Running on the spot !

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Event #132

 

It was an interesting start to the day with the car’s temperature gauge reading 17C on arrival but with a cloudy sky, blustery wind and light rain. Not exactly ideal running conditions, but also not enough to put off the 127 walkers, joggers and runners that took part.

 

Many thanks to the terrific team of volunteers this week, Andy MORRIS • Andy PORTWOOD • Carol Ann WOLSTENHOLME • Cath BADHAM • Chris PATTISON • Ellis HEWITT • Heather HILL • Janet HESLIP • Jean BAKER • Keith HUDSON • Lionel WOLSTENHOLME • Mark HAZLEHURST • Matt TAYLOR • Michael JOEL • Paul TAYLOR • Roger KENCH • Ruth SMITH • Stephen HESLIP • Stephen RUNDELL • William STREET – we couldn’t have done it without you.

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If you would like to give something back to your local parkrun by volunteering, please leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com – we always appreciate your support, and after all – it’s fun to volunteer.

 

Chris was Run Director today, and he failed to tell us that he was volunteering for the 100th time – actually he told us that he didn’t realise ! Well, I for one think that he wanted to share his blushes by announcing it himself – so we’ve asked next week’s RD, Roger to announce it then, and don’t forget to congratulate him.

 

The following 7 people completed their first ever parkrun today Adrienne HOPKINS, Amanda HARBOTTLE, Amber BECKETT, Amelia BECKETT, Clare MCSHANE, Craig SLATER, Russell BARRON – congratulations to all of you – see you next week.

 

Our first time visitors were Alan TONKS, Alix MCKILLOP, Craig SANKEY, David CLARKE, Howard DARWIN, Julie ATKINSON, Lisa BROCKLEHURST, Stephen ORAM – welcome to Poolsbrook parkrun, we hope you enjoyed our event today.

 

We love milestones, and in addition to Chris’s volunteer milestone we had a 50th parkrun from Gwilym HAYES (5 at Poolsbrook). It’s worth also noting that Stephen MOSS is on 49 runs, and both Ivan GLOSSOP and Roy SMITH are on 99 !
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Not surprisingly, the difficult conditions didn’t lend themselves to many PBs, so even greater praise has to be given to those that achieved them this week, Diane OSHEA, Helen TURNER, Martin FINCH, Martyn SHAWCROFT, Mary BOWN, Matthew PRIOR, Nina MORGAN, Richard DOWNES, Sarah SAUNDERS, Shane SAUNDERS, Stuart TURNER, Tilly LAWSON.

It was a bit of a challenge running along the home straight with the wind right in your face it felt like running on the spot, but also a nice change to have the wind with you on the long straight between the bridge and the Erin Road car park – you win some, you lose some !

 

Dates for your diary

  • 27 October – Halloween event – please feel free to take part in Halloween themed fancy dress
  • 24 November – takeover by ‘The Running Wilbury’s’ including some pacers
  • Christmas day – an extra event starting at the usual 9am
  • New Years Day – an extra event starting at 1030 (a chance for you to do a parkrun double)

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For those of you interested in doing a New Years Day ‘double’ you can check out which other parkrun’s will be operating by following this link. Please bear in mind that a lot of parkruns won’t make up their minds until much closer to the date, so keep looking. Note – Clumber have declared for 9AM on NYD and Graves usually do the same (but have not yet declared).

 

Note that we are looking for volunteer for Christmas day and New Years day, if you can help, please let us know in the usual way.

Many thanks to Lionel and Carol for providing the photographs this week.

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Happy International parkrun day

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Event #131

This week we celebrated international parkrun day and the 14th anniversary of the first ever parkrun in Bushy Park. Unfortunately the weather was against us and numbers were down on the last few weeks. However, the 126 walkers, joggers and runners and the 18 volunteers didn’t let the weather stop us from having another great event.

Special thanks to this week’s volunteers who stood in the cold and rain and stayed cheery throughout the morning, we couldn’t have done it without Andy MORRIS • Cath BADHAM • Chris PATTISON • Claire BRACEGIRDLE • Daniel HARPHAM • Ellis HEWITT • Gabbie PATTISON • Gemma MORRIS • Heather HILL • Jean BAKER • Keith HUDSON • Lynn HAZELTON • Mark HAZLEHURST • Michael JOEL • Roger KENCH • Shaun GOODWIN • Teresa PAYNE • William STREET.

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As ever, we need volunteers to keep the event safe, happy and efficient – so please consider volunteering or perhaps encouraging your non-participating family or friends to help us. You can let us know that you would like to volunteer by leaving a message on our Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com . Also, please let us know if you can help out at our extra events on Christmas day and New Years Day (1030 start) as we would like to fill these rosters as soon as possible.

 

We were pleased and proud to show off our trophy and framed certificate which we won at the recent Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire Volunteer Sector Awards (Organisation of the year – small business). The award is for Poolsbrook Volunteers – that includes every one of the 459 different people who have volunteered at Poolsbrook parkrun – thank you to each and every one of you. We took the trophy and framed certificate into the café afterwards to give everyone the chance to see them and perhaps to take a photo with them and we will repeat this again next week so as many of you as possible get the chance to see our award.
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Despite the cold wet weather we welcomed 5 first time parkrunners and we hope that you all return to Poolsbrook parkrun and become regulars. Welcome to Hannah SLACK, Jade SHEPPARD, James TAYLOR, Jay WRIGHT, Stefanie MALIA.   This week we also welcomed first time Poolsbrook parkrun visitors Christine RUNGAPADIACHY, Gemma YOUNG, Gill TAYLOR, Jessica DOBSON, Lynda MILNER, Marie TONKS, Melanie WRIGHT, Paul METHVEN, Peter TONKS, Richard YU. We hope you enjoyed our parkrun and that you return soon.

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I took the helm this week, and you probably all know by now that I love milestones – but for some reason they most often come up when I’m not Run Directing. Well, this week was an exception. Well done to Keith Hudson on volunteering for the 25th time, Keyon Greveson for his 10th run as a junior, and Eve Connolly for her 50th run. We hope to see you in your new milestone shirts very soon.
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The event got underway with the added incentive to get around as quickly as possible and into the warmth of the café. This no doubt contributed to the 22 PBs earned by Allison PREECE, Colin JORDAN, Dan GILLIES, Daniel STANLEY, Elizabeth ELLIOTT, James SILVESTER, Janet HESLIP, John BUSSEY, John LIGHT, Katie WALTON, Kirsty SUTTON, Lauren CRITCHLEY, Lewis CURRAN, Louise THOMPSON, Martin BROWN, Nigel SAUL, Peter O'NEIL, Richard DOWNES, Sasha HERIOT, Shelley TOMBLIN, Stuart COOMBER, William LITTLE. Congratulations to all of you.

 

Another milestone for parkrun was the registration of it’s 5 millionth person and we were lucky enough to see two participants with 5 million+ barcodes this week. It’s amazing how much parkrun has grown and how quickly.   DSC_2679

We would really like to hear from you about your parkrun experience. What made you start ? How has parkrun changed your life ? What do you like about parkrun ? If you would like to share your story please send us a few notes to poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com .

 

Dates for your diary

  • 27 October – Halloween event – please feel free to take part in Halloween themed fancy dress
  • October ? – We are still hoping to hold a paced event this month, date TBA
  • Christmas day – an extra event starting at the usual 9am

New Years Day – an extra event starting at 1030 (a chance for you to do a parkrun double)
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For those of you interested in doing a New Years Day ‘double’ you can check out which other parkrun’s will be operating by following this link. Please bear in mind that a lot of parkruns won’t make up their minds until much closer to the date, so keep looking.   Capture

 

Christmas Day and New Years Day events

Poolsbrook parkrun will once again hold events on both Christmas day and New Years day.

On Christmas day we will start at the usual time of 0900hrs

On NYD we will be starting at 1030hrs to give you time to 'do a double'

 

We hope to see lots of you at these events and if you'd like to offer to volunteer please let us know on our Facebook page or by e-mailing poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com

 

Thanks, Andy

 

Winter is coming, but not just yet

Event #130

It was fantastic to be able to welcome 203 of you to our 130th parkrun event at Poolsbrook on Saturday.

 

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What an amazing sight for the early arrivers at Poolsbrook on Saturday, it was proper mother of dragons stuff, with a ball of fire in the sky making itself seen through the mist.

 

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Your RD was Zaheer who has recovered well after that nasty attack by the wasps last week.  He had an uphill task delivering the runners brief as it sounded like we had a pack of wildings.  Of course dogs are always welcome and we enjoy the occasion.

Here he is in the gloom, looking like someone from the night watch.

 

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The volunteers as always were fantastic on Saturday, lets say well done to the following lovely folk for giving up their time and making Poolsbrook parkrun so enjoyable:

Alan BROWNE , Andy MORRIS , Chris PATTISON , Ellis HEWITT , Gemma HESLIP , Giles SEARBY , Heather HILL , Janet HESLIP , Louis CLARK , Marie CLARK , Michael JOEL , Michael LEES , Nicola SEARBY , Peter THORNTON , Rich PENNEY , Roger KENCH , Ruth SMITH , Sally SCOTT , Sophie WIDDOWSON , Stephen HESLIP , Teresa PAYNE , Tina HENSEY , Travis SENIOR , Zaheer MAHMOOD

If you can help over the next few weeks 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.

 

We love milestones and this week saw 4 Poolsbrook regulars completing their 50th parkrun, a massive well done to:

Andrew FOSTER

Steve TURNER

Susan MONKS

Jenny RHODES

We also had Giles SEARBY carrying out a volunteering role for the 25th time.

Fab stuff and we’re looking forward to seeing those new parkrun t-shirts.

And a special mention to our tourist Vickie HALLAM turning up and running her 343rd parkrun. Wow, well done Vickie.

 

We were able to welcome the following 12 people who were taking part in parkrun for their first time:

Pete HAYWOOD, Jack OSHEA, Diane OSHEA, Keith GREEN, Sarah SAUNDERS, Lisa SAICH, Shane SAUNDERS, Laura KEHOE, Sally WHAPPLINGTON, Donna WOODWARD, Rachel SCHOFIELD, Imelda COLE

And a big welcome to an amazing 16 tourists visiting us today for the first time (some from beyond the wall in the north), here are the visitors:

Cristina MANGRAVITI, David BARKER, Peter O'NEIL, Siobhan HAYES, Ian ATKINSON, Victoria CARTWRIGHT, Shona FIELDING, Niki HOBSON, James BARNETT, Elizabeth PEARCE, Stephen STEWARDSON, George FIELDING, Leah SHORT, Emily CARTWRIGHT, Mark LANGDALE, Vickie HALLAM

A massive welcome to all of our tourists as always, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and would love to see you back here.  Spread the word about what a lovely parkrun we have here.  You first timers, also a massive welcome and we hope to see you back over the coming weeks.

 

So on to PB’s, some of you must be made of pure Valyrian steel, an incredible 43 of you achieved a PB, a big well done to you all:

Alan HOLT, Pina HANNAN, Nigel MASON, Paul WHITTAKER, Gracie PELL, Edward SWANN, Danielle ROBSON, Robert PAGE, Sarah TOMLINSON, Phil THOMPSON, Andy LUNN, Lynn THOMPSON, Henry KAY, Kristian LETTAN, Rose FOX, Marie HEWITT, Kirsty SUTTON, Emma HOLT, Simon TOMLINSON, Jackie TOMLINSON, Dean MCLAUGHLIN, Jon GOODRICK, Richard DOWNES, Helen COE, Tom TOPHAM, Shelley TOMBLIN, Keith HIRST, Michael BURR, Nicola CHAPLEN, Alison CARFORD, Richard METTAM, Tilly LAWSON, Sarah KENCH, Chris PAYNE, Katherine BOON, Sarah MILLS, Gwilym HAYES, Heather HILL, Jack HEARNSHAW, Crispin FISHER, Nigel SAUL, Kevin DALE, Phil HUGHES-NARBOROUGH

 

Once again it was a joy to be on the finish line and watching you all cross it with big smiles on your faces as you won your individual battles,  Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.

 

 

Now on to Barcodes, unfortunately there were 6 of you that did not have your 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 here and then print out a new set

 

There has been another milestone this week as Poolbrook parkrun passed 2,500 registrations, wow together we are growing strong.  So come along on a Saturday, but  #DNFYBC

 

Sadly we can no longer refer to Roger as the breaker of watches.  We had another watch pass away this week and its difficult to blame Roger on this occasion as he was in Switzerland.

 

Have you caught on to the mystery of the painted stones?  There are some lovely painted stones being left at parkrun on a regular basis.  Have a look out for them and then hide them in a different location, but don’t forget to post a picture of them on the facebook page chesterfield uk rocks

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Many of you will know that Poolsbrook parkrun has been nominated in the 2018 Chesterfield Volunteer Sector Awards.  A proud moment for us all.  The ceremony will be held at the Pomegranate Theater on Wednesday 3rd October, whilst it can be said that the night is dark and full of terrors, we are all hoping for a happy night for our lovely parkrun.

 

 

Another part of parkrun that I love is when people offer up their own words and motivation about why they do parkrun and what they get from it.  Here are some words from your RD on Saturday Zaheer:

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I quite often get asked the question 'Why Poolsbrook?' when, living in Sheffield it's not even my closest parkrun!

 

Well, apart from escaping the hills of Sheffield, the truth is, I ended up here quite by accident. The majority of my first 50 parkruns were a mixture of Sheffield Hallam and Graves - where I got to know a great bunch of people and I would volunteer occasionally myself.

 

A few regulars at Graves were involved in the setting up of a new parkrun near Chesterfield and I was asked to come along to the test event one cold evening.

 

It was interesting to see the set up of a new parkrun event. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming even though I did come a distant last in the test event!!

 

Although I missed the inaugural Poolsbrook parkrun due to illness I kept coming back over the next few weeks and months as I'd already gotten to know one or two regulars who had moved over from Graves.

 

I am now RD at Poolsbrook thanks in no small part to the encouragement given by the friendly core volunteers. I have done most of the roles - none of which is too taxing or complicated. I volunteer whenever I am injured or have a race on the Sunday. Almost 4 years since my first parkrun I have found that volunteering is just as rewarding as a run.

 

To me, parkrun is not just a run, but a great way to meet some new people and friendly faces on a Saturday morning! These days, if I am not running or volunteering at Poolsbrook I am usually touring and trying out another parkrun elsewhere - I've already run 32 different parkruns and hope to get my 50 soon.

 

Thanks for those words Zaheer

 

 

 

Next parkrun day sees Andy take the helm again.  We have  reasonable rota, but 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.

 

Oh, and rememberwhen you play the game of thrones, you win or you die, but when you do parkrun you just have a great time.  If you’ve spotted whats going on then there are 10 to catch (song titles are easier).

 

Poolsbrook parkrun Event number 130

29 September 2018

Happy parkruning - Chris

 

 

Mama Mia – A Great Parkrun Today

#Event Number 129

Roger was your trusty RD on Saturday on a lovely morning at Poolsbrook , I would suggest almost perfect conditions for a run. Not warm and a little overcast with just a bit of breeze, although hopefully we have not said so long to the warm sunny days just yet.

For Zaheer it was a poor start to the day as he was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a particularly nasty wasp, resulting in a painful sting. The wasps were troublesome up at the café before the run.

The good news was Zaheer was fine to give the new runners brief where we welcomed folk who were new to parkrun and others that were new to Poolsbrook.

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Included was Charles Worth from Bushy Park who was joining us for his 399th parkrun – wow. Charles has been running them for 10 years chalking up this remarkable tally.

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The volunteers were all fantastic today as I’m sure you will agree, a big thank you to the following folk giving up their time to make Poolsbrook parkrun so enjoyable:

Alan BROWNE, Andrew PAGE, Andy MORRIS, Carol Ann WOLSTENHOLME, Chris PATTISON, Glenis WILSON, Heather HILL, Iain ROBERTSON, Janet HESLIP, Jean BAKER, Keith HUDSON, Lee GIBBS, Lynne SARGEANT, Michael JOEL, Mike COLLEY, Roger KENCH, Ruth SMITH, Sandra LEES, Shaun GOODWIN, Teresa PAYNE, William STREET, Zaheer MAHMOOD

And a special thank you to Carol who once again took some fantastic pics of you all on the run. If you haven’t seen them yet the pop over and have a look you’ll find the link on our FB page.

If you can help over the next few weeks 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 ( I mean if I can do it then anyone can ).
We love milestones and this week saw Gary Spencer completing his 100th parkrun (68 at Poolsbrook). Well done Gary.

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We were able to welcome the following 14 people who were taking part in parkrun for their first time:

Craig PAYNE, Graham ADAMS, Lewis BATTY, Hannah MACKENZIE, Joseph OYEDEPO, Rebecca HEGARTY, Katie WALTON, Katie GEE, Kirsty LITTLER, Jason MOORE, Karena MOORE, Callum MOORE, Reese JOHNSON, Hayley DREW

And a big welcome to an amazing 8 tourists visiting us today for the first time, here are the visitors:

Ellie BIGGS, Joanne GEE, Lisa COWELL, Julie SCOTT, John WRIGHT, Daniel PATRICK, Terry QUIGLEY, Charles WORTH

A massive welcome to all of our tourists as always, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and would love to see you back here. Spread the word about what a lovely parkrun we have here, Poolsbrook says come along and take a chance on me. You first timers, also a massive welcome and we hope to see you back over the coming weeks.

 

Gimme Gimme Gimme a PB. Now I did say that there were good conditions for running didn’t I (some of you may notice that I feel every day is a good one for running), well hats off to the following folk on achieving PB’s today, there are 50 of you … yes 50 wow, well done:

 

Thomas BETTNEY, William TREVES, Amanda STANLEY, Kathy BETTNEY, John BATTY, Mark MCLEAN, Chris PIDCOCK, Debbie PITCHFORD, Jade PIDCOCK, Jane JOHNSON, Gemma MORRIS, Andrew Christopher WRIGHT, Phil THOMPSON, Andy LUNN, Debs RILEY, Henry KAY, Olga CHARLESWORTH, Matthew BOYMAN, Christine WRIGHT, Daniel NORMAN, Julie MARSDEN, Dean LUCAS, Callum HIGTON, Michelle DYER, Laura STANLEY, Kirsty DENTON, Paul BEDNALL, Elinor LUNN, Jay PARNHAM, Malachi BAKER-HUNT, Keith HIRST, Andrew PIDCOCK, Richard Peter ROTHWELL-JACKSON, Nicola SEARBY, Ian EDMUNDSON, Louise TURNER, Jasmin GREVESON, Daniel STANLEY, Diane HULBERT, Sarah KENCH, Martin EVANS, Dave HULBERT, Alison TAYLOR, Matthew BROWN, Chris NICKSON, Louis CLARK, Samantha WEATHERALL, Crispin FISHER, Nigel SAUL, Andy PORTWOOD

They say the winner takes it all, well you were all winners today for sure.

Its not just about PB’s though, it is clear to anyone on the finish line that there are different reasons for doing what you are all doing and the sense of achievement is lovely to see.

 

You will all know the benefits of a good warm up, maybe a slow jog or a bit of a stretch, well here’s how the Morris family warm up …

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Not too sure that’s how its done, but having said that, Gemma is on the list above so well done Gemma, and Julie came close. So maybe just maybe its worth a go next week.

 

Now on to Barcodes, unfortunately there were 9 of you that did not have your 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 here and then print out a new set

 

So remember, its not a question of money money money, parkrun is and always will be free, the name of the game is all you need is yourself and your barcode. #DNFYBC

But also, please please give us our barcodes back. We have lost a few over recent weeks and another this week. Can we put an SOS out for our barcodes please, if you do come across one in your pocket or somewhere, then please return it at some point. It makes our role harder as we have to make sure they are there, make up new ones where they are missing and also it costs us money to replace them.

 

Next parkrun day sees Zaheer take the helm again. We have a reasonable rota, but 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.

Oh, if you’ve spotted whats going on then there are 9 to spot. There would have been 10, but I just couldn’t fit in when I kissed the teacher.

 

Poolsbrook parkrun
Event number 129
22 September 2018

Happy parkruning - Chris

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