Catton parkrun #315 “Happy Buffday and Boardgames”

Catton parkrun #315 “Happy Buffday and Boardgames”

This week 334 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests! We had tourists from Colchester and we hope you enjoyed the course.

It was – obviously – our 6th birthday and we were pleased to see so many of you in fancy dress. The theme was “T”. So thanks muchly!

The highlight of our birthday was us being given “Catton parkrun – The board game!. We are so enamored with this we’re going to tell parkrun HQ! Take a look at this pic! (Shamelessly pinched from Rose’s Instagram feed!) The event was made possible by 33 volunteers: Gill THOMAS • Sally CUSHING • Lucy FLEMING • Dan GOODWIN • Lynn TATE • Ian EDWARDS • Scott CHAPMAN • Gary GRAND • James BISHOP • David PARKER • Shelley AMES • Nick GIBBS • Jill GIBBS • Brett CORNISH • Kyra CORNISH • Kiara HAMIS • Jeya KANDOLA • Elizabeth HALFORD • Olivia CHAPMAN • Melanie MANSON • Tom FLEMING • Lara FLEMING • Robert HOWE • David HENDER • Miranda ELLIS • Robert ORGAN • Jane WILLIAMS • Shirley ROSE • Kerrie ROSE • Robin TAYLOR • Leon REUBEN • Andrew G GREY • Gordon MURRAY

Remember that we’ve got a rare cancellation on 26th October so the Catton Trust can set up for Sparks in the Park. I’ll be heading to our pals at Lingwood, but I think a lot of us will be visiting Sloughbottom where the lovely Miranda (who you may have seen as our Turd this past week) is an Event Director.  We also have Catton favourites Radley Fenn and family as well as Ben Kendall and family all involved in the core team over there.

The park is starting to take on some wintery aspects now, one of those being its starting to get just a wee bit muddy and slippery. With all the rain we’ve had this week it will be even more so. While Matt works miracles with water drainage, consider your footwear and if it’s time to be charging for a PB.

Catton parkrun started on 5th October 2013. Since then 9,206 participants have completed 84,994 parkruns covering a total distance of 424,970 km, including 14,555 new Personal Bests. A total of 898 individuals have volunteered 6,848 times.

See you Saturday where we have Andy and Theresa as your RD’s for the week!



Catton parkrun #313 “Much missed, never forgotten”

459 of you gave honour to Lynda Moore and attended her memorial run this past Saturday. If you’ve checked Facebook, you’ll see her husband Brian has extended his thanks to each and every one of you, and that’s extended by the core team too. The Norwich Road Runners turned out in force to support as did many other clubs and people - thank you. Each and every one of you.

Over the past six years, we’ve become a proper community. Even if we don’t necessarily know everyones names, we know our faces, exchanging smiles and nods as we make that loop and figure of eight, know the people in the pack round us. In that time, we’ve sadly lost some of us who were big parts of this community. Every one missed. But family members in almost all cases fill those holes. Mark Ring and Sze-Ming Cheung’s families certainly have carried on in their absence, as has Brian Moore, Lynda's husband (Who incidentally runs his 250th this weekend…. I know a certain Lady who is proud of you, Brian).

I have a theory that people start coming to parkrun for fitness purposes. And then stay to improve those times. And then start to become part of the community. And then remain for the people. So it’s not just a run for fitness, or for better times, it’s a run, (or walk, or jog) that improves us as people. Improves our social circle. Improves our ability to be decent human beings by giving back some time, or helping others on their journey.

I have had a battle with depression myself the past two years. At times, I’ve been really considering if I really still want to remain. Shouldn't shock you. Hope it doesn't. However, one constant in this battle has been Catton parkrun. It’s been there every Saturday, no matter what (well, apart from the beast from the east. Hard to parkrun in an arctic tundra for us Brits.. (The Russian parkrunners manage it tho)). Anyhow… parkrun helps. It really does. Seeing people. Getting out. Releasing endorphins. Being friendly. All having a common goal. Our little community run in the mud has helped people to lose weight, get fitter, feel better along the way. And having that anchor of Catton parkrun every weekend has been one of the factors that has kept me here. Simply because I want to be there next week. I want to see people get their PB’s and ring that bell. I want to see the people who have become friends along the way. It fights the dark skies in my mind. It pushes back those voices that tell me I'm too fat, too worthless, too clumsy, too wasteful... it brings you in.

And as Lynda’s bench says, so very aptly “Helping those achieve what seemed not possible”. If I could tag anything about Catton parkrun and parkrun as a whole as a message, yes, that would be it.

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Mark, Sze-Ming and Lynda were all part of this community and all held to that simple message, even if they didn't realise it at the time. Others, sadly, will leave us along the way, but we, as a community, will hopefully be here as a while for many years to come to carry on their work.

And on that note….

459 of you ran, jogged or walked Catton parkrun this week. :)

We had visitors from Brandon, Sedgfield, Colney Lane and Norwich. We had 15 new parkrunners to any parkrun begin their journey with us. Welcome all of you, hope to see you back next week!

We had milestones aplenty! Rowena Leary returned to us to complete run 250! <3

Then we had Robert Stevens and Jill Gibbs both make it to run #150. No T-shirt guys, just admiration from us.

Earning the black T-Shirt were Emma Greenhall and Kevin Wickham – well deserved guys. Thanks for spending number 100 at our place!

Finally – getting to big run number 50 were Lindsay Stansbury, Lizzi Kilpatrick, Melissa Baines and John Kingsmill! Really awesome work one and all.

Well… I say finally. We can’t forget everyone who came back for that difficult second parkrun. Did you know there are over six million parkrunners worldwide… however only 4 million have done more than one parkrun? Hmm? Therefore we’d like to acknowledge…. Baily GROOMBRIDGE, Matt YALLOP, Martin CHURCH, Alan HEPBURN, Mark SHEPHERD, Ali CALVERT, Ryan MAYES, Rosie HARDING, Sarah CHURCH, Clare SAVAGE, Kay HANBURY, Laura TODD, Pat BALDWIN, Lindsey GRAHAM and Naomi POWER!

I’ve said it before and I’ll no doubt have to say it again, parkrun does not happen without the volunteers. So a thank you to….Kathryn ARMES, Mark BETTS, James BISHOP, Jo BYGRAVE, Ian CARTER, Brett CORNISH, Kelly CORNISH, Elliott COX, Isabella DUFFIN, Catherine DUGDALE, Bill EDMONDS, David FIELD, Gary GANNON, Dan GOODWIN, Anne GRAVELING, Andrew G GREY, Elizabeth HALFORD, David HENDER, Steven HITCHAM, Matt HOWES, Samantha ISMAIL-EPPS, Derek JARVIS, Jeya KANDOLA, Gordon MURRAY, Fleur MURRAY, Laura PALMER, Rose REUBEN, Leon REUBEN, Shirley ROSE, Kerrie ROSE, Peter SHACKLETON, Wendy SMITH, Gary SNELLING, Alison STEWART, Lynn TATE, Robin TAYLOR and Andy TIBBLE!

We had the Oak St Medical Practice here as part of their parkrun tour of the Norwich area as a proud parkrun practice. Here they are, thanks to Mickey Longstaff for organising. Good luck this week, we hope to see you all back here soon! Thanks for all your great work in the NHS in what are not always easy conditions. <3

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Two dates for your diary, one good, one not.

October 5th is our sixth birthday and parkrun’s fifteenth birthday. We’re carrying on the fancy dress theme we started four years ago… so C A T T O N…. please dress as something beginning with T!

On October 26th we have a rare, rare, Rarey McRareface cancellation. So go visit a parkrun neighbour! Blickling, Sloughbottom, Brundall, Colney Lane, Norwich, Loch Neaton and Lingwood I’d all call our close neighbours. Give one of them a look! I’ll drift over to Lingwood most likely or Slowbum for the Run Mummy Run takeover. YMMV!

In the words of Freddie Mercury… this Run Report is only dedicated to beautiful people.. and that’s all of you. So we’ll see you next week!


PS. Don’t park on Oak Lane, eh?


A quick and dirty run report for Catton parkrun #312

One day, folks,I swear I'll have enough time to put some effort into these again and we can catch up with the adventures of Brtt, Dan, James and co at Catton parkrun towers.

Until then, I'm afraid it's quick and dirty runs the day, because my job is taking up far too much of my time. :(

Still, quick and dirty, sounds a bit like our beloved parkrun on a wet winters day. :) However, no wetness this weekend, was a near perfect day for running, sunny and cool (although a few of you were perspiring by the end of the run) and this was reflected in an amazing 89 personal bests out of 416 total runners. That's impressive!

Here's a snap of you all waiting for "The off!"

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We had milestones galore - Some official, some others not but still impressive!!!

Tim Cheesman made it to the big 350, Tina Moseley to 200, And if you were there, you'll have seen the pink crew with Anna Kirkham and team, celebrating her 150th!

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Gary Snelling also made it to 150 with much less fanfare! :D
Then we had 100 runs for Alan Parsons, earning his black T-Shirt.
For 50 runs, we had Joe Palmer and Alan Wigley earning their red T! :) 

Well done everyone!

For our impressive 2nd timers we say well done to....
Anna SAXTON, Lesley Ann LINTERN, Rebecca LINTERN, Teresa WALKER

We had tourists from all over London, Medway in Kent and also all the way from Nebraska!

Right - busy and got to move on. This week we have a memorial run for the lovely and missed Lynda Moore We have Oak Street Medical Practice in attendance promioting their parkrun practice, and you'll be able to collect your race numbers for Jolly Jags and Marriotts Way 10k races here. :)

See you there!

PS. Your Dad Joke for people still parking on Oak Lane...

What’s an astronaut’s favorite part of a computer?

The space bar!!!!


Catton parkrun #309 “Parasaurolophus Power and Perspiration”

Coo it’s been a warm one! But still 414 of you turned out to sweat, steam and perspire your way round a Catton parkrun in full summer blaze. We were a little cluttered due to the cinema in the park later in the day taking up some space that we normally have available, but despite this, we were pleased to have all of you here!

We had 35 people coming to Catton Park for the first time including tourists from Yorkshire, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Lowestoft, Brundall and Cambridge. For 8 people we were pleased to be the first parkrun for anyone ever. We were very pleased that you came to us first. Look, here you all are. What a good looking bunch! (And Ash the Lurcher making a welcome appearance as new barkrunner!)


Firstly, just want to let you know a couple of future dates for your diary as we look forward to Autumn – on the 21st of September, we’ll be having a memorial run for the much missed Lynda Moore. She was a regular participant and volunteer before becoming poorly with a long term illness. Brian and the Norwich Road Runners will be joining us. Stay tuned for more details on this.

On the 5th of October we celebrate our 6th Birthday (to the day!). And 4 years ago we started our letter challenge. So far we’ve had “C-A-T….” so this year we’re presenting a second T! So dress up as anything involving T. Traffic Cones? Teacups? Tyres? Toadstools? Trainers? Tyrannosaurus? The choice is yours!

Finally, on the 26th of October I’m sorry to say that we will be cancelled. It doesn’t happen very often I’m afraid, but due to an event happening later on in the day at the park, take this opportunity to have a look around our lovely neighbours. We will miss you too!

Right, on with the milestones! This week we had mother and son duo Claire and Barnaby Berridge get to their 100th and 50th run respectively! They brought cake! (Always greatly appreciated). We also had Charles Wood and Ben Warminger make it to 100 runs. Well done gents, enjoy the T-Shirts!

For 50 runs, we had Richard McKechnie, Jo Power and Antonio Pavez make it to the milestone. Well done!

We can’t make parkrun happen without volunteers, so lets also have a round of apple sauce for: John ADAMS, Shelley AMES, Kathryn ARMES, Antony BELL, James BISHOP, Diane COLLINS, Brett CORNISH, Shane DAVENPORT, Bill EDMONDS, Dan GOODWIN, Elizabeth HALFORD, Layla HAMIS, Maureen HAMIS, Nicola HINSLEY, Derek JARVIS, Sharon LAKEY, Caren MAIDMENT, Maree MARKS, Nicolette NEILE, Alison READ, Rose REUBEN, Parasaurolophus Power Up Holder Leon REUBEN, Suzanne SHARMAN, Jessica SMITH, Oliver SMITH, David STANSBURY, Disco Helen VINSEN and Darren WATKINS!

Our first finisher through the heat was our own Trevor Gannon, somehow blazing a trail in 17:58! Our first lady finisher this week was Elie Taylor who smashed the temps with a time of 20:57. I dunno how you guys do it, but I’m amazed!

Right you are, see you all on Saturday 31st for our next foray into the wonderful world of parkrun for event number 310! Brtt and Kyra will be your Run Directors for the day. Well, Kyra will be your Run Director while Brtt does, uh, Brtt things. We're having a Tateover with breakfast provided for all volunteers by the magical Lynn Tate, Gill Thomas and family. So if you want to get in for the free breakfast club - and get your name down. Social Media and run reporting counts doesn't it Lynn? Gill? Oi. Hungry.... :(


PS. Two Goldfish are in a tank. One of them says to the other “Do you know how to drive this thing?”. Don’t park on Oak Lane please!

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