Chester parkrun 191

Hello All,

The weather conditions this morning were near perfect spring weather for running, if you ran with us you were one of 323 people who took to the paths of the Countess of Chester Country Park for the 191st edition of Chester parkrun.

We had 65 first timers take on the 2 laps of our course this week, 23 of those were first timers doing their first ever parkrun, while 42 were visiting Chester for the first time, having run at parkruns elsewhere previously. I know we say this most weeks, but we love welcoming first timers, there is always a welcome smile and lots of encouragement for first timers also those returning to parkrun after a break and regulars alike. We hope to see you all back with us again soon.

Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week


Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:

10050

100 parkruns Peter JAMES

50 parkruns Melanie RENOWDEN

10 parkruns as junior Kieran STEWART

A special mention on their 150th parkrun Alan COPELAND T


Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.
You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

If tyou would like to volunteer on Saturday we are looking for 5 Marshalls and a Funnel Manager.

If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID. This is the address you can you use if you find a spot on the rota in the weeks ahead if you want to stake your claim on a particular spot in the weeks ahead.

Without our volunteers, parkrun would not happen, so a big thank you to the 23 people who give up their time to make parkrun happen:

Ian AINSCOUGH, Edward AUSTIN, Martin BATCHELOR, Sarah CURTIS, Helen DOLBY, Charlie ELDRED, Mark GALLAGHER, Helen HUGHES, Jackie HUGHES, Beth HYNDS, Keith IVENS, Lorna LANGTON, Karen MURPHY, Jayne NOBLE, Sam OLIVER, Kyla PARK, Deri PEERS, Charlotte POTTER, Malcolm ROBERTS, Steve ROBERTS, Isobel ROBINSON, Sophia ROBINSON, Noah ST HILL and Ian WARRELL

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 10,223 participants have completed 54,327 parkruns covering a total distance of 271,635 km, including 10,020 new Personal Bests. A total of 524 individuals have volunteered 3,651 times.

Our next parkrun is scheduled to take place on 21th March 2020 at 9.00am. In the light anticipated changes to advice issues by the UK government with regard COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events you should keep an eye on the following link
https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/

Of course, we will share this advice across our social media channels too, so give use a follow on our

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Chester-parkrun-736420389832759/ and/or Twitter  https://twitter.com/Chesterparkrun

 

 

 

 

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun 189

Hello All,

This morning’s parkrun would have been the first chance to ever complete a parkrun on the 29th February. We had 354 of you LEAP at the chance to do this at the Countess of Chester Country Park for parkrun #189. The weather was dry and clear. The course itself, while a little waterlogged around the finish, was pretty much dry all over. The trial section remains a challenge for some… tiptoeing through section seeming to be the preferred method of getting through it for some.

We had 46 people make this week the first time the attended a parkrun at Chester, 7 of those first timers were doing their first ever parkruns, while 39 were visiting Chester for the first time, having run at parkruns elsewhere previously. We love welcoming first timers at Chester, so if you are sitting on the fence about coming down to take part, please rest assured that you’ll be given a warm welcome.

As for our returning runners, we were able to help 25 people celebrate getting personal bests this week. Talking of personal bests, did you know that we have a PB Bell by the finish area? This was kindly donated to us by Penyffordd Run Club, if anyone gets a PB they should take the opportunity to celebrating personal bests you should tale the opportunity to ring the PB Bell.


Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:

10050

100 parkruns Jonathan CURTIS and Tony FRIIS

50 parkruns Sammy HOLLINS, David O'NEIL, Rachel WILLIAMS, Joshua DODD and Peter BAINES


Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.
You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

We have a full volunteer roster this week, but if you would like to volunteer in the weeks ahead, please take a look to see if you can help!

If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID.

Without our volunteers, parkrun would not happen, so a big thank you to the 23 people who give up their time to make parkrun happen:

Edward AUSTIN, Sarah CURTIS, Helen DOLBY, Charlie ELDRED, Mark GALLAGHER, Carys HUGHES, Beth HYNDS, Gwenda JONES, Diane MCCARTHY, Owain MORRIS, John NORRIS, Sam OLIVER, Kyla PARK, Deri PEERS, Nicola PERRINS, Charlotte POTTER, Sophia ROBINSON, Noah ST HILL, Andy TELFORD, Charlotte TOWERS, Chris TOWERS, Michael G WARING and Ian WARRELL

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 10,119 participants have completed 53,692 parkruns covering a total distance of 268,460 km, including 9,921 new Personal Bests. A total of 518 individuals have volunteered 3,599 times.

Our next parkrun is on 7th March 2020 at 9.00am. Please note, parkruns across the UK will be showing their support by encouraging as many women and girls as possible to participate as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers with a suggested purple dress code for the day.

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun 188

Hello All,

Another Saturday, another Chester parkrun and another storm to dodge! Well done to the 327 of you that attended Chester parkrun #188. Conditions were perfect for running. Although the wind was perhaps a little colder than some might have liked. As for the course, the trail section is bringing back memories of school cross country for some! Talking of Cross Country, some of our regular runners, were away this week at English National XC 2020 at Wollaton Park in Nottingham. Others were a little closer, making their way to Rhyl for the Rhyl 10 miler. Well done to all, whether you ran with us, or you were a little further away.

Back at Chester, we had 51 people make this week the first time the attended a parkrun at Chester, 7 of those first times were doing their first ever parkruns, while 44 were visiting Chester for the first time, having run at parkruns elsewhere previously.


Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:

10050

50 parkruns Richard CARMAN and Rebecca HULME

10 parkruns as a junior Leo CARMAN


 

 

Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.
You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

We nearly have a full volunteer roster this week, we are just on the lookout for 5 marshals to make sure we have a successful parkrun on Saturday.

If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID.

Without our volunteers, parkrun would not happen, so a big thank you to the 23 people who give up their time to make parkrun happen:

 

Edward AUSTIN, Barry BURNS, Steve COLLYER, Jonathan CURTIS, Helen DOLBY, Charlie ELDRED, Mark GALLAGHER, Beth HYNDS, Sam OLIVER, Kyla PARK, Deri PEERS, Nicola PERRINS, Charlotte POTTER, Jude PRINCE, Steve ROBERTS, Sophia ROBINSON, Gail SHEARER, Noel SHEARER, Noah ST HILL, Helen THOMAS, Ian WARRELL, Joy WILKINSON and Margaret WOODWARD

 

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 10,073 participants have completed 53,338 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,690 km, including 9,896 new Personal Bests. A total of 517 individuals have volunteered 3,576 times.

Help us celebrate female participation for #IWDparkrun

parkruns all over the world are joining in a celebration of female participation by hosting a special event on Saturday 7 March 2020, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day.

We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and walking, jogging, running or volunteering at your local parkrun. You could even just come along to watch or cheer.

parkrun events will be showing their support by encouraging as many women and girls as possible to participate as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers with a suggested purple dress code for the day.

If you want to read more on this, then have a read of the parkrun blog!
https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2020/02/05/help-us-celebrate-female-participation-for-iwdparkrun/

Our next parkrun is on 29th February 2020 at 9.00am. Please note, that there won’t be another parkrun on the 29th February until the 29th February 2048. So if you are one of those people who like collecting parkrun milestones, running on Saturday 29th February is quite a rare one. It also means that you can run 5 parkruns in February.

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun #187

Hello All,

It felt like a case of Déjà vu as we lined up on the start line for Chester parkrun 187. It was wet, and windy and there was worse to come weather wise later on (which seems to have been exactly what we were all thinking last week at parkrun 186. For the 344 that took on the course, you are a hardy bunch! Somehow 28 of you set personal bests this week, Well done to all of you on your efforts this week!

Everyone's kit needed drying out, not least the volunteer vests which went straight in the wash!

washing muddy shoes

We had 51 people make this week the first time the attended a parkrun at Chester, 10 of those first times were doing their first ever parkruns, while 41 were visiting Chester for the first time, having run at parkruns elsewhere previously.


Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:

10050

100 parkruns Sam BELLWOOD

50 parkruns Martin BATCHELOR

10 parkruns as a junior Benjamin STACEY

A special mention to Pauline MACKENZIE-MOORE from Castle Point Joggers on her first Chester parkrun. Her first Chester parkrun coincided with our 10,000th different parkrun finisher. When we get milestones like this, I think it’s nice to look back and think about how far our little parkrun has come and what a difference it’s made in many people’s lives.


Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.
You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

We nearly have a full volunteer roster this week, we are just on the lookout for 5 marshals to make sure we have a successful parkrun on Saturday. We also need someone to help out in and around the Finish area in the role of Finish Token Support.

If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID.

Without our volunteers, parkrun would not happen, so a big thank you to the 24 people who give up their time to make parkrun happen. I'm sure you'll join me in thanking the following people

Ian AINSCOUGH, Rosie ALLSOPP, Edward AUSTIN, Jonathan CURTIS, Sarah CURTIS, Helen DOLBY, Mark GALLAGHER, Muriel GREEN, Anthony HOWE, Beth HYNDS, Fiona JONES, Jennie MITCHELL, Sam OLIVER, Kyla PARK, Deri PEERS, Nicola PERRINS, Charlotte POTTER, Christian QUICK, Steve ROBERTS, Mark SUTCLIFFE, Alex WALLIS, Michael G WARING, Ian WARRELL and Joy WILKINSON

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 10,022 participants have completed 53,011 parkruns covering a total distance of 265,055 km, including 9,855 new Personal Bests. A total of 516 individuals have volunteered 3,553 times.

Our next parkrun is on 15th February 2020 at 9.00am.

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun #186

Hello All,

It was the calm before the storm (if you are reading this on Sunday you’ll know what I mean) as we lined up to take on the footpaths and trails of the Countess of Chester Country Park. The trail section was vastly improved by the spreading of woodchip at the end of the trial section, we talk more about that in the run report below!

This week saw 429 of you take on the course this week, with an amazing We were joined by 59 first timers this week, 30 people running their first ever parkrun, with 29 parkrun “tourists” who had run elsewhere previously and were running at Chester for the first time. We hope to see you all again soon!

There was a huge 75 personal bests this week… we think that was down to the woodchip on the end of the trail section!  Well done to everyone who go a PB this week!


Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:

10050

50 parkruns Steven BARKER

10 parkruns as a junior Douglas BOYD and Harry OWENS

A special mention to Brian BEATTIE form West Cheshire AC on his 150th Chester parkrun and his 173rd in Total. Brian has been a parkrun regular with us since Chester parkrun No 1 on the 9th June 2016, having only missed 18 Chester parkruns that have taken place since that time.


Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.
You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

We nearly have a full volunteer roster this week, we are just on the lookout for 2 marshals to make sure we have a successful parkruns on Saturday. This week we are looking for two people to help us out in and around the finish line, one handing out tokens in the role of Finish Tokens, and another person in the role of Finish Token Support.

If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID.

Without our volunteers, parkrun would not happen, so a big thank you to the 30 people who give up their time to make parkrun happen.

Sacha ARDEN, Edward AUSTIN, Barry BURNS, Sarah CURTIS, Geoff DAVIES, Ruth DELAP, Helen DOLBY, Mark GALLAGHER, Emily HARGREAVES, Jackie HUGHES, Beth HYNDS, Neil JONES, Parwathy KILMISTER, Steven LESLIE, Jennie MITCHELL, Owain MORRIS, John NORRIS, Sam OLIVER, Kyla PARK, Deri PEERS, Nicola PERRINS, Nathalie REES, Steve ROBERTS, Sophia ROBINSON, Gail SHEARER, Noel SHEARER, Noah ST HILL, Mark SUTCLIFFE, Michael G WARING and Ian WARRELL.

Talking of your volunteers, before parkrun started on Saturday we were very lucky to be joined by some early morning volunteers, who had made their way to the Country Park to assist us with spreading some woodchip on the trail section.

Milestone alert!

Just a quick milestone note for you all… especially if you are a first timer coming to Chester parkrun this weekend. If you are the 29th first timer at Chester parkrun on Saturday you’ll be our 10,000th different finisher at Chester parkrun. So keep an eye out on next weeks parkrun report to see if you get a special mention!

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 9,971 participants have completed 52,667 parkruns covering a total distance of 263,335 km, including 9,827 new Personal Bests. A total of 513 individuals have volunteered 3,529 times.

Our next parkrun is on 15th February 2020 at 9.00am.

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun #185

Hello All,

Pinch and punch for the first of the month!

This week saw 419 of you take to the footpaths of the Countess of Chester Country Park to run, jog or walk the course.

We were joined by 60 first timers this week, we hope you enjoyed your time at the Country Park and we hope to see you again soon.

There were an amazing 73 personal bests this week, well done to all of you! (That’s the same as last week!)


Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:

10050

100 parkruns James KIMBER

50 parkruns Katherine BILCLIFFE

10 parkruns as a junior Niahl DAVEY


Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.
You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

This week we are looking for three Marshalls and one Finish Token Support.

If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID.

Without our volunteers, parkrun would not happen, so a big thank you to the 25 people who give up their time to make parkrun happen.

Edward AUSTIN, Fiona BAINES, Justin BELL, Martin BELL, Barry BURNS, Jonathan CURTIS, Sarah CURTIS, Nick DIXON, Helen DOLBY, Charlie ELDRED, Mark GALLAGHER, Cain JONES, Sam OLIVER, Kyla PARK, Nicola PERRINS, Charlotte POTTER, Mathew ROBERTS, Steve ROBERTS, Isobel ROBINSON, Sophia ROBINSON, Chris SHAW, Noah ST HILL, Michael G WARING, Ian WARRELL and Joy WILKINSON

woodchip

We have had a delivery of woodchip for the xc path. Massive thanks to Ben from Last Branch Tree Surgery. Now we need some volunteers to with shovels to help move it or there'll be an extra XC feature on the course on Saturday. Come along just after 8am on Saturday morning and help us move it, particularly it you're hoping for a PB!

News on our A course: Canal and Rivers Trust inspectors have agreed what we suspected, that the canal is leaking causing the boggy area on the path. Their engineers need to confirm yet but fingers crossed it will be fixed soon.

Countess of Chester junior parkrun

Our “little brother” the proposed Countess of Chester junior parkrun is in the process of getting set up. The team there are still fundraising and recruiting their core team members.

They have been selected for Waitrose Chester’s Community Matters Scheme. Waitrose customers can ask for a green token every time they shop. These can be inserted in one of three Perspex tubes – one for each organisation. At the end of the month the tokens for each organisation are weighed. Then the beneficiaries will then receive a proportion of the cash.

We would ask that if you or any of your friends shop at Waitrose in Chester that you deposit your green tokens in the Chester Junior Parkrun Perspex box!

Thank you all in advance! :)

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 9,912 participants have completed 52,238 parkruns covering a total distance of 261,190 km, including 9,752 new Personal Bests. A total of 511 individuals have volunteered 3,499 times.

Our next parkrun is on 8th February 2020 at 9.00am.

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun #184

Hello All,

Saturday morning comes around again and for a lot of you that means coming to the Countess of Chester Country Park for your weekly does of parkrun. Today was parkrun 184 at Chester parkrun and it broke down like this:

This week saw 469 of you take to the footpaths and trails of the Countess of Chester Country Park (for the second week in a row, our 5th highest parkrun attendance ever). We ran the same course as we did for Chester parkrun 183 (a slightly tweaked version of our B Course.) We are working hard on keeping the impact of parkrun on the Country Park to a minimum, so it might mean some changes to the course in the weeks ahead. Please keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter for updates, in the days and weeks ahead.

We were joined by 74 first timers this week, 35 people running their first ever parkrun, with 39 parkrun “tourists” who had run elsewhere previously and were running at Chester for the first time. It always great to see new faces and we hope to see you back at Chester parkrun again soon.

There were an amazing 73 personal bests this week, well done to all of you!

A special mention to Joanna MARSDEN who broke our course age category record in the VW40-44 category.


Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:

10050

50 parkruns

David HINDE, Neil JONES and Ian JAMES


 

 

Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.
You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

This week we are looking for five Marshals, one Tail Walker and one Finish Token Support.

If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID.

This week’s event would not be possible without our well wrapped up volunteers, which this week were:

Edward AUSTIN, Geoff DAVIES, Helen DOLBY, Charlie ELDRED, Sarah EVANS, Mark GALLAGHER, Jane HARDY, Jackie HUGHES, Beth HYNDS, Peter JAMES, Elaine JEWKES, Gwenda JONES, Louise JONES, Nadia MCKANE, Deri PEERS, Nicola PERRINS, Charlotte POTTER, Faith ROBERTS, Steve ROBERTS, Will SCOTT, Noah ST HILL, Michael G WARING, Heather WHITTAKER, Richard WHITTINGTON and Iain WOOD

The magic behind Chester parkrun!

Following on from the blog post earlier this week on how we get your result, https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/news/2020/01/20/how-we-get-your-result/ I wanted to let you know a little more about how the set up of parkrun happens and the work our volunteers do that is often unseen by those who come to Chester parkrun.

Our course set up begins at just after 8.00am, when this week’s run Director, Charlie, takes a tour of the course to check that it is safe to run. At about 8.15 I joined Charlie and Mike as they bring out the equipment form the Park Rangers Hut. While Charlie took the course marking equipment out onto the course, I joined Mike down at the finish line to help him set up the netting, cones and tape around the finish line. This ensures that we can keep you all in order to make sure that we can give you all accurate times and that those who bring a barcode can get a result.

At 8.30am the rest our volunteers meet up at the finish area. This morning it was Nicola handing out the bibs and answering any questions our volunteers have before they take on their roles for the day.

At about 8.40am our marshals who marshal out at the far end of the course take cones with them, so that we can mark out the contra flow sections that keep everyone in line (most of the time!!!)

While we do set up the finish area with cones and marshalling tape to help you find your way to the Barcode scanners once you have finished, before parkrun starts, we do have to move this off the course temporally just before the start so that you can all get past the finish area at the start of parkrun. Once the tail walker goes past, everything is out in place in time for the first of our runners to get to the finish line.

Once our tail walker has completed their 5km, the packing away of the course can begin. Our marshals out on the course have instructions on what signs and cones each one of them is responsible for. Around the finish area, everyone chips in. Cones, netting and tape are all collected, ready to be taken in the wheelbarrow back up to the Park Rangers hut where it is stored until next week’s parkrun.

But that’s not it for our core team of volunteers, then it’s off to The Little Owl pub where the results need to be processed. This is where we pair up the results from our scanners and stopwatches, and making manual adjustment for those who brought their barcodes but they didn’t scan. There is also getting finish tokens back into order… ready for next week! All going well we have finished by 11am.

And there you have it in a nutshell folks! That’s a peek into the magic of Chester parkrun! Sometimes when it comes to magic, it’s more fun not to know… but I’ll go on the record saying that I’m in awe of the work our volunteers put in to make sure we can parkrun on a Saturday morning! Thanks all!

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 9,852 participants have completed 51,819 parkruns covering a total distance of 259,095 km, including 9,679 new Personal Bests. A total of 508 individuals have volunteered 3,474 times.

Our next parkrun is on 1st February 2020 at 9.00am.

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

 

How we get your result

Ever wondered how parkrun works? How do we get your results to you so swiftly and how do we know what your time was? Why do runners get shouted at to stay in order, take a token, don't cross the line twice? And why do we need our printed barcode every time?

This great post borrowed (with a few little changes to make it relevent to Chester) from Jo Hansell (Bournemouth parkrun ED) tells you all about the results process. It's a must read for all parkrunners!

Stopwatches
You'll notice at the start line and at the finish line that there will be two people with stopwatches. At the start, our timers start the stopwatches on the word go! Moving to the finish, every time someone crosses the finish line the timers click a button on the stopwatch to record a time and a finish position. This is why we ask people not to cross the line twice, or we end up with more finish times/positions than we should have.

Finish Tokens
Next - just beyond the timekeepers - the finish token volunteer will hand you a token with a position number on it. This number *should* correspond to the position on the stopwatch when you crossed the line. This only works if you stay in your finish order until you have collected your token, and if everyone that crosses the line takes a token.

If someone refuses to take a token (it does happen) it can cause a problem. Let's say someone finishes in position 130 with a time of 28:15. They don't take their token. The next person finishes in position 131 with a time of 28:45 but because the last person didn't take their token they get token 130 instead. This means that they will be assigned the time that goes with position 130 (30 seconds faster in this case), not with their correct time in position 131. This error carries on and ALL the following runners and their times are effected. So please, even if you have forgotten your personal barcode, take a token and just hand it back to the scanners further down the line. It's really important.

Barcode Scanning
After you have collected your finish token you continue to the barcode scanners. Here you will be asked to produce your personal barcode and your finish token. Both of these are scanned and it is this process that ties you to your finish position. It is really important that BOTH barcodes are scanned. Please remember to give the Finish token back - we need it again next week.

Results Processing
Once parkrun has finished we download the data from the stopwatches and scanners to our parkrun laptop and then upload that data to the parkrun website where it matches the times to the runners. When the results have been uploaded we manually work through them to check that they tie-up with what we know and what makes sense! Where barcodes haven't scanned they show up as unknown runners in the list. If we know who any are - from any details given - we'll try to amend them before sending them off for processing at parkrun HQ. Any manually added results are strictly for people who did bring a printed barcode but for whatever reason the scanners were unable to read it.

When we are happy that the results are as good as they can be, we publish them on the parkrun HQ supercomputers which send out your text messages which should have your correct result on it. Please note that your finish position may be different to that on the finish token you were given if we had to make changes caused by people not following these rules!

Please remember that parkrun is run by volunteers who give up their time each Saturday to provide this event. There are little things you can do to make life easier for the volunteers and help make sure the results are as accurate as possible:

Don't cross the line twice - peal off to the side if you have already finished and you've gone back to support someone else.
Stay in your finish order until you are given your token.
Please take the tokens even if you don't want a result - just hand them back to the scanners.
Make sure you get both your own barcode and your finish token scanned before you leave the scanning position.
Please don't ask our volunteers to take your name if you have forgotten your barcode - no barcode, no result, no exception.


In addition to this we ask you to remember the few golden rules that we have for our course to ensure that everyone, runners and members of the general public that may be there at the same time as you, enjoys their morning:

Be courteous to other users of the park. We don't have right of way on any part of our course and have to share the paths with members of the public. Please be kind and friendly to them and don't get in their way. Hopefully they will do the same to you. Why not wish them a cheerful "Good Morning" as you pass?

If you have an under-11 running with you, please make sure they are not more than arms length away from you at all times. We would hate to think that anything would happen to them out on the course and by keeping them close to you, you can ensure that nothing does! This is also a requirement of our insurance policy from UK Athletics. If our Marshals see anyone under-11 running on their own, they have been asked to report them to the parkrun team, and their name may be removed from the results.

Keep your dog on a short lead at all times. There have been occasions at other events where runners have been tripped over by dogs running loose or on extended leads. In line with the parkrun code, you are only allowed to run with 1 dog and only on a short (non-extendable) lead. Please ensure you have full control of your dog the whole way round.

Please be nice to our volunteers. They've given up their Saturday morning to stand out in all weathers so that you can have a free 5k run, they shouldn't have to deal with any disrespect from runners. Like members of the public, please be kind and friendly to them and thank them for their time on the way round.

And please be understanding if we don't always get it 100% right - we do our best and if there are queries after the run, we still try to help and get them right!

 

Chester parkrun #183

Hello All,

It was another busy one at the Countess of Chester Country Park as 467 of you (our 5th highest parkrun attendance ever) came down to take part in the 183rd edition of Chester parkrun. It was a beautiful morning and we have posted some great pics taken in the low morning sun on our Facebook page.

183-temp funnel

As some of you may have noticed, our team of volunteers had been busy this week tweaking the course. Due to the the wet weather and popularity of the event, we are resting the grass in and around the finish area at the request of the land owner, we may well need to make more changes in the weeks ahead. We know it's a bit inconvenient at the finish but thanks for bearing with us.
Our parkrun friends over at Ellesmere Port seem to be having similar issues, they are giving their whole course a rest for the next two weeks, meaning their event is cancelled! We are looking forward to welcoming some of their regular volunteers and runners to Chester to get their parkrun fix.

Thank you all for listening to the run breif this week, we know most of you have heard it before but it is imortant to listen to instructions from the Run Director in the event briefing as to the conditions and what changes may have taken place. It was unexpectedly icy this week, with parkruns around the country being cancelled, but we were able to go ahead with a little grit and good sense from you the runners.

We welcomed 61 first timers this week, 34 people running their first ever parkrun, with 27 parkrun “tourists” who had run elsewhere previously and were running at Chester for the first time. It always great to see new faces and we hope to see you back at Chester parkrun again soon.

With all the new faces and the change to the finish area, and probably not helped by the low sun, there was a bit of confusion with the tokens this week. Please remember these few simple rules:

  1. If you cross the finish line you will get a time so you must take a token
  2. Stay in order until you get your finish token
  3. Don't cross the finish twice.
  4. After scanning remember to give the finish token back - we need it again next week.

Even you don't have a barcode please take a token, do not duck out of the funnel as this effects the result of everyone behind you. Read all about the result process here

Despite the muddy conditions there were 47 personal bests this week, well done to all of you!

Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:


A special mention to our milestone runners this week, which were:

10050

100 parkruns

Will SCOTT and Graham HOOPER

50 parkruns Gary GUEST

10th parkrun as a junior Maya JENNINGS


 

Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.

You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

This week we are looking for two people to help us out in and around the finish line, one handing out tokens in the role of Finish Tokens, and another person in the role of Finish Token Support.

If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID.

This week’s event would not be possible without the 24 high viz heroes who gave up some of their time to ensure parkrun continues to be a successful event. This week they were:

Edward AUSTIN, Helen CATTON, Sarah CURTIS, Sharon DODD, Helen DOLBY, Charlie ELDRED, Tony FRIIS, Mark GALLAGHER, Jackie HUGHES, Sarah HUGHES, Beth HYNDS, Keith IVENS, Sarah MILLS, Sam OLIVER, Kyla PARK, Deri PEERS, Nicola PERRINS, Steve ROBERTS, Sophia ROBINSON, Paul ROBINSON, Will SCOTT, Noah ST HILL, Mark SUTCLIFFE, Michael G WARING, Ian WARRELL and Susie WOODS.

Next week’s run report is going to give you an insight into the work some of our core team of volunteers do to get the course set up and ready.

Before we go, here is a reminder of where to park, when you come to parkrun... with so many new people coming along we thought it was worth letting you know!

The official launch of the Chester Wetland Centre

On Wednesday 22nd January 2020 The Friends of Countess of Chester Country Park, supported by the University of Chester Department of Geography & International Development, would like to invite all those interested to the official launch of the Chester Wetland Centre. This exciting project will see a rare wetland meadow created in the Countess of Chester Country Park.
Dr Christian Dunn of Bangor University, who is a member of the Friends of Countess of Chester Country Park, is heading up this project and will be the keynote speaker. We are pleased though that Dr Servel Miller of the University of Chester will also taking part and talk about the flood mitigation aspects of the scheme. A Q&A will follow.

You can find out more by visiting their Facebook page here

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 9,778 participants have completed 51,350 parkruns covering a total distance of 256,750 km, including 9,606 new Personal Bests. A total of 504 individuals have volunteered 3,449 times.

Our next parkrun is on 25th January 2020 at 9.00am.

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun #182

Hello All,

It was a record breaking Saturday at the Countess of Chester Country Park. The 182nd Chester parkrun was completed by 519 individuals. This the most people that have ever taken part in a parkrun at Chester on a Saturday. And our 3rd highest ever attended parkrun. Congratulations to everyone who took part in another record breaking event for us.

It was a variation of our B Course this week, with the grass area just past our regular finish area out of action, while we give it chance to recover from many footsteps over the last few weeks and months we moved the finish line back, which meant we had to move the start line back to accommodate.

It is times like this, where it is important to list to our Run Directors instructions just before the start of parkrun each week, we know some of you will be catching up with friends, but these last minute instructions will keep you safe and keep parkrun enjoyable for all.

We were joined by 76 first timers this week, 35 people running their first ever parkrun, with 36 parkrun “tourists” who had run elsewhere previously and were running at Chester for the first time. We hope to see you back with us again soon.

There were 83 personal bests this week, well done to all of you!

Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week were:


A special mention to our milestone runners this week, which were:

10050

50 parkruns Natalie SHAW, Jonathan COWDELL, Sioned PUGH and Richard CAWLEY

10th parkrun as a junior
Maya JENNINGS


Please take a look at our volunteer roster for opportunities to volunteer at Chester parkrun in the weeks ahead.
You can find a link to the roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/

We have had a great reponse to our shout out for volunteers this week and our roster is nearly full but the following weeks are stilll looking very sparce. Please volunteer to help for the future weeks, it really helps Helen if she can plan the roster in plenty of time.
If you'd like to take a particular spot, simply email chesterhelpers@parkrun.com with your name and parkrun Barcode ID. We are a welcoming bunch at Chester parkrun, so much so that last week saw us welcome out 500th different person volunteering at our parkrun!

This week’s event would not be possible without the 24 high viz heroes who gave up some of their time to ensure parkrun continues to be a successful event. This week they were:

Edward AUSTIN, Simon BLACK, Claire CANNON, Helen DOLBY, Matthew DUNFORD, Mark GALLAGHER, Joanne MCCAUGHEY, Rory MILLER, Karen MURPHY, Kyla PARK, Deri PEERS, Nicola PERRINS, Steve ROBERTS, Sophia ROBINSON, Isobel ROBINSON, David RUMNEY, Noah ST HILL, Michael G WARING, Ian WARRELL and Simon WRIGHT

10 reasons to try your first parkrun

I wanted to highlight an interesting article I read on the parkrun blog this week about parkrun. So if you are looking at gently nudging a friend towards taking part in parkrun take a read of this.
https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2020/01/02/10-reasons-to-try-your-first-parkrun/

PLEASE NOTE: Next week we are changing the start and finish positions. The start will be at the top of the hill at the crossroads and the finish will be at the first bench after the carpark. This is to give the grass at the finish area a bit of time to recover at the request of the park management. Please arrive in time for the run brief - thanks.

Chester parkrun started on 9th July 2016. Since then 9,717 participants have completed 50,883 parkruns covering a total distance of 254,415 km, including 9,559 new Personal Bests. A total of 501 individuals have volunteered 3,423 times.

Our next parkrun is on 18th January 2020 at 9.00am.

Please don’t forget your barcode.

From all at Chester parkrun

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