Event Number 194 – 07th March 2020

Belton House parkrun
Event Number 194
07th March 2020

International Woman's day parkrun!

What a brilliant morning, watching 424 runners, joggers and walkers going down the drive in a stream of purple!
Thanks for coming and supporting IWD, both male and females supported or celebrated with a splash of purple
The figures where:
Male parkrun attendees 43%, unknowns 5.6% without knowing if the unknowns where male or females (this means either barcodes where forgotten or park runners choose not to be scanned) this week the females tipped the balance with 50.94%
26 people attended their first park run with 21 females and 5 males, so again females tipped the scales.
Thanks for coming everyone and we look forward to seeing your 2nd parkrun :-)
It's been said and I have heard lots of story's why woman come to parkrun, some of the words mentioned are: friendly, comfortable, safe, inclusive, accepting, social.
and here is what some of our own Belton House females said when we asked 'why do you come to parkrun'
Gillian Newbould I park run because running with others motivates me. When I run on my own I find I stop a lot. Plus my husband son and daughter are avid park runners so it's nice for us to all do something together we enjoy. I don't get to exercise much in the week too so it's great to get out in the fresh air and burn away the wine calories I will consume on a Saturday night
Amy Clare Barnett I parkrun because I feel safe to run round the park with a group of people knowing there are people there to help if I fall or hurt myself instead of being out on the lanes on my own.
Susan J Copping I parkrun to feel part of a community, I mostly run alone, so parkrun allows me to run with other individuals that enjoy the fresh air views and have the same desire to improve their health and well-being. It’s a great way to join in a relaxed sport whilst still having a competitive element!
Jane Pearson I parkrun for the social aspect, everyone is welcome whatever their ability (I am a walker!). It is an amazing venue and I always feel good afterwards!
Vicky Honey It feels like an achievement, there are some beautiful parkruns, it's very sociable and supportive, it's great for physical & mental health and it means you can eat cake!!
Alexis Dolby Great encouragement for all abilities x
Sarah Pell I Parkrun because it does wonders for my mental health
Jenny James Such a friendly atmosphere and absolutely no pressure.
Katie Louise Limmer I parkrun because I love the social aspect of it and the fact I can aim for a pb or just walk 5k. And the cake after of course!

All amazing reasons to come to park run, whether its first aid for mental health, fitness, the social factor, and don't forget the awesome feeling volunteering gives us, to run, jog or walk ALL are welcome at parkrun and the cake is always an added bonus :-)
Please keep spreading the word and encouraging your friends and family to parkrun, male or female.

A huge thank you goes to our hivis heroes this week, and the wonderful pacers, an incredible 69 people achieved personal bests.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: P ABEY, Helen BREEN, Edina BURNS, Geoff COLLIER, Abigail DAVIS, Isobel DAVIS, Paul DAVIS, David ELDRIDGE, Amanda ELLIOTT, Suzanne ELLIOTT, Samantha FRENCH, Claire FRITZ, Gordon GEACH, Dona HALL, Emily HARDWICK, Naomi JEPSON-RIVERS, Tudor JONES, Sadie KIDD, Christopher LIMMER, Russell MAKSYMIW, Fraser MARSHALL, Grace MARSHALL, Kate MARSHALL, Claire MARTIN, Lord Thomas Barclay NAYLOR, Shaun PARKES, Michael PATTINSON, Sarah PELL, Jonathan ROBERTS, Rosalind SADLER, Anna SERGEANT, Chris SPOWAGE, Dale TOWNING, Poppy WAINWRIGHT, Catherine WALLACE, Daniel WALLACE, Tracy WEBB, Vicky WILLAN, Elaine WORSTER, Roger WORSTER
A special mention to Tom Naylor and his pooch Tasha, 159 or so parkruns and a dog age of 19 (equivalent human age of 133) we think she has earned her Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and an Honorary Discharge to the Reserves.
Tasha will hopefully still decide to come to parkrun, but in a more sedentary role as a walker in future!

Well done to Alexander SAN JOSE JNR completing his 10th parkrun, while Michael COUZENS and Mark RICE joined the 50th milestone club.
Nice one and we look forward to seeing you show off those milestone t-shirts
We had two photographers this week, long standing residential photographer Shaun, to view this weeks album click here
Gordon, regular run director also took to the camera lens and you can view his album here
Some of you may have clocked we have now gone into the new parkrun hivis vests which are PINK! hard not to notice. The RD's hivis vest stays the same colour black and white along with the tail walking bibs being orange.
Thats all for folks as it says above, thanks for visiting and please call again!
See you next parkrunday 14th March 2020


Event Number 193 – 29 February 2020

Belton House parkrun
Event Number 193
29th February 2020

First EVER leap day parkrun!
20200229-DSC_1460After a couple of weeks being battered by Ciara and Dennis and every weekend in February being overshadowed by high winds and a lot of rain dozens of parkruns across the UK cancelled for a third week in a row. Jorge let us down though and was a no show for the 09:00 start today. The parkrun weather fairies worked their magic and blessed us with a relatively dry run! A great show from all this morning with many of you in onesies, a selection of frogs for this leap day parkrun, the pink ladies made an appearance and a dashing young man Tom (pictured above) in top hat and tails, by the way any of you that know Tom and Tasha, his four legged pooch, Tasha is now 18 and hanging up her parkrun legs and her last parkrun will be on Saturday, be sure to give Tom and Tasha a shout out. Plus the usual array of smiling faces, speedy sprinters, four legged friends, buggies, jolly joggers and wonderful walkers. 20200229-DSC_0992
With Newark parkrun having been cancelled we thought we might have been in for a busy one, but a healthy 284 of you walked, jogged, ran and leapt round the parkland at Belton house. Despite it being our smallest parkrun of 2020 so far (by almost half!), we welcomed a massive 31 Belton first timers, and the clear, storm free morning allowed 19 of you to achieve a new PB! A massive 95 club runners represented this weekend at Belton, making up a large proportion of the field! Congratulations to all!
20200229-DSC_1404A special congratulations to those achieving milestones this week: Juniors: Harry Pattison and Harry Wardle for achieving 10 parkruns! Tiffany Davis for achieving her 50th parkrun! Kimberley Etherington-Bates, Wendy Spridgens, Carol Dudley, Ian Starbuck and Michael Robert Jones for achieving 100 parkruns! ... and to the newlyweds Carol & Ian who crossed the finish line through a guard of honor! 20200229-DSC_1210
Not an official milestone, however our very own Richard Hall - roster coordinator, pacer and all round good egg and a huge supporter of parkrun reached his 200th milestone while supporting another parkunner to a sub 30 5k :-) Thank you Richard for all you do for parkrun and the community on a Saturday morning
20200229-DSC_1504Thanks to the 32 hi vis heroes who made the event possible this morning, without them, parkrun would not be possible and a massive thanks to PGL at Caythorpe Court, who brought down 16 volunteers this morning and kept you all running with their PGL enthusiasm! 20200229-DSC_1501
This week's volunteers:
Anna SERGEANT • Annie HARRIS • Brendon BUCKLEY • Chloe GREGORY • Chris SPOWAGE • Claire SCOTT • David CROMBIE • David ELDRIDGE • David SHAW • Elaine WORSTER • Elliot CUFF • Emily HARDWICK • Emma OBRIEN • Fraser MARSHALL • Harry HULSE • Isabel LYLE • Jack PEMBERTON • Lidia RUBIO ROS • Mark SIMPSON • Mark WORSLEY • Naomi JEPSON-RIVERS • Nur Ahzlina LEATON • P ABEY • Paul DAVIS • Renni CAMERON • Roger WORSTER • Sam RAIKES • Shaun PARKES • Thomas ARMSTRONG • Thomas WATSON • Tom EDMONDS • Will LEADENHAM
On the Horizon
Next week - 07th March 2020 - event #194
07th March is International Woman's Day parkrun.
Promoted by parkrun Uk and supported by 'This girl can'
This Girl can is supported by Sports England and lottery funded.
Parkruns stats show although 54% of woman are registered with parkrun,  are under represented, therefore we would love you all to promote  IWD and let woman know how friendly parkrun is and that they can run, walk or jog (no pressure) and promote the day by wearing PURPLE.
Don't worry boys this is happening within a normal parkrunday and and hope to see as many of the boys as possible supporting also by wearing PURPLE
Belton's 200th event
Unfortunately due to a couple of cancelled weeks our 200th event will now hopefully be (if we don't have any more cancellations)
Saturday 25th April 2020
We had a wonderful leap day parkrunday and hope you all did too.
Shauns photos really capture the fun, smiles and community feel.
You can find the link to Shaun's parkrun album for this weeks event here.
Thats all for now folks, see you all next parkrunday, barring any storms! 07th March Don't forget to WEAR PURPLE


Event Number 192 – 08th February 2020

Belton House parkrun
Event Number 192
08th February 2020

Luckily we missed storm Ciara on Saturday and 454 of you ran, walked and jogged the course! Great turn out.

Unfortunately the Belton House grounds did sustain some damage, however the National Trust are already starting to address the clean up.
117 of you gained personal bests, 49 turned up and completed Belton House parkrun for the first time, and 31 representatives of different clubs.
Well done every one!

25 volunteers made the event happen - Big shout out to you all, as we know without you parkrun would not take place.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: P ABEY, Brendon BUCKLEY, Yvonne BUCKLEY, David CROMBIE, Paul DAVIS, Ian DUNCAN, Stephanie DUNCAN, David ELDRIDGE, Claire FRITZ, Gordon GEACH, Emily HARDWICK, Penny HODGES, Harry HULSE, Naomi JEPSON-RIVERS, Samuel JEPSON-RIVERS, Russell MAKSYMIW, Shaun PARKES, Anna SERGEANT, James SERGEANT, Chris SPOWAGE, Angela TOOTH, Dale TOWNING, Thomas WATSON, Elaine WORSTER, Roger WORSTER

Junior Millie ROBINSON and Elizabeth COOLEY completed their 10th parkrun
Myles SADLER, Sara MATHIESON and Kathy BELL joined the 50th milestone club
Well done all, we look forward to seeing you showing off your milestone T-shirts :-)

On the Horizon
29th February 2020
There are 5 Saturdays in February this year, this is the 7th time it has occurred dating back to 1772!
This only happens in a leap year and the last one being 2004, so with that in mind we thought we should celebrate being able to complete 5 parkruns in February 2020 with a RUNSIE, now i can hear you all say "whats a RUNSIE" it's a onsie being worn for a run :) so dig out your winter comfy onsie PJ's and come and celebrate the 29th February with us.

07th March 2020
07th March is International Woman's Day parkrun.

Promoted by parkrun Uk and supported by 'This girl can'
This Girl can is supported by Sports England and lottery funded.
Parkruns stats show although 54% of woman are registered with parkrun, however are under represented, therefore we would love you all to promote the IWD and let woman know how friendly parkrun is and that they can run, walk or jog (no pressure) and promote the day by wearing PURPLE.

Don't worry boys this is happening within a normal parkrunday and and hope to see as many of the boys as possible supporting also by wearing PURPLE :)

28th March 2020
Belton House parkrun's 200th event!
Can you believe Belton House parkrun will be reaching it's 200th event!
Watch this space on how we will be celebrating the day.................
That's all for now folks, see you next parkrunday 15th February 2020


International Woman’s Day parkrun – #IWD – 07th March 2020

Belton House parkrun are delighted to be one of many parkruns around the world celebrating International Woman's Day parkrun 
In England, #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by Sport England.

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.

parkrun are taking the opportunity that International Women’s Day (#IWD) presents to encourage more women and girls to participate.
We invite you all to Belton House parkrun on 7th March 2020 to a parkrun dedicated to female participation.

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!

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.

No barcode, no time, no result!

First timers brief commences at 08:50, general brief at 08:55 and we all set off at 09:00 prompt.
Parkrun is free (including parking at Belton House, however if you are not a member of the National Trust they ask you have left the grounds by 11am) and is supported entirely by volunteers, so be sure to thank all the hivis heroes whether on the 07th March at Belton or partaking in any parkrun across the world on any given Saturday :-)
If you are new to Belton house parkrun and are driving, we also ask you to arrive early, the village can become congested due to the volumes of parkrunners approx 500. If you are running, jogging or walking to parkrun then the Lions gate entrance opens at 08:30 as do the toilets.

We cannot wait to support this fabulous day and see you all in PURPLE!
Afterwards join us in the Stables cafe to chat and share experiences of the morning over tea/coffee and cake.


Event Number 191 – 01st February 2020

Belton House parkrun
Event Number 191
01st February 2020

White stagparkrunday did not disappoint when we had the white stag grace our presence. Some think this is a mystical creature that brings good luck, and maybe some PB's for those that saw this glorious creature. What a fantastic way to start a Saturday morning, not only do we get to socialise within this amazing community, restore our mental health and run, jog or walk 5k in the fabulous parkland of Belton House, (not to mention for free!) we also get to see nature at it's best. I love Saturday mornings and cannot wait to see parkrun buddies and enjoy the community spirit and celebrate all that is parkrun, coffee and cake afterwards is also a good motivator! 20200201-DSC_8831
Ask why people come to parkrun and you will get a lot of different answers....training, friends, family, friendly, fitness, mental health, community, challenges, feeling safe, goals just some of many reasons and this is what makes parkrun so diverse and inclusive.

parkrun really is for EVERYONE!
20200201-DSC_8153So what happened on parkrunday (formally known as Saturday) it started with 437 of you getting out of bed and making your way to parkrun, sometimes getting out of bed can be the biggest challenge.

24 of you did it for the very first time and 22 of you came back and completed your 2nd parkrun!

77 of you achieved new personal bests - you all must have seen the white stag ;) and 21 representatives of clubs took part. While all this was going on Ruth TALL and Samantha ROBERTS completed their 50th run, which now makes them members of the 50th milestone club, while Michele EMERY completed his 100th parkrun, now joining the 100th milestone club. We look forward to you all showing off those T-Shirts. Well done to every runner, jogger and walker that participated :-)

VI Chris achieved a new PB, while being guided by Suzanne Elliot. Well done Chris :-) 20200201-DSC_8993
20200201-DSC_8219Please don't ever take parkrun for granted, it takes considerable effort and wonderful, generous soles to enable this to happen every week.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: P ABEY, Brendon BUCKLEY, Yvonne BUCKLEY, Amanda COWLING, Kyle COWLING, David CROMBIE, Paul DAVIS, Joe-Ann DICKENSON, Suzanne ELLIOTT, Richard FAY, Claire FRITZ, Gordon GEACH, Stephen GOODIN, Corinne GRAYSTON, Richard HALL, Emily HARDWICK, Harry HULSE, Russell MAKSYMIW, Keith MUNRO, Shaun PARKES, Jack PEMBERTON, Amanda ROBERTS, Anna SERGEANT, Sarah SERGEANT, Chris SPOWAGE, Lindsay STUART, Elaine WORSTER, Roger WORSTER 20200201-DSC_8997
Whats on the horizon....
International Womans parkrun day! 07th March 2020
We will be joining in a female-focused parkrun celebration on the 07th March during our usual parkrun.
We love our male and female parkrunners equally but did you know woman are much less likely to participate in parkrun?
Please get in touch and share your stories on why you participate in parkrun, email into beltonhouse@parkrun.com we will be able to do a story board and celebrate International woman's day parkrun

That's all for now folks, see you next parkrunday 08th February 2020


Event Number 190 – 25th January 2020

Belton House parkrun
Event Number 190
25th January 2020

Photo above showing to very happy parkrunners :-)
475 of you got out of bed and ran, jogged and walked parkrun, well done to all of you, fantastic effort.
18 of you did parkrun for the very first time, and long may it continue.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: P ABEY, Anthony BOYLE, David CROMBIE, Abigail DAVIS, Paul DAVIS, Tom EDMONDS, David ELDRIDGE, Suzanne ELLIOTT, Claire FRITZ, Gordon GEACH, Corinne GRAYSTON, Dona HALL, Harry HULSE, Naomi JEPSON-RIVERS, Tudor JONES, Isabel LYLE, Russell MAKSYMIW, Shaun PARKES, Graham PEMBERTON, Jack PEMBERTON, John RAISEN, Amelia SHAW, Emma SHAW, Chris SPOWAGE, Dale TOWNING, Thomas WATSON, Vicky WILLAN, Mark WILSON, Elaine WORSTER, Roger WORSTER
We can't give enough praise to our fabulous volunteers, as without them its simple.....parkrun would not take place.

Whether you run, jog, walk or volunteer for the physical benefit, for mental health or the social aspect is parkrun the purest fun possible?
Everyone coming together all over the country on a Saturday morning regardless of age or ability is like a religion, a mobile church that once you have a barcode gives you the freedom to join any parkrun mobile church anywhere in the country OR world with more and more parkruns starting every week!
Alice GRIEVE junior completed her 10th parkrun, well done Alice!
Samantha ROBERTS and David HIBBERT joined the 50th milestone club and Michele EMERY joined the 100 milestone club.
Brilliant work all, looking forward to seeing those T-shirts :-)
Thanks to Shaun, resident photographer for the photos every week, and how promptly he process's them!
To view this weeks photos, click here
Thank you to all that have taken on arriving earlier to avoid the queuing and congestion into Belton House, this all seems to be flowing much better.

We are always on the lookout for volunteers, so please take a look at the future roster and email into beltonhouse@parkrun.com with what you would like to do and the date you would like to do it.
Photo above shows Dona, Chris and Claire's 200 metre sprint finish!
We have regular VI tail walker Chris who needs a guide every week so if you would like to support please let us know. This week Chris decided to sprint finish to the funnel! Still didn't quite get a pb but there is always next week! Well done Chris :-)
That's all for now folks, thanks for coming and see you all next parkrunday 01st February 2020


Event Number 189 – 18th Januray 2020

Belton House parkrun
Event Number 189
18th January 2020

The picture above shows the pooches start!
We where greeted with a cold, crispy morning at Belton House on Saturday but it didn't stop 560 of you getting out of bed, putting
your trainers on and attending you free weekly 5k event!
Good job everyone
44 people choose Saturday to come and attend parkrun for the first time, we hope you enjoyed it and will see you on Saturdays results being your 2nd parkrun of the year :-) well done everyone.
Jack TITTERTON from Newark Striders Running Club, Ann MANLEY from Notfast RC and Liane JOHNSON all joined the 50th milestone club :-) and Michael PAIGE joins the 100th milestone club
Welcome all, looking forward to seeing you all showing off those milestone T-shirts.
We had 28 people logged as unknown, this is where you have either forgotten your barcode or have not registered and printed one off.
A reminder, that if you do not have a printed barcode, no time, no result!

Obviously none of this could happen without the amazing volunteers that come forward every week to ensure Belton House parkrun can take place.
Photo above shows, Emily, Chris, Elaine and Roger tail walking. Chris is visually impaired (VI) and Elaine was Chris's VI guide this week. If you have any interest in guiding VI's please get in touch beltonhouse@parkrun.com or would like to volunteer in any capacity please email in. See the volunteer opportunity's and rosters here
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Brendon BUCKLEY, Amanda COWLING, Kyle COWLING, David CROMBIE, Abigail DAVIS, Paul DAVIS, Joe-Ann DICKENSON, Tom EDMONDS, Claire FRITZ, Gordon GEACH, Dona HALL, Richard HALL, Harry HULSE, Russell MAKSYMIW, Shaun PARKES, Graham PEMBERTON, Jack PEMBERTON, Emily RATCLIFFE, Emma ROBERTS, Sam SHARP, Amelia SHAW, Chris SPOWAGE, Dale TOWNING, Poppy WAINWRIGHT, Elaine WORSTER, Roger WORSTER

Thanks to all those that have taken on-board the communications in the last few weeks about arriving early, with an average of 500 people currently attending it is really important to set out early avoiding congestion through the village, thanks everyone.
If you walk, run, jog or bike to parkrun Lions gate entrance is open at 08:30.
Parkrun is for everyone, so if you think you are 'to slow' think again, come and give it a go, no pressure to run, come and enjoy a walk around the stunning parkland of Belton House :)
If you would like to view this weeks parkrun photo's by resident photographer Shaun Parkes click here
That's all for now folks, thanks for coming and see you next parkrunday 25th January 2020

Belton House parkrun event statistics

Problem with results? please contact beltonhouse@parkrun.com
Number of events: 189 Number of runners: 8,956
Number of runs: 53,342 Number of first finishers: 113
Number of clubs: 536 Number of PBs: 11,214
Average number of runners per week: 282.2
Average number of runs per runner: 6.0
Biggest Attendance: 591
Average run time: 00:30:25
Total hours run: 3Years 32Days 4Hrs 34Min 21Secs
Total distance run: 266,710km
Female record holder: Naomi COLLIER - 18:14 - Event 51 (24/12/16)
Male record holder: Thomas TRIMBLE - 14:54 - Event 148 (16/02/19)
Age graded record holder: Barbara EVELING - 94.24 % - 25:44 - Event 110 (21/04/18)


Event Number 188 – 11th January 2020

Belton House parkrun
Event number 188
11th January 2020

Another busy and blustery parkrun, with 557 of you taking part running, jogging and walking!
65 first timers choose a blustery cold day to complete their first parkrun, 34 tourists joined us, a fantastic 70 new personal bests achieved and 31 representatives of clubs joined us!
Well done to each and everyone of you, we hope you will all be back to visit again :-)

33 special volunteers turned up to ensure the event happened and not just happened but went without a hitch.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:

Visually impaired volunteer Chris Spowage turned up for his 3rd volunteering stint as tail walker and Dona Hall guided.
Next week Chris will be guided by Elaine Worster, most of you will know Elaine as a marshal on position point one, as you turn left down the drive, normally ringing the cowbells and cheering everyone on.

I have well and truly been caught by the parkrun bug, I think this happened when I did my first parkrun early 2017, and have been called the parkrun queen due to my enthusiasm and passion for people joining the community, whether you run, jog or walk and Chris mentioned everyone's enthusiasm and warm welcome on Saturday when he was surprised how many people had shouted good morning or chatted to him on the way round.
I think Chris has gone and caught the parkrun bug, a difficult one to avoid! ;)

This week, due to injury I walked the course, but my alarm was still set, as regardless of injury and not being able to run there was no way I was missing parkrun!
parkrun is not just for the physical exercise but a community that is there to support whether you come for first aid for mental health, to make friend's, some training or your chasing a new PB. Everyone is thrilled for all goals achieved whether you complete a 5k in an hour or 15 minutes.
So if you think your 'to slow' this is a myth! come and join us and the parkrun family :-) the best things in life are free and this includes Belton House parkrun, every Saturday morning at 9am.
All you need to do is register on the parkrun UK site and print your barcode. This only has to be done once and you then have access to over 600 UK parkruns, but don't forget your barcode, no barcode, no time, no result.

This week joining the 50th milestone club and celebrating with a new PB was Andrew LEATES from Boston Community runners.
Well done Andrew, welcome to the club and heres to the next 50!
We saw tourist Jeremy David Fraser SMITH from Heaton Harriers & AC complete his 284th parkrun!

We did still have cars coming down the drive at 9am, but most did seem to be in by 9, but saw a lot of you taking a sprint to the start line and a few still running down after we had started.
A reminder that parkrun starts at 9am, not 09:05 or 09:10.....09:00 as always we ask you set off earlier to avoid congestion in the village and the drive, the speed limit on site is 5mph. If you can walk, jog, run or bike to parkrun, the lions gate entrance opens at 08:30
Please don't park in the village, this makes it very difficult for buses and if required emergency vehicles getting though.
Thanks to all those that have already taken this on board :)

Thanks for coming folks, and we will see you all next parkrun day 18th January


Event Number 187 – 04th January 2020

Belton House parkrun
Event number 187
04th January 2020

Our biggest events are normally News years day and parkruns birthday in November, however you went and surprised us all on Saturday when 580 of you turned up to run, jog and walk!
86 of you where first timers, an incredible 90 new Personal bests and representatives of 27 different clubs took part!
We hope you enjoyed yourselves whether a first timer an old hand or a tourist, we had fun, thanks for coming and well done all of you!

Thanks to this week's volunteers, who you know without them, this fantastic free 5k event would not take place every week.
Abigail DAVIS • Amelia SHAW • Andrew RICHLEY • Brendon BUCKLEY • Chris SPOWAGE • Claire FRITZ • Dale TOWNING • David ELDRIDGE • Dona HALL • Elaine WORSTER • Gordon GEACH • Graham PEMBERTON • Harry HULSE • Jack PEMBERTON • Joe-Ann DICKENSON • Maria CARLEY • Mark WILSON • P ABEY • Paul DAVIS • Rachel DEANE • Richard HALL • Roger WORSTER • Russell MAKSYMIW • Shaun PARKES • Sian REVITT • Stewart PICK • Suzanne ELLIOTT.

Some of you may or may not have not noticed we had to have a 'quick' funnel change on Saturday to accommodate everyone, when we realised cars where still coming down the drive at 08:55....09:00 the RD on this occasion held the event start time back.
This is not normal and will not become the norm, and ask you leave earlier, to avoid congestion in the village and the queues into the grounds.
There was some mention on our face book site about cars (people attending parkrun) parking in the village, this is legal, however we do ask you to think carefully about the impact of this on the small village of Belton, buses and emergency vehicles having to access the area could, and have struggled to get through. Please also consider parkruns reputation, we do have to maintain 'good will' with the village and the National Trust and would certainly not want to spoil this due to 'a few' parking inconsiderately.
Lions Gate entrance can be used if running, jogging, walking or cycling to parkrun then this entrance is open at 08:30, and if not then the last word on this is please car share where you can :-)

Good news VI (visually impaired) Chris Spowage was tail walker again this week and I was his VI guide, this is the first time I have guided and will admit to some nerves Saturday morning!
Paul Davidson who is a regular VI guide whether running or walking offered me some hints and tips and sent me some YouTube videos to watch, these where invaluable, as a guide I think I had mostly thought about FEET! eyes down looking for pot holes etc. but when watching the videos, there is more to it, you need think about all your surroundings and LOOK UP! This was the best tip of the day and I am so glad I had watched those videos, as we have low overhanging tree branches at Belton and I was able to guide Chris safely through these without him having a face full of tree branch!
Chris was great and gave me the added confidence to do it again, any VI is in control, they are the ones that will tell you which side they want to be on or how they want to link, i.e. elbow, shoulder etc.
Anyway its safe to say (maybe not for Chris...HaHa) that I will happily VI guide again, it was a pleasure.
Chris is going to be a regular to parkrun, so welcome Chris and thanks for supporting parkrun.
The core team have created a roster for VI guides to support Chris, if you have interest in doing this or are already a VI guide and would like to get involved please contact us at beltonhouse@parkrun.com
Milestones We welcome this week Claire Giles, Lindsay STUART,Amanda HETHERINGTON, Lynette GOODIN and Julia STEVENS to the 50th milestone club, well done all, we look forward to you sporting your new milestone T-shirts.
That's all for now folks, see you all next parkrunday 11th January 2020

Belton House parkrun event statistics
Number of events: 187 Number of runners: 8,790
Number of runs: 52,225 Number of first finishers: 113
Number of clubs: 532 Number of PBs: 11,024
Average number of runners per week: 279.3
Average number of runs per runner: 5.9
Biggest Attendance: 591
Average run time: 00:30:23
Total hours run: 3Years 7Days 11Hrs 21Min 18Secs
Total distance run: 261,125km
Female record holder: Naomi COLLIER - 18:14 - Event 51 (24/12/16)
Male record holder: Thomas TRIMBLE - 14:54 - Event 148 (16/02/19)
Age graded record holder: Barbara EVELING - 94.24 % - 25:44 - Event 110 (21/04/18)


Event Number 186 – 01st January 2020

Belton House Parkrun
Event number 186
1st January 2020

Hands up if you thought that New Year’s day would start with most adults enjoying a lie in and (maybe) nursing a headache? Well you would be wrong!
It would seem that very many people start the new year as they mean to go on by taking part in a parkrun.
Many do not just take part in one event but do TWO parkruns in one day! New Year’s day is the only time that it is possible to ‘do the double’ as adjacent events stagger their starting times to allow people time to travel between them and take part in both events. Consequently, New Year’s day parkruns are busier than usual. Moreover, New Year’s day is a popular time for parkrunners to go touring so there are a larger number of visitors than usual.
There were a staggering 126 first timers at Belton today and only 14 of these were doing their first parkrun ever; all of the others were either ‘doing the double’ with Newark or Rutland parkruns or were visiting the area as part of their New Year’s day celebrations. In preparation for this influx of participants, a double funnel was set up. This forward planning meant that everything went very smoothly and those eager to set off for the next event were able to get processed quickly and efficiently.
Some people were celebrating more than just the start of a new decade. Two junior visitors Ollie Gavin and Henry-James Boulton both ran their tenth parkrun at this event. Also, Belton regular, Ellie Davison earned her white t-shirt. Well done to all three of them. Other people gaining t-shirts were Mark Beecham and Zara Chapman who both ran their 50th parkrun. Mark is a Belton regular while Zara usually runs at Newark and today ‘did the double’ to run both her 50th and 51st parkrun on the same day. Likewise, Mary Gregory, Newark regular combined the two events to run her 100th and 101st parkruns. Well done everyone what a great day to celebrate your special parkruns.

There were 6 people altogether who were members of the 250 club. One of today’s tourists, Adrian Stott, completed his 435th parkrun at Belton today.
Not an achievement many people who live locally have had the chance to make since you need to live in an area where parkrun has been in existence for more than eight years to do this.
I hope that I am still running regularly at Belton when we start to see blue 500 t-shirts regularly at our events, even for people who attend every week that takes nearly ten years of regular parkrunning to achieve!
The highest age grade (86.48%) goes to Josh Pocklington who was also the day’s first finisher (assisted) aided and abetted by his beautiful dog with a time of 14:55. The first female finisher was also a Canicross runner; Becky Roberts (Assisted) came in with an age grade of 80.22% and a time of 18:27.

As always, we need to remember that none of this would be possible without all of the people who give up their time to make this possible.

This week the volunteers included a British Sign Language interpreter who stood on a step ladder so that she could be seen by everyone who needed to and made a welcome addition to the event. The people volunteering were P ABEY, Beccie BAILEY, Anthony BOYLE, Brendon BUCKLEY, Paul CHANDLER, Zara CHAPMAN, Amanda COWLING, Kyle COWLING, Paul DAVIS, David ELDRIDGE, Richard FAY, Claire FRITZ, Gordon GEACH, Dona HALL, Richard HALL, Harry HULSE, Rebecca MACFARLANE, Shaun PARKES, Jo PARKES, Erin PRICE, Andrew RICHLEY, Graham Charles RIDDELL, Adrian WALKER, Harry WATSON, Joanne WATSON, Jane WINTER, Elaine WORSTER and Roger WORSTER

There have now been 186 parkruns at Belton since it started on the 7th November 2015. The female record is held by Naomi Collier who ran the course in a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51). The male record is held by Thomas Trimble who ran the course in a time of 14:54 on 16th February 2019 (event number 148). The Age Grade course record is held by Barbara Eveling who recorded 94.24% (25:44) on 21st April 2018 (event number 110). Since it started 8,704 participants have completed 51,645parkruns covering a total distance of 258,225km, including 10,934 new Personal Bests.

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