Shorne Woods parkrun – #290 – 6th October 2018

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So for those of you who've read the last few run reports, this week was supposed to be part two of the volunteer roles (part 1 can be found here) however non-parkrun life has got in the way this week, so instead it's a shorter report, focusing on the confessions of a certain parkrun pacer!

Before we get into my pacing failures (!) for anyone that hasn't read Ayodele's run report from last week, which tells Rebekah's inspiring story, it's well work a read, and you can find it here.

Another distraction before I confess all, with it being International parkrun Day last Saturday, here is the original poster to promote the first parkrun (known at the time as the Bushy Park Time Trial)...

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...as well as the results from the first event....

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....so I really can't put this off any longer.....so lets start with what I wrote about pacing only two weeks ago, and I've highlighted the key section in blue:

Pacer:  On the first Saturday of the month (there are a couple of exceptions, which we communicate at the time) we offer the chance for people to run with pacers, and so are always on the look out for people to pace.  It can be any time, although I'd always recommend running a time at least a couple of minutes slower than you 'normally' run.  We provide the pacer bibs, with your chosen time on the back, and then it's over to you.  The other advice I'd offer on this, is the start is always congested, which can mean you have a slower start than your target time dictates.  If this is the case i'd suggest trying to recover the lost time over the 3 laps rather than in the first lap, as those trying to run with you are going to be working hard, it's also well worth having a practice before you try it for the first time.  I do enjoy pacing, and it's not a bad feeling knowing you've helped someone a little bit to get round to a new PB!

So remembering that I've only recently written that, and it's based on having paced a few times before at Shorne, you'd expect me to have an idea of what I'm doing........the reality however was more like this:

As predicted above, I started off slow due to the congestion at the start, but that's fine it's as expected and I knew what to do....so within 50 metres of leaving the start line I saw a gap in the runners darted through it leaving everyone trying to get around to 28 minutes in my wake! I honestly didn't realise, and possibly if I'd eased off once I was through the gap it would have been okay, but for whatever reason, I kept the pace up, so by the end of lap 1 I was bang on schedule, meaning I'd recovered all the lost time at the start in one lap rather than over the three!

But even after the first lap there was still time to rescue the situation, however then came mistake number 2, I didn't believe my watch when it said I was running too fast, despite it saying it consistently for a good half a mile, which meant by the end of lap 2 I was 20 seconds ahead of pace

Much too late, I then tried to repair the damage by easing off for the last lap, however I didn't really manage that either as I was still  13 seconds too quick by the end.

So what have I learned, other than the reminding me of what my Dad used to say when I was growing up "do what I say, not what I do!", that maybe I need to listen to the other advice I offered, which is a bit of practice before the next pacing day on the 10th November!

Heartfelt apologies to anyone trying to use me to get round to 28 minutes on Saturday.

Jonathan

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Event #290 - 6th October 2018

This week was International parkrun Day, otherwise known as parkrun's 14th Birthday, and as well as celebrating with cake (which went down a treat!) we also had our first Sign Support role as we were joined by Jess who kindly signed for us (thank you Jess).  Unfortunately it's not a role we're currently able to offer, however if you do know anyone that can sign, and maybe interested in joining us on a Saturday morning, it would be great to be able to offer this, and promote this role to potentially open up Shorne Woods parkrun for deaf/hard of hearing parkrunners.

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This week we were joined by 233 parkrunners & 32 volunteers, of which we had 4 first time parkrunners, and 7 first time tourists, which included our sign support Jess, and a group up from Portsmouth.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers for event #290, this week's superstars were:

David REID • Jonathan CROWLE • Robert Norton SIBLEY • Gary GROUTAGE • Lesley WRIGHT • Graham WRIGHT • Dawn GRANGER • Alison CHAPMAN • Susan Louise BEECHAM • Matthew BAXTER • Peter GRANGER • Kay KAPSALIS • Phil SWEETING • David REED • Ian AUBORN • Becky BAXTER • Daniel GREEN • Martin FLYNN • Ken PHILLIPS • Geoffrey BAINS • Jess LYONS • Isaac THOMAS • Jess HEYWORTH • Bernard PRESSMAN • Sarah TERRY • Yozanne TERRY • Ursula WHEATLEY • Rebekah PASHLEY • Helen TELFER • Donna MARTIN • Lily NORMAN • Bethan CARTER

Also this week, 2 of you celebrated a parkrun milestone, as  Poppy completed her 10th parkrun (a milestone only recognised for juniors) and Samantha completed her 50th!

There were also an amazing 53 of you who achieved a new PB (also including Poppy)!

Congratulations to all 54 of you!

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Volunteering

We do still need a few volunteers for this week, including a tail walker, a couple of people to scan barcodes, as well as a couple more marshals & someone to take photos.

If you are able to help out this Saturday, or in future weeks, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

All feedback on the run reports, topics for future reports, or indeed letting us know you'd like to write it one week, gratefully received.

See you on parkrunday,

Jonathan

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 – #289 – 29th September 2018

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Before we get onto a fantastic run report from Ayodele, I just wanted to let you know that this parkrunday (6th October) not only is it International parkrunday (otherwise known as parkrun's 14th Birthday**) it's also pacers week, plus for the first time we have British Sign Language (BSL) support for Deaf/Hard of Hearing runners.  So if you, or someone you know, would benefit from this support, this is the week to join us, as we've kindly been contacted by a BSL interpreter, visiting near Shorne Woods this weekend, that can offer sign support.

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parkrun is one of the best initiatives ever, and some of the most amazing people gather every Saturday at Shorne Woods for what always tends to be a fun time. This Saturday was no exception. Although the morning started on the chilly side, by the time the parkrunners were trotting into the park, the weather was turning out to be perfect for a 5k run. They call him the 'loud Run Director', but being that I fear being thumped, I will stick to Uncle Pete. Uncle Pete soon sent us off on our way – and 239 of us did exactly as we were told.

The most fascinating thing about Shorne Woods parkrun is how everyone encourages someone else. Also, we don't just run, walk or jog, but get to know a bit about other runners. As I would usually do, I ran past Rebekah Pashley this morning, and I said the usual "well done", and in return, I got the usual calm smile, followed by the even calmer "thank you". Rebekah is a remarkable young lady who like many, has benefited from parkrun, and especially the atmosphere at Shorne Woods.

Rebekah has pushed through so many social, mental and physical barriers by running every Saturday.  Helped by knowing that she will always be motivated to keep going by fellow Shorne Wood parkrunners such as Penny & Barry Marsh, Hannah and Jeremy Horton, Sarah, Gavin & Yozanne Terry and of course mum Miriam. You can also throw in those who would stop to check on her when they notice that she's struggling, and of course those that offer general encouragement.

Maybe if I tell you that Rebekah has hypermobility syndrome you might understand why Shorne Wood parkrun is all-important to her. How about if you were to know that Rebekah has chronic pains, which lead to strains, subluxations (yep! I needed a dictionary too) of various joints.  But yet, she will hardly miss a Saturday morning at Shorne Woods – because she is guaranteed to be spurred on, just as many of us are. Rebekah wants to get back to full fitness, especially being that she's been a Latin and Ballroom dancer since the age of 5, competing for 10 years. Nothing helps her better than her Saturday runs.

I know of her because we got chatting – but I am sure everyone looks forward to Shorne Woods on Saturday mornings for their own particular reason. Mine? My belly has to go down! Ok, seriously, where else will I see about 200 people who share the same interest as mine? My family has barred me from talking about running at home, so I have to be at Shorne Woods on Saturdays just to tell someone of my exploits, otherwise I would soon lose my mind.

When we run together on Saturdays at Shorne Woods, we do a lot more than run. We make friends, we laugh together, we share stories which no one else is interested in (maybe that's just me) and most importantly, we spur each other on to do well. As I told Justin Bettey after I managed to finish my run alive, we are a lot more than just runners.

Have a great week ahead.

Ayodele

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Many thanks to Ayodele for an amazing report, along with Rebekah for kindly sharing her inspiring story.

As well as Ayodele, we had 21 volunteers for event #289, this week's superstars were:

Alison CHAPMAN  •  Andrew PATERNOSTER  •  Ayodele OLUSANYA  •  Bethan CARTER  •  Dawn GRANGER  •  Donna MARTIN  •  Gary GROUTAGE  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Joyce BELL  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Lily NORMAN  •  Margaret ALLEN  •  Peter GRANGER  •  Rebekah PASHLEY  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Sarah TERRY  •  Stephen CASON  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM  •  Ursula WHEATLEY  •  Will RELF  •  Yozanne TERRY

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Volunteering

We do still need a few volunteers for this week, including a number of marshals, pacers to add to the 4 we already have, a funnel manager, as well as someone to do the first timers briefing & photography (full details of all these roles can be found here).

If you are able to help out this Saturday, or in future weeks, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

If you missed the report from a couple of week's ago, and want to find out how to get badges on your parkrun athlete page (who wouldn't!) then follow this link!

All feedback on the 'run' reports, topics for future reports, or indeed letting us know you'd like to write it one week, gratefully received.

See you on parkrunday,

Jonathan

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 – #288 – 22nd September 2018

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As mentioned in last week's report, I thought I'd write about volunteering & the various volunteer roles available at Shorne Woods each week, in part to show that there's something for everyone, but also that they're all straightforward & you'll hopefully love it!  [Update: This has turned into a two part report as I've been writing more on each role than I originally thought, part two will be in a couple of weeks, as we have Ayodele kindly writing this Saturday's report]

In the last 12 months we've had 191 different people volunteer, which is amazing, and I think I'm safe in saying everyone of them loved it, and got to enjoy the event from a different perspective.  And of course, the added bonus of getting to wear a stunning piece of hi-viz each time!

Whether you're one of those 191 superstars, someone thinking about helping out, or have an interest in what's involved, then below is a brief overview of the first batch of volunteer roles.  Now before you read on, I have mentioned the odd pitful of a role, two things to note, I speak from personal experience when I write these (as in I've made the mistake) but most importantly all these are easy to fix (and I mean really easy) just let the RD on the day know.

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Barcode Scanning:  We provide the scanner, show you how the scanner works (there's just one button to press) and the order to scan the barcodes (always athlete barcode first) and away you go.  There are normally three scanners, so you're never alone.  Plus it's a good way to put a name to a face!

Finish Tokens (& Finish Token Support):  Hand out the finish tokens to all the finishers (if for some reason they don't want a token just remember to put it in your pocket - this helps keep the tokens & the stopwatches in sync) and if you drop them (and yes I've done this - 30 tokens in fact!) just leave them to one side, and when you can, let the run director know as they can tweak the results in the cafe afterwards.

First Timers Briefing: The aim of this is to take first time parkrunners, or first time visitors to Shorne Woods parkrun, through the basics of the event.  It's a 5 minute overview of the course, the event, and of course the location for post parkrun coffee & cake!  We provide a script to help you cover the key points, and this obvioulsy always happens before the run (normally at 8.55am) so is a role you can undertake while still getting in a parkrun.

Funnel Manager: For those up for the glamour of a 'Management' role, this could be right up your street!  To give you a bit of context, once the parkrunners pass the timers & enter the funnel, their time is logged & in the results.  The role of the funnel manager is to ensure everyone stays in the order they enter the funnel, they keep moving along it, that they don't duck out, or if they need to (i.e. they're feeling a bit queezy - although it's only happened a few times for the 47k+ parkruns completed!) that the finish token is kept to oneside until they're ready to collect it. At the beginning & end of the event this is normally a quiet role, however for about 10 minutes (finishing times from about 25-35 minutes) you can get large groups of people coming through.  The key requirement for this role, is being prepared to be heard if you need to deal with any issues mentioned above, no subtlty required here!

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Marshal:  Definitely a non technical role, however hugely important, whether from encouraging the parkrunners on the three & a bit laps, coming into contact with other park users, reporting minor incidents back to the run director at the end of the event, or on the very rare occassion, dealing with more serious ones by raising the alarm during the event.  And finally collecting in the cones, arrows & signs on your way back to the finish, once the tail walker has past you for the final time.

Pacer:  On the first Saturday of the month (there are a couple of exceptions, which we communicate at the time) we offer the chance for people to run with pacers, and so are always on the look out for people to pace.  It can be any time, although I'd always recommend running a time at least a couple of minutes slower than you 'normally' run.  We provide the pacer bibs, with your chosen time on the back, and then it's over to you.  The other advice I'd offer on this, is the start is always congested, which can mean you have a slower start than your target time dictates.  If this is the case i'd suggest trying to recover the lost time over the 3 laps rather than in the first lap, as those trying to run with you are going to be working hard, it's also well worth having a practice before you try it for the first time.  I do enjoy pacing, and it's not a bad feeling knowing you've helped someone a little bit to get round to a new PB!

Photographer:  Quite simple, turn up take photos of the event, load onto our flickr page (which you can find via this link) let us know, and we'll then send out comms to let everyone know they're available to view!  Having said that it's definitely a more time consuming role than many at parkrun, as depending how many photos you have to go through, and whether they require any editing, this can easily be an extra hour or so afterwards.  However based on the viewing figures of photos, along with feedback we receive, lots of our parkrunners love the fact you've gone to the trouble of taking them.

 

In a couple of weeks I'll cover the remaining roles: Post-event Close Down; Pre-event Setup; Run Director; Run Report Writer; Tail Walker; Timekeeper & Token Sorting.

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In terms of the weekend just gone, here are the highlights:

Event #288 - 22nd September 2018

This week we were joined by 227 parkrunners & 18 volunteers, of which we had 8 first time parkrunners, and for the second week running, 11 first time tourists, plus a first time volunteer!

A huge thank you to all our volunteers for event #288, this week's superstars were:

Barbara OCKENDON  •  Becky BAXTER  •  Bethan CARTER  •  Bradley NORTHERN  •  David REID  •  Dawn GRANGER  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  Isaac THOMAS  •  Jess LYONS  •  John WILLIAMS  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Lily NORMAN  •  Margaret ALLEN  •  Oliver NORTHERN  •  Phil SWEETING  •  Rebekah PASHLEY  •  Sarah TERRY  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM

 

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Also this week, 4 of you celebrated a parkrun milestone, as  Kay & Julian completed their 50th parkrun, and Glynis & Matt completed their 100th!  In addition there were 40 of you who achieved a new PB!

 

Congratulations to all 44 of you!

 

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Volunteering

We do still need a few volunteers for this week, including scanners, marshals, & finish tokens, as well as some to do the first timers briefing & photography (full details of all these roles are above - definitely sounds better than find out what to do in two weeks!).

If you are able to help out this Saturday, or in future weeks, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

If you missed last week's report, and want to find out how to get badges on your parkrun athlete page (who wouldn't!) then follow this link!

All feedback on the 'run' reports, topics for future reports, or indeed letting us know you'd like to write it one week, gratefully received.

See you on parkrunday,

Jonathan

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 – #287 – 15th September 2018

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So for anyone that has been around Shorne Woods parkrun for more than a couple of years, you'll be aware we used to publish a regular run report each week.  For the last couple of years it's been hit & miss at best, although it's always been an aim to try and get back to publishing a regular report / comms for the Shorne Woods parkrun community.  Back in June, Ayodele & Joyce both kindly wrote a few run reports, that gave the 'intent to write regular reports' a bit more of a kick!

So this is the first attempt, it's unlikely to be a fulsome report on that week's run, and some weeks (including this) it may hardly relate to that week's run at all, however it'll always cover something from the world of parkrun / our event / the local area.  And of course if you fancy writing a piece on your parkrun experience / the event in general, please just let us know.

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Stats, Stats, Stats!

We all love some parkrun stats don't we?  No, really?  Not even when you've just run a new PB!  Still no, how about achievement badges?  I've got you now surely??!!  If not, maybe scroll down a couple of paragraphs, for the rest, read on.....

So for most of us that like to check out our (or possibly other peoples) weekly parkrun stats, you'll be checking PBs, number of locations, average times etc etc.  However something I've only become aware of recently is much more interesting / dangerous, as it tracks you against various parkrun challenges!

To access the first level of information, you just need to click on your name in the results table, and then see where it takes you!

However, if you'd like to add a bit more fun / obsession to your post parkrun review, and see just how far you're prepared to go to receive a badge, then read on!

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Make sure you scroll down the page.

Firstly this is only available for Google Chrome or Firefox, plus for Chrome you can only use this on a PC or laptop, while for Firefox this is additionally available for use on Android.  Click on the following link for Google Chrome, or this link for Firefox, and then follow the instructions to install.

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All you the need to do then is click on your name in the results table, and then on the 'See challenge progress' link (next to the green runner) and you're away to a life of increased parkrun obsession - enjoy!

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Event #287 - 15th September 2018

On the theme of stats, here are a few from this week's event!  Another cracking turnout this week, with 268 parkrunners & 22 volunteers, of which we had 11 first time parkrunners, 11 first time tourists, and 2 first time volunteers!

A huge thank you to all our volunteers for event #287, this week's superstars were: Jonathan CROWLE • Gary GROUTAGE • Lesley WRIGHT • Graham WRIGHT • Dawn GRANGER • Barry BELL • Alison CHAPMAN • Susan Louise BEECHAM • Peter GRANGER • Barbara OCKENDON • Terry WILLETT • Jack ROBERTSON • Becky BAXTER • Margaret ALLEN • Isaac THOMAS • Lisa SMITH • Sarah TERRY • Daniel IVES • Yozanne TERRY • Rebekah PASHLEY • Donna MARTIN • Holly WILLETT

Also this week, 4 of you celebrated a parkrun milestone, as Tom ran his 10th parkrun (a milestone recognised for juniors only) while James, Gordon & Robert completed their 50th parkrun.  While 43 of you achieved a new PB!

Congratulations to all 47 of you!

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Volunteering

We're always on the look out for volunteers to help put on the event, all roles are straightforward, and we'll always show you what's involved. 

As I'm writing this I feel like I've found the subject for next week's report (what is each role actually does) in the meantime we do still need a few volunteers for this week, mainly marshals, but also someone to do the first timers briefing, helping on tokens, and a photographer. 

If you are able to help out this Saturday, or in future weeks, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

 

All feedback on this report, topics for future reports, or indeed letting us know you'd like to write it one week, gratefully received.

See you on parkrunday,

Jonathan

 

Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

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

 

 

Midweek Update – 13th September 2018

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What do you need to know for this parkrunday?

The Weather: It's forecast to be a pleasant 14-16°C, with sunny intervals & a gentle breeze!

Volunteers:  We're still in need of a few volunteers for this week, including someone for scanning, time keeping, along with 2-3 marshals. If you are able to help out, 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 may have a bumper crop of parkrun milestones, with 6 parkrunners potentially reaching a milestone.  With Poppy Bennett one run away from her 10th parkrun (a milestone only recognised for juniors) Robert Kelford, Gordon Turner, Jamie Bloxidge just one run away from their 50th, and Simon Hassett & Glynis Barker only one away from their 100th parkrun!

If you're not Poppy, Robert, Gordon, Jamie, Simon or Glynis, 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........

parkrun Podcasts:

If the week between parkrun seems to take forever to pass, as you long for your next hit of parkrunfun (or even if it flies by!) there are a couple of parkrun podcasts now available for you to enjoy, with the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, which for those who listened to the previous parkrun Show, is also brought to you by Nicola & Danny.

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

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts (including junior 10 T's), please see the latest announcement (from 16th August 2018) along with a further update from the 4th September here

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, 24 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest well over 650!

Introducing New Running Clothing Brand Contra (from parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt)

The founder of parkrun (Paul Sinton-Hewitt) has been working on a new project, looking to start a more inclusive clothing brand for runners, you can find details of Paul's plans for Contra here.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow 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

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