Run report for January 12th – lots of celebrating!

As many of the readers of our run reports will know, we ask (actually we insist, it is one of their set objectives) all of our D of E students to make a contribution to our weekly offering, usually towards the end of their 13 or 26 weeks volunteering stint. This week it is Ethan’s turn, and here is his take on the events of last Saturday.

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For the third time this year, there was a big turnout at Rushcliffe. 566 parkrunners ran, jogged or walked the 5km course. In 18:45, Andy Gibiino was our first finisher, and he got a PB, for the second Saturday in a row.

The weather was on the wet side, but was never too cold and only started spitting after about 50 minutes.

As far as milestones are concerned, Christopher Kirby and Dan Pedley did their 100ths. Eddy George is just two more runs away from 100, just like Tim Siggs. whilst Iain Colville is just 1 run away from 200 and Kat Smith 2 away. Jillian Bourgeois is just 2 Saturdays away from having gained her 250 milestone.

Our most significant milestone was mentioned in the pre-run brief. Congratulations to John Oldfield for his 100th volunteering stint. Thank you John for your support of Rushcliffe parkrun.

There were many parkrun first timers. Welcome to Mark Haywood, Sheena Brown, Victoria Baker, Carmel Atkinson, Teresa Morgan, Vickey Aikens, Isabelle Atkinson, Rachel Clack, Philip Johnson, Sinead Gallagher, Dave Eatherington, Robyn Glen, Rebecca Emerson, James Catton, Jemma Oldknow, Andy Baker, Lisa Brassington, Alex Wilde, Matt Rowley, Tom Catton, Sam Evans, Lisa Palmer, Shaun Emerson, Steve Evans, Hannah Bourne, Julian Taylor, George Baker, Paul Colman, and Ryan Williams, who was our fastest first timer this week.

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Our most experienced runner of parkrun this Saturday, with 260 runs, was Dean Ward.

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As for the volunteers, we had 28 people helping and sorting everything out. The run director this week was Geoff Hardy, who also helped out in the funnel. Everything went smoothly and we had no problems, which are always good, even if the funnel was quite crowded after the first 20 minutes for about 15 minutes, but everything went well.

Thank you Ethan. He refers to our crowded funnel, which did rather test our volunteer’s organisational and operational skills – a test that we think they passed with flying colours. Our extra long funnel came into its own and, despite lengthy queues to collect the finish tokens, we coped admirably to keep the finish line clear for that final sprint, even with nearly 50 finishers per minute during the busiest times from 26 to 30 minutes.

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Enough of our self-congratulation. (We were quite proud of ourselves). To relive it again, and look for yourself glowing beautifully as you approach the finish line, have a look through Jo’s fabulous photo album, some of which we have used to illustrate this run report. Available on facebook, via the link below. Thank you Jo.

https://www.facebook.com/jo.thomas.96/media_set?set=a.2122034171198505&type=3

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Jo captured many images of the ladies from the See How She Runs group from West Bridgford. They were out in force, wearing their distinctive pink, to celebrate their 5th anniversary. The group is lead by Karen Usher and there was lots of ‘love’ for the fantastic job she does. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary at Rushcliffe.

That is event number 329 put to bed. We will now start preparing for next week and are already wondering how many parkrunners will be joining us? See you Saturday.

 

Changes to the Rushcliffe parkrun Flickr page

PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO OUR FLICKR PAGE will probably be aware that Flickr is changing and restricting free accounts to 1,000 pictures. We currently have nearly 16,000 photos in our group.

We use Flickr to upload photos to our news page and in the short term have to remove 15,000 pictures to keep our account active. The only quick way to do this is to remove members from the group and, we assume, they will receive notification from Flickr.

Please be assured we still love your pictures at parkrun and will shortly be announcing how we plan to manage them in the future.

 

Run report for January 5th – a lot of people, again!

Isabelle has written our run report for this week, and Darren took a few pictures from his marshalling vantage point. Together they show another brilliant parkrun at Rushcliffe. Thank you Isabelle and Darren.

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This Saturday an astonishing 523 parkrunners came to Rushcliffe Park for the first Saturday parkrun in the new year. There were 41 first timers and many more who were running for the first time at Rushcliffe, and a lot of people running their 2nd parkrun too. So well done to everyone who was new to Rushcliffe or parkran for one of their first few times this Saturday. A lot of people seem to be showing up for parkun this new year which suggests some New year’s resolutions may be on track. There were also many personal bests to start the New Year off even though it was a very chilly and cold winter morning, however it did keep dry which was thankful, especially for the volunteers!

A massive congratulations to these 4 people who have reached their 50th parkrun milestones this week; Lucy Teece, Susan Elizabeth Green, Caroline Bunting and Patti Cranton. Well done to all of you on this amazing achievement and to start the New Year with a high.

Isabelle

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Not quite the planned run report for New Year’s Day

The run report for the extra parkrun on New Year’s Day took an unexpected turn at the first timers briefing. Over our last few run reports we have featured, and celebrated a multitude of first timers and milestone achievers, and our magnificent team of volunteers. We have hardly mentioned the tourists even though in recent weeks we have welcomed visitors from Townsville, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand and San Francisco in the United States, not to mention those from the four corners of our own green and pleasant land.

Time to rectify our omission I thought. And so it was at the first timers briefing that I asked who were regular parkrunners elsewhere and where they were from….and there were none. Not one. The furthest traveller was from Forest Rec!

So, back to plan A. Let’s tell you about the first timers, milestoners and volunteers.

Congratulations to Will Cooper on his 100th parkrun, and Gill Basson, Peter Evans and Katie Bonner on their 50ths. There were 26 genuine first timers, and it was a pleasure to welcome them to Rushcliffe and hope they will be back again soon.

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There were also TWO unofficial milestones, and both from the same parkrunner. Jackie Bradshaw managed to combine her 200th parkrun with her 50th volunteering occasion by taking on the role of tailwalker, joined by family and friends. Despite being a little shy and retiring we managed to get a photo of Jackie to include in the run report. Congratulations Jackie and thank you for your support of Rushcliffe parkrun.

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Putting on the extra parkrun on New Year’s Day is always dependent on being able to assemble a team of volunteers to time, scan, funnel manage, marshal and tailwalk. Thanks to the above pictured team that arrived early, set up, did their vital roles, took down and put away the equipment. They did the usual fantastic job leaving the Run Director to prance around looking important whilst doing the least of anyone! Thank you team.

And that’s it. I will leave you with a selection of excellent photos taken by Kirsty and Phil, two of our marshals, as they cheered the field of 461 around the course.

We are back to normal on Saturday with a 9am start.

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Lets just keep those celebrations going – run report for December 29th.

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This time of year is seen as a time for celebrations. Christmas, New Year......and parkrun milestones. Well, actually, you can celebrate parkrun milestones any time in the year, but why not make it a joint celebration with family and friends whilst we are all in the festive mood?

This week Lauren completed her 100th parkrun, and will soon be seen supporting a black ‘100’ t-shirt. Her friends were out in force to help make the morning memorable.

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Rosa was joined by family from far and wide to celebrate her 50th. Dad, mum, cousins were all roused early on Saturday to be with her when her name was announced by Chris.

Other 50ths were recorded by Graham JONS, Holly FIELDER, Sam BARROWS and Hannah SAMPSON. Congratulations to them all.

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But there are other important milestones too. Getting to 50, 100, 250 and 500 is fabulous, but it all starts with that very first one. For many people it is the hardest one and deserves the biggest celebration. Coming along into this group of regulars, often doing something that hasn’t been done since long forgotten school days is stepping into the unknown and can be a bit scary. It takes determination, and resolve – which is why we are always delighted when the Notts Womens Runners tell us they are bringing along their latest graduation group of couch to 5k. The support from NWR is amazing and we know that many of our first timers are with us thanks to the encouragement of Sharon and Dawn, who lead their UNI-Corn group. Thank you for choosing to bring them to Rushcliffe.

Here is the roll of honour for Saturday. 44 people became parkrunners on Saturday. You were all magnificent. We hope you ‘enjoyed’ your first parkun and will be back soon for that difficult second one (10am New Year’s Day?)

Jill PEASTON, Sarah VARLEY, Debbie MCDERMOTT, Jazmine BOYER, Carol WILLIAMS, Sarah-Jane PICKERING, Mark ODAM, Victoria HARRISON, Gary MCDERMOTT, Hayley COGGAN, Wendy KERR, Emma PRITCHARD, Angela WILLIS, Kevin WILLIS, Rhys YEAXLEE, Harriet BREWITT, Vicky HARKER, Ethan DAVIES, Sadie PENFOLD, Richard COGGAN, Nikki BOWMAN, Kathryn MITCHELL, Rachel WOOD, Jayne BANCROFT, Andrew JACKSON, Holly CALVER, Emma WHITBY, Catherine MORGAN, James MEADS, Lynn HEELEY, Olivia SWIFT, Richard MCARDLE, Simon CORAH, Jorge JACKSON, Kirt THAYER, Louise RASTALL, Ceri MORGAN, Tamir MORGAN, James AYLAND, Jonathan HICKINBOTHAM, Mike GOUGH, Jason MCDERMOTT, James SANDFORD, Tuvshen MORGAN

Difficult second one? The first one is done. You are a parkrunner! You now know what parkrun is. You know how it feels. We hope you felt welcome and want to do it again. The excitement and feeling of success from your superb achievement has faded and been replaced by the determination to make this a habit. Let’s face it – once you’ve done the second one you are probably hooked and on your way to the 50, 100, 250 and ultimately 500 milestone celebrations. You may not believe it now, but look back in 12 months and see what you have achieved. And so I leave you with those that completed their ‘difficult second’ on Saturday. We look forward to seeing you regularly throughout 2019.

Megan TIEDT, Heather SEVERN, Ellie MORTIMER, Thomas LEATHERLAND, Sarah HAMILTON, Ian JARVIS, Stephen WILLOTT, Jo PETTIFOR, Andrew BOWMAN, Connor HOSKINSON.

You will soon be as excited as Jane when you see our camera!
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