Another week with almost perfect running conditions greeted us on Saturday. Warm, without being too hot, and dry underfoot – what else could we ask for ? We were treated to a fantastic turnout of 264 walkers, joggers and runners supported by these 19 brilliant volunteers: Alan BROWNE • Andy MORRIS • Cath BADHAM • Craig BROOKS • Darren EDMONDS • Fleur PICKERING • Giles SEARBY • Heather HILL • Karl DAVIES-BECKETT • Keith HUDSON • Louise LOWE • Regan COLLEY • Roger KENCH • Roy SMITH • Ruth SMITH • Shaun GOODWIN • Victoria HILL • William STREET • Zaheer MAHMOOD
Just think, it could be you wearing that yellow bib, supporting your fellow parkrunners. It’s easy to do, it’s enjoyable, and it’s rewarding. If you would like to give it a go leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again we had a welcome influx of first time parkrunners, this week we said hello to Ryan SKIDMORE, Joel MOORE, Steve LAWES, Jonathan MOORE, Peter ORME, Clare MOORE, Kai UNWIN, Darcie BATTY, Mackenzie PARKIN, Lucy HEATHCOTE, Dawn JARVIS, Susan CROMPTON, Freddie BESTWICK, Christine WRIGHT. Hopefully you enjoyed your first parkrun experience and will be back next week.
We also met lots of first time Poolsbrook parkrun tourists from all over the UK, including one of the original time trailers from Bushy Park. The Poolsbrook family welcomes you all and hope you had an enjoyable experience with us. Tom SAMPLE, Kristian SILCOCK, Hannah PATTISON-SMITH, Mark BEE, Jude RYAN, Jordan HOWARD, Barry FAULKNER, Lee CODDINGTON, Richard BENNETT, Anna NAYLOR, Rochelle CRAWFORD, Kirsty BOWEN, Catherine BLACKBURN, Sam BROWN, Gary BERZINS, Daniel MORRIS, Steven THORPE, John MILINS, Christina BRADY, Kieran DESMOND, Ji PATTISON-SMITH, Carl MULLOOLY, Tim DODD, Robin SCHUMACHER, Derek MOFFATT, Wayne WRIGHT, Jim DESMOND.
I believe that this is the first time as Run Director that I have walked back from the start to the finish line to be greeted by someone who already needed first aid ! The good news is that the lady in question then completed the run – we are a hardy bunch. Thinking about injuries, we had 3 people who required first aid this week, all trips on the loose surface. There isn’t anything that we can do to change the surface other than remove any obviously large rocks when we are setting up which is why we tend to mention it in the pre-run briefing. So, please take care, especially at the edges of the path, and if you happen to be doing a warm up lap and see anything that people could trip over, it would be appreciated if you could kick it onto the grass, out of harms way. Well, at least I get to practice my first aid occasionally !
It was a pretty good day for PBs this week not surprisingly. Well done to the following people who clocked up their fastest time so far at Poolsbrook parkrun: Mark BADGER, Kayleigh CHESTER, Michelle CADET-ROSE, Matthew GOULD, Lucy FALLON, David SMITH, Andrew LONGDEN, Robert GILL, Rob CUMMINS, Neil ROBINS, Jessica BEIGHTON, Charlie CUMMINS, Matt CONSTABLE, Tom CHARLESWORTH, Kaylie TRAVIS, Lynn PITTUCK, Karen JENKINSON, Oli CONSTABLE, Murray WHITE, Tracy COGGER, Stephanie HILL, Kerrie HOLLAND, Georgia BALL, Gemma BEECHAM, Hannah HAWKINS, Nina MORGAN, Tracy UNWIN,Lee GIBBS, Christopher BLACKBURN, Richard Peter ROTHWELL-JACKSON, Paul SMITH, Maria PRENDERGAST, Kristian WATSON, Chris PAYNE, Denise SHAW, Liam HALL, Ian THOMAS, Hannah SHARPE, Eve CONNOLLY, Wayne CHURCH, Dawn BROOKS, Craig LOCKETT, Ruth SMITH, Mark SIMMONITE, Andrew LITTLE, Gordon HARDING, Paul CASTLEDINE, Tom COPPING, Leanora SIMMONITE, Chris AMERY, Jonathan PAGDIN.
I would especially like to congratulate the amazing Chris Payne who finished in under 1 hour for the first time along with his guide dog, that was a fantastic effort and I have no doubt at all that Chris will do it again.
New age graded records were set this week by first finisher SM30-34 Kristian Watson with 78.46% (our 7th fastest time) and JM10 Jude Ryan with an amazing 81.43%. Congratulations to both of you.
We didn’t get any milestone runs this week, so instead I’d like to congratulate the following people who did their 2nd parkrun which I hope means that they have now got the parkrun bug: Tom SAMPLE, Kristian SILCOCK, Mark BADGER, Kayleigh CHESTER, Michelle CADET-ROSE, Tara HEATH, Polly MEIKLE. See you next week.
This week, members of 25 different running clubs took part with the most fromNOrth Derbyshire RC (19 people), and Clowne RRC (10 people). If you are a member of a running club that would like to host an event takeover in the future, please let us know either via our Facebook page or by e-mailing email@example.com – we would welcome you.
During the run brief, I mentioned social prescribing at GP’s surgeries. For more information on this click this link. This means that (hopefully) lot’s of GPs will suggest parkrun to relevant patients as part of their route to recovery. If you work at a GP practice or have good contacts in one, perhaps you could suggest them to take part in this initiative. If you want some help with this, don’t hesitate to ask the core team by speaking to us at parkrun or by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a story to tell about how you started with parkrun or how it has changed your life ? If you do, why not share it with us – e-mail us at email@example.com
I’ve been asked to remind parkrunners that we can only add you to the results if your barcode fails to scan – this is a strict rule from parkrun HQ designed to reduce the burden on the core team for updating results manually. We will scan paper barcodes, wristbands or any other official parkrun media. We will not attempt to scan phones. Put simply – all we ask participants to bring with them each week is their personal barcode. Compare this to what the core team have to bring each week – including: PA system (amplifier/speaker, transmitter, receiver), laptop and multiple cables, stopwatches, barcode scanners, volunteer roster, non-scanning sheets, future volunteer sheet, whiteboard, 19 bibs, mallet, first aid kit, lost property, and various other bits and pieces that we need or might need each week. And all of these items need to be washed/folded, or charged, or reset, and stored at home. Then when we get to Poolsbrook we have to get all of the other kit out of storage and set it up including the finish funnel, signs, flags, cones etc. We are happy to do this every week – all we ask is please bring your barcode !
On a really happy note, I am always proud to hear great feedback about our event, and it’s something that we get regularly. It can be about the venue – a beautiful park, the organisation, or the friendliness of everyone – this is undoubtedly my favourite comment. Thank you to everyone who walks, jogs, runs or volunteers – it is you who make our event so friendly – let’s encourage these nice comments from our visitors.
Dates for your diary
7th July – Armed Forces day, there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun – time for a bit of tourism.
We will be planning other themed events for the rest of the year soon, watch this space.