welcome to the newsletter
In this week’s newsletter PruHealth with Vitality let us hear from their Faces, Sweatshop reveal another new store, Mark Thompson talks about broadening horizons and I give you a brief update on the Club t-shirts.
In the second newsletter of August I wrote about the current situation we are facing with the supply and distribution of our 10, 50, 100 and 250 Club shirts. The positive and supportive response we received from the parkrun community was humbling to say the least, from offers to pay for them through to offers of logistical support from super qualified logistical support experts, you were all amazing. Thank you.
By the way, one interesting thing we’ve found is that a significant number of people who thought they were waiting for delivery hadn’t actually placed their orders. To clarify, the correct process for ordering you t-shirt is available via our FAQ page here.
So… where are we? Well, we found that there were around 800 people on our system who were waiting for the delivery of their t-shirt, most of whom (around 650) were waiting for men’s 50 Club t-shirts in either medium or large. Our friends at adidas have given us another 1,000 of those t-shirts (500 medium and large) some of which have already come in and been sent out and some of which will be in later this week. We should therefore have cleared most of that backlog within the next week or so.
If you have achieved your t-shirt at any time up to the end of July then with the exception of women’s 50 Club t-shirts (where we are still short) I am hopeful we will have fulfilled your order within the next week or two.
Going forwards we will communicate directly with those of you where we have been unable to complete your order and we will keep you in the picture as best as we can. Please rest assured that we are investigating several options around solving this once and for all and are committed to the future of the parkrun clubs.
Thanks again for your patience and support.
P.S. You can read this week’s junior parkrun newsletter here.
seven weeks to go!
First week in and our Faces of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon are getting well underway with their training. Frances and Simon both took to the outdoors last week and found a great appreciation for their natural surroundings…
“I did a 5 mile (8k for those of you that are metric) during the week, it was a lovely sunny day and because of this blog I enjoyed the run more than usual. It made me stop (well I didn’t actually stop) and take notice. I ran past sheep, a cockerel and horses. Saw a rabbit hop into the hedge and some white doves flying out of a dovecot. How lucky to be out amongst nature whilst keeping fit and healthy at the same time.” – Frances
“The bank holiday Sunday morning was a warm, sunny day with a cool wind. No excuse for not running. As I predicted the hills did take their toll on my pace and I ended up doing 5.24 miles at 9:28 minute per mile pace. A little bit of a lazy run if I’m honest, I could have run further, and faster, but I was enjoying exploring the Tilehurst area!” – Simon
We will be following both Frances and Simon on their journey to completing the 21k run through weekly blogs and video/photography updates. Check out their first week’s blog here.
It’s great to hear that our Faces of the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon are embracing the training schedules and are enthusiastic for the weeks ahead! We look forward to hearing more in next week’s blog.
Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?
There’s still time to enter the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon! Make sure you don’t miss out and register today.
The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon is part of the Vitality Run Series, a new running series featuring eight of the UK’s most exciting running events, brought to you by PruHealth with Vitality. Get active and take on a new challenge, run one, run two or run all six remaining races in the Series. Find out more at vitality.co.uk.
Sweatshop opens in Peterborough this weekend
We’re delighted to be adding to our nationwide network with a new store in Peterborough which opens on Friday the 12th of September.
Come run with us across the country as well as in Peterborough, you can see the Sweatshop Running Community pounding the streets as part of our free weekly running groups. These runs operate across all of our stores during the week so they’re a great way to get another 5k run in between parkruns.
Free of charge and with rewards for running, we cater for all abilities with groups led by qualified Run England run leaders and after five runs you’ll get a free technical running t-shirt too. Members also benefit from special training events, talks and product previews. Join us here.
Here is this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK:
Number of runners - 49,451
Number of volunteers - 4,079
Number of first timers - 8,142
Number of PBs - 11,570
Please check your event's news pages for the most up to date information.
Cancellations this weekend:
- Cleethorpes parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.
- Darley parkrun due to a concert in the park.
- Exeter Riverside parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.
- Gunnersbury parkrun due to preparations for the London Mela event.
- Hazlehead parkrun due to the Dandara 5k running event.
- Telford parkrun due to the T-Live Concert taking place in the park.
- Workington parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.
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
Earlier this year I started to suffer from depression. It was something that had never affected me before but it completely floored me. I struggled to leave the house. I could barely walk my dog past the end of the road. To cut a long story short the first place I went when I started to feel better was parkrun! I started by just turning up with my mum and sister and would walk/play with my dog. People were so lovely! Saying they hadn't seen me for a while and hoping I was ok! Gradually I started volunteering before returning to running. I wish to thank everyone at Inverness parkrun! It certainly helped with my recovery and for that I'll always be grateful!
Hi parkrun UK
On Saturday at Worcester parkrun I completed my 100th volunteer role. I love volunteering as it means I get to watch all the runners and then scan them at the finish with my friend Darren Salisbury. Thank you to everyone who runs every week as without the runners we wouldn't be able to volunteer. Next week I am going to run for the first time with my husband Paul who is running his 100th parkrun. We have made so many friends at Worcester parkrun. Thanks also to Richard Ralph's our Event Director and all the volunteers as they do a fantastic job every week. Happy volunteering.
Hi parkrun UK
I just wanted to say a big thank you to one of the marshals at Frimley Lodge parkrun from the 9th of August. The marshal was wearing fancy dress with accompanying music at the furthest point from the start. It was a welcome surprise on the first lap and your enthusiasm and dance moves really spurred me on when I was tired on the second lap. Thanks for making this parkrun special and for making me smile!
Hi parkrun UK
Thought I would write in after watching Eddie Izzard’s video on volunteering at parkrun. I've just started training for my first half marathon and Saturday was a ‘slow steady run’ day so I thought why not volunteer to be a pacer at Bradford parkrun? That way I got a run in and helped out at the same time. Never having paced before I was a bit worried about doing it right, however I clocked in at 31:50 when pacing 32:00. The best thing of all was the thanks, smiles and happy faces from those who broke their PB. It gave me such a boost for the day. I feel that anyone who hasn't tried pacing yet should give it a go as you get more than the best of both worlds!
Hi parkrun UK
May I praise my uncle Francisco Joaquim who has run at Fulham Palace parkrun ever since it started. I admire him so much as even after a night shift at work he still runs! He was once the most unsporty uncle but since he found parkrun via his daughter Doroteia he's become committed. I went to visit him recently and he took me to the park and we ran the the laps of the parkrun course together. I never thought I would do this with him now he’s the grand age of 63 but we have and it felt good. When I'm his age in 10 years time I hope to still be running at my home event of Coventry parkrun.
Hi parkrun UK
Last Saturday was Bournemouth parkrun’s 1st birthday and what a party we had! We had Hawaiian themed fancy dress and records tumbled like the Hawaiian surf! There was a new record attendance of 324 runners, new course records for both female and male, a new age-graded course record, a new course record for a runner dressed as a Hawaiian pizza, a new course record for a runner carrying a surfboard and a new course record for a runner wearing flip-flops! We had a specially made birthday cake and we got the volunteers to reprise their roles from the Class of 2013 (the inaugural), including Martin Yelling of Marathon Talk fame! Not sure how we're going to top that next year but we'll have a go!
Hi parkrun UK
At the merry age of 58 and having no memory of ever running, except maybe for the last bus home in my teens, which I inevitably missed, I have been introduced to parkrun by my husband. I have just completed my third parkrun at Druridge Bay and I feel great! I still find them a challenge and have a long way to go with my fitness and strength, but what a great atmosphere. I need to give a special thank you to the volunteer from Newcastle parkrun who from the last post ran in to the finish line with me just when that last 100 metres looked like 1000! What a kind gesture and thank you!
Hi parkrun UK
I'm still unable to run due to a broken ankle so Susan Double and I went to Lanhydrock parkrun on Saturday. Sue ran and I was a marshal. We're usually at Plym Valley parkrun so this was a first for us. Sue made it in good time and I had a great time with the marshals, especially at the finish point, cheering and clapping with the other marshals! We got a big hug from the Run Director then had a latte at the café. I just wanted to say thank you for a brilliant morning with such lovely, friendly people and hope to see some of the Lanhydrock volunteers at Plym Valley parkrun one day. Go on, you know you want to.
Hi parkrun UK
I often wonder what the most challenging parkrun is. I started parkrunning in March of 2013 and now as a veteran male with dodgy knees have completed over fifty parkruns. Recently I ran Pomphrey Hill parkrun and whereas most of my other runs have been on fairly flat courses, the clue is in the name, Pomphrey has a hill. The Pomphrey Hill course is over three laps which means you have to run up the hill three times. It is very steep (over 10% gradient), on a dirt track and about 60 metres from bottom to top. Pomphrey Hill could well be the toughest and most challenging course in the UK.
parkrunner of the week
Name: Joshua Taylor
Club: Bridlington Road Runners
Home parkrun: Sewerby
Occupation: College student
Number of runs: 28
What do you do at parkruns: Most weeks at present I seem to be regularly getting PB's.
How has parkrun changed your running: Since I started parkrunning on a regular basis in February I have knocked several minutes off my PB going from 29:50 to 21:51 and have achieved several PB's in the past few months. It has helped me to gain speed for other longer runs as well.
What do you like about parkrun: I like the atmosphere when there are all of the runners lining up ready to start, then setting off and pacing myself for the first mile or so to prevent me from tiring out too soon. I also like all of the volunteers cheering me on as I’m running round plus the anticipation when I’m waiting for the results to be uploaded so that i know how well I’ve done.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: When I had been trying to get my PB below 26 minutes for a few weeks and then managed to continue to reduce it even further.