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.

 

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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New Year’s Day 2019

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

Please get in touch if you'd like to be part of the volunteer squad on 1st January 2019!

 

Christmas Day 2018

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

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

 

Christmas 2017 and New Year

We like to be organised so here’s some festive news from the office:

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The 23rd of December will be Christmas jumper parkrunday.

There will be no parkrun on Christmas Day at Colwick parkrun. There will be an extra parkrun on New Year's Day at Colwick parkrun at 10:30am.

Keep an eye on the parkrun Christmas Compendium - as teams across the country are just starting to declare their intentions and there might just be one up and running wherever you find yourself over the festive season.

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Please get in touch if you’d like to volunteer over the Christmas period. The sooner we fill the roster the more relaxed we can be...

Regards
The Colwick parkrun team

 

Darryl’s special day

The dust has settled on another fabulous parkrun weekend, indeed we are nearly ready for the next one.  Last parkrunday was no ordinary parkrunday however, it was of course our 6th birthday. We like to KTS (keep things simple) at Colwick but we do love a spot prize and this year we were delighted to award, by virtue of our lucky finish token, a choice between a parkrun T's, a wonderful parkrun album (modelled below by Abigail) or a year in the company of Darryl our parkrun gnome.

So congrats to Steve Leek, Daron Smith, Nina Barnett, Steph Knowles, Tom Davies, Rose Rutter, Kate Lincoln, Eleanor Haycock, Gary Fox, Amelia Fraser, Adele Dennis & susan Russell.  Hope you are all enjoying your Books & T's. Abigail bagged her book for the winning parkrun guess.

The Colwick parkrun birthday marks a special day for the core team ..... but it marks an even more special day for Darryl.  You see he only gets to come to Colwick parkrun once a year (imagine that) and when he does he gets to meet his new parkrun family, and say goodbye to his old keepers.  He was a little emotional waving good bye to Chris & Helly

but he did enjoy sharing a tale or two with Finners and I of his time at the Jolly Jekiel mansion.

And after coming in first finisher in an unofficial course record (gnomes aren't eligible) of 23 seconds.........

its fair to say he let his hair down a bit... well you would if you only got out once a year wouldn't you....

     

   

and then post run he met his new parkrun family .... and didn't he choose well?

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Have a cracking year Darryl.  See you next parkrun birthday!

 

 

Cancellation notice

Please note that Colwick parkrun is cancelled on the 10th of June - there’s a rave in the park!

Don’t be despondent though... there are tons of fabulous parkruns in Nottinghamshire and beyond.

We recommend you check out the parkrun event list, grab your barcode and go and explore.

We’ll see you back at the bell on June the 17th unless you get a taste touring...

Your Colwick parkrun team

 

UK gold medal Paralympians to attend major Disabilities event in Nottingham

Members of the UK Paralympics team including gold medalist, Sophie Hahn, will be attending a major Disabilities celebration event being held in Nottingham on Thursday 1st December.

The evening has been organised by Notts UNISON and the County Council Disabled Employees Support Network (DESN). The event ties in with the UN International Day of People with Disabilities which is celebrated worldwide on 3rd December each year.

One of the event co-ordinators Brian Fitzpatrick, from Notts Unison said:

“To have paralympic Gold medalists coming along on the evening really shows the people of Nottingham just how big this event is going to be. Its an honour to have Gold medalists such as Sophie Hahn available on the night as the paralympic athletes are an inspiration to us all. They are living proof of what can be achieved and that disability can be challenged and overcome with the right support. This will be a fantastic night for the city.”

“The evening is about having a real celebration of people with disabilities in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, its about making everyone aware, not just those already dealing with a disabling society.”

The event is being held at the multi media venue Antenna, on Beck Street, in Nottingham city centre and is open to the public.

The event runs from 6.00pm – 9.00pm on 1st December and tickets are free.

You can book tickets online here

The event is being officially opened by the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Alan Rhodes at 6.30pm.

In addition to the gold medal paralympians there will be a major debate and Q&A session on Employment for People with a Disability, also taster training sessions on sign language and sports activities. Disability Advice will also be available on the night. The cafe/bar area will be used to screen short videos relating to aspects of disability on projection screens, throughout the evening, on a rolling basis; each video will have an introduction by a speaker and a British Sign Language Interpreter. The idea for the evening is that anyone attending can choose between staying in one area or dip in and out of the different sessions that will be running concurrently throughout the building. END

Further information:

Brian Fitzpatrick

Joint Chair Notts UNISON

Tel: 0115 981045

Email: branch.office@nottsunison.org.uk

 

 

Festive Arrangements

We like to be organised so here’s some festive news from the office:

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The 24th of December will be Christmas jumper parkrunday.

There will be no parkrun on Christmas Day at Colwick parkrun.

There will be an extra parkrun on New Year's Day at Colwick parkrun at 10am.

Keep an eye on the parkrun Christmas Compendium - as teams across the country are just starting to declare their intentions and there might just be one up and running wherever you find yourself over the festive season.

Please get in touch if you’d like to volunteer over the Christmas period. The sooner we fill the roster the more relaxed we can be...

Regards
The Colwick parkrun team

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