Making the leap …. Going from monthly to weekly.

My name is Kerri and I am a parkrun Ambassador and I helped Woodley juniors go from a monthly to weekly event.

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Here I am with my daughter Ruby at Woodley junior parkrun.

Why did I become a parkrun ambassador? ….that's a good question and I’ll answer it in a minute, but you might also be wondering, ‘What is a parkrun Ambassador?’

We are a small group of people who love parkrun and want to extend our volunteering to help other people start events in their local area, and also support existing parkruns throughout their life.

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As part of my role I was asked by HQ to help the Woodley junior parkrun team make the leap from a monthly event to a weekly event. All the new junior events are weekly, with only the four pre-existing ones remaining monthly... until now.

So, what did I need to do?

First, I had to work with the existing (monthly) Woodley juniors team and learn from them, and then help create a new core team that could operate the event on a weekly basis.  I then had to share all the important information about operating an event. For example, I trained the team in how to process the results so that the children get their times and can earn their wristbands; I taught the team about the setting up and packing down of a junior parkrun in order to keep everyone safe and minimise our impact on the park; and also told them all about Child Safeguarding. I had lots of help from the existing volunteers and after a few weeks the new team was fully trained and raring to go.

At our 'relaunch' we had a diverse mix of runners including,

A teddy!                                  Batman!

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And some triathletes!

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But we couldn’t have done any of this without the fab volunteers and parents who proudly put on the hi-visibility jackets to cheer and clap loudly and generally make the magic happen.

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Why did I become a parkrun Ambassador? It's simple.  I want everyone, whatever their age or ability, to experience the joy of crossing a finish line cheered on by the rest of the parkrun family.

As a child, for me running meant sprinting as fast as I could around a field until I was almost sick. Nobody told me I could jog or take it at my own pace and I really don’t remember being cheered across a finish line ... Running would’ve been so much more enjoyable if it had been a lot more like junior parkrun – friendly, sociable and open to everyone. There really is nothing quite like parkrun and junior parkrun, and being an Ambassador means I can play a small part in making this magic happen and enable sport to be fun for everyone!

 

 

Kerri French
parkrun UK Ambassador

ps. Why else did I become an Ambassador ...?

To get my own family out running and enjoying parkrun too, of course...

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weekly newsletter 21st August 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter PruHealth with Vitality follow their Faces, Manchester Met Uni are after masters and I share some very interesting stats.

This week I thought I’d bring you up to speed with some of our stats, I do like a good number and although I’m conscious they’re not everyone’s cup of tea I imagine that if you’re reading this newsletter you’re a reasonably dedicated parkrunner.

So, having started back at Bushy Park on Saturday the 2nd of October 2004 we now have 284 x 5k events and 22 x 2k junior events in the UK. Across the World there are another 166 weekly 5k events across nine countries... Australia, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the USA and Singapore.

In the UK we have 820,149 different people registered to run with us of which 401,789 (49%) are women and 418,360 (51%) are men. Around the World there are another 322,843 registered parkrunners, interestingly 56% of our non-UK registrations are female.

On the most recent Saturday in the UK we saw 48,103 people cross a 5k finish line and another wonderful 1,077 juniors follow suit on the Sunday. Adding the global figures to that, 20,670 people took part in a non-UK parkrun, giving us a grand total of 69,850 runners.

There have of course been many amazing achievements by individuals, far too many to list here. However, our most runningest (is that a word?) male runner is Darren Wood who has completed 465 parkruns and our most runningest (it is now) female runner is Kirsty Bangham who has completed 359 parkruns. We have also seen the rise of parkrun tourism, amazingly Paul Freyne has taken part at 203 different locations and Louise Ayling 125 different locations!

Globally we passed quietly through six million completed runs on Saturday, of which 4.8 million have been in the UK across 32,482 events!

Looking forward I would have thought that we will be seeing in excess of 80,000 weekly runners before the end of this year and I see from the UK diary that we have another 18 locations with confirmed start dates, half of which are junior events. Globally there are another 27 ready to go! In the UK we’re seeing over 1,000 new registrations per day and that almost doubles when you add the rest of the World.

Although I don’t think any of us ever foresaw the level of growth we’re seeing right now we have always known that the challenge isn’t simply to grow, it’s to grow within the spirit, ethos and principles of parkrun. We are, and always will be free, weekly, timed runs with our friends, in areas of open space. We will always be as inclusive and accessible as possible and welcome anyone who simply wants to be part of a wonderful family. We are parkrun.

Happy running,

Tom

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

Faces of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon


This week marks the beginning of eight weeks of training for our Faces of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon! Simon and Frances are both kitted up ready for the half marathon challenge ahead and have their personalised training plans ready to go.

What’s their goal?

“My target for all races is firstly to run a ‘good’ race; where I enjoy it, feel I've run well and maybe get a few ‘scalps’ from my fellow club runners” - Simon

“My goal would be to do it in under 2 hours 30 minutes, however just achieving a half marathon would be a fantastic achievement for me!” - Frances

We will be following both Frances and Simon on their journey to completing the 21.1k run through weekly blogs and video/photography updates. Check out their running profiles here. Best of luck for week one Simon and Frances!

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.

looking for master athletes


Manchester Metropolitan University are conducting a nationwide study into bone health in master athletes. The formal name of the study is known “VIBE” (Vertical Impact on Bone in the Elderly).

The aim is to have an understanding of physical activity patterns in older athletes and the effects of regular exercise on muscle and bone health. The study requires around 300 master athletes over the age of 60 years. Volunteers must have been competing at regional standard in sprint/middle/long distance running in the past 12 months.

What would you need to do?

All that is asked is that you simply wear a monitor for a week and then return it via a freepost facility. The study is being managed by former European Cross Country Champion Jessica Coulson who has competed numerous times for Great Britain at both track and cross country championships. Jess has suffered numerous issues with bone health during her career including a career-saving operation to unite a fractured bone in her foot and therefore has a real passion to improve bone health for others in anyway possible.

parkrun has established an encouraging attitude towards the positive effects of physical activity. The Manchester Metropolitan research team share such an attitude and have teamed up to try and recruit as many people to partake in the study as possible to help contribute to a better physically active nation.

If you would like to support the research and get involved please contact Jess at j.coulson@mmu.ac.uk and she can supply more details. Alternatively find more info at www.healthresearch.mmu.ac.uk/master-athlete.

parkrun population


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

Number of runners - 49,180
Number of volunteers - 4,078
Number of first timers - 8,459
Number of PBs - 11,290

event news


Please check your event's news pages for the most up to date information.

Cancellations this weekend:

- Blickling parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.

- Harrow Lodge parkrun due to the Havering Show.

- Osterley parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.

- York parkrun due to Race Day.

- Brockwell Juniors parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.

- Harrow Lodge Juniors parkrun due to the Havering Show.

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 behalf of Falkirk parkrun I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Karen Kilpatrick, outgoing Event Director. Karen, more affectionately known as JK, was a driving force in getting the event up and running and for the last three years has presided as a thriving community developed at Callendar Park. JK, or Mum as we often called her, helped foster a family spirit at Callendar Park, spreading images of putting the core team to bed early at parkrun mansions so the team would be ready for the runners to arrive. JK truly made her mark in this part of Scotland and we would all like to thank her for her endeavours and for what she has given us. Thanks Mum!
Regards,
Graeme 'Spikey' Lawson


Hi parkrun UK
Two years, two heart attacks, a heart bypass and 50 parkruns later and today I ran my first full 5k ever. No breaks, no walking. Thank you so much to Karen Gillies, Mary Mitchell, Morgan Middleton, Jacqui McDonald, Malcolm Mactavish, Rosemary Lee, Carole Fraser, Ruth Letham, Elaine Carstairs, Lorna Scotland, Lorna Hughes and Pippa the dog who ran with me giving me huge support all the way. Thank you also to all the volunteers at St Andrews parkrun but most of all thank you to parkrun for giving me this challenge, opportunity and creating a whole new family that supports each other. Keep up the good work.
Regards,
Kirsty Drummond


Hi parkrun UK
You must get so many of these emails but I just want to thank all of those at Rother Valley parkrun today who helped and welcomed me as I broadened my parkrun horizons beyond Scotland! Thanks especially to Pete Flynn via Twitter, Dave Elsom who got me there, Andy Charles who listened to my wittering and fellow tourists from Clumber Park parkrun, Karen and Darren O'Connor, who kindly saved my legs and dropped me back at my rendezvous with the family so we could drive home to Scotland! Sadly I didn't meet Andrew Roscamp, family friend of my lovely wife, nor did I manage coffee and cake... this time! All this and a PB too, I'm a happy parkrunner! Thanks!
Regards,
Dave Slater


Hi parkrun UK
My friend Jess Harris Hooton and I went to our first parkrun event on the 9th of August at Frimley Lodge. We just wanted to say what a fantastic time we had. Jess and I are working our way through a Couch to 5k programme. We thought we'd give it a go. Everyone was so friendly and really encouraged us at the start and around the course. We are attempting the course again in a few weeks and are already looking forward to it. Thanks to everyone for making us feel welcome. PB's all the way for us!
Regards,
Debbie Pompei


Hi parkrun UK
Finding parkrun has really changed me. I have made loads of friends, have really built my self-confidence and changed my lifestyle. When I started running with Couch to 5k I ran in the evening around a lake where no one would see me. Then I mustered the courage to try a parkrun and I wondered why I hadn't done it sooner! Since then I have also joined a bootcamp, lost three stone, ran races and registered for a half marathon. All this seemed impossible a year ago and I never dreamed I would look forward to ‘parkrunday’ as I do now. I have since encouraged several of my friends and family. Thank you so much for choosing me as a Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for Woodley parkrun too.
Regards,
Regards,
Sarah Hilling


Hi parkrun UK
Thanks to all the volunteers that make this possible every week! If you're thinking of helping out give it a go! It's a rewarding way to get involved for runners and non-runners alike. With some of the usual Keswick parkrun volunteers away on holiday I was tail runner for my fifth parkrun and posted my slowest time yet. I had a great time helping out at the back with a junior runner and their parent. There was skipping, singing, ‘troll hunting' at the bridge and talking about what the family had done on their holiday. I have an even better appreciation of this role to bring all the runners back safely and help make it an enjoyable run for all.
Regards,
Sarah Blundell


Hi parkrun UK
A group of King’s Lynn parkrunners recently travelled across to France to take part in an iconic 10 mile run along what had been the front line during the Battle of the Somme. The battle, which became infamous for the enormous loss of life for very little gain, commenced on the 1st of July in 1916 and the run, which it is hoped will become an annual event, was organised to commemorate the start of the battle. The run took place between the villages of Gommecourt and Thiepval where the group laid a wreath on behalf of King's Lynn parkrun at this magnificent memorial. The memorial contains the names of 72,195 people who died in the fighting but have no known grave.
Regards,
Gary Walker


Hi parkrun UK
In January I began running at Peterborough parkrun, PB's became frequent and like many runners it was me against the clock. In June my father suffered a heart attack and I travelled to Middlesbrough to support the family whilst he was assessed, which resulted in a bypass operation. Over nine weekends I visited numerous times but always committed to getting a run in and during this period I travelled over 1700 miles. In addition to local runs in the Middlesbrough area I visited Forest Rec whilst on a stag do, visited Colwick during an England Cricket Test, Tees Barrage after my sisters wedding and Newark enroute! My father is now doing well and I'm looking forward to beating my PB at Peterborough!
Regards,
Nigel Cronin


Hi parkrun UK
May I say a massive thankyou to eight of the parkruns in the Manchester area: Woodbank, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Burnage, Wythenshawe, South Manchester, Worsley Woods and Heaton Park. As part of some charity fundraising I undertook a tour of these locations on the 9th of August with my good friend Sam Nightingale (former Sunderland parkrun Event Director) plus two Chorlton Runners, Leona Beaumont and Lorraine Pang. Later Karl Downing, Jason Ridgeway, Oliver Nightingale, Gazz Pashley and Neil Grice joined us too. Each parkrun venue gave us the friendliest and most amazing welcome. It was a long 13 hours with tired bodies but minds filled with great happiness and pleasure, creating such a memorable experience that only a running community such as parkrun can.
Regards,
George Nicholson

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Hannah Fisher

Club:  Ryston Runners

Age:  19

Home parkrun:  King's Lynn

Occupation:  Student

Number of runs:  12

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanner

What do you do at parkruns:  I get there at about 8:45am ready for a warm up with my Mum, have a chat to friends until the run briefing and then wander down to the start with everyone else. After the run I join everyone else who's finished for a chat, sometimes have a hot chocolate at the café and then go home ready to carry on with my day feeling fab after a great run!

How has parkrun changed your running:  It got me running! Before parkrun I never ran at all and now I do, albeit slowly. I'd been volunteering every week for a while, thinking I could never run because I was so unfit that it hurt my chest, then I found out the pain was asthma and I've been parkrunning ever since now I have my inhaler!

What do you like about parkrun:  I love how there is such a great mixture of people! There are amazingly quick runners and then me plus the other runners at the back but we are all there to compete against ourselves and we are all encouraged equally by each other! When I finish the front runners are there to congratulate me with their coffees already half drunk and they are just as proud of me at over 36 minutes as they are of someone else who runs sub-20, that is amazing!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  It has to be when I got my last PB! A really good runner from Ryston Runners called Lorena ran with me for my final lap, and as we were going up the finishing straight she was shouting at me to “sprint now, breathe later!” It was brilliant and it definitely worked, thanks Lorena!

reminders

barcode reminder

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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.

upcoming anniversaries

August

Bournemouth parkrun 23rd

Cannon Hill parkrun 23rd

Oak Hill parkrun 23rd

Woodbank parkrun 23rd

Bromley parkrun 30th

Maldon Prom parkrun 30th

Osterley parkrun 30th

Weymouth parkrun 30th

September

Aberystwyth parkrun 6th

Bespoke parkrun 6th

Camp Bastion parkrun 6th

Inverness parkrun 6th

Skipton parkrun 6th

Southwark parkrun 6th

Southwick Country Park parkrun 6th

Yeovil Montacute parkrun 6th

Hilly Fields parkrun 13th

Ipswich parkrun 13th

Kings Lynn parkrun 13th

Portrush parkrun 13th

Reading parkrun 13th

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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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


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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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It’s easy-peasy…

"Have you made any really good volunteer goofs?” I asked Jo Sinton-Hewitt recently. “Oh yes, I stopped the timer once before everyone had finished!” she replied breezily.

I must confess that I too have made a few gaffes over the years on the volunteering front. The first time I ever volunteered I let someone leave the funnel without a position token, the first time I was Run Director not a single time was recorded due to my poor explanation of how the Opticon timer worked, and I once dropped the tokens at 8:55am.

Whooops! 8.50am...

The point I’m trying to make is... that it really doesn’t matter. We all make mistakes and it’s certainly not stopped Jo or I volunteering again and again many times since.

Super scanners

All over the country our junior parkrunners are gaining valuable life skills when carrying out parkrun volunteer roles week after week; scanning barcodes, sorting out position tokens and processing the results to name but a few, and if they can do it so can we!

Token sorting

Volunteering really is easy-peasy and we promise that we would never ask you to do anything that you feel uncomfortable doing. Take a look at our new How to volunteer page, email your local junior parkrun office, contact them via their social media channels or speak to the local team on any junior parkrunday to find out how to get involved.

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I’d encourage anyone - big or small - to volunteer at his or her local event at least once. Be proud to wear the hi-vis jacket of a parkrun volunteer as without you it couldn’t happen!

Young volunteer

When we all work together week after week to bring another free, timed 2k parkrun for the little people to fruition we are building a ‘community’. Think of parkrun as the invitation to a great party - the community we create by consequence is the actual party.

 Happy parkrunning and volunteering. Let's party on!

 

 

 

 

weekly newsletter 14th August 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter PruHealth with Vitality reveal their faces, Sweatshop open up, Join In kick off, Leeds Met Uni study your apps, Alister welcomes England’s most northern parkrun and I have a special message to share with you.

I’d like to say thank you for all the amazing messages of support following last week’s note about the Club t-shirts. It took me four years to get to my 50 Club t-shirt and receiving it was one of my proudest moments, so I truly understand how disappointing these delays are for many of you. The positive response was overwhelming both in terms of offers of help and simple messages of support. Thank you.

Moving on, you’ll see from their article below that once again we are working with Join In to promote volunteering at parkrun, specifically around bringing a ‘plus one’. We believe that joining your parkrun volunteer team is as life changing (if not more) than running at parkrun. That’s certainly the case for me, so we’re keen to encourage as many parkrunners as possible to get involved. At the moment around 11% of parkrunners volunteer during the year so if you’re one of those 89% yet to give it a go perhaps Eddie Izzard’s special message might be the motivation you need. Having said that, many of you might prefer his alternative offer.

As always we understand there are many reasons why people choose to run and/or volunteer, and we will always respect those, but if Eddie’s inspired you to give it a go then please visit parkrun.org.uk/howtovolunteer and sign up.

Thanks for your parkrun passion,

Happy running,

Tom

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

Faces of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon


A big congratulations to our two chosen Faces of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon:
- Frances Alcock (A209275) - looking to triumph another life challenge with a half marathon
- Simon Hodkin (A157157) - a long term running advocate looking to concentrating his efforts on the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon

We would like to say a huge thank you to all those parkrunners who entered to become the Face of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon. It was great to see so many parkrunners eager to step up to this challenge! Although we could only choose two winners, PruHealth with Vitality would love to see you all reach your own personal goals, so we will be offering all competition entrants a free entry into the run! We will be in touch shortly with further information.

We will be following both Frances and Simon on their journey to completing the 21.1k run through weekly blogs and video/photography updates. PruHealth with Vitality will share their stories to inspire you to step up to future half marathon challenges.

Stayed tuned for next week’s newsletter, featuring our first update from our Faces of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon, Frances and Simon!

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 Bournemouth this weekend


Sweatshop, the nation’s favourite running retailer, opens in Bournemouth on Friday the 15th of August. We’re delighted to be opening in Bournemouth and will also open early September in Peterborough and there are more new stores planned for the autumn. So watch this space!

Come run with us across the country as well as in Bournemouth, 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.

Join In kick off ‘parkrun plus one’


The Join In Summer Relay - a nationwide push to put more volunteers into community sport with ITV - kicked off in style at Glasgow’s Tollcross parkrun.

The event was the first in a nationwide grassroots sport tour from Glasgow to London, organised by London 2012 legacy charity Join In to get 100,000 new volunteers taking part in community sport.

It also marked the start of our ‘plus one’ series - an initiative designed to encourage runners and volunteers to bring a friend to help out at their local parkrun. Join In Director of Sport and former 5k World Record holder David Moorcroft took up the challenge, bringing Scottish middle distance legend Liz McColgan to the Tollcross event as his ‘plus one’.

Liz was clearly impressed by the event, saying “It’s great to be part of the first leg of the Join In Summer Relay in Glasgow, right after the Commonwealth Games. Every successful sports person has volunteers who help them. It was certainly the case with me, so it’s great to give something back and there’s no better place to do that than at a parkrun.”

Watch out for news of more parkrun events in the Join In Summer Relay. Meanwhile if you’d like to help a sports club near you simply log onto www.joininuk.org and click ‘I want to help’.

do Couch to 5k running apps work?


Researchers at Leeds Metropolitan University are looking into the effectiveness of the Couch to 5k running apps. They would like to offer parkrun participants the opportunity to complete a short online survey if they have:

- in the past used a Couch to 5k app
- are currently using a Couch to 5k app
- downloaded but not yet started using a Couch to 5k app

The survey will ask you about your experiences of using the app, the reasons why you chose to use an app as a running guide and some questions about any changes you may have made to your lifestyle since downloading the app.

Why are they doing this research?

Over recent years there has been a rise of mobile phone apps to track, motivate and guide users through physical activity. There is currently very little evidence exploring how well these apps actually work in helping users increase their fitness and activity levels. Study participants would therefore be part of the first study of its kind exploring the effectiveness of one of the most popular apps on the market.

It is anticipated that results from this study can help inform public health strategies for cost effective ways to encourage mass participation in physical activity. Gaining insight into what users think to the app and why they use it is crucial information for this to happen. The online survey takes around five minutes to complete and guides you through each stage.

If you would like to take part in this survey please follow this link. You can also follow the research team on Facebook and Twitter.

parkrun population


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

Number of runners - 48,212
Number of volunteers - 4,058
Number of first timers - 8,055
Number of PBs - 9,143

event news


Please check your event's news pages for the most up to date information.

Cancellations this weekend:

- Burgess parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.

- Cannon Hill parkrun due to Eid celebrations in the park.

- Clumber Park parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.

- Forest Rec parkrun due to the Nottingham Carnival using the park.

- Huntingdon parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.

- Old Deer Park parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.

- Ormeau parkrun due to a music event being held in the park.

- Preston parkrun due to the vintage car fair.

- Redcar 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
I would like to tell you about my best friend who is an absolute star! Lynne Durman was born after difficulties resulting in a weak side to her body. That however has never stopped her in life. We were a mean defensive duo on the hockey pitch and she has also learnt to ride after watching myself and her beautiful daughter Sophie for years from the sidelines. Unfortunately with the mobility issues that Lynne experiences means her gait is not one conclusive to a smooth running style and causes mountains of blisters and injuries. However after completing her first parkrun at Longrun Meadow in Taunton last week I would like to tell the world how very proud I am of her and happy birthday for last week Lynne!
Regards,
Sharron Kington


Hi parkrun UK
Just thought I would give a bit of feedback about one of Burgess parkrun's regular volunteers, Lloyd Clater. Lloyd had volunteered as usual at Burgess parkrun the other week and when he was on the way back through the park came across a black plastic bag that appeared to be meowing! On further investigation it turned out to contain a little black kitten, which was clearly scared and very hungry. Wondering what to do he visited one of his friends nearby who kindly offered to look after it. It has now been checked out by the vet and is settling well into its new home. Which just goes to show what a lovely, resourceful bunch parkrun volunteers are.
Regards,
Jon Tennison


Hi parkrun UK
I started running at Preston parkrun and was surprised to see so many people taking part. I had heard that there was also a parkrun at Cuerden Valley, however its reputation of undulations and being referred to locally as ‘Lancashire tough’ had initially put me off. However, I decided to brave the Valley's undulations and now have 28 parkruns in total to my name, setting 17 PB's along the way. At the forthcoming Cuerden Valley parkrun I hope to be running with three generations of my family for the first time. Special thanks to all the volunteers without whom my Saturday mornings wouldn't be the same.
Regards,
Steve Taylor


Hi parkrun UK
Ever since I started parkrun in September I have been raving to everyone about it, the wonderful people I have met and how my life has been transformed in so many ways. Imagine my surprise last week when I found out I had been awarded the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for July at Shrewsbury parkrun. I love running at and volunteering at parkrun and I still can't get over the fact that I am being given a free pair of running shoes for doing something I love. parkrun has given me so much and I am immensely grateful.
Regards,
Margaret Connarty


Hi parkrun UK
This past Saturday I turned 11 years old and to celebrate this I ran at my home event of Hackworth parkrun and managed to run a course record for the JW11-14 category. It became my 11th parkrun junior record on my 11th Birthday. I found the toughest parkrun to be Gibside and my fastest parkrun was at Newcastle with 21:13. I love running and I love parkrun.
Regards,
Chloe Fairclough

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Louise Dale-Hughes

Club:  Smiley Paces

Age:  45

Home parkrun:  Sheffield Hallam

Occupation:  Civil Servant

Number of runs:  109

Favourite volunteer role:  First Timers brief

What do you do at parkruns:  When I am not running I try to volunteer each week. Position tokens is one of my usual positions and providing the 'First Timers brief' is where I introduce myself as "The Loud One”. I also became a Run Director this year with our regular timer Derek Simpson.

How has parkrun changed your running:  It hasn't so much as changed my running but more mine and my hubby Alan's life. The people at Sheffield Hallam parkrun are an amazing, friendly bunch. The number of friends I have made over the last four years has been amazing. Saturday mornings are not the same if I can't get my 9am fix.

What do you like about parkrun:  I like that parkrun is for anyone regardless of age, size, gender, ability, with prams or without, with dogs or without (on a lead of course). I enjoy cheering on the runners, shouting their names and encouraging everyone. I probably annoy some runners but I can't help myself. It's great when someone shouts "thank you" as they run past or take the time to come and say it personally at the end. Also the support everyone gives to each other, often finishing and then going back on route to run and help someone finish.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Too many to mention... Each time one of the regulars reach a milestone whether it is 10, 50 or 100. There's usually handmade cards to sign, balloons, sashes and cakes. I was very touched last August by the generosity of the Sheffield Hallam parkrunners who donated £100 online to parkrun on my 100th run.

parkrun corner

Alister Robson

Up until this weekend if you looked on a map of parkrun events you'd have seen a big gap between Newcastle, Whitley Bay and Edinburgh. The entire county of Northumberland was completely devoid of parkrun. If you lived in the large towns of Morpeth and Alnwick you had a long drive to get to your nearest parkrun. Not that this has put off the truly devoted. Charlotte Baston, a 100 Club member, who runs for Alnwick Harriers has twice been the highest junior in Newcastle parkrun’s points table. Quite an achievement for someone travelling that far almost every week as I’m sure you’ll agree. Chauffeur and dad Phil Baston has also joined her in the 100 Club.

However, many runners were unable or unwilling to go to these lengths to get to a free, timed, 5k event which is why it gives me the greatest of pleasures to have been able to attend the launch of the first parkrun in Northumberland at the Druridge Bay Country Park. This is all thanks to the efforts of groups from Alnwick Harriers, Blyth Running Club, Alnwick Tri and Northumberland County Council.

I also had the privilege of running a training session with this group a few weeks ago and it is a stunning location. The parkrun winds its way round beautiful Ladyburn Lake twice through trails and mainly flat lakeside paths before dropping back to the visitors centre, where I can strongly recommend the bacon butties.

I’m sure that Event Director Mark Doctor and all the volunteers will give you a huge welcome, whether you’re a new regular, an occasional visitor or perhaps on holiday nearby on the gorgeous Northumberland coast.

Who knows, now that there’s a parkrun in Northumberland perhaps there might be an increase in tourism to this already popular tourist destination?

Alister Robson, Event Director of Durham parkrun and parkrun UK Ambassador

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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.

upcoming anniversaries

August

Old Deer Park parkrun 16th

Bournemouth parkrun 23rd

Cannon Hill parkrun 23rd

Oak Hill parkrun 23rd

Woodbank parkrun 23rd

Bromley parkrun 30th

Maldon Prom parkrun 30th

Osterley parkrun 30th

Weymouth parkrun 30th

September

Aberystwyth parkrun 6th

Bespoke parkrun 6th

Camp Bastion parkrun 6th

Inverness parkrun 6th

Skipton parkrun 6th

Southwark parkrun 6th

Southwick Country Park parkrun 6th

Yeovil Montacute parkrun 6th

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.

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Kids just want to have fun

I have been a proud Bristolian resident since early 2013, and couldn’t have been happier to contribute to the development of Little Stoke juniors, which is held in a suburb just north of the city.

Little Stoke is a residential neighbourhood, and with its family-focused community, local schools and a fantastic, safe park (with an equally wonderful statue!) and a superbly passionate volunteer team, it had all the ingredients for a successful junior event.

I’d been away every single weekend for the past two months, and hadn’t been able to head down to see the event for myself. This changed on Sunday 3 August when I took the opportunity of a rare weekend in Bristol to visit Little Stoke, meet the volunteer team,  all the little participants and of course don one of those highly visible vests!

Having demonstrated my ability to be Chief Cheerleader at Chelmsford juniors, I decided to fulfil this volunteer role once again but also jumped at the chance to lead the warm-up. As many people know, we created a junior parkrun warm-up template based on UKA guidelines, and thankfully the wonderfully competent Run Director, Ian, had printed off and laminated a copy of the warm-up for me to follow.

Photo: courtesy of Geoff Keogh

As the clock struck 9am myself, the 68 children and a few enthusiastic parents joined in the routine of high knees, squat jumps, ankle circles, arm swings, bottom kicks and finished off with the obligatory enthusiastic big cheer.

 

Photo: courtesy of Geoff Keogh

Warmed-up and ready for action we all headed down to the start of the 2km course which is held entirely within the safe, grassy confines of the recreation ground. It was absolutely fantastic to see so many children with smiles on their faces; from the super speedy front-runners to those that were taking a little bit more time to enjoy the scenery. Every single volunteer was a chief cheerleader that day, and – together with the parents - encouraged the juniors from start to finish.

Little Stoke juniors epitomised the essence of parkrun, which is all about having fun. Yes, some of us are competitive (I of all people know what its like to want to beat your own time and everyone elses too!), but the priority should be enjoyment and celebrating participation. Nobody, and especially children, should feel under any undue pressure to perform. ‘Pressure to perform’ is obviously difficult to define, and what feels to one person like excessive pressure is to others just active encouragement.  There have, however, been a couple of occasions while I have been at parkrun, and other sporting, events that I have witnessed parents exerting, what I would deem, excessive pressure on their children. This can take many forms – but usually consists of berating or chastising them for not wanting to take part or choosing to stop half way, for opting to walk rather than run or even because their time may not have been as fast as the week before.

Thankfully instances like these are extremely rare, and most parents are extremely supportive and encouraging. However, we all have a role to play  - though our behaviours and words - in making sure that children actually want to take part in sport, that they enjoy doing so, and that they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down if they choose not to run, jump, jog, swim or bike. In the UK the general trend is for children to give up physical activity in their late teens, often due to the bad experiences they may have had growing up. This has profound implications for the health of the next generation.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we all have to do things that we don’t like sometimes - and this too can be an important learning opportunity - but ultimately a child’s experience of sport often rests on the language that adults (especially 'role models' such as parents, coaches or volunteers) use to communicate feedback. Through positive, encouraging, supportive words we have an opportunity to instil in our children a lasting passion for physical activity and a love for being outside in nature; to ensure that they finish with a smile and not a frown and for them to learn what it feels like for others to be faster or stronger than them and to gracefully accept that.

We have a chance to make physical activity fun, and believe me (as a retired professional athlete that was super-competitive and results-obsessed) that’s still the best and most important gift of all.

Happy running everyone!

Chrissie

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