It’s been far too long since we had any news to share with you, but we’re really excited to be finally counting down to our restart on Saturday 24th July. We’ve been working behind the scenes with the National Trust staff at Clumber for some time now, and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to them for their ongoing support for our weekly event.
The parkrun we return to will be very similar to the one we know and love, but there will be a few small changes to ensure we comply with the guidelines in the Covid 19 Framework set out by parkrun UK. The requirements of the Framework may change in due course, but for now we will continue to implement them until we are told it is safe to do otherwise.
It remains vitally important that volunteers and participants must not attend parkrun if they feel unwell, have any symptoms of Covid-19, have recently tested positive or are required to quarantine.
The main change affecting volunteers (apart from the fact that they will now wear fluorescent pink high-viz vests), is that they will now use the Virtual Volunteer app on their own mobile phones for timekeeping and barcode scanning. We will need more barcode scanners than usual in the coming weeks to help reduce queuing, so please visit our volunteer page to see where there are vacancies and get in touch if you have the app and are able to help. It’s very easy to use and the results you have captured are transferred by simply scanning a QR code which the Run Director will provide for you.
Runners and Walkers
We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable, so please avoid congregating in large groups either before or after the event. There will be a briefing for new runners at 08:50, followed shortly after by the main briefing. The information given out will be kept to a minimum, but please wait quietly so everyone has the opportunity to hear the important safety details and we can start the event on time.
When moving to the start area, faster runners should start near the front and slower runners further back, with walkers bringing up the rear with the tail walkers. This simple measure will make very little difference to your time and will reduce the congestion and overtaking in the first few minutes of the run.
The finish funnel will be longer than normal and will be set up opposite Central Bark. Please avoid crowding and move away from the funnel after collecting your finish token and head towards one of the scanners wearing pink high-viz. Have your barcode and finish token ready to present to the scanning volunteers before joining the queue.
Central Bark and the outdoor area behind it will be open for drinks and snacks, but please follow any Covid-19 guidelines indicated on the signage in that area. There are no longer any picnic tables to the front of Central Bark and The Garden Tea House is currently closed.
Getting there and Parking
Entrance to Clumber Park is via Limetree Avenue off the A614 at Apley Head and the B6034 at Carburton crossroads. The entrance at Trumans Lodge off the B6034 remains closed to traffic. The main gate will open at 08:00 to admit vehicles, and at the specific request of the National Trust, all parkrunners will be directed to the overflow car park in the event field.
Some areas of the event field are now cordoned off and once through the gate, please drive straight ahead to the parking area towards the bottom of the field. There is a pedestrian gate in the bottom right hand corner of the field from where you can turn right and walk over the hill towards Central Bark. Alternatively, a new (scenic) route has been created from half way down the field, which takes you along the outside of the walled garden, past the gates to the entrance, and emerges onto the road opposite the cricket pitch not far from Central Bark. Allow 5 minutes or so to walk to the meeting area. There are toilets situated behind Central Bark.
The car park behind the walled kitchen garden will be cordoned off and reserved for volunteers. This will allow them to pick up their equipment, receive their instructions and get to their various positions in good time. It’s also important that this small car park doesn’t become too crowded because pedestrian access in this area is narrow and restricted, making it difficult to socially distance.
If you are a National Trust member, please have your membership card scanned as you leave. At times, there may be a NT staff member at the exit of the overflow car park to scan you as you leave. If not, if it’s convenient to pull in, please stop and offer your card for scanning at the main gate.
We very much look forward to seeing everyone on the 24th and #DFYB