Event 429 – 12th October 2019

Rain during the week left plenty of muddy puddles underfoot but thankfully clear sky's overhead meant all but feet stayed nice and dry.

281 parkrunners including 52 first timers and plenty of tourists from near and far completed our 5k course this week. 27 of you recorded new PBs.

Dave Gandee was cheered across the finish line as he completed his 50th parkrun joining milestone 50 club. Congratulations, Dave!

Steve Shanks crossed the finish line in 43 minutes despite a healing broken ankle in support boot. Exiting the finish funnel through a very large puddle proved a bigger challenge than the 5k for Shanksy. Were pleased to report he managed it and isn't still in the park marooned on the only patch of dry ground.

This weeks run was made possible by our magnificent volunteers. Anthony checked the course pre-event, Abi briefed our first timers and tourists, Jane signed our briefings, Julie guided Iris, Andrew took plenty of fabulous photos, Tim and Paul timed everyone across the finish line, Rachel and Tracy kept order in the finish funnel and handed out position tokens, Jean, Andrea and Pauline scanned your barcodes, Olivia manned the clipboard, Sarah, Lynsey, Abigail, Josh and Graeme marshalled the course, Cheryl, Amy, John, Joseph an Benjamin ensured everyone was accounted for as tail walkers, Alessandro, Caitlin and Niki sorted tokens in the cafe & SuperKev did the shouty bit on the megaphone and generally wandered about trying to look busy.

If you would like to join our volunteer team one week please do look at our roster at https://parkrun.org.uk/colwick/futureroster/ to find an available space and email us at colwickhelpers@parkrun.com to bag your place on the roster.

Finally the all important result of parkrun bingo. Our winner this week was Paul Kelly with a fine guess of 283 finishers. Well done, Paul!

We had so much fun we think we'll do it again next week.


Your Colwick Event Team


Event 428 – 5th October 2019

Happy 15th birthday parkrun!

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Another mighty Colwick parkrun done and what a parkrun it was.  A delicious 289 of you joined me as I had a go in the Colwick driving seat for the first time.  Now, it's not the first time I've Run Directed - today's volunteer email informs me I've been a Run Director 70 times - but it is the first time I've been let loose in the RD vest at Colwick, so the wheels might easily have fallen off!  Like a child wearing her mum's oversize stilettos, I wobbled my way through the morning, supported by an awesome team of volunteers who seamlessly got the show on the road.  Thank you to you all, you sure made life easier!

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So, who had their name in lights today?  Well, there were Zoë and Claire driving the stop watches;

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Christopher, Joanna, Graeme, John and Lily steering you round the beautiful lakes; John, Megan, Sandra and Kathryn beeping barcodes with Maddy on bucket girl duty;

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Daniel and Tony keeping the finish lane flowing;

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Helen and Jane doing the first timers' briefing and sign language support respectively;

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Jason - on his 25th volunteer stint (thank you and congratulations!) as VI Guide;

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Ian, James, Tina and Lydia bringing up the rear end; Chris checking the '85% muddy' (love the accuracy there, Chris!) course;

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Helen coordinating the volunteers and some fabulous photos from Andrew. A special big thank you to Abi for being my brilliant second pair of hands and helping me, Sarah, keep things on track!

Next week's roster is already full (hooray!), but there are vacancies further into October, so pop on over to https://www.parkrun.org.uk/colwick/futureroster/ to check out the vacancies and see what you fancy doing!

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We also had lots to celebrate this morning.  Firstly, it didn't rain - woooooo hooooo! Secondly, we had some marvellous milestones!  Judith Cartwright, Susan Russell, Ben Marsh and Garry Nuthall making it to 50 runs and earning their red t-shirts, plus Eileen Loftus achieving her 100th today and gaining herself not only the black 100 shirt but also the gratitude of the parkrun community by bringing along biccies!  Nom, nom!

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There was chocolate cake too, courtesy of the Nottingham Vegan Runners' club, which added further  sparkle to the sunshiny morning.

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And, what about the running? Well, Jon Fox was our first male finisher in 18:15 for Holme Pierrepont Running Club, and Amy Carson as first female in 21:48 for Vegan Runners on her first ever visit to Colwick.  Start as you mean to go on, awesome job, Amy!

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We had an incredible 38 PBs today, giving the PB bell an epic workout and a wonderful 45 runners who were new to Colwick, 13 of them running their very first parkrun. Welcome to the family!

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The only teensy fly in the ointment was the fact that a couple of other park users complained about being forced to move out of the way by our parkrunners, who had been running 4 or 5 abreast. Do watch out for walkers, cyclists, dogs etc when you're trotting round. We want our lovely park to be a happy place for all, so a quick wave and 'morning!' as you run past people goes a long way towards that.

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Phew! I am all done for the day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week.  Next week Super Kev is back in the driver's seat, so until then, bye for now! You were ace!



New Year’s Day 2020

We will be hosted an extra event on New Year's Day at 10:30am.

We already have some names on the roster but please do get in touch if you'd like to be part of the first volunteer squad of 2020 #loveparkrun


Christmas Day 2019

We will not be staging an extra event on Christmas Day at Colwick Park.

Please check out the Christmas Compendium for news of which events will be up and running on 25th December.


Event 427 – 28th September 2019


Sunshine, waves and smiles. Event 427 had it all!

The weather App was spot on- we just missed the rain. The morning started with bright sunshine as 248 parkrunners assembled at the start. Sarah and Francis (sign language support) welcomed a bumper 42 first timers and tourists from Doncaster, Frimley Park, Liverpool and Burnley. I especially liked Sarah advising that Colwick was "not one lap, not two laps but one-and-a-half laps"


We waved our congratulations to Maddie who celebrated her 25th volunteering at parkrun! What an amazing achievement- we look forward to seeing Maddie in the purple volunteer t-shirt. Congrats also to Jonathan who completed his 200th parkrun today.


And we were off! The course was "remarkably good" according to Jason who did the pre-event check... he was spot on as 24 of you ran a PB... too quick for me to catch you all ringing our PB bell.

Lots of smiles as everyone finished their run, jog and walk around Colwick. Lots of photos available on Flickr thanks to our fabulous photographer Andrew https://www.flickr.com/photos/ayeupmeduck/48808394292/in/pool-colwick-parkrun/?fbclid=IwAR0Y3ppYI2lffKy00PL4g9y4DJ9OwtH9y3n3LAz9nSgfLziPbJ7Mfjdmsgc


Ensuring everyone got round safely were our tailwalkers Esther, Dominic and Morag. Cheering you around were Lydia, Auangfa, Ian and Sandy. Cathy and Graeme expertly timed you in while Isobel and Joanne ensured your positions were correct. Emily, Grace, John and Cheryl were a dab hand with the barcode scanner. SuperKev guided Terry round, while Arry enjoyed chatting with everyone.


Just a polite reminder, please have a look in our blue bags the next time you are at Colwick. We have 3 bags full of clothes, bottles, and other stuff. We will donate to charity anything left at the end of October.



And so we decanted to Daleside cafe for a cob n cuppa.

Same time next week?


Your Colwick event team


A few words from one of our much loved parkrun family…

Our first parkrun began at Colwick Park, around the lakes on a cold and wet February morning 2012. I had thoughts of school cross countries when the PE teacher had ran out of ideas and sent the boys out for a run. But this was very different.

Rita, my long-suffering wife and I had always been active in various sports and I had run to keep fit for those sports, but as for actual running, I needed the comfort of a running track. We had encouraged our two sons to be actively involved in sport and now it was their turn to encourage the ‘old folk’ into running/jogging/walking a parkrun.

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We walked around the first time in around 50 minutes and on completion was struck by the welcome and support that was awaiting as we entered the funnel. 


That welcome and support is what drew us back and was one of the differences from other sports I have taken part in. Each event, welcoming, well marshalled, informal, friendly and encouragement from the fastest to the less abled. Most inclusive and a feeling of family.


We progressed into taking part at other events around the County of Nottinghamshire and later, happy to be a tourist, knowing that wherever we took part we were made welcome prior to the start and at the all-important post event coffee. We are proud to say our tour list includes St. Peters in Sydney, Australia.

Our two sons, their wives and our two grandsons, 5 and 9, all actively take part and have all achieved various milestone T shirts. Together with another close family and friend we adopt the name ‘Breakfast Club’. No prizes for guessing why. The group spans the ages 5 to 71 and we all take time to volunteer. My volunteer T-shirt is my favourite.


In May 2018 I was diagnosed with cancer which shook us all. How could I be so fit and yet potentially so ill? My son said to me that the fitness would be a big benefit throughout the coming treatments and bumps in the road. Together with the fitness and a runners mental attitude to push on, he was right. Now, keeping active, which may have changed, is still part of the healing process. I thank parkrun for that.

On a Saturday morning I am just another participant and not a cancer patient. However, some of the main organisers are aware and I cannot speak enough for the empathy and genuine kindness and support given not only to me, but also my family. At present I walk the course and when I am unable to manage that, they accommodate me with a marshalling position, which on the day I am physically capable of. Even providing a chair if needed.

I know I will be one of many people with physical or mental issues and I am sure all are taken care of by the people at parkrun. 

Through these testing times parkrun is a steadying factor in our lives, the support and encouragement and the fun are so rewarding. We are pleased to continue taking part and thank the parkrun family and those special marshals for making it happen.

We have now received our 250 milestone shirts. Onto the 500. 

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Rita Robinson A237423



Event 426: (do you remember) 21st September 2019


Do you remember the 21st night of September?

Well, before we got to that, we had the 21st morning of September. Do you remember that?How could you possibly forget?

Love was changing the mind of pretenders while chasing the clouds away (and wasn’t it a glorious day… although as we discovered on Sunday morning, it wasn’t so much après le deluge as avant le déluge).

Our hearts were ringing In the key that our souls were singing!

311 parkrunners of all ages assembled at a Colwick Country Park looking resplendent in the Autumn sunshine. 48 first timers (many of whom visiting before tackling the Equinox 24 hour relay) were expertly briefed by Terry and his guide for the day, Lauren with sign language support provided by Catherine.

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No one knows the park like our Terry, and when he finished holding court, there was a spontaneous round of applause. Be careful: he’ll be expecting that kind of treatment from now on. We had milestones to celebrate: Justin Cast for his 100th parkrun (92 of which have been at Colwick), Selina West for her 50th parkrun (all 50 of which have been with us. A real parkrun passionista!) and Ian Booth, visiting us from Forest Rec to celebrate his 50th run with us. Congratulations to all you all and we look forward to seeing you in your new t-shirts very soon.

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Say do you remember? Dancing in September? Never was a cloudy day.


The day was made possible by our wonderful high-viz heroes:


You were marshalled safely around the course by Olivia, Mary, Claire, Tina and Billie the dog.

Your tailwalkers were John, Niki (happy brirthday!) and Zach.

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Your timekeepers were Abigail and Caitlin (Abi also carried out the Event Day Course Check to double-check that there really weren’t any puddles on the course. After the rain on Sunday morning, it seems likely that this won’t be the case next week).

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The funnel was expertly managed by Sandy and tokens were capably distributed by Harry.

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Scanners were Grace, John and Anne.


The neatest clipboard this run director has ever seen was managed by Alison. Isobel provided finish token support.

The event was seamless, so Run Director Tim and his able assistant Simon essentially had an armchair ride and could enjoy the morning sunshine and clap all you wonderful parkrunners across the line.

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No fewer than 37 of you took advantage of the surprisingly dry conditions to record a PB. Well done to you all! Although, you don't need to wait for a PB to ring the bell. Like this chap, you can ring the parkrun bell for any reason you like!

Ah, the 21st day in September.
My thoughts are with you.
Remember - how we knew love was here to stay.

Ba duda, badu, ba duda...

See you next week for more of the parkrun love we share in September!


Event 425: 14 September 2019

Saturday September 14th saw 289 wonderful parkrunners turn out for Colwick parkrun  under blue sky and sunshine. The course was witness to 47 new personal bests and an amazing 31 runners were newbies to our gorgeous park.Saturday saw the celebrations of 100 milestones for Katherine Hall, Laura Clarke, Claire Hayes, David Bland, Bryn Stone who between them have a great array of parkrun visits so if you fancy some tourism you know who to ask given there are 700 parkruns between them.

100 celebrations meant there was a pre-Daleside parkrun party with chocolate, donuts  flapjacks at the finish table but don't worry appetites were still in place for a hearty bacon or sausage cob as is Colwick tradition.

Colwick had a new momentous occasion, the tooth fairy was required for our mini event director Evie who lost her wobbly tooth. I hope the tooth fairy visited you and remembered her barcode.

Whilst Evie was losing her tooth poor Rue lost his footing so a Florence Nightingale was needed to patch him up with the first aid kit followed by the purely medicinal donut to recover.

Saturday was my 8th visit to Colwick and I was not disappointed. I don't think I have run Colwick in such glorious and dry conditions and I was expertly guided by Mick Lord. I hadn't run properly for a few weeks and was nervous about running with a new to me buddy. I really  shouldn't have worried after Julie had volunteered him to keep him out of trouble whilst she was off on tourism.  Mick and I had a nice steady chatty sunny plod around the route. I don't remember running our route  in such great conditions underfoot. The view across the lake was stunning and despite my head suggesting it was ok to walk my legs kept going for a respectable time. Mick has proved what a family parkrun is, given he is friends with one of my fellow search and rescue team mates. We started parkrun as strangers but ended as mates. I might have  started working on him doing the Crosses 55 next year, it would only be 18 parkruns in distance and definitely worth getting out of bed for. My parkrun on Saturday actually made me feel better in myself after a few tough weeks, not only is parkrun great physically but awesome for mental well being and inclusion. You really are never a stranger for long at Colwick.

Your parkrun on Saturday  was made possible by the  dedication of your 33 super heroes in hi viz which must include a shout out to the fantastic band of junior volunteers who gave their time. If you fancy earning a volunteer credit towards 25 volunteer milestone or purely for the  warm fuzzy feeling and high fives then please get in touch. Remember there are roles that mean you can run and volunteer too. Without the hi viz heroes we wouldn't have an amazing parkrun each Saturday.

Until I see you again at Christmas time-keep running and don't forget your barcode.





Event 424 : 7 September 2019

At around 9pm on parkrun eve we had some stopwatch sized holes on our volunteer roster less than 12 hours until something in the region of 250 - 300 people would be coming down to join this week's parkrun party. In our formative days (back when we used to run the wrong route and that sort of thing) we would perhaps have been reaching for the panic button. That though, was in a time before our parkrun family had fully formed and of course as if by magic by 9am on Saturday, the Hi-Viz's ranks were fully stocked and we were ready to welcome 295 parkrunners to sunny Colwick park.

This weeks volunteers were simply brilliant but a special mention for Lauren, Steve and Graeme for responding to the parkrun logo in the sky and donning their capes.   Not forgetting Jean of course who was sitting quietly in her deck chair minding her own business when a scanner landed in her lap!  She joined the junior Bowen scan team (thus forming a junior RAC super scan group) and picked it up like seasoned veteran.

Speaking of the wonderful RAC massive (possible author bias) they joined us en-masse to celebrate the graduation of their latest couch to 5k group where the group, plus many other newish members ran their first EVER 5k.    It is always a favourite of ours seeing the sheer joy and sense of achievement of first time 5kers when they cross the finish line.  Inspirational the lot of you... including their mentor (and our own core team member)  coach Tim!

46 people in total (helped by the aforementioned group) completed their first Colwick parkrun today and 47 made good use of the near perfect conditions to record a personal best time.

Cathy Wiser very kindly brought along fruit, cake and water (plus tables for them all to sit on) to celebrate her 250th parkrun with friends and family.. Well done and thanks Cathy!!

Roger 'ultra' Spence reached his 50th milestone, completely unbeknown to himself it seems judging by his post parkrun strava post !!  (See below)...top job Roger - another 6 years for the 100?

 Take the joy of your parkrunning exploits into the new week folks and it'll keep you revving along until next parkrun day!



Event 423 – 31st August 2019

It may not have been quite as colourful as Hawaiian Shirt parkrun but it was as much fun... with a bumper turnout of 376 participants running, jogging or walking the course on the last day of August.


At the flag we were delighted to welcome 62 'first timers to our course' (23 of which had never run a parkrun before) plus tourists from near and far.


Many of those genuine first timers were members of the Rebel Runners who were graduating from their recent Couch to 5k course. Congratulations all!


One of the tourists was Elliott Line from Bedworth parkrun. If you are a bit of a parkrun stats geek please do jog along and check out his excellent parkrun stats page here.


We also welcomed tourist Fiona who messaged us last week offering her services as a guide. Iris took her up on the offer... and it just so happened that Iris's dog Delaney shares Fiona's surname. Fancy that!


We celebrated a few 'milestones' too. Congratulations to Alex and Francesca who both joined the 50 Club.



Congratulations to Graham and to Trish who both joined the 100 Club. Trish only came along originally to support a friend... and was bitten by the bug.* So much so... she's off to run her first half marathon next weekend!

Read more about our milestone clubs here.



A huge thanks to our 24 wonderful volunteers. Take a bow: Brian WILLETT  •  Caitlin SORRELL  •  Catherine CAST  •  Cheryl MAPPLETHORPE  •  Chris ALLEN  •  Claire DUNKLEY  •  David ROBINSON  •  Finlay HOOD  •  Fiona DELANEY  •  Graeme SCANDRETT-SMITH  •  Harry NICHOLLS  •  Helen HOOD  •  Isobel NICHOLLS  •  James BOWEN  •  Jason RANDALL  •  Joanna WARD  •  Kevin BOWEN  •  Lynsey PALMER  •  Niki WARD  •  Sally-Ann ALLEN  •  Steve JEPSON  •  Tim SORRELL  •  Vin LACEY  &  Zoe MCVINNIE. 

If you'd like to help make the magic happen please do get in touch.

* Talking of bugs... please do consider slapping on the insect repellant. After a bite on the forehead yesterday our Run Director at event 423 is currently sporting a lump the size of a small golf ball!

If that doesn't put you off... and we  hope it doesn't, we'll see you at the bell on Saturday 7th September #loveparkrun

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