers who were visiting Markeaton parkrun for the first time and 21 of those 40 were making their parkrun debuts. Brilliant. Great to see you everybody. We hope you loved it as much as we loved having you.

A huge round of applause and a pat on their hi-viz clad backs goes to each and every volunteer who gave up their valuable time to help out. It couldn't happen without you and you were all incredible. You pointed and clapped and timed and scanned and organised and made us all feel like one big sweaty family. Which sounds a bit weird, but it was a beautiful thing.


This week, one person ran like a horse in a star-spangled rodeo, or if you prefer...a Milestone Cowboy. Yes, Jonathan Gregson completed his 50th parkrun this morning and also bagged a brand new PB too. Quite a morning for you Jonathan. Congratulations. YEEHAW!! 69 other people battled the heat to claim a PB too. Well done to y'all!

When the park and the parkrunners look this good, you just know that you need to view some photographs of it all. You meant to take it all in on the way round the course but there was so much sweat pouring into your eyes that you couldn't. Well, do not fear! Brian was at hand to capture everybody in their glistening glory. You can view a magnificent set of snaps in the 'Photos' section on the website.


So there you have it. We were all amazing. We sweated and smiled and flung ourselves round the park all for the love of fun, fitness and friends. What a joyful occasion it was. Some sprinted, some jogged, some walked, some grabbed an ice-cream for lap 2, but everybody enjoyed a sensational Saturday morning.

We came, we saw, we sweated...and all before 10 o clock in the morning. Amazing.

See you next week!

Have some stats...

Markeaton parkrun

Event number 231

2nd June 2018

This week 409 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Martin KERR • Samantha JAMES • Tim SPATE • Brian WARNER • Chris WHITE •

Neil BARNES • Liz PHILLIPS • Natalie WHEAT • Robert HUMBER • David




NEWTON • Viv MOXHAM • Paul PEARCE • Mike SMITH • Kimberley JOWITT • Tom



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 9,397 participants have completed 56,235 parkruns covering a total distance of 281,175 km, including 11,690 new Personal Bests.



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