Run Report – Event #29 – 3 November – by Liz Almond

A shout out to last weeks Halloween park run. Thank-you everyone who dressed up for some spooktacular fun from iron man to skeletons and day of the dead to vampires. After Market Harborough was cancelled we got a record number to the first timers briefing along with a few brand new to park run. We hope you'll come visit us again.

I took up running again in April 2018 first just going round the block then i got brave and went further afield. Some of you might have seen me, i'm always the one in the crazy leggings. One day i set off for the Grange which i thought was just another concrete jungle. Just by accident i discovered the green space, this amazing patch of land with exercise equipment, pathways, a woods plus plenty of wildlife like deer,rabbits and squirrels. A great place for everyone.

As soon as i saw this space i knew it would make an awesome course for a junior park run. Everytime i ran there i could imagine the kids running round it. A year later and the Desborough Green Space Park Run was up and running. I had to volunteer, it was a dream come true and now each Sunday we have a great group of kids running, walking, skipping and some trying to race their mums and dads round our course.

They walk, skip, run round our 2km course with our fantastic volunteers who give their time to keep the children safe each week. Dinosaur tail walkers bring up the rear and high 5s all round from marshals along the course. Doesn't matter what the weather we volunteers are there for the children. If you see a foam fingered volunteer get yourself a power up, you never know you might get a PB!

Huge thanks to this weeks volunteers :
Sharon Hewitt, Helen Bray, Giselle Smith, Liz Almond, Anna Bredenkamp, Gary Davies, Gabby Hanson Assan, Bethyn Bridgeman, Yvonne Davies, Matthew Peleszok, Gordon Harvey, Harry Thompson, Richard Vater, Mike Almond, Eyeisis Jones, Amanda Wilson, Katy Purvis, Simon Hooker, Ian Speirs,Ross Brown, Meera Assan, Bill Robinson, Victoria Ambery, Nicola Robinson, Andrew Spencer, Richard Lindsley, Hugh Ambery, Alison Ambery, Toby Orr, Natalie Taylor Moore, Catherine Jeffs, Keith Brown, Billi Robinson, Ava Cullen, Eleanor Cullen.

Shout out to Gordon and Liz who have now volunteered 25 times.

Park run 29 saw 56 children run the course with PBs for Aston Chapman, Euan Templeman, William Burtenshaw, Katlyn Piercy, Poppy Drage and Shelby Chown.

Harlee and Keris Hooker got their marathon wristbands today. Annabelle and Kaitlynn also got wristbands today.

Thank-you to Tillie Brown for helping us dinosaurs get to the finish line and to Eden Hodgkins for gathering up all the marshals and bringing them to the finish.

Park Runner of the Month goes to Noah Orr,many congratulations.

The school trophy for best school attendance went to Rushton Primary,very well done.

First timers today were Harry Platts, Edward Platts, Linden Chapman, Annabelle Platts, Matilda Guyett, Chloe Welburn, Fleur Welburn and Eden hodgkins.

Harlee Hooker first boy to the finish line and Charli Robinson first girl today.

Slight drizzle at the start and as usual muddy conditions didn't deter our runners.

I'm honoured to tail walk,marshal,do the first timers briefing and occasionally do the park run report.I've roped in hubby too,he does what ever needs doing.Who needs a lie in on a Sunday anyway!

Bring on our 30th park run.

As a volunteer once said to me and i say to the kids,remember if you don't smile you have go round again!


Run Report #24 – 29 September – by Liz Almond

Today is National Get Outside Day and World Heart Day!

There's nothing better on a Sunday morning than junior parkrun, it's great fun even in the pouring rain. The children all doing their hearts some good.

Rainy weather on the first weekend of autumn didn't put them off, all eager to have some fun and run 2k!

Volunteers got to their places some marshalling around the course, some by the start and finish lines, timekeeping, bar code scanning etc.

Parents can be happy knowing their children are well taken care of and best of all they don't have to run with their children if they don't want to. A sigh of relief from some.

The Run Director Oonagh hands out wrist bands for those who are celebrating milestones. Then the RD gives a talk to everyone, letting them know course conditions and how to stay safe plus our volunteer marshals love giving the kids lots of high 5s along the course.

3 children with wrist bands today one reaching their ultra and 2 for half marathon distance. Many congratulations Sebastian on your ultra wristband, Thomas and Sophie on your half marathon wristbands.

Then it's the warm up and the children go crazy, you would not think they have any energy left to run but somehow they do.

And we all head to the start line. Tail walkers or should I say tail runners are ready with their dinosaur tails. Don't worry, our dinosaurs don't eat children, only chocolate!

321 and we're off and let me tell you those children are FAST, so fast in fact the first one to cross the line came in 8.49 minutes. Even the child at the back comes in at 20.18 minutes. No child is ever last. Our dinosaurs bring everyone to the finish line.

Well done Harry first boy to cross the finish line and Charlie first girl to cross the finish line. 1 first timer today Lucien Smith and 2 PBs (personal bests) by William and Elissia.

While a squirrel ran into the bushes to keep dry 27 children splashed in puddles, zoomed down high five hill and kept smiling to the end.

Dads often run with their kids, helping them along. Remember dads it is a fun run. The delight on their child's face as they beat dad to the finish. Parents don't cross the finish line. If you enjoy it, come join the grown up version where you can cross the finish line.

We're all done and dusted by 9.30am, volunteers clearing up and children ringing the bell after getting a PB. It always amazes me they still have enough energy to play afterwards.

Well done volunteers and every child for taking park in our 24th parkrun. We're always wanting volunteers so feel free to put your name down on the roster each week - saves standing around waiting for your child to finish.

Huge thank-you to our volunteers today for braving the rain: Liz ALMOND, Mike ALMOND, Victoria AMBERY, Harry AMBERY, Martha AMBERY, William AMBERY, Meera ASSAN, Rachel BELSON, Nicola BISHOP, Helen BRAY, Anna BREDENKAMP, Ava CULLEN, Rosie CULLEN, Hannah FENWICK, Sheila GILDER, Gabby HANSON ASSAN, Gordon HARVEY, Malcolm HEADLAND, Catherine HEADLAND, Sharon JONES, Oonagh LEWIS, Robin MCINTYRE, Leanne NIVEN, Jo PARISH, Matthew PELESZOK, Katy PURVIS, Bill ROBINSON, Cavan SULLIVAN, Natalie TAYLOR-MOORE, Victoria TAYLOR-SMITH, Harry THOMPSON.

I think Desborough is a pretty special course and we hope children keep coming back time and time again. If you do, you could get a wristband and a certificate!


14th July parkrun poem

Some 13 weeks ago the fun all began,

Around the greenspace not many folk ran

Then someone had this bright idea,

‘The children will love it, they have no fear’.


The marshall’s all turned up,

The scanners came too,

The run director confidently,

Told us all what to do,


And then in came the children,

Barcodes clutched in their hands,

The hi-viz heroes waited,

Sure it would all go to plan.


3,2,1, parkrun, and then they were off,

Some ran off quickly some soon tried to stop,

But they all kept on going they ran and they ran,

And the first run was over, as quick as it began.


And now it’s tradition, 

Well for us anyway

Sunday means parkrun, 

Then we get on with our day.


The number of runners has gone up and down,

But they all finish smiling, there’s never a frown.

The times just get quicker as everyone tries their best,

And more and more people pick up a yellow vest.


So long may it continue,

New runners all going strong,

The course, well that will never change,

It’s always just a quick 2 k long.


So big thanks to all that support the Greenspace parkrun,

The core team, the parents, the heroes who come,

But thank you, the children, your smiles as you run,

Your triumphs and pb’s all add to the fun.

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