The big freeze


Event #141

For the first time this winter we had to make a pre-run course inspection following freezing overnight temperatures, and once again Poolsbrook Country Park showed how resilient it is to winter conditions. There was ice in patches at the side of the paths and some across the paths where water had run from higher to lower ground, but we decided that it wasn’t enough to cause any safety issues – so we went ahead.



For those of us who were taking part it wasn’t so bad once we got started, in fact there were a lot of coats, hats and gloves shed throughout the event. For the volunteers it was more of an ordeal, but as ever – they remained cheery and very supportive – thank you to everyone who volunteered: Alan BROWNE • Andy MORRIS • Anna SHEVLIN • Cherry HAZLEHURST • Chris PATTISON • Crispin FISHER • Daniel HARPHAM • Gemma MORRIS • Heather HILL • Keith HUDSON • Lee GIBBS • Lynne SARGEANT • Michael JOEL • Peter Donald SMITH • Rachel SWANN • Roger KENCH • Shelley TOMBLIN • Stephanie WARD • William STREET • Zaheer MAHMOOD


We need volunteers every week to make the event happen and to keep it safe, if you are prepared to help out please leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at . No job is too difficult and they are all rewarding.
Finish Tokens

Roger Run Directed today which meant that our stopwatches were safe, although to be fair he hasn’t broken one in a few months now. Roger gave out instructions to the volunteers whilst Zaheer gave the first timers briefing.

Amongst the first timers we had a group from Chesterfield Hockey Club who decided to take part to keep fit now that their season has finished, they will most likely be back again soon. First time parkrunners today were: Christopher GLOSSOP, Ed KINSEY, Helen GLOSSOP, Jonathan HANCOCK, Kristy THEAKER, Louis JOHNSON, Tom BACON, Zoe HIBBARD – welcome to Poolsbrook parkrun.
Hockey Club

Extra congratulations today to Poolsbrook parkrun regular Michael Joel who volunteered for the 25th time and has earned his purple 25th volunteer t shirt. Michael is one of the hardy types who turns up early to help set-up the event.


We also greeted a few first time Poolsbrook parkrun visitors: Alfie SUDDRICK, Andy SUDDRICK, Anthony WHITLEY, Christopher HEGGS, Edward GLOSSOP, Ellen WHITE, Hannah BAZLEY, Helen PHILLIPS, Jack BIBBY, John TOSCANO, Martin PHILLIPS, Sean MCAULIFFE, Simon BLACKNELL, we hope you enjoyed our beautiful park.


Considering how cold it was today it was pleasing to see a decent number of people taking part. While we were setting up and checking the course before 8am we had guessed that the turnout could have been below 100 for the first time in ages, but Poolsbrook parkrunners are hardier than that and 145 of you defied the cold to get your weekly parkrun fix. Well done to everyone, you got your fix of endorphins today, those that stayed in bed didn’t.


It's common knowledge nowadays that exercise (including walking, jogging and running) is not only good for your physical health, but is also good for your mental health, no wonder we are such a happy bunch at Poolsbrook parkrun.

Roger had the pleasure to announce two milestones this week, both of them for 100 runs – congratulations to Juliet (95 at Poolsbrook) and Andrew Little (94 at Poolsbrook). A few unofficial milestones too (why not !) Jason CRABB and Diane OSHEA 10th run, Stephen BENNETT and Karen BALL 49th run (50 next week !), Sharon COLLIS 99th run (100 next week !)


Despite the difficult conditions, and particularly that biting wind on the finish straight, 12 of you managed to achieve personal best times. Congratulations go out to: Bev BARNES, Colin BATEMAN, Donna WOODWARD, Gwilym HAYES, Helena SCHOFIELD, Jason CRABB, Joanne CHAPPELL, Joshua LEUSBY, Liz CLOSE, Seth CLOSE, Simon HARRISON, Vicki MIRFIN.


It was great to see some fantastic female runners today with 3 of them finishing in the first 6 places: Helena SCHOFIELD, Louise COCKING and Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT. Lauren achieved a Poolsbrook parkrun age graded record for the SW20-24 group of 74.06%, congratulations Lauren.
Female finishers

Weather – please ensure that you check our Facebook page regularly for updates about how the weather might affect our events, we will always do our best to keep you informed.


Did you know – our highest ever attendance was on New Years Day this year when we welcomed 473 participants, we ran out of finish tokens and had to record the last 20 or so finishers by writing on bits of paper. Also, we were at the limits of our stopwatches capabilities, they can only record about 490 finishers. This year we will be ready just in case this happens again, we have new stopwatches available which can record more than 1,000 finishers and we have extra finish tokens taking us up to about 650 participants.


As we are nearing the end of another year, it would be great to hear form you about your best memories of Poolsbrook parkrun in 2018 – drop us a line, iot only needs to be a paragraph and it would be nice to publish a few memories in the run report. E-mail us at .

Dates for your diary

We have a busy time coming up for Poolsbrook parkrun with a couple of extra events and our Christmas special.

22nd December Christmas special (usual 0900 start)

  • A chance to wear your Christmas fancy dress, we hope to see lot’s of Santa’s, Elves, Snowmen and Reindeers (or any other outfit that you would like to wear).
  • The café won’t be open this week but we hope to be able to open up the building on the day. Please bring along your own Christmas treats to share – mince pies, Christmas cake etc.


25th December – Christmas day extra parkrun (0900 start)

  • What better way to start Christmas day than a parkrun – burn a few calories before you fill yourself on Christmas dinner. Why not bring along family members or friends.
  • The café won’t be open, we may open up the building but suspect that a lot of you will want a quick get away. Bring along your own treats.
  • Of course, Christmas fancy dress will be welcomed.


29th December – parkrun as usual

  • The café will be open this week


1st January – New Years Day extra parkrun (a later 1030 start)

  • This is your once a year chance to do a ‘parkrun double’ with quite a few other local events holding an 0900 start event followed by Poolsbrook parkrun. For more information on which events are taking place at Christmas and the New Year take a look here: You can also plan your double on this web page:
  • The café will be closed so we hope to open the building. Please bring along your festive treats to share.


We still need lots of volunteers to be able to hold these extra events so if you can help please let us know as soon as possible. We can’t do it without you !



A Grey Day At Poolsbrook

Event #140


It was a grey chilly morning that welcomed our 104 hardy souls who turned up at Poolsbrook on Saturday. The wind had quieted down a little with just the odd gust here and there.

Our volunteers were once again simply amazing, a massive thank you to the following:

Jean BAKER, Dawn BROOKS, Craig BROOKS, Alan BROWNE, Mike COLLEY, Richard DOWNES, Keith HUDSON, Michael JOEL, Henry KAY, Sandra LEES, Michael LEES, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Teresa PAYNE, Giles SEARBY, Nicola SEARBY, Sara SHAW, Ruth SMITH, William STREET, Matt TAYLOR, Paul TAYLOR

With extra events over the next few weeks, we are looking a little light here and there on the volunteer front, so if you can help then please let us know. As you all know we can only put the event on with the kind help of volunteers. 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.  And remember you can still volunteer and run, you could consider helping with set up, tail walking, VI guide or why not try your hand at putting a run report together.

As you know that we have an event on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Christmas Day is a great way out of getting out peeling potatoes and sprouts, and it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to an extra mince pie once you have run. So if you haven’t already put it in your diary then come along on either day and join in the fun either as a runner or a volunteer. Fancy dress encouraged for Christmas Day of course.


We love milestones and this week saw a Poolsbrook regular completing their 100th parkrun, 85 of them being at Poolsbrook. Well done Crispin Fisher on a fantastic milestone. I also know that Crispin recently completed his first ever marathon in an extremely respective time – well done Crispin.


Mike Colley delivered the new runners briefing, and we had a great turnout of tourists and first time park runners, well done to the following first time park runners:


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

Andrew BURGESS, Mark RHODES, Amy GILL, Tim MEEKINGS, Jon WARD, Jonathan ELWICK, Jonathan STYLES, Geoff THORPE, Michael EDMUNDS, Matt RIDGE, Stephen Edward TOMLINSON, Sue THORPE, Aileen JOHNS, Claire HODKINSON, Charlie COTTON, Jonny REEP, Chris COTTON, David REED, Fran MARSHALL

A massive welcome to everyone that was here for the first time, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and would love to see you back here. Tourists please spread the word about what a lovely parkrun we have here. First timers, we hope to see you back over the coming weeks.


Whilst it was not fab from a weather point of view and not a high attendance, there was some mighty fine performances taking place.

The first male over the line was Jonny REEP in a very impressive 17:26 minutes.


The first lady over the line was Helena SCHOFIELD in the 3rd fastest time we have seen from a lady at Poolsbrook, a very impressive PB of 19:06 minutes.


So on to PB’s, very impressive performances to everyone and in particular the 11 folk here with new PB’s


As always it’s a joy to see you all cross that finish line with the smiles and grimaces … keep up the good work everyone.


Good news regarding Barcodes, we only had 1 person who did not have their barcode 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 here and then print out a new set

I know many of you were at Bolsover on Sunday morning enjoying the fantastic Bolsover 10k that is organised by North Derbyshire Running Club.  I had to pinch myself as it felt like a Saturday at Poolsbrook.  Well done to the many of you that went and put in some lovely runs.  I predict a few long sleeve and bright yellow running tops on Saturday.


Next parkrun day sees the breaker of watches Roger take the helm again. We could certainly do with a few more marshals, come along and join us and have an enjoyable morning.

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.

Poolsbrook parkrun
Event number 140
08 December 2018

Happy parkruning - Chris


So many cakes !


Event #139

I love milestones and was lucky to see five this week, and in addition – got to find out about an unofficial milestone afterwards.   So, first the official milestones:

  • 50 parkruns – Richard Harding, Hannah Woods, Tina Cheetham, Libby Woodhouse – the latter two were first time visitors.
  • 100 parkruns – Gordon Harding

And, the unofficial milestone:

  • 50 volunteers – Roger Kench

Congratulations to all of you and here’s to your next milestones.   Milestones

As usual, we have to thank our wonderful team of volunteers who made the event happen. Many thanks to: Andy MORRIS •  Cherry HAZLEHURST  •  Chris PATTISON  •  Christopher LINDLEY  •  Ellis HEWITT  •  Gemma MORRIS  •  Giles SEARBY  •  Glenis WILSON  •  Gordon HARDING  •  Graham WALTON  •  Heather HILL  •  Jake STALLAN  •  Jean BAKER  •  Juliet LITTLE  •  Keith HUDSON  •  Roger KENCH  •  Steve TURNER  •  Teresa PAYNE  •  William STREET  •  Zaheer MAHMOOD


If you can help us next week or on any week in the future just leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at . We can’t do it without you and your efforts are always very much appreciated.




In addition, we are currently seeking volunteers for Christmas day and New Years day - if you can help on either of these days, please let us know.


This week we welcomed two people who took part in parkrun for the first time, Ben MARSHALL, Chloe CARRINGTON. We hope to see you both again next week.


We also welcomed first time Poolsbrook parkrun visitors Tina CHEETHAM, Libby WOODHOUSE, Melissa HUDSON, Natasha CARVER, Reece CARVER, Neil BUSSEY, Shelagh MITSON, Sam FOSTER, Steven ALLEN, Tommy DICKSON, Paul WOODHOUSE. We hope that you enjoyed our parkrun.


Congratulations to the following people who earned a PB this week: Samantha WARD, Simon HARRISON, Luke PAYNE, Emma TWYFORD, Joshua LEUSBY, Julie SIDWELL, Fran MOSSMAN, Imelda COLE,  Clare MCSHANE, William TREVES, Lucy RUNDELL, Ryan WOOD, Susan GOODWIN, Stephen MCFARLING, Gemma MORRIS, Nicky WHELAN, Murray WHITE, Jules FOSTER, Ian ATKINSON, Keith HIRST, Niki HOBSON, James CROWDER, Heather HILL.   Runners 1


Two of our regulars who achieved milestones this week have provided a few words for you to share, and many thanks to both of you for the cakes - they went down very well.

Richard Harding

Today’s my 50th run and also possibly my 10th without a hangover (we’ll see). Everyone has their own reasons for taking part at parkrun, I had a couple. Firstly I tore my cruciate ligament and after a few years of trying to play football without one I realised it wasn’t possible and I needed something else to keep me active. Secondly, and the larger influence, was my Dad, who’s doing his 100th today. He’d been at me for months telling me how good parkrun was and I finally, almost reluctantly, agreed to join him. He dragged me round that first time and we finished together at the line. Since then in all but 3 of my runs we’ve finished together and that’s the important thing for me as well as the debrief over a cup of tea.

The hardest part remains getting to the start line!

Whether your running to win, to beat your mate, to get a PB or improve your fitness my Dad has always said to me “have you enjoyed it? That’s all that matters!”




Gordon Harding

Just a few lines for my 100th- It was with childish excitement and a bit of nervousness that I approached Poolsbrook parkrun this week. It seems unbelievable to be running my 100th parkrun , to share it with my son’s 50th made it even more special. Nothing has changed since I gave my story at the 50 milestone, just met more of the parkrun family! Thank you again to all the amazing volunteers, stars every one.

Peace and love, Gordon X


Thank you both for your stories – we’d love to hear more, if you would like to share your story please e-mail it to us at , thank you.



So, what’s coming up next:


Dates for your diary

  •  December 22 – Christmas fancy dress run – anything Chrismassy
  • Christmas day – an extra parkrun starting at the usual time of 0900


  • New Years day – an extra parkrun and a chance to ‘do a double’ – starting at 1030



For this years double there are a few more options for you to choose from, these are the ones that we know about at present:

  • 0900 start – Clumber, Bakewell, Markeaton, Graves
  • 1000 start - Hillsborough


  • 1030 start – Poolsbrook, Brierly Forest



For a full list of festive parkruns – look here.   First lady

Lost property - we have quite a few items of lost property at the moment and can only reasonably hang onto it for a short time  as it takes up space and we have to transport it to and from Poolsbrook every week. If you let us know if you have left anything behind and also when you will be able to pick it up, then we will ensure the item is waiting for you when you are ready to collect it.  Otherwise, after a few weeks we will either take the item to a charity shop, or dispose of it if it can’t be recycled any other way.


Run report – would you like to have a go at writing a run report ? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just your view of the event that you just took part in or volunteered at. It’s nice to hear a new voice and you get a volunteer credit for it. All you need to do is to send the words to me, I’ll  put it in a format that can be published and add photographs (unless you send your own). Let us know on our Facebook page, or speak to the Run Director before or after an event to offer your help – in the same way that you would volunteer for any other role.



I won’t be here for the next parkrun as I’ll be somewhere warmer. I’ll be thinking of you – have a great parkrun.


The Running Wilbury’s


Event #138


Hello all and a warm welcome to this week’s run report. If you were in attendance this week you will have noticed a few ‘Running Wilbury’s’.  If you were wondering who we are then look no further.  We are a collection of runners who predominantly met at parkrun.  We have a range of abilities, but we all share the same ethos.  The group is about helping, encouraging, inspiring and spreading positivity about running.

This week, Poolsbrook parkrun had 213 runners, joggers & walkers completing the course with no less than 51 personal bests. We also had a massive 36 volunteers (I’m sure this must be some sort of record). I would like to think that the nine pacers that were on the course may have helped some of you to achieve this goal.


First over the finish line was Steven Gascoyne, closely followed by Joel Siddall, both North Derbyshire runners. Joel achieving his Poolbrook personal best.  Third over the line was seasoned parkrunner Liam Probert with 193 runs to date.  Liam also managed to achieve a Poolsbrook personal best.

For the ladies we had Claire Bracegirdle as the first finisher, very close to her personal best in a time of 21:22. Second lady was one of the Running Wilbury’s, Claire Watson who was pacing at 24 minutes.  Third was Rebecca Richardson of Kimberley and District Striders whose first visit it was to Poolbrook.

For the JM10 we had Oskar Woods, Louis Clarke for the JM11-14 and Joel Moore for the JM15-17. We had Poppy Whitehurst for JW10 and Grace Lane for the JW11-14.  All the juniors had terrific times and we hope to see them back again soon.

There were two milestones on Saturday 24th November.  Robert Whitehurst and Katie Clark were both doing their 50th run.  Katie also achieved a new personal best to boot!!

We had a first-time volunteer on the team, Lewis Curran. We do hope that he enjoyed his volunteer stint and he’s now only 24 away from his purple t-shirt.


We had tourists from as far away as Leeds, Sheffield, Beverley, Rotherham and Colchester but looking at the results I think there may have been a few more!!

Unfortunately, we had ten unknowns in the results. I was sure there weren’t going to be any as run director Dave did check at the beginning and everyone said they had their barcode.  Ok, never mind, maybe next week.  On the plus side we did have all the finish tokens returned, so parkrun will be back next week.

Just one last thing, although I have 107 parkruns under my belt I wouldn’t have been able to this without the help of the volunteers. Without these volunteers I’m afraid that there would be no parkrun and I’m sure you’ll admit they do a sterling job every week.  No job is difficult, I am testament to this as I have managed to do every job that’s listed on the roster. (Except for lead bike and yes, this is a volunteer position as Bushy parkrun).  Full training is given.  So, can I just ask that occasionally, you give something back.  It is very rewarding…..just ask Lewis or any of the ‘Running Wilbury’s’


Andy is your Run Director next week and if you want to help please drop an email to


Emma (pacer – 32 minutes)!



No Token Magpies!


Event #137


It was great to see 216 of you on what was a cool and crisp morning - what I would describe as perfect running conditions.

The hi viz heroes had to brave it out with gloves and hoodies though as the weather was by no means perfect for standing around. A massive thank you to all of the volunteers today, without whom the parkrun would simply not be possible every week: Jean BAKER, Georgina BELL, Lynn ELLIOTT, Leon FOSTER, Andrew HAYLETT, Heather HILL, Roger KENCH, Louise LOWE, Zaheer MAHMOOD, Andy MORRIS, Julie MORRIS, Gemma MORRIS, Teresa PAYNE, Peter Donald SMITH, Laura STANLEY, Matt TAYLOR, Paul TAYLOR, Steve TURNER, Graham WALTON, Wendy WESTON


Although next week’s rota is pretty much full, we could always do with a few more volunteers in the following weeks, and especially for our Christmas Day and New Years Day events. Please email us at . Some roles such as pre-event setup and Tail Walker allow a run credit as well as a volunteer credit - great for those wanting that milestone T shirt! You can see our event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page.
New runners

Andy delivered the new runners briefing today to a large group of first timers and tourists. We welcomed an amazing total of 35 tourists from far afield, including Dublin, York, Manchester , and Long Eaton : Aaron WEBB, Andrew PICK, Andy DOLMAN, Annabel JOHNSON, Barbara JOHNSTON-READ, Carly JONES, Carter WHITLAM, Charlotte WILLIS, Christopher O'DONNELL, Clare FIELDS, Clare MOFFATT, David HORNER, David MEREDITH, David STEPHENS, Eleanor O'DONNELL, Ian SAUNDERS, James STOKES, James WHYSALL, Jean MCADAM, Karen CALLADINE, Karl CHATTERTON, Linda-Claire SMITH, Mandy O'REGAN, Marcus SMITH, Mary-Jane SAGAR, Pete LONG, Peter NEEDHAM, Philip HICKEN, Pippa MEREDITH, Richard KING, Sally SABOURN, Shane SNOW, Steve STODDARD, Suzanne DOLMAN, Victoria OAKTON


The following ran their very first parkrun. We hope its the first of many! Alex MULLISS, Bailey STEAD, Daniel BEALE, Debbie PITCHFORD, Helen MARPLES, Janet HARRISON, Jessie MOFFATT, Kirstie BATTY, Max CHAPMAN, Molly FLANAGAN, Simon HARRISON, Simon MORTON, Tracy BARKER
Start 2

Well, I did say the conditions for running were perfect today, so it was great to see so many of you get a PB. A massive well done to the following : Andrew ELLIOTT, Anna SHEVLIN, Annette BINGHAM, Bethany KITCHER, Caroline SAUNDERS, Daniel HARPHAM, Diane GUNN, Elizabeth EVANS, Emma TWYFORD, Eve CONNOLLY, Fiona GREEN, Fran MOSSMAN, Gemma MORRIS, Gill TAYLOR, Graham VERNON, Heather HILL, Helen COE, Iain KELLAM, James CROWDER, Jay PARNHAM, Jayne GEDNEY, Joel SIDDALL, Jonathan WHITE, Joseph WRIGHT, Julie SCOTT, Kathy BETTNEY, Katie WALTON, Keith HIRST, Lewis CURRAN, Lisa COWELL, Louise PALMER, Lucy HAMES, Martin BROWN, Matthew TOMLINSON, Michael PAYNE, Michelle BIRD, Nigel SAUL, Paul MULLISS, Peter WARING, Robert CORDIN, Roisin MORRIN, Rowan ROBERTS, Ryan WOOD, Sarah TOMLINSON, Shelley TOMBLIN, Sonia HICKEN, Tanya BEIGHTON, Thomas BETTNEY, Vicky HINCHCLIFFE, William TREVES, Zoe THOMPSON
25th volunteer

Now on to the milestones.

Matt TAYLOR reached the 25th volunteer milestone today.

We had two run their 50th parkrun : James CROWDER , and Robert SCRIVEN

We look forward to seeing you in your new milestone T shirts soon!
50th run

Thankfully no finish tokens went missing today - which is just the way we like it as they are expensive to replace. After getting your barcode scanned along with your finish token please remember to hand your token back to the barcode scanner, even if you forgot your barcode - and unforunately 6 of you did today, which means your’e all classed as 'unknown' in the results.


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 here and then print out a new set
Volunteers 2

Are you a tourist , or even a regular here and fancy writing the run report? We always welcome others' perception of our event, and by writing the run report you'll get a volunteer credit as well. Please email us on and we'll add you to the roster.


Dates for your diary

24 November – takeover by ‘The Running Wilbury’s’ including pacers

24 November - after the parkrun at 10:30 we have a first aid course open to everyone. Places are limited though, so if you want to attend please email us at .

Christmas day – an extra event starting at the usual 9am

New Year’s Day – an extra event starting at 1030 (a chance for you to do a parkrun double)

Happy parkrunning


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