Midweek update 6th July

Good Morning my fellow parkrunners!
 
So just 24 hours until we next meet at the beautiful Shorne Woods Country Park for pacers week :)
 
we are on the lookout for timers, scanners and more marshals please if you are available to help.
 
If you can help then please contact us in the normal way either on our facebook page  or at shornewoodshelpers@parkrun.com
see you all tomorrow
Pete
 

Midweek Update – 21st June 2018

 

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First timers briefing at 8.55am

What do you need to know for this parkrunday?

The Weather: It's forecast to be a lovely morning at Shorne on Saturday, with temperatures between 16-17°C, sunny intervals & minimal wind!

Volunteers:  We're still in need of at least 10 volunteers for this week, although on the plus side every role is available (!) including timekeeping, scanning, marshals, tokens, set-up & tail walker. If you are able to help out on Saturday, or in future weeks, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz in the morning.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

parkrun Milestones:  It looks like we have 2 parkrunners potentially reaching a parkrun milestone, with Becky Denny one run away from their 10th parkrun (a milestone only recognised for juniors) Jackie Miles only one away from her 50th parkrun!

If you're not Becky or Jackie, then please let us know as we'd love to celebrate your achievement!

Anything else:

    • If you're new to parkrun / Shorne Woods parkrun, firstly welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55am
    • Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
    • Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
    • DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
    • We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule applies in this case
    • Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
    • Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
    • If you're a trained first aider or medical professional why not grab one of our first aider armbands.
    • Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!

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And so to other news........

Other than at Shorne, where can you find us: As well as finding us at Shorne Woods Country park each Saturday @ 9am, you can find us on facebooktwitter, and on Instagram, as well as news & photos on here.

Milestone T-shirt update - NEW UPDATE

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts, please see the latest announcement (from 22nd May 2018).

For those of you new to parkrun, there are different milestones that are recognised with a free (yes free!) t-shirt.  For walk/jog/running your weekly 5km parkrun, your 10th (juniors only) 50th, 100th, 250th & 500th all receive a t-shirt, while for volunteering 25 times you also get a t-shirt.  And just in case you're wondering, 21 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest well over 650!

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday for some parkrunfun!

Cheers,

Jonathan

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Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #274 – 16th June 2018

The Bells
Joyce (right) with Barry, Ali & yet-to-be born Grandson!

This Saturday was a special parkrun for me – I got to run Shorne Woods with my daughter Ali and my yet-to-be born grandson!

parkrun is something of a family affair for us.  On any given Saturday, my son and his fiancée may be running Crystal Palace or Dulwich, my brother-in-law Dartford, Ali Berlin (although rather less frequently of late!) and occasionally my nephew will run Haga parkrun in Stockholm where he lives.  My son-in-law Nathaniel was first introduced to parkrun at Great Lines on Christmas Day 2014 and has since got the running bug.  Ali and Nathaniel even managed a cheeky parkrun on the day of their Wedding Reception back in October.

If we are all together it is almost obligatory to do a parkrun.   As well as Shorne Woods, we have had a couple of weekends away and fitted in a parkrun – most recently in March when we ran the newly-established Berlin parkrun in temperatures of -6 degrees.  The kids have even bought us weekend away in Belfast as a birthday present for Barry.  Why Belfast?   Because it is reckoned to be the fastest parkrun in the UK – although if we are on the Guinness on the night before we probably won’t be very fast!!

Every Saturday our Whatsapp family group has a flurry of messages comparing notes on our various parkruns.  It’s a great way of feeling closer to each other even though we are so far flung.  We even have a bit of a competition on age grading – with me having recently displaced my nephew at the top of the age graded leader board – my 74.58% at Pegwell Bay last month beating my nephew’s previous family record of 74.22%.

We’re all now waiting impatiently to introduce our newest family member to the joys of parkrunning!

Joyce

 

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Thanks to Joyce for a fab piece about her, her family & parkrun!  We're always on the lookout for someone to write a run report each week, and the content can be based on that week's event, or as Joyce has done, your parkrun story.

If you'd like to write a report just drop us an email with your story, any specific photos you want to include (you'll find the photos on our Flickr page, which you can find via this link) and we'll take care of the rest.

 

As well as Joyce, a huge thank you to all this week's volunteers for another fab event.

This week's superstars were:

Andrew HARRIS  •  Angela WADE  •  Becky DENNY  •  Chris WARNER  •  Daniel IVES  •  Dawn GRANGER  •  Diana COMFORT  •  Donna MARTIN  •  Gary GROUTAGE  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Joyce BELL  •  Kevin DENNY  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Louise STAPLEY  •  Maggie HARRIS  •  Mark NASH  •  Peter FISHER  •  Peter GRANGER  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Samantha NOBBS  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM  •  Vicki DENNY  •  Wendy CHATMAN  •  Zachary IVES

If you'd like to help out in future weeks, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) you can find the roster for the next few weeks here

 

parkrun Milestones

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Congratulations to Malcolm on reaching his 100th parkrun, along with Dan & Emma for making to almost a year of parkrunning with their 50th parkrun!

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Also reaching this landmark was Pete, our quiet & understated Run Director, who has reached this milestone while also volunteering at Shorne most weeks since mid 2014, while also being recognised as the loudest Run Director in parkrun history - apparently!

If you're due to reach a parkrun milestone, please let us know as we'd love to celebrate with you, we do our best to pick up everyone due to run one.  However if you're leaving it a few weeks between runs, or have run the preceding run at another location we may not be aware.  You can let us know on the morning, or feel free to drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com).

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And so to other news........

Other than at Shorne, where can you find us: As well as finding us at Shorne Woods Country park each Saturday @ 9am, you can find us on facebooktwitter, and on Instagram, as well as news & photos on here.

Milestone T-shirt update - NEW UPDATE

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts, please see the latest announcement (from 22nd May 2018).

For those of you new to parkrun, there are different milestones that are recognised with a free (yes free!) t-shirt.  For walk/jog/running your weekly 5km parkrun, your 10th (juniors only) 50th, 100th, 250th & 500th all receive a t-shirt, while for volunteering 25 times you also get a t-shirt.  And just in case you're wondering, 19 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest over 650!

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Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #273 – 9th June 2018

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parkrun, the only place where you will see adults compete against babies in buggies. I will explain a bit later.

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It was another perfect weather for a run at Shorne Woods this week. The pre-run brief was particularly exciting. After uncle Gary (I know you might find this a bit strange, but trust me, he's my uncle) managed to get everyone's attention – he, among other stuff told of this week's milestones. Paul was one of the three people recognised, but not before he managed to 'find' himself. Paul's name was called out, but he wasn't there. Then suddenly, the guy ran from wherever he was 'hiding' to the front of the pack to make himself known. While I was thinking, "where did he appear from", I was also relating to his obvious excitement. It took me back to when I was going to be recognised for my 50th run. I could hardly sleep the night before. Other than my excitement, I was also kept awake by the thought of whether or not they will say my name right. As I eagerly waited in full anticipation, Jonathan pronounced my rather long name the exact way my wife would whenever she's angry with me. That singular act made me feel at home. The recognition of milestones are a fantastic part of parkrun, and at Shorne Woods, we do it ever so well.

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This week's recognition of the 70th anniversary of the amazing NHS was awesome. I am a big fan of the NHS, especially after the NHS saved my life in 2010. Respect goes to nurse Pete. I could not resist a good laugh when I saw him in his fitted outfit. I would never want him to administer whatever drug(s) he was on to me though. But kudus to him and others who made the effort. When Pete got to the finishing funnel, he muttered, "I was going for a PB". Sorry nurse; you were just 4 seconds out. Try again without the uniform sir (or madam – depending on whoever shows up next week).

Anyway, the usual running, jugging, walking, chatting and overall fun was as always a sight to behold. I especially liked how people would encourage each other both during and after the run. While I was trying hard not too collapse, I heard people around me saying things like "good run", "well done" and "please come back next week" (actually, I said that to myself). I can always count to two dads running with their young son and daughter respectively. I would always cheer them on. They encourage me. They remind me that my persistence would one day pay off. My daughters will one day come to Shorne Wood parkrun with me. Actually, that was a joke.

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If I were to give this week's run a title, it will be 'buggy day'. with at least 4 on show this week, which also gave added motivation to some, which I loved, and included one lady giving her all as she approached the finishing funnel. As soon as she crossed, she looked at her friend and said, "I was not going to be beaten by a buggy". I laughed so much, I was in tears. I feel her though. A few months ago, I assumed I was running super fast. I was cruising during my second lap, when suddenly; at the corner of my left eye a baby appeared. Shock horror! Then without any pre-warning the dad ran past me while pushing his baby. I thought, "what an abomination!" "What will I tell my children?" I tried to catch up, but I soon lost all hope. I wanted to jump into lake Shorne in shame. So I totally understand the lady who would not be beaten by a buggy. The good thing about parkrun is that it's all done in pure fun.

One that note, please have an awesome week, and please, lets do this again next week (ED: apologies for the delay in pusblishing this weeks report, as you'll have guessed Ayodele had this over to us last weekend!)

 

Ayodele
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And so to other news........

Volunteers for the 16th June (tomorrow!)

We're still on the look out for 2-3 marshals this week, if you are able to help please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com)

Other than at Shorne, where can you find us: As well as finding us at Shorne Woods Country park each Saturday @ 9am, you can find us on facebooktwitter, and on Instagram, as well as news & photos on here.

Milestone T-shirt update - NEW UPDATE

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts, please see the latest announcement (from 22nd May 2018).

For those of you new to parkrun, there are different milestones that are recognised with a free (yes free!) t-shirt.  For walk/jog/running your weekly 5km parkrun, your 10th (juniors only) 50th, 100th, 250th & 500th all receive a t-shirt, while for volunteering 25 times you also get a t-shirt.  And just in case you're wondering, 19 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest over 650!

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Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #272 – 2nd June 2018

 

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Saturday 2nd June – Event Number 272

On what turned out to be a glorious morning, a morning designed for running and nothing else, 259 of us gathered at Shorne Woods Country Park for another parkrun.

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Phil behind the camera!

 

Digressing a little bit, I must say parkrun must be one of the best initiatives ever. It took Phil Bachelor over a year of pleading, begging (they might mean the same thing actually!), and even threatening before I finally gave in and attended my first parkrun at Shorne Woods. In all honesty, if running was what was going to get the guy off my back, then running it was. 158 runs later, and parkrun has since become part of my life, literally.

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Just some of our superstar volunteers!

So back to this weekend’s run, it was a good morning for a run. The usual volunteers gathering was held to plan the run, along with the first timer runners’ brief. Before the pre-run brief, you could hear people catching up on the past week and downplaying what time they expected to do on the day. What a way to start the weekend! It’s just an atmosphere of pure joy.

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Anyway, the pre-run brief started, and without too much encouragement, the whole place went quiet. We were able to listen to every word said, and celebrate those who had reached milestones, including an unofficial 200th run!  We were also introduced to the pacers. As the time to start the run was approaching, you could see those who cared eagerly waiting to press start on their watches – or whatever device they had on their wrists. Off we went, the people who wanted to improve their times, those who didn't care, and those who just wanted to run for the right reasons – we all set off.

 

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Pete & Gary

The ground was so dry that even ‘pond Shorne’ was water free. As we ran past the awesome volunteers, there would be an encouraging “well done” said. I remember running past Gary Groutage, and it was nice that runners were congratulating him on volunteering for 250th time at Shorne. How did he do that?!  While on the subject of volunteering, it was great seeing so many people wearing their purple volunteering milestone t-shirts. Everyone who has volunteered at one time or the other is a star, and celebrating volunteers on Saturday could only be a good thing.

 

So, people ran, jogged and walked with or without their dogs, while some regulars had children. I could never tell who was leading who. Getting to the finish could bring all sorts of emotions. I really wanted to see how people reacted when they crossed the finishing line (I think that’s what it’s called). When I crossed, I went to do the scanning, and Sue Beecham asked if I managed a sub-20 run. The scanners didn't just scan, they engaged runners in conversations – and even Pete made me realise that I achieved my recent times by running faster! I am so glad he told me that!

 

Back to the finishing funnel, the emotions ranged from, ‘thank God it’s over’, ‘why do I do this to myself’, ‘I need to sit somewhere’, ‘how did they run past me’, 'what do I need to do to get a new PB?’, ‘what’s for breakfast?’ to ‘that was awesome!’ - all sorts of emotions, and they were all a sight to behold.

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Saturday was a typically glorious day, with people encouraging each other as they usually do. But this weekend’s parkrun at Shorne Woods and many other parkruns also stood out because we didn't just run, we celebrated those who always give their time and runs to make it happen.

 

Have an awesome week ahead.

 

Ayodele Olusanya
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And so to other news........

Other than at Shorne, where can you find us: As well as finding us at Shorne Woods Country park each Saturday @ 9am, you can find us on facebooktwitter, and on Instagram, as well as news & photos on here.

Milestone T-shirt update - NEW UPDATE

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts, please see the latest announcement (from 22nd May 2018).

For those of you new to parkrun, there are different milestones that are recognised with a free (yes free!) t-shirt.  For walk/jog/running your weekly 5km parkrun, your 10th (juniors only) 50th, 100th, 250th & 500th all receive a t-shirt, while for volunteering 25 times you also get a t-shirt.  And just in case you're wondering, 19 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest over 650!

.

Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

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