Event #251 – the last one for a little while

(EDITOR NOTE) I'm a little late in posting this as following event 251 it looked like the impact of COVID-19 mitigation actions might lead to the cancellation of events for a while and I didn't want to post this run report without comment if that was the case. And sadly, the right thing to do is stop parkrun events for a short while, the first time in 15 years there won't be a parkrun anywhere in the world.

Please look after yourselves during this time and also follow the parkrun guidance for social distancing such that you don't set up alternative group runs.  We all need to look after each other right now.  Please reach out to others for support if you need it. Keep well, body and soul. Jenny x

It was a chilly start to the event but the ominous clouds kept away and we had a lovely smiley crew all ready to cheer you all round.


Ben, Holly, Joshua, Samuel, Ruby and Emma did a great job of running the funnel with the tokens, stopwatches and barcode scanners being totally in sync for the first time for ages (for me - including the horror of New Year's Day).  Thanks to you all as well for abiding by our no touch token policy.  I'm sure it will have made a difference.

Thanks to Adam, Emma, Peter and Allan for their excellent High five free marshalling, to Mike for offering to pace at the last minute and to Sally and Hilary for bringing up the rear in such style with our lovely Mr Sullivan, his toe and Lucy the dog!

This is where I would usually do a shout out for future volunteers but we'll be taking a break for a little while as you know.  See you soon.



Event 250 – 7th March 2020

Wow can you believe it the weather was dry for us at Gedling this morning, it was the best type off weather to stand and cheer our runners.

Today 224 joined us to celebrate our 250 event and international women's day. We had 29 first timers and a massive 36 of you achieved a personal best. Well done to everyone. A massive thank you to everyone who came in purple or green, it was a great sight to see.


Our Parkrun heroes for this week are as followed: We had Sarah our volunteer coordinator ensuring our event was full. If you feel you would like to try and volunteer,  its super easy and fun, please get in touch with her at gedling@parkrun.com. Our first time briefing was given by Helen, where she explained everything which was needed to do, so basically just have fun. Our timers were Ian and Holly ensuring you had the correct time, Ben and Joshua worked together to ensure the finish funnel and tokens were given in the correct order. Beeping you in with there barcode scanners were Samuel and Jacob, who was then joined by Tracy after her run. Great work guys. Our wonderful marshals on route were Jolene, Jim and Neil making sure the parkrun love was felt. Sorry i forgot to say in the run brief, we did have pacers so we had the lovely Sally and Liam pacing you around, Our fabulous purple dressed tailwalkers were Alex and Rachel.Then we had Chris with his fantastic camera. Making my job easy because i didn't have to remember to get my phone out. Take a look on our face book page to see the wonderful photos. Finally me Kel in the Rd vest.


There is nothing worse when the microphone doesn't work so we are sorry if you didn't hear everything. Holly one of our Duke of Edinburgh students gave you a summary of the female runners at Gedling. I have posted it on our face book page. Happy international women's day from us here at Gedling Parkrun #thisgirlcan. 

Gedling has now achieved our 250 event, its come a long way seen the days Ian, Sarah, Nickesh and Rob where they were only run directors on our roster and they were the main core team and now we have 13. Our community has just got bigger and better each milestone. Samuel and Josh gave you some off our Gedling stats this morning, which can always been seen on our result page. Just one off the things the lads said this morning was " without our runners, our next lot of stats wouldn't exist, so a massive thank you to all that choose our Parkrun on a Saturday morning"  This is very true so a massive thank you to all our runners and especially our volunteers who ensure theses events can take place.


So not only being our 250 event, Sarah Tyler also bagged her 250 t-shirts. We can't wait to see the green when your next on the hills. Well done from us all. Sarah has ran 69 off those runs here at Gedling.


Another big thank you to Helen Smalley for your great cupcakes, they matched our colour scheme perfectly but most off all our runners loved them, Also Tracy and Chris for your chocolate contribution.Our 250 cake also went down a treat. I have manged to bring a small piece home for my cuppa later.

Barcodes: Please ensure you have your barcodes, there seems to be a few missing in the results today. Barcodes make happy runners aswell as happy Run directors when result processing.


So thats it another successful Saturday morning done, Jenny will be in the RD vest next week. Have a great week Kel






February 29.2.2020 – Event 249

For the first time in three weeks we weren't running through a named storm! There was a bit of wind and rain, but it didn't stop 199 people hitting the hills, with visitors from Sheffield and Surrey. We also welcomed friends from Colwick and other somewhat soggy local parkruns.

We had 23 first timers, and a brilliant 31 PB's (guys don't forget to ring the bell!), with representatives from 24 different clubs.

We celebrated Sharon Messam's 25th volunteering event and George Miller's 100th parkrun!

First over the line was Matthew Nutt in 18.50, followed by Mark Hornsey at 19.04. First lady was Amy Casson in 21.57, followed by Katherine Malone in 23.13.

A couple of reminders to help our parkruns run smoothly. After finishing please don't walk back through the funnel as it causes problems for the finishers. Also when walking back to the car park, please be aware of those still running and keep to one side to let them through.

The IT won't talk to my phone, so photos will be on our FB page....

Next week is our 250th parkrun and International Women's day. To mark this try to wear purple or green!

We're all in Kelly's safe hands next week!


Event 248 – 22nd Feb 2020

This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers to Gedling, 6 of whom chose a cold, windy and wet Gedling for their first ever parkrun, congratulations and welcome to the family! 22 recorded new Personal Bests.  

We had tourists from many Nottingham parkruns due to cancellations at Long Eaton, Beeston, Colwick and the new Wollaton Hall parkrun. There were also tourists visiting from the Newark core team and Belton House so it looks like we were the place to be in the East Midlands this weekend. Thanks for popping by and we hope to see you tackle the hills again soon.  I also spoke to a gentleman visiting from Bingley. He was hoping to do Long Eaton so went from the sublime to the ridiculous in terms if hills! but he says he'll be back again to see the views in the summer.



Milestones this week were celebrated by Chris Dickinson completing her 50th run and her 10th at Gedling (pictured below on the right) and Emma Furness completing her 100th Run having visited 24 different parkrun venues and 48 at Gedling.87148248_216782476135228_1363867951471525888_n

Here is a shot of our first 3 Male finishers who practically sprinted around the course. Well done to you all.

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The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Tamsin MILLNS • Ian SULLIVAN • Joshua KING • Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD • Emma TOMLINSON • Ruby NEAL • Kelly MORPHUS • Holly PRINCE • Carl SHIPLEY • Samuel JUBY • Anysha CHINYEMBA • Katie HICKEN • Eve RANDALL • Chris HILL • Victoria RANDALL • Freya RANDALL • Sharon MESSAM • Helen POOK • Ben FOWKES

85069785_192889191959986_4786287249442471936_nIan (Run Director) Marshall will be in the black and white next week for the very rare leap year parkrun!

Until next time, Tamsin signing off!



Event 247 – 15th February 2020

Wow when i arrived at Gedling this morning i honestly thought Storm Dennis was still in hiding but how wrong was i!!! He decided to join us good and proper. However that didn't stop 170 off you joining us which included 23 first timers. Welcome to our hills and if you can run in that head wind, your laughing the next time you join us.


Honestly a massive thank you to our volunteers this week. It was dreadfully windy and very wet but without them it wouldn't be possible. So Firstly we have Sarah who does all the behind the scene admin as our Volunteer Coordinator. If you fancy joining the high vis heroes drop her a email at gedling@parkrun.com. Katie did a lovely job at first time briefing which she stood into at the last minute. Good thing about the 1st time briefing is you can get your run in as well. Chris, Carl and Hilary were our fabulous marshal's out on the course. We obviously lacked our signs today due to the wind but with these lovely lot  ensure no one got lost. Ben and Ruby did a great job off ensuring the tokens and funnel was managed correctly. Sally and Holly both new too timing did a great job with cold fingers beeping you. Anysha and Samuel deserve a massive praise, its never a easy job to barcode scan in the rain. They did a great job and thank you Tracy for getting her phone out to help after her pacing duties. The other pacers we had was Sharon and Helen helping you get those PBs. Emma and Rachel did a great job ensuring you where all back safely as our tail walkers. Then me kel wearing the RD vest.


Well done Lenny for achieving your 50th T shirt. Lenny has ran 38 of them here on our hills. That's very good going. Unfortunately i didn't mange to get a photo due to my phone being really wet and being caught up with writing down un-scan bar-codes. We loved your t shirt though with chocolates attached. I am very sure our runners enjoyed them too.

In wet weather like today, the paper bar-code become very wet and more difficult to scan so though we try our best sometimes the only option we have is to write them down. Please understand we try and write the correct number down but accidents happen. If your number isn't correctly recorded please email in and we will update the result system. There is no other way and you will still get your result. Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder that parkrun is a free event and our volunteers are giving up there spare time so the event can go ahead. The weather definitely doesn't help with the technology.


Remember Gedling juniors is cancelled tomorrow morning and hopefully back on next week.

7th March is our 250 event and international women's day. We have an event on Gedling's Facebook page. We always welcome any ideas to help celebrate theses occasions. Email in any ideas.


Right that's all for this week, time to dry out and drink lots off tea  High vis are in the washing machine ready for next Saturday when Tamsin is wearing the RD vest. Enjoy your week Kel






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Event 246 – 8th February 2020

It was another enjoyable morning at Gedling parkrun. Maybe I am saying that as I could just shout out well done to the runners rather than having to run up our lovely but challenging hills! There were lots of smiles though (after our parkrunners had recovered!) and it was great to see everybody chatting away and also enjoying the social aspect of parkrun as well as the run.


We welcomed 166 parkrunners to Gedling today, of whom 31 were first timers to Gedling and 6 of these were brand new to parkrun. We hope that you get the parkrun bug and we would love to welcome you back to Gedling again soon.


Our tourists had travelled from Coventry, Rutland, Worcester, Manchester, Belton and Colwick!!

28 of our parkrunners recorded a personal best so well done to you all - Matt, Iason, Katie, Justin, George, Stephen, Benjamin, William, Louisa, Simon, Daniel, John, Amy, James, Abigail, Jillian, Michelle, Emma, Mohammed, Anne-Marie, Lydia, Sarah, Molly, Earl, Danny, Joanna, Amy and Nikita. It is a great feeling to achieve a personal best but whatever your reason for joining in today I hope that you went away knowing that you had boosted your emotional and physical wellbeing.

Our first finisher was Matthew Grainge in 19:25 (just a second off his PB), followed by Matt Renshaw (19:53) who did get a PB and James Moore (20:33) on his very first parkrun! Here is Matt, Matthew and James.


For the ladies we had Mia France (21:32), Catherine Jackson (22:20) and Katie Hicken (22:23) which was also a PB. Here is Katie, Catherine and Mia.


You will have probably noticed that parkrun also gives you an age grade %. This week our highest age grade % was Christine Heaton with an age grade % of 77.4 and Stan Pascoe with a 73.24% age grade.

We love to celebrate parkrun milestones (10 parkruns if you are under 18 years old, 50, 100, 250 etc); we didn't think we had any this week but looking at the results congratulations to Ashot Markarian-Massihi who ran his 50th parkrun and he has ran them all at Gedling!



There were 7 parkrunners who have ran over 250 parkruns - Egg on 358 at 254 different events - wow! Joanna on 348, Jillian on 305, Ella on 294 Paul on 275 and Liam and Clive both on 251.


This is old news but I have just realised that last week we had our 6,000th different parkrunner at Gedling - so well done to Laurence Kingscott of Quorn Hash House Harriers - it was you!

Gedling parkrun only happens due to our fantastic volunteers and this week they were-

Liam PROBERT • Joshua KING • Sarah HORRIGAN-FULLARD • Ruby NEAL • Kelly MORPHUS • Peter DAVIES • Tracy HILL • Ian MARSHALL • Helen SMALLEY • Holly PRINCE • Joe LANGHAM • Carl SHIPLEY • Samuel JUBY • Neil GREGORY • Chris HILL • Sharon MESSAM • Helen POOK • Nicola DOBSON • Kate SPRATT • Ben FOWKES


Once you have volunteered 25 times you get a lovely purple milestone parkrun T shirt - 14 of our runners this week have one of these T shirts and 8 of our volunteers have reached this milestone. If you would like to get one too then do email us on gedling@parkrun.com to get yourself on the volunteer roster.


So everything is packed away now and we will hopefully see you next week!


Event 245 – 1st February 2020

The first day of February was certainly a windy one! The shining sun was rising over the top of the solar farm and as we assembled at 8:15 to begin the setup, it looked like we were going to be in for a good day.

Massive thank you to all our volunteers today, without you, our parkrun simply wouldn’t happen!

Today Ben and Joshua clicked the timers, Scot, Kel and Nicola marshalled our course, Ruby and Samuel scanned your barcodes, Anysha was in charge of the clipboard, Holly and Ian managed the funnel, and Lindsey and Laura tail walkied. Many thanks to Lisa and Tracy who stepped in after their run to help out barcode scanning, to ease the extra long queue.


Thank you to Cath for doing the first timers and tourists brief. We welcomed visitors from Shipley Country parkrun (they enjoyed our multiple hills apparently!), Conkers, and a couple of visitors from the New Brixworth Country parkrun (Northamptonshire), which is a brand new parkrun and worth a visit they said!


This week we were treated to four pacers, Sally, Mike, Sharon and Helen who were pacing a variety of times from 30 mins to 40 mins, and bearing in mind that the hills of Gedling are very difficult to pace on, not one of them was even a second over their predicted time! Fantastic work, thank you!

A massive 248 of you joined us on the hills, the event average is still 138, but every week this year there have been well over 200 of you joining us, so that average won't last for long!




First across the line for the gents sprinted Ian Hale in 18:52, followed by Matthew Drew in 20:41 (new PB) and then Mark Hornsey in 20:47.


Tracy Hill was the first lady over the finish with a time of 22:41 (new PB), closely followed by Katie Hicken in 22:48, then Rebecca Heading in 24:14.


 There were 25 new personal bests recorded, maybe the wind was helping you up the hills!


Some major milestones were achieved, well done to Arthur who completed his 10th run, Lucille Porter who achieved her 50th, and Caroline Neal who ran her 100th run!20200201_091955



The wind has been known to cause issues for us at Gedling, remember when the gazebo blew away? Well today the finish token pot decided to run away with the wind and discard the finish tokens in the mud! Not a job for sorting them at the pub but a job for me and the kitchen sink back at home! Each one has now been freshly cleaned and dried and the amazing thing is we didn’t lose one of them!


Thanks to all, have a great week and see you next parkrun day!



Event 244 – Saturday 25th January 2020

An eventful occasion today - I just want to say a big thank you to all those that stepped in!

  • Thank you to the runners who helped a runner (Pete) who fell ill and reported this to us.
  • Thank you to Chris Hill, our volunteer who went to check if Pete was OK and took him to the walk-in centre to get checked out.
  • Thank you to the lady who came along to spectate, and with gentle persuasion stepped in to do the timer while Chris went to help Pete.
  • Thank you to Bryony Miller who took over from the spectator to do the timer.
  • Thank you to our fantastic DofE volunteers, many of which took on new rolls last minute when 2 volunteers didn't turn up.
  • Thank you to Ian Sullivan who stepped in last minute to do first timers briefing.
  • Thank you to Carl Shipley and Ian Marshall, who stayed behind with me to help token sort and provide general support.
  • Thank you to Kelly and Kate who arrived early to get set up started nice and early.
  • Thank you to the rest of our volunteers who marshalled (Hilary, Matt and Jim), tail walked (Kate, Theo and Peter) and paced (Sharon and Helen) the course and to Sarah for coordinating out volunteers.

What a brilliant Gedling parkrun family we have.Today was a really good example of people stepping in to help.

We had 31 who did Gedling for the first time today, 8 runners who were new to parkrun and 53 PBs which is amazing. Helen Pook did her 50th parkrun.


Event 242 – Tourist report writer and milestones galore

Welcome all - And what an amazing Gedling event and parkrun's biggest parkrun weekend.  Ever.

This week's run report below has been kindly written by John who was tail walking along with Rebecca who did her 250th parkrun and so thanks and BIG congratulations :-)


Volunteering for parkrun definitely gives you chance to appreciate the scenery and the overall course, a lot more.  Today was a case in point, paying more attention to the wooden animal sculptures en route and the large solar panel farm on the top field (hadn’t really noticed it properly before!).

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Ascending the first climb of the route today, you couldn’t help notice the slight south westerly breeze.  It certainly blew the cobwebs away by the time you reached the corner viewpoint (by the beacon basket thing, only noticed this today as well!).  We had the luxury of pausing slightly, to take in the views across the Trent Valley.  It certainly makes you appreciate getting out and about and being a part of the parkrun phenomenon.

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I’ve lived in Nottingham on and off now for over a quarter of a century and ashamed to say that I don’t really know this area too well.  So, after few minutes on the interweb, I thought I’d share these few bits with you:

  • Gedling get its name from a Saxon bloke ages ago (the ‘ing’ bit means ‘people’ apparently – hence the settlement was for Gedl’s people).  He set up his abode near the present day church in the village.
  • Today, our footsteps have trampled on the spoil brought up from a coal mine that was located just beneath the first hill we went up.  It has a horrible statistic of costing the lives of 128 miners
  • The pit has 92 years of history and finally closed in 1991.  The present day park was opened in 2015 and was described at the time by the local MP as a “…green lung for Gedling”.
  • The highest point at the park (top of the first hill on the course) is somewhere in the region 110m above sea level.  The highest point in the Nottingham area isn’t too far away - ‘Dorket Head’ (146m), whilst a hill a few metres east of the Tibshelf M1 services is the County’s top peak (204m).

On with my interpretation of the stats from the results then:

  • This was Gedling’s 242nd event.  The first one took place on 20th June 2015.
  • We had 255 participants, up by 29 people from the previous week, and well above the course average of 137.
  • 48 people had not done our parkrun before.  13 of these were brave enough to choose this challenging course as their very first parkrun – fair play to you guys!
First timers

Well done all first timers and the girls doing this first run for sponsorship

First timers Gedling

Experienced parkrunners doing their first time at Gedling - Hope you all enjoyed and see you again

  •  Two dozen participants managed to find ways of harnessing today’s wind energy in their own favour, attaining Personal Best times.  That’s a great effort in today’s conditions (must have been wearing sails, especially up that rock face near the 4km marker).
PB bell

It's a PB - RING THE BELL!!!!

first finisher

Gloves and hat required on a windy day - Not sure if Damian could use the gloves for barcode scanning!

It's The Cobra!

It's The Cobra!

  • The statistics point us to several parkrun stalwarts today – Andrew King & Linsdey Fisher completing their 50th parkrun's today - Well done both.  Then there are my whippets Skye & Fudge, who between them have led their owner Rebecca Machin, around 250 parkrun events.
Congratulations to Rebecca for her 250th run with John and Kate

Congratulations to Rebecca for her 250th run with John and Kate

Joshua Andrew

Andrew after his 50th run with Joshua and Sharon


Congratulations to Lindsey for her 50th parkrun with a regular photobomber (in parkrun t-shirt!)

  • The female/male ratio of attendees today was 45/55.
  • Michelle Butler and Ian Hales were our best age grade runners today at 71.81% and 75.94%, respectively.

A big thank you to all the volunteers today.  If you haven’t done so yet, please have a go at volunteering – it gives you another perspective and appreciation of all that is great about parkrun.  Please do your bit and aim to do at least two or three volunteers each year.


Great team work though the black dog was photo shy...  We had a mix of regular volunteers, tourists and first timers - Come and join in - Email to: gedling@parkrun.com

Lastly, and to follow on with some social media comments regarding the audibility at some other parkruns, I wanted to say that was the first time in ages that I’ve been able to hear the complete parkrun briefing. So, credit to Neil – the Run Director for his clarity, and also the owners of barking dogs, who did their bit to take action when needed to ensure everyone had a chance to hear what was being said.

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Not sure that the Clumber Park Runners were quite expecting Gedling's hills - Great bunch and even brought their own amazing volunteer - Come back and see us again on your tourist adventures


All the best to Rachael


Well that's it for another week and Tamsin's your RD this Saturday - Can we get more than 255...?


#dfyb (don't forget your barcode)

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