It was a pleasure to be in Clumber Park this Saturday, with blue skies and sunshine making a welcome change from the drab weather of recent weeks. However, the low temperature did mean there were some icy puddles on parts of the course. Numbers were over 400 for the fourth parkrun in a row and 22 brilliant volunteers ensured everything ran smoothly. The parking was very busy and the start was delayed by a few minutes to allow everyone time to get to the event field. To avoid the last minute rush, please arrive earlier than normal so we can start on time.
Mark & Christine handed out the finish tokens - all of which were returned (hurrah).
Richard was also a timekeeper and Sam was the number checker. You may have wondered why you sometimes get asked for your name as you stagger along the finish funnel gasping for breath. This is because the number checker is responsible for making spot checks so that discrepancies that may arise between the timer and the tokens that are given out are recorded.
Jon FOX normally runs at Colwick, but this week he made his first visit to Clumber and lead everyone home in a time of 17:28.
We had visitors from around the UK, including Ruth and Ryan Mewis. Ruth is the Co-Event Director at Lancaster parkrun and she said how much she'd enjoyed her first visit to Clumber parkrun and was very envious that our volunteers had their own hut - complete with kettle and microwave!
There was a lot of cake today to celebrate various milestones. Taking part at Clumber today, David MICHIE and Martha HAZLEHURST joined the 50 Club. Donna FARMER, Gordon ATKINSON and Jane RIDDELL all joined the 100 Club and although not an official milestone, Julian HILL completed his 200th parkrun. Proudly wearing her '100' sash, Donna completed the route as a tail walker today, along with Clare and Emily FEE.
Indulging in a bit of parkrun tourism this week, one of our Run Directors Mark MANLEY celebrated his 100th run at Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District. He said the views were stunning, but as Whinlatter is the UK parkrun with the most elevation and is rated in the top three most difficult, he'll be glad to get back to the flat course at Clumber!
The trolley was overflowing with discarded coats, jackets, tops, hats and gloves this week. Please remember to collect your items before you go home. If you do leave anything, please get in touch as soon as possible so we can put your things to one side.
There are lots of volunteer opportunities through February, so if you're able to help out please check out the future roster and let us know which role you'd like to undertake. Random fact - there are over 7000 runners registered to Clumber parkrun, yet less than 10% of these have ever volunteered. That's a lot of people who are missing out on the most rewarding aspect of parkrun.
Clumber Park parkrun
Event number 336
18th January 2020
This week 409 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Roy TURNER • Sally STAVELEY • Richard HIND • Natalie CUNNINGHAM • Christine STIMPSON • Nigel DAWBER • Lesley ECCLES • Donna FARMER • Andrew ECCLES • Emily BAGULEY • Clare FEE • Emily FEE • Sarah CHERRY • Bryan CHERRY • Janette STUART • Christine STEVENSON • Pamela BROOKS • Sam THORNELOE • Mark CROSSLEY • Jonathan MARTIN • Angela GREEN • Alfie HOPKINSON
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 11,900 participants have completed 76,520 parkruns covering a total distance of 382,600 km, including 13,487 new Personal Bests. A total of 721 individuals have volunteered 5,731 times.