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

 

Christmas and New Year

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This year we are sticking to what we have done in previous years for Christmas and New Year in that there will be no run on Christmas Day and a 09:00 run on New Years Day using the reverse course.

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GP parkrun Pledge Day – Saturday 1 June

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In June 2018, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and parkrun UK launched a groundbreaking initiative to promote the social prescribing of physical activity. This builds on the NHS’s commitment, under it’s 10 Year Plan, to encourage the use of non medical interventions to address the underlying causes of ill health.

To celebtrate the national success of this initiative, we aim to get as many GP practice staff as possible to pledge to walk, jog, run and volunteer on 1 June at Clumber parkrun, and bring patients, family and friends along. We want to raise awareness of parkrun across the health sector and promote participation by those who are less active or have health conditions.

If you're a GP, or work in a GP practice, please encourage your colleagues and patients to get involved. To find out more, visit the parkrun practice page or pledge to get involved.

 

Lost Property

We have accumulated a large amount of lost property which over time has been left either in the trolley, or around the Central Bark area. Most of this is many months old and we are unable to keep storing it. This has all been bagged up and will be kept until the end of the month, after which it will be disposed of. There are various fleeces, running jackets, coats and tracksuit bottoms in adult and child sizes. We also have a collection of smaller items such as gloves, hats, caps and buffs.

From now on, items left behind will be dated and kept in the volunteer hut for one month before being disposed of.  If any of these items are yours, or you lose something in the future, please contact us immediately so we can hold onto your items for you.
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Daffodil Dash – Marie Curie Challenge

The Daffodil Dash. Raising funds for Marie Curie.

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What is it?
The Daffodil dash is a running/walking challenge organised with Virtual Runner UK that will take place in the month of March.
Supporters can run, walk, hop or skip 28km in the month. They just need to complete the 28km by the 31st March 2019.

Why 28km?
Last year we raised 2.8 million pounds to fund Marie Curie research and we're encouraging local club members to run or walk 28km to help us reach the 2.8 million needed to fund our research again this year.

How easy is it? 
It's less than 1km a day! Experienced runners and walkers can Daffodil Dash in one go if they want to, newbie runners and walkers can dash 1km a day and busy supporters can include their daily walking mileage. For example, picking the kids up from school, walking to work and during work, walking to the shops.

How will I record it?
Record your mileage through phone tracker apps or fitness watches. You can download an app for free on your phone called Runkeeper that will track your mileage, or set up a Strava account.
You then submit your 'proof' by the 3rd April 2019 to receive a shiny new medal in the post.

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How do I sign up?
It's just £12 to enter and 20% of each signup fee from the challenge will come to Marie Curie with 100% of participant sponsorship coming to Marie Curie.
You can sign up and find out more information through the link here: https://www.virtualrunneruk.com/product/daffodil-dash/

Be sure to get sponsored for your challenge by setting up an online fundraising page like Justgiving or by requesting a sponsorship form from me.

We recommend setting a minimum sponsorship target of £28, but we're sure you'll go even further!

 

Festive Period parkrun

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The Clumber parkrun schedule will remain the same as previous years over Christmas and New Year. During the festive period we will be not be organising a run on Christmas Day to allow the volunteers to spend the day with their families. We will have a run on New Years day where traditionally we run the course backwards. The run will start at the usual time 09:00.

We will have the "normal"  Saturday runs on the 22nd and 29rd December. There will also be a Trust 10 in the park run on 23rd December

 

Tour of Britain

Unless you have been living as one of those historical recreation programs, you will know that the Tour of Britain started today (Sunday) at Pembrey County Park in Wales and it's going to be passing through Clumber Park next Saturday between 13:30 and 14:10.

We are not expecting any issues for anyone coming just for Clumber Park parkrun, but there is a "Tour of Britain Cycle Family Fun Day" in the park starting at 10:00 for anyone wanting to stay on. This will include Victorian Bicycles and a Penny Farthing Race see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/b3b33468-3af8-4f57-a3e3-4805a97eb33c/pages/details for details/times.

Anyone leaving the park and coming back for the Tour of Britain should be aware of the Admission process that will be in place

Tour of Britain: Admission Process - Those coming in just for the tour and staying on Limetree Avenue until approx. 2.30 will be considered ‘others free’. If they go through Crossroads/ Hardwick we will charge admission even on foot if parked on Limetree Avenue.
Exit from the park for the duration of the tour through the park will be Hardwick as we will close Crossroads.

 

Time to hang up the stopwatch. Time to step down as your Event Director.

Little did I know when delivering the new runners brief at the very first Clumber Park parkrun that I’d be spending the next five years as a parkrun volunteer, Run Director and Event Director.

In those early years I used to wake up worrying that no one would turn up. 44 was I think the smallest number we saw, how things have changed.

parkrun has given me much to be grateful for, some five years of early mornings in Clumber Park for starters and they have been magical. Just once this summer I urge you to come in early and soak up the parks energy, it’ll fill you with joy for the whole day...I promise.

There have of course been many highs and my proudest moments all go to show that when comunities work together great things can happen. Number one on my list will always be Bailey’s story and how our collective community came together to support him in his sporting endeavour. The sheer joy on his face on crossing our finish line for that very first time will stay with all of us who saw it forever I’m sure.

I’m proud too that we raised, so quickly, the funds for a defibrillator and of that day when we put it to use. Runners and volunteers coming together to help a fallen parkrunner on top of ‘that bloody hill’. Do you know parkrunner A1114043 you gave us all hope that day. You continue to wring the daylights out of life, you’re a truly inspirational person, and guess what?..yours wasn’t the only life changed that Saturday in January.

Proud too that on my watch we saw the creation of the volunteers hut. A collaboration with the wonderful folk of the National Trust. The hut serves to support the heroes of parkrun and other sporting events... yes the volunteers.  A brew and a bit of toast goes along way to thank the makers of magic on a cold morning….without their commitment to the cause parkrun simply would not exist.

Volunteering is part of parkrun DNA, the event is yours remember, always arrive prepared and  ready to help out rather than have it all done for you.

I leave as the Event Director happy that Sally and the core team are ready to take Clumber Park parkrun to new highs. I know they have plenty of ideas to support our event as it continues to grow, as 44 becomes 444 and beyond.

Please give Sally ( your new ED, although she’s been doing it for a while really ) your full support and if you haven’t volunteered yet.....pull your finger out and help out.

I’m stepping down as ED but will remain a runner and occasional volunteer hopefully for many years to come as I’ll still need my parkrun fix and to keep in touch with all the wonderful friends I’ve made thanks to Saturday mornings in Clumber. I’m sure I’ll be timekeeping, barcoding etc again sometime soon.

Watch out for those humps bumps and stumps (wish I’d copyrighted that one)

Looking forward to Saturday morning lie ins and the occasional run.

Love and best wishes

Lyndon

parkrunner A509952

 

 

Parking at Clumber Park

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PARKING. Big thank you for using in the Main Car Park last week, please keeping parking there till further notice.

 

As part of our commitment to care and look after the park avoid parking on wet soggy grassed areas, they just get chewed up.

I've never known it wetter.... keep those trail shoes handy too.

DFYB.

Lyndon

 

 

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Please park on the hard standing, Main car park this weekend, till further notice and remember those trail shoes.. Its going to be wet!

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