Ros #112 – Another parkrun Beneath a Sunny Sky …

A run (or walk) upon a sunny day,
Lingering onward dreamily,
On a Saturday morning in May.

Children that jog with adults near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased with simple chatter to hear.

Long had hidden that sunny sky,
Our running clothes can now drip dry.
Hotter than regular July.

Cardiac Hill haunts me, pacing wise,
All sweating under sunny skies
Though never seen by sleeping eyes.

All ages yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing gear,
Lovingly shall complete 5k here.

Runners Wonderland we spy,
Tourists visit as the days go by.
Bluebell Woods greet us we cry.

Ever flat down near the stream,
Music lingering is the theme.
parkrun PBs are not just a dream.


Huge CONGRATULATIONS to David and Sarah Walters – our latest 100 Club members.

#112 David

#112 Sarah

A warm welcome to all first timers and visitors, especially James Kelly from Ipswich – position 173 on his 173rd run (VM84-89).

#112 Ipswich

Meanwhile the top 3 males on the day were: James Farmer, Daniel Floyd and Joseph Goodwin.

Whilst the 3 fastest female finishers were: Louise Simpson, Helen Kirkby and Julie Ward-Rotherham.

And more congratulations to the 28 who achieved a Rosliston PB – well done to you all.

The Hi-Viz heroes for this event were:
Stephen LEE • Cath JOHNSTON • Mark F SLADE • Rob LEADBEATER • Sarah HEATH • Pete HURDMAN • Daniel FORD • Lauren FORD • Owen FORD • Frances MCCALLUM • Adam HOLMES • Leigh HOLMES • Louise BAKIN • Jason WARDLE • Chris MUNDIN • Bex FIELDMOUSE • Andrew BENNETT • Jessica Louise MUNDIN • Reg JONES • David WALTERS • Julianne WALTERS • Sarah WALTERS • Freya MOORE • Laura ROBERTS • Angela DAWS • Maisie TRUEMAN • Eloise MOORE • Carolyn TRUEMAN
To join the team please get in touch via the website, Facebook or speak to any volunteer next time around.


Ros#111 – Home from the Woods and back to Wi-Fi

I promised last May bank holiday to write this week’s run report after my first run at Rosliston. It came at the start of an annual get together of a group of internet friends, meeting up for a weekend of chatting, silly games, an occasional Pimms and much hilarity, and I dragged myself (and a perfect poached egg) around parkrun.

This year was our tenth year at Rosliston and probably our last at this location, so the departure from the forest lodges on Monday morning was a bittersweet. This year I learned and there was no pre run poached egg. We had a 100% improvement on parkrun attendance from the group – this year we were two runners and Tanya JOHNSON did her first ‘tourist’ run ever. I would have written this much earlier except that one of the joys of this weekend is not having WIFI. Indeed, we had to find the one spot of 4G to get our results emails.

Spring or early summer has taken a lot of time to arrive and we were blessed with this year’s driest run. The forget-me-nots were incredible and a few brave bluebells charmed us. The welcome, as before, was warm and friendly and this is a gently undulating run to enjoy. I can’t tell you anything about breakfast as it was made for us while we ran, or parking as we walked, but I can recommend the lodges for those considering visiting.

Saturday was a great run for a number of people, with 32 PBs (one was mine, with three minutes taken off last year’s time) and 5 of those who were from parkrunners running their second ever parkrun for the second time at Rosliston. Seven of the 178 runners on Saturday ran their first ever parkrun in all that beauty, it’s a lovely place to run on a Saturday so please come back again. In fact, well done everyone for splendid hot run efforts.

Two parkrunners joined the 50 club, Helen FINN and Lucy WILKINSON. That’s a super achievement: may your tshirt links go live as soon as possible.

#111 Helen
#111 Lucy

Felicity TOWNS joined the (unofficial) 200 club, recording her 1000th parkrun kilometre and the cake for all the celebrations was much welcomed.

#111 Fliss

Three parkrunners joined my favourite unofficial club today on the best day ever. 99 runs is the soft ice cream with a flake run, so if you haven’t awarded yourselves ice cream, David WALTERS, Sarah WALTERS and Colin PLEASS then you have been remiss. That also means that there is a chance of cake in the very near future as all three plan their 100th runs.

Finally, I’ve written a number of run reports this year and this is the first when I can gleefully announce that someone ran the year: Mark REPTON on 20:18. A silly stat that makes me smile.

Thank you to all the volunteers especially RD Sam SCREATON for a cheerful and happy sunny run.


Until we meet again…

Pippa WHITE (Queen Elizabeth parkrun)


Ros #110 – What Happened To Spring??

The British weather was predictable in its unpredictability. After last weekend’s glorious sunshine a chill wind blew us round the course for the 110th Rosliston parkrun.

#110 Start

186 hardy souls took to the trails of Rosliston to run, jog and walk the 5k course. Among them was James Trueman who has done a tourist vlog. Take a look on the visitor posts section of the facebook page and see who you can spot. Congratulations James on your “steady” run of 27.22 on Saturday – I hope you had a good HM on Sunday and we look forward to welcoming you back.
James was one of 33 first timers to Rosliston, 17 of whom were new to parkrun. A lovely warm welcome to you all and we hope to see you soon – and please bring some sunshine along with your barcodes. One runner who definitely didn’t forget her barcode was last week’s run reporter Kate Hudson of Washlands Womens Runners who ran her 100th parkrun, rounding it off with a new PB. Well done Kate!

#100 Zigzag

The course is definitely beginning to dry out. Pete’s puddle is once again just a puddle, and juniors no longer need armbands for that section of the course, and the muddy trail section, although still muddy, doesn’t quite feel like you are training for a mud run. These conditions underfoot, coupled with a warm café beckoning helped a whopping 45 people get new personal bests.


Another one of those PB runners was the first man home, James Farmer of South Derbyshire Road Runners in 18.01, followed closely by Thomas Bradley and Jamie Fletcher.
For the ladies, junior Maisie Trueman of Burton AC stormed home to PB at her 14th parkrun in 21.28, ahead of Ruth Ford and Abby Robinson.
Unfortunately 10 runners ran without barcodes and their runs will not be recorded either for PBs or milestone tshirts. Remember that if you keep a spare barcode in your car and pop it on the dashboard, you can park until 10.30 for £1, or for £30 you can buy an annual parking permit from the shop.

#110 Willow
#110 Sophie
#110 Piggy Back

parkrun can’t take place without the volunteers. Thanks go to the 32 people who made sure the event could go ahead, a special mention goes to Leigh Holmes who volunteered for the 25th time and has earned a purple V25 shirt.

#110 Leigh

If you’re not sure if you can do it – you absolutely can. Opt in to the volunteer emails on your profile and take a look at the facebook page on a Monday when Pete calls for help. Or see him or any of the team on a Saturday.

#110 Cone Race


Ros #109 A Beautiful day for a new PB

Saturday 21 April dawned bright and sunny and we headed off to parkrun anticipating a lovely morning run. There was a rumour that the swamp was drying out and the lake on the path had almost disappeared. There was also talk of cake as it was our resident run DJ, Sue Wright’s birthday. Road shoes were a possible option but was all this good news to be believed? Having just made it to the start line in time (as per a classic Hudson policy) we met up with our fellow runners.

So, we started, and I watched Josh disappear into the distance with Paul desperately trying to keep up. I took a more sedate pace in order to enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful Forestry Centre. The birds were singing, the swamp had almost dried out and the path lake had all but disappeared. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the novelty of dry trainers at the end.
#109 puuush

In total there was 188 runners today, 17 first timers and an incredible 60 new pbs. Well done everybody! Notably the first four male finishers Thomas Bradley, Swee-Leng Chuah, Jack Shorten and Shaun Coulton all ran pbs. First back for the women was first timer Georgia Brigden and 2nd back was junior Charlie Moorby who also ran a pb and 3rd was Kathryn Little. The drier course definitely helped everybody I’m sure.

Even more importantly, the other rumour was true. Sue Wright had brought lots of cake, which was greatly appreciated at the end of the run. Hope you had a good birthday Sue.
#109 disco sue

A big thank you to the core team and volunteers who help to make Rosliston Parkrun possible every week. It’s a great way to start the weekend.

Rosliston Parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am at the Forestry Centre. Please remember to bring your barcode and £1 for parking. There is a new runners & tourist brief at 8.45 with the normal pre-run brief at the start at 8.55.


Ros #108 – Big Yellow Thing In The Sky, Birthdays, And a Bride!

The sunshine on Saturday 14th April, at event number 108 was just what the parkrun doctor had ordered. I’d hoped to run the event but was needed as Funnel manager - a job I love as you get to see the hilarious faces you all pull when you cross the line! I did however go out before but due to a misjudgement of timing (I forgot I was doing the new runners brief) I only managed to squeeze in 2.5 miles. I did observe apart from the sheer beauty of the forestry centre loads and loads of 1inch black slugs on the paths...
#108 sun

I’d like to thank everyone that congratulated me on my recent ‘parkrun Vitality volunteer of the month award’ . I’ve always enjoyed volunteering, and ever since a nasty injury in 2012 and two huge operations it’s given me a focus, a reason to get up and out early at the weekend. I’m particularly loving seeing babies born to parkrunners now reaching their fourth birthdays, registering and printing off their barcodes and rolling up to either my junior event in Swadlincote or at Ros on a Saturday.

One junior runner I have known for six years is Owen Ford. He turned 11 this Saturday which means he can finally ditch his parents and run free of the ‘within arms reach’ parkrun safeguarding rule. It’s been an absolute pleasure watching both the Ford children growing up and seeing them blossom and achieving their goals both in and outside of sport. The legacy that parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt has given the world is simply staggering. Now in its 14 year and having 4.5 million registered runners able to run, jog, walk or volunteer for free every week is simply fantastic.
#108 0wen

Also celebrating her birthday was Lily Trueman - I can't think of a better way to celebrate!
#108 lily

Saturday saw one runner embark on another chapter of her life, Joy Friesner ran with her bridal party before going to scrub up for her wedding. From all at Ros – congratulations!

The ‘summer’ course was in use again this week. The mud was suitably gooey through the woods past the carpark entrance – we do aim to please but it didn’t stop 163 of you completing the course in your own individual styles. 10 first timers joined in the fun. 9 forgotten barcodes meant 9 unknowns on the results. Please don’t forget your barcode….

Here’s to lots more sunny fun-filled parkruns…

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