Spring is here

Event #157
 
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I was your RD for this week and it was lovely to great 249 of you and 18 volunteers on what was a lovely spring morning.

 

Our volunteers were once again amazing. We certainly have a reputation for being a friendly and welcoming parkrun. A massive thank you to the following:
 
Jean BAKER, Angela BARNSTON, Chris BREEN, Heather HILL, Michael JOEL, Wendy JOEL, Timothy JOEL, Roger KENCH, Louise LOWE, Gemma MORRIS, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Teresa PAYNE, Andy PORTWOOD, William STREET, Shelley TOMBLIN, Graham WALTON, Wendy WESTON
 
It was fantastic to see Chris Breen back with us this week. You may not be fully aware but Chris slipped on the way to the start line a couple of weeks ago and was ambulanced off to hospital to find he had badly broken his arm. We are so pleased that he was able to come back and join us and kindly gave his services as a volunteer on the bridge. You will see him helping for a few more weeks until he is hopefully back up and running, but it was a nasty break (we’ve seen the pics) so he won’t be running again just yet.
 
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Andy gave the first time runners brief and as you can see there was a fair crowd gathered around him.
 
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There were 14 of you running your first ever parkrun, a big welcome to:
 
Gareth THORPE, Ethan ILES, Tim MOLL, Bupendra PARMAR, Christopher CAMMACK, Graham READ, Joanna RAISIN, Kevin GOODWIN, Isobel THISTLETHWAITE, Amy PLAISTER, Jo BULL, Joy NOBLE, Paul HEATH, Beverley HEATH
 

And lovely to see that we had a further 23 folk visiting Poolsbrook parkrun for the first time. A big welcome to:
 
Lindsay WRIGHT, Tina THISTLETHWAITE, Mike LLOYD, Jane HARE, David GELL, David CROSSLAND, Louise JOHNSON, Andrew KNOWLES, Julie KNOWLES, Louise KIRK, Brian MIRANDA, Julie LINDSAY, Tracy LEVER, Paula RISBY, Mark NORMAN, Louise TAYLOR, Eve SAVAGE, Lee HILTON, Claire HILL, Charlotte ROWATT, Michelle BRIDGEWATER, Chris HILL, Kathryn Louise HANCOCK
 

We are a little low on volunteers over the next few weeks so please consider helping out if you don’t fancy running Please email us at PoolsbrookHelpers@parkrun or via the facebook page if you can help. If you are considering helping but are uncertain about what is involved then have a chat with us, all the roles are straightforward and we will give you full training. Many of our volunteers comment about it being a rewarding experience.
 
There are other volunteer roles where you can also run, you could consider helping with set up, tail walking, VI guide or why not try your hand at putting a run report together.
 
See us on any Saturday and get your name on the board to help. As you can see we are a little short over the next couple of weeks.

We all love milestones at parkrun, this week I was very happy that we had the following great achievements:
 
 
• Sam CHARLESWORTH achieved his 10th run in the junior category, all 10 of these have been at Poolsbrook.
• Ian BROOKES of Clowne RRC achieved his 50th parkrun, 21 of these have been at Poolsbrook.
• Lynne JORDAN achieved her 200th parkrun, 99 of these have been at Poolsbrook.
 
Lovely to see we have a few regular in the late 90’s, so we should be celebrating a few more achievements over the next few weeks. Then of course there’s Andy Portwood a regular volunteer and runner here at Poolsbrook (and on the road). Andy will be celebrating his 50th birthday on Saturday and his 250th parkrun. Should be a fun affair.
 
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And on to PB’s, I always seem to be lucky as when I am RD there are invariable a hatful of PB’s, this week we had a massive 70 of you getting PB’s
 
James COPESTAKE, Dan LITTLEWOOD, Adrienne HOPKINS, Ellis LAMING, Alice WHITE, Laura JOHNSON, Terry BARNETT, Charlotte HILLERY, Sue MASON, Russell CUNLIFFE, David HIGHAM, Dorte PRIOR, Dianne NORTON, Sophie WHEAT, Julian SKINNER, Deborah GOTT, Diana BOOTH, Ben MARSHALL, Jenny SMITH, Wendy HIGHAM, Lindsey HEWITT, John MORTON, Adam SKELDING, Stuart NESBIT, Emma HAZEL, Charlotte BULLAS, Neil YEWMAN, Fiona CUNLIFFE, Alice ROBERTS, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Peter HARRISON, Garry ALLEN, Melanie GREAVES, Jason MARRIOTT, Tanya BEIGHTON, Dillon PREECE, Alan RIGGOTT, Lynn THOMPSON, Sarah TOMLINSON, Ryan WOOD, Jon-Paul HARDING, Kirsty SUTTON, Luke HOUGHTON, David STEPHENS, Vicky HINCHCLIFFE, Gemma MORRIS, Chris GRANGER, Georgia BALL, Emily TAYLOR, Wayne FLOATE, Karen JENKINSON, Judy PLATEAU, Nicola SMITH, Richard THOMSON, Keith HIRST, Andrew WATLING, Alex GREEN, Jonathan CUNDILL, Ian WILSON, Rich PENNEY, Daniel STANLEY, Karen BALL, Mark AND EDDY, Kirsty ARMSTRONG-BOOTH, Michael PARROTT, Keely DONNELLY, Andrew MORRIS, Nigel SAUL, Rachael CHADWICK …
oh yes I nearly forgot … Matt TAYLOR.
 
Regarding Barcodes, we had 4 folk who did not have their barcodes this week. As you will know we are a barcode only event, you are of course welcome if you don’t have your barcode, but you will not get your time recorded, nor a credit towards the parkrun milestone t-shirt. We are not able to take barcodes off your phone under any circumstances, we need your physical barcode please.
 
As a reminder here are out top tips to make sure your name and time is recorded:
 
1.Ensure that you are registered with parkrun before you take part – follow this link for more information – don’t forget to select Poolsbrook as your home event.
2.Print out your barcodes and take several of them to each event. Keep one on you (ideally in a waterproof pouch or laminated), keep one in your wallet/purse, one in the car, and any others that you have pack them away in other items of clothing that you may take with you to parkrun.
3.Buy one of the more permanent barcodes (wristband, plastic tag) you can find them here
4.If you have lost your barcode, you can get a reminder https://www.parkrun.com/runner/getbarcodelink/ and then print out a new set
 
 
You will have hear us mention 5k Your Way and also seen something of it on our FB page. Here are some words from Andy and from Wendy to explain a little more:
 
 
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5k your way is coming to Poolsbrook parkrun on 30th March and will be with us on the last Saturday of each month from now on – but what is it? Here is a quote directly from their website - ‘A community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month.’
 
What we hope to see is on each last Saturday of the month, a group of people who have or have had cancer and have been inactive, joining us at Poolsbrook parkrun for some exercise and some socialising – please give them all a wonderful Poolsbrook parkrun welcome. You can find out more on their Facebook page.
Our Ambassadors will be Wendy Weston, Tina Hensey and Andy Morris – you won’t miss them as they will be wearing their bright blue 5k your way hoodies or T-shirts.
Wendy and Andy have presented their personal stories about how cancer has affected them and how parkrun has helped.
 
 
Wendy Weston
 
In January 2018 I came back from a run, I was training for my first marathon when I noticed something wasn’t right. Two weeks later I was given the devastating news that I had breast cancer which had spread into my lymph nodes. Three surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed and I am currently on hormone therapy with further surgery planned. During treatment I continued to run when I could, slowing down and reducing distance. The support I got from the Poolsbrook parkrun regulars was amazing. Some weeks I only managed to walk one lap on others I could do a very gentle 5k and I appreciated all the encouragement I got on the way around. I had excellent support from the charity ‘Move against cancer’ and ‘abcd’ (after breast cancer diagnosis) and through their work I came to realise how important exercise is for physical and emotional well-being during and post treatment and for minimising the risk of recurrence. Last week I completed my 50th run and I am looking forward to encouraging runners as part of the 5k your way event.
 
 
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I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer in April 2018, much to my surprise. Surgery followed on 3rd August at the Royal Hallamshire hospital. In the run up to surgery I really ramped up my running to get as fit as possible in the hope that it would help with my recovery – it did ! I couldn’t wait to get back to parkrun and my first week back I did token scanning sitting on a chair and watched over by my wife (she thought I’d get up and start dashing around). It’s not only the exercise that helps, it’s also the social aspect of parkrun, talking, drinking coffee, and eating cake. Subsequently I found out that the surgery hadn’t cleared up my cancer so had a course of radiotherapy at the wonderful Weston Park hospital. By this time I was running again and regularly back at Poolsbrook parkrun. Once again I tried to ramp up my running to get my fitness up and sure enough it seems to have helped me get through the treatment. In parallel with radiotherapy I was having hormone therapy and still am – it’s not great but it’s necessary and it should give me a better long term prognosis. My present situation is that I’m still running, enjoying parkrun and waiting for an appointment in August to see my consultant to find out if I’m in remission or need further treatment. I’m now an ambassador for 5k your way and really looking forward to our first event at Poolsbrook parkrun on 30th March.
 
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So its looking like an exciting parkrun on Saturday. Mike will be at the helm, come along and enjoy another great event. We’ve laid on some lovely weather and its going to be a party.
 
The following week will also be a big party as we celebrate our 3rd birthday. Come along, but dig out those fancy dress costumes and get yourself dressed up as a super hero, whether you are running or helping lets all make it a fab day.
 

Also don’t forget that our friends at Staveley junior parkrun are up and running at 9AM every Sunday for kids aged between 4 and 14. You can find out more on their Facebook page. A great event to bring the little ones so that they can get to enjoy parkrun.
 
 
Poolsbrook parkrun
Event number 157
23rd March 2019
 

Happy parkruning - Chris

 

Wind & rain 0 – 1 parkrunners

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The forecasted rain threatened but never really took hold today and it hadn’t stopped 174 walkers, joggers and runners turning up anyway. The weekly parkrun fix is too great a pull to keep the hardy amongst us away, what would we do at 9AM on a Saturday without it ?

 

Our wonderful volunteers not only turned out to brave the wind and rain, they did it with a smile, a cheer and plenty of good humour – thank you to each and everyone of you, and that means: Andy MORRIS • Andy PORTWOOD • Cherry HAZLEHURST • Chris PATTISON • Ellie CARNELL • Emily BAGSHAW • Gemma MORRIS • Halle WIGNELL-BOOT • Hannah HARESIGN • Jean BAKER • Jess JOEL • Keith HUDSON • Mark HAZLEHURST • Michael JOEL • Neil HOLLINSHEAD • Rhiannon HUMBERSTONE • Simon DEEKS • Teresa PAYNE • Timothy JOEL • Tina HENSEY • William STREET • Zaheer MAHMOOD.   DSC_3150

Our D of E award ladies were present in a good number again and did a sterling job. Here’s a heads up for everyone – at least one of them will take a turn at being the Run Director soon and I reckon she will be brilliant at it.

 

Can you imagine being a first time parkrunner on a day like today ? To clarify to our first timers – it doesn’t always rain, we don’t always have water jumps, and yes – we are always this cheery ……. So, Andrew LAMING, Ellis LAMING, James COPESTAKE, Joseph CHAPMAN, Lousie WHYSALL, Nicola CHAPMAN, Paul CHAPMAN, Sophie CHAPMAN, Stephanie GROVES, Stephen THORP and Sue MASON, did you have a nice morning ? We all hope so.

 

I guess the same statement applies to our first time visitors too, but I guess that most of them will have experienced all kinds of conditions on the different events that they have visited. Anyway, we always like to welcome our visitors and this week they were Ian Grant RICHARDSON, James MOORE, Jessica DODDS, Jonathan CLARK, Judy PLATEAU, Karen RICHARDSON, Louise Margaret PORTER, Michelle LAMING, Nicola SMITH, Pip HUGHES. It would be great if you gave us another visit in the summer to see how beautiful our park looks with the trees in leaf and the sun shining.
DSC_3135I was the Run Director today which is a role that I always enjoy. One of the first things that I did when I arrived was to break the PA system (well I assume it was me !). I guess it’s a good job that I’ve got a loud voice – too loud my family say sometimes. It’s a good job that things improved after that, and even if they hadn’t it wouldn’t have stopped me from having a lovely Poolsbrook parkrun morning. Chris, one of our frequent RDs, was on timekeeper duties today and it turns out that this was the 50th time he’d performed this role (43 times at Poolsbrook) and has volunteered on 123 occasions - thanks Chris, you are a true parkrun stalwart.

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Of course we couldn’t do it without volunteers so with that in mind, if you would like to find out what it’s like to volunteer and earn the adulation of our walkers, joggers and runners then there is always plenty of opportunity to volunteer at Poolsbrook parkrun or our sister Staveley junior parkrun. This is how you do it:

  1. Check out our future rosters, Poolsbrook, staveley junior
  2. Choose a role that you would like to do or perhaps you don’t mind which role
  3. Contact us to offer to volunteer, you can do this on our Facebook pages (Poolsbrook, Staveley junior) or via e-mail (Poolsbrook@parkrun.com , Staveleyjuniors@parkrun.com)
  4. We will then add you to the roster for the week and role of your choice

 

I was delighted to announce the 50th parkrun (44 at Poolsbrook) for my friend Wendy Weston who as it happens is heading up the Poolsbrook parkrun 5k your way team with additional ambassadors Tina Hensey and Andy Morris (me). Here is a quote directly from their website - ‘A community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month.’ What we hope to see is on each last Saturday of the month, a group of people who have or have had cancer and have been inactive, joining us at Poolsbrook parkrun for some exercise and some socialising – please give them all a wonderful Poolsbrook parkrun welcome. You can find out more on their Facebook page.
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It wasn’t really a day for PBs, but it seems that some of you still managed one – so congratulations go out to Alex OSBORNE, Alice ROBERTS, Amanda STANLEY, Charlotte BULLAS, David BOWDEN, Donna MARCHETTA, Ellie WOOD, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Heather MORTON, James STOKES, Janet CLARK, Jess JOEL, Keith HIRST, Lee KOSTEWICZ, Louise BEACH, Mark WILCOCKSON, Matt GIBSON, Nerea PAJARES, Nicola ROBINSON, Nigel CALLAHAN, Steven CRANE, Stuart NESBIT, Thomas FOULSTON, Tina BELL.

 

Reminder: If you are taking part with an under 11 years old, please ensure that they stay within arms reach throughout the event. We don’t mind them sprinting off for the last 100m or so, as long as you are able to keep them within reasonable distance. However, we must insist that no children under 11 years old are allowed to either fall behind or race ahead of their parents at any other time. Thank you.   DSC_3139

Dates for your diary

30th March – Poolsbrook parkrun’s first 5k your way group

6th April - Poolsbrook parkrun’s 3rd Birthday – our theme will be ‘Superheroes’ so please don your best batman, superwoman, spiderman or other shirt on the day – it should look magnificent.

July 13th - Staveley Armed Forces weekend – there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun on this day

 

Do you have a story to share with your fellow parkrunners ? If so, e-mail us on poolsbrook@parkrun.com – all we need is a few words and a photograph. It would be great to hear from you.

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Sun, rain, wind, sun

I will be honest and make a confession. As I sat in the car with my husband driving in the pouring rain to Poolsbrook this morning I did smile to myself to see a post on facebook declaring the weather to be ‘lovely and sunny’ at Poolsbrook. However, they clearly know something about weather in the Poolsbrook team because by 9 o clock the rain stopped and the 161 runners and all our fantastic volunteers all got to enjoy some sunshine for our parkrun this week.

Poolsbrook parkrun, like all parkrun’s can only happen each week because of the fantastic volunteers this week we would like to say a huge thank you to:

Andy MORRIS  •  Carol SPEIGHT  •  Chris PATTISON  •  Ellie CARNELL  •  Ellis HEWITT  •  Emily BAGSHAW  •  Glenis WILSON  •  Graham WALTON  •  Halle WIGNELL-BOOT  •  Hannah HARESIGN  •  Hannah SHARPE  •  Jean BAKER  •  Jess JOEL  •  Kate DYMOND  •  Keith HUDSON  •  Matt TAYLOR  •  Michael JOEL  •  Mike COLLEY  •  Peter Donald SMITH  •  Rhiannon HUMBERSTONE  •  Roger KENCH  •  Timothy JOEL  •  Tracey MOORE  •  William STREET

Without our volunteers there can be no parkrun, so on behalf of the 161 of us that were able to enjoy Poolsbrook this week, thank you! You also can’t write a run report without a request for volunteers, so please do consider volunteering. The team are really friendly, you will be fully supported, and we know that once people have volunteered once, they come back for more because they genuinely enjoy it. If you want to discuss any roles, or how you can help out, feel free to speak to the run director, or the team on the day, send an email to poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com or sign up to receive the regular emails by changing your parkrun settings.

One of the great things about Poolsbrook is the community atmosphere. Perhaps this is because you go round the lake 3 times, so you never feel like you are running on your own, and there’s always encouragement from fellow parkrunners and some of the most encouraging marshalls of any parkrun my family have been to.  We welcomed two of you to our parkrun family who are completely new to parkrun: Paul JAFFRAY and Rhiannon HUMBERSTONE, we hope that you enjoyed it, and we look forward to you completing many milestones in the future.

We also welcomed 12 of you as 1st timers to Poolsbrook, we hope that you enjoyed our lovely course ( and the fact it’s wonderfully flat!) and look forward to seeing you again soon

Stephen LUMMIS, Leanne RACE, Teresa BOWE, Dan WILKINSON, Peter ATKIN, Emily JOHNSON, Sam WRIGHT, Shaun WRIGHT, Peter BURKE, Louise BAINBRIDGE, Laura CLARK, Tracey MOORE

Whilst Parkrun is a run not a race, we all love a good PB.  So well done to

Finlay PREECE, Dillon PREECE, Christopher LILLEY, Kevin SISSON, Karen HYATT, Richard SLANEY, Alicia LOCKETT, Steve MALLINDER, Adrian GOOD, Mark SLOAN, Rob HOPEWELL, Amanda STANLEY, Devon HUXLEY- WORN, Christine MERCER, Carol SPEIGHT, Dianne NORTON, Alice ROBERTS, Mary-Jane MUSSON, John MORTON, Heather MORTON, Kathryn WATSON, Diane PETERNEL, Sally GREAVES, Jason GREAVES

Chris PAYNE one of our regular parkrunners achieved a brilliant PB today of 54:59 see the photo below. Well done Chris!

 

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Three of you achieved milestones this week:

Junior 10 - Dillon Preece

50th - James Wilson

100th - Andrew Morris

Do you have any milestones coming up ? If so, try to let us know in advance so that we can give you a name check on the day. Also, if you have any stories to share about your parkrun experience then we would love to hear them. Either come and have a chat with me or one of the Run Directors or e-mail us at poolsbrook@parkrun.com.

Sadly, one of our parkrunners Chris fell near the before the start and hurt his arm quite badly. We are thinking of you Chris and wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

So one last well done to everybody. Here’s to the speedies, the joggers, the ‘I can’t believe I’m here againers’, to the volunteers and the supporters, to the smilers and the cheerers. What fun we had, and we look forward to doing it all over again next weekend.

 

Happy parkrunning,

Kate Dymond

 

#DFYB – please !

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Event #154

Did you have a great time at Poolsbrook parkrun on Saturday ? There certainly seemed to be loads of happy faces despite the effort that you were all putting in. We were rewarded with a bit of unexpected sunshine which lit up our beautiful location and showed it to it’s best to the 29 first time parkrun tourists. So – did: Andrew TAYLOR, Andy CULLEN, Angela HANSON, Caroline HORTON, Carrie SHAW, Chris GRANGER, Christopher HINDLEY, Danny WEARIN, David HORTON, Dawn LITCHFIELD, Evan CULLEN, Janet CLARK, Joe GARDNER, Julia HINDLEY, Julie CROWLE, Karen BAKER, Kevin DUNNE, Marianne BURFORD, Matthew HALLBROOK, Paddy WILKINSON, Rob TEARLE, Roy PHOENIX, Samantha TEARLE, Sophie CULLEN, Stacey ROSE, Stephen WICKS, Steve MALLINDER, Tina BELL, Yvonne MILLS enjoy our beautiful parkrun ? Answers on a postcard, or perhaps just as a comment !

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Rog ‘the stopwatch’ Street certainly had his fair share of first timers at his new runners briefing. It was one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen outside our festive celebrations. Rog was delighted to welcome 5 people doing their first (of many we hope) parkrun. Welcome to Dianne NORTON, Heather MORTON, Jacob SKINNER, Layla DAVIES, Margaret WICKS, see you next Saturday.

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Our volunteers are great aren’t they ? We frequently receive kind comments from visitors telling us how well run our event is and how cheery our volunteers are – this is always really nice to hear. Whatever the weather, our volunteers always manage to keep a smile on their faces and have a nice word to say to participants. I would suggest that one reason why they are always cheery is because they enjoy volunteering, it’s such a rewarding experience. If you want the chance to get your volunteer smile then leave us a message on our Facebook page or you could send us an e-mail to poolsbrook@parkrun.com. You can see which roles are still vacant for coming weeks by looking at our future roster.

This week we had a fantastic turnout of Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers taking part – they have become a regular fixture at Poolsbrook parkrun and we certainly hope that they stick with us once they have attained their awards. Thank you ladies, you were wonderful.

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One of our regular volunteers – Tina Hensey volunteered for the 25th time on Saturday when she did token sorting in the café after the event. Tina now qualifies for the lovely purple 25 volunteer shirt. Thanks for all you have done for Poolsbrook parkrun Tina.

We all know about Roger’s corner, where the effusive Roger Kench belts out his greetings and ‘hello Tiger’ high fives to the younger participants. Well we’ve now had a suggestion about another prominent landmark at Poolsbrook parkrun – namely Teresa’s ‘T’ or Teresa’s T-junction. Teresa Payne has stood and cheered and encouraged us all at the T junction where final lappers peel off the main route and onto the finish path. I think it sounds great – how about you ? Teresa is also the Poolsbrook hugger, if she hasn’t hugged you yet, then she will – thanks Teresa.

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Well, I tried ! I called out for milestones when I was doing the run briefing at the start and no-one put their hands up. Nevertheless, we got some milestones, so – a belated congratulations go to:

50th parkrun – Ian Wilson (40 at Poolsbrook) and Jonathan Heathfield (49 at Poolsbrook).  Let’s hope that we see those lovely red 50 shirts soon.

Did you achieve a personal best (PB) time on Saturday ? I didn’t, but to be fair – I was Run Directing so it would have been a miracle if I had ! It appears that lots of you made the best of the good running conditions to set your personal best time at Poolsbrook parkrun. I think that’s worthy of a shout out, so let’s all congratulate Alicia LOCKETT, Russell CUNLIFFE, Donna MARCHETTA, Emily SWIFT, Hannah RODEN, Julian SKINNER, Rachel TAYLOR, Diana BOOTH, Chris CAINE, Saul BLAND, Alexandra DECK, Sean RODGER, Laura CATHERWOOD, Matt GILLWAY, Simon FROGGATT, Stuart NESBIT, Kim KNIGHT, Emma HAZEL, Molly FLANAGAN, Charlotte BULLAS, Alice ROBERTS, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Liz CLOSE, Neil YEWMAN, Erin POINEY, Sharon BASSETT, Niki GLOVER, Simon HARRISON, Matthew PRIOR, Lynn THOMPSON, Gareth HARDWICK, Fritz STEINHOBEL, Simon TOMLINSON, Jess JOEL, Keith GREEN, Malachi BAKER-HUNT, Ian EDMUNDSON, Peter MOXON, Andrew WATLING, Ian WILSON, Daniel STANLEY, Oskar WOODS, Louis CLARK, Dean HAGUE, Claire BRACEGIRDLE, Travis SENIOR, Nigel SAUL, Leah Grace GREGORY, Kevin DALE, Helen DOYLE, Kevin DOYLE.

Roy Phoenix achieved an age graded record of 56.02% for the VM80-84 category in his first ever run at Poolsbrook parkrun. Roy generally runs at Hillsborough parkrun and was a very welcome tourist on Saturday.

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One thing to note on Saturday was the exceptionally high number of finishers who did not have their personal barcode and therefore had to be recorded as unknown in the results. I’m not really sure why this should be so high – any ideas ? Please, whatever you do – don’t forget your barcode ! You can print a replacement barcode by visiting your personal record. An alternative method would be to follow this link. Or, you could purchase one of the more permanent personal barcodes in the form of a plastic tag or a wristband – more details here.

If you are interested in finding out more about parkrun you can either visit the parkrun UK website or follow the regular parkrun blog.

So, do any of you have any milestones coming up ? If so, try to let us know in advance so that we can give you a name check on the day. Also, if you have any stories to share about your parkrun experience then we would love to hear them. Either come and have a chat with me or one of the Run Directors or e-mail us at poolsbrook@parkrun.com.

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Enjoy the rest of your week, and I’ll see you all again on Saturday when we do it all again !

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Another Massive Turnout at Poolsbrook

Event #153

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I took to the helms today, on what was an unusually cold morning (we had spring-like weather for the past few days).

Firstly, a massive thanks to the following volunteers, who braved the cold weather in order to make the event possible this morning:

Ellie CARNELL, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Shaun GOODWIN, Tony HANCOCK, Gordon HARDING, Hannah HARESIGN, Nichola HEATHCOTE, Keith HUDSON, Rhiannon HUMBERSTONE, Stephen KIMBERLEY, Andrew LITTLE, Zaheer MAHMOOD, John MILINS, Gemma MORRIS, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Gabbie PATTISON, Teresa PAYNE, Andy PORTWOOD, William STREET, Steve TURNER, Graham WALTON, Halle WIGNELL-BOOT

The roster was looking particularly thin only two days ago, but we had an overwhelming response to the facebook call which is no small testament to the wonderful volunteers who stepped in at short notice.

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We could always do with volunteers in future weeks though, so If you are not running for whatever reason, or just fancy having a look at behind the scenes, how we make things happen in the background, why not give it a go? Just leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us on poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com .

Andy delivered the run briefing today, where we had visitors from London, Watford, and Australia! It was great to see the following who were doing their first ever parkrun:

Alex BREWSTER, Rachel NEWBOLD, Rachel TAYLOR, Mary-Jane MUSSON.

It was also great to welcome the following visitors:

Anna FLOCKETT, Ashley SHEPHARD, Chris COPESTAKE, Dan ROONEY, Deacon MORRIS, Emily WESTON, Gemma LATHAM, Geoff MARSHALL, Helen WORSFOLD, Ian FEELEY, James COOPER, James SLATER, John HESTER, Katherine BARKER, Lynsey COCKAYNE, Michael DUDLEY, Niki GLOVER, Sharon BASSETT, William BOSWORTH

An amazing 46 achieved a PB today:

Adam SKELDING, Aimi GODDARD, Alan RIGGOT, Alice ROBERTS, Andrew HALL, Andrew MORRIS, Angela BEASTALL, Ben BARNES, Beverley HOVELL, Charlotte BULLAS, Chris BREEN, Craig SANKEY, Daniel STANLEY, David BARKER, Debbie SPENCER, Ellis HEWITT, Emily TAYLOR, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Freya LOWE, Gareth HARDWICK, Hannah FEERICK, Heather HILL, Ian PARRY, James CROWDER, Joe RILEY, John MERCER, Kathryn WATSON, Keith GREEN, Kim ABBOTT, Kim THOMPSON, Lindsey HEWITT, Lucy CURTIS, Lynn THOMPSON, Molly FLANAGAN, Nick SCARLETT, Nicola MILLS, Rich PENNEY, Robyn PAYNE, Rowan ROBERTS, Ryan ROOD, Sally CROOK, Simon HARRISON, Thomas CANNON, Thomas FOULSTON, Thomas TAYLOR, Vicky HINCHCLIFFE

It was Rich PENNEY’s 50th run today, one in which he also achieved a PB! Congratulations on the PB, and of course the 50th. We look forward to seeing you in your milestone T shirt soon!

Today was also the day I turned another year older, and it was very nice to get a round of applause during the run briefing. Needless to say there was cake for the occasion - but in typical fashion I forgot to bring along a knife to cut it! Luckily, Poolsbrook regular Gordon came to the rescue - he just happened to have one on standby! The cake proved to be so popular that it was finished before the Tail Walker crossed the line!

Thanks also to the many of you for the good wishes! To coin a phrase, it really put the icing on the cake to an already great morning.

Lovely to see Tina at parkrun today with her grandson Deacon aged 7. It was Deacon's first parkrun and he was clearly a happy chap. Here's a lovely pic of Deacon with Tina enjoying the day, its great that parkrun can span the generations.

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Next week it’s Chris Turner wearing the RD jacket in what promises to be yet another great parkrun day. Have a great week everyone and see you next week!

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