THIS GIRL CAN

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day at parkruns around the world on Saturday 7 March #IWDparkrun

Bring along a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together for #ThisGirlCan

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New Year’s Day 2020

We will be hosting an extra event on New Year's Day at 9am.

We already have some names on the roster but please do get in touch if you'd like to be part of the first volunteer squad of 2020

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Event 213 – The one where the bugs attacked

Phew, what a scorcher!  As though the hills of Mount Gedling do not offer enough of a challenge to all you lovely parkrunners, today we had soaring temperatures and storm flies by the thousand.  133 very sweaty runners puffed their way to the finish line with many using the little breath they had left to stress what a tough run it had been this morning.

Bright blue skies over Gedling

Bright blue skies over Gedling

Despite the challenging heat, we had 28 first timers at Gedling this morning including 7 runners completely new to parkrun.  We hope they loved our hills as much as we all do and that we will see them back with us before many more weeks have passed.

A new convert to parkrun?

A new convert to parkrun?

In addition, an astonishing 15 runners managed to get a new PB today showing that sunshine is no barrier to enjoying a parkrun.  Mind you, neither is wind, rain, snow, ice, fog, hail...

The PB bell in action.

The PB bell in action.

Our fastest runner today was a bit of a mystery man - he didn't bring a barcode so not only do we not know who he is, he doesn't even get a time!  Remember, No Barcode, No Time, No Exceptions.  #DFYB.  He then proceeded to run away from the finish at a pace that had a few of the volunteers gasping at how easy he made it look.  Mark Hornsey came in second place with Phillip Goodall close behind in third.

Our very own Katie Hicken led in the ladies with a PB in her 103rd run at Gedling, with Jessica Harvey taking second slot with a PB of her own on her third visit to Gedling.  Jessica looks like she averages about one parkrun each year so we're jolly pleased she seems to have made Gedling her home now.  Alison Simm was third for the ladies.

Runners braving the heat, the hills and the dust.

Runners braving the heat, the hills and the dust.

The heat made it feel as though it was a good day to be a volunteer.  The views were fabulous and we all had a great time making the magic happen.  If you haven't tried volunteering before, give it go.  We're a friendly bunch and we will happily talk you through any of the roles which need doing; none of them are too taxing.

A happy band of volunteers.

A happy band of volunteers.

You also get to wear the fashionable high-vis jacket so if you want a go at volunteering one week, have a look at the future roster, and then drop Denise the volunteer co-ordinator an email and she'll add you to the list.

Today the high-vis acted as something of a magnet for the storm flies so most of the volunteers hung their tabards on a post to act as a decoy and stop them bothering us.

High-vis posts, not volunteers.

High-vis posts, not volunteers.

Particular mention amongst the volunteers must go out to Lily who kept lots of runners going with her "power-up high 5s"

Keep going! (You're nearly half way with several hills still ahead...)

Keep going! (You're nearly half way with several hills still ahead...)

A great big thanks to all the volunteers today (Sarah on first timers briefing; marshals Rachel, Damian and Tom; the timekeeper team of Jess and Kevin; barcode scanners Nikki and Poppy; Sophie keeping the funnel in order; Savitaa handing out the finish tokens with Lily collecting them back in; the tail-walking trio of Eleanor, Mhairi and Ciaran; Neil and Rhod Run Directing and Denise as ever doing a great job of making sure we have enough volunteers to make the whole thing happen).

We look forward to seeing you all in a week's time, whether running, walking or volunteering to help others enjoy themselves!

 

Event 124 – 21st October 2017

Phew!  It's nice to be out of that wind finally!  It sure was a blowy one up on Mount Gedders today.  A fantastic 122 of you joined us today, and whether it was for your first run at Gedling (welcome to our 24 first timers!) or your 100th (fabulous to have run 100 parkruns on those Gedling hills, Ian Marshall!)... we hope you all enjoyed getting out there!

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Up bright and early to be amazing were our hi-vis heroes, the volunteer team who put together today's event.  If you haven't had a go at volunteering yet then why not give it a go?  We always have a laugh while we're doing it and I think that everyone benefits from seeing a different side to our lovely parkrun community.  Give us a shout via email or on our Facebook page and we'll get you added to the roster quick smart!

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Today's volunteers with their names in lights were Vin and Joe on the stop watches (first time for both and they did an amazing job); Michael, Martin, Angela and Jack marshalled the mountains; Kel, Harvey and Nickesh bipped barcodes; Ben and Savitaa managed the finish funnel; Tracey and Pete tail walked, bringing all of our runners safely back;  Ian did the first timers briefing and last was me, Sarah, run directing and waving about the clipboard and megaphone!  Thank you all - you were epic!

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Despite the crazily blustery weather, 8 of you managed to bag yourselves a shiny new personal best. Mind you, I didn't hear the PB bell ring this morning though... so make sure that when you get a cracking new time, you celebrate it with us all - hearing that bell chime makes us all happy!

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Where were our first finishers today?  Well, the male and female placings looked like this:

Male placings:
Marc SCOTT (SM30-34) of Rushcliffe AC, was first over the line in 19:26 - first appearance.
Ian HALES (VM45-49) of Redhill Road Runners, was second over the line in 19:46 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Tom DAVIES (VM35-39) of Holme Pierrepont RC, was third over the line in 20:36.

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Female placings:
Sarah TYLER (SW30-34) of Holme Pierrepont RC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 23:23 - 10th time in 24 appearances.
Katie HICKEN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (19th overall) over the line in 23:49 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Catherine STOCKS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (25th overall) over the line in 24:36.

Well done to you all - no matter where you finished today, you got out there and did something amazing for yourself.  Hooray for parkrunday!

Rightie ho... that's me done for the week.  The kit is packed away.  The stopwatches have been cleared.  Barcode scanners reset.  Results processed.  Photos saved.  And now the run report is done too!  Have a fantastic week everyone and we'll see you bright and early next Saturday for our Halloween parkrun where Ian will be in charge!

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Happy running!

Sarah

 

Event 69 – 8th October 2016

Brrrrrrr!  That was a chilly one this morning.  The gloves are back on until March... and the gentle sound of me moaning about being cold will be heard echoing around the mountains every parkrunday!  Still, we had a cracking turnout this morning.  A fantastic 142 runners joined us for hilly high jinks and 23 were joining us for the first time.  We hope you come back again soon!

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If you fancy hanging up your trainers for a week and having a bit of a rest, then why not give volunteering a go?

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This morning's volunteers did a fabulous job of keeping the show on the road.  We had Chris, Lois and Andrew making the marshal magic happen; the Bridges and Morphus combo on the timing clickers;  Mhairi and Alison finessing the finish funnel; Dominic and Tamsin tail running tremendously; Helen and Stacey bipping the barcodes;  Will snapping piccies; and me, Sarah, run directing and seeing how well I could drive the megaphone without deafening everyone!

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To volunteer for a future week it's easy peasy.  Just email George - our volunteer co-ordinator - and let him know what you fancy doing.  Simple!

Talking of volunteers, we had a special volunteer moment this morning as Mhairi Bowe clocked up her 25th stint in the hi-vis and earned herself an aubergine parkrun t-shirt!  Thanks for all your contributions, Mhairi.  

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Jo Sullivan was celebrating a milestone this morning too.  She's run an incredible 100 parkruns - plenty of them on our lovely hills - and thoroughly deserves her new black 100 t-shirt.  Thanks for bringing choccies to celebrate as well, Jo!  A bit of chocolate goes down a treat after a parkrun!

What happened during parkrun itself?  Brilliant running, that's what!  We managed 39 personal bests this morning - congratulations to you all!

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The placings were as follows:

Male placings:
Ian HALES (VM40-44) of Redhill Road Runners, was first over the line in 19:21 - third time in 10 appearances.
Nickesh PATEL (SM25-29) of Redhill Road Runners, was second over the line in 19:52 - was first to finish once before.
David LEEMING (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:28 - was first to finish once before.

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Female placings:
Carolyn HAY (VW40-44) of Redhill Road Runners, was first (10th overall) over the line in 21:49 - second time in 2 appearances.
Michelle BUTLER (VW45-49) of Redhill Road Runners, was second (25th overall) over the line in 23:24 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Mia FRANCE (JW11-14) of Absolute Tri, was third (29th overall) over the line in 23:53.

Rightie ho - that's me done for the week.  Nickesh is in charge next weekend and I'm hoping he manages to warm the weather up for me while he's at it!

Sarah

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