Poolsbrook parkrun 1 – Erik 0

Event #151

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226 of you (and 26 hardy volunteers) braved storm Erik and it was clearly Poolsbrook parkrun 1 – Erik 0. Well done everyone on some great performances on Saturday, in spite of some pretty strong gusts (45mph according to the BBC). A few local parkruns had to cancel so we were thankful that we felt it was safe, although a little challenging of course.

 

Our volunteers were as always simply amazing, a massive thank you to the following:

Jean BAKER, Craig BROOKS, Dawn BROOKS, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Ellie FACER, Hannah HARESIGN, Mark HAZLEHURST, Heather HILL, Keith HUDSON, Rhiannon HUMBERSTONE, Michael JOEL, Roger KENCH, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Gabbie PATTISON, Michael PAYNE, Teresa PAYNE, Andy PORTWOOD, John PROFFITT, Rowan ROBERTS, Lindsey RODGERS, Nicola SEARBY, Sara SHAW, William STREET, Graham WALTON, Halle WIGNELL-BOOT

 

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.

 

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We all love milestones at parkrun, this week I was very happy that we had the following great achievements:

• Hannah SHARPE of Clowne RRC achieved her 50th parkrun, 28 of them being at Poolsbrook and got a PB to boot.
• Angela BARNSTON of North Derbyshire RC achieved her 50th parkrun, 35 of them being at Poolsbrook.
• Oskar WOODS of Worksop Harriers & AC achieved his 50th parkrun, 15 of them being at Poolsbrook. Worth noting that Oskar has achieved this at 9 years of age.

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We were also all chuffed that Teresa Payne has achieved her 25th volunteer role also. Teresa can be found at the start of the hill towards the finish line each Saturday and has been known to give the odd hug or two 

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We welcomed 5 of you starting off your parkrun career at Poolsbrook:

Lorraine MURPHY, Rachael PRIEST, Julian SKINNER, Lindsey HEWITT, Terry BARNETT

 

And a big Poolsbrook welcome to the massive number of 35 tourists visiting us for the first time:

Elizabeth CROSS, Deborah GOTT, Nerea PAJARES, Sam GILSON, Torin William CHAMBERS-SMITH, Joshua WRAGG, Chris WRAGG, Daniel BASTIMAN, David BASTIMAN, Ian ADAM, Timothy LEMMON, Mike RODGERS, Emma RODGERS, Malcolm LEMMON, Elizabeth POWELL, Max NEWMAN, Alex ADAM, Joel KERRIGAN, Harry WHITEHOUSE, Emma GILES, Ptolemy LEE, Dale BLOOMER, Ian GIBSON, Matthew TINSLEY, Paul POWELL, Sarah POWELL, Louise WHITEHOUSE, Paul BEAL, Dean HAGUE, Cheryl LEE, Adam LEE, Penelope ROBERTS, Sandra WISE, Michael WISE, Sam AINSCOUGH

 

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.

 

I did mention in the pre run brief that it was a perfect day for running (every day is of course…), there were a few wry smiles considering the wind, but then 32 of you got PB’s. That’s a fantastic achievement considering those conditions. We were greeted by a rainbow before the start, clearly an omen

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There was a suggestion about putting wind assist against each of these runs, but some of you managed to convince us that it was indeed a hard run out there.  So doubly well done to these folk getting PB’s:

 

Cheryl GRAY, Chris SHARPE, Laura CATHERWOOD, Sarah HICKEY, Catherine GALLOWAY, Sophie WHEAT, Charlotte BULLAS, Richard BREWSTER, Alexandra DECK, Nicola ROBINSON, Lucy CURTIS, Georgia WRIGHT, Rachael WOOD, Aimee DRAPER, Scott DRAPER, Nicola MILLS, Martyn WHITLEY, Annette BINGHAM, Teresa MOSS, Helen WATSON, Gareth HARDWICK, Sarah WALTON, Freya LOWE, Todd WOODS, Alice DAVIES, James WILSON, Hannah SHARPE, Julie CARROLL, Euan CARROLL, Alan TONKS, Kevin DALE, Thomas HAZLEHURST

 

Regarding Barcodes, we had 6 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 here and then print out a new set

 

It looks like folk are doing well with the New Year resolutions. The attendance to Poolsbrook is looking good this year, and we haven’t dipped below 200 I’m chuffed to say. That’s testimony to what a wonderful parkrun we have and all of your efforts, its great to see you coming back week after week.

 

Did anyone notice that the youngsters stole the day today, with 3 juniors in the top 5 – wow.
Lovely to see Joshua WRAGG of Rotherham Harriers & AC cross the line in 17:52. Well done Joshua.

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Next week promises to be another great parkrun when Roger breaker of watches will have the helm. Come along, we’ve laid on a mild sunny morning, its going to be great.

 

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.

 

Poolsbrook parkrun
Event number 151
09 February 2019

Happy parkruning - Chris

 

Poolsbrook parkrunners beat the cold

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Event #150

Today was our 150th event *cheers & applause* and I’m sure that lot’s of us thought that it might not go ahead with all of the weather warnings and other parkrun cancellations. But we were having none of that; an early inspection by Mark & Chris identified that the surface was covered in a light layer of snow, but it was still compact without being too slippery and a decision to proceed was posted on our Facebook page at 7:47am – thanks guys for going out early to do this.

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By the time that Gemma and I arrived at Poolsbrook (about 8am) Michael, Jess and Graham had already set up most of the course and Poolsbrook Country Park was looking magnificent. Our location always looks lovely, but today it showed itself at it’s very best. It seemed that hundreds of birds agreed with us including a large number of black headed and black backed gulls, mallard and tufted ducks, Greylag and Canada geese, Moorhens and Coots, a few Great Crested Grebes, and the usual Heron. Did you see any other types of birds on the pond yesterday ?

It’s always great to have lots of volunteers and especially so when we have to use more marshals on the course. Yesterday we placed marshals on the one patch of ice that was of concern to us, and the report that I had back was that no-one had slipped on the ice at all, so I guess it must have worked. Thank you to everyone who volunteered yesterday, namely: Alfie WALTON • Andrew PAYNE • Andy BATTLEY • Andy MORRIS • Chris PATTISON • Fiona CRITCHLOW • Gabbie PATTISON • Giles SEARBY • Graham WALTON • Halle WIGNELL-BOOT • Heather HILL • Jess JOEL • Keith HUDSON • Louis CLARK • Louise LOWE • Marie CLARK • Mark HAZLEHURST • Michael JOEL • Paul TAYLOR • Roger KENCH • Ruth SMITH • Teresa PAYNE. As ever, I received some lovely feedback about our supportive volunteers – we really are a happy bunch.

There is never any pressure for anyone to take a turn at volunteering, in fact it should be the other way around as volunteering is rewarding. According to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) some of the benefits of volunteering include~:
• Feeling valued & part of a team
• Gaining confidence & self-esteem
• Gaining new skills, knowledge & experience
• Enhancing a CV
• Meeting new people & making friends
• A chance to socialise

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In addition to this there are potential benefits to our mental health. According to an article by the Charity Times, psychology & health research is beginning to show that volunteering can provide:
• A sense of purpose
• Improved cognitive function
• Reduced levels of stress (particularly if you are outdoors amongst nature)
• A sense of achievement & meaning
• A sense of purpose & improved quality of life
• Increased confidence

I could go on, but it seems that the research that has been undertaken is clear and I for one can validate it’s claims. Even when times are tough (possibly even more so in fact) volunteering can make you feel good about yourself.

So, not only are you helping to make other people happy, you are also helping yourself – what’s not to like about volunteering !

With that in mind, Poolsbrook friends, if you would like to reap these rewards along with the adulation of our walkers, joggers and runners then there is always plenty of opportunity to volunteer at Poolsbrook parkrun or our sister Staveley junior parkrun. This is how you do it:

1. Check out our future rosters, Poolsbrook, staveley junior
2. Choose a role that you would like to do or perhaps you don’t mind which role
3. Contact us to offer to volunteer, you can do this on our Facebook pages (Poolsbrook, Staveley junior) or via e-mail (Poolsbrook@parkrun.com , Staveleyjuniors@parkrun.com)
4. We will then add you to the roster for the week and role of your choice

So, the weather didn’t stop our 22 volunteers today or our 270 walkers, joggers and runners and we promise to always try our best to ensure that our parkrun goes ahead and will only cancel if we feel that the risk to participants is unacceptable bearing ion mind the range of abilities of the Poolsbrook parkrun family.

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How about some statistics ? Come on, you know I like numbers ! Check these out:

In 150 events we have seen:
• 5,397 different participants
• 25,984 runs completed
• 524 different volunteers
• 2,665 volunteer occasions
• 129,920km walked, jogged & run (37% of the distance to the moon, 3.25 times around the Earth)
• Our quickest times were 15:59 for men (Harry Holmes), 18:35 for women (Michelle Wilcocks)
• We have averaged 56% male, 44% female participants
• We have seen 5,266 personal bests achieved
• Attendance has increased year on year (see graph)
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It will be interesting to see what happens during the course of the next 150 events – any predictions ?

So, onto today’s event. Knowing that a number of other local events had been cancelled due to ice, we were expecting quite a few visitors. At about 8.45am it suddenly started to look like we were going to get a very big turnout – the main car park was full and cars were turning around to look for other spaces. Chris and I took on the roles of car park marshals and redirected newly arriving traffic to alternative parking on the verges, the industrial estate and Erin Road car park. However, the flow of traffic went from a steady stream to very little in no time at all. The result was that we had a good turnout without it being a crazy turnout ! In fact, it was the tenth highest turnout that we have had so far. You will be pleased to know that we had a contingency plan should the turnout have been much larger.

Mark was in charge today after his trip to far flung parkruns and he greeted a terrific total of 15 first time parkrunners and 24 first time Poolsbrook parkrun tourists. As you know, we always like to namecheck first timers, so here goes: Charlotte BULLAS, Cheryl GRAY, Chris CAINE, Chris SHARPE, Clare SMITH, David PRATT, Joe RILEY, Kieran ALLANSON, Laura CATHERWOOD, Luke SMITH, Martin COOPER, Nick HINCHLEY, Thomas BURNHAM, William BURNHAM, William COOPER. The first time is the hardest time, making that first step to attend your first parkrun. We really do look forward to seeing you again next week and at future events.

As for our first time visitors, welcome from all of the Poolsbrook parkrun family. Arron LARKIN, Danielle SMART, Dougal CRISP, Helen SAUNDERS, Kelvin RAMPTON, Ken WALKER, Kim THOMPSON, Laura JONES, Lisa TWIGG, Lynda CAVANAGH, Margaret KEELING, Matthew JAGO, Nick LUKE, Peter MOXON, Rebecca HUNT, Rebecca MARSDEN, Richard SHIPSTON, Simon FORD, Simon JONES, Stephen HALLAM, Stephen SMITH, Stephen WINTERTON, Vicki HALLAM, Vicky WILLIAMS.

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We had a glut of 50th parkruns today, many congratulations to Daniel STANLEY, Helen WARD-WILLIAMS, Helen DAVIES, Janet HESLIP, Glenis WILSON, Sarah KENCH. That’s six bright new red parkrun 50 shirts that we hope to see back at Poolsbrook very soon.

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Kieran ALLANSON was first to finish and what stands out about this result is that he is a parkrun first timer – what a way to start ! In addition to this, Steel City Strider Luke SMITH our third person home, was also a parkrun first timer – what a result.

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    Dates for your diary

6th April - Poolsbrook parkrun’s 3rd Birthday – we will celebrate (more info to follow)
July 13th - Staveley Armed Forces weekend – there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun on this day

    Weather watch

Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and our webpage for any warnings about possible cancelations due to bad weather at this time of the year. We will always do our best to ensure that the event goes ahead but we won’t proceed if there is any danger to participants.

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Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB!

Event #149

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On the final parkrun day in January, we welcomed 246 runners.
 

Firstly, a massive thank you to the following volunteers, without whom the event would not be possible every week:
 

Jean BAKER, Georgia BALL, Crispin FISHER, Daniel HARPHAM, Tina HENSEY, Ellis HEWITT, Roger KENCH, Gemma MORRIS, Andy MORRIS, Gabbie PATTISON, Chris PATTISON, Teresa PAYNE, Andy PORTWOOD, William STREET, Steve TURNER, Graham WALTON, Alfie WALTON, Anne Elizabeth WELCH, Halle WIGNELL-BOOT, Zaheer MAHMOOD.

 

Some of them are shown here:

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We could always do with volunteers in future weeks though, so If you are not running for whatever reason, or just fancy having a look at behind the scenes, how we make things happen in the background, why not give it a go? No role is too taxing, and full training is always given – plus you get to meet a wonderful bunch of people as well! So if you’d like to help – leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us on poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com . If you have a preference for a role let us know, and also let us know your athlete number please (printed on your personal barcode).
 

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Andy was the run director for today – and he finally got to shout out for some milestones! Congratulations to Giles SEARBY, Louise LOWE, Dave HULBERT, and Sara SHAW for reaching their 50 milestone! Thanks in particular to Giles for the cakes and we look forward to seeing all of you soon in your new 50 T-shirts!
 

Today we welcomed a these people to their first ever parkrun :
 

Alfie WALTON, Andrew THOMPSON, Ashleigh STACEY, Devon HUXLEY- WORN, Donna MARCHETTA, Evie PARKIN, Hannah RODEN, John MORTON, Richard BREWSTER, Sophie WARNER
 

It was also great to see a few tourists visiting Poolsbrook for the first time today:
 

Alison REED, Catherine MCKEE, Clark ALLUM, David SHAW, Gavin SANDERSON, Jay STOCKS, John R HARRISON, Juliet HARRISON, Lindsay PALMER, Lucy LYNCH, Mairi FARQUHARSON, Tracey LAMBERT
 

The following so many of you achieving a PB today:
 

Alice CONNOLLY, Amanda WING, Andrew MARSDEN, Annette BINGHAM, Astra MORGAN, Clare MCSHANE, David STEPHENS, Diane GUNN, Diane OSHEA, Dominic BARKER, Emma HAZEL, Garry ALLEN, Giles SEARBY, Helen PARRY, Ian CULLINGTON, Ian PARRY, James CROWDER, James FOX, Jane TUPLING, Janice DICKSON, Jason CRABB, Jason MARRIOTT, Jez CRITCHLOW, Jonathan ELWICK, Jonathan THACKRAY, Keith HIRST, Louis CLARK, Lucy CURTIS, Marc WALKER, Martin MCSHANE, Matt SELLARS, Matthew BOYMAN, Nichola AYRES, Nick NEWMAN, Nicola CHAPLEN, Nicola MILLS, Nicola ROBINSON, Richard NASH, Rob HOPEWELL, Sally SMITH, Stephen PHILLIPS, Steven LITTLE, Stuart NESBIT, Victoria DAVIS, Wayne CHURCH, William TREVES, Zoe Adele WARD
 

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Also, a reminder that at parkrun we have a ‘no barcode no time’ rule. This means, that whilst you are welcome to take part in the run, if you don’t have your barcode then you won’t get an official time. This deserves a special mention this week, because the 1st finishing runner today will forever be listed as ‘unknown’ because they forgot their barcode!!
 

Next week (2nd February) will be our 150th event. If you have one, then please don’t forget to wear your parkrun shirt!
 

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More dates for your diary
 

6th April - Poolsbrook parkrun’s 3rd Birthday – we will celebrate (more info to follow)
 

July 13th - Staveley Armed Forces weekend – there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun on this day
 

Finally, it’s that time of year when the weather can be a tad unpredictable. We will do our best to make any decisions as early as possible, so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for any possible cancellations.
 
Happy parkrunning

ZAHEER

 

Zaheer

 

50th celebrations

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Event #148

Well, it was most unusual to celebrate a double 50th milestone when not only were they husband and wife, but one was for their 50th parkrun and the other for their 50th birthday. To clarify, Poolsbrook regular volunteer Michael Joel has reached his half century of years whilst his wife has done the same but in parkruns – congratulations to both of you, and thanks to Michael for doing the pre-event setup before we started. Oh, and of course, thank you to both of you for the cakes – they went down very well indeed.

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On the theme of volunteering, many thanks this week go out to Alfie WALTON • Andy BATTLEY • Andy MORRIS • Chris PATTISON • Daniel HARPHAM • Gabbie PATTISON • Gemma MORRIS • Graham WALTON • Jean BAKER • Jess JOEL • Judith SATCHELL • Keith HUDSON • Louise LOWE • Michael JOEL • Mike COLLEY • Paul SATCHELL • Peter Donald SMITH • Roger KENCH • Teresa PAYNE • Wendy WESTON • William STREET for making it all happen.

As you all know by now, we need volunteers each week to put our parkrun on, so if you’d like to help – leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us on poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com . If you have a preference for a role let us know, and also let us know your athlete number please (printed on your personal barcode).

This week I was photographer again and also did the new runners briefing along with my daughter Gemma who just loves being asked to explain aspects of our parkrun to visitors (well, she says she doesn’t but I reckon she does really). In fact it was my 200th time volunteering, doesn’t time fly ? It was great to welcome 15 people who undertook their first ever parkrun and let’s hope that we see them again every week. So, hello to Martin SCOFFINGS; Max MOSCARDINI, Jay NEWBOLD, Garry ALLEN, Andy WARNER, Melanie LUCAS, Emily SWIFT, Catherine GALLOWAY, Sophie WHEAT, Matt SELLARS, Harley-Jo WALTERS, Leah WRIGHT, Andy BROOKS, Evie NELSON, Lucy CURTIS.

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We always like to greet tourists to Poolsbrook parkrun, this week there were 22 of them, we do hope that you all enjoyed our lovely country park.

Mike was Run Director this week, and he did his best to keep the pre-run briefing as brief as possible so you could all set off and start getting warm while you walked, jogged or ran. In fact 204 of you completed the 5km this week, this is a pretty good turnout considering the weather warnings – thank you to everyone who took part.

A good number of you managed to achieve personal best times, in fact 38 of you completed the event faster than you have ever done before – congratulations to all of you.

I’ve already mentioned a few milestones and there were no more official ones to report, so here’s a few unofficial ones:

10 parkruns - Livvy FRIEND-SPENCER, Matthew BOYMAN, Ryan WOOD, Caroline JONES, Rachel SCHOFIELD, Stephen MOSS, Pete NEWBOLD, Gareth HARDWICK, Amanda STANLEY
25 parkruns - Laura STANLEY
150 parkruns - Jessica PEMBERTON
200 parkruns - Amanda WALLIS

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What do you think Giles was doing in this picture (above) - let us have your thoughts !!!

And, just so they don’t forget – these people are on 49 parkruns - Giles SEARBY, Helen WARD-WILLIAMS, Sara SHAW – anyone for a 50th next week ?

If you are celebrating a milestone – please let us know in advance so that we can give you a mention in the pre-run briefing.

Dogs

Just a friendly reminder to everyone that only dogs on short leads are allowed to take place at parkrun. Here is a reminder of parkrun rules on the subject: ‘Please keep your dog under firm control at all times, either on a short lead or a harness with a short lead, and take extreme care to avoid tripping other runners.’

 

we love to hear from you, if you have a story please contact us.

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Most of you will know Jean who is always there handing out finish tokens and of course making her usually very accurate estimate of the number of parkrunners as they pass her for the first time. Well, this week Jean has put pen to paper about her volunteering – thank you Jean from everyone at poolsbrook parkrun.

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Sometimes on a Saturday when it's cold and wet I wonder why I am about to set off for the parkrun. I am on my own and although I have good friends I am very reluctant to make the effort to go out so my son, Damian, who is a runner suggested I gave Poolsbrook a try as it needed volunteers as well as runners. I marshalled for about 3 months but as my ankle isn't what it should be by the time I got back to the finish there was hardly anyone there and I didn't go in the café and just came home. I told Damian there was no social side to it for me so was giving up but he suggested I tried something else which is how I came to start handing out tokens and have now done that over 100 times. I started counting the runners as a bit of fun and now others do it too. Mind you Andy will tell you I was once 100 out. I mainly only miss if Damian is home and he has dragged me out to catch a 6am train to a different parkrun. I then make up for missing one by helping at the Junior parkrun on the Sunday. I have made a lot of new friends now and of course I am straight into the cafe afterwards. Special mention to Heather, Roy and Ruth who will always have the coffees in and have found a table for us to sort the tokens back onto the string.
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Dates for your diary
February 2nd - 150th event. Please wear your parkrun shirt (if you have one). We hope to run the route in reverse.
6th April - Poolsbrook parkrun’s 3rd Birthday – we will celebrate (more info to follow)
July 13th - Staveley Armed Forces weekend – there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun on this day

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Weather watch
Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and our webpage for any warnings about possible cancelations due to bad weather at this time of the year. We will always do our best to ensure that the event goes ahead but we won’t proceed if there is any danger to participants.

 

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This is why we love Poolsbrook parkrun

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Event #147

Today I didn’t feel well enough to run, so I chose to volunteer as a photographer. This meant getting my old Nikon DSLR out of it’s dusty bag, recharging it’s battery and reminding myself how to use it again ! The result was around 250 photographs (which took hours to edit !) showing so many happy faces, such a diverse group of people coming together to share our wonderful event. This is why I love Poolsbrook parkrun, and parkrun in general, it’s the coming together of people from all backgrounds and abilities. We have people who come to run fast times, some come to beat their own PB, some come along for their weekly exercise and some come for the social side of the event – all are equally welcome and all are equally supported.

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21 volunteers made it all happen this week, many thanks to Alfie WALTON • Anastasija TURNER • Andrew LITTLE • Andy BATTLEY • Andy MORRIS • Andy PORTWOOD • Chris TURNER • Gemma MORRIS • Graham WALTON • Jean BAKER • Jonathan HEATHFIELD • Julie HEATHFIELD • Keith HUDSON • Laura STANLEY • Roger KENCH • Shaun GOODWIN • Steve TURNER • Teresa PAYNE • Wendy WESTON • William STREET • Zaheer MAHMOOD.
If you would like to volunteer you can leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com – everyone’s support is very much welcomed.

Once again it was a tremendous turnout following previous year’s trends of high numbers of first timers in the first few weeks after New Year, let’s hope those New Year’s resolutions hold ! 273 of you took part by walking, jogging or running today of which 38 were at Poolsbrook parkrun for the first time and of these 16 were parkrun first timers. So a big welcome is due to Astra MORGAN, Chloe BYERS, Dorte PRIOR, Emma HAZEL, Ian CULLINGTON, Janice DICKSON, Jason MARRIOTT, Jonathan BYERS, Joshua NELSON, Mandy MANSON, Marc WALKER, Mel DORNA, Nazir HASSEN, Nicola ROBINSON, Rob HOPEWELL, Zoe Adele WARD. Congratulations on your first parkrun and let’s hope that it’s the first of many.

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Welcome also to first time Poolsbrook parkrun tourists Alan THOMPSON, Alex STEPHENS, Clive HAYWARD, George FULLERTON, Graeme SCANDRETT-SMITH, Gregan CLARKSON, Guy LAMBERT, James HOLDEN, Jennifer BENSELIN, Jo MARSDEN, John KILCOYNE, Julia LAGOU, Lily MARSDEN, Lindsay HOULDEN-STOPPS, Matt JOHNSON, Melissa SHAW, Paul TIBBLE, Paula THACKER, Robert Andrew JONES, Samantha TEBBUTT, Sarah CLARK, Steve ROBINSON – we hope that you enjoyed your run and thank you to those of you that gave us such lovely feedback.

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Matt Taylor completed his 100th parkrun, 96 of these have been at Pooolsbrook, he has also volunteered on 26 occasions at Poolsbrook parkrun – thanks Matt. Matt has put together a few words following his milestone:
Today was my 100th parkrun today, many at Poolsbrook. It’s become such a routine over the last two and a half years that I don’t get the pre event nerves I used to but today they came back. I remember thinking on the first few events that a 100 would be a great achievement and since then my running journey has been a long and winding road mostly shaped by the people I have met and now call friends.
I still find it amazing how inclusive parkrun is and the friendliness of the volunteers and runners is incredible. A credit to all. Whether you are just starting the parkrun journey or a seasoned veteran you all make it a great place to visit every Saturday morning. Also being in the hi viz a lot really does put it into perspective and I encourage anyone to do it at least once, it’s almost as good as a PB. I can’t wait to see many more of you achieve your milestones. Thank you for 100 great runs and hopefully a 100 more.

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Matt Taylor

If you would like to share your story with your fellow parkrunners, e-mail a few words to us at poolsbrookoffice@parkrun.com – we really would love to hear from you.

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Another milestone achieved was for Chris who did his 50th stint at Run Directing. You will see Chris and his partner Anastasjia at Staveley junior parkrun every Sunday where they are Event Directors and frequent Run Directors.

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38 of you managed to set a new personal best time and I know that a few of you have been setting PBs for a number of consecutive weeks, this is a tremendous feat. Congratulations to those that got a PB John MERCER, Jade SHEPPARD, Anne BATTY, Edward CRITCHLOW, Jez CRITCHLOW, Christine MERCER, Connor DRAPER, Thomas DRAPER, Scott DRAPER, Amanda WING, Victoria DAVIS, Neil YEWMAN, Hollie SHEPPARD, Darren LONGMATE, Martyn WHITLEY, Gabriel BAKER-HUNT, Joseph OYEDEPO, Imelda COLE, Mark JAMES, Aimee CARRACK, Alison LEWISHILL, Jason CRABB, Georgia MARSDEN, Keith GREEN, Noah VAN HOOREBEEK, Kirsty DENTON, Gemma MORRIS, Malachi BAKER-HUNT, Georgia BALL, Carly JONES, Keith HIRST, Diane GUNN, Michael BURR, Chris COATES, Matthew MARTIN, Ellis HEWITT, Heather HILL, Travis SENIOR.

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Dates for your diary
February 2nd - 150th event. Please wear your parkrun shirt (if you have one). We hope to run the route in reverse.
6th April - Poolsbrook parkrun’s 3rd Birthday – we will celebrate (more info to follow)
July 13th - Staveley Armed Forces weekend – there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun on this day

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Weather watch
Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and our webpage for any warnings about possible cancelations due to bad weather at this time of the year. We will always do our best to ensure that the event goes ahead but we won’t proceed if there is any danger to participants.

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A Great Turnout On A Mild January Morning

Event #146

 

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228 of you were greeted with a lovely mild January morning for parkrun. A fabulous total following on from our wow New Year’s Day event.

 

Our volunteers were as always simply amazing, a massive thank you to the following:

 

Jean BAKER, Rachel GRZELAK, Dean HODSON, Diane HULBERT, Roger KENCH, Stephen KIMBERLEY, Jim MCINTOSH, Alix MCKILLOP, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Gabbie PATTISON, Teresa PAYNE, William STREET, Paul TAYLOR, Steve TURNER, Graham WALTON, Alfie WALTON, Wendy WESTON, Glenis WILSON
 
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.

 

We all love milestones at parkrun, this week saw the following fab achievements:

• Christopher LINDLEY achieved his 50th parkrun, 46 of them being at Poolsbrook.
• Steven EVANS achieved his 100th parkrun, 3 of them being at Poolsbrook.
• Stephen STEWARDSON also achieved his 100th parkrun, 2 of them being at Poolsbrook.

 

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The pics show Chris (with Craig), Steven (with pooch) and Stephen.

We welcomed 21 of you starting off 2019 with your first parkrun:

Martin MALLOTT, John MERCER, Ian PARRY, Christine MERCER, Sophie HEATON, Bobby LAYTON, George LAYTON, Ricky LAYTON, Edward CRITCHLOW, Jez CRITCHLOW, Maxwell ENGLAND, Ellie WOOD, Rachael WOOD, Helen PARRY, Connor DRAPER, Aimee DRAPER, Scott DRAPER, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Thomas DRAPER, Amanda WING and Victoria DAVIS

 

And a big Poolsbrook welcome to the following 18 tourists visiting us for the first time:

 

Georgia WILSON, Karen LONG, Sally GREAVES, Jason GREAVES, Arianna LLOYD, Terry KELLY, Devon STEAD, Adara LLOYD, Mark JAMES, David TURNER, Jenny ALEXANDER, Simon ALEXANDER, Greg HOPKINSON, Carole HOPKINSON, Ian GUEST, Matt GIBSON, Chris COATES and Stephen WELLS

 

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.

I did mention that it was a mild January morning, perfect for running, and that is reflected in the huge haul of PB’s you all managed to achieve, well done to the 26 folk here with new PB’s, your hard work is certainly paying off, lets keep it going:
 

Neil YEWMAN, Steven SMITH, Kim KNIGHT, Martin MCSHANE, Steve MONAGHAN, Jude DORWARD, Martyn WHITLEY, Natasha HAMES, David MCKILLOP, Rachel LONGMATE, Georgina SMITH, Joseph OYEDEPO, Imelda COLE, Mark SLOAN, Jane FOSTER, Debs RILEY, Gemma MORRIS, Hannah HAWKINS, Paul DAVIES, Ashley WILDE, Adrian KNOWLES, David JENKINSON, Michael PAYNE, Lucy MARSH, Ian BROOKES and Heather HILL
 
As well as celebrating a PB, Michael Payne also celebrated his birthday. Well done Michael, great smile and good work to get a PB with those balloons in tow.

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The pesky magpie’s have been around over the last few weeks and we have lost a few finish tokens. As you know these are expensive to replace so we are very keen to get them back. Throughout 2019 we will be holding a finish token amnesty and more so will be offering anyone returning a token a free parkrun on any Saturday of their choosing. So if you do come across any of these tokens please please help them find their way back to us … no questions will be asked.

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Regarding Barcodes, we had 12 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 here and then print out a new set

 

Many of you know that Chris Payne has been raising sponsorship by completing 6 parkrun events in 15 days. He was very happy to report that he has achieved this and at the same time raised a fab £400 for the Paralympic sport of goalball. Fantastic work indeed Chris, it’s a great achievement to complete 6 events in 15 days for anyone, when you consider Chris is blind then it is indeed remarkable. Here’s Chris (and Eric) relaxing after the event in the café

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Now remember a New Year’s Resolution is for the whole year, so come along and take part in our next event on Saturday. The very wise Chris Turner and his team will be there to make sure everyone is safe and enjoys themselves.
 
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.

 

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Event number 146
05 January 2019

Happy parkruning - Chris

 

Christmas day +

11Events #143 & 144

This week’s event report covers two parkruns – our Christmas day special event and 29th December. Take a look at the foot of this report for details of our New Year’s Day extra event.

 

Christmas day

I had the honour of being the Run Director this week and roped in my daughter, Gemma, who reluctantly agreed to be my co-RD for the day. Gemma has volunteered a few times but wasn’t massively confident about any ‘speaking parts’ – so what did I do ? I asked her to do the first timer’s briefing ! I have to admit that it was a joy for me to share the morning with Gemma and she proved to be a great help, especially around the finish funnel with so many participants.   4

We had expected to get a decent turnout as the previous years we have had 274 (2017) and 156 (2016), clearly the numbers were getting bigger. However, to get 371 people on the day was magnificent and we were well prepared. We used one of our new stopwatches for the first time – this one is capable of storing up to 2000 records and is much more robust than the older stopwatches. We have additional finish tokens which take us up well beyond 600 finishers. We extended the finish funnel to prevent blockages on the finish line. We have a third barcode scanner (didn’t need to use it on the day) in case we get any long queues. So, all in all, I’d say we were prepared.

 

Considering how busy it was, our volunteers did a fantastic job, especially the timekeepers who managed to click everyone through so processing the results was fairly straightforward. So this in mind, many, many thanks to our Christmas Day volunteers: Gabbie PATTISON, Peter SMITH, Damian BAKER, Zaheer MAHMOOD, Jean BAKER, Juliet LITTLE, Cath BADHAM, Pearce COLLEY, Regan COLLEY, Chris HUNT, Roger KENCH, Teresa PAYNE, Jean SHARDLOW, Jeffrey SHARDLOW, Stephanie WARD, Dave BOWN, Alan BROWNE, Mark HAZLEHURST, Andrew HOWARD, Andy MORRIS, Gemma MORRIS, Rachael SUMMERS, Mike COLLEY, Dan HARPHAM. You are all stars.

 

Volunteering is rewarding and enjoyable – ask anyone that does it and they will agree. If you can volunteer and would like to help out and give something back to your local event please leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us on poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com – thank you.

 

I can’t say that we expected many first time parkrunners on Christmas day, but we got plenty. Welcome to Poolsbrook parkrun to Archie DONALDSON, Cameron DOUGLAS, Caroline OXLEY, Gina STANLEY, Melanie KABERRY, Mikey BROOMHEAD, Nigel WEST, Paul HERCOCK, Sam PANDAY, Steven SMITH, Terence STANLEY. We hope to see you at Poolsbrook every week.

 

Not surprisingly given the limited numbers of parkruns operating on Christmas day, we had lots of first time tourists and were delighted to welcome James GLOSSOP, David SWIFT, Robert PATTISON, Matt MANLEY, Emma BROWN, Anthea Dianne SCOTT, James LILLEYMAN, Derryn FRETWELL, Beth GREEN, Emma MORGAN, Karl SHAW, David ADAMS, Luke WIGMAN, Collette GAINS, Emma COWELL, Fiona SHAW, Leo SHAW, Jenny DODDS, Anya PORTUS, Lyra DYMOND, Alison SMITH, James BROOMHEAD, Christopher BROWN, Barry RICE, Steve GARNER, Sue ARNOLD, Kirsty SWANN, Matan DUVEEN, David JOHNSON, Julie MEREDITH, Geoff VOCE, John STAN, Megan CROFTS, Emily DODDS, Sarah Jane GALTREY, Juli WAUGH, Craig LINACRE, Caroline FRENCH, Jacob DYMOND, Martin LONG, Karen HYATT, Leighton ELLIS, Sarah PEARSON, Chris WALL, Catherine BEACHILL, Yannie DUVEEN, Caledonia KEETLEY, Ian WAUGH, David DONALDSON, Issy WAUGH, Donna FARMER, Nathan HOLMES, Tracey DONALDSON, Elaine WHARMBY, Ian KEETLEY, Sam LE PARD, Mark MANLEY, Garry WHARMBY, Lee-Anne MANLEY, David COOPER, Daniel CROW, Stuart HOLMES, Alex SHEPHERD.
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What a day to achieve a milestone, Stephen Bennet (36 at Poolsbrook) and Tony Hancock (42 at Poolsbrook) completed their 50th runs, as did. Poolsbrook regular Chris Payne (48 at Poolsbrook) with his trusty dog and members of his family. Keely ALLEN (2 at Poolsbrook) completed her 100th parkrun as did Martin Hutton (2 at Poolsbrook). Congratulations to all of you.   60

With good running conditions we had lots of Personal Bests, many congratulations to Christopher GLOSSOP, Darren LONGMATE,Edward GLOSSOP, Gail CROSSLEY, Charlotte SKELDING, Teresa MOSS, Cora LILLEYMAN, Perry SIMPSON, Susan GOODWIN, Liam HOLLINSHEAD, Alistair ATKINSON, Naomi FELLOWS, Katy JOHNSON, Daniel PREECE, Aaron WEBB, James ANDERSON, Sam BROOMHEAD, Sam PASSINGHAM, Paul BLOODWORTH, Chris BROOMHEAD, Christopher ALDRED, James FRY, Lindsay MOSS, Julie RICE, Heather BARBER, Russell HUBBER, Victoria CARTWRIGHT, Jules FOSTER, Kristian WATSON, Michael PAYNE, Harry COCKING, Felix WOODS, Joanne COY, Craig DOBSON, Niki HOBSON, Alice CONNOLLY, Neil COPE, Oskar WOODS, Susan CAMPBELL, Sarah MILLS, Kate RUFFELL, Claire WATSON, Jenny HAYWOOD, John TOSCANO, Kevin SISSON, Peter JOHNSON, Peter STEVENSON, Steve HAND, Martin HUTTON, Robert CASSY, Lindsey CLEGG, Christopher HEGGS, Sophie TOYN, Rob MILLARD, Ashleigh BARRON, Andrew HOWARD.
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Sam Broomhead set a new age graded record of 74.86% for the SM20-24 category and Issy Waugh with 82.12% for the JW10 category.

As a reward to all of our participants there were lots of goodies at the finish, cakes, biscuits and chocolates – thanks to everyone who brought them along.   It was a lovely morning all round with lots of Christmas cheer and plenty of smiling faces. What a great start to the day.   24
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Today Mike took over as Run Director and had the happy duty to welcome 188 participants which included 3 people doing their first parkrun in addition to those on Christmas day. Welcome to Andrew MARSDEN, Kim KNIGHT, Lisa GROARKE. Mike was supported by a cast of awesome volunteers, namely Andy MORRIS • Cherry HAZLEHURST • Chris PATTISON • Gordon HARDING • Heather HILL • Jackie BOON • Janet HESLIP • Jill LANGLEY • Julie MARSDEN • Lottie HINDLEY- LANGE • Mark HAZLEHURST • Martin BROWN • Mike BROWN • Mike COLLEY • Neil HOLLINSHEAD • Nicola SEARBY • Paul CONSTABLE • Sue DAVIES-BECKETT • Teresa PAYNE • Tim LANGLEY • Tina HENSEY • Victoria COLLEY • Victoria HILL • William STREET – thanks everyone.   IMG-20181229-WA0008

I don’t know if you have noticed, but a few of our regular volunteers don’t take part in the event, but still turn up week after week to help out. There are others who occasionally take part but prefer to volunteer. There is a role for everyone as a volunteer, whether you do it a couple of times a year or every week – it’s always very much appreciated by everyone who takes part. If you know anyone who would be willing to volunteer but does not want to take part in the event, why not encourage them to register and volunteer for us.

 

Roger gave the first timers briefing and as well as speaking to the new runners named above, he also welcomed 29 first time visitors to Poolsbrook parkrun: Gemma HOBSON, Nikki FLOOD, Suzanne FOX, Heather WOOD, Shaun MILLS, Ruth CROOT, Charlotte MADDOX, Laura WALMSLEY, Leisha SHINER, Heather SHERRIFF, Tom BIRD, Julie WIDDOWSON, Ben STITTLE, Nicola WAKELAND, Jenny KING, Elaine WOODBRIDGE, Cas WRIGHT, Mark DUNNING, Kirsty WOODBRIDGE, Ben STEEL, Dawn GUTTRIDGE, Mark SMITH, Rosie SMITH, Reuben SMITH, Louie SMITH, John MAPLES, Kevin GUTTRIDGE, Andrew WOFFINDIN, Andrea CORBET.
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And so to Personal Bests – if you achieved one, you deserve a mention – so here goes: David SWIFT, Martyn WHITLEY, Hannah JONES, Darren LONGMATE, Rachel LONGMATE, Elizabeth EVANS, Matt ROE, Clare MCSHANE, Dean LUCAS, Gemma MORRIS, Sona BIRD, Ashley WILDE, Darren HAYES, Rebecca PIERCE, Niki HOBSON, Matthew MARTIN, Steven SHAW.   IMG-20181229-WA0000

Were there any milestones I hear you ask (or perhaps it’s the little voice in my head that’s saying it), the answer is ………………… YES, we had two 50th runs from Katherine BOON (36 at Poolsbrook) and Nichola HEATHCOTE (40 at Poolsbrook). David Goater completed his 100th event (41 at Poolsbrook) – congratulations to all of you. Twiglet the dog took part for the 150th time with her owner Andrea who has completed over 200 runs.
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Another milestone achieved was that our 5000th different participant took part over the festive period (we are now up to 5049) and we had our 500th different volunteer (now up to 507) – these are milestones that all of us at Poolsbrook should be proud of – thank you everyone.

 

New Years Day

I’m sure that everyone is aware that we will be holding an extra event on New Years Day starting at 1030AM. The later start means that if you choose to, you will be able to take part in an event before coming to Poolsbrook for your ‘double’. There are a few options available to you including Clumber, Sheffield Castle and Graves (0900). More information can be found here: parkrun Christmas compendium.

The café will be closed but we will be opening up the toilets and the room behind the café. We will be providing some coffee and tea, but it would be useful if you could bring your own snacks to share – there must be loads left over after Christmas.

I spoke at the briefing on Saturday about parking – we expect that there will be a very high number of participants – possibly beating our previous record of 473 set last New Years Day. This will mean that the main car park near the café will be full very quickly as no doubt will the Erin Road car park. Please, if you can, park on the roads on the adjoining industrial estate or on the verges, roadside – but whatever you do, please do not block any roads or entrances as emergency vehicles as well as caravans getting access to the campsite all need access at all times. If possible travel ion a group to reduce the number of cars.

It’s going to be a lovely day and a lovely event – don’t forget to thank the volunteers and give a warm Poolsbrook parkrun welcome to first timers and visitors.

Finally – please don’t forget that it’s a 1030AM start , so if you turn up at 0900 we won’t be there and you’ll have a long wait !   Happy New Year.

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Turkeys, Santas, Elves and all sorts of other things

Event #142

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We had 174 Santa’s, turkeys, elves, reindeer and others turn up to enjoy what turned out to be a mild morning in Poolsbrook. The sun even came out for a while to cheer us all.

Mark was your RD for this festive event and he made a great effort to get into the fancy dress theme with a very festive turkey outfit complete with all the trimmings.

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

Andrew BAKER, Alan BROWNE, Lisa CANNON, Rachel GRZELAK, Diane GUNN, Cherry HAZLEHURST, Mark HAZLEHURST, Tina HENSEY, Michael JOEL, Roger KENCH, Juliet LITTLE, Andrew LITTLE, Zaheer MAHMOOD, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Andy PORTWOOD, Stephen RUNDELL, William STREET, Wendy WESTON, Glenis WILSON

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As you know we are running a couple of extra events over the festive period. We are still short of volunteers here and there, so please consider helping out if you don’t fancy running, especially New Year’s Day where there may be the odd hangover here and there …. Blow away the cobwebs and come and give us a hand. There is a special request for a few marshals to assist with car park duties on New Year’s Day, this is a great role as you can get a credit for helping, and you will also get to run. 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.

At parkrun we all love milestones and this week saw the following fab achievments:

  • Rachel Brown achieved her 50th parkrun and did it in great style earning a PB. This was the 9th time Rachel has run at Poolsbrook.
  • Karen Ball also hit her 50th parkrun with a very nice looking run indeed. 47 of Karen’s 50 runs have been at Poolsbrook.
  • Sharon Collis achieved her 100th parkrun with a solid run, 44 of these being at Poolsbrook.

 

The picture shows Karen and Sharon having completed their parkrun.

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We welcomed Martyn WHITLEY and Darren LONGMATE completing their first ever parkrun.

And a big Poolsbrook welcome to the following 15 tourists visiting us for the first time:

 

Simon FROGGATT, Jane MOORE-TAYLOR, Rachel LONGMATE, Juantxo EVERHARD, Chris QUAYLE, Richard SEDGLEY, Laura MUNCEY, Charlotte QUAYLE, Philip GREEN, Lynne HARNESS, Tim RAYNOR, Tim HOLT, Kathryn RAYNOR, Kathryn FIELDING, Louise SIMPSON

 

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.

 

We welcomed back Sam White to Poolsbrook, Sam ran it in 18:01, but was chased very hard by Steven GASCOYNE and Tim CLAYTON. Also a special mention to Helena SCHOFIELD who has hit a rich vein in form and came very close to the female record at Poolsbrook (equaling her PB of 18:45) ….. we’re rooting for you Helena.

 

So on to PB’s, very impressive performances to everyone and in particular the 23 folk here with new PB’s

 

Joel MOORE, George WALLACE, Ben MARSHALL, Ben ROE, Ian ATKINSON, Neil WALLACE, Dan BOYS, Rachel BROWN, Ellis HEWITT, Alan TONKS, Carly JONES, Hannah JONES, Nadine HILLS, Diane OSHEA, Julie NEWMAN, Gemma MORRIS, Ruth BOYS, Michael PAYNE, Nichola AYRES, Clare MCSHANE, Luke PAYNE, Imelda COLE, Chris PAYNE

 

Here’s a pic of Chris Payne crossing the line to achieve his PB, the pic was taken by master photographer Mark, capturing the rainbow as well.

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Regarding Barcodes, we had 11 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 here and then print out a new set

 

And now some words from who I fondly regard as by far our loudest marshal, no prizes for guessing who I mean and of course he’s always found at Rogers corner. These lovely words were put together following last week’s bitterly cold run.

 

View from the other side of the pond
Andy asked for missives from other park run fans , so here is an offering from the other side of the pond. First as it is December let me split a few infinities and mix a metaphor or two with you to celebrate today’s run and secondly apologies if I ruined your run plan and you thought you were ahead of your schedule but it was ice ice baby today , so it was full PPE for the ice jumps.

Certainly it was the hardier or foolhardier who took to the Poolsbrook stepppes today and well done to the lads from the hockey club making their debut today ( hope we see you again lads). From my side it is always fascinating how from the start you all spread out so quickly , it all looks very genteel and orderly even the chariots quickly find their place avoiding scything down any unfortunates who ignore their Celtic war cries ( why ruin the story with facts) and soon the pounding of the barrel of runners( I love collective nouns) can be heard before you hove into view. It makes it fun that so many of you seem to be enjoying the whole thing and respond with grins or a cheery hello, but technology does rear its remarkable head as some of you are plugged in , pounding along to the beat, grim looks and total focus, runners on a mission. The odd thing is many of you greet me with my name , but I haven’t a scooby doo about yours , so apologies there. As the lead runners come round on laps 2 and 3 it is heartwarming that those of you combining running with nature study or solving the issues of the day wish them well. I don’t know about Tigers in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh but those at Poolsbrook are fearsome, fit and thriving. Soon I can see the café buzzing the air shimmering with the fumes of self satisfaction as you stride proudly from the finish, another run done.

Over the weeks I notice how you are going quicker, losing weight ( the kilos fall off you), how you stand a little taller and yes prouder, why? Because you all deserve it. I for one am happy to stand on the other side of the pond and give you an hour of my time for something that is what I believe England, Britain, people are all about, having fun and doing something that makes us all feel better. Happy Parkrunning and have a cool Yule.

The man across the water

 

Many thanks for these words Roger.

 

If anyone has a story or thoughts they would like to share with us, they are as always most welcome. I think we all love hearing about the different experiences and likely draw from those. Please send us your words and we will include them here in a future week.

So our next parkrun is of course on Christmas day. It is the usual 09:00 start. We will not be marking the course out, other than the finish area. It will be fully marshalled though. The café will not be open and we will not open the back room, in effect come along enjoy yourselves and then of course it will be time to get back and put the turkey on.

Andy and Gemma Morris take the helm for what is going to be a great 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 142
22 December 2018

Happy parkruning - Chris

 

A Grey Day At Poolsbrook

Event #140

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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.

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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:

Andy HOLLINGUM and Angela HOLLINGUM

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.

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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.

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

Helena SCHOFIELD, Carl BOOKER, Adam SKELDING, Colin HARRIS, Mark BEER, Nick NEWMAN, Siobhan HAYES, Steve WHITE, Rowan ROBERTS, Craig SLATER, Julie SIDWELL

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.

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Event number 140
08 December 2018

Happy parkruning - Chris

 

The Running Wilbury’s

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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.

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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!!
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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.

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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’

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Andy is your Run Director next week and if you want to help please drop an email to poolsbrookhelpers@parkrun.com

Thanks

Emma (pacer – 32 minutes)!

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