23rd October 2021 Event #41

25th Volunteer and a cheeky run too!
Arriving shortly after 8.40 this morning it felt strange not being in the thick of the setting up buzz, normally you'd find me setting up the finish area and then taking to my timekeeping post, but today I was on the other side of it running Alderford Lake parkrun for the first time since parkruns COVID hiatus.

The funnel had already been set up, the volunteers being given their instructions by the volunteer coordinator which today was Liz Rankin, who also was looking after my usual timekeepers post along with Louise Rafferty.

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After a quick chat and a catch up it was onto the starting area for the run brief shortly before 9, and before I knew it we were on the move out of the field and onto the gravel, the sound was quite amazing!! I was also told afterwards there was someone running today in bare feet! Well done, that first bit must have stung!!

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Now the last time I ran this course it was the other way round, so moving into the 2nd field so early felt strange to begin with but actually on both laps it was nice to be running past fellow parkrunners in the opposite direction. Many giving waves/smiles and words of encouragement to each other. It really shows what a lovely community parkrun is and I’m proud to say I’m part of it.

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Everyone can get involved it doesn’t matter where your level of fitness is, everyone gets the same level of encouragement. Today’s field saw a vast range of people with the first finisher completing in 16:34 taking the new course record (well done Jack Gray) and the tailwalker finishing at 1:08:41, so if your thinking of doing parkrun but are worried for whatever reason, please don’t be, we’d love to see you. We had 5 people come and complete their very first parkrun today, joined by 14 tourists and 69 regulars, of those there were 19 personal bests, 1 course record broken and 1 age record (well done Rosemary Symms!).

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Now where was I? Oh yes after the 2nd field and Maize field (now newly grassed) it was time to go round the lake. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the path was dry and not churned up mud, the bog of doom a distant memory before saying hi to Marshal Adam round the back of the trees to the woods where Tom was waiting to greet me before the steep short climb into the woods. Now I also found this weird, it felt longer this way round than previously but equally quicker as I felt you could really have fun going weeee down the undulations. Then back to the start... kind of... this time you get to do a lap of the field before going round the route again! But the next time you see that field you get to do that final lap of honour before heading towards the flags which mark the finish.

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Today there were 25 volunteers, and I may be biased but they are a terrific bunch! Three were completing their 25th volunteering stint. Jon Morgan (Number checker and pre course set up today) Simon Phillips (one of today’s photographers) and okay so the other was me. Well how was that when you turned up and ran it today? I hear you ask. Well one of the things some people don’t realise is there are some volunteer roles you can do which will allow you to run too. One of those roles is rounding up the events of the day in this here run report, so if you’ve enjoyed reading this and fancy giving it ago one week let us know! We like to read everyone’s different experiences at parkrun it’s what makes us unique and a community.

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Another volunteer mention is Kathryn who got to wear her 10 volunteer t shirt with pride today, she’s quickly become a regular on the scanners and one of our youngest volunteers, Good luck on getting your 25 parkruns in the near future!

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We would love to add more faces to our volunteer core team so if you wanted to find out more, please talk to our Run Directors!

 

Alderford Lake parkrun report – 16.10.21

By Cara Meehan

A big well done to the 94 parkrunners on this grey Saturday morning.

With car’s parked and briefings done they are away!

21 first timers showed up to see what parkrun is all about and I really hope they enjoyed it. I’m sure they went away feeling the Alderford parkrun community made them welcome and we hope to see you back soon!

Impressively Pete Hayns who came first in the results was a first timer himself! Very impressive on the course - really hope he realised it was a two lapper!

Emily Grandfield was the first Women in the funnel in position 11 - well done Emily.

21 people parkrunned in a personal best time for them which is super impressive! Stephen Roberts from Oswesty Olympians ran in the male 65-69 category and finished with a time of 24.05 which pops him at the top of the age grading with a ridiculous 70.93% - well done Stephen.

Female athletes were out in force today with 47 parkrunners identifying as Women. Unknown was the most popular name with 9 of them competing.
11 Whitchurch Whippets were out in force today making them the most popular club, 8 Shawbury Joggers and one Chorlton Runner Danielle Hardy. Whatever race I enter there is always a Chorlton runner! They literally get everywhere!
Phillip Moore was the oldest parkrunner this morning and ran in the 70-74 category.
There were 4 under 10’s which is great to see!

25 volunteers made today happen - thank you everyone!

See you next week - DFYB

COMING SOON -Fancy Dress Spooky as possible 30th October…

This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Cara MEEHAN • Kathy LING • Thomas PHILLIPS • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Linda CALLAGHAN • Adam RICHARDS • Duncan MEREDITH • Lynn NORTON • Jonathan BLISS • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Martin LANE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Sarah GILL • Carolyn BLISS • Natalie STEVENSON • Nia PRICE • Michael DEWSNAP • Luke MEREDITH • Jack GRIFFITHS • Ffion PRICE • Tia SCRASE

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,374 participants have completed 5,911 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,555 km, including 1,093 new Personal Bests. A total of 190 individuals have volunteered 928 times.

 

Alderford Lake parkrun – Event #39 09-10-21

Cool and still conditions greeted the 108 participants at Alderford Lake this week, ideal for running a PB, which an amazing 26 people managed, so well done to them. We had competitors from as far afield as Barnsley, and also some uber tourists in attendance, 2 of the top 20 on the UK most events list in myself and Mark A Jennings who was resplendent in the blue 500 shirt.

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Around the lovely course the autumn colours tantalisingly appeared and I am told that the maize field has lost all its maize but it did allow for a good forward view. The wooded section was especially pleasant and the view across towards the finish may have made it look closer than it was but I’m sure on the second lap that was the carrot we all needed!

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There were some Sterling efforts towards the rear of the field with real determination even if everyone did not finish I am sure that they will be back and making progress week on week which is what parkrun is all about. A great mix of young and old, from 7 to 70, and there was a battle royale at the head of the field as Christopher Larkin and Robert Weston were stride for stride round the whole course, with Christopher just prevailing in what must have been a sprint finish. Our First Lady was Ruth Pryce in 23rd place. It was especially great to see 9 people complete their first parkrun today, hopefully the first of many…
A huge round of applause to all the volunteers who worked like a well oiled machine to ensure the event went smoothly, and did so with a smile and a warm welcome. Special thanks to Janice Eastwood for keeping me company on the way round, hope you are back in marathon training soon!
I hope everyone’s feet have dried out and hope to see you back on the start line next week!

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This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Leon FOSTER • Kathy LING • Steve X NEWELL • Thomas PHILLIPS • Adam RICHARDS • Duncan MEREDITH • Lisa DALE • Rebekah TEE • Jonathan BLISS • Sheridan LANE • Martin LANE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Janice EASTWOOD • Carolyn BLISS • Carol FOWLES • Mischa STARKEY • Julie STARKEY • Natalie STEVENSON • Emily GRANDFIELD • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Adrian SWABY-BOAG • Connie SWABY-BOAG

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,353 participants have completed 5,817 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,085 km, including 1,072 new Personal Bests. A total of 187 individuals have volunteered 905 times.

 

2nd October 2021 Event #38

Thank you to Nathan Troon, who wrote this account of his run with us this week, please don't be shy about about coming forward to write us a paragraph or two for a run report, it is always interesting to hear from our parkrunners. If you have any milestones to include, then also get in touch and we can include them:

This parkrun came after a week of nearly non stop rain!
Despite this the course was not too wet, but the grass was slippy in parts.
Surprisingly I did not have mud splattered up my legs once I finished, which is not like previous times!

At the start of my 2nd lap it started raining, but that wasn't so bad, as I was already getting hot!

It was so good to see all the happy marshals cheering us on all around the course!

Bailey (Age 14) the youngest, finished well ahead of myself (Age 19 ) and my Dad (Age unknown), Last Saturday my Dad did the Cannock Chase Half marathon!, So he did really well considering that!
Although I could never say the course is easy, it is beautiful to run through the forest and around the lake. With 98 runners today!
So please join us if you are ever in the area!

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We had visitors this week from as far apart at Inverness and Portsmouth, as well as Cannock Chase and Stockport along with a few visitors from our neighbours at Shrewsbury.

This week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Simon PHILLIPS • Jo GRANDFIELD • Mandy LEWIS • Keith COTTON • Thomas PHILLIPS • Linda CALLAGHAN • Duncan MEREDITH • Aaron ASHTON • Paul TROON & Nathan TROON • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Carol FOWLES • Denise LONG • Emily GRANDFIELD • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Hayley PROUDFOOT • Louise RAFFERTY • Jack GRIFFITHS • Catherine CALDECOTT

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,322 participants have completed 5,709 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,545 km, including 1,046 new Personal Bests. A total of 186 individuals have volunteered 881 times.

 

Alderford Lake parkrun run report – 11 Sept 2021 By Laura Tang

Another tourist special this week! My home parkrun is Billericay parkrun, Essex but myself and my husband Kai also enjoy a spot of parkrun tourism (have managed 55 different locations to date), and since the return have also got our 2 year old involved in the buggy (Kai normally pushes!). We have spent the last week holidaying in Cheshire and so of course had to check out the nearest parkrun before we returned home the next day. Alderford Lake turned out to be a short 12 minute drive and looked like a great place to spend the rest of our morning afterwards.
We were lucky to have perfect running conditions in the morning, dry with a bit of sun, but not too hot. Given the grassy nature of the course I was a little concerned about the mud with the rain over the previous days but didn’t have any issues during the run – might be a different story in a few more weeks though. It was a smallish field this week so very easy to park and get to the start (via a quick loo stop) as we had registered online the night before. Plus this meant there was plenty of space during the run, which is always appreciated – especially for Kai with the buggy.
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After a short run brief we were off – I managed to overtake Kai early on as despite being flat the soft surfaces made buggy running a bit tougher for him this week. The route was easy to follow, lots of friendly marshals marking the way and cheering us on. I normally run listening to music and shortly after the start I realised I had accidentally selected my toddler’s Spotify playlist – oops! I didn’t want to have to stop and sort it out so the soundtrack to my run ended up being a mix of Disney and random nursery rhymes – however it proved to be good motivation and I managed to be the first lady across the line!
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I had bought my wetsuit with me and it was great to follow the run with a dip in the lake, a lovely way to cool down after all that running and a beautiful setting for a swim. We finished off our visit with a delicious lunch in the café. A really fab morning and I hope to have the chance to return again soon.
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This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Kathy LING • Laura TANG • Liz RANKIN • Simon PHILLIPS • Jo GRANDFIELD • Katie WEBSTER • Sarah PHILLIPS • Thomas PHILLIPS • Mimi OWEN • Kathryn MARTIN • Duncan MEREDITH • Lisa DALE • Mike FOSTER • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Michael STARKEY • Mischa STARKEY • Julie STARKEY • Jordan SHINGLER • Nia PRICE • Alex FOSTER • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Ali HUNTER • Adrian SWABY-BOAG • Connie SWABY-BOAG • Audrey Jean BANCROFT • Louise RAFFERTY • Ffion PRICE

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,264 participants have completed 5,432 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,160 km, including 978 new Personal Bests. A total of 180 individuals have volunteered 815 times.

 

Alderford Lake parkrun event number 34 Touring from Telford

Tourist parkrun today - special treat as been patiently waiting to run at Alderford (well wimped out during winter months for fear of mud lol). With my local Telford parkrun cancelled it seemed like the perfect opportunity to tour. I also volunteered hubbie to barcode scan earlier in the week seeing the volunteer rota shout out.
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So with my own personal chauffeur - aka the hubbie it made the journey there stress free - I always worry about finding the location totally trusting sat nav and where will I park. Needn’t have worried as easy to find and ample parking spaces. Just allow a little extra time to get through admissions - much quicker though for those visiting again once registered. Shout out to the two lovely ladies who were experiencing technical issues this morning - a huge queue building but they kept there cool and got everyone through.
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A lovely warm welcome from the core team and loved the first timers briefing too- excellent advice to just follow the person in front - seriously though, the event is well sign posted and marshalled.
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Great to see fellow runners and marshals from Telford too. I met my running buddy Claire and today was our 40th different parkrun location. We do volunteer lots too but yes are total parkrun addicts.

The course is a fab one - I always say it’s as hard as you want to make it and in true parkrun style the pink hi viz volunteer army were most supportive and encouraging. Huge thank you to everyone who volunteered enabling us runners to get our fix.
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Two laps of the lake, which I felt went quite quick. Loved the open sections, the corn maze, lake and wooded area and the field into the finish helps you see the end unlike some events where the finish just springs up in front of you.
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Then the most important bit - post run cuppa. Again didn’t fail to disappoint- excellent service, choice and quality. Scone with cream and jam for me - admittedly not the healthiest of breakfasts but I’d ran 5K - that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
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Alderford - thanks for having me, you’ve got a great parkrun and I will be back

PS - confirmation email received before I left too of my run

This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Sarah MACKNESS • Victoria ADDISON • Kathy LING • Jonathan MORGAN • Gillian FOWLES • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Adam RICHARDS • Paul EVANS • Marie MASON • Mimi OWEN • Duncan MEREDITH • John MASON • Sheridan LANE • David THORNTON • Martin LANE • Janice EASTWOOD • Sue EVANS • Sarah GILL • Narg HARRIS • Carol FOWLES • Julie HOLLINS • Kieran STARKEY • Mischa STARKEY • Julie STARKEY • Adam HOLLINS • Denise LONG • Ali HUNTER • Robin FOX

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,226 participants have completed 5,301 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,505 km, including 951 new Personal Bests. A total of 172 individuals have volunteered 785 times.

 

Wacky Races at the Lake – 28th August 2021

Clockwork behind the scenes at Alderford Lake parkrun
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At my first parkrun in Shrewsbury, I recall waiting by the bandstand in Quarry Park, wondering if we were in the right place, but then, the magic happened. At 8.50, the marshals appeared, the first timers were briefed, and with very little ado, we all set off. Run over, we wended our way back to the car, buzzing at being members (finally) of the Parkrun family. Since then I've clocked up a few more parkruns, mainly in Denmark and Poland (Yes, I got my Z!), the fields of runners varying between 5 (Vejen, Denmark), and 800+ (Krakow, Poland), but until now, as a first time parkrun marshal, I hadn't really appreciated the largely unseen graft behind the scenes that makes sure these fabulous events happen - regardless of the size of the field.

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"Get here by 8.30" said Run Director Fiona. I rocked up on time, to find that even then, the lions' share of the work had already been done: course marked out and checked for safety, finishing funnel constructed, start marked, Parkrun banners fluttering in the breeze. Marshals were briefed and assigned their locations, hi-viz jackets and radios issued as they arrived.
As the runners started to congregate, I moseyed along to my post. The first timers'/tourists' briefing was already under way, and shortly after 9am the radio crackled with the message that the run had started.
It being a two-lap run round the very scenic Alderford Lake, as a marshal, you really get to appreciate the effort that the participants put in. Whether they're at the front, pushing to be the first over the line, one of the back markers challenging themselves to break the hour, a parent pushing a buggy (tough that, off-road), or a runner with a dog that's less intent on taking the shortest route than the human on the end of the lead, everyone's a winner. And happy ones at that! "Thanks marshal!", "Good morning!", "Gosh it's hot!" "I wouldn't have worn this if I'd realised how warm it is!" "I like your sign!" (Mine read "Every step, is a step closer to the finish"). There were the fancily dressed runners, the Parkrun veterans with their 250 run t shirts, children, new runners, first timers, all of them just glad to be there, out in the sun, doing something that's free and fun.

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Eventually the end of the pack tail-end walkers dressed as the Wacky Races Slag Brothers passed by, so we returned to the finish to see the final runners coming in. Just what is it about a finishing line that guarantees there'll always be a bit of a sprint at the end? All received (and deserved) a good round of applause from those who had stayed to the end.
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And then it was over. The event QR code was scanned seconds after the last of the 193 participants crossed the line, and like clockwork, everything was gathered in, checked and put away, and signs newly zip-tied to stakes (ready for next week).
I can't wait!

Photo album can be found here
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A Special Mention this week to
Maisie Bennett who completed her 10th parkrun today.
Simon Terry on completing his 50th parkrun today and Sarah Gill (one of next week’s RDs, completed her 25th Volunteering Day on our 2nd birthday.
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Event number 33
28th August 2021
This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Yvonne RICHARDS • Simon PHILLIPS • Gillian FOWLES • Thomas PHILLIPS • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Adam RICHARDS • Mimi OWEN • Steven RICHARDS • Sheridan LANE • Martin LANE • Paul MARTIN • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Sarah GILL • Michael STARKEY • Lisa DALE • Carol FOWLES • Julie STARKEY • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Andrew COX • Louise RAFFERTY • Kate COX

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,142 participants have completed 5,120 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,600 km, including 917 new Personal Bests. A total of 168 individuals have volunteered 757 times.

 

parkrun returns to Alderford Lake!! Event number 29

Alderford Lake parkrun team were delighted to be able to bring back parkrun to Alderford Lake this week.

A few changes to the course welcomed the regular runners, as we ran, walked and jogged in the opposite direction than we used to. We had 53 first timers to Alderford, we hope that you all, whether regular face or new to us, enjoyed your morning with us.

A special mention to Rob Weir who has been a regular volunteer with us since the very start, completing his final run with us before leaving the area for pastures new, thanks Rob for all your help and support.

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31st July 2021
This week 129 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
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The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Sarah MACKNESS • Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Liz RANKIN • Simon PHILLIPS • Gillian FOWLES • Steve X NEWELL • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Adam RICHARDS • Leah LEONARD • Mimi OWEN • Kathryn MARTIN • Sheridan LANE • David THORNTON • Martin LANE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Janice EASTWOOD • Nikole SHINGLER • Sarah GILL • Julie HOLLINS • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Luke MEREDITH
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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,927 participants have completed 4,488 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,440 km, including 807 new Personal Bests. A total of 152 individuals have volunteered 645 times.

 

#28, 14th March 2020 – Mud Glorious Mud

Alderford Lake parkrun #28, 14th March 2020, Run Report by Frankie Wellings

Mud, Glorious Mud

After all the week ends of rain and wind we’ve had recently, it was nice to have dry weather this morning and see the sun peeking through the clouds a little bit.

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I am a tourist from Basingstoke in Hampshire, so how did I get to write the run report? I am visiting my in-laws who live in Shrewsbury as I am running the Shrewsbury 10k tomorrow. As I have done Shrewsbury, Henley Wood Oswestry and Telford parkruns, I wanted to run a different one today so Alderford Lake was the obvious one to do. As you do, my husband and I were having coffee after parkrun and we got chatting to some other tourists from Bromley, Kent - more on them later. As we were just about to leave, someone (sorry, I didn’t think to ask your name!) came over to us and said “sorry for interrupting but would any of you like to write the run report?” I offered and that’s why I am now sat here at my father-in-law’s laptop on Saturday afternoon writing this! Funnily enough, I have also written the reports for Shrewsbury and Oswestry in the past. I think it is great to write about the run from a tourist’s point of view and compare it to your home run. I am on the Core Team of Basingstoke and am often Run Director too so it’s great to see how other events are run.

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Whenever I visit a new parkrun, I study the course, number of participants, fastest and slowest times, parking, toilets, café and how to get there. So I knew it would take me about half an hour to get there this morning and I knew I’d need trail shoes! Parking was super easy compared to Basingstoke. At my home run, if you’re not there by about 8:10am, you won’t get a parking spot. As soon as we parked, we started chatting to another participant doing his second Alderford Lake parkrun. His advice to us was…….expect some mud. Chatting to others is no different to other parkruns I’ve been to – everyone is friendly and we all have that one thing in common so it’s easy to get chatting.

There were 68 of us running, jogging, walking and slip sliding around the course. This included 12 visiting Alderford for the first time today. At Basingstoke, we regularly have 500-600 participants which means you can get hemmed in which slows you down. That’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it! So what slowed me down today? Oh yes, it was the sticky mud. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it – no pun intended! At the First Timer’s Briefing, Natalie explained it was muddy and there were one or two slight inclines. I would describe the course as varied, interesting, scenic and with a little rally track part way round. I expect you know the part I mean, the very uppy downy bit that you could quite easily mistake for a roller coaster track! We were advised to tie our shoes on tightly and when we got to the boggy bit on the far side, I realised why. No point trying to run around it, best thing was to squish squelch through it and judging by all the mud splattered legs at the end, that’s exactly what everyone did.

Mud washes off so just go for and have fun getting splattered!
Leading the men home was Paul Parkinson (20:17), followed by Matthew Dowsett (22:17) and Adam Clay (22:35). First lady home was Karen Asquith (26:55), followed by Gemma Park (28:01) and Amy Biggar (28:18). Amy bagged herself a shiny new PB along with 15 other people. Congratulations to you all, PBs are impressive at any time and even more so on a muddy course. I’ve only seen it at a few parkruns but I love the bell at the end that those who have worked really hard get to ring to let the rest of us know they’ve got a PB. It’s been a good few years since I’ve been able to ring the bell but I’m working on it!

So, back to that coffee I was having after completing the 5k. Walking into the café past the roaring fire my first thought was “what a lovely place”. My second thought was “ooooh which cake shall I have?!” It was then that my husband and I got chatting to the tourists from Bromley. Looking through the results, I now know we were speaking to Elizabeth and Geoff Manley. They said they were going to look out for the run report so hello Elizabeth and Geoff, we really enjoyed chatting to you! Although I have been parkrunning since 2012, I have only recently started actively touring. I have done 216 runs and today was my 17th different location. Elizabeth and Geoff have done 222 and 220 runs respectively. That’s not so different to me but what is different is they have done 102 and 104 different parkruns respectively. That is VERY impressive and you can definitely call yourselves tourists. It turns out we have done 9 of the same parkruns but I have a very long way to go to catch you up!

The Token Sorter was sorting the tokens in the café and with only 68 runners today, they were back in order and ready for next week in about 10 minutes. That’s another difference to my home run - I sorted the tokens for Basingstoke last week and we had almost 600 runners so it took considerably longer!

As we all know, parkrun simply cannot happen without volunteers so I would like to finish this report with a huge thank you to all the high-viz heroes. The marshals were very encouraging today and I always try to shout a cheery thank you as I go by but by the 2nd lap I had resorted to a hand wave as I focused my energy on getting my feet through the mud.

A special mention to Katie Prince and Janice Owen who both completed their 25th volunteering occasion today and Duncan Meredith who ran his 51st parkrun, not realising that he did his 50th last week.

Just 7 sleeps until our next parkrun fix – unless of course Coronavirus puts a stop to it. Keep healthy everyone and happy running.

This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Laura TURNER • Jonathan MORGAN • Willow LEWIS • Mimi OWEN • Joe TURNER • Lisa DALE • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Lindsey JONES • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nicola ROGERS • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Tullis MATSON • Luke MEREDITH • Jo FORD • Alfie FORD

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,874 participants have completed 4,359 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,795 km, including 782 new Personal Bests. A total of 150 individuals have volunteered 617 times.

 

International Women’s Day 7th March 2020

Our research tells us that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun, and we are taking steps to change that. As part of these efforts we are taking part in a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England this will support the This Girl Can campaign created by our partner Sport England.

At Alderford Lake parkrun we hope that all our regular parkrunners will bring along a female friend who may be new to parkrun and we will try and fill the roster with as many female volunteers as possible too!

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