‘Wrong’ position tokens Sat 18/8/18

Hello Peterborough parkrunners!

Many of you noticed that the position token you were given last Saturday did not match up with the position in the results. Apologies for not responding to individual emails but hopefully everyone sees this message instead.

Unfortunately some people still do not realise that when they step over the finish line they MUST go all the way down the funnel and take a token. If someone gets timed over the line but does not receive a token it can have a massive effect on the results (anyone that has volunteered as the results processor will understand this, as will some of those that have volunteered around the finish area).

The funnel managers try their best to look out for people ducking out of the funnel but unfortunately we have a very long and busy funnel and sometimes not many people volunteer to cover this role. The number checkers run up and down as fast as they can trying to see that we stay in sync (and if we don't, where does it go 'out'). But again, with a funnel so long and busy, we cannot always narrow it right down. The volunteers handing out the tokens move their hands as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, this means that they sometimes don't see if someone slips out by them without taking a token.

Please, please, please! If you cross the finish line, take a token! If you haven't got a barcode then just hand it to one of the volunteers that are scanning barcodes and they will just put it straight in the bucket. This will ensure that you don't mess up anyone else's result. On that note, if you are running back for a friend to help them in (which of course is encouraged), when you come back, please do not go near the finish line again. The timekeepers want to give everyone the best time they can so if they see feet anywhere near the finish line they will be ready to press that button.

Each week our results processor volunteers extra time during their Saturday to compile the results. When things go out of sync we do our absolute very best to try give accurate times but because of the issues mentioned above, and sometimes just genuine human error, it is sadly not possible. But the good news is that you can always try again for free next week!

If you'd like to understand more about the way the results work and how it's important to keep the timers and tokens in sync, email in to peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com and give 'number checking' a go!

Thanks all for reading and for understanding,
Laura Whitton, Peterborough parkrun volunteer co-ordinator

 

Pterborough parkrun #260 – NHS 70

This week parkrun and the NHS joined forces to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS and to encourage more people to get active and Peterborough parkrun embraced this initiative with a number of people in fancy dress for the occasion.

610 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of which 54 were first timers at Peterborough parkrun and of these 34 completed their first ever parkrun and some of these were NHS employees. 40 Volunteers supported the event; many of these are also NHS employees. An amazing 114 people achieved new Personal Bests.

Well done to all that took part. The fastest finishers were:

Male
1st Phil Martin 17.14 Peterborough AC
2nd Paul Thompson 17.35 Notts AC
3rd Tim Lunnon 17.51 Crawley AC

Female
1st Stephanie Parker 20.12
2nd Nicola Lambert-John 20.57 Coltishall Jaguars
3rd Gina Crane 21.51 Yaxley Runners & Joggers

The NHS is the largest employer in England, and therefore is not surprising that a significant number of Peterborough parkrunners and Volunteers work for the NHS, many at local NHS Trusts including North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust.

It is a pleasure to recognise and thank our Peterborough parkrunner’s and volunteers that work for the NHS and the valuable contribution that they make to people’s health and wellbeing including:

Annette Williams, Mental Health Support Worker, Bekkie Cochrane, 0-19 Team Manager, Bev Williams Cancer Data Manager, Chris Hopewell, Clinical Coding, Helen Herbert, Deputy Manager, Jo Bennis, Chief Nurse, Joanna Sells, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist , Joelle Gibbons, Information Analyst, Kayleigh Draper, Nurse, Kelly Fahey, Clinical Educator, Kerry-Anne Harwood, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Laura Edwards, Physiotherapist, Laura Whitton, Cardiac Physiologist, Laura Wilkinson, Cardiac Physiologist. Lesley Carline, Bereavement Midwife, Louise Jinks, Finance, Michelle Cooper, Clinical Vascular Scientist, Nicola Knight, Community Staff Nurse, Sarah Shah, Senior Programme Manager, Sarah Sheppard, Deputy Sister Haematology/Oncology, Sarfaraaz Zahid, Dentist, Steve Lee, Senior Systems Developer, Tom Williams, Senior Information Analyst, Tony King, Volunteer Chaplaincy Team, Vicky Abraham, Administrator.

Proud to be part of the NHS

As an NHS employee too, in my role of Head of Resourcing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust one of my responsibilities is the recruitment of staff, I can see how every individual employee both clinical and non-clinical makes an impact on the delivery of excellent quality patient care within the NHS and I am proud to be part of that team.

Maybe there’s some parkrunner’s out there that may be interested in joining the NHS?

You can find out more about careers and job opportunities in the NHS on the following websites:

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/

https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/careers

https://www.nwangliaft.nhs.uk/join-our-team/

http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/latest-vacancies.htm

https://www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/careers

https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

parkrun’s contribution to getting people more active

The ‘parkrun for the NHS’ initiative is being supported by Dame Kelly Holmes, a regular parkrunner who worked as a nursing assistant before going into the British Army and later becoming a full-time athlete, said: “Increased levels of activity leads to improved mood, self-esteem and a wide range of health benefits. I know from first-hand experience how sociable and welcoming parkruns are, so it’s fantastic to see it join forces with the NHS in its 70th year to encourage even more people to get active in this special year.”

The growing levels of obesity in adults and children is a major health issue for the NHS, as it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer and stroke. Obesity can also affect quality of life and lead to psychological problems.

The cost to the NHS of treating diabetes alone is around £10 billion every year – nearly 10% of the NHS budget. It is estimated that obesity is responsible for more than 30,000 deaths each year and that obesity could overtake tobacco smoking as the biggest cause of preventable death.

In August 2017, parkrun conducted a UK-wide survey of almost 2,000 healthcare professionals. Over three in every five (63%) responding revealed that they prescribe parkrun in some form, while almost nine in ten (88%) said they would consider referring users to parkrun.

Maybe there are people that you know that you could encourage to join parkrun so that they can become more active?

Bernadette Fitzharris

 

Peterborough parkrun will celebrate NHS 70th birthday with celebration event on 9 June

Peterborough parkrun will be celebrating the NHS 70th birthday this weekend with a fancy dress (optional but encourage) themed event on 9th June!

If any regular parkrunners that are NHS staff members would like to volunteer this week it would be amazing, please email in to peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com

We'd love to recognise our parkrunners that are part of the NHS. If you are NHS staff, when you arrive on Saturday morning, please find the paper by the volunteer co-ordinator and feel free to write down your name and what you do so we can mention in the run report!

If anyone would like to bring along cakes to share with the parkrunners and volunteers this week - many of which will be NHS staff members - I'm sure they'd be much appreciated...it is a birthday party after all.

Fancy dress as always is optional but it would be good fun to see lots of people dress in 'NHS themed' fancy dress...we are thinking doctors, nurses, paramedics, red crosses, blue and white, patients with bandages and slings, or anything more creative you can think of!

Looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday morning

The ‘parkrun for the NHS’ initiative is being supported by Dame Kelly Holmes, a regular parkrunner who worked as a nursing assistant before going into the British Army and later becoming a full-time athlete, said: “Increased levels of activity leads to improved mood, self-esteem and a wide range of health benefits. I know from first-hand experience how sociable and welcoming parkruns are, so it’s fantastic to see it join forces with the NHS in its 70th year to encourage even more people to get active in this special year.”

The growing levels of obesity in adults and children is a major health issue for the NHS, as it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer and stroke. Obesity can also affect quality of life and lead to psychological problems.

The cost to the NHS of treating diabetes alone is around £10 billion every year – nearly 10% of the NHS budget. It is estimated that obesity is responsible for more than 30,000 deaths each year and that obesity could overtake tobacco smoking as the biggest cause of preventable death.

In August 2017, parkrun conducted a UK-wide survey of almost 2,000 healthcare professionals. Over three in every five (63%) responding revealed that they prescribe parkrun in some form, while almost nine in ten (88%) said they would consider referring users to parkrun.

 

Run report #249 – PAC partial take-over

Matthew Dalton and his team from PAC well supported by both core team members and other park run regulars ensured that Gordon Pearson on his return as Run Director today oversaw yet another successful parkrun. All 400 who took part appreciated the work of all these volunteers. Despite the conditions we had 16 first timers to Peterborough of whom 12 were doing it for the first time. Well done for picking today to make your debut and hope you enjoyed the experience enough to come back again soon. Despite the conditions 35 people managed a PB. Well done all of you who achieved such an envied feat despite the wind and chill factor.

Considering we are only up to 249 events at Peterborough it was interesting to note the number of regulars who have attained over 200 was 6 today at Peterborough but we know that there are many who travel from the Peterborough base around the country who have been inspired by the ethos many learned under the inspiration of Gordon at Peterborough who have also gone far past the 200 mark. Yes parkrun is addictive in the right way which was shown by all the volunteers and participants turning up on a day like today.

There were a few milestone celebration with the youngest being 10 by Daniel Barranikov in the JM10 category. Three people managed 50 today, David Christian, Christopher Rowe and Samantha Baines. The 100 milestone was achieved today by Artwell Mpofu. Well done on these achievements.

Most, sensibly, took care running today and so the majority were slower than normal. However for the 5th time Martin Gichuhi from Bushfield Joggers was first over the line in 17.55. He was followed home in second place by David Stunell from Eye Community Runners in 18.31 and in third place Alex Devine from Yaxley Runners and Joggers in 19.33. The ladies were led home by Sarah Caskey form PAC in 10th place overall in 20.11 from Ella Robinson of NVH in 13th place with 20.53 and Amelia Devine from Yaxley Runners and Joggers in 40th place with 22.21. All these 3 ladies are previous multi times first lady over the line.

The difficult conditions is well illustrated by the fact that only 13 persons exceeded 70% on Age Grading and only 2 exceeded 75% Ella Robinson and Martin Gichuhi.

Unfortunately for whatever reason 16 appear as unknown which mean those who took part and completed the course have no official record. Always remember #DFYBC.

If you too would like to help then please email peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com, or check out the “Peterborough parkrun volunteers” Facebook page. If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/peterborough/futureroster/ for up to 6 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.

Peter Brantom

 

Run report #249 – Pyjama Day

Now down at Ferry Meadows the parkrun's set to go

The runners and walkers are gathered, it's 9 am you know.

The newbies and the tourists have been greeted and then briefed

Of what's ahead on our flat course. "Just 5k! Good grief!"

Take note of Martin on his bike, he leads the fleetest round

Beside our lakes and river paths, leading them homeward bound.

The runners, in their hundreds, were waiting to set off on their way

But something seemed to be amiss – something definitely awry!

Why am I not dressed? Have I cleaned my teeth? Has breakfast been forgotten?

Am I still asleep and having a dream that's going on and on?

Good heavens what's happened – a catastrophe? A strange sight to behold

For some folk have forgotten their running gear and come out in the cold

In jimmy-jams, their PJs, yes pyjamas and nighties too

They'll no doubt end up with a cough – if not the flippin' flu.

The Run Director has given his spiel of the potential dangers ahead

But no-one's given directions of where to find a bed!

This nightmare's feeling far too real. The confusion getting worse

The only bed I see is in flower... please help me. Call a nurse!

Well done to our RD Gordon and to the parkrunners who took part in pyjama day.

Despite the bitter weather, 43 volunteers were there to support and cheer 400 runners round the Ferry Meadows course for the 249th event. We thank them all for turning out of their beds to get cold for us!

Despite the biting wind, we had 12 first-timers-to-parkrun come and join us, as well as a good handful of tourists. Welcome to you all and well done, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

A surprising 35 runners gained new PBs contending with some muddy paths and the slippery bridge.

We welcomed Artwell Mpofu into the 100 Club and three new runners into the 50 Club. David Christian finished 5th, his best position to date, Samantha Baines and Christopher Rowe. Congratulations to you all.

First across the line today was Martin Gichuhi VM35-39 Bushfield Joggers in 17:08, with the second highest age grade for the day; second was David Stunnell VM35-39 Eye Runners in 18:31; third Alex Devine JM15-17 also Eye Runners in 19:33.

First lady to finish was Sarah Caskey SW25-29 Peterborough AC in 20:11; second Ella Robinson JW11-14 Nene Valley Harriers in 20:53 (with the highest age grade of the day); third Amelia Devine JW11-14 Yaxley Runners & Joggers in 22:21.

Well done to you all.

I see there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer next week. Just drop an email to peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com if you can give a hand and we look forward to seeing you next week for the 250th Peterborough parkrun.

Margaret Hayes

 

Gordon Pearson

It’s a fact that without Gordon Pearson there would be no Peterborough parkrun. From its inception over four years ago, Gordon has spent many hours making Peterborough parkrun what it is today.

After all this time we must let you know that Gordon has decided to take up a regional ambassador role with parkrun, and will be using his expertise to help others make their ventures as amazing as he’s made Peterborough. Sadly this means that Gordon will leave his role as Peterborough Event Director, but happily will remain an integral part of our team.

I’m sure that every single person that has ever come in to contact with Gordon will recognise what a unique and special man he is, and the Core Team here at Peterborough want to acknowledge his amazing achievement and thank him personally for the support and guidance he has given to each and every one of us individually, and collectively.

Big shoes to fill indeed, and moving forward Rachel Stone and Gary Parr will take the reins and will be your Co-EDs at Peterborough. Whilst both acknowledge what a big task they have taken on in trying to fill such big shoes, both will do everything to ensure that Peterborough parkrun continues to be as successful as Gordon has made it.

Happy parkrunning everyone

 

Volunteers required – 20th May

We are still in need of a few volunteers for this Saturday please.

One timekeeper to go alongside one of our experienced timekeepers please. The role isn't as scary as it sounds.

Some more marshals please. One of the best things about our parkrun is the amazing support around the route.

A few funnel managers to ensure everyone keeps moving and stays in order down after crossing the finish line.

The event relies on everyone volunteering once in a while, please encourage your friends to do so if they haven't already.

Those who have volunteered before will tell you it am be just as enjoyable and rewarding as actually running!

Please contact - peterboroughhelpers@parkrun if you can help this Saturday.

Thanks

Laura - Volunteer Co-Ordinator

 

 

Show your support by turning Peterborough parkrun pink

Peterborough parkrun are deeply saddened to hear that Bex Griffiths of Team Bex sadly passed away today. 
Bex championed "Team Bex" inspiring hundreds of people to take up running and raise awareness for Huntingdon Community Cancer Network (HCCN).
Everyone knows "Team Bex" from the bright pink Tshirts that they wear, and we invite everyone to 'turn Peterborough parkrun pink' tomorrow as a mark of respect to this amazing and inspirational woman and the incredible legacy she leaves behind.
Donations can be made to the charity here
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebecca-Griffiths4
Our thoughts are with Bex's husband and two children and all her family & friends at this time x

 

Milestone T-shirt – Update

Just over 17,000 white, red, black, green and aubergine t-shirts are due in to port in the UK on 20 April. Allowing time for this large shipment to clear customs, safely arrive in the warehouse and be unpacked and sorted successfully, we anticipate the t-shirts should be available to order a week later, from 27 April. We will provide an update on the parkrun.com/news page and on social media if this changes.

http://www.parkrun.com/news/2016/04/07/milestone-t-shirts-the-home-straight/

 
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