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 69 – 3/2/18

The One After The Quiet One


This week we had some light rain which was most welcome as that meant the temperature was rising from the near freezing temperature that we awoke to leaving some light ice patches around the course which were negotiated supremely by all participants. We even had a light snow flurry during the run to remind everyone that winter is still with us! Not put off by that 123 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests, 10 of which are new to parkrun with 5 runs or less, proving that perseverance certainly pays off.

Each run report we usually go through the results and highlight the top finishers, but we are starting to believe if you want to see who did what you'll check out the results yourselves. A full breakdown of results can be found on the parkrun results page here....http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brierleyforest/results/latestresults/

Once again we had a selection of tourists making their debuts from Rother Valley, Wimpole and Trentham. We welcome anyone to our run as that is the spirit of parkrun, all we ask you to bring each week is a smile and your barcode! #DFYB. Please can people check that their ICE details (In Case Of Emergency) are kept up to date on the parkrun profile, it only takes a minute to update and just crosses the t's after you've dotted the i's with a scan-able barcode. I will take a moment and thank you all for adhering to our parking advice and directions during our period of restrained parking areas.

This weeks the event was made possible by our fantastic volunteers - Lauren BAKUNOWICZ • David HERBERT • Bethany HERBERT • Lesley TAYLOR • Phoebe TAYLOR • Craig FREESTONE • Simon CREAK • Katherine ROBINSON • Mia PIDCOCK • Steve HALLETT • Ann GRAHAM • Roger WIESLI • Eve ELLIOTT • Natalie HALLETT • Caroline FRITH • Lesley GOODMAN • Elaine WOODBRIDGE • Ted HALLETT • Jackie HALLETT • Ethan HALLETT • Lynsey FREESTONE • Sophie HARRISON.

If you ever feel the urge to lend a hand or just fancy a week off from running we would be happy to hear from you at the office brierleyforestoffice@parkrun.com where we can work around your calender (No date is too far away!). Come and be a part of something that really can inspire and motivate you into seeing how communities make a difference.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas we can incorporate into the event we are always listening and keen to hear them. Currently at the park, things are changing slightly with the cafe and visitor centre closed. But please bear with us as we aim to not let anything spoil the events and hope to share some news very soon.

We have some takeover events happening really soon, more details will be announced very soon. If running is something that you have been doing for years or just started, there is always a running group nearby that is willing to support and accompany you or provide depth of knowledge and advice that can enhance your desire to improve or maybe you just want to be make new friends and get more involved locally. Our local running club to Brierley Forest is 'Sutton In Ashfield Harriers'. We also have 'The Huthwaite Hunnies' & 'Sutton Smilers' that get together with times available to suit most people. If you need any further information please don't hesitate to ask us. Untitled Remember we no longer have the use of our wonderful cafe. We do have access to the football grounds toilet block which has a little shelter. The cafe will open at 10.30 am if you do wish to wait around otherwise we may pop to the local golf club, a five minute walk away to process the results and we'd love you to join us.

That's it from me this week, thanks for reading, I'll be seeing you all soon.



Event 67 – 13/1/18

 The One Where Resolutions Are Shining Through

On my return to the Run Director post after the festive period I was joyous to see the mild weather allowing us to carry on our good start to the New Year but more importantly seeing so many of you supporting your local event - 180 runners we had this week which just highlights the determination by all runners that come to Brierley Forest. But of course we can’t forget the people that make it all possible every week, The Volunteers, this week we had 17 of them! But without their support each week regardless of the conditions they enable the run to go ahead each week. I know some people think there’s a lot more to it than just volunteering, sure the RD role can look a daunting task, but everyone involved with the parkrun family supports everybody there for all the best reasons.

Brierley Forest

So if you ever feel the need to step up, give it a try, all our volunteer positions are fully supported by everyone! Just speak to one of the team at an event or email the office - brierleyforestoffice@parkrun.com . Even if you don't do resolutions, maybe think about making one this year ??? I won’t apologise for making frequent references about volunteers and how important they are as they are what makes parkrun ticks. Not every Saturday needs to be a running day, think about using a rest day on a Saturday morning to enable yourself the time to come down and be that voluncheer. To see the efforts of your fellow ‘parkrunners’ from the sidelines is so rewarding and inspiring, you'll agree when you've done it! From the results this week we had 7 unknown runners! Please make every effort to be registered if you attend the event and bring your barcodes with you - it makes our lives so much easier not to disappoint due to our ‘no barcode, no time’ rule! For those that asked about the wristbands and tags that are more robust try looking here https://parkrun-barcode.com/parkrun-barcodes-ra1

Brierley Forest

We had 25 first timers including tourists from Hemel Hempstead and Gedling. Showing a great start to the new year we had 34 of you sporting new PB’s.....well done everyone for your efforts and attendance, thank you for making our days so rewarding. A full breakdown of the results can be found here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brierleyforest/results/

Brierley Forest

If you see anyone taking pictures they are normally found on our Flickr page here https://www.flickr.com/groups/brierleyforest-parkrun/ or on our Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/brierleyforestparkrun/ Just one last point to bring up about the park and it’s surrounding residents - Parking, we’ve mentioned this before and just ask for our participants to utilise the car parks available rather than roadside parking outside their homes, I shall add the ‘ please’ now to show I’m trying to shy on the side of politeness. Thank-you all for taking the time to get this far in my little word rattle, look forward to seeing you all again soon.



Event 58 – 14/10/17

The One When the Sun Warmed Us All Up Again!

It was Saturday morning, more commonly known as parkrunday to the enlightened! As always, I woke up with a smile ready to see what this week would bring. Sure enough equally smiley volunteers were soon arriving to get ready for the runners and walkers.

This week we were nineteen strong, we had not only first timers running but first timers volunteering too, which is just brilliant and we hope you enjoyed it so much you will be back again. Thank you to:

Peter • Emma • Paul • Jenny • Jodie • Jeanette • Marianne • Thomas • Melanie • Adie • Roger • Tom • Moses • Lee • Molly • Sam • Elaine • Ted • Jackie


We got down to business setting up the finish funnel and allocating positions to the marshals. We checked their voluncheering skills, with high fives being particularly strong with Moses! Emma was back with Ozzie in her corner and he even showed his pom pom skills!



We headed to the start ready to set our runners and walkers off. After our first timers briefing I got everyone's attention for a very special surprise for one of our fantastic volunteers. Jode presented Edward with his purple 25 volunteer shirt this week and we think he looks fantastic, well done Edward you thoroughly deserve your shirt!



I kept the rest of the speech short and sweet, one quick reminder I forgot is that the gate into the second parking area is locked each week at 11am, please ensure your car is out of that area by then. Still plenty of time for a cuppa and a buttie don't worry.

Off everyone went with Paul and Nettie tailwalking and Paul took some lovely piccies of our volunteers as they cheered and high fived them around you will have seen on the page this week, thanks guys.

It warmed up with the sun beaming as everyone headed into their second last and James Hart (SM30-34) of Belper Harriers, was first over the line in 19:07 - first time in 5 appearances. Lewis Boswell (JM15-17) of Amber Valley AC, was second over the line in 19:31 and Michael Russell (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:45.


For the ladies Grace Lane (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (33rd overall) over the line in 24:22 - first time in 11 appearances. Emma Cable (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (39th overall) over the line in 25:15. Janice Davidson (VW60-64) of Grantham Athletic Club, was third (40th overall) over the line in 25:20.


Of 163 of you 35 recorded PB's that is just wonderful, remember parkrun is all about you and your journey. Here's Leanne and Edward, not satisfied with his purple shirt he only got a PB and Leanne came back from injury over the last year to get her new PB - Tracey also got a PB, don't they look happy.


We had visitors and locals but our furthest traveller was touristing from Switzerland, that's quite a long way! Thanks for a lovely time last week - over to you Dave for another wonderful parkrunday!

M x

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