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!


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.


Duke of Edinburgh report

Today, I volunteered at park run as finish token support, this is now my 2nd week of volunteering at park run. I have offered to volunteer at park run as part of my bronze DofE. In this role, I had another Marshall with me as this role is for two people. I handed the other Marshall a handful of tokens which then had to be passed to the children in order to be scanned with their personal barcode. I enjoyed this role, as it was nice to be near the other Marshalls and congratulating the children as they finished. This was my first time doing this role, yet it was quite easy to get in the swing of things. I believe that this role, is quite a good one as you can get to know the other Marshalls plus encouraging the children for the last little stretch of the run. I would like to do this role again as I enjoyed encouraging the kids. It was lovely to see the children’s smiles as they were approaching the finish line, I think that is the most rewarding part of participating in this role.


Desborough Greenspace Junior parkrun – Event 1



I was honoured to be invited to do Desborough Greenspace Junior parkrun’s first ever write up . We woke up super early and came down to the leisure centre park speedily because our mum was marshalling . As I entered the park I spotted lots of marshals already there , stood in groups of 5 or more . Since we were pretty much the only kids there we went and played on the skate ramps whilst we were waiting .

Soon the park started to fill up as it was almost time to start the run . I spotted my friends , who were also slightly nervous about doing this course for the first time . After the leader , Matt , gave us some helpful information we all walked towards the start line and at this point I was feeling mixed emotions , both scared and excited at the same time .

As the go signal went , a sea of children came hurtling towards Marshall 1 ( a.k.a. my mum ) . The look of fear on her face was amusing , well for me anyway . FUTURE PARK RUNNERS BEWARE : The grass is slippy and I took a tumble .

By the time we reached the first hill both of my friends had stitches but surprisingly I didn’t . After I reached the top of the hill , I had spotted two eggs for the egg hunt : one was attached to a branch by a purple ribbon and another on top of a stick which a marshal with a paper duck hat was holding

On the way back down the hill you are then faced with yet another hill which can feel tough at this point in the race . But do not worry as it is immediately followed by another downhill which leads to the finish line !! I sprinted along as the end was getting closer and the race was nearly done , so I thought I could push myself a little harder .

Then the race was done and I got my barcode scanned . I came number 50 out of 96 children and my time was 13 minutes and 28 seconds which is 3 minutes slower than my Harborough parkrun personal best but this course is a lot harder !!! As it was Easter , we all got to help ourselves to sweets and cakes at the finish line .

Finally a great big thank you to all the marshals for such a wonderful , bright and encouraging parkrun on Easter day !!! .

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