Field of Dreams

 

"The memories will be so thick you'll need to swat them away like flies"

Terence Mann was talking about a magical baseball field in Iowa, but for us it applied to Graves Park. The Steel City on the Sheaf, The dirty old lady in the green frame, the City of Seven Hills.

 

Visiting Sheffield is always a special experience for us. We met as students at the University in the mid 80s. I played many hours of football at Norton playing fields and happily recall catching the Number 2 bus back to Crookes. Kathy's fathers family were Sheffielders for generations scattered over Hunters Bar, Gleadless, Manor Park and Millhouses. 

Every moment in this wonderful city sparks a smile or a story. 

Graves holds one very special memory for us. Back in 1987 after Live Aid had alerted the world to famine in Africa the challenge was to "Run The World" and 5k runs happened all over the globe. We ran at the Graves Park event. It was the first mass participation run I'd ever done. A lot of cotton t-shirts, tight shorts and plimsolls were on display that day. Like so many things running fashion has changed a lot.

And now in October 2021 we arrive at Graves and the very first of the new breed of parkrun milestone t-Shirts were on display. In addition to the shirts that relate to the milestone runs you can now get milestone volunteer shirts. At least two "100 Volunteers" were on display. Its a lovely development that reflects just how important the volunteers are in making the parkrun magic happen.   

 

As I'd expect from Sheffield the Graves Volunteers were wonderfully friendly and welcoming. Special thanks to RD Catherine and Stephen who greeted us on arrival and also to the cheerful marshal at the top of that very steep incline behind the cafe. We all needed a boost of enthusiasm at that point. 

Catherine RD Graves

 

Graves finish funnel

Your volunteers were:

Janet CHAPMAN • Jo ECCLES • Catherine NEEDHAM • Elizabeth RIMMER • Gavin NEWHOUSE • Andrew CALLAGHAN • Marion MCCABE • Jack COLLIER • Sally WARD • Jill MARSTON-GIROUX • Stephen GILMER • Sarah SANDERSON • Michael JONES • Ruth HOFFMAN • Julie ARMSTRONG • Sally RHODES • Shaun TURNELL • Lindsey DEIGNAN • Martin HOFFMAN • Dawn GRAYSON • Tessa BAINBRIDGE

 

Graves is such a beautiful park. The three word summary is probably "Hills and Llamas" but it’s so much more than that. Our new home course at Salisbury is as flat as a pancake but for 8 years our parkrun home was Alice Holt in Surrey. That's like Graves - beautiful but very hilly.

Many people don't care for running hilly courses but I always think they make for the most interesting events. 

Although as I grunted my way up the final uphill at Graves the word 'interesting' wasn't in the front of my mind :)  

 

166 of us completed the event, of whom a massive 28 were first time parkrunners. 

Hey first-timers, don't be put off by the hills, come back and EMBRACE them!

Evidence that the hills can be tamed is that 26 people recorded Personal Best times.

 

To top of the morning off we dived into spectacular bacon sandwiches and a discussion about whether in Sheffield they are "a batch" or "a bap" or a" barm" - Answers on a postcard as they say.

baps barms or batch Graves

 

Such a wonderful morning. Thank to all the runners and volunteers for such a lovely event and thanks once again to Sheffield - the most under-rated city in Britain - as we inserted yet another wonderful episode into our packed Steel City memory bank.

 

Geoff Brown

Visiting from Salisbury but running in an 'Alice Holt' running shirt. 

Geoff and Kathy at Graves

 

9th October – Graves Run Report

Graves Parkrun Report

Whenever you see “undulating” on a course description or someone talks about a course in that manner you can never truly know what to expect. But it’s the perfect description for Graves! As sweep along through the park seeing all different parts of it you’re taken on a rollercoaster of a run. The ups and downs give you a real challenge for a Saturday morning. 

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With a rolling start this gives an interesting way to get going. Spreading out the crowd before that first glorious downhill section. There’s not many Parkruns that start and finish near a farm and have you running amongst the fields! Seeing the highland cows this morning was a pleasant surprise. 

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As my first time running this course it had a great atmosphere. Super friendly marshalls and volunteers. Plus everyone running was aware and appreciative of other park users which was great to see and really in keeping with the ethos of Parkrun! 

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Event number 411 for Graves and 175 runners today. There was even 7 first timers, congratulations on your first parkruns! Remember it’s so important we all take our turn in volunteering to keep our favourite Saturday activity going strong. 

Thanks,

9th Oct 5

Bethan Gamlin

 

It’s so good to be back!

Event number 405

The tree!

The tree!

It was a lovely sunny Saturday and we had 241 participants to this week's parkrun at Graves. Roger was in charge this week with 'Rollout Gav' supporting.

As you know, we're now having to keep briefings shorter to avoid you gathering for too long so we're missing our usual shout outs and milestones. If you are celebrating something, please let one of the core team know and we'll make sure you get a shout in the run report or on the facebook page.

This week we had a someone celebrating their 25th volunteer role: Richard Savoury. Thank you to Richard! Without volunteers like you, we wouldn't have parkrun! How many other volunteer milestones can we rack up this year I wonder?!

Richard Savoury, volunteering for the 25th time with his son, Adam.

Richard Savoury, volunteering for the 25th time with his son, Adam.

We also had a tourist from Marple, Gavin Eyquem,  who likes to get a photo with the Run Director for every different parkrun he attends. He got an Event Director and Run Director this week!

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Stats:

This week we welcomed 3 people new to parkrun:

Robert ATKINS

Ewan CAMERON

Delaina HASLAM

As well as 31 people new to Graves! Welcome and we hope you enjoyed it!!

First timers briefing

First timers briefing

Adam SAVORY
Alex WILSON
Alexander SUMMERS
Alice JORNA
Amanda SCOTTER
Angie TILER
Ben SMITH
Derek MOFFATT
Gary DODD
Harriet BEARD
Jacob JORNA
Jordan WALTERS-EVELYN
Joseph BARRAUD
Joseph SIZELAND
Katherine TOMLINSON
Kirsty KELLY
Linda DUTTON
Michael SHILLITOE
Ralph ATKINS
Rosie LESLEY
Samuel OGIER
Sean LAWSON
Steve HAND
Stuart OGIER
Tom JORNA
William NEEDHAM

The last one was my son William who has just started on his 5km parkrun journey. I was very proud of him. Graves is not an easy course for little legs!

William Needham, 7.

William Needham, 7.

No official milestone runs this week!

We also had 21 PBs set:

 

Christopher BROWN
Conner GEELAN
Dave BEAUTYMAN
Hannah WHITEOAK
Helen SPENCER
Joanne GLEIG
Laura MELLA
Maggie VICKERS
Niki MILLS
Patrick DAWSON
Pippa WOOD
Robert STUART
Sam WOOD
Sarah DRING
Simon CRITCHLEY
Stephen BOND
Steve ROBINSON
Sue BRIFFA
Tekilil GEBREKRISTOS
Toby GAMLEN
Yvonne O'DONOVAN

As ever, our parkrun would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers!

 Nigel ARDINGJulie ARMSTRONGErica BRAMHALLAndrew CALLAGHANJanet CHAPMANHelen EBERLINJo ECCLESLynn FINDLAYStephen GILMERPeter GOODLIFFEGraham HOGGSarah HUDSONBarry JACKSONRoger KNIGHTLEYFabian KNOTTHeather Claire KNOTTCharlie LASTMarion MCCABECatherine NEEDHAMGavin NEWHOUSERobert NICOLAmelia SANDERSONSarah SANDERSONRichard SAVORYNeil SCHOFIELDClaire TODDBen VICKERSChris VICKERSMaggie VICKERSRoger WALTERS

Have you got any volunteer credits yet? Go on, it's fun, we promise!

OPT IN TO VOLUNTEER E-MAILS

Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow these instructions:

Follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails.

Notices

Don’t forget that there is a junior parkrun at Graves Park on a Sunday morning too.

As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: graveshelpers@parkrun.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.

Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail graves@parkrun.com.

Happy running and see you all next week.

 

 

Battle of the buggies, and a birthday

Event 404

189 participants came to bask in the delights of Graves parkrun on Saturday morning, the park being back to normal after the presence of the fair over the last few weeks. Catherine gave us the shortened briefing and then we were off with the rollout start being lead by Gavin, working well to spread out the field.

 

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Balloons were spotted at the bench near the start/finish area, and it was determined that these were in aid of Alex's birthday. It would be rude to tell you how old Alex is directly, but his age in years is the sum of the first five triangular numbers. Good luck.

 

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Coming in with a DOUBLE buggy at only around 23 minutes was this guy. What an effort!

 

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Closely behind, two other buggies were vying for position, and at the end the two faced their buggies towards each other so the little people could enjoy the moment. It was great to see.

 

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Also spotted on the course was this family, including a youngster with a 100 junior parkruns t-shirt. Wow, you have my immense respect.

 

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Graves setter-upper Ollie Hart came to run and volunteer today, making up part of the volunteer army that helps make the event possible. The heroes this week were:

Rosie ALLENJulie ARMSTRONGElaine BIRDErica BRAMHALLChris BROWESJanet CHAPMANCath DAVIESLindsey DEIGNANJo ECCLESStephen GILMERPeter GOODLIFFEOliver HARTMichael JONESRoger KNIGHTLEYCharlie LASTCatherine NEEDHAMJoanne PEARCEElizabeth PERRYDavid RANSOMSue RANSOMElizabeth RIMMERStuart ROOKERTimothy RYANAmelia SANDERSONSarah SANDERSONNeil SCHOFIELDJuliet SWAINWilliam TOWNINGRoger WALTERS

 

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The six people shown below were running their first ever parkrun on Saturday. A big well done to all of you. 11 further runners were at Graves for the first time, from elsewhere.

Nicholas WEBBER
Tom WILSON
Conner GEELAN
Dave BEAUTYMAN
Josie HARRIS
Emma ULLYATT

A big well done as well to these four, who achieved their milestones today.

Patrick DAWSON 50  parkruns | Member of the parkrun 50 Club
Phil HOWSON 100  parkruns | Member of the parkrun 100 Club
David VESTEY 250  parkruns | Member of the parkrun 250 Club
Katie MELDRUM 100  parkruns | Member of the parkrun 100 Club

 

We had 21 PBs today as well; well done to you all:

Richard BARKER
Ben CARTER
Rob HIGHFIELD
Jim RANGELEY
Sarah PERCIVAL
Laura MELLA
Martin ROBBINS
Thomas SCOFFIELD
Laura RANGELEY
Dan DEVILLY
Maggie VICKERS
John-Jo CARTER
Stephanie CRICHTON
Helen SMITH
Wojciech KOZIELSKI
Beth RAWSON
Anna LORD
Derek CADMAN
Joanne WOOD
Jodi CHART
Jason FORDER

Today's first finisher, Richard Barker, set a PB. Well done Richard. The highest age grade was Pat Goodall, at 83.43%.

Join us again next week for more lovely parkrunning!

Report by Mike Jones (stats powered by Stephen Gilmer)

OPT IN TO VOLUNTEER E-MAILS

Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow these instructions:

Follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails.

Notices

Don’t forget that there is a junior parkrun at Graves Park on a Sunday morning too.

As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: graveshelpers@parkrun.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.

Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail gravesoffice@parkrun.com.

Happy running and see you all next week.

 

How do I sign up for volunteer emails from Graves parkrun?

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As we all know, parkrun wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for our wonderful volunteers.  Each week at Graves we have roughly 20 roles that need to be filled by people not running/walking our route in order for the event to take place.  That’s approximately 1 volunteer for every 10 participants. Since the return of parkrun in England, with factors such as the ‘ping-demic’, new guidance through parkrun’s Covid framework and an understandable rush to get back to participating, there has been an increase in the number of events having to cancel due to a lack of volunteers.  Fortunately this hasn’t yet applied to Graves, but there are times when we need to send out a last minute call for volunteers late in the week.

 

Signing up for your parkrun’s volunteer emails is the best way to get to know when we’re in need of volunteers for a given week, and it helps us fill the rota in advance of each Saturday morning.

 

If you aren’t already signed up to receive these emails, just follow these steps:

 

  1. Open a results email from Grave parkrun and scroll down to click on the orange “volunteer opt-in” button.

 

  1. When the page loads click the “Yes, subscribe me” button.

 

That’s it! You’ll now receive the volunteering email from us each week and also any specific appeals when we are really short of volunteers and being able to stage the event is under threat.

 

You always have the option to opt-out of these emails and can do so at any time through your parkrun profile or using the link in your most recent volunteering email.

 

You can read more about volunteering at Graves parkrun here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/volunteer/ 

 

We would like to encourage as many as possible of you to sign up to the volunteer email and get involved at volunteering at Graves parkrun to ensure we keep the event sustainable.

 

Thank you to all our volunteers, old and new,

 

The Graves Core Team

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