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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