A Massive Thanks to Martin James

Last Saturday, 11th May, saw Martin James perform the Run Director role for the last time.

Most of you will know Martin as he has been ever present at Doncaster parkrun since we started back in September 2013. One of the photographs below show Martin with us at Barnsley parkrun back in 2013 when we were learning the ropes and training.

As Martin's daughters grow up they are involved in a lot of activities and family life is busy and Martin is finding his time available to be Run Director is limited. Martin will continue to run and volunteer at Doncaster parkrun so we will continue to see him around.

I just want to put on record that Martin has been a superb and vital member of the team as well as a good friend to me personally and I will miss him being on the team.

So thank you Martin from each and every one of us for all you have done for Doncaster parkrun. I hope you continue enjoying your running and I know we will be seeing you most weeks at parkrun anyway.

Mark - Doncaster parkrun Event Director.

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Doncaster parkrun plan another ‘Grand Day Out’

Doncaster parkrun regulars have organised a mass visit to a London parkrun (Hampstead Heath parkrun t.b.c.) on Saturday 11th May 2019.

Leaving Doncaster on the 5.37am train to Kings Cross (arriving at 07.30) then a couple of stops on the underground to Hampstead Heath station.

Once we have completed the parkrun its breakfast in the cafe then back to Kings Cross to catch the 12.35pm train back to Doncaster (arriving at 14.13).

At the moment (22/2/19) trains are £29 return.

Hampstead Heath parkrun is all tarmac and woodland trails, 2 laps and has toilets and a cafe. (We will confirm nearer the time but our alternative would be Highbury Fields or Ally Pally parkruns should Hampstead Heath not be on)

This is a totally unofficial event and you will be responsible for booking your own train tickets, etc. parkrun are not endorsing this event and take no responsibility for it.

We had a fabulous morning last time we did this, why not come along and join in the fun!

Any questions don't hesitate to ask, you can get us on our facebook event page.

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Doncaster parkrunners ‘Grand Day Out’

Saturday 3rd November saw 9 crazy Doncaster parkrunners undertake a ‘Grand Day Out’ to our great capital to partake in a spot of ‘extreme tourism’ by running the Finsbury parkrun in North London. What had seemed a great idea back in the summer was beginning to look questionable now the dark nights and colder weather are here.
So a 4.45am alarm was set and, blurry eyed, I set off to the station to catch the 6.03am train to Kings Cross. Sat on the platform were some of the other members of the gang, so after introductions and many minutes questioning our sanity we boarded the train and set off. Early morning London on a weekend is quiet so we easily caught the underground and found ourselves in Finsbury Park at 8.15am. What a beautiful park, looking fabulous in the autumnal colours and with views over towards the City of London and the Shard. We introduced ourselves to the Run Director, Libby, and settled back safe in the knowledge we would be the tourists from furthest afield. Within two minutes a lady from Canada turned up shortly followed by a family from Perth, Australia!!
And so a fabulous parkrun was enjoyed by all 9 of us, a two lap course with a long sweeping downhill, a long very steady climb and then a nasty short sharp hill. A beautiful lake and great views always meant there was plenty to keep you interested.
Once done we wondered down into the high street and found a coffee shop for a well earned coffee and breakfast. By now even members of the group who didn’t know each other at the start of the day were now best friends and we laughed and chatted for a good hour.
Eventually a couple of the party headed off as they were staying in London overnight and the rest of us caught the tube back to Kings Cross where we ‘forced down’ an alcoholic beverage before catching the 12.35 train back home and getting back to Doncaster for 2.15pm.
It’s fair to say everyone had a fabulous day out, become friends with people we’d never met before that morning and are all excited about doing something like this again. Keep your eyes peeled for Doncaster parkrun’s next ‘Grand Day Out’ in spring next year.

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Christmas Day parkrun 2018

Frighteningly it is Christmas Day 11 weeks today and we are already making plans. Our wonderful Run Director Jodi has volunteered to put on a Christmas Day parkrun again this year, so not only will there be a Doncaster parkrun on Saturday 22nd December and Saturday 29th December there will be the extra Christmas Day one too.
To help us with our planning we would really appreciate people letting us know if they could volunteer that day so we can make sure we have enough people to ensure the parkrun can be put on safely. You can email us on doncasterhelpers@parkrun.com
We won't be having a New Years Day parkrun but there are plenty of others locally so we will keep you updated nearer the time. So spread the word and look out for more details as we get closer to Christmas!!
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Leeds Building Society Community Rewards Scheme Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen to receive the first Community Reward Scheme award from Leeds Building Society. The award provides funding to improve parkrun communities across the UK and our donation is for a project to build a memorial garden within their park, which will include flowers, trees, fencing and a memorial bench. The money has been given to Friends of Sandall Park who have already started work on this project and the £1,500 will go a long way to further developing this area of the park. Below are some photographs of the area before work started and as it is now following some planting and tidying up. We can't wait to see it in a few months time!

For those of you that don't know the Friends of Sandall Park are a group of volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the park by raising money for plants, play equipment, etc. On top of this they invest so much of their time into the park carrying out repairs, painting fencing, gardening and even cleaning the toilets and keeping them stocked up with supplies. Without them the park toilets would have been closed years ago!

As the work on the memorial garden progresses we will keep you updated and if anyone would like to get involved and offer their time or a donation please get in touch.

So thanks again to Leeds Building Society for your generosity and to Friends of Sandall Park for the wonderful work you do in making Sandall Park such a fabulous place!

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