weekly newsletter 18th December 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter Vitality Health search for more faces, Elaine Omand is happy to be patient, we alert you to possible cancellations and I look forward to my favourite parkrunday of the year.

This time next week it will be my favourite parkrunday of the year… Christmas parkrunday. Our first ever Christmas Day event was, unsurprisingly, at Bushy Park in 2004 when December the 25th also, rather fortunately, fell on a Saturday. That day there were 26 runners who between them now boast a massive 3,185 parkrun finishes, an average of 122 per person. I do admit however that it took me a while to come round to the idea and in the first few years of Leeds parkrun we opted not to put on an event. However, as Saturday the 25th of December 2010 rolled closer and closer the question changed from ‘are we going to put on an extra event on Christmas Day’ to ‘are we going to cancel our regular event, which just happens to be on Christmas Day’, which is a whole different kettle of fish.

That day on Woodhouse Moor was extra special as it was also a white Christmas and as I stood back as a volunteer marshal and watched everyone running round it rapidly dawned on me that this was the ultimate day for a parkrun. People can be a little funny when you say you’re going to do exercise on Christmas Day, although I’ve never quite understood why doing something you love, on a day you love, is such a crazy thing? Chuck parkrun in the mix and we can now do something we love, on a day we love, with people we love, who also love doing it… surely that’s the definition of a no brainer? There are of course many perfectly valid and wonderful reasons why event teams may not be putting on a Christmas Day event but last year we saw 12,231 UK parkrunners (runners and volunteers) start the day in style and so far this year we have 125 of our events confirmed as taking place a week today. To find out details of locations and start times please see our Christmas Compendium and note that despite varied start times we will only recognise one parkrun finish per person that day. Doubles are allowed on New Year’s Day, but that’s another newsletter.

The big question of course is do you open presents before or after parkrun?

Finally, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to all the event teams who have recently taken the difficult decision to cancel their events due to icy conditions. I’ve been in that position myself many times and understand just how hard it is to balance an amazing passion and enthusiasm for putting the run on with the sensible decision of going for a coffee instead and coming back next week. Ultimately it will always be the Run Director’s decision on the morning of the run and if that means calling things off at 9am with everyone raring to go then so be it. It’s only a run. I’d also like to thank the runners who have been brilliantly understanding, I even heard a recent story of a round of applause breaking out in support of a Run Director who had made that difficult last-minute call. Thank you.

There is of course one more newsletter before Christmas, but that’s likely to be short, sweet, to the point and written well in advance.

Happy running,

Tom

P.S. You can read this week’s junior parkrun newsletter here.

Faces of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon


Our ‘Faces of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon’, Sophy and Rhys, are now underway with their training and looking forward to the challenge ahead;

“The training needs to step up a gear as the half marathon seems like a very long way in distance but not in time. I have decided to run with Tonbridge Running Club twice a week in the hope they can build up my stamina.” - Sophy

“It’s been an exciting week to say the least. Knowing I’ll be running the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon in less than three months time certainly helped me into my running shoes after several long days at work.” - Rhys

We will be following them on their journeys to completing the 21k run through weekly blogs and photography updates. Check out their first weeks blog here: Sophy and Rhys

Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?

We are now recruiting ‘Faces of Vitality Run Series’ for our March events:
- Vitality Bath Half Marathon – 1st March 2015
- Vitality North London Half Marathon – 15th March 2015
- Vitality Reading Half Marathon – 22nd March 2015
- Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon – 29th March 2015

Similar to our previous Faces, Vitality will be giving winners a helping hand along their training journey with:
- Ongoing training support from running expert Martin Yelling
- A spot at a Laureus training day, held in the area of your chosen run
- A GPS running device to track your progress
- £50 Sweatshop voucher for new trainers
- A full Vitality Run Series kit
- Free entry into the Vitality Run Series event of choice

In return, Vitality will follow you through a weekly blog and photography updates provided by yourself on a weekly basis. You may even get some coverage in your local newspaper! We want to share your story to inspire others to step up to the challenge.

How to enter

Tell us why you should become a Face of the Vitality Run Series March event by emailing us at
vitality.events@vitality.co.uk by midday on Sunday the 28th of December. For your best chance to win, make sure you are from the area local to your chosen run and send us a descriptive and motivating entry (maximum 250 words). Please also include your parkrun Athlete ID and the best form of contact, including a valid telephone number. Winners will be announced on Thursday the 8th of January 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

parkrun cancellations


We all love parkrun but sometimes we do have to cancel events for various reasons as this frequently asked question Do you run every week and all year round? explains.

Please check the news page and/or the social media channels of the event you plan to travel to on parkrunday for the most up-to-date information.

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK (including junior parkrun)

Number of runners - 36,113
Number of volunteers - 4,367
Number of first timers - 3,508
Number of PBs - 5,240

feedback from the field


Let us know if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners


Hi parkrun UK
I have just completed the ‘Welsh 10’ challenge I set myself back in October to complete all parkruns in Wales in consecutive weeks. Originally ‘The Welsh 9’, then Penrhyn started, so plans were hastily changed and a new t-shirt printed. I want to say a huge thanks and hello back to the runners who said hi and enquired about the challenge. It was a real boost to feel welcomed by runners and marshals everywhere and I'm sure I piqued their interest on branching out from their local events. I recommend it. The most common question was "Which run is the best?" They are all beautiful locations, including castles, coast, rivers, lakes and forests. I just can't choose.
Regards,
Richard Holroyd


Hi parkrun UK
I just wanted to say thank you parkrun for helping me endure chemotherapy. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had to stop running briefly following surgery. I am now halfway through five months of chemotherapy and I have been able to do some parkruns and some volunteering and it’s the highlight of my week. Chemotherapy can make you very tired but if you are active then bizarrely you feel less tired and running has certainly helped me. Hair loss after chemo also gives you a bald and cold head - hats are essential!
Regards,
Sorrel Langley Hobbs


Hi parkrun UK
I would like to thank once again the volunteers at Ecos parkrun. Every week, without fail they provide a volunteer to accompany me around the course. I don’t run it but they enable me to take part. They are really adaptable as sometimes I don’t bring my guide dog (because she is fond of her bed) and someone guides me by allowing me to take their elbow alerting me to any kerbs or changes in surface. My blindness is not an issue. I have done 30 parkruns and all the parkruns I've been to have made me feel included.
Regards,
Torie Tennant


Hi parkrun UK
At Bushy parkrun last weekend, and at Beeston, Abingdon and Poole parkruns, a group of 24 people ran in the brightest t-shirts imaginable to remember their dear friend Simon who lost his battle to cancer earlier that week. Each runner was given a target time to aim for, taken from one of Simon's previous 47 parkruns. It was a great way for the group to laugh, remember and spend some time together after such a tough week. Some even hit PBs and SBs, whilst others ran with a smile knowing that Simon was in their shadow pacing them along. Thank you to the parkrun community who once again unintentionally produced a magical moment. In memory of our friend Simon Blease. PB - 20:50.
Regards,
Nick Wright


Hi parkrun UK
What's at the end of a rainbow? The volunteers at Tamar Lakes braving the hail!
Regards,
Andrée Carter


Hi parkrun UK
On finding myself with a few days to take at short notice, I stopped short of sticking a pin in a map, and located the parkrun events map. Inspired, I visited Gdansk and Krakow for a few days, both of which were lovely... and I just happened to wander to the local park for 9am on two successive Saturdays for a run around the park. A little further afield than my local Cannon Hill but just as pleasant. Thank you parkrun!
Regards,
Andy Young


Hi parkrun UK
I regularly run at Swindon parkrun with my brother, Nick. He is a dedicated parkrunner and volunteer. For his 30th birthday I included an edible parkrun barcode on his birthday cake, alongside his other hobby, football. It represents what has become an anticipated and much enjoyed moment of his week. Inspired, this week our mum joined us too.
Regards,
Anna Cairns


Hi parkrun UK
I live in the Cayman Islands and ran my first parkrun two weeks ago at Hampstead Heath parkrun with my daughter who lives in London. I think parkrun is a marvellous concept and the organisers and volunteers cannot be thanked enough for making these runs available to all. I can't wait to do my next run when I'm over in January as I was so impressed with the seamless organisation and the same day results for all participants. I am just turning 70 years old now and have advanced cancer, but you give me marvellous motivation to carry on my running with such a wonderful cross section of the local community.
Regards,
Roger Davies


Hi parkrun UK
I would like to put a massive thank you shout out to all the runners and team behind Conkers parkrun. On Saturday I completed my 100th parkrun all of which have been at this fantastic event. Four of us timed our centuries on the same day so from me thank you to parkrun and especially Conkers parkrun for changing Saturday mornings forever.
Regards,
Mark Harriott

Credit: Iffacus Photography

parkrunner of the week


If you’d like to nominate someone to be the parkrunner of the week then please get them to fill out this handy online form - you can even apply yourself!

Name:  Keira Jones

Club:  Hyde Park Harriers

Age:  Ten

Home parkrun:  Leeds

Occupation:  Student

Number of runs:  18 and six junior parkruns

Favourite volunteer role:  I haven't volunteered

What do you do at parkruns:  I started running parkrun when I was nine and I did my first one in April. I have now done 15 parkruns and nine of those were PBs. My latest PB was last week and was 11 minutes faster than my first. I was over the moon! I'm only about a minute behind my Dad and he runs loads more than me! I've also done four junior parkruns at Temple Newsam, where I’m often fastest in my age group.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I just seem to keep getting faster. Hopefully when I’m a bit older I can do more running, and now I’m a club runner I can do the junior races in big events if they have any.

What do you like about parkrun:  I have started to really enjoy running, I know everyone at Leeds parkrun and they always cheer me on. If I'm not running I go and support everyone, especially the kids. It is great fun and I can’t wait to run at weekends.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  In my last run my Dad was pacing 25 minutes and I was ahead of him the whole way. He caught me up on the last hill and I got cross because he caught me and briefly stopped and nearly gave up (I may have shouted at him a bit) but I decided to sprint and I did and got to the end nearly a minute ahead with a huge one minute PB. Dad was so proud he bought me some new trail shoes so I can do the PECO XC races this year!

parkrun corner

Elaine Omand

It has taken me just over three years but I have finally joined the prestigious 50 Club. It does feel like a long time since my first parkrun, and I can’t believe how much it has become a part of my life. Saturday morning now feels weird if I’m not doing something parkrun-related and I miss my home parkrun community if I’m not there for a couple of weeks to catch up with everyone.

My journey to join the club has really taken so long because I volunteer about as much as I run. This has meant that I have watched my parkrun friends gaining their 50 and 100 Club t-shirts while I still had no parkrun kit, but to me parkrun is about so much more than a t-shirt. The satisfaction I have had from helping cheer people on or watching everyone finishing as I was timekeeping, has been as rewarding, if not more so than reaching the 50 Club.

Through volunteering I have come to know many more interesting and inspiring parkrunners than I would if I ran every week. We have often mentioned in our core team how nice it is to have new people volunteering with us, as it gives us a chance to get to know people a bit more, rather than just watching them running each week.

I will wear my parkrun t-shirt with pride when I get it but I’m happy to wait for it, as there are so many other benefits to taking part in parkrun.

Elaine Omand, Camperdown parkrun Event Director and parkrun UK Ambassador

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. No barcode, no result!

all questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2013 alone over 33,000 of you came forwards and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If that sounds like it's for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

cancellations

For cancellations please check your event’s news page for the most up to date information.

upcoming anniversaries

December

Congleton parkrun 20th

Darlington South Park parkrun 20th

January

Barnstaple parkrun 3rd

Wimbledon Common parkrun 3rd

Harrow Lodge parkrun 10th

St Albans parkrun 10th

Wimpole Estate parkrun 10th

York parkrun 10th

children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

our sponsors

Sweatshop investing in parkrun
Helping people be the best they can be

For 40 years, Sweatshop the award winning running store, has been helping runners find the perfect products for their individual needs. Find your closest store at sweatshop.co.uk


PruHealth investing in parkrun
Health insurance that rewards you for living well.

We want you to live life well. Our health insurance makes it cheaper and easier for you to get healthy with discounts on things like gym memberships, sports shoes and bikes - and motivates you with rewards like free cinema tickets to savings on holidays. And importantly, if you do get ill - we'll always ensure you have access to the best possible medical care. Discover Vitality wellness

our supporters

London Marathon supporting parkrun
Inspiring runners of all levels

For information on all events organised by the London Marathon, please visit london-marathon.co.uk


aql supporting parkrun
Delivering your results earlier

For information on the company powering the mobile messaging, please visit aql.com


3 supporting parkrun
Connecting parkrunners everywhere

For information on the mobile communications company, please visit three.co.uk


 

A year in junior parkrun world

This is my last junior newsletter of 2014 and what a year it has been!

We started the year with six junior parkruns: four monthly events at Bushy, Savill Garden, Forest of Dean and Woodley, and since November of 2013 two weekly ones at Southampton and Roundhay in Leeds.

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Roundhay juniors start line

On the assumption that the weather is kind and our final activation goes to plan on the 28th of December we will end 2014 with 36 junior events up and running.

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Mile End juniors on the move

The junior parkrun team (Chrissie, Jo and I) have been working hard this year to develop the junior provision – writing documents and internal junior-specific policies, choosing the junior logo and the junior mascots, activating events, arranging DBS checks, organizing and attending child safeguarding courses and endeavouring to keep our junior teams informed of developments. We have debated colours, wording, and suppliers of participation wristbands which once delivered needed to be counted and posted out to teams.

We have taken it in turns to write a junior newsletter each week, kept the junior parkrun UK Facebook page up-to-date and shared news via the junior parkrun UK Twitter account. With a little help from our IT savvy friends, Jane and Richard, we have also introduced the junior parkrun FAQ and the junior club report and the next exciting development will be the introduction of our milestone certificates which could be jolly handy for ‘show and tell’.

Anita Afonso has now taken over junior activations so if you want to start a new event please get in touch with her and she will point you in the right direction.

Yesterday the junior parkrun UK stats were added to the bottom of this page and show that we have facilitated 885 junior parkrun events and recorded 66,521 junior parkruns in total so far. Quite incredible!

My personal junior parkrun journey started way back in October 2013 when my husband, son and I visited the lovely Forest of Dean juniors to ‘get a feel’ for a junior event because we knew we’d be activating one ourselves before too long. Frazer and I have both since had the pleasure of activating three fabulous junior events in 2014; Rushcliffe, Swadlincote and most recently Markeaton juniors, and last week we walked another prospective course and I feel excited about that one already.

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Gathering at the bandstand for the first Swadlincote junior event

In addition to volunteering at our local events we have also visited Mile End, Helix, Aylestone, Whitley Bay and Roundhay while our son has had a tootle round, and we have also managed to hook up with other members of the junior parkrun family on our travels. We bumped into the lovely Graham Pawley, ED of Roundhay juniors, whilst on tour at Darley parkrun a couple of weeks ago, and met the exhuberant Chris Perkins, ED of Stirling juniors, by the scanning queue at Pollok parkrun in the summer.

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A spooky junior parkrunday at Whitley Bay

I just love it! It has been simply fantastic to meet all our passionate junior parkrun people at different locations around the UK and it’s been an absolute privilege to volunteer alongside them at their inclusive, free, friendly 2k events.

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Volunteers at Helix junior parkrun

Every Monday morning I log on to see how the weekend has gone in junior parkrun world and I see amazing run reports on local event sites, posts and images on Facebook pages and comments on Twitter which reinforces my long-held opinion that it really is worth every effort.

I'm always excited about junior participation at parkrun and I look forward to sharing parkrun passion with you in 2015... and doing some more warm-ups.

Jump up

Another junior parkrunday, another warm-up

Helen

 

 

weekly newsletter 11th December 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter Vitality Health reveal their Brighton faces, England Athletics invite you to participate in Jantastic, we have stocking filler suggestions and I’m inspired and emotional.

On Sunday evening parkrunner A418670 will be at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. There will, I’m sure, be loads of other parkrunners there, but this particular one is shortlisted as one of the ten amazing athletes in the running to become this year’s Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2012 Mo Farah was a serious contender but unfortunately for him a certain Bradley Wiggins won a bike race in France and deservedly took home the title. This summer however we were once again jumping up and down in front of our TVs cheering on a great British runner and, like Mo, Jo Pavey also stands a fantastic chance of SPOTY glory.

Another parkrunner, Gavin Megaw (A250213), has written a brilliant blog article about Jo’s amazing achievements and outlines a great plan that I believe, if the whole British running community got behind it, could carry Jo to the top step on Sunday night. A short extract of that...

“In 2014, less than 10 months after giving birth to her daughter, this lady smashed the world record over 5,000m for a female over 40 years of age and then won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games, finishing behind a pair of young Kenyans in a world-class race. Ten days later she headed to the European Championships and won her first major title, conquering a talented field a little more than a month before turning 41. In doing so, she became the oldest female (by three years) to win a gold medal in the history of the championships.”

So, I’m not asking you to vote for Jo if you think someone else is more deserving but I am asking you to take a moment to consider her achievements and think about the impact she’s had on British running this year. If she’s inspired you as much as she’s inspired me perhaps you could pick up the phone and vote for her on Sunday evening.

Talking of inspiring, a few Saturdays ago a team from BBC Radio 4 travelled to a Sheffield parkrun event and created the most amazing audio feature that is one of the best narratives I’ve ever heard about our wonderful movement. If you’ve got nine minutes to spare and are ready to feel somewhat emotional I’d strongly recommend you follow this link and fast forward to 45 minutes and 10 seconds.

Finally, an update on our precious club t-shirts. You may have realised by now that we have turned off the t-shirt ordering system. This is for two main reasons… firstly, we are in the process of switching to a new system whereby runners will order their t-shirts to be sent to them directly at their home address and secondly, so that we can get a definitive list of outstanding orders from the old system without it continually growing and changing. While we set this up and until we receive the next batch of t-shirts, it makes sense to halt the ordering process.

As soon as the new system is fully in place we will email all runners who are eligible to order, but haven't been able to do so yet, to let them know the new ordering system is open. Please rest assured that we have a fantastic (and hopefully future-proof) system almost in place and plan to make a detailed announcement very early in the new year.

#GoJo #BBCSPOTY

Happy running,

Tom

P.S. You can read this week’s junior parkrun newsletter here.

faces of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon


A big CONGRATULATIONS to our two chosen Faces of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon:

- Sophy Dunn – Ready to take back control of her life
“Despite what life may throw at you that is out of your control you can fight back and become healthier and stronger”.

- Rhys Goddard – Eager to further immerse himself into his local running community
“I’m ready for the next challenge – all 13.1 miles of it, and I’d love the opportunity to share my experiences with the running community I now feel surrounded by”.

A huge thank you to all those parkrunners who entered. Our Faces of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon, Simon and Frances, must have sparked an interest as we received an overwhelming amount of entries for Brighton. It is great to see so many parkrunners willing to step up to a Vitality Run Series challenge!

We will be following both Sophy and Rhys on their journey to completing the 21k run through weekly blogs and photography updates. We will share their stories to inspire you to step up to future half marathon challenges. View their online profiles here: Sophy and Rhys. Make sure you read next week’s newsletter for their first blog entry.

The Vitality Brighton Half Marathon is part of the Vitality Run Series - a series featuring some of the UK’s most exciting running events, brought to you by Vitality. Get active and take on a new challenge. Find a race near you.

jantastic is back for 2015


England Athletics are pleased to announce that the New Year fitness challenge Jantastic is back for 2015. In 2014 England Athletics helped launch Jantastic - a participation challenge to help motivate runners to get started and keep going with their running during the winter, and over 21,000 runners signed up and completed over 356,000 runs. Jantastic is free to participate in, open to people of all abilities and aspirations, and perfect for those looking to set New Year health, fitness or performance goals.

Jantastic now includes the ability to set personal New Year fitness targets in running, cycling and swimming (or any combination of these), to track workouts using Strava, and to raise money for a charitable cause at the same time as working towards personal fitness goals. Last year parkrunners from over 100 different parkrun events embraced Jantastic and enjoyed helping each other get fit, stay motivated, have fun and improve their running.

To take part in Jantastic visit www.jantastic.me and sign up. Search on the Jantastic website to join your local parkrun Jantastic team or speak to your parkrun Event Director about setting up a team for your event. Sign up is open now and the Jantastic challenge starts on Monday the 5th of January 2015.

a parkrun gift


If you are looking for a stocking filler or two how about a durable barcode or wristband from ERS – the authorized parkrun UK barcode supplier which can be personalized to include an ICE (in case of emergency) telephone number and any specific medical details.

Equally if you want to stick with your paper barcode that’s absolutely fine with us and we have just added the facility for your ICE telephone number to appear on those too. You can enter/update your ICE details via your parkrun profile (if you haven’t already), then go to your barcode page and print your new ones out. One for now...five to keep as spares!

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK (including junior parkrun)

Number of runners - 41,689
Number of volunteers - 4,910
Number of first timers - 4,330
Number of PBs - 8,103

feedback from the field


Let us know if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners


Hi parkrun UK
My name is James and I'm three years old. This week I just completed my 100th parkrun (although I haven't actually run any yet as I'm not old enough) at Swindon parkrun. I accompany my dad every week and love running. In March we are getting a junior parkrun nearby and I can't wait until I am four and can run myself. My dad says he can't wait either as it will give his arms a rest.
Regards,
Richard Mayneord


Hi parkrun UK
I thought I would put a few kind words together as we approach the end of the year. Thanks to all the people who make parkrun happen every Saturday and a big thank you to Sue Chicken, Stuart McCletchie and Ewan Henderson, the people who inspire me to run. parkrun has become an addiction for us all and yes, we seem to be getting faster. Best wishes to my fellow parkrunners and also a thank you to all the cafes we use afterwards to relive the run and make it a truly social affair.
Regards,
Mark Dawes


Hi parkrun UK
Having reached the halfway point to our first t-shirts, we would like to say ‘thank you’ to parkrun and everyone who puts the events together every week. We started in May, training towards running a 10k and our first Great North Run after years of putting it off. We quickly felt part of the community, seeing familiar faces on a weekly basis. We tell everyone about parkrun, and some are even thinking of joining us in the New Year! We enjoy the running and the volunteering. It's addictive and we now have the running bug. We have now signed up for a 10k and the Great North Run next year and there’s more to come!
Regards,
Kevin and Stephen Robson


Hi parkrun UK
I started running when I retired from teaching eight years ago in order to be able to run with my sister, a seasoned runner, during a visit to Australia, where she has lived for many years. Since then I have joined a running club, ran lots of races and discovered the joys of my local parkrun in York. Last weekend I returned from a recent visit 'Down Under' where one of the highlights was to run Curl Curl parkrun in Sydney with my sister - her first ever parkrun and my 21st! I am delighted that she is now keen to become a regular parkrunner and I'm now looking forward to us running York parkrun together when she visits us next year.
Regards,
Janet Hales

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Simon Kyle

Club:  None

Age:  29

Home parkrun:  Corby parkrun

Occupation:  Logistics Manager

Number of runs:  40

Favourite volunteer role:  Finish Tokens

What do you do at parkruns:  I live very local to Corby parkrun so I often run down and back for my warm-up/warm-down. I hang around for a cup of tea and a chat afterwards too, and I also try and do my fair share of volunteering which I thoroughly enjoy!

How has parkrun changed your running:  parkrun has vastly improved my stamina, endurance and speed. I have just ticked off over a year of participating which has seen me knock over eight minutes off my PB and given me the confidence to go further. I regularly complete 10k training runs and recently ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham. I put this down to the consistency parkrun has given me.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the atmosphere, the support, the feeling of community spirit, making new friends and seeing others achieve great things!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Dressing up as the Incredible Hulk as part of Corby's first anniversary celebrations 'Super Hero Run'. This included full-on face and body paint, most of which sweated off during the run, I was dubbed the 'Incredible Melt' afterwards!

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. No barcode, no result!

all questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2013 alone over 33,000 of you came forwards and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If that sounds like it's for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

cancellations

For cancellations please check your event’s news page for the most up to date information.

upcoming anniversaries

December

Brockwell parkrun 13th

Congleton parkrun 20th

Darlington South Park parkrun 20th

January

Barnstaple parkrun 3rd

Wimbledon Common parkrun 3rd

children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

our sponsors

Sweatshop investing in parkrun
Helping people be the best they can be

For 40 years, Sweatshop the award winning running store, has been helping runners find the perfect products for their individual needs. Find your closest store at sweatshop.co.uk


PruHealth investing in parkrun
Health insurance that rewards you for living well.

We want you to live life well. Our health insurance makes it cheaper and easier for you to get healthy with discounts on things like gym memberships, sports shoes and bikes - and motivates you with rewards like free cinema tickets to savings on holidays. And importantly, if you do get ill - we'll always ensure you have access to the best possible medical care. Discover Vitality wellness

our supporters

London Marathon supporting parkrun
Inspiring runners of all levels

For information on all events organised by the London Marathon, please visit london-marathon.co.uk


aql supporting parkrun
Delivering your results earlier

For information on the company powering the mobile messaging, please visit aql.com


3 supporting parkrun
Connecting parkrunners everywhere

For information on the mobile communications company, please visit three.co.uk


 

Christmas is coming…

As we start to get closer to Christmas I am getting very excited. I think parkrun and now junior parkrun sparkle at this time of the year. The evidence of celebration is easy to spot in junior parkrun world with lots of dressing up and lots of fun but still time to run, run, run...

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Christmas and New Year’s Day are the only time we allow event teams to put on extra parkruns other than on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Teams have been invited to declare their intentions but where there is a junior event and a 5k event held in the same park, only one extra run will be allowed. We don't want to keep you away from home too long and spoil your Christmas lunch after all!

Please have a look at our Christmas Compendium to see if your junior event will be holding any extras over the festive season.

I think Christmas and junior parkrun have a lot in common which is why we love it so much. Check this out.

  • Happy smiley faces
  • Amongst friends
  • Playing
  • Pulling funny faces
  • Yummy food!
  • Checking you have everything you need (#dfyb)
  • Helping each other
  • Running as fast as you can
  • Incredible support
  • Star jumping

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  • Talking really loud
  • Much excitement
  • Appreciating the great outdoors
  • Saying thank you to our families

I was hoping this might inspire you and thought we might have a little competition, the prize being something special for you to give to your junior parkrun team of volunteers. Can you guess what they are?*

Prize

If you want to enter our competition, you need to be 4-14 years old and to finish this sentence...

"I think junior parkrun is like Christmas because_______________________"

You can post answers to us on our Facebook page, by leaving your comments under the post sharing this or by emailing me at  joanne.sinton-hewitt@parkrun.com.

Good luck

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Happy running and volunteering

Jo

* They are warm barcode scanner pockets.

 

weekly newsletter 4th December 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter VitalityHealth draw up a shortlist, adidas invite you to stock up, we share the parkrun Christmas Compendium and I sing the praises of open spaces and active workplaces.

Last week I talked about our desire to do good things, so this week I thought I’d talk about a couple of events I’ve been to where large numbers of really great folks are coming together to help get more people more active more often and also to protect the open spaces that we as parkrunners enjoy every weekend at locations right across the UK.

On Tuesday I made my second trip of the year to the Houses of Parliament, this time to attend the launch of the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Running. Chair of the APPG and keen runner, Alistair Burt MP, did a wonderful job of hosting the event as around 100 different people from a wide range of sporting, business and political backgrounds came together at the Thames Pavilion. Dr. Harpreet Sood and Dr. Mahiben Maruthappu, Senior Fellows in the NHS England Chief Executive’s office, attended the event. Dr. Maruthappu said “Obesity is a significant issue facing our population, and one that we must address together. Running in particular is a cheap, easy way in which people can improve their health and fitness – all you need is a pair of trainers! Improving the health of our nation must be a collaborative effort. The APPG on Running and Run Group’s campaign to encourage business leaders to promote running in the workplace is a fantastic platform from which to get things moving.”

The focus of the group right now is to campaign for employers to support their staff to engage in running. As part of that they are asking for people to tweet examples of their workplace running using #myworkruns, particularly they would like employers to pledge their support through public statements of what they will do in 2015. I’d love to see how employers may have engaged with parkrun so if your workplace does that please tweet us at @parkrunUK including the aforementioned #myworkruns.

On Wednesday evening, he says writing this at 1am on Thursday morning, I was honoured to be a guest at the annual Fields in Trust awards dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground. They were founded in 1925 (as the National Playing Fields Association) by King George V with the mission ‘to ensure that everyone - young or old, able or disabled and wherever they live - should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.’ We have parkrun events in over 300 areas of open space across the UK and therefore have significant personal reasons to protect those spaces… after all, supermarketcarparkrun doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. In the ten years we’ve been going, I’m not aware of a parkrun location being under threat from developers but I’m sure that sooner or later that moment will come and although we’ll pull together to keep that space open wouldn’t it be great if those spaces were protected in advance. In 2015 therefore, I hope that we’ll do some great work with Fields in Trust and help them to help us by adding to the 2,443 UK open spaces that they’ve already protected for future generations to enjoy.

Here’s to many more people running for many more years to come,

Tom

P.S. You can read this week’s junior parkrun newsletter here.

faces of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon


Many thanks to all the parkrunners who wrote in to become the Face of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon! It's great to see so many of you willing to step up to a half marathon challenge. We will be contacting you all over the coming days to let you know if you have made it through to the next stage. Shortlisted candidates will be required to undertake a 10 minute phone interview so make sure you stay near your phone! The winning Faces of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon will be announced next week.

In the meantime, visit our Vitality Blog!

Our blog takes an imaginative approach to help improve your health and general wellbeing.

Check out some top tips on good food

Is it okay to add a spoonful of sugar? Hasina Aktar, a senior dietician for Vitality partner BMI Healthcare, gives us some expert answers about what to eat, what not to eat – and why. Read his top tips on the Vitality Blog.

Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?

Unfortunately entries have now closed for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon however there are still four remaining races in the Vitality Run Series. Find a race near you.

the perfect gift for Christmas


Have you visited the parkrun online store yet? Get someone the perfect parkrun gift for Christmas, or treat yourself with the official souvenir range, exclusively from adidas.

Stock is limited, so visit the parkrun online store before it sells out.

Happy Shopping!
The adidas running team

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@adidasuk #boost

festive fun at parkrun


During the festive season local event teams have the opportunity to stage two extra parkruns if they wish and our Christmas Compendium shows where the parkrun fun is taking place on Christmas Day and/or New Year’s Day.

Please also see local event pages for more details and note that start times may differ from usual.

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK (including junior parkrun)

Number of runners - 50,564
Number of volunteers - 4,828
Number of first timers - 5,497
Number of PBs - 9,186

feedback from the field


Let us know if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners


Hi parkrun UK
My 10 year old daughter Grace loves parkrun. She can't get to as many as she would like as she also plays football but when she does she really gives it her all! parkrun has got lots of our family into running so thanks to all involved.
Regards,
Carly Jermy


Hi parkrun UK
Mr Paul Hammond or 'Hammy' is well known in the Hampshire area for taking photos at many different parkruns. Last week I decided to take a break from my usual parkrun at Southampton and visit Andover parkrun instead, and as luck would have it... Paul was perfectly positioned to capture the exact moment I fell in the mud! Thanks to all, at what must be the UK's muddiest parkrun, and to Paul for the picture.
Regards,
Shell Smith


Hi parkrun UK
Last weekend family members from far afield returned home to a little Kentish village to cheer on their parents who were starring in the local dramatic society's latest top-notch production. Whilst there, we took the chance to pop to Tonbridge parkrun and managed to get 13 of us round the course (including six first timers) aged from six months (Olivia) to 67 year old (Pete). The actors' decision not to do it in costume was a wise one as the muddy conditions would have ruined Paul's frock. Thank you, parkrun for catering so cheerfully for young, old, fast, slow, cast, crew, and audience. Encore!
Regards,
Ken Eames


Hi parkrun UK
I've been extremely active climbing the world's high mountains and running marathons raising money for charity. Within three weeks in March 2013 I lost nearly three stone of upper body muscle mass and didn't have strength to use a light switch! I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, put on high steroid dose and recovery commenced. My focus was to run again with a smile on my face. parkrun became my target and over the following five months I learnt to walk again and slowly tried running in September. In October I completed Riverside parkrun with friends looking after me. Since then I've completed 13 different parkruns with this Saturday being my 50th! Thank you parkrun for being a focus for me.
Regards,
John Robson


Hi parkrun UK
I would like to thank those involved at Braunstone parkrun for selecting me as the Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for November. I now have my new running shoes ready to make a start in 2015. Hopefully I can put my injury and heart problem behind me and get some serious miles in. I do enjoy volunteering and being involved with parkrun whenever I can (which has been a year now). My proudest moment was last year when I managed to get seven members of my family to run - Grandad to Grandchildren - and those in between. It would be encouraging to see it happen again and perhaps get my wife to run too. Merry Christmas to all runners and volunteers.
Regards,
Richard Singer


Hi parkrun UK
It was nice to hear in last week's newsletter about Tom’s ‘parkrun benchmark’ - I thought you might like a look at the parkrun bench which has made its mark at Yeovil Montacute (did I miss the point?!). This was presented to our parkrun on our first anniversary by our hosts at the National Trust and takes pride of place at the top of the Avenue, where our runners get to pass it twice each Saturday!
Regards,
Martin Chaffey

parkrunner of the week


Name:  William Sullivan

Club:  Notts AC

Age:  11

Home parkrun:  Colwick

Occupation:  At school

Number of runs:  50

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode Scanning and ringing the Colwick parkrun bell as everyone sets off.

What do you do at parkruns:  Run fast. Run hard. Have fun. I volunteer when I can.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I have gone from taking 40+ minutes to running a 24 minute parkrun since I started. I’ve also joined a proper running club.

What do you like about parkrun:  The people. The Colwick parkrun community is great!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Every Saturday when it's someone's 50th or 100th run and they bring cake!

reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. No barcode, no result!

all questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2013 alone over 33,000 of you came forwards and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If that sounds like it's for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

cancellations

For cancellations please check your event’s news page for the most up to date information.

upcoming anniversaries

December

Ally Pally parkrun 6th

Pollok parkrun 6th

Brockwell parkrun 13th

Congleton parkrun 20th

Darlington South Park parkrun 20th

children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

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We want you to live life well. Our health insurance makes it cheaper and easier for you to get healthy with discounts on things like gym memberships, sports shoes and bikes - and motivates you with rewards like free cinema tickets to savings on holidays. And importantly, if you do get ill - we'll always ensure you have access to the best possible medical care. Discover Vitality wellness

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