run Report – Event number #183 – 9th June 2018

The one where we had an awesome party to celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday, and there was lots of delicious cakes baked by our amazing volunteers and parkrunners. The sun didn’t shine but it was nice and bright and just the right amount of cool to be near perfect conditions for our 343 participants to ran, jog, or walk across the finish line, with massive encouragement and cheering from spectators and our volunteers. We welcomed 41 First Timers, and for 22 of these first timers it was their very first parkrun, so hope to see you all again soon, and hope you all enjoyed our wonderful course and park; but please note we don’t have cake every week. Don’t know if it was the wonderful atmosphere but we saw an incredible 81 (23%) new Personal Bests (PBs) recorded, and welcomed Representatives from 24 different clubs, as well as tourists from Barnsley, Featherstone, Roundhay, Sheffield and Teesside.

Unfortunately our First Finisher was an unknown (#DFYB) followed by Nick GOODLIFFE (17:42) and Alexander WOLLERTON (17:53), both recording a new PB.

First female finisher was Katie McHALE (20:12) followed by Paige WATSON (21:36) with a new PB and Hayley NEWBOUND (21:51).

We gave a massive shout out to an awesome 4 50th milestones this week for Olivia Barlow, Jo Brook, Paul Riva and Sharon Riva, as well as a wonderful 25th volunteer milestone for Tristan WRIGHT (sorry we didn’t give you a shout Tristan but we’ll make sure you get a shout on 23rd June at our next 5k parkrun).

We consistently deliver our successful weekly events with our amazing volunteers, but they really stepped up to the mark this week with the addition of some truly delicious cakes and buns, and it demonstrates that with awesome collaboration you can achieve the incredible. This week’s event at Wakefield Thornes parkrun was made possible by 34 awesome Hi Viz heroes (AKA volunteers), all listed below.

Mark HOLDSWORTH • Sally Jane FOZZARD • Helen BECK • John WALSH • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Amy GUMBRELL • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Andrew COUGHTREY-SMITH • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Holly BROOK • Emily BROOK • Phoebe VERCELLI • Deb NICHOLLS • Sarah MCEWAN • Jennifer GILL • Shaun MOLLART • Evie MOLLART • Chris BOXALL • Jayne TURNER • Phil GIBSON • Martin WAKELAM • Steven LAWS • John WALKER • Shirley HARDY • Paul LISTER • Harry BECK • Lewis JAQUES • Clare WRIGHT • Tony WRIGHT • Tristan WRIGHT • Imogen WRIGHT • Lynda J ROBINSON

If you fancy volunteering at our next parkrun event #184 on 23rd June you can either contact us on our Facebook page using the link below or just rock up to the stadium Reception at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, for your very own Hi Viz heroes’ cape

https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

Our parkrun this week celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS with a great atmosphere including lots of fancy dress with people dressing up as doctors, nurses, and injured patients, cheering, a very robust rendition of happy birthday and lots of cake, did I mention this previously. We also had a fantastic finish funnel with awesome bunting depicting the NHS timeline, a competition (answers below), posters based on the effective use of the NHS (see below), with a few funnies thrown in based on real questions asked of the NHS, and a lovely message board of post-it thanks to the NHS (photo to follow).

COMPETITION ANSWERS

1. On average, how many patients does the NHS treat every day? A – £1.4 million.
2. How many GPs did the NHS employ in 1948? A – 16,864.
3. How many GPs do they have today? A – 41,817.
4. What is the cost of the day to day running of the NHS for 2017/18? A - £110 billion.
5. What was the budget for this in 1948? A - £438 million. (Roughly £15 billion in today’s money)
6. Approximately how many women us the contraceptive pill? A – 7.38 million.
7. How many hip operations are performed every year? A – 77,000.
8. How many abnormalities has cervical screening found since it was introduced? A – 3 million.
9. How many babies were born as a result of IVF treatment provided by the NHS in 2016? A – 20,028.
10. How much longer do people live, on average, compared to 1948? A – 12 years.

EFFECTIVE USE OF THE NHS - POSTERS.

1. “Who you gonna call”? Ghostbusters? NHS? Or someone else?
2. Summer cold, bites or stings? Contact a Pharmacist
3. Stomach ache? See your GP
4. Need help deciding on appropriate healthcare? Call 111
5. Cuts, sprains, itches, strains? Urgent Treatment Centre
6. Sunburn? Self-care at home
7. Toothache? Dentist
8. Choking? Chest pain? Blood loss? 999 / A&E
And now our funnies (or not so funny)
9. Pigeon stuck under your trampoline - Contact RSPCA
10. Chipped a nail - Contact Beautician
11. Need a lift home – Call a taxi
12. How long should a chicken be put in the oven for Christmas - Cook book, Google
13. ECTOPLASM DRIPPING FROM THE CEILING - Call GHOSTBUSTERS

Dates for your diaries include:-

16th June - No parkrun this weekend due to Race For life Events in Wakefield Park.
#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 23 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

See you all again at our next parkrun event on Saturday, 23rd June, for another amazing event #184 when your RD will be Deb Nicholls. Please remember no parkrun in Wakefield Thornes on 16th June

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wakefieldthornes/results/latestresults/

 

run Report – Event number #182 – 2nd June 2018

The one where despite the clammy, wet weather, the funfair, ice cream van obstacles on the course, and some cantankerous tech, 20% of our participants recorded PBs. Our running community at Wakefield Thornes parkrun cheered 291 participants to run, jog, and walk across the finish line. We welcomed 31 First Timers, and for 15 of these first timers it was their very first parkrun, so hope to see you all again soon, and hope you all enjoyed our wonderful course and park. We saw a fantastic 58 new Personal Bests (PBs) recorded, and welcomed Representatives from 22 different clubs, as well as tourists from Barnsley, Coventry, Dewsbury, Pontefract and Torquay.

First across our finish line was Nick GOODLIFFE (17:55) followed by Alexander WOLLERTON (18:31) and Owen CHAPMAN (18:32).

First female finisher was Katie McHALE (20:35) followed by Sarah BOSTWICK (21:21) and Ruth DRAISEY (22:49).

No milestones this week but we did give a shout out to one of our regular runners who celebrated a 60th birthday recently.

As always our successful weekly event was made possible by 29 awesome Hi Viz heroes (AKA volunteers), all listed below. Not all our cape crusaders wear Hi Viz capes; some are pretty good at sorting tech and stepping in to sort results. We also gave a special shout to our regular volunteer John WALKER, following his return from holiday. Lost count of the number of times people have commented on how much they’d missed John, or couldn’t recall when John hadn’t been at his regular marshal post. Welcome back to John’s wife Jacqueline too who regularly sacrifices her runs to volunteer when we’re short.

Clare PECKETT • Adam PEERS • John WALSH • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Norman ROPER • Nikki BAKER • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Andrew COUGHTREY-SMITH • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Phoebe VERCELLI • Shirley JONES • Stewart KNOWLES • Deb NICHOLLS • Sarah MCEWAN • Jennifer GILL • Daz HEWITT • Shaun MOLLART • Phil GIBSON • Martin WAKELAM • Mair TUNSTALL • John WALKER • Kaylie GODDARD • Shirley HARDY • Isaac RIVA • Clare WRIGHT • Tony WRIGHT • Tristan WRIGHT

If you fancy volunteering next week you can either contact us on our Facebook page using the link below or just rock up to the stadium Reception at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, for your very own Hi Viz heroes’ cape https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

Dates for your diaries include:-

9th June – NHS70/parkrun – NHS 70th birthday celebrations at Wakefield Thornes parkrun #183, and 10th June, Wakefield Thornes Junior parkrun will include the following next week, and your support would be much appreciated:-

• Singing – happy birthday of course, so get some practise in.

• Fancy dress – Doctors/nurses outfits, injured persons – keep it clean, we are after all family events, also other relevant accessories e.g. stethoscopes, mouth masks, hair nets etc.

• Encourage any NHS employees you know to come along and join us to run, jog, walk or volunteer and to wear blue – let’s create a sea of blue.

• NHS message board – add your messages on post-it notes to thank/celebrate an NHS service, hospital, ward, staff member who has helped you. If possible please come with a pre-prepared post-it note to save time, but don’t worry if you forget as we’ll have post-it notes and pens at the event.

• Post your lovely, inspiring NHS stories on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/ and make us aware at the event next week so we can take a photo to add to your story.

• Birthdays – if you’re aware of a family member who has a 70th birthday this year then encourage them to come along to run, jog, walk or volunteer – let us know before next weekend, and it would be wonderful to hear what the NHS means to them.

• Competition based on the effective use of the NHS, what services cost etc – keep an eye on our Facebook page for a few clues this week.

• Hopefully we’ll also have a NHS information stand to promote NHS services and something for the kids.

• And last but not least get all Mary Berry and bring along your latest baking sensation to share, cos you can never have too much cake.

2nd June – reminder of litter picking event commencing at 11:00am by the Children’s play area, arranged by the Friends of the Park and Councillor Michael Graham.

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 17 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

See you all again next Saturday, 9th June, for another amazing event #183 and NHS70/parkrun birthday celebrations, when your RD will be Deb Nicholls.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wakefieldthornes/results/latestresults/

 

Run Report – Event number #180 – 19th May 2018

The one where we had a fantastic response to the previous week’s plea to consider volunteering, as a number of our core volunteers were away celebrating “Wonder Woman’s” (AKA Emma) special birthday and participating in the Liverpool Rock’n’Roll distances. The weather was simply perfect for event #180 in Wakefield Thornes Park and the volunteers and spectators supported and energetically cheered 315 people to run, jog, and walk across the finish line. We welcomed 38 First Timers to our event #180, and for 16 of these first timers it was their very first parkrun, so hope to see you all again soon, and hope you all enjoyed our wonderful course and park. We saw a brilliant 69 new Personal Bests (PBs) recorded, and welcomed Representatives from 26 different clubs, as well as tourists from Oakwell Hall, Temple Newsam, Pontefract, and Wimbledon.

First across our finish line was our course record holder Adam PEERS (16:32) followed by John MASON (17:47) and Owen CHAPMAN (18:40).

First female finisher was Katie McHALE (21:00) followed by Joanne BILTCLIFFE (21:49) and Ruth DRAISEY (22:07).

As always our successful weekly event was made possible by an awesome 28 caped (or robed given the royal event taking place in Windsor) hi viz heroes (AKA volunteers), all listed below. It was wonderful to hear how much our new volunteers had enjoyed their volunteering, with lots of lovely comments.
Sally Jane COLLINSON • Julie PEARSON • Clare PECKETT • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Nikki BAKER • Deborah BRADBROOK • Lisa VERCELLI • Jeanette WAIN • Mark MCCARTHY • Deb NICHOLLS • Sarah MCEWAN • Richard LEE • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Elfyn WILLIAMS • Jacqueline ALDERSON • Phil GIBSON • Steve TURNER • Sara L JONES • Shirley HARDY • Matthew SHEPHERD • Claire SHEPHERD • Andrew H JONES • Tony MASSARELLA • Stephen SMALES • Richard DENNISON • Joanne TABERNER

If you fancy volunteering next week you can either contact us on our Facebook page using the link below or just rock up to the stadium Reception at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, for your very own hi viz heroes cape. https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

We gave a special congratulations shout to one of our regular volunteers Richard Lee who was running his 100th Wakefield Thornes parkrun and delivered his 50th First Timers Briefing at event #180. Well done and thank you Rich.

Dates for your diaries include the following:-
9th June – NHS70 – NHS 70th birthday celebrations – more details to follow.
16th/17th June – no parkruns in Wakefield Thornes Park this weekend due to Race for Life events.

We gave a quick update on our regular runner and volunteer Stew KNOWLES, who is out of hospital and making a good recovery. HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK SOON STEW.

We were joined again by the Tattooed runner Sarah Powala and her green army, to continue SARAH’S 10k A DAY IN MAY, raising funds for WAKEFIELD HOSPICE. And guess what she’ll be joining us again next week for event #181. For further details visit (including how to donate) www.BIT.LY/10KADIM

We also took the opportunity to remind everyone about the Junior Wakefield Thornes parkrun – Sunday, starting at 9:00am at the side of the children’s play area.

We gave a mahoooosive good luck shout out to our core volunteers and our regular runners taking part in the Liverpool Rock’n’Roll events, not least of all to the wonderful Emma celebrating a special birthday as well on Sunday, and also to those taking part in the Great Manchester Run.

Parkrun are encouraging all volunteers and runners to make sure they enter/update their In Case of Emergency (ICE) details. We’re currently running at about 86% so let’s give it a push and see if we can reach 100%

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 21 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

See you all again next Saturday, 26th May, for another amazing event #181, when your RD will be Lisa Vercelli.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wakefieldthornes/results/latestresults/

 

Run Report – 12th May 2018 – Event number #179

The one where an octogenarian tourist and stage 4 cancer survivor ran his first parkrun and smashed it, well done Geoffrey. As always our lovely running community at Wakefield Thornes parkrun enthusiastically cheered 313 participants to run, jog, walk across our finish line. We welcomed 26 First Timers to our event #179, and for 14 of these first timers it was their very first parkrun, so hope to see you all again soon, and hope you all enjoyed our wonderful course and park. We saw a magnificent 77 new Personal Bests (PBs) recorded, including one for the awesome Kirsty SHEPHERD, and welcomed Representatives from 20 different clubs, as well as tourists from Oldham, Bishop Auckland, Dewsbury, Barnsley, Selby, Abingdon, and Scotland.

First across our finish line was our course record holder Adam PEERS (16:39) followed by Ross PENNY (17:19) and Kieron REED (18:06).

First female finisher was Helen BECK (20:17) followed by Julia JOHNSON (21:16) and Angela DALES (22:28).

As always our successful weekly event was made possible by our awesome 25 hi viz heroes (AKA volunteers), all listed below. A MAHOOOSIVE THANK YOU to you all, you are all quite simply PRICELESS.

Clare PECKETT • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Andrew COUGHTREY-SMITH • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Deb NICHOLLS • Sarah MCEWAN • Jennifer GILL • Chris BOXALL • Wendy INGHAM • Jacqueline ALDERSON • Ashleigh JONES • Jayne TURNER • Phil GIBSON • Alison WALTON • Martin WAKELAM • Sara L JONES • Kaylie GODDARD • Shirley HARDY • Andrew H JONES • Jessie WHEAT • Toby WITTY • Lucy WALTON

Our regular volunteer JOHN WALKER is taking a break currently, his first in three years. His able substitute commented that she couldn’t recall a time when John wasn’t at this normal marshalling spot. This comment highlights how much we rely on our core volunteers. We’ll give our parkrun community the chance to show their appreciation on his return.

A fair chunk of our core volunteers won’t be available at our next event #180 on 19th May, something about a special 40th birthday for Wonder Woman and a spa weekend, which means if you’ve ever considered volunteering next week would be the perfect time to give it a go. So you can either contact us on our Facebook page using the link below or just rock up to the stadium Reception at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, for your very own hi viz must have fashion accessory. And if you’ve never considered volunteering before, the 19th May would be a good date to start. https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

No one came forward to identify any milestones or birthdays so we gave a shout out to our very own Shaun MOLLART who completed his 150th parkrun. Well done Shaun.

We sent GET WELL SOON wishes to our regular runner and volunteer Stew KNOWLES, in Pinderfields Hospital, following a road traffic accident where he was knocked off his bike. HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK SOON STEW.

As part of the programme of events in the SARAH’S 10k A DAY IN MAY we were joined again by the Tattooed runner Sarah Powala and her green running buddies, raising funds for WAKEFIELD HOSPICE. And guess what she’ll be joining us again next week for event #180. For further details visit www.BIT.LY/10KADIM

We also took the opportunity to remind everyone about the Junior Wakefield Thornes parkrun – Sunday, starting at 9:00am at the side of the children’s play area.

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 19 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

See you all again next Saturday, 19th May, for another amazing event #180, when your RD will be Deb “the perennial” Nicholls.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wakefieldthornes/results/latestresults/

 

Run Report – Event number #178 – 5th May 2018

What a glorious springtime morning in Wakefield Thornes Park and a wonderful friendly supportive atmosphere at event #178. Lots of enthusiastic cheering from our awesome marshals and spectators saw 358 participants run, jog or walk across the finish line. We welcomed 35 first timers 24 of whom were first timers to parkrun; hope you all enjoyed your first run at Wakefield Thornes and hope to see you again soon. We had 80 participants record new Personal Bests (PBs), representatives from 24 different clubs, and tourists from Barnsley, Edinburgh, Suffolk and Tooting (Power to the People)

Our first male finisher was Stewart KNOWLES (17:29) followed by Owen CHAPMAN (18:26) and Nick GOODLIFFE (18:52).

First female finisher was Helen NUTTALL (20:28) followed by Sarah BOSTWICK (20:59) and Maxine HAMILTON (22:42).

We had an awesome yellow/orange hi viz wearing 31 volunteers, listed below, step up to make our parkrun possible, and a massive success. Without our volunteers there simply wouldn’t be a parkrun. Please consider volunteering; you can either contact our Facebook page using the link below or rock up to the stadium reception at 8:30am on a Saturday morning. Thank You.

https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

Gill DAY • Clare PECKETT • Kov BAHADORI • Christine SHAW • Andrew NICHOLLS • Sarah DAVIES • Donna ELLIS • Joanne BROOK • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Holly BROOK • Deb NICHOLLS • Sarah MCEWAN • Jennifer GILL • Richard LEE • Andrew WEAVER • Chris BOXALL • Elizabeth WILLOUGHBY • Chris PEARSON • Phil GIBSON • Martin WAKELAM • John WALKER • Sara L JONES • Shirley HARDY • Sarah JAQUES • Libby JAQUES • Will SHAW • Matilda FURZER • Robyn ELLIS • Anna FURZER • Max FURZER

Massive congratulations to James DANIELS on his 50th milestone. Very sorry James that we didn’t give you a shout at the event; so when you next attend let us know and we’ll do it retrospectively. Big WELL DONE James by the way.

Big shout out went to Thomas JAQUES on his 14th birthdays and congratulations to one of our tail walkers Christine SHAW on her 175 parkrun.

We also gave a shout to the Tattooed Runner Sarah Powala and her running buddies currently doing the SARAH’S 10K A DAY IN MAY to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice – to find out more about dates/venues and distances visit

www.bit.ly/10KADIM

We also took the opportunity to remind everyone about the Junior Wakefield Thornes parkrun – Sunday, starting at 9:00am at the side of the children’s play area.

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 17 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

See you all again next Saturday, 12th May, for another amazing event #179, when your RD will be Deb “the perennial” Nicholls.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wakefieldthornes/results/latestresults/

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