Blickling parkrun is cancelled on 24 August 2019: Set up for Aylsham Show

Parkrun 280 – 11th May 2019

Good morning Blickling and greetings from Luton!
My local parkrun is Luton Wardown, but I am lucky enough to visit Norfolk from time to time. I first did Blickling parkrun back in October last year and I fell in love with it. I spent the whole day and left at about 5 p.m. when it was dark - getting value out of my fiver for parking! I loved it so much I rushed home, told my partner about it and brought him with me next time... and on that day we joined the National Trust for repeat visits to ensue. This Saturday, 11 May 2019, was my fifth parkrun at Blickling. Here's my take on your beautiful venue.
photo01- deckshoes
Parkrun tourists often ask each other what shoes they should wear. It's never an issue for me as I only have one type of trainers - but my first time at Blickling I was so focused on how to find my way there on my own, I forgot to pack them! I managed to find some deck shoes that were totally flat and very thin soled and picked my way gingerly round the course in those. It was the 250th event and I was just a face in the crowd, but still - next time I was there, several people remembered me and we had a laugh about my footwear. That's pretty special - to be recognised and greeted after just one visit! Thank you Blickling for making me feel so welcome.
Blicking is so different from home. Luton Wardown is one of those town centre parkruns where you run multiple times round the lake of a municipal park. Great community atmosphere and the most encouraging, clappingest, shoutiest volunteers you'll ever meet - but maybe unremarkable in terms of landscape. Blickling on the other hand, a National Trust stately home with eye poppingly beautiful open parkland. Stunning. I guess you knew that already :)
But a warning to tourists: get there early!
At Luton, the briefing may start at 9, with a short walk to the start and away at about 10 past. No such slacking at Blickling! The briefing starts early (bang on 0850), so ideally get there for 8:30, to allow time to queue for the parking meters and walk to the briefing point near the parkland entrance.
This week it was Mick who was at the helm as Run Director (RD). Just a quick note: Please everyone, keep quiet and listen to the briefing. The RD has important information we all need to know, and it's hard to hear if people are chatting. There's plenty of time for that on the way to the start :-)
I enjoy the long but beautiful walk to the start (it's only 500 metres Kathy!), because by the start line, you're already halfway up the hill! At 9 a.m. Mick rang the bell and we were off. I love that he continued to ring it while we all passed, as a cheery encouragement to our run.
I'll be honest: I'm slow and although I love it, I find parkrun hard. This week I stumbled round in just under 42 minutes. But another thing I love about Blickling is it's in sections, so it's never far from a change of setting, and the one-and-a-half laps bring enough repetition to make the second time through each part feel quicker. Past the friendly marshals at the gate (saying hello of course), another push and then the uphill is over and we're turning into a lovely wooded stretch. Once emerged, past Alistair's marshal point and for me the most interesting part of the course. It may just seem like a grassy meadow but look over your left shoulder - the famous Blickling Mausoleum!
More woods and fields including a field of dandelion clocks - cos we all have a great 'time' at parkrun :)
And arriving at the glorious downhill section where we see the finish... It's usually about here that the first finishers are lapping me.
Passing by to complete the circuit, only this time we have to run the full length of the hill we walked up before... lucky there are the lovely marshals still there at the gate and a very welcome high-five from a junior marshal. Thank you!
And just as my poor legs are giving out, my spirits lift: the joy of seeing bluebells and my favourite tree in the park (this gnarled old oak) gets me to the top. From there it's just a matter of repeat - until that final headlong gallop through the funnel with a bursting heart and a huge grin on my face that I made it round without walking
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I hope this captures a little of what I love about Blickling. It's just wonderful!
Congratulations to the 293 participants who ran, walked, jeffed or jogged it this week. There were 28 first-timers and 62 people achieved a PB, including first finisher James Lillistone who led the field at 18:53. Well done everyone!
Finally, a huge thank you to Mick and to all the wonderful volunteers who made this event happen: Neil ADAMS, Lee ANDERTON, Emma BLAKE, Carol BYE, Jonathan BYE, Matthew BYE, Diane CHALK, Ness DENT, Charlotte ENNALS, Linda HOMER, Alastair HOWE, Rosemary JACKSON, Andrew JOHNSON, Diane LAIN, Jason LAWSON, Stewart LIFE, Hetty LIFE, Jonah LIFE, Billy LIFE, Mick LISTON, Noel MEEKS, Diane Susan RENSHAW, Claire RICHES, Julian SMITH, Victoria TOVELL, Jenni VAN REE, Amelia WHITING
Thank you Blickling for a fabulous parkrun and your warm hospitality. See you very soon I hope. And if you're ever in Bedfordshire, do factor in a Saturday morning for Luton Wardown parkrun. We'd love to return the welcome :-)
Kathy x


20th April 2019

What could be better, on a lovely sunny Saturday morning, than to run, jog or walk around our beautiful parkun course at Blickling. Apart from doing the First Timers' Brief and putting out a few route signs, I had the opportunity to join 373 of you on your many different sorts of parkrun journey on Saturday.

The event starts, as usual, at the bottom of 'the hill that becomes a mountain'. Anyone who has run that slope the two times required will know exactly what I mean by that. I have learnt over the years that to have a good run it's best to take it easy up that slope, as you run (no pun intended) the risk of deadening your legs with lactate. So off we headed, all ages, all different sizes, but with one purpose - to enjoy the parkrun experience.

I wasn't expecting much out of my run as I had had problems with injury over the last few weeks and wasn't at my best, but what the hell. Even taking it easy up the hill I was struggling by the time it flattened out and headed towards the Mausoleum. Attempting to practice what I preach, I tried to get my breathing in sync with my pacing, relax my shoulders and concentrating on the rhythm of my running. It did help that the course flattens out for a fair distance until the downhill slope towards the finish.

Pushing on past the start on the 'second lap' I dug deep and tried to keep to my planned pace, I was trying to keep to 8 minute miles, to get round in about 25 minutes. I dropped about 10 seconds off that pace, but was content enough with that. What was really pleasing at this stage of the run was that, whether I was being overtaken, or passing a parkrunner, words of encouragement both ways were often and sincere. I just love the parkrun family.

Passing the last marshal, never forgetting to say thank you for their volunteering, I kept on driving forward before letting gravity do its work on the final downhill slope to the welcoming finish funnel. Many parkrunners tell me, and I agree with them, that the best bit of the parkrun experience is meeting up everybody just after the finish and just chatting about how things have gone.

Whether you've whizzed around in sub 18 minutes, or jeffed* (jeffing is a combination of walking/jogging/running invented by a bloke called Jeff) the course in 45+ minutes, what you have all achieved is getting around a 5 kilometre course by your best efforts. I recall the great Sir Mo, when congratulated on a recent marathon success, saying that he was amazed that some runners had managed to keep going for up to 6 hours, whilst he had spent a little over two hours doing the same thing. For me it puts it all into perspective.


Race Report for 8th December by Elizabeth Goodliffe

A cold blustery morning full of the usual rushing to get to parkrun on time! Not just one daughter to get out of the door today but two. It is the day of my middle daughter's first official parkrun, along with my eldest proudly wearing her 10 milestone t-shirt for the first time (safely hidden under a much warmer hoody) - so lots to prepare to even get out of the door.
It's always reassuring to swing into the car park at 8.45 and see lots of others cutting it fine and definitely not giving themselves enough warm up time either (unless everyone is secretly warming up at home).
The wind was blustering as we listened to the usual announcements - always inspiring to see those achieving their milestones. A moments contemplation for the chap who had a heart attack on the course three weeks ago (a little prayer in my head that he is recovering well).
Down to the start point - sound of trainers and chatting, watches beeping and then the siren and we're of ...
But slowly, as my middle daughter is only six and is trying her best to keep going. Lots of people going past, offering encouragement, but the hill is tough, especially if you are only six. The wind buffets down the long straight and my eldest admires the blustering leaves. I'm trying my best to keep on encouraging, but it's tough when your legs want to go faster but today it's about someone else.
An angel in the form of Tracey Anderton whisks eldest daughter on - her cross country is paying off and she has more stamina now and now I can focus on middle daughter - encouraging, support ...
As we approach the funnel for the first time we see George Gay seep past into the funnel - I never usually get to see the front runners and he made it looks so effortless!
But we have another lap to go ... walk, run, walk, run ... motivating supporting ...
A wave from the spaniel on the hill gate ...
The tunes at the last gate (loving this) ...
And down the hill ...
And a final shove over the finish line to get her ahead of me, cheered on by by my eldest daughter and Tracey.
Congratulations you have completed your first parkrun. My proudest run - two daughters inished. Well done to everyone who finished today - you are all amazing.
Thank you to all the volunteers today - you are all amazing too, because we wouldn't be there without you and some of us wouldn't finish without your encouragement!
Liz (old enough to know better) & Millie (8) & Charlotte (6) Goodliffe.


Blickling parkrun – 17th November 2018 – 255

Picturesque. Peaceful. Pleasant.

Three words that in my opinion describe the parkrun that is Blickling. On what was a glorious Saturday morning 285 parkrunners and 16 volunteers turned out to enjoy what was a brilliant morning for running.

Having completed numerous different parkruns around the country and ventured overseas last month it is always nice to return to my favourite parkrun in Norfolk. It delivers not only a course that has a few challenges, it is also one of the friendliest, and most certainly the prettiest, within 20 minutes of the outskirts of Norwich (other parkruns are available!) I have ran at Blickling 17 times in total and always try to volunteer with their pacing events throughout the year. It’s one that I always love coming back to.

Firstly a massive thank you to all the amazing volunteers. Without their dedication and attentiveness parkrun doesn’t happen. Thank you all - when things go well, they keep things ticking over, and when things may not go to plan they always step up and are there to help and support.

This weeks hi-viz heroes:
Christine HERRING • Claire RICHES • Diane CHALK • Elizabeth GIBBONS • Karen EVANS • Kathy WORSENCROFT • Lee ANDERTON • Lynn GREENFIELD • Neil ADAMS • Neil ANDERTON • Noel MEEKS • Rachael SIMONS • Sally BARDSLEY • Sarah HOLNESS • Tanya MANSER • Tracey ANDERTON

Now on to the running side of things...
There were 33 first timers at Blickling of which 19 were completing their first ever parkruns. A massive 20% (58 runners) achieved a new Personal Best - of which 9 were achieved by runners who were completing their second ever parkrun.

It was a good week for Tony McCallum who recorded his first ever First Finisher on his 35th run at Blickling and a new PB of 18:25 to go with it. Second finisher was claimed by Finsbury parkrun regular Michael Heaney in 18:44 with James Lillistone in 3rd place in 19.24.

First female was Memphis Symonds in 20:18 and a new PB. It was also her 8th consecutive first female at various different events. Victoria Tovell was 2nd female in 22:30 on her 126th run at Blickling. 3rd female was Beverley McLees of Ware Joggers came home in 22:34 on her first visit to Blickling parkrun.

Well done to all that continue to make Blickling such a successful and popular parkrun in the East of England.

Rob Whalen


Blickling parkrun 252- 27th November 2018

Well just for once the weather wasn't perfect, but considering the forecast none of us got too wet. Well done to the 167 hardy souls who turned up today, to walk, jog or run around lovely Blickling Park.
There were 25 first timers today, including 7 complete beginners, well done to Thomas, Liam, Nona, Jim, Grenville, Nigel and Jordy - we hope that you enjoyed the parkrun experience and that we'll see you again next week.
Despite the far from perfect weather there were 29 Personal Bests (PBs) today, including Kathy (who knocked 8 minutes off her previous best time), Carol (5 PBs in a row), and Trevor (3 PBs in a row and sub 22 minutes for the first time). Well done to you and the other 26.
I'm personally looking forward to next week (3rd November) when the Coltishall Jaguars take control and provide all the volunteers. There will be lots of pacers for you to use in attempting to set your own PB. The following week (10th November) we will be celebrating our 5th parkrun birthday by running the alternate, one lap, course. and would encourage parkrunners to wear red.
See you next week.

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