Run report for July 14th – Louisa’s thoughts on the meaning of R U S H C L I F F E

Today 369 of us ran, jogged and walked the course at Rushcliffe Country Park on another beautiful sunny morning. It is always a privilege to share this with so many likeminded people at 9.00am every Saturday.

We shared some sections of the course with families of frogs who were happily hopping around. Hopefully they managed to avoid our heavy feet and find their way back to the cool lake.

We celebrated the following milestones - 50 parkruns – Kevin Ford, Philippa Turner and Robert Page. Stephen Doleman completed his 100th parkrun. Congratulations to you all. Fantastic achievements.

We had 39 First timers with us including a tourist all the way from Australia. Welcome to Rushcliffe. We hope you will come and run with us again.

Interestingly there were also 39 Personal Best Times achieved – Congratulations on achieving best times in this heat.

It was a pleasure to see our parkrunners looking after their dogs and being responsible owners. I came across ‘Diesel’ the chocolate Labrador and his owner at the 3km mark and Diesel was having a short rest and drinking a bottle of water. I learned that Diesel has completed over 30 parkruns. Fantastic!

As a relative novice to parkrun, I have been amazed by the dedication and commitment so many people have for this wonderful event. Thank you as always to our High Viz Heroes and all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this possible every week. parkrun provides so much to so many. Everyone here has a story. parkrun means something different to each and every one of us. Here are some thoughts on what it means to me and hopefully to you too –

R – Runners – It never ceases to amaze me how many runners turn up rain or shine and get their running fix each week. It certainly sets you up for the day. Run or walk, fast or slow, we all get to the finish. Remember – It is the Finish Line, not the Finish Time that means so much. 5km is 5km. We achieve it every week.

U – Understanding – I felt extremely nervous turning up for my first parkrun. I did not need to be. Everyone at parkrun is understanding and caring. They all support one another and understand everyone has their own goals. For some this is to complete the course, for others a new personal best time. Whatever it is, we all understand each other.

S – Smiles – This says it all. Just look at everyone’s faces as they enjoy their 5km around our beautiful park.

H – Health Benefits – How fantastic that we can all get together, enjoy the fresh air, meet new friends and improve our health. parkrun gets people out, gets people moving and has many health benefits. parkrun improves both mental and physical health.


C – Community – Rushcliffe parkrun brings our communities together and has created a new community all of its own – ‘Our parkrun Community’. You feel part of it as soon as you arrive – everyone is welcome.

L – Life changing – Rushcliffe parkrun has transformed the lives of many people. People who could not run to the end of the road are now running 5km. People who have struggled with health issues are overcoming them through parkrun. parkrunners have made new lifelong friendships. parkrun changes lives in many ways, all different but all positive.

I – Inclines – We are lucky at Rushcliffe that we do not have too many of these! I for one find them tough. Let’s call them ‘inclines’ and not hills and they will seem so much easier. Try to embrace the undulations in our park – they will make us stronger – so the experts say!

F- Family – When you join Rushcliffe parkrun you become part of the Rushcliffe ‘Family’. This family supports, helps and encourages its members. At Rushcliffe we have an amazing all inclusive ‘Family’ that I am proud to be part of.

F – Friendship - Rushcliffe parkrun brings people together in friendship. Every Saturday we get together, meet old friends and make new ones. Many of these become lifelong friendships. ‘F’ was quite a difficult letter to select a key word for because I wanted to include Fun, Fitness and Friendly too. So here goes – a group of Friendly people getting together to get Fit and have Fun!

E- Enriching – I feel that Rushcliffe parkrun enriches so many lives. Individuals, families, friends, they all benefit from parkrun and it can enrich their lives in so many ways. The health benefits, the friendships and the companionship to name but a few. ‘E’ was another rather difficult letter to select as again there were other words I wanted to include. Please can I add ‘Encouragement’ from everyone - Runners, spectators and volunteers – you all do an amazing job in helping us get round every week. Last but not least I must mention ‘Endorphins’ – yes that amazing high you get when you cross that finish line. Happy to complete the course, happy with your PB time or happy to see and help others enjoying their new PB’s. Whatever the reason – we all get that fantastic buzz. It is even more special to share it with others.

I do hope that you continue to enjoy Rushcliffe parkrun and I look forward to running with you all again next week.



Run report for July 7th – a favour please?

Another glorious Saturday morning! Clear blue skies, warm (bordering on hot) and barely a breath of a cooling breeze. Perhaps a little warm for running, but ideal for a walk around the park and for your magnificent team of volunteers. It’s like this every week for Rushcliffe parkrun - or at least that is what we tried to convince Victor of. Victor is our latest Duke of Edinburgh recruit and will be with us for six months. He’ll finish his stint in January when it may be a little different. (He’ll be scanning barcodes next week so say hello to him and welcome him to the team).

Before reporting on this week’s run we would like to ask a favour of you. It will only take a minute, and won’t cost you a penny. In all honesty, we hope you will be wasting your time, but in the unfortunate circumstances where you won’t be it could prove to be an extremely important minute for yourself and your family.

We would like you to check if your ‘in case of emergency’ (ICE) details have been completed on your parkrun profile. Most of you will have done it when first registering - on an average week just over 88% of participants at Rushcliffe have (parkrunners and volunteers). For obvious reason we would love to get that figure closer to 100% - knowing of any medical conditions, and who to contact in case of emergency will help us manage a difficult situation, and hopefully contribute to a better outcome.

The reason we’re including this in the run report is that those most likely NOT to have completed their ICE are those that have been parkrunning the longest, and are our most regular participants. It wasn’t part of the ‘signing up’ form until a couple of years ago and who has gone back into their profile to check it is up to date? Not many I’m sure. And these are the people most likely to be engaged enough to read the run report!!! (Please, please follow the following steps even if the above doesn’t apply to you, just to double check).

We hope you will be wasting your time and the details are never used, but please follow these three simple steps to check that your ICE is up to date.

1. Open your results email from yesterday (or any recent parkrun) and click on the highlighted section ‘manage your profile’. This takes you through to your profile in the parkrun website.
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2. On your profile click on ‘update’. This will take you to your personal details.
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3. Check that all sections, including emergency contact and medical conditions have been completed. If not, please complete and click on 'save changes'.
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That’s it. Thank you. We’ll let you know progress from 88% towards 100% in the coming months when we get updated numbers from parkrun HQ.

Back to this week. Another glorious Saturday morning (I know, I’ve said that before, but with driving snow, bone splitting ice cold winds and torrential rain so fresh in the memory I want to make sure that we enjoy this fantastic weather as much, and for as long, as possible.).

We welcomed tourists from near and far. Francesca, on the left with Geoff, her friend and work colleague, is from Venice and this was her very first parkrun - one of 26 first timers. Thank you to Geoff for introducing Francesca to parkrun and we hope she soon gets to try one of the two parkruns in the Venice area.

Gemma is from Adelaide, Australia, also on the left, this time being photo bombed by Mike who had just scanned her barcode. Gemma is a seasoned parkrunner in her home city and choose Rushcliffe as her first international parkrun experience.

We were also joined by Samantha from Oldham. Samanatha was doing her 311th parkrun, and her very first at Rushcliffe – and I didn’t get a picture of her (sorry, Samantha – note to self, if someone at the first timers briefing is wearing a green 250 milestone t-shirt the maybe, just maybe, there is a story to be told in the run report. Get your phone out for a photo). We were also joined by visitors from Gloucester, Cirencester and Derby.

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There were a couple of milestone runners. Neil Copeland ran his 100th and Darren Fisher his 150th. 150 isn’t an official parkrun milestone, although Darren tried to make it one with his carefully and skillfully adjusted 50 shirt. For those not at yesterday’s run, Darren likes his home parkrun. All 150 have been at Rushcliffe, although he did admit to me afterwards that he has run other local courses, just not on a Saturday at 9am, as he doesn’t want to spoil his unblemished record. We thank Darren for his loyalty!!

Talking of milestone runs, did you notice it was our 300th last Saturday? No? We didn’t either!! Anyway, that is 301 done and we are already looking forward to number 302 next Saturday when Richard will be Run Director. This is supposed to be a smooth and subtle way of bringing up next Saturday’s parkrun in this week’s run report. We are a little short of volunteers for next week (and quite a few of the weeks through July and August). Please email if you can help.

See you next Saturday for another glorious Saturday in the park.


Run report for June 30th – our 300th and the ground is getting harder.


I am Alice and I have been volunteering at parkrun for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. This week was my final week and I have really enjoyed helping out over the past few months. Everyone, from the Run Directors, the other volunteers and, of course, the parkrunners, have been very welcoming and friendly and made me feel part of the team. I am glad that I chose to help at parkrun.

I think I have been quite lucky with the timing of my volunteering since I have been able to experience the glorious, sunny weather on Saturday mornings over the last few weeks, just like this Saturday. For the 300th Rushcliffe parkrun, there was not a single cloud in the sky, which was excellent for all the volunteers but maybe not so good for the parkrunners!

Because of the hot weather we had difficulty in setting up the start as the ground was so dry, but a bit of brute force in some cases, and finding some handy pre-existing holes in others, meant we were successful in the end.

This week we had a total of 471 parkrunners and 27 of these were doing their first run at Rushcliffe including Michael Coltherd, who was first to finish with a fantastic time of 16.19. Despite the boiling hot weather, an amazing 46 people achieved new PB times, so well done to all of them.

As I gave the first timers briefing this Saturday (that is me above, with Elaine as Sign Language Support), I discovered that we had tourists from Kent, St Albans, Oxford, Derby, Cheltenham, Solihull, North Wales and even Australia!

Thank you to all the people at parkrun for making it a great experience and I shall be back soon to run the 5k!

Thanks for reading!




Run report for June 23rd – the benefits of parkrunning and why Jackie comes back every week!


“For the individual, parkrun provides an opportunity - through a unique athlete number and identification barcode - to record personal best times on a 5k course... but more than anything else parkrun has enabled people from across communities, of all ages, races, nationalities and backgrounds to come together. parkrun is an experience that combines running euphoria and achievement with social cohesion and camaraderie - and not a little suffering sometimes.” parkrun A Celebration 2014

The 299th Rushcliffe parkrun was, as always, a wonderful experience. As with most things in life it can easily be taken for granted. And yet here I am doing the run report and my first volunteering, and it’s made me realise that 64 parkruns, with 52 at Rushcliffe, it’s easy to take the parkrun for granted.

Of course we never take the volunteers for granted and it’s such a great achievement that Jo Thomas was doing her 100th volunteering stint and that we all felt compelled to clap our hands in appreciation even though Run Director, Ian wanted us to hold all the applause to the end.

I’m guessing that even Paul Sinton-Hewitt could not have imagined the impact that first Bushey parkrun would have for the individuals, communities and nations that are participating. My first parkrun happened because my brother in law suggested we run the Rushcliffe parkrun, they were already regulars at Lytham parkrun (which I’ve done now and would of course recommend). Four adults and two under 11s did the parkrun that day as a family... and that was it, I was back running again regularly, after a long period of limited running.

parkrun has changed my life and I’ve no doubt it has extended it too. Since getting back to regular running and parkrunning, I’m lighter, fitter and faster. Whenever I get the chance, I’m always encouraging non-parkrunners to come along.

And so to today’s parkrun...

Now where to begin? Ian Howe, our Run Director for the day, asked me to do this run report a while ago, and thank you for the opportunity. We met as a result of Rushcliffe parkrun, became friends and he spotted a write up I did on completing the Liverpool Half Marathon earlier this year and wanted me to write one for Rushcliffe.

I decided to take it easy today and experience the parkrun in all its glory. It was a lovely morning for a run, sunshine and a little breeze, and the park looked amazing. Thank you to Rushcliffe Country Park for allowing the parkrun to take place in such beautiful surroundings.

I took hold of Freddie, the dog’s lead and ran with him and Em for two of the 3.1 miles. I think Freddie had the most fun but he definitely needs extra running training. At one point he decided to go off track to say hello to another black Labrador and managed to get out of his collar. Fortunately I got him back in pretty sharpish as a dog off lead (and collar) is certainly not allowed in the parkrun rules.

Running a bit further back for the first two miles gave me chance to see a different side to parkrun. I wasn’t out for a PB and I wasn’t trying to beat my fellow regular parkrunners who I know from plenty of runs. I was able to help a runner by letting her know how far she’d run and who wanted to simply complete the 5k. Other runners were running and catching up with friends at the same time, just as Paul Sinton-Hewitt had hoped parkrun would be. And I watched as families with young children ran together. As there is every week, there was a range of walkers, joggers and runners all doing the parkrun together for various reasons, all of whom will have, I hope, experienced a sense of satisfaction in completing the 5k Rushcliffe parkrun.

For the last mile I passed Freddie to Em and sped up a bit. It felt good to be running faster and I to be able to pass the finishing line with a ‘sprint’. It wasn’t my fastest time, it wasn’t my slowest, but it was fun. I chatted to friends I’ve made who I have only met through being a regular Rushcliffe parkrunner.

There was just one problem at the finish funnel today caused, not by a runner, but by the Run Director, Ian who decided to walk over the finish line and was duly clicked in by one of the volunteer timers! Now the timer did as was expected, but as Ian said, “You just can’t get the standard of Run Director needed!”

Em and Freddie came in with a PB for the year so far, and we headed off with our parkrun friends for a coffee at the cafe, where you’re all welcome to pop along after the parkrun.

There were 39 first timers and 68 PBs at the 299th Rushcliffe parkrun. The winning time was 17:33 by Chris Neil of Barrow Runners.

431 runners, joggers and walkers got their first or another Rushcliffe parkrun under their belt today. Congratulations to you all – completing a 5k is no mean feat, there’s a reason why couch to 5k is a nine week programme, so well done everyone. And for whatever reason you may have completed it today, I hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll be back again, if not next week then soon. I’ll no doubt be there.

The sense of community and camaraderie at Rushcliffe is wonderful. If you’re reading this report and fancy coming along to Rushcliffe or any of the parkruns across the country or globe then sign up, print out your bar code and come long. You’ll not be too fast or too slow, too big or too small, you’ll simply be welcomed into the parkrun community with open arms. “…more than anything else parkrun has enabled people from across communities, of all ages, races, nationalities and backgrounds to come together.”

Enjoy your week and see you at the 300th Rushcliffe parkrun – shall I bring some cake to celebrate?

This report is brought to you by Jackie Key – regular parkrunner and avid parkrun promoter.

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Jennifer AITCHISON, Sally ALLSOPP, Heather BENNETT, Sheila CARRUTHERS, Helen CHAMBERLAIN, Kate COPPINGER, Lucas CORMACK, Isaac CORMACK, Christopher ELSTON, Lauren GLOVER, Grace HIRD, Amelia HIRD, Ian HOWE, Lynne KELLOW, Jackie KEY, Mike MACDONALD, George MAYELL, Chris NEALE, Katie ORMAN, Lorna PILBIN, Yvonne PILBIN, Alison POVER, Elaine SELLER, Marc THOMAS, Brooke THOMAS, Jo THOMAS, Andy TROW, Andy WALKER


Run Report – Rushcliffe parkrun Event 298 – 16th June 2018

This week's Run Report is bought to you by Luke, another of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers enjoying his final volunteering week as part of his Bronze Award.
Luke was one of your timekeepers on Saturday and we have never seen a more relaxed approach - clicking away on that stopwatch whilst it was safely tucked away in his pocket. No need for RD Chris to be nervous though...not a single person missed as they crossed the line!

Over to Luke....

This week was a good week, we had a turnout of over 400 runners (including GB triathlete Jodie Stimpson)

46 first timers enjoying their first visit to Rushcliffe Country Park.

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We also discovered a group of baby frogs hopping across the path whilst the runners were finishing which alarmed some of the volunteers.

Some of the announcements this week included it being Elaine’s 50th parkrun (as well as being our Sign Language Support Volunteer)


Ian Carrington, Dean Perry also celebrating their 50ths. Sarah Maston reaching a whopping 150 parkruns. Congratulations all. David Marshall tried to slip under the radar - he also ran his 150th but thanks to Lindsey, here's a belated shout out!

William Kirk was first finisher this week finished in a very quick time of 16 minutes and 20 seconds who was then followed by Oliver Matharu (a change from being first)

Luckily we had reasonable weather this week, unlike some weeks were the wind blows so hard you cant even hold a finish token, which meant everyone was able to do there jobs without freezing their fingers off.

Thanks, as always, to a great team of volunteers.


And as we bid farewell to Luke with our thanks (although we do hope he comes back to show off those timekeeping skills!), we are already welcoming new DofE participants into the team.

This week we also welcomed the team from DESMOMD (Diabetes Education Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) team – a service running within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


DESMOND is a structured group education course aimed at individuals with Type 2 diabetes.
Last week was #DiabetesWeek and it was a great opportunity for the team to showcase the openness and inclusiveness of parkrun.

parkrun is now the UK’s most popular sporting event for people living with diabetes, with well over twelve thousand runners or walkers participating in parkrun events self reporting as having the condition. To support those parkrunners, and encourage those who have yet to take part, parkrun run a closed Facebook group ( which acts as a user friendly tool for support and practical advice.

If you are interested in finding out any more about DESMOND, follow them on Facebook and Twitter @desmondnotts
Interested in attending a course? Simply ask your GP to refer if you live in Nottinghamshire and have a county GP!

Another happy & healthy week at Rushcliffe parkrun. We hope to see you back next week :)
(Photos courtesy of the DESMOND team - except the frog one!)


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