Desborough Green Space junior parkrun is cancelled on 12 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Desborough Green Space junior parkrun

Picture3 Picture2 Picture1Desborough Green Space Junior parkrun - event 44

Today was a very pleasant surprise. Following a night of what sounded like heavy rain it was wonderful to see that this event was going ahead to celebrate their World Book Day themed parkrun.

Arriving bright and early I got to see how the event is set up and find out what goes on behind the scenes. I assisted with Pre-Event Set up and was present at the finish line when the children received their tokens and times. The determination on their faces to do their best was fantastic to witness. It certainly gives you the “feel good factor” being part of something so positive and inspiring.

42 young people, with their grownups, arrived ready to run, walk and dance their way around the 2km course on this crisp but beautiful morning. It was my first visit to Desborough and I have to say I was made to feel very welcome. It was lovely to see the costumes that both the children and volunteers had chosen for this special weekend. The Run Director Jane was great and whilst I was nervous to be trying a new role, my fellow volunteers were very understanding and offered some advice and tips. Thank you for that.

A special thanks to all volunteers that offered their time. Without them events like these cannot happen so thank you to:-

Victoria Ambery
Meera Assan
Helen Bray
Lesley Cleverley
Pete Cleverley
Rosie Clifford
Katy Coles White
Imogen Dee
Rich Dixon
Vicky Dixon
Jane Elliott
Sheila Gilder
Gordon Harvey
Simon Hooker
Chris Knights-Branch
Richard Lindsley
Toby Orr
Matthew Peleszok
Katy Purvis
Andrew Spencer
Harry Thompson
Nicholas Wilson
Cathy YE
Ann York

So what did event 44 bring?
9 PBs, that’s fantastic!

Harlee Hooker
Charlee Audis
William Burtenshaw
Olivia Arthur
Isobelle Burtenshaw
Eden Coleman
Teddy Walker
Sophie Crisp
Ruby Carter

3 First Timers. Welcome!

Madeleine Watts
Quinn Keating
Hannah Moreira

Speedy Boys & Girls!

Harlee Hooker was the first boy across the finish line, knocking 17 seconds off his previous PB.
Keris Hooker took first place for the girls. Well done.

I hope everyone involved with today’s parkrun enjoyed themselves and will be returning some time very soon. I know I will definitely be back.

Desborough Green Space you were an absolute delight.
Best Wishes
Rosie Clifford


Desborough Green Space junior parkrun #43

First of all, thank you to all the keen runners and volunteers who attended todays park run! It was a lovely morning and the conditions perfect for running in. We had an amazing 68 children come and run the Desborough greenspace course today, and although it was slippy at some points all the children made it round safely.

Today we had many volunteers from Rushden who are looking to do their own junior park run event there, it is great to see the spirit of parkrun spread to nearby towns.

Thank you to our supportive team of volunteers! Abbie Coleman, Amanda Wilson, Andrew Sisley, Anna Brewster, Catherine Jeffs, Cathy Ye, Chris Kights-Branch, Christine Aley, Dan Doleman, Debbie Morris, Duncan Worthy, Emma Goodwin, Eve Ralph, Gillian Brightwell, Gordon Harvey, Harry Thompson, Helen Bridgeman, Imogen Dee, Jane Elliott , Karen Precious, Lesley Cleverley, Liz Almond, Louise Kemp, Louise Sisley, Mark Hatfield, Matthew Peleszok, Mike Almond, Pete Cleverley, Pheobe Birney, Ruby Orr, Sean Whiteley, Sharon Hewitt, Toby Orr, William Amberly.

Today was event number 43! First boy home today was Zachary Scott and first girl today was Aisha Redhead.

It was great to see lots of PBs today by Oliver Smith, Aisha Redhead, Matthew Kemp, Hai Hawkins, Isobelle Burtenshaw, Jessica Kemp, Erin Halliwell, Sophie Crisp, Effie Limb, and Ella Bennett

It was also brilliant to see so many first timers at our parkrun as well, these included, Zachary Odell, Finley Cleverley, George Btant, Evan Henderson, Eva Whitestone, Zoe Froom, Riley Cleverley, Kaiden Bruce, Spencer Odell, Saul Moyers, Hannah Harte, Sophie Harte, Jake Harte, Frederick Smith, Ruby Carter, Miller Scott, Owen Hatfield, Josef Fordham, Isabelle Mason, Erin Peleszok and Theo Goodwin.

We can’t wait to see you all again next week!





Christmas parkrun

A very Merry Christmas to you all on our first Christmas park run.

Twas the park run before Christmas when no one was stirring well except maybe Helen and Oonagh checking out the course pre run!

Children arrived fancy dress was encouraged. What a jolly festive atmosphere with Santa and elves a plenty. Loved those Christmas jumpers too.

Games, prizes and loads of fun awaited our children. Us volunteers joining in the fun holding up pictures for the children to remember as they ran by.

A pre run briefing, a lively warm up in our fancy dress then the off. There's always more left in the tank for a play on playground equipment after despite the cold and wet.

The odd puddle, slippery high 5 hill or bit of mud doesn't discourage our lot.

The green space is a 2km run with woods, wildlife, exercise equipment and somewhere to help everyone of every age to get fit and get outdoors.

Thank-you to our friendly, supportive and encouraging team of festive volunteers. A quality street chocolate helped: Liz ALMOND, Mike ALMOND, Victoria AMBERY, Meera ASSAN, Charlotte BACON, Gary BACON, Helen BRAY, Helen BRIDGEMAN, Bethyn BRIDGEMAN, Deborah CAFFULL, Andrew CHILCRAFT, Imogen DEE, Jane ELLIOTT, Hannah FENWICK, Sheila GILDER, Gabby HANSON ASSAN, Gordon HARVEY, Simon HOOKER, Catherine JEFFS, Eyeisis JONES, Oonagh LEWIS, Toby ORR, Matthew PELESZOK, Karen STONE, Neil STONE, Amanda WILSON, Ann YORK.

No mulled wine but a well deserved Costa awaited us instead at our first volunteers social .

31 children at park run #36. 2 first timers today. 1st girl home today was Keris Hooker. 1st boy today was first timer Edward Joyce.

Come on kids spread the word and lets see loads more come to our double award winning park run in 2020.

A very Happy New Year to you all in 2020.
Here's to hundreds more PBs, wristbands, first timers, volunteers and milestones to come!


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!

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