Catton parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Catton parkrun#337

Catton parkrun #337 - IWD!

This week we celebrated International Women’s Day with an all-female volunteer crew who absolutely rockedstarting on time, belting out the tunes and throwing some shapeshelping the 376 of you get round the just slightly muddy course. Fab work girls! Take note chaps, you’ve got a lot to live up to when your day comes (and if you don’t know, it’s in November!). So first off, a big shout out to all the thirty-five independent ladies who made the morning possible: 

Gill THOMAS • Lynn TATE • Nicky DOWSON • Claire RAMSBOTTOM • Diane COLLINS • Kate WHISTLECRAFT • Kerry LYMBERY • Tina MOSELEY • Shelley AMES • Louise OAKHAM • Maree MARKS • Jill GIBBS • Justine DAVENPORT • Tracey CLAYTON • Theresa CORNISH • Lottie SANDERSON • Melanie SYMONDS • Elizabeth HALFORD • Emma SAXTON • Charlotte BIRD • Helen HINSLEY • Nicola HINSLEY • Laura PALMER • Alison READ • Shirley ROSE • Helen VINSEN • Katie DAVIES • Francesca CANT • Sophie PALMER • Fleur MURRAY • Pauline KING • Emma MCGUINNESS • Bridie LEWIS • Katie ORBELL • Trudi SMITH… oh, and honorary femaleBrtt CORNISH for laying out the road cones – I mean, he does have the legs for it!  

And here they all are!


We’d like to say hello to the 25 first timers we had this week and we hope to see you all back again very soon! And fantastic 72 of you got PB’s – way to go peeps, we’ve got to keep that PB bell a-ringing! 

And congratulations to the wonderful Gill Thomas on her 50th event and 50th volunteering stint – and a very happy 62nd birthday! You’re a parkrun star! 

We’re back on 14 March with James Bishop in charge, and for any of you who are understandably worried about COVID-19, be assured that both us and parkrun HQ are monitoring the situation carefully and noting guidance from WHO, the government and public health authorities. At the moment parkrun events are operating as normal but this will be reviewed on a regular basis. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for any updates. 


Catton parkrun #331 – It’s a lovely day for a PB

406 of you turned out in the cold this past weekend and trapsed, trotted and travelled your way up the Catterhorn (thanks Tim) twice in search of a PB, and 59 of you found it! 59! That’s amazing! 59 PB’s!

It was a great day for it, the ground was slightly soft but not too muddy, (apart from the lake at the bottom of the hill) – good conditions for running and you certainly managed it!

We had lots of new people too, 25 people ran their first parkrun ever with us – we hope to see you back with us soon. We had tourists from Norwich parkrun and Colney Lane. Welcome Guys! Come and see us again very soon!

Here’s a pic – thanks for coming guys!


And speaking of pictures, we had a lot taken this week on Facebook – here’s a couple. Many thanks to Shane Loftus for these great snaps.

mcg mcf mce mcd mcc mcb

MC Brtt spitting mad rhymes. Brap! Brap! Or should I say, Brp.

Now, one thing we need to remind you about is that we are supposed to start at 9:00 AM. We know that we’ve been a little late with this recently, but Brtt was set the challenge by Dan this week… and he did it! Look at this!


The gauntlet has been thrown down to the other RD’s, so you can expect James and Andy to try to compete. (James can’t be @r$3d but Andy will want to compete!) So if you need a pre-parkrun wee, get here earlier! We will be starting at 9....

We can’t run the event without our volunteers – so lets hear it for….

She's still not popped Shelley AMES, He's still far too loud James BISHOP, Shaun BRINDED, Jo BYGRAVE, Susan CARVER, He was on time Brtt CORNISH, She somehow puts up with him Kelly CORNISH, She somehow puts up with them both Kyra CORNISH, Isabella DUFFIN, Awesome Julie ELDEN, Simon ENGLISH, Awesome Julie GLASEL, Lewis GRIMES, Nick HATTON, Super token organiser Lynda HOWARD, Marcus JENKINS, Peter KEAN-COCKBURN, Brenda KITE, Richard LINGLEY, Tina MOSELEY, Katie ORBELL, Colonel David PARKER, Marcus PEARSON, Erena PETERS, Richard PETERS, Ben ROBINSON, Mark SHARMAN, Cones King David STANSBURY,Lindsay STANSBURY, Speedy Lynn TATE, Get well soon Gill THOMAS, Raymond TURNER, Heidi WILSON, I forgot John WILSON and Verity YOUNGS!

For Milestones this week, we’re happy to be able to say that Shaune Gooch and Ian Jarvis both made their 150th run. It’s not official, sadly, but well done!

Debbie Macdonald made it to 100 runs and earns the black T! Well done Debbie!

And finally, Charlotte Bird earned her 50Club entry and gets access to that lovely Red T! Hope to see it out there soon Charlotte!

This week we have a few people turning up in Pink to celebrate Anna Kirkham’s Birthday, feel free to join in! As mentioned previously, you’ve got James with the voice and Andy with the style as your RD’s. See you Saturday!


Catton parkrun #329 “Parks and recreation”

You know what one of the best thing about doing the first timers briefing is? When I delicately call people over in my singsong little voice and see so many people come towards. It’s been a real treat the past few weeks to see so many new faces, so welcome everyone! You were part of 464 people who attended our slightly muddy run this past weekend – 52 of you were first timers or tourists! Here you all are again. Hope to see you this week!lots

Another great thing is seeing the people you see every week. Regular volunteers, regular runners, regular faces in the park. Even if we don’t know each other’s names we know each other to wave and smile at. I love the community feeling we have at Catton. If you’re new here, please don’t feel shut out, please join us for a chat and a coffee after the run, apart from Event Director Dan, most of us are very unlikely to bite, and he won’t do anything else on a Saturday other than have a gnaw on your arm. (Mrs Dan has also made sure he’s had his shots)

It was cold and muddy on Saturday, reflecting recent conditions I guess. Following Brendan this week, we can probably expect more of the same this week, so please wear shoes and gear for the conditions. ;)

In a purely Run Report Writer Competition style of way, I was inspired by this picture from one of the parkrun podcasts this week that’s from Cheltenham parkrun – if we named our hill, what would you call it? And no, sadly “That ba***rd hill” or variations thereof are not going to win. Best name might convince me to unleash Brtt on a sign mission and I’ll buy you a coffee from Sue and SuperMatt.


Right, We had oodles of milestones this week! IN a reverse order, starting with the 50 Club – a whole year of parkrun, are: Alison Fiddy, Helen Strowger, Neville Yardy, Kieran Lingard, Gavin Thetford, Glenn Masterson, Sandra Hepburn and Victoria Smart! Lots more Red T-shirts going round the park this week I hope!

Celebrating the arbitrarily unofficial 150 runs was Gill Aldus, who has now completed 750km of parkruns (or thereabouts!) . Nice one!

And another unofficial milestone was Stacey Harper, completing 200 parkruns and bringing the legendary green T into sight. J Well done!

I always used to try and give a shot out to everyone who was coming back for their 2nd parkrun… it’s not that I wanted to stop this, but it’s having to take a break until I figure a quick way of doing this with the new results table format – Sorry! Well done everyone though. J

Lots of people have rallied round since a post on social meedja last week to help fill the roster for last week and this week – thank you for that! We can’t put parkrun on without you, so, in a shameless copy and paste from Facebook, lets say thanks to:

About to pop Shelley AMES, Kathryn ARMES, Robert BAKEWELL, Matt BARNES, Mandy BERESFORD, Loud James BISHOP, Smol Brett CORNISH, Sally CUSHING, Mark DOWNES, Isabella DUFFIN, Bill EDMONDS, PB Julie ELDEN, Scary Dan GOODWIN, Pete GRANT, Results King Andrew G GREY, Elegant Elizabeth HALFORD, Chris HARRISON, Relaxed Richard HOLLINGS, Robert HOWE, Benjamin HUMPHREY, Helen JERVIS, Jeya KANDOLA, Captain of the RCU Rachel MILLER, Nick RANDALL, Tail Walker Extraordinaire Rose REUBEN, Tail Walker even Extraordinarier Leon REUBEN, Shirley ROSE, Super Lottie SANDERSON, Lindsay STANSBURY, David STANSBURY, Stump Conquerer Robin TAYLOR, I think shes sneezing Gill THOMAS, Howard TULLY, Susan TURNER, Judith TURNER, Adam YOUNG, Peter YOUNG and Verity YOUNGS!

Finally, not to have a grump, but PLEASE don’t park on Oak Lane for parkrun. If you can get in the little car park, great – but please leave space for an Ambulance or other emergency vehicle to get through.

PLEASE don’t park on Oak Lane itself though. Dan went and put out 42 flyers on cars parked there this past week. 49!!!! One of our neighbours spoke to Dan, and while he was very polite was also expressive in the annoyance that we cause if we park on that road. It simply can’t handle the traffic we leave on it.

Please head to Church Street and use the Rec Ground carpark, the layby, or the Maids Head carpark by the Maids Head pub – the Landlord has said we are welcome to park there as long as we are gone by the time the pub opens.

Ideally – cycle, walk, jog or run here!


Not that I think it’s a clear and present risk, but parkruns can become endangered if they get enough complaints from the neighbours. And I don’t want to have another home parkrun. I like Catton. Nowhere else would let me do the first timers briefing.

Finishing on a positive note – Thanks again for filling the roster, we will see you Saturday where we have a fantastic set of DD’s for you as Run Directors (oooo-er missus) – Dan and David are large and in charge!

See you Saturday!


PS. Don’t park on Oak Lane. Shelley is about to have twins and if too many people complain in the email she might pop!


Catton parkrun 328 – “Bring back Christmas”

424 of you made it over the line this past weekend in continuing muddy conditions! We were pleased to welcome 41 new people to Catton including 19 people running their first parkrun ever. Big well dones to you. We also had people visiting from Southampton, Mile End, Hampshire, London and Blickling.

Looking ahead into the month our volunteer roster currently has more gaps in it than the London Underground. Please consider helping out and filling that breach, we simply can’t run the event without you. We (honestly) do understand that standing out in the cold isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but we’re in danger of cancelling events if we can’t get more people on the roster.

Keep yourself warm with thank yous’s, clapping, dancing on Disco Corner, spurring people on round Power Up corner… laughing at James trying to run down that muddy hill, helping confused people at Church St go right the first time… there’s lots to do as a marshal, before we even get into the roles at the lodge.

Have a look here:

Then email with the days and roles you can help with. Cheers, great mates!

This past week we were pleased to welcome Thomas Maxwell, Nick Thompson and Veena Dholiwar into the 50 club.

Roly Cook, Nicola Beevis and Eleanor Jarvis all made it into the 100 club, and Simon Snell into the unofficial 150! Well done all!

This past run, we had the lovely Theresa Cornish completing her own NYD double and being our RD for two consecutive occasions. Thanks T!

Along Power up corner you’ll often find the Reuben family volunteering. They bring their own power up signs to inspire you, Rose being, as she is, horribly sickeningly talented. This week however, we’re all in agreement that she surpassed herself with this…


If I draw a cat I have to write “CAT” underneath it so people know what it is! Thanks for all your amazing artwork Rose, and not forgetting Catton parkrun – The Board Game!

We have a creative bunch – in case you missed it, here was a poem put on our Facebook page by Gary Snelling last week. If I was to put Catton parkrun into poetry, it would be similar to this, but with a lot more four letter words regarding our hill. :)
A brilliant offering from one of our regular runners Gary Snelling!!!

Catton Parkrun.

Some of us go to Catton to run & jump.

Most of us go to see if Brett will fall off the stump.

Up he goes and does his spiel.

This makes the dogs bark and squeal!

At the start there's lots of banter.

Off we go! Some walk, some run, some canter.

Pass the fork, up to the tree.

Round the corner, should have had a pee!!

Up the gradient.

The volunteers look warm and radiant.

To the top and to the the cones.

Down the hill. I hope I don't break any bones?

Round or through the water?

Oops! I just been overtaken by someone's daughter.

To the woods we bound.

Now I have been overtaken by a man and his hound.

Disco corner is going strong.

Into the woods the faster we run.

Out the woods running free.

Pass the hut, still need a pee!

Sharp left up the middle. Up the middle. Up the middle.

Down the middle. Down the middle. I really need to piddle!

First lap. Right round the bend.

Will this run ever end?

Pass the tree on the right.

The wind is blowing me round like a kite.

Another sharp right.

Already the good runners are out of sight.

Up the middle. Up the middle. Up the middle.

Down the middle. Down the middle.

Second lap. Left and up the incline.

At top Catton looks divine.

At the cones, down the slope.

I hope to cross the water by a boat.

Round the bend and to the woods we head.

Wondering why we got out of bed?

Through the woods in full flight.

Bearded camera guy gives us all a fright!!

Out of the woods we breeze.

Now every man, woman, and their dog passes me with ease.

Through the finish and funnel we go.

Men sweat, and woman glow!

Get a token and get it scanned.

I'm amazed wearing my Lycra I haven't been banned?

To the hut for a photo. Chat, and drink.

Can't stay long I'm beginning to stink!

Later that day my time pops up for all to see.

Disappointment I'm afraid. No PB!

Next week we will come to Catton to run and jump.

Could this be the week Brett falls off the stump?


Right, that about covers it for this week – short and sweet (insert Brtt joke here again).

Next week, our super duper couple of Andy and Robin are your CO-RD’s, at least this means that Robin may be in jeans and not… you know… those leggings… *MY EYES*



PS. If you park on Oak Lane, our new punishment will be that you have to stare at Robins Leggings in this picture until you think about what you did. :(


Catton parkrun #327 – Auld Lang Syyyyyyyyynmahdear

I’m so full of biscuits, cheese and Christmas pudding I can barely move my fingers on the keyboard folks, but it’s time to start with the run reports of 2020!

Going to be short and sweet as our next parkrun is tomorrow – will be good to get back to “normality” – well as normal as we ever get!

434 of you started with us early doors (and then some of you made your way to Lingwood, Brundall, Loch Neaton and Holkham. ) to start your year off the parkrun way!

On Wednesday we had Justine Davenport achieve her 250th run. Justine and her boys have been a firm fixture of Catton parkrun since we started. As shown by Liam Davenport getting his 200th run on the same event.


We also had Martin Harvey and Derek Jarvis achieve their 100th parkrun with us – and Derek scoring his 25th volunteer stint at the same time! Well done both. Special well done to Derek, our tailwalker extraordinaire!

Richard Moore and Rob Lines both made their 50th run with us too!

Thanks to all our volunteers who made it happen –

Gill THOMAS • Nicolette NEILE • Dan GOODWIN • Lynn TATE • Ian EDWARDS • Tracey MARSH • Nick RANDALL • James BISHOP • Peter YOUNG • David PARKER • Sharon LAKEY • Adam YOUNG • Brett CORNISH • Kelly CORNISH • Kyra CORNISH • Luke CORNISH • Jack THOMPSON • Theresa CORNISH • Elizabeth HALFORD • Russell PARKINS • Julie GLASEL • Lynda HOWARD • Adam LAKEY • Helen JERVIS • Derek JARVIS • Miranda ELLIS • Katie PALLANT • Willow PALLANT • Robin TAYLOR • Andrew G GREY • Lucius JONES • Amy BYGRAVE • Mark DUNKIN and Rowan PALLANT

Speaking of volunteers, I think it’s time we gave a special thank you to SuperMatt, Sue and the other friends who turn out to help for all the teas and coffees they serve us throughout the year. Sadly, for *handwavey* parkrun reasons due to the handling of cash, we can’t give them a credit for their help, but they’re here even when on Wednesday, it was dark setting up! Here’s SuperMatt, Sue and Karen on NYD.


OK, back to it for tomorrow! See you there, 8:45 new runners, 8:55 run briefing, 9:00 go! Theresa is your RD tomorrow and will be sticking to a strict schedule. Or else! J


PS. By parking on Oak Lane, you annoy our neighbours. Please don’t!

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