A few specials coming up. ..

Hi everyone. Just wanted to make you aware of a few special runs we have coming up. ..

6th October: International parkrun day. It's parkrun's 14th birthday!!

13th October: Melton Mowbray parkrun's 200th Event!!!

27th October: Halloween fancy dress special

25th December: 9am Christmas morning run. Bring your Christmas jumpers and festive hats and really earn that 9 course dinner with the in-laws

1st January: 9am New Year's Day run. See the new year off in the best possible way with a New Year's parkrun. Why not try to get to Rutland Water for 10.30 to complete the double?

12th January: Melton's FOURTH birthday. No longer a toddler. Celebrate in style with us. Details to follow nearer the time, but you can assume fancy dress and cake.


Event number 166 – 10.02.2017

Back on 20 August 2016, when I stood apprehensive about starting my parkrun journey with 8 others, I was in total awe of those completing their 50th run, thinking I would never get there. Today I became one of those people, along with Martin Neal, but now as many people here at Melton complete their 100th run my goals and ambitions have changed, today we were honoured to have Tony Worn join us to complete his 150th parkrun.
It was a cold and icy morning, but the bridge was in better condition than it had been for weeks, that could have played a part in 30 of us getting PB’s today, congratulations to you all.
Of the 168 runners today first home was Duncan Greene in 19.27, second with a PB was Michael Salter in 19.40, third Mark Ashmore in 19.56. First female was Julie Bass in 23.18 with the best age grade of 80.97%.
To the 9 first timers who started their parkrun journey here today, WELCOME, keep going the rewards are worth it, do pop into the cafe for a post run tea or coffee, the camaraderie is great and you will be made to feel welcome by all.
Massive thanks to the following volunteers without whom todays park run could not have happened: Don AINSCOUGH, Richard ANGRAVE, Sarah-Louise CLARKE, Alison CRADDOCK, William DICKSON, Val DRAGE, Max FAIRLIE, David HALL, Rachel HOLLAND, Oliver LOWE, Martin NEAL, Mel PADGETT, Martin TAYLOR, Owen THORNLEY & Brian WALKLING
Look forward to seeing you all again next week.


Event Number 165 – 03-02-2018

Melton Mowbray parkrun
Event number 165
3rd February 2018
A dull and dreary morning greeted 155 visitors to Melton Mowbray Country Park this week for the 165th running of the Melton Mowbray parkrun Stakes over a distance of five kilometres, or 3 miles and about 185 yards. The going was moist.

3 people decided to begin their parkrun journey with us today – welcome! – and 9 people visited Melton Mowbray parkrun for the first time, including visitors from Kettering, Brighton, Conkers and Porthcawl – we hope you come back soon!

Despite less than ideal conditions (a decidedly icy bridge over Scalford Brook), 22 people secured new personal bests, including Jacqui Riley on her 55th run at Melton. Well done Jacqui! I also secured a course best for Melton on my 12th run here, clocking 28:01 thanks to Brian Walkling’s expert pacing! Sub-28 next time!

In the pre-run brief, a celebratory shout out was made for birthday girl Anne Craddock who, as well as celebrating her 30th birthday today, also ran her 50th parkrun – well done Anne and happy birthday. Cake was delicious!

Our first three finishers today were:
Dean Marshall 19:45
Sean McAuliffe 20:37
Jonathan Hacking 20:39

Emily Hollis was our first female finisher, clocking 22:03.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Neil JAGGARD • Duncan GREENE • Ian JOHNSON • Shane SHARKEY • Helen BENZIE • Clive KENT • Lisa BUSHELL • Brian WALKLING • Jane COLLINGHAM • Oliver LOWE • Sharon MEE • Val DRAGE • Mel PADGETT • Max FAIRLIE • Sarah-Louise CLARKE • Owen THORNLEY • Wiliam DICKSON

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

The female record is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 18:24 on 25th April 2015 (event number 15).
The male record is held by Thomas STEVENS who recorded a time of 16:26 on 16th December 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anna GARNIER who recorded 90.57% (21:44) on 29th April 2017 (event number 123).

Melton Mowbray parkrun started on 10th January 2015. Since then 3,367 participants have completed 21,048 parkruns covering a total distance of 105,240 km, including 4,326 new Personal Bests.


Event #162 – 3rd Birthday run – Superhero theme

parkrun was something that I first heard about on some random running forum online, and as Club Secretary for the Stilton Striders I decided that it was potentially a really good "guaranteed speed session" for us club runners, and a way of bridging the gap between the highly successful C25k group in town and the Striders. Within a week of hearing about it I had had a meeting with Helen Hood who is now head of parkrun operations in the UK and she met me at the Visitors Centre and took a walk around the park. A week later I was assigned to our ever-supportive ambassadors Julie and Mark Thompson. Over the next 8 months I put in hours of planning, fund raising, course designing and redesigning, core team building and negotiating opening hours with the cafe.

On January 10th 2015 I stood on a table in front of 262 people and launched Melton Mowbray parkrun for the first time. This was one of the most nerve wrecking moments of my life, and the day continued to be the greatest feeling I had experienced. All the hard work had paid off.

The first parkrun I ever actually took part in was week 3 at Melton, and on week 5 my best friend broke the course record (which he held for a whole week), and I felt great that my best friend had the course record at my event. 20 minutes later two ladies approached myself and Theresa and said that that day was the first time they had managed to run the whole course without stopping. This was the moment that I started to realise what parkrun was really all about. This event was about inclusivity, community and togetherness. It was a chance for like-minded individuals to congregate in unity on a Saturday morning and simply enjoy the event, challenge themselves, and give themselves the best start to their weekend. It wasn't the speed session that I first imagined, unless you want it to be. It was far bigger than another training session.

I was lucky enough to run by 50th parkrun at Bushy Park (where it all began) on parkrun's 12th bithday, and was able to speak to Paul Sinton-Hewitt. He told me in the cafe after the run that the run itself will happen regardless every Saturday morning - it is purely incidental. The magic of parkrun is what happens in the cafe after each run. I looked around myself and felt the room buzzing. It was a hive of activity with people laughing and smiling, discussing their running, their personal lives, planning tourism trips, making friends, and feeling comfortable to just be. The following week (and pretty much every week since then) I have felt humbled when I see precisely that but on a smaller scale in our own cafe post-run. That is where the parkrun really happens for me and so many others.

This is even more important at Melton because our cafe is run by the Melton Learning Hub - providing education opportunities to those who have struggled to cope with mainstream education - and all proceeds are reinvested back into the hub. Every cup of tea or bacon sandwich consumed post-run is helping the lives of local teenagers who may struggle to get on without that provision.

Yesterday morning we had our second highest ever turnout (251 - only beaten by that inaugural event) for our third birthday. The theme was superheroes and every single person embraced the fun atmosphere that the fancy dress aspect added. We started off by standing around diligently listening to a valid attempt at the World Record for longest run brief (if only we had arranged someone from Guinness to adjudicate). We had plenty of milestones as Steph Barlow, Debs Wilson, Sue Clarke and tourist Steve King all ran their 50th parkruns with us, and Daniel "Guinness" Gray (still not an adjudicator), Ben Pickard, regular Run Director Brian Walkling, and I all ran our 100th.

One of the most breathtaking scenes I ever see at parkrun is when you're towards the back of the pack and you approach the long bridge for the first time. All you can see is an endless train of people across the bridge and all of the way up the hill, all setting their own challenges and meeting their own goals. I still feel awed and humbled that these people turn up every week to something that I stuck together on what was then a whim.

Despite the countless amazing costumes, we still had 28 PBs. Mark Bendle, Debbie Millward, John Cousen, Jonathan Perkins and Richard Smith all started their parkrun journeys with us by completing their first run, and 30 first time tourists including the guy who created the parkrun logo that we all know and love - Danny Norman completing his 571st run at his 224th event!!!

A massive thanks to our volunteers - all 25 of them!!!! - some of whom had long planned to give up their Saturday morning so others can run, and some of whom did their run and then helped out by clearing the event equipment away, sorting the finish tokens over a cuppa, or helping with the results processing in the cafe afterwards. The event really cannot be put on each week without a constant stream of volunteers so please get in touch if you are able to help.

Also a massive thank you to Sugar Shamrocks for making our hugely popular superhero birthday cake with milestone capes.

Standing in the cafe afterwards, it was clear: there was a buzz! Thank you everyone and let's see the event last for many more years to come!



New Years Day – Special Run

The weather was glorious for the very first parkrun of the year - sunny, blue skies, not too cold - but very very muddy......ah well. And the extra special treat for New Year's Day was that we got to run the course backwards! Well, in reverse, not literally running it backwards...I mean DOWN that lovely hill instead of up.

Personally I've only ever run it up - once before. We're tourists from Bracknell, my sister's house bordering this beautiful park you run in.

We had 137 people turn up, who ran, jogged and walked the course. The tourists came from Hull, Bracknell, Belfast, Bath and Nottingham, plus a smattering from parkruns local to Melton. All in all, representatives of 15 different clubs took part. Welcome all of you.

24 runners were first timers, well done you for getting up on NEW YEARS DAY to come out for a timed run! You're all winners.

Despite the mud, 10 people recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations to Nigel, Ruby, Amy, Sophie, Alana-Savannah, Veronica, Jonathan, Stuart, Rachel and Warren. Something to aspire to again next time.

Tourist Francesca Parkes and local lady Julie Braker both ran their 50th, well done you two. Look out for Deborah Wilson, who will be running her 50th next time, and Shane Sharkey who will be reaching 100 parkruns next time. Cake, balloons, champagne......? Maybe, maybe not. Rosie Ashmore will be doing her Junior 10 next time out. Definitely cake for her.

The fastest lady on the day was Sophie Kendrick with a time of 21.56, a PERSONAL BEST too! The fastest gentleman on the day was Chris Hibbitt, in a time of 19.44, just 8 seconds off his PB.

Today's event was made possible by 17 amazing volunteers who gave up their time, their lie in and their warmth to make it possible for us to enjoy our run:

Anne JACOBS • Paul JACOBS • Helen BENZIE • Emma PALMER • Mike WILLIAMS • Paul MERRISON • Sharon ESHELBY • Brian WALKLING • Daniel GRAY • Ashley JACKSON • Rachel HEGGS • Cinthia PARKES • Julie WALTON • Val DRAGE • Sue HALE • Mel PADGETT • Sarah-Louise CLARKE

Please give them a cheer when you run round next time. Feeling like you want to give something back? There are plenty of roles you can do as well as run your run, like pre-event set up, post event clear down, pacing 1 minute run 1 minute walk, or 2 minute run 1 minute walk, or pace to a set time, eg 30 mins - You decide! Then you could also run and do token sorting afterwards, run report writing, first timers briefing, and if you're very very fast you could also do barcode scanning for those that follow behind you! Take a look at the spaces available in the next few weeks http://www.parkrun.org.uk/meltonmowbray/futureroster/, then just email meltonmowbrayhelpers@parkrun.com. You'll be assured of a warm welcome. (At 25 times volunteering you get a beautiful purple running shirt, well worth the little bit of time you give back)

If you like your stats, then today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Melton Mowbray parkrun Results Page. I really missed spicing up this newsletter with some photoraphs, if you're handy with the snapper on your phone, or even a pro camera, consider taking some pictures of everyone ready for the off at the start, runners midway round, volunteers, marshals etc. You needn't stay for the whole event. Perhaps you could snap, then use them to write the next newsletter yourself :-)

It'll be Melton Mowbray parkrun's 3rd Birthday in 2 weeks - well worth some photos then! And you'll need cake and balloons. Did I mention cake and balloons yet?

The female record for your course is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 18:24 on 25th April 2015 (event number 15).
The male record is held by Thomas STEVENS who recorded a time of 16:26 on 16th December 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anna GARNIER who recorded 90.57% (21:44) on 29th April 2017 (event number 123)

Melton Mowbray parkrun started on 10th January 2015. Since then 3,275 participants have completed 20,138 parkruns covering a total distance of 100,690 km, including 4,231 new Personal Bests. Wow.

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