Another Strong Field at Poolsbrook

#Event Number 108

 

Well it was great to see 214 of you lining up to take part in Poolsbrook event number 108. The conditions were good, a mild and still morning, without doubt perfect conditions for a parkrun.

A big cheer for our lovely volunteers for this week, and it was nice to see some of them trying their hands at a new role:

 

Alan BROWNE, Marie CLARK, Richard DOWNES, Lucy HAMES, Daniel HARPHAM, Heather HILL, Roger KENCH, Holly MAYOR, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Lynne SARGEANT, Ruth SMITH, Paul SMITH, Andrea WALKER, Glenis WILSON

 

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We are a friendly bunch when it comes to volunteers. Please consider joining our team every now and then and helping out if you don't already. The rota for the next few weeks (excluding 28th April) is looking a little threadbare, if you can help then you would be most welcome. 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.

 

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There was a big crowd gathered round Andy for the first time runners briefing, we had 26 of you here.

 A big welcome to the following 18 people completing their first parkrun:

Shane BRIDDON, Jon-Paul HARDING, Andrew LONGDEN, Jack HARPHAM, Matthew HADLEY, Pete NEWBOLD, Sian HASTINGS, Denise NEWBOLD, Alex NEWBOLD, Natalie YOUD, Julie NEWMAN, Francesca LISTER, Deb BEUZEVAL, Diane GUNN, Amelia ARTHUR, Ian BANKS, Natalie TEE, Emily MILLS

 

Hopefully you all had a great time and return to us next week, or soon after.

And a big welcome to the following 8 tourists visiting us today for the first time:

 Daniel IRVING, Kelvin ARA, Rachel IRVING, Emma HICKEY, Carolyn STANLEY, Bill SHEPPARD, Catherine ROWE, Emily PARTRIDGE

 

We all hope you enjoyed your first time at Poolsbrook, come back and see us again soon please.

 

Pleasingly we also had some other tourists returning to us, including one from the USA.

 

No milestones this week unfortunately, but we did have Helen Spencer enjoying a birthday parkrun. Well done Helen, I hope you had a lovely birthday.

 

It looks like the conditions were indeed good for the run as there was an amazing amount of PB's achieved, 57 in all. Very well done to the following people:

 Jason PLATTS, Carl MARTIN, Jim SHAW, Gracie PELL, Laura MOOR, Chris BREEN, Chris NOBLE, Fiona CUNLIFFE, Eluned INNES, Alice ROBERTS, Cheryl SMITH, Adam MARRIOTT, Sonny SHAW, Judith GILLIAT, Kerrie HOLLAND, Stephanie HILL, Richard SPENCER, Chris ROBERTS, Matthew HEAD, Jason FOTIDAR, Pat NAYLOR, Samantha TAYLOR, Sally REVELL, Adam SMALL, Helena GODLEY, Vicky SPARKES, Cindy IRVING, Richard SHIRTCLIFFE, Steven BRIDDON, Chris LACEY, Kevin BIRD, Rachel JONES, Lorna SHEARSTONE, Sean IRVING, Stuart HARDY, Terence WEST, Megan SPENCER, Ellie STENSON, Dean MARRIOTT, Michelle BIRD, Nicola CHAPLEN, Chris STEVENS, Nick HUTCHESON, Allison PREECE, Leanne FEATHERSTONE, Ian WILSON, Janine JONES, Denney LAU, Doris SWIFT, Nichola HEATHCOTE, Jonathan HEATHFIELD, Dawn BROOKS, Craig LOCKETT, Ashley CROW, Alannah BOLTON, Lenka SOCHOR, Michael WARING, Kevin SMITH

 

As you will know we are a barcode only event. Unfortunately there were 11 unknown athletes this week (there were also 13 in the previous week), typically this means that you did not bring your barcode. Please remember to bring it along in future weeks and then you can track your time and we can also enjoy your progress.

 

Don't forget that on 28th April the lovely folk from Clowne Road Runners will be doing a takeover and putting on what will be a great event. Please come along and be assured of a warm welcome. Did you see the post from Andy on the FB page ? Why not come along in a red running top to support our lovely hosts for the day? Lets all paint Poolsbrook red.

 

 

Parkrun welcomes dogs, although during the run it is one dog on a short leash. This week we unfortunately had an incident in the cafe following parkrun where a young boy was bitten by a dog. If anyone saw anything or knows the owner, can they please email us at poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com. Needless to say that dogs should be kept under control at all times before, during and after parkrun. Happily the young boy and his mother will be returning to next week's parkrun.

 

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Dates for your diary

28th April - takeover by Clowne Road Runners

7th July - No Poolsbrook parkrun (Staveley Armed Forces event)

 

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.

 

Happy parkruning - Chris

 

Poolsbrook parkrun
Event number 108
21st April 2018

 

Roger Making His Run Director Debut

#Event Number 107

 

Well what a morning, 227 of you lined up to take part in Poolsbrook event number 107 enjoying mild Spring like conditions. It certainly seemed a good day to run.

 

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For Roger it was his first time as Run Director at Poolsbrook – and didn't he do a good job. It's great to welcome Roger into the RD team.

 

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We do keep getting feedback on our FB page about what a lovely bunch of volunteers we have. Its good to hear, and I know that the more smiles they see from you runners then the more they will cheer you on. A big thank you to the following volunteers for this week:

 

Heather BRADLEY-SMITH, Alan BROWNE, Michael BURR, Keith HUDSON, Michael JOEL, Roger KENCH, Holly MAYOR, Chris PATTISON, Giles SEARBY, Peter Donald SMITH, Lenka SOCHOR, William STREET, H Clare WEBSTER

 

We are a friendly bunch when it comes to volunteers. Please consider joining our team every now and then and helping out if you don't already. The rota for the next few weeks (excluding 29th April) is looking a little threadbare, if you can help then you would be most welcome. 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.

There was no need to do a course inspection this week, although there is certainly a great deal of water on the grass and it is very slippy, as those attending the first time runners brief saw when I slipped myself before delivering the brief. Happily it served as a warning to all the first time runners and tourists, and hopefully it will dry out a little over the next few weeks. It was lovely to have a big crowd for the first time runners briefing, we had 39 of you here.

 

A big welcome to the following 11 people completing their first parkrun:

 

Neil ROBINS, Jason PLATTS, Elizabeth EVANS, Aden VAN HOOREBEEK,
Dan BOYS, L KNIGHTLEY, Danny WARDLE, Meghann GRAY, Lyn MIDDLETON,
Laura MOOR, Fiona JAGGER

 

Hopefully you all had a great time and return to us next week, or soon after.

 

And a big welcome to the following 28 tourists visiting us today from places including Tadcaster, Hartlepool, Norfolk and Slovakia.

 

Jason ARMSHAW, Benji BOYS, Lois BOYS, Seth BOYS, Fiona CUNLIFFE, Ruth BOYS,
Callum HIGTON, Christopher BAKER, Paul REEVE, Murray WARING, Kate SHORT,
Kirsty MOON, Melissa WINTERTON, Harry SHORT, Ann Elizabeth LANGDALE,
David THORPE, Paul THORPE, Steve BELL, Marie THORPE, Isabelle THORPE,
Joseph THORPE, Helen STUTTARD, Paul MCAULIFFE, Richard WINTER, John WINTER,
Phil HOLBROOK, Mark WALMSLEY, Penny STUDLEY

 

We all hope you enjoyed your first time at Poolsbrook, come back and see us again soon please.
It was lovely that we had a few milestones achieved on our parkrun on Saturday, a big shout to the following 3 people:

 

  • Jen TURNER, achieving 10 parkruns as a junior category and also achieving a PB.
  • Megan SPENCER, also achieving 10 parkruns as a junior category and also achieving a PB.
  • Madeleine SMITHSON of North Derbyshire RC, achieving a wonderful 50 parkruns.

 

It looks like the conditions were indeed good for the run as there was an amazing amount of PB's achieved, very well done to the following people:

 

Chris BREEN, Chris NOBLE, Cheryl SMITH, Lucy HAMES, Chris ROBERTS, Sean HOOPER,
Jason TURNER, Jason FOTIDAR, Samantha TAYLOR, Sally REVELL, Russell HALL,
Helena GODLEY, William SHEARSTONE, Philippa BARGH, Sean INNES, Ashton LAU,
Nicola SEARBY, Cath BADHAM, Andrew GARDNER, Jay PARNHAM, Amanda PUGH,
Elinor LUNN, Jen TURNER, Megan SPENCER, Emma DURRANT, Callum WOODWARD,
Tilly LAWSON, Megan ROSE-HALL, Gail ROSE-HALL, Andrew DONGWORTH,
Janine JONES, Arron MOON, Doris SWIFT, Dave HULBERT, Andy HARRIS, Steven LITTLE,
Joel WHITTAKER- NAYLOR, Ian BROOKES, Mark BEER, Andrew PAGE, Andrew MORRIS,
Andrew LITTLE, Kevin SMITH, Lisa WILLIAMS

 

As you will know we are a barcode only event. Unfortunately there were 13 unknown athletes this week, typically this means that you did not bring your barcode. Please remember to bring it along in future weeks and then you can track your time and we can also enjoy your progress.  Remember #DNFYBC

 

A quick mention of U11's. As you know from the first time runners brief and from the pre run brief, all U11's need to be within arms reach of their responsible adult all the way around the run (we accept that a sprint finish may extend this arm's length by a little). Please make sure that you and any U11's are fully aware of this and follow it please. This is a safeguarding rule that is quite rightly imposed upon all parkruns, and we have to report any instances where this is not followed.

 

Don't forget that on 28th April Clowne Road Runners will be doing a takeover. Please come along and be assured of a warm welcome.

 

If any of you are anywhere near a TV next Sunday then keep an eye out for Poolsbrook regulars Giles Searby and Keith Hudson who are both running in the London Marathon. Give them a wave :-) Also good luck to Ruth Smith who will be running her first 10k at Longhorn on the same day.

 

Dates for your diary

 

  • 28th April - takeover by Clowne Road Runners
  • 7th July - No Poolsbrook parkrun (Staveley Armed Forces event)

 

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.

 

See you all next Saturday.

Happy parkruning - Chris

 

Poolsbrook parkrun
Event number 107
14th April 2018

 

2nd birthday celebrations

ReflectionsEvent #106

Saturday 7th April was our second anniversary, Poolsbrook parkrun is now two years old, and it seems like only yesterday when we held our inaugural event. The weather was just about perfect, even the rain threatened but then receded. We had a glorious marquee (or to be more accurate – a small gazebo) with two tables full of cakes courtesy of the Poolsbrook parkrun family.

Zaheer gave the first timers briefing to a small group; in fact we welcomed 11 first time parkrunners, and what a day to join us. Welcome to Andrew HODKIN, Elizabeth THOMAS, Nick RUSSELL, David BROWN, Peter HARRISON, Matthew BERESFORD, Carl MARTIN, Chris NOBLE, Aislinn MCGUIRE, Millie TUCKWOOD, Caroline RILEY. Hopefully we will see you all again next week.   FTB

We also said hello to several parkrun tourists who ran at Poolsbrook parkrun for the first time, Rachel JONES, Luke BERESFORD, Emma DURRANT, Richard FRENCH, Larah HOGG, Megan THORP, Olivia RHODES, Matthew GRAY, Michelle WILLCOCKS, Stephen DAVIES, Rachel MILLER, Chris HOLMES, Jason RANDALL. We hope that you enjoyed our park and look forward to seeing you again.
Runners 3  A grand total of 208 runners, walkers and joggers completed the course supported by a cast of 29 fantastic volunteers. Of these 12 were pacers who made our very first pacing event a complete success. In fact, feedback about the event has been so good that we will definitely have to do it again in the future. Let us know if you would like us to try to include one or two pacers each week, if we get enough people requesting this we will try to organise this.

Thanks to all of the volunteers for doing such a great job: Andrea WALKER •  Andy MORRIS  •  Andy PORTWOOD  •  Cath BADHAM  •  Chris PATTISON  •  Claire BRACEGIRDLE  •  Elisabeth MOUGOUNE KOVACS  •  Emma HAYDEN-WEST  •  Gabbie PATTISON  •  Giles SEARBY  •  Holly MAYOR  •  Ione WILKINSON  •  Jean BAKER  •  John SANDERSON  •  Katherine BOON  •  Keith HUDSON  •  Kerry ANDERSON  •  Matt TAYLOR  •  Michael WARING  •  Paul CLARK  •  Roger KENCH  •  Samantha NIX  •  Sarah WITHAM  •  Sharon COLLIS  •  Shaun GOODWIN  •  Stephen TURNER  •  Wendy WESTON  •  William STREET  •  Zaheer MAHMOOD.   Finish tokens

It is only with the support of volunteers that we can put on our event, so if you feel like giving something back to your parkrun please consider volunteering. You can contact us either via our Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com . You can see which roles still need to be filled for several weeks ahead by looking on our webpage.

 

I had the honour of being this week’s Run Director on this special occasion and there is no doubt that we have a fantastic group of people at Poolsbrook parkrun, both volunteers and participants, it is a pleasure to be part of such a happy, enjoyable group. This week was even better with the marquee (see earlier comment), cakes and bunting.

A special thank you has to go to Elisabeth MOUGOUNE KOVACS who baked a special parkrun cake for us – and it proved particularly popular with you. Thanks also to everyone who bought along cakes and other goodies, you did us proud.
Cake  When I am Run Director I rarely get to announce any milestones, they nearly always seem to be when others are RD’ing. However this week we had junior Mia Ward celebrating her 10th parkrun (all at Poolsbrook) and Craig Lockett celebrating his 50th (all at Poolsbrook). Well done, both of you. 50th run

 

This week was also the launch of the 2018 Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Running Down Dementia (RDD) campaign. ARUK are the official charity partners of parkrun and have been doing fantastic work raising much needed funds for research into future treatments for all forms of dementia. Click here to find out some facts about dementia and how it affects most families now in the UK. To find out more about the ARUK RDD campaign follow this link. If you haven’t seen the videos of Poolsbrook parkrunners helping to promote RDD take a look here and here. I’ll be taking part in this for the third year after the loss of several family members, so I was delighted to find that several Poolsbrook parkrunners will also be signing up to take part, and several other who will be running and raising money for ARUK at other events. If you have signed up or will be running for ARUK, please let us know – I’d like to see how many of us are providing support.
Runners 1  Once the pre-run brief was over and the runners, walkers and joggers set off, the volunteers who were at the start line followed and within 20 metres picked up a house key – if this was yours we have left it with the café. We were also greeted with the wonderful site of over 200 participants making their way around the lake with their reflections showing up brightly in the water (see picture at the top of the report) – it looked magnificent.

As expected, we had loads of PBs, the weather was just right plus we had lots of pacers. So, many congratulations go out to: Hollie SHEPPARD, Ellie COOK, Chris ROBERTS, Alice ROBERTS, Jason TURNER, Fergus TURNER, Anne WILDGOOSE, Richard DOWNES, Samantha TAYLOR, Sally REVELL, Owen SHIPTON, Erin SHAW, Russell HALL, Helena GODLEY, Bronwyn HUNT, David HADKISS, Gary ALLISON, Nicola SEARBY, Max CUPIT, Jay PARNHAM, Abby BRUCE, Elinor LUNN, Marek LACHETTA, Sarah WALTON, Craig ORMSBY, Jen TURNER, Sue WEST, Archie SIMMONS, Jill SIMMONS, Emma CROXTON, Tilly LAWSON, Chris STEVENS, Gary HESLIP, Andrew BAKER, Janine JONES, Ashley BIGGS, Fleur PICKERING, Nichola HEATHCOTE, Kirsty OGELSBY, Katie WHITBY, Rob OGELSBY, Harry BURNSIDE, Paul CASTLEDINE, Nick BURNSIDE, Liam JACKSON, Sarah BRADBURY, Colin JORDAN, Graham HOGG. Pacers 1

 

We also had a new female course record set by parkrun tourist Michelle Willcocks from Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers & AC. Michelle beat the previous record by 9 seconds which was set in May 2016, and is now one of only 8 female runners who have broken the 20 minute barrier.
Female course record

We always enjoy hearing from our parkrun family about their parkrun journey. This week we hear from Giles Searby.

My parkrun journey

My involvement with Parkrun began a year ago. I’d decided to try-out running last Easter, as my new year resolutions to be more healthy were stating to wear thin as the allure of the gym faded.

I turned up nervously to my first Poolsbrook Parkrun in early May and was bowled over by the friendly welcome and the huge support for and from participants of all abilities and of course from the great volunteers. It dawned on me quickly that running need not be a solitary activity and that runners were clearly a very supportive community ever ready to share and celebrate every runner’s achievement whether that be a first 5k or a sub-20 minute PB. Running was going to be my new thing!

I clocked up a few more runs and before long hit my first beginners “niggle”. A few weeks off running gave me chance to try the other side of Parkrunning, the volunteering and I was soon also a dab hand with a bar-code scanner. Back from injury, I decided I needed to get some more support for my developing running “journey” so I joined Clowne Road Runners to get involved with their Thursday night track training sessions and with the support and advice from seasoned runners I soon saw my pace and Parkrun PBs improving.

So, fast-forward several months, 25 Parkruns, 12 Volunteering stints, 3 Half Marathons and a few other shorter races, and less than a year on from y first Parkrun I will shortly be running the London Marathon in aid of the NSPCC. My “couch to marathon” year could never have happened without Poolsbrook Parkrun and I’m hugely grateful for the support, inspiration and friendships it has given me so far. Whatever your goal, or indeed if you are sitting at home with a barcode printed but have never quite made it along – give it a go. You’ll be pleased you did and who knows where 3 and bit laps of a lake will end up taking you – it’s taking me to the Mall via 26.2 miles of London’s streets.

Giles Runners 2

 

Dates for your diary

28th April             takeover by Clowne Road Runners

12th May             takeover by Netherthorpe School

7th July                 No Poolsbrook parkrun (Staveley Armed Forces event)
Cut the cake  If you have any ideas about future events please let us know by e-mailing poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com . For example, should we have a World Cup themed event in the summer where we encourage people to wear football shirts ? Don’t keep your ideas to yourself, please let us know. Crowds

 

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.
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The flooded bridge

Runners 2Event #105

What happened to the weather ?

It was like a scene straight from the Bible when Chris and I arrived at Poolsbrook Country park on Saturday. Did someone order an Ark ? The little pool that usually drains under the bridge into the lake was so full that it flooded over the bridge in a torrent. However, the water was only a few centimetres deep and we decided that it was negotiable as were the other pools of water all around the course. Even the fishermen’s pontoons were under water and the wildfowl looked decidedly unhappy.   Bridge

So, we posted on the Poolsbrook parkrun Facebook page about the flooded bridge and advised people to make their own minds up if they wanted to take part, and to think about dressing for the weather. It was suggested that the event was more a steeplechase than a parkrun, but it didn’t put off the 108 of you that completed the 5Km course. Based on feedback on the day it seems that the vast majority of you enjoyed the challenge despite getting muddy and thoroughly wet.

 

Somehow, the following ten people even achieved a personal best time: Jay PARNHAM, Alison HALL, Carol SMITH, Craig ORMSBY, Jenny HADFIELD, Sean IRVING, Rachel WEST, Shelley GYTE, Martin EVANS, Robert CASSY – well done to all of you.
Our visitors and first timers

I’m wondering what the five first time parkrunners thought – I hope it didn’t put them off ! If you are reading this, then I can promise you it’s not usually this wet (well not often anyway). Welcome this week to our new parkrunners: Steve MONAGHAN, Ryan AYLING, Edward SWANN, Georgia COLLINS, Cheryl SMITH, we hope to see you again next week when it will definitely be warmer at least.

The same goes for our esteemed visitors at Poolsbrook for the first time, please imagine our park in the sunshine – it really is beautiful. Welcome this week to Jason TURNER, Fergus TURNER, Lydia REDFERN, Sean HOOPER, James FOX, Samantha DEVANEY, Luke PARRY, Cindy IRVING, Lucy TAYLOR, Nichola RUMBOLL, Alex GREEN, Jane LYNCH, Carolyn TOWNSEND, Michael TOWNSEND, Anna LYNCH, Ruth LYNCH, Caroline LYNCH, Colm LYNCH, Rob JONES, Finlay HOOD, Nigel S HOULT, Helen HOOD, Claire SPENCER. Please come back in the summer when the wildlife returns, the trees are in leaf and no-one is getting covered in mud. First timers

 

Special mentions to the Hood family including Helen – Head of Event Delivery for parkrun. Also to the Lynch family all the way from Tralee parkrun in Ireland. All of them certainly entered into the Poolsbrook parkrun spirit and it was a pleasure to meet them.
HoodsThis week Mike was RD and managed extremely well despite the weather and the failure (again) of the PA system – you wouldn’t believe that this is the third version of the PA system we have had so far, and they have all caused us problems. In the end, a good strong voice was enough to give the pre-run brief and to get everyone underway. Start
Wonderful volunteers

We always like to praise our wonderful volunteers, but on a day like Saturday it was even more pleasing that 20 people stood in difficult conditions to make the event happen and to cheer on those of you who ran, jogged and walked. Thank you everyone, you even managed it with a smile and good humour. This week we thank: Alan BROWNE •  Andrea WALKER  •  Andy MORRIS  •  Andy PORTWOOD  •  Carolina MANRIQUE  •  Chris PATTISON  •  Daniel HARPHAM  •  Frazer HOOD  •  Glenis WILSON  •  Heather HILL  •  Juliet LITTLE  •  Keith HUDSON  •  Mark HAZLEHURST  •  Mike COLLEY  •  Rosemary LANE  •  Ruby WARD  •  Sara SHAW  •  Tina HENSEY  •  Victoria COLLEY  •  William STREET
Volunteers  Volunteering is easy to do and very rewarding, I’m sure that you have all been impressed by our cheerleading marshals as well as the funnel team. There are even roles that you can do and also take part in the event, including Tail Walker, VI Guide, Pre-event set-up and Token Sorting. To have an efficient and safe event we need to cover lots of roles and we like to share the roles around so that lots of people get the chance to try out different tasks. If you are willing to help us, please leave a message on our Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com.

Georgia

Poolsbrook parkrun has always been a welcoming event and we like to do our best to support everyone as far as we can. We frequently see Chris, one of our visually impaired (VI) participants with his dog and occasionally VI runners with their guides. This week we welcomed VI runner Georgia Collins who has only just moved to Chesterfield. Mark H guided Georgia and both enjoyed the experience. Georgia does not have a regular guide so will need a VI guide each week if she is to take part so it would be great if we could get a small group willing to take turns to help her – this week she ran the course in just under 40 minutes – so anyone who can cope with times from 35 minutes upwards would be suitable. If you would like to help, please let us know on the Poolsbrook parkrun Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com, thank you. Georgia lives in Newbold, so if anyone is close by who would like to offer the occasional lift to parkrun, please let us know.

Georgia

 

Milestones

There were no milestones this week other than a couple of birthdays – but looking at the results it looks like a few are due soon. Don’t forget to let us know if you have a milestone coming up so that we can give you a mention in the pre-run briefing.

 

Notes

It has been a few weeks since any of our regulars told us their parkrun story, and we do like to hear them (based on the feedback we have received). If you would like to share your story or just tell us about a special day in your parkrun journey please let us know e-mail us at poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com, thank you.

Dates for your diary

7th April                our 2nd anniversary event (see note below)

28th April             takeover by Clowne Road Runners

12th May               takeover by Netherthorpe School

7th July                 No Poolsbrook parkrun (Staveley Armed Forces event)

 

Our 2nd anniversary will be a pacing event and we will have at least 10 pacers with times from 20 minutes up to 40 minutes and hopefully beyond this. This will give you all the chance to aim for that PB time that you have been thinking about, just follow the appropriate pacer and grit your teeth.

 

Being a special day, there will be cake, so we are inviting you all to bring goodies – cake, biscuits etc to share with your fellow parkrunners. If the weather stays fine we will bring along the gazebo and the tables again.
Runners 1  I will also be helping to launch the Alzheimer’s Research UK 2018 Running Down Dementia fundraising campaign, so if you have an ARUK shirt, please wear it with pride. If you take a look here you will see some pictures of your fellow Poolsbrook parkrunners modelling the shirts when the ARUK team visited us recently.

Tring pre-run

 

Spring in the air

Runners 2This week 174 people managed to start and complete Poolsbrook’s 104th parkrun event in mostly pleasant running conditions.

We were joined by the ever present geese and by several tourists. One tourist from Sedgefield ran his 322nd parkrun (Graeme Addison) while his partner donned the high vis jacket and marshalled. We also had Poolsbrook regular Peter Donald Smith running his 50th Poolsbrook parkrun (82 in total). Peter suggested the fact that this week’s time was slower than last week, due to being 7 days older, so Peter will be delighted that after the clocks change he'll have one less hour of ageing to wait till next week’s parkrun. Start

 

Seven runners participated in their first ever parkrun , I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you again. 41 runners achieved course PB's. One of the runners achieving a PB was Elizabeth Eastwood whom has now run Poolsbrook parkrun on 79 occasions. During her 79 runs Elizabeth would have run fully around the lake 279 times. Another PB was achieved by Hannah Barnett. Hannah knocked off 20 seconds to achieve a time of 21:11. A huge well done to both and to everyone else who achieved a PB.
Runners 1First male home today was Nick Taylor in 17:19. Second male was myself in 18:12 and third was Jordan Street in 18:19.   Finish

First female to cross the line was Emma Holt in 20:54 closely followed by Hannah Barnett in 21:11 (PB). Third lady was Sarah Witham in 22:01.

 

A huge thank you to all volunteers today headed up excellently by run director Zaheer, without them parkrun would not take place. Many thanks to: Alan BROWNE • Andy MORRIS • Chris LANE • Chris PATTISON • H Clare WEBSTER • Janet BREIDER • Jean BAKER • Mark HAZLEHURST • Michael BURR • Michelle ADDISON • Neil WHARMBY • Paul SMITH • Roger KENCH • Rosemary LANE • Sam WHITE • Shaun GOODWIN • Zaheer MAHMOOD
ZaheerWe are quite short of volunteers for the next few weeks, so if you can help, please do volunteer.   If you have not volunteered before, please do consider signing up when you can. You can see the future volunteer roster by following this link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/poolsbrook/futureroster/ . If you would like to help, then please either let us know by leaving a message on our Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com.   Runners 3

Dates for your diary

7th April                our 2nd anniversary event (see note below)

28th April              takeover by Clowne Road Runners

12th May               takeover by Netherthorpe School

7th July                  No Poolsbrook parkrun (Staveley Armed Forces event)

 

A reminder that we are looking for pacers to make the 2nd anniversary (7th April) event a success. Leave us a message on our Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.comif you can help.
Runners 4Don’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.

I hope to see you all at the Poolsbrook Soon.   Sam

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