Poolsbrook parkrun is cancelled on 20 January 2018: Ice on course

Cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our event today - 20th January due to ice on the course.

 

Safety always comes first and we felt it would not be safe for a large number of runners going over quite a lot of large icy patches.

 

Hopefully the weather will improve and we will be back next week.

 

In the meantime we are looking for volunteers, so if you can help, please let us know on the Poolsbrook parkrun Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com

 

Thank you, Andy & Chris P

 

Warning about tomorrow’s parkrun (20 January 2018)

WARNING - please check the Poolsbrook parkrun facebook page tomorrow morning at 8am to find out if Poolsbrook parkrun will be affected by the weather. Chris P and I will be doing a course check early enough to give you time to make alternative arrangements if needed.

Chris checked the course this afternoon and found a great deal of standing water. If it freezes tonight there would be too much ice for us to either clear / grit or run around. At the moment the Met Office weather forecast says that the temperature won't drop below 1 deg C, however the windchill could cause it to drop as low as -2 deg C which could be a problem.

Water

Fingers crossed, everything will be ok.

Thanks, Andy

 

 

Mike takes the helm

Start lineEvent #96

 

Saturday started early for Poolsbrook parkrun’s newest Run Director, Mike. 0745 in the freezing cold setting up the finish funnel on damp grass. It really was cold at that time, most of us went back to our cars to put on another layer of clothing whilst we were setting up, it’s days like this that test your metal – fortunately we all came through with flying colours.

 

Mark gave this week’s first timers briefing, welcoming 22 people partaking in their first ever parkrun – thank you for choosing Poolsbrook: Cath BADHAM, Clare THOMAS, Danielle BELL, Derry FRENCH, Ema HUNT, Emma COLEMAN, Emma TAYLOR, Gemma BEECHAM, Hannah FEERICK, Hannah HAWKINS, James TAYLOR, Jen TURNER, Kathy DENTON, Katie GOODWIN, Keith HIRST, Lynda GASCOYNE, Millie HIRST, Patryk PRUKOP, Paul WHALLETT, Rachel FLETCHER, Rob LANDER, Sophie BLAKESLEY. We really hope to see you all again next week. NRB

Mark also welcomed parkrun tourists running at Poolsbrook for the first time. A big welcome to Alex GOSNEY, Felix WOODS, Jake SUTHERLAND, Jennifer ELSLEY, Jo JACKSON, Liz LEWIN, Mark BEER, Martyn SHAWCROFT, Paul BEDNALL, Paul CAHILL, Sarah WORTLEY, Todd WOODS.

 

Our new RD Mike, has run at Poolsbrook on 29 occasions and is often joined by members of his family. Mike has volunteered at Poolsbrook parkrun on 44 occasions and covered lots of roles – Run Director, Timekeeper, Results Processor, Barcode Scanning, Pre-event setup, Number Checker, Finish Tokens, Marshal, First Timers briefing, Tail Walker. He is a welcome new member to our small team of Run Directors.

Mike C

Volunteers are the lifeblood of parkrun, it couldn’t operate without them and we are lucky at Poolsbrook to have so many people who are happy to help out each week and we often receive nice comments from visitors about the cheeriness of our marshals. This week our hi-vis heroes were Andrea WALKER • Andy MORRIS • Chris PATTISON • Craig BROOKS • Dawn BROOKS • Giles SEARBY • Gillian CARTER • Gordon HARDING • Jean BAKER • Keith HUDSON • Mark HAZLEHURST • Matt TAYLOR • Mike COLLEY • Paul TAYLOR • Peter Donald SMITH • Phillip DONNELLY • Roger KENCH • Samantha NIX • Victoria COLLEY • William STREET.

 

It was mentioned during the briefing that we are still short of volunteers for the next few weeks so if you can help it would be most appreciated. You can check the forthcoming roster here. if you can help please contact us either by leaving a message on the Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com – thank you.   Volunteers

If you would like to try out a volunteer but feel a bit unsure – contact us for more information, we’d be happy to let you know what each of the role entails – and you can be sure that you will enjoy it (ask any of our volunteers).

 

Despite the difficult conditions 32 of you achieved PBs, congratulations to each one of you.

 

We really do like to hear about your parkrun stories. Do you have a story about your parkrun experience that you would like to share with us ? If so, e-mail us at poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com – it would be great to share more stories with our Poolsbrook parkrun family.
Runners 2Dates for your diary

Please keep an eye on the Poolsbrook parkrun Facebook page to ensure that you are up to date with any announcements including any planned or last minute cancelations (we don’t have any planned until July 2018).

28th January - Staveley junior parkrun starts, more details here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/staveley-juniors/

10th February – our 100th event (more details to follow later

7th April – our 2nd anniversary

7th July – Staveley Armed Forces event in Poolsbrook Country Park – no parkrun on this day.

 

As it’s our 100th event on 10th February, it would be nice to celebrate with a nice big parkrun cake – the question is - would anyone like to volunteer to make one for us ? Let us know on the Facebook page or by e-mailing poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com – thank you Tring pre-run

 

Back to normal

SunEvent #95

 

Well, after the madness of 473 participants on New Years Day, we returned to something like normality with 169 runners, walkers and joggers at Poolsbrook parkrun. Every one of them braved a very cold morning and a course with lots of standing water. In fact, it was so wet that we had to move the finish line lower down on the grass, right next to the path – it was just about the only place where the ground was firm enough.

 

Big thanks go out to our volunteers who stood in the cold damp conditions to ensure that the event was a success. This week we were supported by Andrea WALKER • Andy MORRIS • Chris PATTISON • Gabbie PATTISON • Jean BAKER • Keith HUDSON • Louise LOWE • Matt WILLIAMS • Matthew TURNER • Phillip DONNELLY • Rachel GRZELAK • Roger KENCH • Stephen TURNER • Tina HENSEY • Wendy WESTON • William STREET • Zaheer MAHMOOD. Finished

We are looking good for volunteers for our next event on Saturday 13th January, but after that we are pretty short of volunteers for the next few weeks – so if you can help it would be most appreciated. You can check the forthcoming roster here. if you can help please contact us either by leaving a message on the Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com – thank you.

 

If you would like to try out a volunteer but feel a bit unsure – contact us for more information, we’d be happy to let you know what each of the role entails – and you can be sure that you will enjoy it (ask any of our volunteers).

 

New Year is often a time for resolutions, including getting fit. This week we welcomed 11 people takin g part in their first (and hopefully regular) parkrun. Welcome to Alexander HARRISON, Chris BROOMHEAD, Kevin HARRISON, Matthew KANE, Matthew TURNER, Nicola MILLS, Richard MAUDE, Robyn HARRISON, Thea MILLS, Tim JARVIS, Tom WILDMAN.
NRBWe also welcomed 18 parkrun tourists who took part at Poolsbrook for the first time: Helen WHITELEY, Ian JOHNSON, Mark HARRISON, Zara THOMAS, Edward MEADOWS, James GRUTE, Ian THOMAS, Angela ISAACS, Gwilym HAYES, Maggie VICKERS, Wayne STAPLES, Sam Ian BELLAMY, Kevin STOBBS, Harriet EISNER, Adele MORRIS, Kevin SMITH, Christopher Andrew EVANS, Steve TURVEY.

 

The conditions were not ideal for quick times, but 18 people managed a personal best. Congratulations go out to Aidan GREENWOOD, Andrew BAKER, Archie HUDSON, Ellis HEWITT, Giles SEARBY, Hannah BEARDER, Jonathan TAYLOUR, Joshua PERRY, Kim WALTON, Leanne TINGAY, Leo SENIOR, Mandy VERNON, Nicki SENIOR, Sarah SMITH, Sarah SULLIVAN, Sarah WITHAM, Tania SHELLEY, Travis SENIOR

 

During our first timers briefing we always make a point of asking people to give back the finish tokens at the end of the event, we also have a sign reminding people. This week two tokens went missing – numbers 129 and 157 – if you mistakenly took one of these home, please let us know as we would like to have them back. Contact us on the Facebook page or by e-mailing poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com – thank you. Runners 5

We really do like to hear about your parkrun stories. Do you have a story about your parkrun experience that you would like to share with us ? If so, e-mail us at poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com – it would be great to share more stories with our Poolsbrook parkrun family.
Start

Dates for your diary

 

Please keep an eye on the Poolsbrook parkrun Facebook page to ensure that you are up to date with any announcements including any planned or last minute cancelations (we don’t have any planned until July 2018).

10th February – our 100th event (more details to follow later)

7th April – our 2nd anniversary

7th July – Staveley Armed Forces event in Poolsbrook Country Park – no parkrun on this day.
Tring pre-run

 

 

Records smashed to pieces

Event #94
Theyre offPoolsbrook parkrun regulars will have been astounded by the turnout on New Years Day with an incredible 473 runners, walkers and joggers taking part. This was an increase over our previous attendance record of 289 set last NYD – a 66% increase.

We had anticipated a big turnout and got the expected influx of participants who had been at Graves or Clumber parkruns at 9AM plus a lot of our regulars and all this supplemented by 25 people taking part in their first parkrun ever and 102 tourists who had never run at Poolsbrook before.

Welcome to new parkrunners Chris BREEN, Dale BEACH, Ellie COOK, Hannah BEARDER, Helena GODLEY, Jason HOBSON, Jasper SOUL, Joanne STEWART, Joel BEACH, Jonathan TAYLOUR, Josie STOPPARD, Keeley SPELLER, Liam ASHBURNER, Lilja OSKARSDOTTIR, Lorraine BURROW, Lucy HAMES, Lucy PRICE, Nicola HALL, Rebecca MAGGS, Robert EASTON, Roger BARRETT, Sarah SMITH, Seth LOWE, Shaun LOWE, Thomas WALTON – we hope to see you at Poolsbrook again soon. NRB

The core team had anticipated a big turnout, we had hoped for between 350 and 400, so the actual figure was a very pleasant (if not slightly challenging) surprise. As expected, the car parks filled quickly and we had parking marshals in place to divert people to roadside parking which seemed to work very well. We extended the finish funnel and lengthened the finish straight to help reduce any backlog of finishers collecting finish tokens. The barcode scanning queues were pretty big but no-one was complaining – the spirit was excellent.

 

We actually ran out of finish tokens and used a manual recording system for about the last 30 finishers and were close to the limits of our stopwatches – we did have a contingency plan ready just in case though !

 

There is no doubt that this event would not have gone anywhere near as smoothly if it had not been for our wonderful team of volunteers – and this week we give a big thank you to Alan BROWNE • Andy MORRIS • Carol FICKLING • Chris PATTISON • Gabbie PATTISON • Heather HILL • Jean BAKER • Jenny RHODES • Jim BREIDER • Joanna BINGLEY • Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT • Lisa CANNON • Louise LOWE • Mark HAZLEHURST • Peter Donald SMITH • Phillip DONNELLY • Sandra BREIDER • Sue DAVIES-BECKETT • Sylvia ELLIS • William STREET.
NYD volunteers

As pointed out on NYD, we are pretty short of volunteers for the next few weeks – so if you can help it would be most appreciated. You can check the forthcoming roster here. if you can help please contact us either by leaving a message on the Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com – thank you.

If you would like to try out a volunteer but feel a bit unsure – contact us for more information, we’d be happy to let you know what each of the role entails – and you can be sure that you will enjoy it (ask any of our volunteers).

 

The café was closed on NYD unfortunately but it seems that a good percentage of the participants took advantage of the refreshments laid on by our volunteers and supporters. Thanks very much to everyone who helped out or provided food / drink – it was very much appreciated by everybody. Start line

 

Despite the big crowds, 47 of you managed to achieve personal bests – if this was you, congratulations. A grand total of four age graded records were beaten, well done to Ailiss Nind (VW75-79) who achieved 64.58%, Helen Eberlin (VW70-75) with 80.64%, Megan Wright (VW40-44) with 82.02%, and Innes Wright (JM10) with 77.62%.

 

We congratulated people on achieving milestone runs, this week this was Juniors Charlie Whysall and Lilia Shkul completing their 10th event, and Paul Broughton with his 50th
Finish

We often find lost property at the end of an event – this week someone left a green / blue gym bag behind with clothes in it. If this was you please let us know on the Poolsbrook parkrun Facebook page or by e-mailing us at poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com . We generally hold on to lost property for a few weeks before taking anything in good condition to a charity shop.

 

During our first timers briefing we always make a point of asking people to give back the finish tokens at the end of the event, we also have a sign reminding people. This week two tokens went missing – numbers 211 and 341 – if you mistakenly took one of these home, please let us know as we would like to have them back. Contact us on the Facebook page or by e-mailing poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com – thank you.

 

We always ask our parkrunners if they would like to share their personal parkrun story – this week we hear from Crispin Fisher – this is his story: Crispin

In July 2016 my doctor warned me that if I didn’t lose some weight quickly I was at serious risk of getting diabetes. That night I went out for a relatively short walk but within a couple of weeks I had built up to doing 10,000 steps every day. By December I had destroyed three pairs of walking shoes and I was getting a bit bored with walking so I thought it was time to do a bit more running instead . Having missed the dead-line for a couple of local runs I stumbled across Poolsbrook parkrun and took part in my first run on Christmas Eve 2016. The first run was quite hard going but I still returned for another go on Christmas Day. After taking part in a very wet and cold New Year’s day run I was hooked and I have never looked back.

 

By the end of January I had set myself the goal of trying to complete 50 Parkrun milestone before turning 51 on 6th December. The only parkruns I missed all year were on two Saturdays when I was on holiday in France over the summer. (For some reason the French appear to prefer cycling to running so parkruns have still not really taken off over the channel) I finally completed my 50th parkrun on 2nd December.

 

When I first started doing parkruns it was taking me over 27 minutes to complete the course but after 6 months or so of running every day I managed to get my time below 22 minutes.

 

Whilst most of my parkruns have been at Poolsbrook I have also indulged in a bit of parkrun tourism fitting in runs in Lincoln, Chester, Southport and Leicester around taking my son to University open days up and down the country.

 

 

As well as helping me lose nearly four stone in weight taking part in parkruns has helped me to get very fit and in October of this year I managed to complete my first ever half marathon in a respectable time one hour thirty-nine minutes. I don’t think I would ever have attempted a half-marathon without the confidence I had gained from running week in week out at parkrun.

 

At all the various parkruns I have attended I have been enthused by the friendliness of all the people taking part especially the volunteers who give up their time to ensure that the events run smoothly every week.

The inclusive nature of the parkrun ethos is extremely inspiring and helps to ensure I am up and raring to go every Saturday morning even when the weather is horrible or when my dodgy left knee is giving me jip.  

 

Thanks Crispin. We really do like to hear about your parkrun stories. Do you have a story about your parkrun experience that you would like to share with us ? If so, e-mail us at poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com – it would be great to share more stories with our Poolsbrook parkrun family.

 

 

Dates for your diary

Please keep an eye on the Poolsbrook parkrun Facebook page to ensure that you are up to date with any announcements including any planned or last minute cancelations (we don’t have any planned until July 2018).

10th February – our 100th event (more details to follow later)

7th April – our 2nd anniversary

7th July – Staveley Armed Forces event in Poolsbrook Country Park – no parkrun on this day.

 

It’s all back to normal for the next parkrun – we look forward to seeing many of you again – it’s a great way to start the year. If you enjoy it, why not encourage a friend to come along – remember that parkrun is equally for runners, joggers and walkers as well as our wonderful volunteers.

 

Happy New Year – and here’s to a great 2018 – from all of the Poolsbrook parkrun core team.
Tring pre-run

 

 

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