weekly newsletter 25th September 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter PruHealth with Vitality’s Faces have three weeks to go, RideLondon-Surrey 100’s ballot is open, James Saunders finds his friends in the field, we close our invitation to submit your snaps and I expand a little more on our future.

By now many of you will have read Paul’s message introducing the parkrun worldwide retail shop. This is a project that’s been in the pipeline for some time and Paul does a far better job than I can of explaining the reasons why we’ve taken this step, plus what it means for the parkrun community. However, I would like to reiterate a few key points.

Firstly, our friends Sweatshop remain as one of parkrun UK’s wonderful sponsors and are, as many of you know, our founding commercial partner having been there for us from our very first event on October the 2nd in 2004. We’ve come a long way together and we honestly wouldn’t have got here without them. The highly treasured Sweatshop Monthly Prize remains one of the most sought-after awards in running (you can see the latest recipients at the bottom of this page) and in the Sweatshop Running Community they have built a family of runners with as much passion for our sport as anyone out there. If ever there were two organisations who share the same values around bringing people into running and supporting them through their journey, it’s us and them. Thank you Sweatshop for ten amazing years, here’s to the next ten.

Secondly, as an organisation so committed to its not-for-profit principles, that works tirelessly to reduce the commercial impact on its members, this as you can imagine is a step that we’ve not taken lightly. Over the last few years the loudest message we’ve received from the parkrun community has been a desire for us to make parkrun clothing available to purchase. Our worldwide database now stands at around 1.2 million parkrunners, many of whom are keen to demonstrate their parkrun passion and in response to those voices we are excited to have taken the first steps on this new stage of our journey.

Thirdly, adding to this decision is that with an increase in size comes an increase in costs and as such we need to generate an increase in income. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you see it) our principles mean that we turn down the vast majority of approaches we receive from commercial organisations. I currently politely decline at least one approach a day because the organisation in question doesn't fit with our ethos or wants too much (for too little) from you the parkrunner. As I wrote last week, we will only engage with commercial partners where we are confident they share our beliefs and are committed to doing great things with great people. We felt therefore that if we could create great quality clothing at a great price then this would be a brilliant way to generate a level of income required to do what we do and to give parkrunners what they’ve been asking for, without being forced to compromise our principles.

As such, every penny of profit made through our worldwide retail project will go straight back into the parkrun country that it was purchased from, which will really help the smaller parkrun countries get their foot on the ladder. The response so far has been simply phenomenal. You’ll see today that there is a great range of adidas technical clothing, this will be followed very soon by a casual cotton t-shirt celebrating our 10th anniversary and later this year we expect two parkrun books to appear. There is of course much more on the drawing board so thanks in advance for your patience as we find our feet in this exciting chapter of our journey and thanks also for your belief in parkrun itself.

The adidas range is limited in number, available to every parkrunner and at the current rate may not be there that long. Once it’s gone it’s gone so please do check out our wonderful new shop asap.

Finally, if you haven’t already read Paul’s message then please do.

Thanks again,

Tom

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

three weeks to go


We are now within three weeks to the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon! With the 21k run fast approaching, our Faces of the run have been prioritising their long training runs and planning ahead to fit them into their busy schedule...

“At the weekend I took my eldest daughter Lucy to start a postgraduate course up at Durham University. It was a long four-hour drive but I felt OK enough to get changed at my auntie’s house and set out for a run. You can fit running into your life, you just have to plan ahead and raise its priority.” - Simon

“I arrived at Black Park early on Saturday and did the 5k loop before the official parkrun, as per my programme. I enjoyed running the route on my own, it felt very different. I found my buddies for the important part (post-run coffee and chat). Two of them had done PBs so were very happy!” - Frances

Keep following Frances and Simon’s journey to the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon by reading their blog here.

Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?

Unfortunately entries have now closed for the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon however there are still six remaining races in the Vitality Run Series. Find out more at vitality.co.uk.

join the world’s greatest festival of cycling


Take up the challenge of cycling 100 miles on the closed roads of London and Surrey in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday the 2nd of August.

The Mayor of London’s festival of cycling is the perfect way to set a personal challenge, get fit, lose weight or simply raise money for a charity close to your heart. Whether you are a novice or experienced cyclist, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is the sportive for you.

Sign up now for the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 ballot to be in with a chance of being part of an amazing weekend of cycling. Enter at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.

open invitation


Every parkrunner was recently invited by our founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt to submit up to three photographs via ‘Your Links’ for the 10th Anniversary Photo Book. Thank you. Many of you did just that!

Submissions have now closed but each image has an equal chance of making it into the book and we look forward to sharing it with you all before too long.

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK:

Number of runners - 49,656
Number of volunteers - 4,449
Number of first timers - 6,808
Number of PBs - 9,961

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 read your 'need for change' with great interest. The new online shop sounds fantastic and I'm sure it will be very popular. I feel parkrun is the most amazing organisation and to think that you have managed this far without asking runners for funding is… well… incredible. I have gained so much from parkrun and reading about everyone else's experience, they have too.
Regards,
Pam Mitchell


Hi parkrun UK
After taking a break from parkrun tourism we volunteered at Oakwell Hall parkrun for a while. We then took part in a special four generation parkrun to celebrate Donna Speirs’ 100th parkrun at Barrow parkrun. Donna's mum and brother were at the finish line to see her complete her run. We finally managed to complete our ‘Cowell’ (100 different events, named after Chris Cowell the first person to do this) at Nostell Priory parkrun and we awarded ourselves our own special 'Cowells' which are tea towels with cows on!
Regards,
John and Joanna Cassells


Hi parkrun UK
As Club Chairman of Crystal Palace Triathletes (CPT), I wanted to let you know about one of our juniors who is also a parkrunner, Alex Yee. On the 11th of September Alex ran the fastest ever Under 17 5000m in a time of 14:40 at Ladywell Arena track. Alex has run 16:08 at Crystal Palace parkrun, 15:29 at Dulwich parkrun and 15:44 at Hilly Fields parkrun, the second fastest ever time there. Everyone at CPT is very proud of Alex, who was one of our founder junior members back in 2008, and has gone from strength to strength both in athletics and triathlon.
Regards,
Karen Ayers


Hi parkrun UK
I've been a parkrunner for a year now having done 23 parkruns at Southampton parkrun. I recently started thinking about a bit of parkrun tourism... to Eastleigh or Winchester perhaps? Nope, I have just completed my first bit of parkrun tourism in Singapore where I ran in their twelfth event. They have circa 30 runners every week which is very different from the 400+ at Southampton parkrun. Due to the heat and humidity they also start their run at 7am and it is run on a flat course through East Coast Park. There is an opportunity to meet locals, expats and holidaymakers alike. I met Scots, Aussies and Kiwis during the post-run coffee. Many thanks for the warm welcome and well done to the organisers!
Regards,
Stephen Welch


Hi parkrun UK
A while ago I went to Bradford parkrun with a few friends, mainly to get fit and support a friend running the Great North Run. I love it and since then we've started a 'tour' of Yorkshire parkruns. We're slow but at least we're out there doing it! Two weekends ago I slipped down a couple of stairs which resulted in two broken bones and an impressive bit of metalwork. I spent all of last week in hospital feeling progressively more sorry for myself but then I read the newsletter and I'm feeling inspired. I love reading everyone's stories and it's reminded me that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It may be a few months away but I'll be back!
Regards,
Maria Coxon


Hi parkrun UK
I have been involved with Pennington Flash parkrun since very early on, first by volunteering then by running. It is an amazing way to spend a Saturday morning and we have a great social aspect. I have met so many inspiring people who I am proud to call friends. I have also been inspired to run 93 miles non-stop in November, for charity, knowing I have the 'Flashers' behind me! I loved running before but this makes it even better!
Regards,
Cat Dascendis


Hi parkrun UK
A holiday in Russia this September enabled me to do some parkrun tourism. Less than 24 hours after my flight landed in Saint Petersburg I was in Elagin Ostrov Park ready to run my first overseas parkrun. I chatted to a few people afterwards and even bumped into one of them in the city later in the week! For the next week I went over to Moscow and chose Kolomenskoe parkrun and arrived to just over 40 smiling faces on a beautifully sunny morning. I didn’t have to rush off after this one and was amazed by the range of snacks that were shared around! Doing a parkrun abroad was just like at home - a great way to start the weekend, meet new people and get the legs moving!
Regards,
Rosie Davis


Hi parkrun UK
I have just returned from a ‘15 day, three parkruns in three counties’ bit of tourism. I would like to thank all the run directors and very enthusiastic volunteers at Longrun Meadow, Lanhydrock and Exeter Riverside parkruns. Each run was different from the others and I was excited not knowing what the courses held in store although I wish I'd been warned about the long steep climb on the Lanhydrock course!
Regards,
Dave Hooton


Hi parkrun UK
I did my first parkrun on Saturday after being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and having had spinal surgery only a couple of months ago. I completed my first week of radiotherapy on Friday and as a reward my wife and I decided to try a parkrun with our eight year old grandson. I knew I could not complete the three miles but thought if I could walk a mile I would be proud of myself. I am slowly but surely improving my mobility and completed two of the three miles. If anyone else would like to join us at our pace, you'll see me at the back.
Regards,
Stuart Reed


Hi parkrun UK
This is our family after completing the Great North Run. After our two sons got their degrees my husband Dave told them he was extremely proud of them and vowed to make them proud of him. He decided he would do the Great North Run and we decided to support him. Dave wanted to raise money for charity and our son Luke wanted to raise money for charity too, which they both did. Dave recommends parkrun as he has lost over two stone in weight and would like to thank the Sewerby parkrunners and volunteers for their support and encouragement.
Regards,
Debbie Duffill

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Natalie Longman

Club:  Tri Sport Epping

Age:  33

Home parkrun:  Hackney Marshes

Occupation:  Civil Servant

Number of runs:  134

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal, as I enjoy cheering everyone on.

What do you do at parkruns:  I am a bit of a chatterbox. I love a good chat at parkrun whether it be with new faces or old friends. I encourage people when I am running and when I finish I stay around to cheer others on whilst my husband Brian takes lots of photos.

How has parkrun changed your running:  parkrun has given me a greater appreciation of why other people run. I run a lot on my own, so for me parkrun adds a real social aspect.

What do you like about parkrun:  I am a parkrun tourist but whichever parkrun I go to I always feel a sense of belonging.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Reaching my 100th parkrun on New Years Day at my home parkrun of Hackney Marshes. More recently running at Bushy, where it all began as it really is a truly special parkrun.

parkrun corner

James Saunders

As you’ll know I’m passionate about parkrun but I do try not to let that passion spill into every conversation with non-running friends and non-parkrunners. In fact, many of my friends are non-runners and think they weren’t born to run citing bad knees, bad backs, a hatred of running shoes etc. However, over the last six to twelve months, several of those friends who have expressed a major aversion to running in the past have found that the activity we love is actually quite fun (and quite a lot cheaper than a gym membership). Some have (in some cases, secretly) started programmes such as Couch to 5k in order to prepare themselves for not just any ol’ 5k run but a parkrun.

I remember rolling up at Southampton parkrun earlier in the year to see a friend, Steve, of over 12 years there and I’d not had a clue he’d started running let alone registered for parkrun, printed off his barcode and most importantly, turned up! This has now happened a few times and the parkrun bug has bitten some of my now-running friends so much so that they are gutted to miss a parkrun, chasing PBs and thinking of volunteering. All of a sudden I’m worried that my new-to-running friends might reach their 100th parkrun before I get to mine! Fortunately, I’m not too worried about that as several of my parkrun friends are well on their way to their 250th parkrun which reminds me I really ought to knuckle down and focus on completing the next 10 or so before the end of the year!

On an unrelated note, I was very fortunate to be asked to present some awards at the Southampton City School Sports Awards earlier in the summer. It was both a privilege to be asked but also very rewarding to present awards to several familiar junior parkrunners. Well done all!

James Saunders, Southampton junior parkrun Event Director and parkrun UK Ambassador

reminders

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

September

Antrim parkrun 27th

Barrow parkrun 27th

Braunstone parkrun 27th

Burgess parkrun 27th

Doncaster parkrun 27th

Great Lines parkrun 27th

Hanley parkrun 27th

Mansfield parkrun 27th

Plymvalley parkrun 27th

Shrewsbury parkrun 27th

October

Bushy Park parkrun 4th

Catton parkrun 4th

Leeds parkrun 4th

Longrun Meadow parkrun 4th

Rushcliffe parkrun 4th

Southsea parkrun 4th

Savill Garden junior parkrun 5th

Aberdeen parkrun 11th

Armagh parkrun 11th

Pontypridd parkrun 11th

Southend parkrun 11th

Sunderland parkrun 11th

Victoria parkrun 11th

Woodley parkrun 11th

Edinburgh parkrun 18th

Fulham Palace parkrun 18th

Richmond Park parkrun 18th

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

adidas investing in parkrun
all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com


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
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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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A little bit of magic…

Once upon a time, I was wandering through the magic kingdom of junior parkrun and thinking about the joy it could bring to all the unsuspecting children out there.  We know from experience that all it takes is one event for children to fall under the junior parkrun spell, and keep those little magicians coming back for more!

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I thought I would share with you the magic recipe. That way, all the junior parkrunners can share it with their friends, via the special wristband of course, so that everyone can enjoy their little bit of Sunday magic.

Whilst collecting the ingredients, you might want to chant these few words:

"Big or small, walk or run, junior parkrun is for everyone!" 

1  x adult who has a good sense of direction and knows where the park is, and who also loves wearing a high-vis magicians cloak and volunteering!

2  x shoes, one for each foot. Trainers are good but anything flat will do.

1 x  waterproof skin, with clothes over the top. Any colour and any style, dependant on the weather of course!

1 x bottle of water (in case you or your adult gets thirsty.)

1 x big dose of determination - not essential but definitely improves the taste of the whole parkrun experience.

100 x big beaming smiles.

Finally, 1 x BARCODE. Every runner should have one, especially if you want to earn your own special wristband.

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Once you have all these ingredients, mix them together and shake them up in a park near you every Sunday. You’re now ready to create your very own piece of junior parkrun magic!

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And off you go, safe in the knowledge that others will be following in your footsteps:)

See you soon...

Joanne

 

weekly newsletter 18th September 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter PruHealth with Vitality’s Faces get close to Sir Steve, we tell you what else is nearby and I cannot wait for the future.

Well, after what seemed like an eternity waiting for Aston (mine and Helen’s new son, not the supercar), followed by two wonderful weeks of paternity leave, I’m finally back in the parkrun UK office and raring to go. The next few months will be really important in the journey of our wonderful movement and as we approach, enjoy and then move on from our tenth anniversary you’ll be seeing quite a few major changes/improvements/announcements. It’s all exciting stuff and personally I’m really fired up by what lies ahead.

On Tuesday Jeremy Casling (one of our friends from ERS) made the long drive from Bedford to Harrogate to show me a few prototypes of new ways for you to carry your barcode. Jeremy and the ERS team already do a brilliant job producing the plastic cards and tags but we’ve always wanted more and without giving anything away I’m confident you’ll be excited when we launch the new stuff later this year. We’ve worked with ERS for a long time as they provide (and service) our event team’s 1000+ barcode scanners which form a critical part of our results processing system and for a while now they’ve also been our only official supplier of personalised barcodes. Key to our ethos is of course that parkrun will always be free and as part of that we will always offer a zero-cost option for you to print out your own barcode. However, many people (ERS have sold 25,000 personal barcodes so far) would like to have something a little more durable and also contribute to our financial security (10% of all personal barcode sales comes back to parkrun).

We will only ever engage with commercial partners where we are confident they feel as passionately as we do that the primary objective is doing great things with great people (parkrunners) and only once we’re sure of that will we give them our official seal of approval. Exciting times lie ahead and I’m proud that ERS are very much part of that.

Stay tuned,

Tom

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

four weeks to go


The countdown is now on for our ‘Face of Vitality Oxford Half Marathoners’ with just four weeks to go until their big run.

At the weekend both Simon and Frances took part in a training day with Sir Steve Redgrave at the famous Iffley Road athletics track in Oxford, where Roger Bannister’s sub-four minute mile record was set in 1954.

“It was a great day, made even more special by the presence of Sir Steve Redgrave. We got the chance to ask him questions - I asked him if he ever had bad training days - yes he did, all the time, but he always remembered the wonderful rare occasions when everything went just right.” - Simon

“Steve was relaxed and inspiring to meet, he passed around his gold medal from Atlanta which we managed to slip over our heads. I have been inspired over the weekend because talent is one thing, but for sure attitude and hard work are far more important.” - Frances

Frances and Simon’s journey continues to the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon. Read their blog here.

Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?

Unfortunately entries have now closed for the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon however there are still six remaining races in the Vitality Run Series. Find out more at vitality.co.uk.

nearby events


By visiting the home page of your local parkrun website you might be lucky enough to see a new feature titled ‘Other parkruns nearby’ which details parkruns within 20 miles of yours and up to a maximum of 10 other local events.

Another parkrun nearby might just be a warm up jog away from home... in need of more volunteers... have a smaller field... a really nice cafe... be flatter or more hilly… or you might just fancy being a parkrun tourist one day without having to travel too far.

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK:

Number of runners - 53,226
Number of volunteers - 4,500
Number of first timers - 7,318
Number of PBs - 13,309

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
Back in June I visited Parke parkrun with my family and I noticed that they hadn't had a run report since their inaugural run so I offered to write one for them. I was delighted when, the following week, they wrote their own report. Two weeks ago my family and I were again on holiday and this time we ran at Keswick parkrun. They also didn't have any run reports so I again offered to write one. This week I am thrilled to see that they too have now written their own report. To all you budding parkrun tourists, if you visit an event, why not offer to write them a report? I'm sure they'd love to hear your perspective.
Regards,
Martyn Thomas


Hi parkrun UK
One of our most respected volunteers and parkrunners Olive Brearey passed away last week after a fight with cancer. Huddersfield parkrunners applauded a minute in honour for her and the runners lined the route near where she volunteered every week. People were inspired and encouraged by Olive, everyone loved her as she had a heart of gold and we hope to honour her with a plaque at ‘Olive’s Corner’, as it’s been called. Simon Brass and the other Huddersfield parkrun volunteers did her proud with a few words but she will be missed so much by everyone, young and old. Olive was what parkrun is all about.
Regards,
Dawn Byram


Hi parkrun UK
In February I obtained a Great North Run place and having never completed an organised running event since I left school in 1971 I decided that I'd better do some training. After a few gentle jogs a friend suggested that I go along to parkrun to experience running with other people so in May I first went along to my local Tees Barrage parkrun. Everyone there was friendly and encouraging and I slowly improved my times. Last Sunday I completed my first ever half marathon in two hours and twenty one minutes, an achievement I daren’t dream about in February. Thanks to all the parkrunners and volunteers at Tees Barrage parkrun, I'm now a regular runner and looking forward to my 50 Club t-shirt.
Regards,
John Hirst


Hi parkrun UK
We had the second running of the Cheltenham Half Marathon on the 7th of September and it was incredible to hear how the parkrunning community came out to support their own! I was wearing my running club vest with no obvious links to parkrun and yet supporters lining the route were cheering "Go on parkrunner!" or similar. I thought it was just because I'd been Run Director at Cheltenham parkrun that people recognised me but I've since heard loads of people got support from parkrunners, being cheered by people they didn't know but who they recognised from Saturday mornings in the park. The parkrun community continues to amaze me and just keeps getting better! Thanks for the support fellow parkrunners.
Regards,
James Clay


Hi parkrun UK
Recently we started a new life in Cramond, Edinburgh. We knew nobody. We heard about parkrun, walked to the start line, ran, headed home. On the way, we bumped into some guys who invited us for a post-parkrun coffee. These guys were our neighbours and they have become great friends. Without parkrun we might not have met. These friends, their partners, their children and friends have made our life in Edinburgh wonderful. We regularly take it in turns to cook breakfast for each other after parkrun. Thank you parkrun. We love you. You have transformed our lives.
Regards,
Daniel and Zor Behrand


Hi parkrun UK
On Saturday the 30th of August I completed my 73rd parkrun as a parkrun tourist at Peter Pan parkrun in Hull which was also their 73rd event! It was without doubt my most exhausting parkrun. I and a fellow Hanley parkrunner took up a charity challenge to canoe and walk from the source of the River Trent high in the hills above North Staffordshire all the way to where it washes out into the Humber Estuary near Hull, some 200 odd miles over seven days and then ran Peter Pan parkrun the following day. I would just like to give thanks and appreciation to all at Peter Pan parkrun. Your kindness and generosity will stay with me for ever. Thank you.
Regards,
Phil Thomas


Hi parkrun UK
Today I incorporated parkrun into my 11 mile training session. During the run I heard a dad talking to his young son who was encouraging him the whole way. The boy picked up a conker and his dad said “It could be your lucky one”. I turned to them and said I could do with one of those too (having lost several weeks injured). On the next lap he caught me up and handed me a conker saying it was my lucky one. I thanked him and said I am going to take it to the Bristol Half Marathon next Sunday. He proceeded to run in front, finish ahead of me and I was proud that he did so well. I congratulated him afterwards. Thank you Sebastian.
Regards,
Lynn Booth


Hi parkrun UK
I have been fortunate enough to combine my twin passions of running and travel so have completed races in many parts of the world from the Sahara to Siberia. In my mid-60's, I was still enjoying my running but times were slowing and stamina was on the wane. I then discovered parkrun at Arrow Valley. In the last two and a bit years I have made dozens of new friends, learnt new training techniques, my times over a variety of distances are improving and my annual mileage is higher than it has been for 15 years. This past weekend I completed my 100th parkrun with a big PB and feel completely revitalised by running with people with such a positive attitude to life and their health.
Regards,
Doug Richards


Hi parkrun UK
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you do! Today I completed my first marathon, something that would have seemed inconceivable a few years ago. It was purely coincidence that it fell two years to the day since I did my first parkrun, but it is thanks to this great organisation and to all the volunteers that I am running at all. Whilst receiving my first marathon medal is something quite special, it is my 50 Club t-shirt and soon to be 100 Club t-shirt that will really mean something. Thanks again.
Regards,
Harry Bryant


Hi parkrun UK
We would like to share with parkrun some news of a special occasion taking place this parkrunday at Poole parkrun. For the last two years Saturday has not been Saturday, it's been parkrunday, so when we decided to get married there was only one thing for it. We shall run the first lap of the two lap Poole parkrun course, get married and then run the second lap to complete the course and well-earned tea and cake. Many parkrunners will be donning their best clobber and joining us for this parkrun wedding. We will run, get married and eat cake!
Regards,
Eve Carter


Hi parkrun UK
In November of 2013 my wife suggested whilst we were in London that it might be nice to do a parkrun. I agreed that would be lovely for her and within minutes I received an email that said “Welcome to parkrun”. She had signed me up! We ran Fulham Palace parkrun with my goal being to run 5k without stopping, which I achieved... just! I now run at Aberystwyth parkrun during the winter months as I work weekends all summer and looking forward to getting back to it each Saturday morning. Thanks parkrun for getting me out of bed and into my running trainers.
Regards,
Wil Stockford


Hi parkrun UK
We have had members of the family running at Workington parkrun since it began. Saturday was a first for us with three generations of the Jewell family running - Tony (Grandfather), Richard (Son) and Mylo (Grandson, age 6). To top off a great morning Mylo achieved his 3rd PB in three weeks. We look forward to running many more great events!
Regards,
Richard Jewell

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Brian Longman

Club:  Tri Sport Epping

Age:  52

Home parkrun:  Hackney Marshes

Occupation:  Design Draughtsman

Number of runs:  143

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer

What do you do at parkruns:  I am lucky to usually finish in the top 10% of runners so that gives me time to grab my camera and photograph the other runners as they finish. I have taken thousands of parkrun photos and can usually get them cropped and uploaded by Saturday afternoon.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I have been competing in running and triathlon events for 25 years and parkrun has given me a regular weekly workout, it has been a great addition to my training plan.

What do you like about parkrun:  I am definitely a 'parkrun Tourist' and enjoy visiting all the different parkruns around the country with my wife Natalie who also runs. We are always made to feel welcome by the volunteer organisers, marshals and other runners each week at every parkrun we attend and that's what I like about it.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Achieving 100 parkruns was monumental and receiving my t-shirt a few weeks later at my home parkrun was my most memorable moment so far. Reaching that milestone represents dedication and achievement.

reminders

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

September

Corby parkrun 20th

Nonsuch parkrun 20th

Orpington parkrun 20th

Antrim parkrun 27th

Barrow parkrun 27th

Braunstone parkrun 27th

Burgess parkrun 27th

Doncaster parkrun 27th

Great Lines parkrun 27th

Hanley parkrun 27th

Mansfield parkrun 27th

Plymvalley parkrun 27th

Shrewsbury parkrun 27th

October

Bushy Park parkrun 4th

Catton parkrun 4th

Leeds parkrun 4th

Longrun Meadow parkrun 4th

Rushcliffe parkrun 4th

Southsea parkrun 4th

Savill Garden junior parkrun 5th

Aberdeen parkrun 11th

Armagh parkrun 11th

Pontypridd parkrun 11th

Southend parkrun 11th

Sunderland parkrun 11th

Victoria parkrun 11th

Woodley parkrun 11th

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

adidas investing in parkrun
all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com


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


 

Scotland welcomes juniors

I have just been on holiday to Scotland which gave me a fantastic opportunity to meet and spend time with some of our 'junior parkrun people’ north of the border.

The exuberant and super friendly Chris Perkins, Event Director of Stirling junior parkrun offered to join me on the Saturday at Pollok parkrun in Glasgow. We met by the scanning queue after a fabulous 5k run and spent an hour in the café, together with our families, chatting all things parkrun, sorting out position tokens and left each other that morning as new parkrun friends.

On parkrunday Sunday I headed over to Helix junior parkrun to meet the team there and to volunteer whilst my own junior got his little legs moving.

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Run Director Lynsey got everyone ready to go with a magnificent warm up and then junior parkrun was underway...

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The finish line volunteers stood watching the runners from a distance, and a dad appeared by my side. “We’re new today and I didn’t realise that parents could run…” he said. I explained to him that whilst he was welcome to join in it wasn’t a requirement as there were lots of marshals dotted around the course to keep an eye on them and send them the right way. “Which one is yours, can you see her?” I asked. To which he replied "She’s the one in the Snow White outfit and trainers.”

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How fabulous! I do hope that our mini Snow White comes back and runs with us again sometime soon.

I’ve written before about how I hope that people hang around to enjoy their surroundings and after we’d had a coffee and a chat with the team, we wandered over to see the magnificent Kelpies which are just a five minute walk away from the start line and another great reason to visit Helix Park.

 

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On the way back to the car an hour later the sight of this junior rollerblader really did polish off an already perfect parkrunday. Look closely at that t-shirt!

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You’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome at a junior event in Scotland. I speak from personal experience.

Happy parkrunning and volunteering

 

weekly newsletter 11th September 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter adidas win awards, PruHealth with Vitality’s Faces keep going, Sweatshop open a new store, Chris Davies prepares for a PB, we make it easier for you to opt-in and I get trumped for content.

On Monday evening we held our first ever ‘friends of parkrun’ dinner at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by the wonderfully hospitable triathlete and committed marathoner Brandon Lewis MP... and up until five minutes ago that was to provide the content for this week’s ramblings. Unfortunately for me Chrissie Wellington beat me to it and having just read this week’s junior newsletter I’d thoroughly recommend popping over there if you haven’t done so already.

That does of course leave me rather short on material, especially as being on my second week of paternity leave I’m about as out of the loop as I get. Having said that… a quick look at the bottom of our website shows that UK parkrunners have completed 4,985,264 runs to date, which means that at some point this Saturday morning we’ll see our five millionth run performance… or 25 million kilometres total distance covered! Wow!

Now, if you’ve already run a parkrun then give yourself a huge high five for being part of an amazing journey. If you’re reading this and you haven’t yet plucked up the courage then perhaps now’s the moment to print out your barcode and head down to your local event? Wouldn’t it be cool to say you helped make that happen!

Happy running,

Tom

Boost wins Runner’s World Awards


News hot off the press! Runner’s World has recently named adidas’ adios Boost 2 with the Editor’s Choice Award and the Supernova Sequence with the Best Update Award.

Runner’s World explained, “it’s sometimes difficult to pick the winner of our top gong, but not on this occasion - the adios Boost 2 romped home. The impressive Boost midsole foam gives exceptional energy return and a real feeling that you’re bouncing along like Tigger. It’s stripped back and feels like a proper racing shoe, although the cushioning is more than good enough for longer runs - and our lab rated it among the most flexible shoes on test. Bottom Line - cushioning, speed and support in one impressive package.”

The compliments kept coming from Runner’s World as they summed up adidas’ Supernova Sequence, stating “the Sequence series is favoured by over pronating runners who want support without sacrificing responsiveness. With this shoe adidas has improved that trait. It has dropped weight, lowered the heel drop from 10mm to 8mm, introduced its impressive Boost midsole foam and switched the pronation support from a medial post to a semi-rigid plastic wrap. This curves around the outside of the shoe and under the arch - giving support to those who need it. Bottom Line - a supportive shoe for runners of all sizes.”

Good news as they’ve also been named the Official racing and support training shoes for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015.

Don’t miss your chance to run in anything less than the best. Find your #boost at adidas.co.uk/boost today.

The adidas running team.
facebook.com/adidasUK
@adidasUK#boost

five weeks to go


Our ‘Face of Vitality Oxford Half Marathoners’ are now three weeks deep into their training. They are gaining great running momentum and are determined to push themselves further.

“I know I can currently do eight miles without too much trouble. Even if I do just one mile extra per week, I’m there. But I really do need to get some long, slow runs in again, so I get used to running that distance, it becomes ‘the norm’ and I can concentrate on getting my pace faster.” - Simon

“I have found the running hard this week but adding in the variety has really helped me remain positive - ‘Let optimism Rule!’ Another good quote for this week is “Exercise has been known to cause health and happiness” - Frances

Frances and Simon’s journey continues to the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon. Read their blog here.

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 where 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.

opt-in


Did you spot the tweak to the volunteer thanks and result emails at the weekend inviting you to ‘opt-in’ if you hadn’t already? Evidently 2,000+ parkrunners did and as a result have already opted in to receive volunteer news and appeals from the event they attended on parkrunday.

You can opt-in to receive volunteer emails from multiple events via the ‘manage my profile’ button which can be accessed via your results email or the email version of the newsletter. Why limit yourself to volunteering at one parkrun!

parkrun population


Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK:

Number of runners - 51,837
Number of volunteers - 4,550
Number of first timers - 7,181
Number of PBs - 10,903

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
On Saturday a very proud core team will be hosting Yeovil Montacute parkrun’s first birthday. A very big thank you to all the runners who stuck with us when our course was waterlogged for eight weeks at the start of the year and who keep coming back week after week to make such a cracking event! We are very lucky that the National Trust let us play in the fabulous Montacute House grounds each week which looks amazing from all angles.
Regards,
Martin Chaffey


Hi parkrun UK
Thank you to all the volunteers and runners who helped when my 12-year-old daughter Amy was taken ill at Fountains Abbey parkrun on the 30th of August. Amy pulled out after one lap complaining of chest pains and breathing difficulties, she was then assisted at the finish area. Adam the Run Director ran back down the course to tell me what had happened, from there with the help of various people we were able to get Amy away from the site and on the way to hospital. After an X-ray she was diagnosed with a collapsed lung and spent three days in hospital. I'm happy to report that she has made a full recovery.
Regards,
Allan Hansen


Hi parkrun UK
At Wimbledon Common parkrun on the 30th of August, as a parkrun tourist from Bushy Park, I was finishing my run when I was viciously attacked by a swarm of hornets. Stupidly I was running without my EpiPen as I have had an allergic reaction in the past. This is a lesson to all who may get complacent about this as I had done! The swift actions of the man who bravely helped me on the path as well as the volunteers meant I received the treatment I needed in the ambulance and at hospital. My heartfelt thanks to those who came to my aid and best wishes to others who were stung.
Regards,
Sarah Colclough


Hi parkrun UK
I've missed Cross Flatts parkrun for the past three weeks due to my holiday in Majorca but managed to keep up my fitness by running each day. One beautiful morning I was running along the seafront in Port Soller when I ran past a fellow parkrunner wearing a 50 Club t-shirt. “Go parkrunner” I shouted as she passed me in the opposite direction. It was great to see a member of our wonderful community whilst abroad.
Regards,
Neil McCallum


Hi parkrun UK
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Comber parkrun for making myself and my two sons, aged 13 and eight, feel so welcome last weekend. We were visiting family and decided to drop by for a run in the sun when away from our local parkrun at Wythenshawe. Several people came over to greet us, talk to us and then cheer us on. Afterwards there were photos and tea. It is a lovely set up and we will definitely be back when we are next over.
Regards,
Alistair Tanner


Hi parkrun UK
At Newcastle parkrun we celebrated Eric Appleby completing 200 parkruns at the age of 82. Eric was an outstanding veteran runner in his day, competing for England on seven occasions and achieving many British records in his age group. Eric joined Newcastle parkrun at the age of 78 in 2010 and has a PB of 26:18. At the finish line Eric was accompanied by his niece from Australia with a vanguard of runners from his club Heaton Harriers. Eric says that running makes him feel alive. With cakes and cards we all celebrated Eric's great achievement and look forward to him achieving his next target of 250 parkruns. We are proud that Eric is part of our parkrun family.
Regards,
Maggie Davison


Hi parkrun UK
I wanted to thank parkrun for enabling unexpected things to happen. My daughter is now looking forward to her 50 Club t-shirt that she achieved just before her eighth birthday. The Ally Pally parkrun people make a huge difference and have quietly encouraged her to keep going. Originally I never dreamed that she could do 5k, let alone 50 of them!
Regards,
Rosie Sheldon


Hi parkrun UK
I’ve just been camping with friends in the New Forest and I was delighted to discover parkrun was on the doorstep. Having left my family at the campsite I headed off to run to parkrun. It was further than anticipated and I was cutting it fine. I saw a car stop and assumed they would ask for directions. Wrong, I was asked if I was a parkrunner and wanted a lift! I took my chances as he didn't look dangerous and had a nice chat with Mike who turned out to be a volunteer. Brockenhurst parkrun is much smaller in attendance than my usual parkrun at Milton Keynes but has the same nice friendly feel. Running back I was joined by a fellow parkrun tourist. That is just what I love about parkrun, inclusive and welcoming to all.
Regards,
Abi Gooch


Hi parkrun UK
In 2012 I ran my first parkrun at Pontefract. My ambitions included not to embarrass myself in front of a bunch of finely tuned, honed to perfection Olympic-standard Adonises. Now I’ve pushed on so I'll receive the coveted black 100 t-shirt in October. Recently my 10-year-old son asked if he could join me. As an asthma sufferer Charlie finds 5k a huge test. My assurances that he wouldn’t be last, would be allowed to walk and that someone would wait at the finish worked. I was 12 minutes slower than my usual time but a little humility can be good. Thanks to all the volunteers and runners at Ponte Carlo!
Regards,
Andrew Burgess-Tupling


Hi parkrun UK
A few years ago I was encouraged to go along to the new parkrun that was starting at Pennington Flash. I was very dubious as I am a very slow runner. I have a heart condition which requires a pacemaker but I needn't have worried as they welcomed me and encouraged me around. I have made so many wonderful friends and been given so much confidence from doing parkrun that I have entered 10k races, a trail run and just completed the Great North Run and my parkrun family have been there to support me every step of the way. My husband and son now run parkrun regularly after seeing how much I enjoyed it. Thank you parkrun family.
Regards,
Alison Medlicott

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Charlotte Corrigan

Club:  Hyndburn Athletics Club

Age:  10

Home parkrun:  Burnley

Occupation:  School pupil

Number of runs:  11

Favourite volunteer role:  Haven’t volunteered just yet but definitely will do soon!

What do you do at parkruns:  I always try my best to improve my PB but I also like chatting to people. I have encouraged my mum to take part and she's very glad that I did because she's started to lose weight and get fit.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I have joined a running club and got my Uncle Robin to come with me! I also came 1st at my school’s games 600 metres.

What do you like about parkrun:  The sense of community spirit and the lovely volunteers.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  When I was running around with my Uncle Robin and I swallowed three flies.

parkrun corner

Chris Davies

There comes a time in every parkrunner’s ascendency called the ‘plateau’. However I think I have discovered the secret formula for a parkrun PB.

1. Choosing where and when to run is important. I was down in Poole following a week of life getting in the way of running so I needed a blast around Poole parkrun.

2. Pre-run preparation is key. On Friday night I limited myself to one small beer and was cooked a meal that contained beans (not sure if this was influential). After a great night’s sleep I enjoyed a small breakfast, a ‘No.2’ and got to the venue early enough to have a decent warm up (not falling out of the car onto the start line as per usual). I even had time for a peck on the cheek from my good lady as I lined up amongst the field.

3. You need good kit. It was the first outing for my adidas Boost. They felt like supersonic carpet slippers. I know this sounds like a plug for one of our sponsors but it’s true.

4. You need some luck. I managed to hang on to a pacemaker called Steve (other pacemakers are also available) on a warm day without a breath of wind. So thanks Sarah Ngugi, Rex Toop, Steve Mills and all the Poole parkrun volunteers. After 30 years of running my latest PB feels as good as my first one!

Chris Davies
Newport parkrun and Newport junior parkrun Event Director and parkrun UK Ambassador

reminders

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

September

Hilly Fields parkrun 13th

Ipswich parkrun 13th

Kings Lynn parkrun 13th

Portrush parkrun 13th

Reading parkrun 13th

Corby parkrun 20th

Nonsuch parkrun 20th

Orpington parkrun 20th

Antrim parkrun 27th

Barrow parkrun 27th

Braunstone parkrun 27th

Burgess parkrun 27th

Doncaster parkrun 27th

Great Lines parkrun 27th

Hanley parkrun 27th

Mansfield parkrun 27th

Plymvalley parkrun 27th

Shrewsbury parkrun 27th

October

Bushy Park parkrun 4th

Catton parkrun 4th

Leeds parkrun 4th

Longrun Meadow parkrun 4th

Rushcliffe parkrun 4th

Southsea parkrun 4th

Savill Garden junior parkrun 5th

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

adidas investing in parkrun
all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com


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


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