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Celebrate International Women’s Day with us – #IWD – 7th March 2020

>> Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun will be hosting a female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7th March, the day before International Women's Day, in a celebration of female participation at parkruns all around the world.

>> Why not bring along a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together!

>> The event is inclusive to everyone and we look forward to celebrating the day with you!

>> These days there are many barriers that hold people back from participating in social events like parkrun.

For some reason women are less likely than men to take part and to continue participating in parkrun, this is despite women making up 54% of overall registrations.

Everyone, please talk to the girls and women that you know and support them to overcome any concerns that they might have. Encourage them to come along to enjoy a fun, healthy and fantastically supportive experience.

If anyone is new to parkrun, then please ask them to register at parkrun UK
and print off their barcode, ready for the day.

Don't panic boys, everyone is welcome at parkrun on International Women’s Day - please come along and support the ladies.

Boy's and girls please support this fantastic day by wearing PURPLE!

Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #IWDparkrun

Our chosen colour for the day is purple so please feel free to join us. #IWDparkrun


parkrun 2nd November IS CANCELLED

The Pinetum is closed due to high winds - please do not come to run parkrun as the site is shut.

Sorry and see you next week!


parkrun #179 – run report by Karen H from Sussex Partnership NHS

A field of 198 parkrunners of which 37 were first-timers to our Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun #179 run this morning. We were greeted with a beautiful morning and had the opportunity to do a warm-up with Tim Trainer and a cooldown of Pilates with Amanda. What a treat to add to parkrun morning, thanks, guys.


We welcomed you all to grab that wellbeing tonic for that start of the weekend and we had an amazing turn out of which 35 runners achieved a PB. Science shows exercise not only burns calories it also alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression releasing natural hormones to helps us feel positive. parkrun is a social self-prescription and I think the cheers and motivational efforts of our volunteers definitely helped. It was also lovely to welcome our visitors to our Park run this morning from Bognor, Dartford Edinburgh, and Eastbourne, to name a few but on this occasion, no international visitors spoke up so we don’t know if you were in the crowd.


Our NHS staff from local NHS Sussex Partnership NHS FT, who provide mental health services across Sussex were in yellow t-shirts and came along to shine the light on mental health, and share important information around suicide prevention. Karen asked you all to SAY HELLO to each other a simple act of human connection which is the start of getting to know someone and reminded us about the importance of the humble act of saying hello can make such a difference to someone’s day. Tony from Rye said Hi to Karen. We are so often going through our busy weeks seeing faces that we recognise that cross our paths in our life but don’t necessarily know the person whether it be on our commute to work or at park run each week. It is inspiring to see how this global community enjoy sharing Saturday morning at a parkrun community no matter where you are in the county, country or globally. What a better way to uplift one's mood by participating in parkrun, it really does have so many health benefits keeping our self mentally and physically healthy.


parkrun community is inclusive of everyone. What a great place to share this health message, raise awareness around mental health which is as important as our physical health and stamp out stigma.  Tell your friends, family & workmates it is free and a fantastic social community to connect and try our Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun. Hugh Ross shared his journey of parkrun Directing and it was the 67th park run before he actually ran the course and he was surprised by how quiet the crowd was as they listened to the health message, thank you for listening. How amazing was Hugh completing his run this morning as he recovers from his shoulder injury, not an easy task to run as we use our arms as well as our legs. The parkrun community is all about personal goals whether you walk, jog, run or volunteer there is something for everyone and you all will have your reasons for participating. Hats off to Matthew Offord, he was first Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun and over the line in 17:27 mins and our first lady Sarah Morris ran in 21:56 this morning. We come to parkrun for many reasons. It may be about chasing that PB of which 35 of you achieved this today or maintaining it, however, it is not all about who can get over the finish line in the fastest time as it is relative to our goal and parkrun’s philosophy is to help the community support their health and wellbeing.

Sussex Partnership through their SAFE campaign (Suicide Awareness is For Everyone), aim to raise awareness and put a human face on this important subject; break the taboo on talking about mental health issues through opening up a conversation and encouraging people to talk.  We all CAN potentially save lives.    People that are affected by mental health issues are just like you and I, our neighbour, brother, sister, work colleague, shop assistant and so on.  Suicide is a very sensitive subject and like no other bereavement and has a huge impact on families.  Did you know that currently it is the biggest killer in young men under 50 throughout the UK and you may be able to change this statistic.  It was helpful to have our NHS staff to share knowledge of what to do if you are concerned about someone’s mental health.  So through connecting with our parkrun community sharing the SAFE message we hope this will help save lives.  Please look at the suicide prevention training video via the link Let’s as a community share and use the details we heard today with friend’s family and work colleagues.  They information may also help you. A lot of us know how to do CPR; so let’s know how to support someone at risk of suicide.  This maybe the first step you can take to help yourself, or maybe someone else in need so collectively we can help our community stay SAFE. A special thanks to those that shared their personal stories today as it absolutely demonstrates that this is a real live issue for many of our local community.

Some groups such as Bedgebury Forest Runners and Beginners to Runners talked about the importance of their community to support people with every day stresses that can be overwhelming that could without the space of the running lead to further distress. In conversation with Laura Bellhouse from Bedgebury Forest runners, she shared how their running community has really helped some people in surrounding villages from being isolated. We heard from many of you and how ordinary people can experience mental health difficulties and suicidal thoughts. Some talked about concerns re additions and gambling and the feared about being judged. Mental Health can have a big impact on families not just on the person experiencing an illness but their loved ones too.  Some shared how parkrun helps with their stresses and to cope with the challenges of caring for loved ones and thanked our visitors in yellow tee-shirts for supporting this very important agenda and helping to stamp out stigma.  This is all about connecting with the person whether you are running or volunteering let’s continue to ensure our parkrun encourages all our diverse community to join in. We will always welcome first-timers and ensure it is accessible for all people with disabilities or long term health conditions.

Chrissie Wellington, Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at parkrun, said to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: “Whether you want to walk, run, volunteer or simply come down and watch, parkrun events give people the opportunity to be active, in the open air and feel part of a welcoming, non-judgemental community. Time and time again we hear stories of how parkrun has helped people from all walks of life cope with mental health issues, and we are pleased to team up with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide, and the resources that are available within the community.” The Yellow tee-shirts carried the message Say Hello See it Say it and Signpost so a very special thank you running community for collectively helping our community stay SAFE and keep on running.

A final message to wish Seb a young lad who will be taking the role of run director next week, Kevin you were a great role model today and good luck Seb. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers this morning. Without them, park run will not happen and it was amazing to have their commitment. Carrying out the volunteer tasks help make our park run possible so polite reminder to please consider if you can to sign up one week to help volunteer.

**Thank you Karen for your time and words this weekend!** - ed.


IMPORTANT! Sat 9th Feb parkrun

Heavy winds forecast - watch this space for updates

Heavy winds are forecast on Friday and Bedgebury may need to close if there is tree damage or risk to visitors - please watch this space or Facebook for more details

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