Event #97 – 18th September 2021

So this last parkrunday was a tad different for me, as the Event Director.

Due to most of the roles taken, I volunteered as a tail walker as I hadn’t run since July. After setup, including a 5 min ‘sprint’ back from the far marshal point, I was all prepared to don the tail walk vest.

Upon returning to the start/ finish our regular tail walker had arrived and was donning the vest. So I preceded to actually run the course in an event. To my surprise, I enjoyed it more than I thought. Even though I changed the course, I didn’t realise how much of a difference not running all the way to floody corner changes your mindset. Overall a good decision on my behalf. Well done me.

One of the things I like to see on the results page is the number of events participants have done. Of the 55 people who ran, jogged, and walked the course, 8 (14.5%) were first-timers (at Clifton) and 7 (12.7%) recorded new Personal Bests. 9 (16%) people have completed 10 or fewer parkruns.

Special congrats goes to Jon Hullis who not only came in the top 10 finishers, but did it on his 100th parkrun. Well done Jon.

Interestingly my result email states

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. If you'd like to help, please take a look at the Future Roster page and drop our volunteer co-ordinator an email with the date(s) you'd like to volunteer on. Visit our FAQ to learn all about volunteering at parkrun.’

We have a full roster this week, thanks to Rob and his running group, but if you want to volunteer in the forthcoming weeks, DM us.


Event #96 – The one with the horse – 11th September 2021

Saturday's event was one full of surprises.

I decided to marshal for a change so I was in the skate park field, so I could keep an eye on my kids on the skate park, of which they left soon after I arrived (kids eh!!).

Whilst I was stood on the first corner, I saw a lot of runners coming towards you.  To be honest I was shocked at the number of runners that were coming towards me, including a tail walking cyclist!!!

One of the things I love about Clifton is that no matter how many runners we have they are spread out by the time you get around the skate park.

Since lockdown, I have noticed that there are a lot more regulars at Clifton, and the feedback we have received about the new course has been positive.

Whilst the runners were on lap 2 I turned around and spotted a horse.  Yes, a HORSE…….


The owner trotted around the field skate park field for the rest of the event.

Well done to Luke Saxton who completed his 100th, we had 18 runners who had completed less than 20 parkruns, including Kay Armstrong who completed her 1st one – well done Kay

This week 71 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. The full results can be found on the Clifton parkrun Results Page.

The event was made possible by Chris and his 11 volunteers:

Chris • Kathy • Duncan •  Matt • Emma • Laura • Stuart • Michaela • Michelle • Dexter • Lorraine • Diane

Clifton parkrun started on 13th January 2018…… A total of 300 individuals have volunteered 1,404 times.

If you want to volunteer in the forthcoming weeks email us at clifton@parkrun.com.


Guest RD 1 – Event #94 – 28th August 2021

It’s so nice to welcome and see visitors again here at Clifton, chatting to them and sharing our parkrun experiences.

I would like to thank all 45 participants this week for attending event 94. We welcomed runners, joggers, walkers, furry friends, and little ones in pushchairs.


The first person Duncan came through the funnel at 20 mins and the tail walker crossed at 53.49 mins, a great job done by all.


We welcomed Marc and Jo from our neighbouring Rushcliffe parkrun as the days RD and barcode scanner, for me the best bit of the brief was.......

‘Emma, I don’t know the course ‘.

As always great to have you both as part of the team and always welcome, maybe next time Jo can RD.


A massive thank you to all of our volunteers, without your help every week we wouldn’t be able to put the event on.

Also thanks to local football group stepoutstayout for donating pre-packed sandwiches, apples and bars and thank you to Kathy for the yummy vegan treats, the perfect end to the perfect morning.

Have a great week all, and hope to see many of you nice and early Saturday morning here at Clifton playing fields

This week 45 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Helen LESTER • Kathy SHAW • Matt PICKLES • Kelly CHAPMAN • Marc THOMAS • Jo THOMAS • Emma CRANE • Michaela INGLE • Kevin CLARKE • Lorraine PARBURY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Clifton parkrun Results Page.


Clifton parkrun is a gem – event #93 – 21st August 2021

Clifton parkrun is a gem. I arrived early and was welcomed by Emma Crane who was set up super early to meet the volunteers and assign their marshal spots. It was forecast to be torrential rain all morning – thankfully it stayed dry until 10:30, perfect. Emma was telling me how she was asked by a local councillor 3 and a half years ago if she would like to help with a new event in the area called parkrun, she was happy to volunteer, but only at the first event realised this wasn’t a one off thing, but it’s every week, forever (weather permitting). Clearly like many volunteers and parkrunners, Emma is hooked.

By 8:15, most of the volunteer team had already arrived, so time for a quick photo of them.

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It was clear at this small parkrun that all the volunteers knew each other very well, whilst still welcoming anyone who turned up new to the event.

I had arranged to meet up with local Beeston runner Gabriele, I know of her from the unofficial parkrun podcast ‘with me now’ which is hosted by Danny Normal and Nicola Forwood. If you like listening to parkrun chat, this weekly pod is worth a listen – each week Danny and Nicola tour to different events and interview core teams members to profile their parkruns on the pod – as well as being packed with informal chat, jokes and discussions around any parkrun news. https://withmenow.libsyn.com/

Gaby was telling me how Clifton parkrun is sometimes called off due to flooding and their volunteers during these weeks will often go and help at the larger Beeston parkrun, in turn if Clifton are struggling for volunteers, the Beeston parkrun will often try to help out.

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The course had been described to the first-timers, and it was soon time for the main briefing – Matt Pickles did a great job and realised that he had got us all to the start line slightly early – we were asked to chat amongst ourselves whilst we waited for 9am – a nice touch to ensure we were not set off early.

The course is 2 and a half laps around the outside of playing fields, through a short trail section under huge Willow trees and around the edge of tennis courts and a skate park. The beauty of laps being that you pass the volunteer team a couple of times on your way around, all were super encouraging as were all the brilliant marshals.

Well done to Mikhail Smethurst, Robert Dodson and Sarah Webster who all completed their very first parkrun, 17 parkrunners achieved a PB today too, that was out of the 66 parkrunners in total. 

There were several people running with dogs today, it looks like a popular course for canicross parkrunners, with the grass surface and great wide open spaces, it’s perfect for runners with dogs. 

After I had completed the parkrun, the morning finished off in the best way a parkrun should, with post parkrun chat ‘parkfaff’ with the local runners and of course Gaby.

Thanks Clifton parkrun, one to recommend to others.

By Emma (Perry Hall parkrun)

This week 66 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Helen LESTER • Kathy SHAW • Jane STUBBS • Simon ELLIOTT • Matt PICKLES • Emma HAWKEY • Delyth FILER • Emma CRANE • Tj STEVENSON • Michelle HEMSLEY • Maria WATSON • Kevin CLARKE • Chris WATSON • Andrew RULE • Lorraine PARBURY


A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A REST – event #92 – 14th August 2021

They say a change is as good as a rest. And so it proved thanks to the magnificent team of volunteers that meant this week’s event ran as smoothly and efficiently as ever despite it being my first stint as Run Director at Clifton.

The joy of being Run Director is that you get the credit for all the brilliant work of others (typical senior management really!!!). All I had to do was explain the route to first timers (something I perhaps didn’t do as well as I should, based on a couple of post run comments – a new direction sign will appear next week to ensure the right turn is clear, after crossing the bridge for the third lap), and say 3 – 2 – 1 GO!

Giving the first timers briefing is, for me, the best part of being Run Director. You get to meet a group of parkrunners that have made the effort to arrive at the start line in plenty of time for 9am, whether it be their very first parkrun, as it was this week for Jacob Waters, or travelled from afar to experience the joys of Clifton parkrun (and we have to say the park is looking good at the moment). A pleasure to welcome tourists from Penryn, Rutland Water, Leeds, Swadlincote, Coalville and Uttoxeter.

Having been first timers this week they can return in the future and challenge themselves for a PB. Congratulations for this week’s PB’s achieved by Kamila Jones, Tom England and Gwyn Williams.

As we know, then they are hooked and start targeting milestones. Congratulations Emma Wood on your 50th.

And with that the equipment was packed away, the results were processed and a quick look at the park and you wouldn’t have known we had been there. Another fabulous parkrun at Clifton was done and dusted and the preparations, including that new sign, start for doing it all again next week. We hope to see you there.

This week 56 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Geoff HARDY • Kathy SHAW • Jane STUBBS • Martin JESSOP • Matt PICKLES • Tracey COOL • Shaun MOORE • Laura SMITH • Maria WATSON • Kevin CLARKE • Chris WATSON • Kirsty JONES • Lorraine PARBURY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Clifton parkrun Results Page.

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