Shipley Country parkrun – 13/01/17 #45

This Saturday was another chilly one, but despite this we still saw 142 of you over the line. We also had an excellent turnout of 26 volunteers who guided and cheered you around the course, so huge thank you to them!

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Even our honorary dog marshall, Buster, got in on the action!



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First over the line was Luke Beresford, who sped round in 18:19! Next was Mark Brown in 22:41, closely followed by Mark Shankland in 22:49. For the ladies we saw Cerys Buxton over the line first in 25:03. Second over the line was Hazel Winchester in 27:08, with Danielle De Simone not far behind in 27:13. Excellent efforts and well done all!

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As most of you know we have had to change our course due to our previous start and finish area being too water logged to use. We have decided to keep our new start and finish area permanently, so please spread the word! We would also like to thank all of you for your feedback on the new course and for bearing with us through these changes, it is unbelievably challenging to plan a new course that is bang on 5K, as well as fitting in our normal non parkrun lives - who knew finding and now loosing 200 metres in a park like Shipley could be so difficult! This week will pretty much the same, just some minor tweaking - and before you all ask, the hill remains :D

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Finally just a mention about our Food Bank Donation Point. We started this last year, donating to Salcare in Heanor, and have had a great response and will be carrying on with this. So, if you can, pop an extra tin into weekly shop and bring it down.

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Thanks again, and see you all this coming Saturday at our new starting area down by the Visitors Centre :D


EVENT CANCELLED- 6th January 2018

It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the event this Saturday- 6th January 2018.

The County Cross Country Championship is taking place within the country park this Saturday and having had numerous conversations with the championship organisers and the Shipley Country Park team, I see no alternative than to cancel our beloved parkrun.

Whilst this is not the news I would wish to give, it does give you all an opportunity to travel to other local (or non local!) parkruns, for a spot of tourism.

On the plus side this will also give us more time to finalise the new amended course route- silver lining and all that!

I will miss our parkrun community this week- but go forth and conquer across the East Midlands (and beyond) and spread some Shipley Country parkrun love, fun and enthusiasm!


Event Director


Last parkrun 2017

Dear park runners

Hello , Lisa here your RD for what was the last parkrun of 2017. What a parkrun it was. So I went down to check the paths by the visitors centre early in the morning as it had been icy the night before and as far as a thought all was well! Oooops forgot to check the field ! My BAD ! In hindsight I am kind of glad that I didn't because I know as a team we would have cancelled .

We had some fabulous feedback from you guys about the route despite the added 800+ meters

Lucy McIntyre-Sowter "Preferred the route! Thanks to all volunteers and happy new year xxx"

Rachel Roberts "I'd like to say a special thank you to all today's volunteers for putting the run on despite the mud, directing us round the new route and braving the cold wind - and for the extra .5km to help burn off all the chocolates and gin!"

David Roberts "Thanks all. Really enjoyed the detour through The Magic Forest"

I love that name "Magic Forest" and it really did look magical as the runners came to the new improvised finish line not long after Marshal point 2 - Im sure people felt a huge relief to know that they didn't have to run the Long Dreaded Bridle Path lol :D
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Thank you to all the volunteers who went into overdrive and rallied round to make this change work. Without you this really would not have been possible - we even had feedback from a first time runner expressing how well you guys did getting everyone round the last minute change! Thank you: Laura BURTON, Nicola CARTER, Rebecca DICKINSON, Vanessa DOBSON, Andrea GARLICK, Darren Lee HAYES, Alexis HUTCHINSON, Lisa KIRKLEY, Scott De LEACEY, Tara LEACEY, Harrison MORLEY, Isobel MORLEY, Ian MORLEY, Hannah PETRIE, Andy QUINN, Chelsea QUINN, Tim SIMPSON, Millie SIMPSON, Lisa SIMPSON, Julie SMITH, Ian STEVENSON, Sophie VINCENT

We had a total of 160 runners which was great considering that it was a run between Christmas and New Year and we had the New Year run scheduled - thank you everyone of you for supporting this awesome parkrun!

First finisher came to a fabulous young runner in the 11-14 category Angus Wright - well done ! 20:57 despite the added distance - Amazing!
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Danielle Booth was our First Lady with a time of 21:48, we had 43 first timers and get this 2 PB's even though it was more than 5k!! The finish had a lovely feel - the kids nipped over to the near by zip wire and most people stayed behind to support the other runners coming through . Lovely Atmosphere ! Last parkrun of 2017Last parkrun of 2017

Shame the end won't be here every week but I'm sure you all want a true 5k ;) now the process has started to change the route I'm pretty sure we won't be going back to the dreaded boggy field . Look forward to seeing lots more runners throughout 2018 as we continue to grow Shipley Country parkrun together!

Massive thanks to our Event director Tara Leacey who really does work tirelessly behind the scenes doing all the boring paper work and compliance stuff - really without her we would not all be here nearly a year on! Thank you Tara!!

See you all soon.
Big Love
Your RD for this Event
Lisa xx


The New Run Director does the Run Report- 01.01.18

Once upon a time in a Land far far away (just down the road from Tesco) there was a group of people (and dogs) that gathered to run and walk 5km through a glorious woodland trail of puddles and mud.

It was an important date in history, Monday (yes Monday)! 1st January… I shall hereby rename that day
‘parkrun do the Double Day’!


‘parkrun, your chance to do two but can do just one if you want to Day’! (hmmmm not very catchy)
Let’s just stick with ‘parkrun day’!

With part of the original route still being like a mud-bath (that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a pig sty), quick thinking volunteers had another new course prepared. There’s no way that the event wouldn’t go ahead, everyone was too excited and wanted to keep people’s dreams alive of taking part in parkrun on New Year’s Day
And lots of you did have that dream!

On the first day of 2018, with bellies full of beige Christmas stodge and chocolate...

246 of you made your way around the route (whoop whoop)

73 first timers (hope to see you all again)

46 recorded a new Personal Best (fantabulous)

131 of you crazy bunch went on to ‘do the double’! (33 went to Markeaton, 74 Long Eaton, 23 Beeston and 1 Colwick)

UntitledThe vibe was amazing, lots of smiley faces and laughter could be heard, along with some groans and grimacing faces as you pushed through to the finish. Alas, all good things must come to an end, but not until you give a cheer for the 22 volunteers that made this New Year’s Day event happen. Jessica Dobson, Rebecca Dickinson, Lee Francis, Lisa Kirkley, Ross Poyzer, Darren Lee Hayes, Tim Simpson, Richard Errington, Ian Morley, Samantha Webb, Caroline Lawson, Lisa Simpson, Tara Leacey, Harrison Morley, Colin Northedge, Nicola Carter, Isobel Morley, Millie Simpson, Alistair Poyzer, Drew Cameron, Georgie-Ann Cameron, Vanessa Dobson. Untitled


I look forward to seeing you all again throughout the year as I join the Shipley Country Run Director Team (please be kind haha).

Wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy 2018.
Becki D


LOCAL RUNNING CLUBS- Sessions for January 2018

There are plenty of local running clubs and groups and with the new year now in full swing, why not take the opportunity to join one and see just what 2018 can bring for you.....maybe a new running addiction, a new PB, meet new friends, or just get out and about regularly.


Smalley Road Runners will be involved in Jog Derbyshire's Jog in to January in the new year, we have an absolute beginners group (including people who have never ran before), improvers and advanced. Starting on Thursday 4th January 2018, and perfect for absolute beginners, those returning to running after a long time out etc, we hope to see lots of new and old faces join us.

4th January at Heanor Conservative Club. Meet at 6:45pm so we have time to chat before hand and complete registration forms, sessions start at 7:00pm.

No one gets left behind!


We meet every Wednesday 6pm at the bottom of the car park for Rutland street Tesco, ilkeston.

We start back on 10th January which includes the start of a new couch to 5k programme.

We generally have two or three running every week which range from beginners to about 4 Miles in distance.

Completely free to attend!


Kimberley And District Striders are running their third Couch 2 5k starting on 11th Jan, 7.00pm from Kimberley leisure Centre.

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