What a great time we had at Forest Rec parkrun this Saturday – there certainly seemed to be lots of happy faces! 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 47 were first timers to Forest Rec Parkrun and 37 recorded new Personal Bests.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers: Niall Redwood, Dianne Davies, Su Justice, John Houghton, Mark Houghton, Harneen Mahal, Gary Taylor, Chloe Taylor, Beccy Trease, Tim Dawson, Maria Mills, Evelyn Redwood, Lizzie P and Shelagh Mitson. A massive congratulations to Niall as this was his first time as run director. Whatever the weather, the volunteers always manage to keep a smile on their faces. It’s such a rewarding experience. If you want the chance to get your volunteer smile then leave a message on our Facebook page or you could send an e-mail to email@example.com. You can see which roles are still vacant for coming weeks by looking at the future roster: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/forestrec/futureroster/.
Will Trease, David Porteous and I achieved our 50th parkrun. Well done to Toby Baldwin and Eze Dire on your 10th, Neil Roberts on your 150th and Michelle Dennis – you’re nearly there on 99!
Well done to the top three finishers! It gives me great pleasure to introduce the women first this week. First female was Ellie Fielding, who completed the course in 21:10. Second female was Claire Burnham. Our third female was Beth Neal! Our first male and overall first finisher was Richard Baldwin, who completed the course in 18:55. Brilliant! Second male was Will Trease. Paul Stanyon was third male.
Well-done to all the first timers, there were many of you! You all deserve a mention so here are the seven complete newbies who started their parkrun journey – Jamie Johnson, Steve Scott, Debaleena McGrogan, John Wisker, Juncal Caubilla Barron, Febbie Kaitano & Chloe Taylor. And a warm welcome to all the tourists: Kent, Lowestoft, Leeds, Redditch, Worcestershire and Ireland were all represented.
I’d also like to mention those who came back for their second Forest Rec parkrun with a PB, the second run is statistically the hardest one to finish! Well done Bertie Longden, Ellen Merrigan and Katherine Hill.
Completing a parkrun itself is a significant achievement. parkrun can be whatever you want it to be, whether it’s a time trial, a leisurely chat with a friend, part of your weight loss programme, your keep fit regime, or training for a race. Whatever your reason just come along and have fun! This doesn’t mean that nobody ‘races’ or strives to improve their time each week. We celebrate improved performances all the way from 18 to 60 minutes. parkrun is whatever you want it to be.
And this is what I tell people as ambassador for Nottingham’s 5K Your Way. This is a community based initiative for those living with or beyond cancer, their friends and family, and oncology healthcare professionals to come together to exercise and socialise away from the hospital environment. This was our 20th Nottingham event, and we had an amazing turnout. The initiative was created by Lucy Gossage, consultant oncologist at Nottingham University Hospitals, and Gemma Hillier-Moses, a cancer rehab specialist, as a support group bringing the benefits of outdoor exercise to cancer patients. The initiative began in June 2018 at this parkrun, and this month there were 56 groups across the UK and Ireland. I feel very privileged to be the ambassador of the Nottingham group, and this month we had a record attendance and lots of new people who walked the route. Following my diagnosis in 2017, aged 26 I realised how important exercise is for physical and emotional well-being during and post treatment. It is amazing to see such a large group now attending this parkrun each month, and receiving such a welcome from the volunteer team and fellow parkrunners. So thank you! We always meet at the last Saturday of every month, and I’m sure everyone at Forest Rec parkrun will give us a wonderful welcome again on 28th March.
One of the great things about Forest Rec parkrun is the community atmosphere. Perhaps this is because of the hills – sometimes you need all the encouragement you can from fellow parkrunners to push you up them. A lot of parkrunners commented on how wonderful it was having music playing from a speaker a marshal had at the top of the first hill – “he was very encouraging and supportive to the runners and his music really helped”.
Do you have any milestones coming up? If so, please email in advance so that we can let everyone know on the day. Also, if you have any stories to share about your parkrun experience then we would love to hear them. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday will be a celebration of International Women’s Day! Forest Rec parkrun will be joining the global parkrun family in hosting a special celebration of female participation. We would love to see as many women and girls take part as possible. We hope lots of you can make it down and make it a wonderful day! If you have any purple running kit then please wear that as it’s parkrun’s chosen colour for the day.
So one last well done to everybody. Here’s to the runners, the joggers, the ‘I can’t believe I’m here again’ers, to the volunteers and the supporters. What fun we had! We hope to see you all again on Saturday when we do it all again.
Forest Rec parkrun Event Number 342, 29th February 2020
This week 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Shelagh MITSON • Lisa CHAN • Su JUSTICE • Maria MILLS • Gary TAYLOR • Matt BLICK • Beccy TREASE • Niall REDWOOD • Evelyn REDWOOD • Chloe TAYLOR • Tim DAWSON • Cerys GIBSON • Ryder GREGORY • Harneen MAHAL • Jacob BIZZELL HAWES • John HOUGHTON • Dianne DAVIES • Lizzie P • Mark HOUGHTON • Patrick TAYLOR
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest Rec parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 15:29 on 30th November 2013 (event number 33).
The female record is held by Lucy GOSSAGE who recorded a time of 18:03 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 94.48% (23:34) on 26th October 2013 (event number 28).
Forest Rec parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 11,304 participants have completed 67,641 parkruns covering a total distance of 338,205 km, including 11,489 new Personal Bests. A total of 903 individuals have volunteered 4,854 times.