Bestwood Village parkrun #177 – 16th October 2021

"Oh huzzah, it's parkrun day!" you exclaim as you leap excitedly out of bed. "And it's a glorious... FOUR DEGREES OUTSIDE!! Whaaat?!" You're tempted to creep back under the duvet, they'll not miss you at parkrun just this once, and the bed is sooo warm...

Then you remember you're Run Director.  Duty calls.

By 8.50 this morning, at Bestwood Village parkrun, there were few runners assembled. But the motto seems to be "Give them an impossible hill to run up, and they will come!" At 9.00am, 101 people set off - that's the largest number since we returned to parkrunning.

We even had a surplus of volunteers this morning (we're certainly not complaining!)  It's been a close-run thing some Saturdays - but Alan Cobb, our Volunteer Coordinator, must surely be a practitioner of the dark arts: the volunteers step forward from somewhere. We're not sure what the other ingredients are in his cauldron, but there's a strong smell of Ralgex Deep Heat... ;-)

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Roy Austin from Ripley RC chose Bestwood Village for his 100th parkrun, complete with celebratory helium balloons - congratulations, Roy!

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Ben Burnell of Rushcliffe AC, visiting us for the first time, was first back in 21:32; Francesca Godwin-Austen was first female back, clocking a new PB with 25:04.  Francesca also topped the Age Grades with 72.21% AND she's a member of the Volunteer-50 club!  Kudos!

Greetings and welcome to Kate Castanho, Aidan Crosby and Chris Iliffe who all chose Bestwood Village for their début parkrun, and a socially-distanced hi-five to Laura Patton who returned to Bestwood to run her second parkrun!  See, our "gentle undulations" aren't that bad... are they??!

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RD Francesco Lari welcomes First Timers

It looks from the Results table as if we experienced a Richards Family invasion: on their first visit to Bestwood Village parkrun, Juniors Max Richards and Harry Richards, and Mum Sarah Richards finished 68th, 69th and 70th.  Max finished a whole 4 seconds ahead of Harry - but it's not a race, is it, boys?  No, no, no! :-D

Congratulations to everyone today who achieved their goal, whether it was running up the second hill, clocking a better time than they feared, making others happy by applauding them as they ran past, or simply getting out of bed!  You did yourself proud.

The parkrun consumer report by Bestwood Village's own nerdmeister (David)

You may have noticed an addition to our kit this morning, a Co-op QR code board.  The Co-op are one of parkrun's sponsors; we pay nothing to run a 5k on Saturday morning, yet there are expenses in the background - such as operating the Results system.  The Co-op help pay for that.  So accepting a QR code board at the Finish - "Have Brunch on Us!" - does not seem unreasonable.

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The board seemed popular - one comment I overheard was "I've read about these offers online, but this is the first parkrun where I've actually seen the code."  Bestwood Village leads, others follow!  :-)

The offer is activated on a Saturday morning and lasts until Wednesday.  You scan the QR code into your smartphone.  The code takes you to the Co-op website and a button to click for the week's exclusive parkrun offer.  This week it's £2 off Co-op fresh fish, and there's a recipe for Smoked Mackerel Omelette.  There was no mackerel on sale at the Hucknall Co-op branch I tried, though, only salmon.  But I got two salmon steaks for £2 rather than £4, quite a saving.  (Bizarrely, it was more expensive to buy 2 packs for £7.  £2 discount makes each pack £2.50.  I was never any good at Economics!)

The enthusiastic sales assistant in the Co-op was keen to warn me that I had to load the offer into my Co-op membership wallet, or it wouldn't work.  Not so!  The barcode that activates the offer is simply read by the till scanning machine.  The assistant was astonished when the price dropped by 50%.  "Oh, that IS a bargain!" she said.  Which was nice.

Run Report by David Heathcote
Photos by David Heathcote and Francesco Lari

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #176 – 9th October 2021

(TREE-) BREAKING NEWS - At 8.27pm on Tuesday, an urgent message came through to Bestwood Village parkrun Mission Control (OK, the Event Director's laptop at home). parkrunner Mark Weston* reported a tree had come down, completely blocking the path on the parkrun route in the Country Park!

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Mission Control sprang into action (well, alright, the ED texted the park ranger, but we're trying to make this sound as dramatic as possible!)  By 8.05am the following day, Ranger Rob was on the case, and the tree was cut up and moved to the side of the path.  Mission accomplished!  Well done, Mark and Ranger Rob.  parkrun took place today as if nothing had happened.

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* - To clarify, Mark is a member of Bestwood Backwards, a small group who - wait for it - run the Bestwood Village parkrun course anticlockwise/backwards on a Tuesday evening, even in the dark.  parkrunHQ are very clear that a parkrun course cannot be run officially in the reverse direction (and a large group of people running down The Beast's 25% gradient would indeed be dangerous)  But a select band running a (not)parkrun - with miners' headlamps! - is fair game.  Kind of...  (At their own risk.)

But what about today's results?  Adam Kennedy was first male back, with a scorching 19:52 time, his best time for nearly two years.  Adam's times just keep getting better and better - might we see a new PB before too long?  The PB Bell awaits, Adam!

Second male back, Steven Mason from Beeston AC landed a new PB with a time of 21:01, and third back, Paul Wass romped home with the best Age Grade of the day - 72.83%.

Karen Round was first female back, clocking 26:50, and Joanne Coleman,débuting at Bestwood Village parkrun, was second female back with a time of 29:07.

Making her first appearance at any parkrun anywhere today was Maddison Vardy.  Maddison began the Service element of her Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award this morning by volunteering as Token Scanner at Bestwood Village.  You are very welcome, Maddison!

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Over the course of weeks and months, Maddison plans to volunteer for every volunteer job that's going.  Keep a look out for her as you parkrun!  (If you volunteer twice for every role, Maddison, you'll be getting your parkrun Volunteer-25 Club T-shirt as well as your Bronze Award!)

If you know another young person who would like to make parkrun their DofE Service element, please get in touch. It's a full 12-month commitment, but we all know the physical health and mental health benefits of parkrun, both for runners and volunteers.

It was good to see Teresa King back in Marshal #1 position after several weeks' absence.  It's truly uplifting to see her and Daisy - and Frank and John waving and cheering as you come down the first "undulation"!

And finally - smooth-talking Alan Cobb has secured a major concession for Bestwood Village parkrun!  Watch for an exciting, big announcement in weeks to come!  ;-)

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 Run Report by David Heathcote
Photos by David Heathcote, Dave Vardy and Mark Weston

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #175 – 2nd October 2021

This week's event saw 95 runners, joggers and walkers complete the hilly 5km loop.  We had 14 visitors to Bestwood Village parkrun, some from as far afield as Southend, Sheffield and Leicestershire.

We had 17 PBs this week, so a big congratulations to those who managed to achieve their personal goals!

First male home was Adam KENNEDY who completed the course in 20:02. Congratulations once again Adam.

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First female was Charlotte BUCK who completed the course in 23;14, whilst this wasn't a PB for Charlotte it is still a fantastic time. Well done Charlotte!

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For many it was their first time at Bestwood Village parkrun. Peter ATKIN from Sheffield is used to the hills and completed the course in 23:12. Peter was very complimentary of the course saying it is now one of his favorites! We hope to see you back again soon Peter!

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Stephanie GOVER travelled up north from Southend to attend a wedding but also took the opportunity to complete the Bestwood Village parkrun in a time of 29:17. Well done Stephanie, we hope you enjoyed your well-deserved Prosecco afterwards!

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We had 2 runners sign up to volunteer on the future roaster, thank you very much for that, it's great to meet new people and essential for parkrun to continue as well as it does.

A massive thank you to all our volunteers this week: Evie BAILEY, Rachel BAILEY, Rachel BURGOYNE, Ryan BUZZARD-NALL, Alan COBB, Kirstie DODSLEY, Catrin EGAN, David HEATHCOTE, Denise HOLROYD, Archie JACKSON, Paul JACKSON, Tracey JACKSON, Emma LISSETT, Jonathan RADFORD, Deborah RIGBY, Karen SLADE, John SPENCE, Matthew WATTS

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Hope to see you at the start line on Saturday!

Regards Jonathan RADFORD

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #174 – 25th September 2021

So, it was like this, I'd been Run Director or training new Run Directors for the past several weeks and this week felt I was due "a break".  Now I'm a parkrunner (to be fair, more of a parkshuffler, but Suzie Dent doesn't like that word), so I could not possibly stay in a comfortable, warm bed on a Saturday morning <sigh>.  No, instead I volun-touristed at nearby Shipley Country parkrun.

And that was how I missed the result of the year at Bestwood Village: Jonathan Radford first male back and Nicola Radford first female back!!  Well done!  I'd never known a married couple take both "first back" titles before; I hope you were greeted with rapturous applause.

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It may surprise you to learn there is a parkrun statsgeek group (no, of course it doesn't!) and I've asked them how often a married couple have taken both "first back" titles.  This being the statsgeek group, their replies focus on brother/sister pairs with the same surnames and a "no doubt the same is true for husbands and wives" comment(!)  But at the time of writing, no one has identified another married couple taking both titles.

Then the waters become muddied - what about couples who have chosen to retain their previous surnames?  What about same sex couples?  Anyone have a tin opener for the can of worms I have here?

But seriously folks, it's not a race; you're not competing against anyone except yourself and your last week's time.  We parkrun because we love it.  In sunshine and in rain; in sickness and in health... til Death us do part??!  Amen.

I left Bestwood Village parkrun this week in Francesco Lari's capable Run Director hands. One volunteer had to drop out at short notice due to illness: they coped.  But if this happens, I'm advised that one solution is to appoint a first finisher as a volunteer.  Please be prepared for this to happen, at least until the parkrun Covid Framework is but a distant memory and we are back to "normal".  Another can of worms anyone?

Eighty-nine ran, twelve parkrunners visiting Bestwood Country Park for the first time - and three choosing The Home of The Beast for their very first parkrun ever: Scott Creighton, Ewhen Semak and Marian Hebditch.  You could not be more welcome - and we hope to see you back next week for your second parkrun.  Incidentally, Alex Loach ran with you today - it was his 338th parkrun: it gets you like that, I'm afraid!

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Many thanks to our volunteers, generously giving of their time to make parkrun possible.  You get a warm feeling from volunteering: it starts in the palms of your hands when you've applauded the nth person to pass you, and it lasts all day. :-)

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Run Report by David Heathcote
Photos by Catrin Egan, Therona Goldsmith, Francesco Lari and Mark Weston

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #173 – 18th September 2021

This week's Bestwood Village parkrun started the same as all the others, surrounded by the picturesque views of the Country Park in the shadow of the old Winding House, but something looked different, was there a hint of autumn in the air? An early start for our volunteers gave them the opportunity to see the park at its best - low September sun, morning dew still on the grass, and not a soul in sight.

Once all were assembled and the start area was prepared, it was time for the marshals to head off into the Country Park and take up their positions but not before they had lined up for the obligatory group photo! A fine looking bunch, I’m sure you’ll agree!!

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As runners and walkers started to arrive, it was time for the race briefing but also a special announcement from our Event Director David Heathcote.  David held aloft the newly purchased defibrillator and thanked everybody for their very kind donations without which the event could not go ahead.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all once again!!

This week's event saw 95 runners, joggers and walkers complete the hilly 5km loop, quite a large number for us here at Bestwood Village parkrun.  For many it was their first time at Bestwood Village, some visitors from as far afield as Felixstowe and Ilkeston! We had 15 PBs  this week, so a big congratulations to those who managed to achieve their personal goals!

First male was Luke BERESFORD who completed the course in 18:48, a new PB! Congratulations Luke, you certainly took our time keepers by surprise!

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Second male was a regular runner here at Bestwood Village, Adam KENNEDY who completed the course in 19:54. Congratulations Adam.

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Third male was Tim GREENHALGH who completed the course in 22:36. Congratulations Tim.

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First female was Nicola RADFORD who completed the course in 25:31. Congratulations Nicola, super running!

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Second female was June GREENHALGH who completed the course in 26:54. Congratulations June!

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Third female was Kirsty OGELSBY who completed the course in 27:44 to set a new PB! Congratulations and well done Kirsty!

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Well done to all that completed the 173rd Bestwood Village parkrun whether you ran, jogged or walked! A great achievement. We hope to see you again at the start line next Saturday, maybe we will see start numbers go over 100! Certainly this might be the case if people have heard about my comical attempt at a race briefing!

A big thank you to all the Volunteers on Saturday,  Alan COBB  •  Alasdair COUCH  •  Alison COLUMBINE  •  Catrin EGAN  •  David HEATHCOTE  •  Deborah RIGBY  •  Jonathan RADFORD  •  Linda COOKE  •  Mark WESTON  •  Neil BOULTON  •  Philip HODGKINSON  •  Scott MARSHALL  •  Sheilagh STONES  •  Steve GELDERD  •  Therona GOLDSMITH  •  Thomas HAYES  •  Tina O'CONNELL  •  Tracey JACKSON

Hope to see you at the start line on Saturday!

Regards Jonathan RADFORD

 

 

 

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #172 – 11th September 2021

Did you hear about Basingstoke parkrun this week? According to reports, everyone who ran received a 59:59 time - they had no Timers! Bestwood Village has been OK (-ish!) for volunteers since we re-started. So far. But today was the closest-run thing. (No pun intended) We hastily appointed Frank and John as “Honorary Marshals” at the bottom of the first hill (thank you, gentlemen!), and doubled up the Finish Funnel and Finish Tokens roles. We got by.

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Fortunately, though, my appeal during the briefing for more volunteers resulted in several people putting their names down for future volunteering after they crossed the Finish line. Thank you. You are officially Lovely People!

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Tail Walkers return triumphant!

Seventy runners accepted the Bestwood Village parkrun challenge, though we "lost" one or two to the Great North Run. 'sOK - we forgive you. One of our tourists was heard to say, as he crossed the Finish line, “What was THAT??!” To know The Beast is to love it!

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Stuart Laurie finished first, with a time of 19:35, and a PB! Adam Kennedy was second, 21 seconds later, achieving his best Bestwood Village parkrun time since January 2020. Carolyn Hay in third position was first female back.  Carolyn topped the age grading with 78.02%.

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JW10 athlete Evelyn Wade just gets faster and faster. Another PB at 30:09 - and an impressive age grade of 64.79%, which puts her 4th in today's field of 70 runners. Will she smash the 30:00 time soon? I rather think she will!

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Doug Greenfield celebrated his “Beatles birthday” (64 today) by parkrunning. Happy Birthday! He’s a self-confessed smoker, and expects he would knock two minutes off his PB if he could stop smoking. We’ll hold you to that, Doug. Come back soon! The Beast will be waiting for you.

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I had a most productive chat with parkrunner Dr Mark Salisbury, who is a local GP. He is interested in getting his surgery recognised as a parkrun Practice. Torkard Hill and Oakenhall GP surgeries in Hucknall are already parkrun Practices. Many doctors are now prescribing exercise as a treatment for patients, with some impressive results. parkrun is recognised as having benefits for physical health and mental health, not just among runners but also among volunteers! When you stand at the Finish applauding a runner as they complete a 5k run, two people benefit!

Of course, there is more to parkrunning than just the 5k run, there’s apres run also! As the parkrunning Clayton family were happy to demonstrate.

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If you try hard enough, you'll see that "Bestwood Village parkrun" is actually an anagram for "Now please feed me cake!"

It’s really good to see so many young people running at Bestwood Village: they are the future!

Run Report by David Heathcote
Photos by Catrin Egan and David Heathcote

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #171 – 4th September 2021

There's a special look that younger parkrunners give you when you ask The Question - "Are you going to beat your Dad across the Finish line today?"!

Fiendishly, Evelyn Wade had that look to perfection this morning; it's a "I-love-my-Dad-to-bits-but-there's-no-way-I'm-letting-him-beat-me" look.  And true to her word, she crossed the line A WHOLE SECOND in front of dad, Richard Wade!!  Oh, and she scored a PB of 31:50, with an age grade of 61.36%.  Bravo!  (For the record, Dad's PB is 19:36, so he's no slouch either!)

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Joe Mutetwa chose to run his very first parkrun at Bestwood Country Park today; he's recently arrived from South Africa.

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Matthew Pearson, Katherine Tucker and Eleanor Shaw also all ran their first parkrun here at Bestwood this morning.  Welcome all of you!  We hope to see you next week and beyond.

This week 76 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests.  Stefan Szablewski from University of Nottingham Triathlon Club was first back with a time of 18:33. Nicola Radford, taking a break from being Bestwood Village parkrun Run Director, was first female back, time 25:21; Nicola is returning to her previous form - is a new PB within her sights?  Paul Wass, 3rd back, topped the age grades with 73.17%, narrowly beating - or narrowly being beaten by, depending how you look at it - Bruce Raeside, 2nd back, 71.25%.

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Run Director Alan Cobb also doubles as Volunteer Coordinator, a sometimes thankless task - "It was a close-run thing this week." he says. "We got our last volunteer late on Friday night!!  Without a full team of volunteers, we cannot parkrun."  Please, can everyone step forward as a volunteer from time to time - once a month would be ideal, but once every two or three months makes a real difference.  And volunteering really makes you feel good!

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Neil Boulton, our Results Processor

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Most importantly, I didn't trip and fall over this week.  ;-)

Report by David Heathcote
Photos by Alan Cobb, Paul Egan and David Heathcote

 (Sorry for the late publication of this Run Report: Life got in the way a bit this week!)

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #170 – 28th August 2021

parkrun Finishers' facial expressions come in many different versions:

  • The mildly irritated expression of the élite runner, who looks at their super-expensive smart watch, and realises s/he has missed a PB by 0.2s (I do feel for you)
  • The determined expression of the regular runner, who's blowed if that ache in the hip is going to put them off (Do we have paracetamol in the bathroom cupboard?)
  • The blank amazement of the tourist who actually believed the "gently undulating" course description in the RD's briefing (What was THAT at 2k??!)
  • And the heroic expression of the "Couch to 5k" graduate who is determined to continue making progress by parkrunning (I applaud you unreservedly)

But the expression that tops ALL those is that of the little girl who ran only her fourth 5k with her Mum today, and was pretty darned pleased with herself.  Well done Meredith Clayton!  The delight on your face said it all!  Ring that bell!

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This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, the numbers still depleted because of summer holidays.

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Six people were first timers at Bestwood, 12 recorded PBs and we welcomed tourists from Tewkesbury and Basingstoke.  Michael Perry was first back with a PB of 19:54 - well done!  And Saffy Walton of Cove Joggers was first female back at 22:21, with an Age Grade of 75.91% - wow!  Juniors Reka Kaska and William Sinclair ran their 2nd and 4th parkruns respectively, "slightly older" Jon Meeson ran his 5th.  You are all very, very welcome - haste ye back!

This Report Writer decided to test the Incident Procedure by tripping and falling in the wooded part of the course.  There are tree roots across the path - who knew?!  (Just everyone who listened carefully to Alan's RD briefing!)  My thanks to all who stopped and checked if I was OK (I was!), especially David Needham.  The parkrun community is A Wonderful Thing.

But the elephant at the parkrun Start this week was that parkrun very nearly didn't happen.  The Bestwood Village automatic external defibrillator (AED) decided to display that it was NOT "Rescue Ready".  One of parkrun Directors' many responsibilities is to check each week that we have a working AED within 5 minutes' journey time.  The AED at the convenience store is 4 minutes away.  With that removed for repair, we needed urgent assistance.  Local councillors - and parkrunners - Francesco Lari and Des Gibbons came to our aid, pointing out where the nearest AEDs were located.  Karen - a parkrunner also! - at one of the local factories lent us their defib, on the condition that it was returned immediately after the run.  That it was.  (With "thank you" note attached!)

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The upshot of this week's experience is that, lovely as it is to have Bestwood Village's AED on hand, Bestwood Village parkrun should have its own defibrillator.

Dear Reader, prepare to dig deep and donate to Bestwood Village parkrun so we can buy our own defibrillator. More details to follow.

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 (Report by David Heathcote;
photos by Ryan Buzzard-Nall, Alan Cobb, and David Heathcote)

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #169 – 21st August 2021

This week I enjoyed my first outing as Run Director and I had the pleasure of welcoming 87 like-minded people who ran, jogged and walked the course. There were 20 first timers, and 11 runners achieved new Personal Bests. Well done to all:

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William REDDISH * Andy REDDISH * Rob KIRKWOOD * Geoff WILSON * Paul JACKSON * Geoff STORR * John GREEHY * Sarah MONTAGUE * Louise BENSKI * Jennifer WEIR * Martin THORNLEY

First male across the Finish line in a speedy time of 19.29 was Robert LAING. This was Robert’s 5th visit to Bestwood Village and he has finished 1st on each occasion. We hope to see you back soon to continue this winning streak.

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First female finisher was Kirsty ROCKEY in a time of 22.50. Although it was her first visit to Bestwood Village, those hills were no match for Kirsty. Well done.

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We were also joined by some fast Junior runners this week, the quickest in an amazing time if 21.26 was William REDDISH, who beat his dad by almost 40 seconds. I think this young lad is one to watch for the future.

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Our lovely tailwalker Nicola SANKEY celebrated her 50th parkrun this week, she didn’t want to make a fuss, but that is a milestone to be celebrated. Well done Nicola.

Volunteering is a vital part of parkrun: without them we simply cannot operate. I’d like to say a huge thanks to all our amazing volunteers.

Alex LOACH • Teresa KING • Neil BOULTON • Rosie LOACH • Denise HOLROYD • Cath CAMERON-JONES • Deborah RIGBY • Christine GUEST • Kay DREW • Tracey BROWN • Nicola RADFORD • Alan COBB • Linda COOKE • Brian TAYLOR • Jessica LOACH • David HEATHCOTE • Nigel TOPLIS • Nicola SANKEY • Emma THOMAS • Therona GOLDSMITH • Bella LOACH . Double thanks go to Kay DREW who after completing her duties as car park attendant, ran to the Start line to be our time keeper.

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

The male record is held by Jimmy KERSHAW who recorded a time of 17:07 on 28th January 2017 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:34 on 28th December 2019 (event number 152).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 91.34% (26:33) on 11th August 2018 (event number 80).

Bestwood Village parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 4,403 participants have completed 16,821 parkruns covering a total distance of 84,105 km, including 3,095 new Personal Bests. A total of 379 individuals have volunteered 2,446 times.

(Photos by David Heathcote & Nicola Radford; report by Nicola Radford)

 

Bestwood Village parkrun #168 – 14th August 2021

Every parkrunner, every week, has a story.  Today, in Bestwood Country Park, 90 people ran, walked or led their dogs.  Ninety stories.

  • Today I ran my first ever parkrun: I never thought I could do it!
  • Today I ran my 50th parkrun at my 50th parkrun venue.
  • Last week, I ran a PB; today I ran a new PB.  Wow!
  • Today I ran my 100th parkrun.
  • Today I Tail Walked, just to see what Bestwood Village parkrun was like.
  • I'm injured but recovering, I just wanted to see if I could get round.
  • And some stories we will never know.

We made a token presentation today of a bottle of "Mummy's special fruit juice" to parkrunner, Tracey Jackson.  Tracey is a professional graphic designer living in the Village.  We asked her to design a Bestwood Village parkrun logo (we can't use the parkrun logo - long story).

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Her superb work now features on direction and distance posts around the parkrun route.  We are very grateful to her for freely giving her time and professional expertise.  Oh, and she also equalled her PB this week!

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Ryan Buzzard-Nall smashed his previous PB, gained only last week, running faster this week by 26 seconds - congratulations!

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Guy Jones and wife Emily Jones run a new parkrun course each week.  So far, Guy has ticked off 49 venues.  Which were they?  I'm glad you asked!

Rother Valley, Huntingdon, Wotton, Abingdon, Clifton, Winchester, Holkham, Worcester, Sherwood Pines, Melton Mowbray, Hereford, Hyndburn, Watergrove (Rochdale, Edinburgh, Blickling, Newark, Rotherham, Newent (Forest of Dean, Burnley, Ross-on-Wye,, Conkers, March, Medina IOW., Belton House, Markeaton, Tewkesbury, Conwy, Braunstone, Kesgrave, Colwick, Lyme Park, Brentwood, Forest Rec, Llyn Llech Owain, Sheringham, Hanley, Severn Bridge, Stevenage, Leicester Victoria, Brierley Forest, Rutland Water, Mansfield, Gedling, Fell Foot (Newby Bridge, Rugby, Colby, Kingsway (Gloucester, Beeston, and Clumber Park.  Phew!

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Guy and Emily live in Bestwood, but had never run Bestwood Village parkrun.  They chose to honour their local course by running it as Guy's 50th.  And they brought a whole tub of chocolates too!

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Congratulations and thank you.  We hope you'll come back to Bestwood Village parkrun, Guy.  Maybe for your 100th?

And where would we be without our gallant volunteers?  Back home, parkrun cancelled, watching TISWAS (you have to be a certain age!)  Many thanks to all of them.

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 (Report by David Heathcote,
photos by Tony Buzzard-Nall, David Heathcote, and Nicola Radford)

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