Clumber Park parkrun is cancelled on 8 August 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

parkrun 344 14th March

We were delighted that 320 of you turned up to walk, jog or run at Clumber Park this Saturday and 21 volunteers happily stepped forward to facilitate the event.  Visitors joined us from places as far apart as Scunthorpe and South Africa. We all clapped to show our gratitude to Jill BRANCH who was volunteering for the 50th time and Grace THOMAS joined the 10 Club. In such uncertain times, everyone was grateful that we still had the freedom to come together to enjoy our weekly parkrun.  There was, however, much talk about whether or not this would be the last event for a while.

When we saw John BEATTIE standing on the start line, it was a foregone conclusion that he'd be the first finisher today - after all, he does hold the course record at Clumber.  He certainly showed everyone a clean pair of heels and finished well ahead of Matthew DALY in 2nd place, who achieved a PB time of 19:18.  Young Holly LIMMER (JW11-14) of Retford AC was the first female home in a PB time of 21:02.

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Unfortunately, John forgot the #DFYB bit of parkrun, so his excellent time isn't shown in the results!

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In order to avoid overcrowding in the finish funnel this week, we extended its length, and also created a bit of distance between the scanners and athletes by moving a few picnic tables.  Although we weren't required or advised to do this, most people felt more comfortable with these simple measures of 'social distancing'.

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Over the past few days, things have moved quickly, and this morning we all received the news we had been expecting, that parkrun is suspended until at least the end of March due to Coronavirus.  The full article can be read here or can be accessed via the red banner at the top of our home page.  Our founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt also sent out an email, which you should have received if you have opted in to receive parkrun emails.  His message was 'We will get through this together' and indeed, we will.

Attending parkrun has changed the lives of so many people and Saturday mornings certainly won't be the same for possibly quite some time.  However, you can still go out and enjoy a run at the moment, but please, please, please, do not turn up at Clumber at 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday for a 'freedom run'.  This totally goes against everything that is being put in place by the Government to encourage social distancing.

You may have seen the statement published by the National Trust, regarding access to its parks and open spaces, which comes into effect this Friday.  Please check the link to see what measures have been put in place locally.

In the meantime, stay safe and well everyone, and we look forward to the time when normal service can resume.  Keep in touch on social media, let us know how you're keeping fit and do shout out if you need any help or support during these challenging times.

With very best wishes from the Core Event Team Sally, Martin, Roy, Mark M and Mark C

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Clumber Park parkrun
Event number 344
14th March 2020

This week 320 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Sally STAVELEY • Richard HIND • Nigel DAWBER • Alan TONKS • Donna FARMER • Emily BAGULEY • Lee-Anne MANLEY • Mark MANLEY • Marcin KUS • John BROWNE • Emily FEE • Kate THORNELOE • Camilla MERCER • Barry MERCER • Jill BRANCH • Niamh CARROLL • Mark CROSSLEY • Fiona GIBSON • Isaac SUMMERS • Nicola BAGULEY • Christina REA

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

The female record is held by Amanda CROOK who recorded a time of 18:15 on 31st May 2014 (event number 49).
The male record is held by John BEATTIE who recorded a time of 14:57 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 252).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen BURRELL who recorded 91.86% (19:27) on 28th July 2018 (event number 259).

Clumber Park parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 12,334 participants have completed 79,408 parkruns covering a total distance of 397,040 km, including 13,882 new Personal Bests. A total of 733 individuals have volunteered 5,917 times.

 

parkrun 343 7th March

To celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) we had 402 runners, joggers and walkers complete the course.

Our guest RD for IWD was Jo Summers the National Trust's Active Outdoors Coordinator at Clumber Park who gave us an inspirational speech about how IWD is about challenging ourselves not only physically but also mentally and to consider how are actions, conversation, behaviour and mindset impact society and to call out inequality and unfairness when we see it.

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Jo also cited Sarah as her inspirational lady for setting up the Run the Wall Charity Challenge after overcoming cancer for the second time. You can read more about Run the Wall at https://runthewall.co.uk/about/

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Nobody admitted to any milestones this week but we had a trio of juniors joining the 10 club congratulations to Matthew GASCOIGNE, Satya TENNELA and Miya DYSON
Shaun PICKERSGILL also joined the 50 club.

Although there we had no international women present, we did have visitors from Conkers (Ashby), Leeds and Newcastle. Plenty of you took advantage of our special "This Girl Can/#IWD" photo frame here are a few...

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You can run, jog or walk a parkrun but you will never be last because we have tail walkers, this week we were going for a record number with 5 tail walkers from Team Thorneloe (including honorary members!)

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Saving the best till last...

Great news this week all the finish tokens were returned and our token sorters don't need to self-isolate so they will all be there for you next week.

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Here are the stats:

Clumber Park parkrun
Event number 343
7th March 2020

This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Martin BELL • Roy TURNER • Carolyn Ann LUCKHAM • Amy OGDEN • Christine STIMPSON • John SHEPHARD • Jo SUMMERS • Nigel DAWBER • Lee-Anne MANLEY • Marcin KUS • Sandra BREEDON • Emily FEE • Jane GRANT • Kate THORNELOE • Olivia THORNELOE • Holly BULMER • Paul DRAKE • Peter CRAFTS • Christine STEVENSON • Sam THORNELOE • Luke PHILLIPSON • Jacob PHILLIPSON • Max PHILLIPSON • Fiona GIBSON • Annette PHILLIPSON • Isaac SUMMERS • Angela GREEN

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

The female record is held by Amanda CROOK who recorded a time of 18:15 on 31st May 2014 (event number 49).
The male record is held by John BEATTIE who recorded a time of 14:57 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 252).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen BURRELL who recorded 91.86% (19:27) on 28th July 2018 (event number 259).

Clumber Park parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 12,286 participants have completed 79,088 parkruns covering a total distance of 395,440 km, including 13,837 new Personal Bests. A total of 731 individuals have volunteered 5,896 times.

 

International Womens Day

Join us for a celebration of women at CLUMBER parkrun

parkruns all over the world are hosting a special celebration of female participation on Saturday 7 March, the day before International Women’s Day (IWD).

Clumber Park parkrun is keen to see as many women and girls taking part on this day so please bring a family member, friend or colleague along with you to share in the fun.

Whether you want to walk, jog, run, volunteer or come along and watch absolutely everyone is welcome. Please consider registering for parkrun before heading down to Clumber Park.

In England #IWDparkrun is being supported by the Sport England campaign This Girl Can. We will have a special selfie frame so you can take pictures to mark your participation on social media.

To mark #IWD we are asking everyone to wear purple

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For more information about parkrun and to register please see www.parkrun.org.uk

 

parkrun 341 22nd February

Mark was our Run Director this morning during the sun, wind, clouds, rain and hail at Clumber Park for parkrun No.341

We had a total of 24 fantastic volunteers this morning who all braved the conditions to ensure we could undertake parkrun today; notably it was Luke's 25th time volunteering. Whilst waiting for the runners to return Luke and his mother Annette came across a woollen flower and note attached to one of the picnic benches...

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Why not have a look on instagram for #yarnandseek

We had a number of visitors today from Newark, Norwich, Derby and London. We were also joined by Izak Connelly, GCSE Photography student, who was taking some 'crowd' photos, we look forward to seeing the final results!
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Our first three this morning were Jack, Kim and Craig; as a visitor it was Kim's first time at Clumber Park!
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Don't forget, next week is a parkrun on the 29th February, thats 5 runs in Feb!!! To celebrate we are suggesting a 'frog' or 'green' theme, after all it is a leap year! We are thinking that most people will opt for green but lets wait and see...!!!

As always, we welcome new volunteers, check out the future roster here... https://www.parkrun.org.uk/clumberpark/futureroster/

Clumber Park parkrun
Event number 341
22nd February 2020
This week 293 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Debbie CROUCH • Roy TURNER • Carolyn Ann LUCKHAM • Natalie CUNNINGHAM • Charlotte RUSHBY • Neil RUSHBY • Nigel DAWBER • Helen PARKINSON • Joan CORBETT • John BROWNE • Sandra BREEDON • Jane AUCHTERLONIE • Sarah AGAR • James AGAR • William AGAR • Christine STEVENSON • Luke PHILLIPSON • Jacob PHILLIPSON • Max PHILLIPSON • Mark CROSSLEY • Fiona GIBSON • Annette PHILLIPSON • Isaac SUMMERS • Angela GREEN

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

The female record is held by Amanda CROOK who recorded a time of 18:15 on 31st May 2014 (event number 49).
The male record is held by John BEATTIE who recorded a time of 14:57 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 252).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen BURRELL who recorded 91.86% (19:27) on 28th July 2018 (event number 259).

Clumber Park parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 12,184 participants have completed 78,350 parkruns covering a total distance of 391,750 km, including 13,733 new Personal Bests. A total of 728 individuals have volunteered 5,845 times.

 

parkrun 340 15th February

This Saturday we were joined by Tim Gardiner, who not only loves a bit of parkrun tourism, he also likes to write run reports.  There's far more content than your normal team of RD's manage to cobble together, so sit down with a cuppa and enjoy something a bit different!  No photographs this week, other than this one of a rather damp looking chocolate teddy bear, kindly donated by Christine Stimpson for the 250th finisher.  1-IMG_20200215_091623

Dodging Dennis….parkrun #340

The impending doom of Storm Dennis meant I needed a good Plan B after Bakewell was sensibly cancelled due to waterlogged ground and fallen trees. My good friend Nick Harpur suggested the National Trust’s Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire as an alternative location. Nick’s suggestion was a blinder; Clumber Park is an amazing location. If you like lime in your parkrun, the two mile drive along the lime-lined avenue (1,296 trees to be precise), lends athlete arrival a sense of grandeur. Apparently, glow-worms can be seen after dark, lighting up Europe’s longest lime avenue in summer.

The parkrun is well organised and convivial, there’s even a hut for the volunteers. Central Bark Café is the setting for post-run doggy style drinks and snacks. The course itself is an undulating two lap excursion. The initial stretch passes along a track between trees, before descending through woodland and passing along the edge of a field to the gothic arch of despair (if you went out too fast!). The path then ascends for 40 ft. up a small wooded hill, before a sprint down the other side, where a bell is rung to signal the start of the second lap. The lap bell is a lovely touch and reminded me of the Moors Valley (Dorset) sprint bell.

After Sally Staveley’s humorous run briefing, proceedings got underway in light rain, the breeze strengthening a little during the first lap. Mud was abundant on the off-road sections and the hill delivered its sting the second time! As Clumber Park was my 50th different UK parkrun event, I offered a prize to celebrate. A contingent of National Trust runners were present, so it seemed fitting that the NT first finisher Jago Moles (23:02) should win the signed copy of my poetry book ‘On the Edge’ published by Brambleby Books in 2017. Personally speaking, 115 runners beat the poet (27:09), but crucially I managed to hold off Nick in the sprint finish. He had car keys in his pocket and was jangling more than the Manchester music scene of the 1980s so I heard him coming!

It was great to see a few walkers, including Philip and Tracey Moore who finished with Nordic walking poles in a highly respectable 48 minutes. More should try walking back to happiness at parkrun. I have and it’s great fun trying to beat your personal best while keeping one foot on the ground at all times.

A total of 363 athletes defied Dennis the Menace for the 340th Clumber Park parkrun. The fantastic support of 24 volunteers in unpleasant conditions was appreciated by all. A special thank you to Nigel Dawber, who completed his 100th parkrun as a volunteer. Two runners joined the 50 Club: Gabriela Hernandez Montiel and Amanda Piper, congratulations to them both. Christine Stimpson finished her 200th run, not an official parkrun milestone, but still mightily impressive!

After a tea break, Nick and I went for a 4 mile walk taking in the gothic chapel, grotto, bridge (under repair) and the Roman temple on the far side of Clumber Water. We highly recommend this post-parkrun exploration if you have time, to see all that Clumber Park has to offer.

Poetry Corner #9

My weekend away had a dual purpose. parkrun was the prime motivation, but a gig by my favourite Manchester band, The Chameleons, in Holmfirth Picturedrome was too hard to resist. Their stark, jangling guitar riffs and nihilistic lyrics evoke the true spirit of post-punk music. The rebellious nature of the Chameleons would have appealed to the legendary outlaw Robin Hood. The Robin Hood Trail runs through Clumber Park, celebrating the association of Sherwood Forest with the green man. Just for fun, I’ve devised a new challenge. To complete the Joggin’ Hood challenge you must complete all three parkruns in Sherwood Forest: Bestwood Village, Clumber Park and Sherwood Pines. On your final run why not wear some fancy dress green clothing as a nod to good old Robin Hood! And finally, a short poem to inspire you on your Sherwood Forest running or walking adventure:

Robin’s Hood

it’s hard
to see his face
hidden deep
within the hood
of a tatty fleece

off he runs
jumping the start
sprinting the track-
rain doesn’t touch

his ancient watch
by the time
the peloton reaches
ash tree hill
he approaches
snowdrop heights

but the lap bell
doesn’t ring
or the marshals clap-
he’s quicker than that
much quicker

at the finish
talk is of the storm,
who ran, no one
even mentions
a hooded man

on the log
a green fleece
the only reminder
I wonder if anyone saw
the funnel ducker?

Tim Gardiner
aka parkrun poet
twitter: @parkrunpoet

Clumber Park parkrun
Event number 340
15th February 2020

This week 363 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Roy TURNER • Carolyn Ann LUCKHAM • Amy OGDEN • Sally STAVELEY • Richard HIND • Gemma HIND • Molly HIND • Daisy HIND • Cathrine MHEMBERE • John SHEPHARD • Gillian SHEPHARD • Nigel DAWBER • Helen PARKINSON • Robert PARKINSON • Joan CORBETT • Emily BAGULEY • Christine STEVENSON • Tim GARDINER • Fiona GIBSON • Graham BOTTLEY • Julie CROWLE • Louise COPCUTT • Arthur BOTTLEY • Stephen WILLEY

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

The female record is held by Amanda CROOK who recorded a time of 18:15 on 31st May 2014 (event number 49).
The male record is held by John BEATTIE who recorded a time of 14:57 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 252).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen BURRELL who recorded 91.86% (19:27) on 28th July 2018 (event number 259).

Clumber Park parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 12,131 participants have completed 78,057 parkruns covering a total distance of 390,285 km, including 13,710 new Personal Bests. A total of 727 individuals have volunteered 5,821 times.

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