Forest Rec parkrun is cancelled on 24 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Forest Rec parkrun Run Report Event 342 – 29th February 2020

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 forestrec@parkrun.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/.

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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!

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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.

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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”.

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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 forestrec@parkrun.com

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.

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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.

Lizzie

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.

 

 

 

 

Who Run The World? GIRLS!!

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Forest Rec parkrun will be joining the global parkrun family in hosting a special celebration of female participation this Saturday, 7th March, the day before International Women’s Day (IWD) and we would love to see as many women and girls take part as possible, especially those who are new to parkrun.

Forest Rec parkrunners are a friendly crowd so if you haven't done a parkrun before, don't worry! You just need to register with parkrun at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and whether you want to walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate, everyone is welcome!

If you have any purple running kit then please wear that as it's parkrun’s chosen colour for the day.

This week our run director and volunteer co-ordinator are both women and we would also really like to fill our volunteer roster with as many women and girls as possible, so please let us know if you are available! Our email address is forestrec@parkrun.com.

We will also have a special This Girl Can selfie frame on the day itself, so please share photos and imagery using the hashtag #IWDparkrun

There are some inspiring videos on the parkrun YouTube channel too: https://youtu.be/VVs-xxrltoQ

We look forward to seeing you there! #IWDparkrun #ThisGirlCan

 

Forest Rec parkrun Run Report 15th February 2020

This week's parkrun was yet again a huge success!

Over 300 people of all ages managed to safely cross the finish line, despite the grey clouds and the spitting weather.

It was great to see so many first timers, dog runners and buggies at the pavilion, when the pre-run nerves were likely to be kicking in.

Tourists had travelled far and wide from all over the UK, with some European faces popping up as well.

I myself am a silver DofE volunteer at Forest Rec parkrun. Prior to this I have volunteered 5 times here and the experience has always been as tremendous as ever.

On my first week I helped volunteer as a Marshall at the first hectic junction. It felt great to cheer and clap on the runners as they carefully paced themselves around the course, while also making sure that everyone was safe as they ran between the mountainous pile of wet and slippery autumn leaves.

On various other weeks, I had helped fulfil the roles of barcode scanning, time keeping and finish tokens, all of which being simple enough to get a grip of. This week I helped to monitor the finish line and made sure that the time keepers were in sync with the finish tokens.

While there weren’t any official runners' milestones this week (for example runners who have completed their 50th or 100th parkrun), Karen Layton completed her 150th run, with Dominic Armsby and Devina Worsley not far off a shout-out having completed 99 and 49 runs!

Just a quick reminder for anyone interested in joining us next week to go over to the official parkrun website. There you will be able to sign up for free and come along to your local parkrun, any Saturday you like. If you choose to do so, make sure to bring along your printed barcode so that you can get a time. And if you do have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via email at forestrec@parkrun.com.

This week 319 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

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Matthew ALBERY, Jacob BIZZELL HAWES, Craig DAWKINS, Tim DAWSON, Alison FOX, Dave FRETWELL, Naomi Ellen FRETWELL, Cerys GIBSON, Ian GORDON, Ryder GREGORY, Claire HILL, Tom HUMPHRIES, David JONES, Iain LANE, Alyson LEEKS, Jonas LEEKS, Sarah MORLEY, Charlie PEARCE, Mary PENFOLD, Evelyn REDWOOD, Niall REDWOOD, Patrick TAYLOR, Tessa TURTON, Tamzin YATES, Wojciech ZAJAC

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 11,257 participants have completed 67,294 parkruns covering a total distance of 336,470 km, including 11,452 new Personal Bests. A total of 901 individuals have volunteered 4,834 times.

 

A Welcome Return to Forest Rec: Run Report 8th February 2020

You know it's #parkrunday when a woman dressed in business wear on her way through The Forest to work is outnumbered by a sea of sportswear clad runners, joggers and walkers slowly (or otherwise) warming up on the way to the pavillion.

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After a few months off for a variety of reasons the sight of so many hundreds of people approaching the Forest (with a sea of Rebel Runners brightly clad in yellow celebrating their 4th Birthday - Happy Birthday you lovely bunch!) was fantastic, if a little daunting - despite being far from a first timer, there was definitely a slight feeling of it being a new experience and the whole set up feeling quite alien again, a feeling which thankfully evaporated quite quickly!

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The yellow weather warning mercifully held off for us and the weather was almost perfect for the 450(!) of us (plus dogs and buggies) to navigate the course.  Tourists came from as far as Ilfracombe and Somerset and a warm welcome was, as ever, extended to all!

An incredible 15 percent of this week's participants were first timers to Forest Rec, with a good number of them being completely new to parkrun, too!  It's amazing to see such good numbers still coming to parkrun for the first time even now we're in February, meaning it's not just a case of 'New Year, new me!' which is swelling our numbers of late!

Shout outs must go to Zachary Heywood (JM15-17) and Charlotte Morling (JW10) on your 10th parkrun, Neal Osgood and Becky Watson on joining the 50 club, Ishrat Amin on your 100th run, and Samantha Brown and Naomi Fretwell on your 150th! It takes a lot of dedication to achieve these milestones so a big kudos to you all.

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Thanks must also, of course, go to the motley crew of volunteers who again gave their mornings to make sure today's event was possible - not only that, they give their time with beaming smiles in all weathers so three cheers for that!  It's amazing to see so many younger volunteers, too!  There are plenty of vacant positions for the next few weeks so please do consider helping out.  Full training will be provided and there are a number of roles which also mean you're able to run or at least get a credit for taking part as well as volunteering, so do take a look!

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Finally a few reminders, to keep our event a happy and smooth operation:

Please remember that we operate a 'No Barcode, No Time, No Exceptions' policy - this is in the interests both of fairness for those who DO remember their barcodes week in, week out, but also from a safety perspective: if anything does go sideways, we need to know who we can get in touch with, so please ensure your 'ICE' details on your profile are up-to-date and please keep your barcode somewhere safe!

Secondly a reminder that the Run Director's brief may contain important information, especially for people who may be new to parkrun or to the event!  Therefore PLEASE keep any conversation to a minimum during this short time prior to the start and please remember that not all disabilities are visible - those who are hard of hearing may need to know what's being announced, even if you don't, so please be considerate of this!

Finally, we have had some feedback from participants, as well as other park users, that we are starting to see some bottle-necks around the pavillion as runners are congregating after their finish.  Whilst this community-spirited approach is fantastic and well and truly part of the parkrun ethos, this is also starting to slow others down and causing some confusion for people waiting to get their barcodes scanned, so please consider chatting/stretching/reuniting with other parts of your group in the space just beyond the finishing funnel, or of course pop in to Homemade for a bit of post event refreshment!

Forest Rec parkrun Event Number 339 8th February 2020

This week 450 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

John MOORE • Brian Leslie SMITH • Kevin TWISSELL • Stephen WELLS • Shelagh MITSON • Tessa TURTON • Ewan David HENDERSON • Valerie WALKER • Maria MILLS • Beccy TREASE • John SUTHERNS • Stephanie JAMES • Isaac SAMPSON TAMPLIN • Niall REDWOOD • Evelyn REDWOOD • Elaine TOMBA • Tim DAWSON • Ryder GREGORY • Benjamin TOULE • William TREASE • Lily SUTHERNS • Jo WARDLE • Wojciech ZAJAC

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 11,148 participants have completed 66,598 parkruns covering a total distance of 332,990 km, including 11,368 new Personal Bests. A total of 898 individuals have volunteered 4,789 times.

 

Forest Rec parkrun Event 338 – 1st February 2020

This week we had 469 parkrunners, we welcomed lots of First Timers and 83 people achieved PB’s. We had Tourists from Selby, Ipswich, Reading, Newton Abbott and Newark. Thank you for your support, and hope to welcome them back to Forest Rec soon.

There were milestones for Lawrence Watson (100 parkruns), Owain Williams (50 parkruns) and Grace Hall (SW18-19) (10 parkruns) - well done everyone!

As always, a well deserved thank you to our wonderful volunteers: We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Andrew BAILEYChristine BRIDGESTim CLARKESharron FITTONAmelia FRASERElizabeth GILLSONJane HARSTONClaire HILLStephanie JAMESAnnette KNOWLESDavid LLOYDSara MAWSON-SINCLAIRShelagh MITSONDave NETTLETONCarla OWENSNiall REDWOODCharlotte ROWATTIsaac SAMPSON TAMPLINEve SAVAGEHeather SEVERNTessa TURTONKevin TWISSELLLinda WOODINGSSimon WORSLEY

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Well done to the Hadden Hurricanes Group of Notts Women Runners who graduated from their couch to 5k programme.

Post run we retired to a busy Homemade for refreshments, token sorting and results processing.

Please remember - and it cannot be overly stressed - no printed barcode, no result, no exception. Additionally, please ensure that you do not take our finish tokens home with you as we require them every week.

Finally, we are always looking for new volunteers. Take a look at our future roster. Why not take step one and join our happy hi vis heroes? Take a further twenty four steps and you will be awarded a place in the Volunteer Club, and gain an eye-catching tee shirt to wear with pride. We have added more roles to our list, so there is something you can do even if you still want to run.

Forest Rec parkrun Event Number 338 1st February 2020

This week 469 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Claire HILL • Kevin TWISSELL • Shelagh MITSON • Tessa TURTON • Annette KNOWLES • Tim CLARKE • Christine BRIDGES • Charlotte ROWATT • Eve SAVAGE • Andrew BAILEY • Stephanie JAMES • Dave NETTLETON • Linda WOODINGS • Isaac SAMPSON TAMPLIN • Niall REDWOOD • Simon WORSLEY • Elizabeth GILLSON • Sharron FITTON • Amelia FRASER • Jane HARSTON • Heather SEVERN • Sara MAWSON-SINCLAIR • David LLOYD • Carla OWENS

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 11,084 participants have completed 66,148 parkruns covering a total distance of 330,740 km, including 11,274 new Personal Bests. A total of 896 individuals have volunteered 4,766 times.

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