2018 Into 2019

The One About The Last 12 Months

Firstly, myself and Jode would like to take this chance to thank everyone over the past 12 months that has either attended or helped out at our fantastic parkrun. DSC_0152

After starting the year off with our New Years Day event and using a reverse route (to help people realise its easier the normal way!) we smashed our attendance record previously at 258 with an astounding 373 runners! The big question is though, do we make this an annual event and hold the run in reverse each time? We also had a guest visit by Nicola from 'With Me Now' who tour around parkruns and collate information to share with other parkrunners on their podcasts, she also took me to one-side during the event to interview me and find out a little more about Brierley park and all it offers! Since the New Year run we have returned to normal service with numbers of runners and the route we use, although some might add that the new found potential fame I'm going through is getting to me slightly!

Looking back at the year's happenings with the run, we feel that the volunteer base is pretty strong which is very encouraging, we are supporting two Duke of Edinburgh schemes with another one currently about to start. Our core team has always been stable and present, but now we feel that maybe we should grow the team and open it up for people to come forward and take an active role in it where their ideas/plans could be put into place to help the event for the future. So if you are interested in what this could entail or have 'oodles' of stuff you think we could make use of please send us an email with your details or post on our Facebook page and we'll get back in touch with you.

So much has gone on within the park itself with the cafe having a refit to house the new caterers along with the new adventure playground that has been built alongside part of our run route. There has also been our first parkrun 'baby', little Harry, who now joins in with the runners, being pushed along by a proud dad or mum! With so many eventualities, does that mean a wedding run is the next thing that will be in our reports? Mel and Pete have particularly expressed and interest in Jode's offer to become and ordained minister to host the ceremony.

When we started out we setup a fundraiser so we could purchase and install a 'defib'. This has now been set up and fitted to the outside wall of the visitor centre so it is available for all park users at anytime of the day. We also used some of the funds to invest into providing our own storage shed to try make our equipment more accessible after some issues with storage areas. We are also looking to use some of our funds to update some signage and equipment for the benefit of everyone, all will be revealed in the coming months.

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We've had quite a few takeovers this year to make the year even more memorable, these events were supported by the filling of all volunteer roles by the teams involved, which was particularly nice as it gave Jode and myself time to relax and just let the event happen. So our thanks to the 'Juniors', 'Kimberly & District Running Club', 'Sutton in Ashfield Harriers', 'Huthwaite Hunnies (NWR)' and 'the Running Wilburys'. You may have noticed we have also changed the way we do our run reports, even though I am writing this on the media that is recommended I have just chosen to use this to allow me to drivel on even more than usual! We now make use of the Facebook page to report on all the goings on at our event as we try use all 6 days between the events to publicise whats been going on. Hopefully in the near future we maybe able to report on other platforms of social media, please keep an eye out for updates in the future for more information. Previously when photos were taken at the event we put them on the Flickr page for everybody's access, however things are changing with Flickr and we now find ourselves having to re-home all of our pictures on file, we will be updating the photo storage page in the near future and keep you informed about where they will be.

That about covers briefly of what there is for this report, I'd like to thank you for reading this far, its not often anyone pays that much attention to me especially all the way to the end - I do rattle on a bit, I know!

Have a Great 2019, may all your parkrun goals become reality!

Dave, Jode & the team


Event 73 – 10/3/18

The One with the Rain after the Snow

Thank you to all of our volunteers who supported our event and had a cheery smile even in the rain.


Conrad Watson, Claire Watson, Wayne Lowe, Jodie Binch,Roger Wiesli, Ted Hallett, Jackie Hallett, Phoebe Taylor, Emma Hayden-West, Harry Burnside, Darren Edmonds, Paul Hillman, Kirsty Willetts, Chris Taylor, Sally Woodhead, Elaine Woodbridge and Paul Castledine.


We were joined by 109 runners and walkers including our 3000th participant to cross our finish line and first celebrity of the day, Avril Sweeney.

What makes our parkrun so special is the mix of different abilities.


Both Edward and Adam run together most weeks, with Edward a club runner at Sutton in Harriers and Adam a recreational runner. Adam does make up for it with being an ace cyclist though. Our parkrun community is extensive and today saw one of the Run Directors from Mansfield parkrun join us. Liam Probert finished in third position and is welcome back in the future as both a runner or volunteer.


Welcome to our 9 first timers and congratulations to our 7 runners who achieved a new PB. A great result in very wet conditions.

First male and female to finish the course this week were Richard Holden with a time of 19:16 and Fleur Pickering in 23:12. Well done to you both.

After volunteering previously twenty times, today was my first time as Run Director. It is important that we all help out when we can and support the sustainability of our future parkruns. Every task is really easy to learn and we are a friendly bunch. Please let us know what task you would like to learn first?




Event 72 – 24/2/18

The One with the parkrun Celebrity

It was another cold one last Saturday as we made our way down to the park to set up for the week's event. Thank you to our 21 volunteers who braved the elements to make sure your parkrun could go ahead!

Chris TAYLOR • Lauren BAKUNOWICZ • John MALCOLM • Emma DANDO • Gary PEET • James PEET • Phoebe TAYLOR • Nick BURNSIDE • Jodie BINCH • Marianne BURFORD • Stephanie BIRD • Harry BURNSIDE • Ann GRAHAM • David CARVER • Edward PORTER • Roger WIESLI • Penny MARSDEN • Tracey CARVER • Tracy MANN • Ted HALLETT • Jackie HALLETT


We were joined by 134 runners and walkers this week, including Simon and Iris doggie and a parkrun uk NEWSLETTER celebrity!


Joanne and Alice from Long Eaton parkrun joined us for a run last weekend. To read their parkrun story click HERE. We hope to see you both soon...although Joanne did say Brierley Forest was much harder than Long Eaton which is considerably flatter.


Twenty-three first timers came to run our course this week including the lovely Etherington family mum and dad Marianne and James with their daughter Molly and her friend Jess!


We were also joined by twin sisters  Emily and Victoria. Both touring from Markeaton and Bushy Park! Other tourists travelled from Rowington, Leeds and Lancaster including Ben and Louise Gill from Lancaster.


It was PB's all round as 24 we're recorded including Darren and Paul who rang the PB bell with new times of 20:43 and 20:48!


And MASSIVE congratulations to Sarah North who celebrated her parkrunaversary with us too. A year ago Sarah ran her first parkrun at Mansfield in a time of 36:18, today she completed the course in 26;53! What an achievement...well done Sarah from all of us! We're extremely proud of you.

First male and female to finish the course this week were Neil Cope with a new PB time of 17:18 and junior Caitlin Dodds in a time of 23:25.

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

We are please to announce that our paper token competition has now ended as token 76 has returned from its little holiday on my mantlepiece. The lovely Rachel Richard won the paper token prize of a free parkrun anywhere in the country last weekend. Congratulations Rachel! We are, however, on the lookout for parkrunner number 89 this week who will be our 3000nd/th (not sure which that is?!?!) participant to cross the Brierley Forest finish line!

Tomorrow, our parkrun regular Nick Burnside of Sutton in Ashfield Harriers fame will be your Run Director! Please be kind with him...we're hoping he will become a regular to the team.

See you all in the morning.




Event 71 – 17/2/18

The one with the milestones!

It was a little on the chilly side as we arrived to set up for our 71st event. The finish funnel flew up in a flash, whilst I allocated the marshalling positions and ensured everyone had a hi-viz and knew their roles. This week we thank:

Pete • Chris • Phoebe • Jode • Marianne • Steph • Mel • Steve • Ann •

Edward • Adie • Alex • Roger • Laura • Ted • Jackie • Ethan • Marie

We welcomed back Edward, one of our valued regular marshals from his holidays in Canada. He is a jet setter these days, so make sure you catch him cheering you on from Edward's bench for the next couple of weeks, as he's off to South Africa then. Here he is with Jode, Adie and Alex all looking happy ready for the fun to begin.


We were able to offer full car parking again, now that our visitors have left. We do have two little requests though:

1) Please do not park on the surrounding residential streets unless absolutely necessary and then with consideration for peoples driveways


2) If you park in the second parking area after the gate, please close the gate once you're through if there are no more cars coming in after you. This will be locked late morning as always.

We had tourists from Anglesey, Cwmbran and Rushcliffe and of course our milestoners from Southbank Bar Running Club you will have seen on our FB page, if you follow us (please like our page if you haven't already). Here they all are, Des Oldham after his 50th and Ian Warren after his 150th parkrun, great achievement chaps well done.


166 people ran or walked our course, of whom 30 were first timers like Samantha below who was an absolute superstar and was so pleased to complete her first parkrun, celebrating here with her brother. See you in a couple of weeks.


We also had 39 PB's and love to hear the bell ringing, please come over for a photo and you might be like these lovely people below and make it into our report. Tag away if you recognise yourself or friends to let them know on FB post.


Ok, if you like the photos here or have some you would like to share, head over to our FLICKR page and sorry for my slightly waffley pre run brief this week, I promise to be less woolly headed - until then it's over to our lovely ED Jode.

M x


Event 70 – 10/2/18

The One with the New Run Director

Well as I woke up to an early alarm call on a Saturday morning I wondered to myself what on earth am I doing?! I was full of nerves and excitement as I contemplated being Race Director for the first time. Those nerves quickly dissipated when I arrived to be fully supported and assisted by our fantastic volunteers.


Sadly the weather was not kind it was wet and very cold but this did not put a dampener on our spirits and we continued to cheer on all our runners.  This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. If you wish to view a full breakdown of the results they can be found on the parkrun results page HERE.

This week we hosted tourists from Bracknell and Cornwall and we extended our usual Brierley Forest welcome to them as we do to all our visitors as well as our resident runners.


A special mention to our very own Jason Ward on his milestone 50th parkrun, well done Jason and Andrea Porter who ran her first parkrun this week, welcome Andrea.

So as I floated around watching you all cross the finish line I took the opportunity to reflect on what makes Brierley Forest parkrun so special and there was one word that sprung to mind, family! We try to create a family friendly atmosphere and volunteers and runners alike all create a family like unit which we all hope you enjoy being part of as much as we do.

On the subject of family it was lovely to see some younger participants at this week’s event most of whom finished with a big smile on their face as parkrun has clearly become part of their family weekend routine. So a big congratulations to good friends Freya Longmede and Izzy Westwood


And brother and sister William and Imogen Raynor who cheered each other on until the end along with Mum and granddad.



This week's first male was Lewis Boswell with a time of 18:19 and the first female was Fleur Pickering with a time of 22:50.

This week’s fantastic volunteers who made it possible –

Lesley TAYLOR • Phoebe TAYLOR • Jodie BINCH • Lou HERBERT • Mia PIDCOCK • Roger WIESLI • Tracy MANN • Caroline FRITH • Lesley GOODMAN • Sam CLARKE • Patricia ELLIS • Elaine WOODBRIDGE • Ted HALLETT • Jackie HALLETT

 Remember if you feel like giving volunteering a try then we are always happy to hear from you at the office on brierleyforestoffice@parkrun.com.

Can we take this opportunity to thank you for your patience during this period of restricted parking at the park we know it has been a challenge. We are pleased to say that our visitors have now left so parkring is back to normal which will enable a prompt 9 a.m. start this Saturday but do not forget your barcode #DFYB.

Finally a big thank you to the family for all your support I will happily return to continue to assist this great event to take place.

Thanks for reading,


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