Event 248 – A Windy, Wet, Warm Wun

 

Well, that had a bit of everything didn't it? Good job parkrunners are such a level-headed lot or it could have messed with your mind at this early hour on a Saturday morning.

"It's really windy right? So it's freezing cold? No, hang on, it's not. But it's raining too, so it must be chilly? No, it's warm. Really warm. But it's October! And last week there was the Puddle of Doom, and I've got my hat and long sleeves on...AAARRGGGHHH! WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE WEATHER!?!???"

Yes, many confused faces gathered at 8-30 on Saturday morning. It was wet. It was REALLY windy and, many people had come wrapped up for the oncoming storm-like conditions, only for it to turn out warmer than a camel in Ugg boots. Weather eh? What can you do?

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Still, 368 intrepid parkrunners gathered together to kick off the weekend in the best possible way. 368 may not seem like that many people compared to some weeks, but it was still 368 more than the official attendance for Croatia v England the previous evening. It was great to see 44 parkrunners visiting Markeaton for the very first time and 28 people doing their first ever parkrun ANYWHERE. Incredible stuff.

In amongst the Markeaton regulars were a sprinkling of tourists to shake things up a bit, and it was brilliant to see visitors from Devon, Nottingham and Watford. Welcome along folks.

The course was resplendent in its Autumn glory. Leaves and branches on the ground. A few small puddles (but the Puddle of Doom was nowhere to be seen) and the people setting up the course for the afternoon's Cross Country Championships to dodge. But then there was the wind. Always blowing and swirling, but never actually behind you, helping. Nope, it always seemed as if the wind was gusting right in your face and making some sections feel as if you were running through treacle. It didn't stop 50 people clocking up a new PB though. Maybe they opened there arms, caught an up-draught and flew round. Who knows? Congratulations though!

Reports did come in after the run that a few squirrels did become airborne due to the strong winds. If anybody can give them a lift back from Cromford, then please let Markeaton HQ know, please.

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We didn't lose any volunteers to the weather! All 27 heroes in the hi-viz did their jobs amazingly in tricky conditions and reported in at the finish. Huge thanks to everybody that helped out, as the run couldn't happen without you. It's even more appreciated when the conditions turn a bit grim, so it really is appreciated by all the runners.

It was a huuuuge morning for Daniel Burch who ran his 10th parkrun and will get to wear the 10 Shirt of Awesomeness from now on. Well done Daniel. You da man.

Everybody managed to finish just in time, as the weather took another twist and decided, after threatening for a while, to pelt it down with rain towards the end of the run. Conversations from parkrunners sheltering in The Orangery varied from "What about the wind?" to "How warm was that?" via "I did three laps of the cross country course without realising!" but everybody was happy now that coffee and bacon cobs had appeared.

Yep, yet another incredible Markeaton parkrun. It certainly blew the cobwebs away (and a squirrel or two) and if you ran, jogged, walked or did a combination of all three, then congratulations on being part of a beautiful thing. Something so beautiful that it makes Tony and Tim look like this. They are living the parkrun dream, people...

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If you want  to look as awesome as this then, don't worry, you can. We will be doing it all again next week, and you, YES YOU, can be like Tony and Tim. And who doesn't want that..?

So, you next week for another exciting instalment. If I were you, I'd dress for sun, rain, cold, warmth, snow, plague of locusts and a tornado. Y'know, just to be on the safe side.

 

The stats my friend, are blowin' in the wind...

Markeaton parkrun

Event number 248

13th October 2018

This week 368 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Paula Jane HUBBER • Maggie WHITELEY • Samantha JAMES • Tim SPATE • Brian WARNER • Chris WHITE • Nicola WHITE • Sarah Jane BARTLEY • Rachel FARROW • Pete RAVENSCROFT • David BENTLEY • Ian GRUNDY • William GAGIE • Jerry EVANS • David KEEGAN • Andrew COWELL • Catherine PEAKE • Tim BENTLEY • Corey ROSE • Tim STANDLEY • Karen NEWTON • Gillian RICHARDSON • Nick POTTER • Raphael COWAP • Lucy BELL • Nawal MOHIAELDIN • Maisie HOLLICK

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:27 on 12th March 2016 (event number 139).

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 96.36% (25:10) on 1st September 2018 (event number 242).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 10,343 participants have completed 63,048 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,240 km, including 12,951 new Personal Bests.

Cheers!

Chris

 

 

 

 

 

Event 247 – Making a Splash

 

So the big question is, did you run ROUND it or did you run THROUGH it?

Yes, in what was the soggiest Markeaton parkrun for many, many months, we had the return of THE PUDDLE OF DOOOOOM! Some skirted their way around the edges trying not to get too wet and some channelled their inner 5 year old and went straight down the middle splashing as they went and not caring who they took down with them. Great stuff.

Its been a long hot Summer and many parkrunners were speaking in hushed tones, around the HQ Table at the bottom of the steps, about the Legends and tales of the mighty PUDDLE OF DOOM. Children gathered round to hear ballads and tales of a puddle, so deep and cold, that a small dog ran in there last Winter and was never seen again. A puddle, SO WET, that Lyndon Malley still has a pair of socks drying out on his radiator from October 2016. A puddle, SO VAST, that several squirrels have set up a shrine in the bushes next to it in tribute to their lost brethren. A puddle, SO HUGE, that...oh you get the picture. There was a puddle.

301 intrepid parkrunners made their way to Markeaton Park on Saturday morning, to run, jog, walk and splash their way round two laps of loveliness, in the company of the best bunch of people you can find. The numbers were down a little this week as the weather certainly took a turn for the damp and Markeaton was as wet as a lobster's bikini.

Still, the die-hard parkrunners were not to be deterred and the running regulars were joined by terrific tourists from Exeter, Sheffield, Cheltenham and Leeds. Welcome along folks! We also had a runner all the way from California! It must have felt like home from home for you, with the cold, lashing rain and puddles! Yeah, maybe not. Thanks for joining us though and bringing a glint of California sunshine to an otherwise moist morning. 37 people were visiting us for the first time and it was great to see you all!

George Herbert certainly made a splash this week, running his 10th run today and Helen Brocklehurst volunteered for the 25th time. Congratulations to you both! Enjoy your t-shirts when they arrive.

Talking of volunteers, it's conditions like today that make you appreciate them even more. So huge thanks to everybody that stepped up this week and donned the hi-viz vests and ensured all 301 runners made it round the soggy, slippery course with a smile on their faces. The volunteers are awesome every week but even more awesome when getting drenched too.

What a great run it was. 5k of rain-lashed runners, jolly joggers, damp dogs and wringing-wet walkers. Absolutely brilliant. There is something really invigorating about running in the rain and you feel like you've really earnt that cup of steaming coffee as you sit steaming in The Orangery afterwards, reminiscing about thundering along the lake, conquering Cardiac Hill, dashing down through the woods, laughing in the face of THE PUDDLE OF DOOM (or gingerly stepping round it trying not to get your new trainers dirty), then doing it all again, before triumphantly sprinting (or at least having a go) down the home stretch to punch the air and collapse in a soggy mess of happiness and relief. Then immediately vow to do it better next week! Huge congratulations to everybody that crossed the line in whatever time. You were awesome. And wet. Which makes you even more awesome.

The early reports are that next week will be bright and sunny, but, as always, you never know. You can guarantee there will be a Markeaton parkrun. You can guarantee the course. You can guarantee there will be incredible people. But you can never guarantee the weather. Will the PUDDLE OF DOOM be back to claim more victims?

Who knows? MWA HA HAAAAAAAAA!!!!

(All contributions to The Squirrel Bereavement Fund greatly appreciated. Those floral tributes aren't cheap you know.)

Nearly forgot to say a big thanks to Liz Piper from York Knavesmire Parkrun who stepped in to do a brilliant run report last week, when I found myself stuck in Skipton and had to do 4 laps of the parkrun there. Thanks lots Liz.

Also, sending very best wishes to our regular photographer Brian who is struggling with illness at the moment. Everybody at Markeaton sends lots of love your way Brian and we hope to see you back behind the camera soon.

See you next week you lovely lot. Here are the slightly soggy stats...
Markeaton parkrun
Event number 247
6th October 2018
This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Samantha JAMES • Tim SPATE • Brian WARNER • Chris WHITE • Stephen HAWKINS • David BENTLEY • Rob HIGSON • David KEEGAN • Richard TISSINGTON • Matthew WEST • Tim BENTLEY • Sarah BENTLEY • Helen BROCKLEHURST • Tim STANDLEY • Alan WILLIAMS • Paul DEAN • Viv MOXHAM • Julie DEAN • Nick POTTER • Millie HARDY • Raphael COWAP • Jacey ALLEN • Rebecca PAYNE • Lucy STONE • Oliver COUSINS • Maisie HOLLICK
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Markeaton parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:27 on 12th March 2016 (event number 139).
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 96.36% (25:10) on 1st September 2018 (event number 242).
Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 10,299 participants have completed 62,680 parkruns covering a total distance of 313,400 km, including 12,901 new Personal Bests.

Cheers!

Chris

 

Event 246 – A Lovely Morning for a Run

With the moon still up, the sun shining and little fluffy clouds in the deep blue sky, what else is there to do on a Saturday morning but go for a run! Especially amongst friendly and like-minded people. So, on Saturday, 29th September, we joined the throng of 439 adults, children and dogs at Markeaton Park who were gathering to run, jog or walk round the two lap course.

 

As a visitor to these tropical climes, coming from far away York, which is very flat and cold to boot, I was amazed at the undulating and varied course, with its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. From the initial welcome, the new runners briefing and the chat whilst taking part, you'll never be alone. It's like the Liverpool anthem but for joggers! Add a good dose of sunshine and it makes for the perfect day!

 

The course begins on a path with a nearby cafe (The Orangery) with its tantalising promise of carrot cake (apparently one of our five healthy fruit and veg a day), wending its way alongside the lake with bemused swans looking down their noses in appalled fashion at passing runners and thence around a wide sweep of grass into woodland before returning for another lap of the park. The random clothing adorning trees, vehicles in the car park and attached to fencing served to remind us that summer is still with us (just!) and that running can be warm work and with the choice of not one but two venues for refreshment after the run itself, what more could be wanted to make a perfect start to the day?

 

If you have wanted to try a run but not yet plucked up the courage, just come along at 9am and take part! Everyone's doing it, no matter what their story, from the people who have never run before but would like to start, to runners making a comeback from injury and dogs taking their people out for a dose of weekend exercise!

 

A huge vote of thanks to all the marshals who stood and cheered us all on - what a difference it makes to those tired legs when there is someone applauding our efforts!. Thanks to all the volunteers who set up the course, barcode scanned, took notes and timekept the event, then cleared up at the end! Your names are below. If you would like to join the merry band of volunteers please check out the 'Future Roster' page of the Markeaton Parkrun website or contact us at markeatonhelpers@parkrun.com.

 

Tourists were welcomed from California, Australia and Spain, whilst the locals were joined by others from Leeds, Bath, Billericay, London and Scotland!

 

Liz Piper of York Knavesmire Parkrun

 

 

And now for the stats:

Markeaton parkrun

Event number 246

29th September 2018

This week 439 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 100 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Samantha JAMES • Tony EVANS • Tim SPATE • Leigh JOHNSTON • Kathryn WILLS • Gillian FOXCROFT • Rachel FARROW • Jerry EVANS • David KEEGAN • Shane WALKER • Matthew WEST • Tim BENTLEY • Paul BROCKLEHURST • Helen BROCKLEHURST • Seren SENIOR • Tim STANDLEY • David SENIOR • Karen NEWTON • Hannah LATHAM • Ian CROMPTON • Nick POTTER • Rolf CUMBERLIDGE • Rebecca PAYNE • Lucy STONE

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:27 on 12th March 2016 (event number 139).
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 96.36% (25:10) on 1st September 2018 (event number 242).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 10,262 participants have completed 62,379 parkruns covering a total distance of 311,895 km, including 12,844 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 245 – Sign O’ the Times…

 

There are signs during the year that the times they are a-changing.

The first snow of Winter.

The first swallow of Summer.

The first daffodil of Spring.

THE RETURN OF THE MARKEATON PUDDLE!

Yes, what a fabulous parkrun we had on Saturday. This was the stuff! No more complaining of the heat. No more slapping on the sun cream. A decent puddle to splash through, wind-blown branches on the course and leaves and general sogginess to deal with. Some people unleashed the long sleeves and leggings that had been sat at the back of the wardrobe since March. Some woolly hats were back. Was that a duffel coat? Maybe not...

An amazing 405 people congregated in the park, obviously not put off by the dampness and the after effects of Storm Ali (or whatever it was called by the bored weather people). We were joined by tourists from Brighton, Rugby, London and Lincoln, as well as the usual bunch of Markeaton regulars. In amongst the expectant throng who congregated at The Orangery to hear Run Director Tony's sermon on the steps, were 50 first timers making their first visit to Markeaton parkrun. 29 of those fine people were making their parkrun debut. Great to see you all folks!

Some people were particularly dripping in awesomeness this weekend by running milestone runs and joining the parkrun hall of fame. Peter Emery was running his 150th run. Julie Peverell ran her 100th and Russell Broad completed his 50th run. Brilliant stuff.

So, what a sight it was. 405 beautiful people thundering around the park kicking off the weekend in the finest of fashions. There were sprinters, there were joggers, there were walkers, some were doing a bit of each. Dogs scampered, buggies rolled, and many parkrunners splashed through the puddle like giddy 5 year olds (myself included).

An incredible 83 people recorded a brand new PB, while 322 people muttered under their breath that there is always next week.

All of this gloriousness couldn't happen without the incredible volunteers who stepped forward and donned the hi-viz, like the fine upstanding people that they are. Huge thanks if you scanned, timed, token-wrangled, funnel-managed, marshalled or tail-walked, or if you were Tim and Jane and shared the timekeeping duties in our hour of need, in addition to their other volunteering roles. Thank you. Special mention goes to Olivia Walker who volunteered for the very first time and, after checking the parkrun records, became the first person to marshal whilst also looking after a round, cuddly unicorn. Incredible scenes.

We are always need people to volunteer every week, so be more Olivia and step up and help if you can. A hi-viz bib and training is given. A cuddly unicorn is optional.

So, there we go. Another fantastic parkrun. The only place where you can enjoy the company of wonderful, like-minded people, a beautiful park, fresh air and fresh coffee, and a puddle, all before 10am on a Saturday morning. Marvellous.

Oh, nearly forgot, if Jane (who dropped her printed barcode on the course) is reading this, then email in to let Markeaton parkrun know your position please, so you can be added to the results.

I'm afraid Brian wasn't there with his camera this week, so there are no photos, so you'll just have to imagine how awesome you looked. You'll always have your memories...

Cheers and here come The Stats...

 

 

This week 405 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Paula Jane HUBBER • Samantha JAMES • Tony EVANS • Tim SPATE • Kenneth MALTON • Chris WHITE • Rachel FARROW • Jane FOULKES • David BENTLEY • Ian GRUNDY • Laura COLLIER • David KEEGAN • Richard TISSINGTON • Matthew WEST • Tim BENTLEY • Pascale HOLDEN • Paul BROCKLEHURST • Helen BROCKLEHURST • Kelly WALKER • Gillian RICHARDSON • Nick POTTER • Janet BRIGGS • Rebecca PAYNE • Lucy BELL • Lucy STONE • Olivia WALKER

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:27 on 12th March 2016 (event number 139). 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 96.36% (25:10) on 1st September 2018 (event number 242).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 10,213 participants have completed 61,940 parkruns covering a total distance of 309,700 km, including 12,744 new Personal Bests.

Cheers!

Chris

 

Event 244 – 1 Wedding & a Funnel

 

Welcome along to another packed edition of the Markeaton parkrun Run Report.

There's something for everyone this week. Love was in the air, the slight whiff of suntan lotion too, as many a holiday shirt was given one last outing, and we were joined by a bunch of runners graduating in style. Milestone runs galore happened, bikes tried to mow us down and we had a squirrel pacer. I kid you not.

All this and more in Event 244. A Run Report so glorious that you may want to print it off, frame it and hang it in the downstairs toilet for future generations, just so you can say, "I was there..."

So where to begin? Well, as Autumn shoved Summer out the way saying, "Cheers Love, I'll take it from here..." there was a definite chill in the air, despite the sun doing its best to say, "Wait! There's still life in me yet..." It was damp yet warm, like a running sock after a PB, as 454 of us congregated in the park at 8-30 on Saturday morning.

We were greeted by a thunderous Run Briefing by debut Run Director Gill, who belted out the parkrun wisdom like a smaller and beardless Brian Blessed, with no megaphone needed. Nice one Gill!

57 people were experiencing the joys of Markeaton parkrun for the first time and 22 fine folks were making their first appearance at a parkrun anywhere. Many of the 22 were made up from the incredible Derby City Council Livewell Couch to 5K runners who were doing their graduation run. It was an absolute pleasure to witness such an amazing achievement. Huge congratulations to you all and we hope this is just the beginning of your running journey. We're here every week, so keep it up!

We desperately tried to hang on to the last rays of Summer this week by giving our holiday shirts one last outing of the year. There were shirts from Florida, France and Vietnam, amongst others. Surely the most stylish award went to this fine shirt though...

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Now, that is how to parkrun and look mighty fine doing it. We salute you, Sir.

Talking of exotic locations, we had some parkrun tourists visit this week from Argentina, which was mightily impressive. Great to have you here!

Plenty of people were pounding out marvellous Milestone Runs this week. Paul Crossley and Robert Lane ran their 150th parkruns and Colin Mee ran his100th parkrun, as did Rachel Kelsey. Well done everybody. Impressive stuff.

But wait! The special announcements don't stop there! Oh no! For the most special announcement in the history of special announcements must be the special announcement of Dave Quinn travelling up from Bath for his wedding today! Yes, what better way to beat the pre-marriage nerves by belting out a cheeky parkrun before you get married. Unbelievable stuff! Huge congratulations from everybody at Markeaton parkrun to Mr & Mrs Quinn. We raised a cup of coffee to you in the cafe afterwards. Here is Dave entering the Funnel of Love, before sprinting off to attend his second most important event of the day...

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(Don't worry, I'm sure Dave had a shower before the occasion...)

In fact, to pay tribute to the happy couple today, we had 5 people with the surname Whyte or White running. Proving that it sure was a nice day for a Whyte Wedding...

So there we were, 454 of us, hurtling round the park in the sunshine. Some ran, some jogged, some walked, and everybody was brilliant. In order to make the course a little more testing this week, there was a cycling event in the park also. If you think the hill isn't quite taxing enough then it was made a little more testing this week by not knowing if a bike was going to hurtle across the track. Great fun! One stretch near the lake also had a squirrel pacer who ran alongside some parkrunners for a good stretch, before feeling the pace a little, throwing up his nuts, and disappearing up a tree. He didn't have his new pale-blue pacer bib on, so he probably wasn't official anyway. I'm unsure if it counts towards his 25 volunteering t-shirt. You'll have to check the stats below...

Ah, yes, the volunteers. An awesome array of humanity who stepped forward to make sure this whole event could take place. Without them Dave couldn't have got married, the Couch to 5kers couldn't have graduated and there would be no Milestone Runs. Our visiters from Argentina would have arrived at the park to just see a few bikes and a crazy squirrel running round. So from Funnel Manager to Tail Walker, from Time Keepers to Barcode Scanners, we thank you all. Thanks for being awesome.

There we go then, that was fun wasn't it? Shall we do it all again next week?

Here are the Stats...

Markeaton parkrun

Event number 244

15th September 2018

This week 454 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Paula Jane HUBBER • Mark RICHARDSON • Samantha JAMES • Tony EVANS • Tim SPATE • Brian WARNER • Chris WHITE • Leigh JOHNSTON • Alex HALL • Neil BARNES • Jerry EVANS • David KEEGAN • Andrew COWELL • Tim BENTLEY • Angela MONK • Helen BROCKLEHURST • Alan WILLIAMS • Sarah HUSKINSON • David FOWLER • Gillian RICHARDSON • Tim STOKES • Kimberley JOWITT • Nick POTTER • Rolf CUMBERLIDGE • Rebecca PAYNE • Lucy BELL • Lucy STONE • Alison BUSH - Cyril SQUIRREL

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:27 on 12th March 2016 (event number 139).

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 96.36% (25:10) on 1st September 2018 (event number 242).

Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 10,162 participants have completed 61,535 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,675 km, including 12,662 new Personal Bests.

Cheers!

Chris

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