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.


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


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'.


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

Springtime in Clumber



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.