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/

 
 

Run Report #97 – Spotlight on the ‘super vets’

This weeks report celebrates the runners who defy their age who have been part of the local running scene for years and are now regulars at parkrun – ‘the super vets’, those runners over 60.

But first a huge well done to this weeks top three finishes; Aaron Shepherd was first male home in 17.00 min dead followed by Drew Warnes and James Fisher. Top female was Ruth Jones in 20.15 with fellow Nene Valley runners Nicky Morgan and Olivia Ozkan in 2nd and 3rd place.

The blustery conditions did not prevent 383 runners turning out and producing some excellent times with 89 runners achieving PBs. The top age graded runners this week were Alan Sadler (79.49%) and Ralph Moore (79.02%). the top female graded runner was Yvonne Mann (77.12%). Yvonne is one those ‘super vets’ over 60 who are a feature of parkruns all over the country, but who have a particularly strong presence in Peterborough.

This week over 40 parkrunners were 60 or over. The likes of Tony Gray, Terry Fone, Dave Ainslie, Mike Holt, Peter Ridgely, Peter Brantom , Chris Stapleton and Eric Winstone continue to record excellent times and just take a look at their ‘age grading’ to see how you compare with these over 60 stalwarts.

They are the runners who were at the start of the running boom in the 1980s and through good health and luck have been able to maintain their love and passion for running. Between them they have chalked up many marathons, half marathons and outstanding times.

These are the ‘baby boomer’ generation who may be long past their personal bests but who are now running great age group times and more importantly still competing and challenging themselves every week. Special mention to George Dawson who at 83 is still seeking to improve his time every week wearing his ‘pass me I’m 83’ vest and always encouraging the other runners around him parkrun has both revitalized many experienced runners and created another generation of people of all ages who have found the love and enjoyment of running.

I know many of the ‘first timers’ have since gone on to join one of the many excellent running clubs in the city and this week there were 34 first timers. For me personally its great to see so many people turning up every week - Peterborough has one of the largest turnouts in the country- of all ages and abilities, each with their own personal target. More importantly when it’s over the café is full of runners talking about their times and sharing stories creating a great atmosphere in one of the best parkrun environments in the country.

In a few weeks time it will be the 100th Parkrun in Peterborough, let’s have a good turnout of both runners and volunteers. It was also good to hear that a parkrun at Rutland Water will soon be up and running.

Finally congratulations to Stephen Lawson and Margaret Hayes on reaching their 50th parkrun today, Margaret did it in style with a PB!

Eric Winstone

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