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.
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.
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:
5k your way
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.
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.
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.
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.
Event number 157
23rd March 2019