Everyone loves a parkrun

Graves Parkrun Event 356

Before you read this week’s run report, be aware that I completely love Parkrun, and felt like telling everybody how much I love Parkrun in this week’s run report. You have been warned. Read on…

This week there were 324 runners, joggers and walkers who got to enjoy the sunshine and lovely fresh ( if slightly chilly) air at graves.  Steve briefed us and we made our way to the start line.

This week, like every week we couldn’t have done anything without the support of our hi-vis heros, so a big thank you to:

Adrian SHIPLEY  •  Amelia SANDERSON  •  Ann-Marie MULVEY  •  Bret DUNCAN  •  Charlie LAST  •  Cherry MOGER  •  Claire TODD  •  Dan MURPHY  •  Daniel ALSTON  •  Finley LAWSON  •  Jade ROSE  •  Jo ECCLES  •  Julie DAVIS  •  Kate DYMOND  •  Kerry MARSTON-GIROUX  •  Laura ALSTON  •  Magdalena BOO  •  Mark DAVIS  •  Millie GLAVES  •  Naomi MORRISON  •  Roger WALTERS  •  Sarah HILLARY  •  Sarah SANDERSON  •  Simon NIGHTINGALE  •  Stephen GILMER  •  Stuart ROOKER  •  Will DOYLE  •  Zofia TRZECIAK

Offering to volunteer can seem quite daunting if you haven’t done it before, but please do consider it, there are a variety of roles that you can do, and the team are really friendly. Parkrun will always be as much about volunteering as running. It’s ethos is about helping people be the best they can be, to change their lives and to grow as individuals. Not a bad achievement for those of us turning up for a sociable hour on a Saturday morning. It is, after all , a run not a race!!

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So then, a big welcome to the 14 of you who are completely new to parkrun.

Aidan ENGLISH, Harry MUSCROFT, Maria KIELY, Harriet TRAVIS, Emma CLARKE, Joe FOX, Rebecca MITCHELL, Nick LIVERSIDGE, Sarah HOLLINGUM, Mark FURNESS, Alice KIELY, Marcus NEWMAN, Kathleen FRY, Rebecca MARSHALL

 

And also to the 31 of you who had your first time at Graves today.

 

Everybody who knows me knows I love to run, and not surprisingly I love Parkrun. But, one of the things I love most about Parkrun is how people who don’t necessarily love to run (yet!) love Parkrun too. I think it is because it is so inclusive and supportive and has a fantastic sense of community about it, and it is utterly inclusive. This week after I’d finished I went to the final hill of doom ( it’s official title in my head anyway) to watch people finish.

This is Sam, running with Rowan. Rowan was only doing the first lap and it was his very first time, so Sam was going to do the second lap without his support….and maybe without being on coat carrying duty

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In fact, standing at the mid-way point of that hill, you’d be forgiven for thinking some of us actually like running up hills at Graves, because I saw so many smiles! But again, that’s what Parkrun is about; supporting each other and having fun. I think having said that I’m more of a hill grimacer.. but as I was the one taking the photos today, I guess we will never know!

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Well done to our top finishers today

James YEOMANS 19:10 M 1
Tom BOLLARD 19:32 M 2
Joseph MALLINSHAW 19:38 M 3
Rebecca WALKER 22:23 F 1
Rachel MILLER 22:47 F 2
Charlotte ELLIS 23:33 F 3

 

And a big well-done to the runners who got a PB today. A whopping 46 of you in fact..

Gareth WILLIAMS, Mick CROOKES, Justin HIGHFIELD, Daniel ALSTON, Matt DUNBAR, Jayne GUPPY, David BARROTT, Richard HEAVISIDE, Murray WHITE, Gabriel ARMITAGE, John ARMITAGE, David BEARD, Daniel BEWICK, Caroline ANTHONY, Jessica HALL, Simon NICHOLAS,, Jacob ARMITAGE, Liz PARKES, Petra SCHWARCZOVA, Cara HALL, Robert WILKINSON, Robin ATHERTON, Ian NEALE, Helen HALL, Aimee CARRACK, Robert DICKINSON, Rachael HODGSON, Ken LAWRIE, Zofia TRZECIAK, Heather COLYER, Sue JACKLIN, Ian FEELEY, Anna JONES ,Annabelle STANDLEY, Max TAYLOR, Adina HUMA, Pauline WILSON Sarah SMITH, Margot WALKER, Jim SINGLETON, Vicky SOUTH, Rachel MELLOR, Andy WOODS, Judith ALLEN, Chris UTTLEY, Christine TORR

 

 

Finally, congratulations to Sebastian PUGH and Peter GOODLIFFE on reaching your 50th milestone.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Pacers and a birthday

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A turnout of 200 runners and walkers for Graves parkrun on Saturday was all the more impressive considering the cold April showers that were in evidence on the day. Roger briefly briefed us and particularly thanked the volunteer force for filling up the roster by midweek, which he said was always a relief for the run directors. As well as the usual volunteer roles this week, three pacers - Gavin, Laura and Carol - were pacing 25, 35 and 40 minutes respectively.

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Five people shown below were running their first ever parkrun on Saturday. A big well done to all of you. We promise the weather isn't always that bad. 17 further runners were at Graves for the first time, from elsewhere.

Aaron GRACEY Cansu KANDEMIR Declan ONEILL
Desiree BOOTH Harjit SINGH

 

A big thanks to the volunteers who keep the parkrun going; this week they were:

Roger WALTERS • Janet GLOVER • Helen YOUNG • Emma BUTCHER • Jo ECCLES • Gavin NEWHOUSE • Dan MURPHY • Kerry MARSTON-GIROUX • Paulinus MILLEN • Charlie LAST • Carol SPEIGHT • Neal PATES • Katja DANSON • Cherry MOGER • Sue MATTHEWS • Jill MARSTON-GIROUX • Cath DAVIES • Sarah SANDERSON • Laura ALSTON • Michael JONES • Amelia SANDERSON • Chris WALKER • Alexis FOSTER • Kat JONES • Sarah HUDSON • Denise ADAMS-JACKSON

Congratulations to Gavin Leach for his 50th parkrun today. And a big thank you to Carol Speight for her 25th volunteer. Carol paced 40 minutes perfectly, coming in at 39:47.

 

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Laura (with buggy!) did a great job of pacing 35 minutes!

 

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The top positions were as follows:

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Phil SKELTON 18:13 1 Vicky PENN * 21:17
2 Alistair REID ** 19:34 2 Rebekah PITCHER ** 21:54
3 Oliver HART 19:44 3 Amy ALLCARD * 22:08
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

29 runners managed a PB today:

Abigail HERRING Adam BISHOP Adina HUMA
Amy ALLCARD Andrew R Anna STRONG
Barry SPRUCE Brendan SHEPHERD Bret DUNCAN
Claire WREN Crispin JONES Daniel ALSTON
Emma HALL Emma WALKER Heather BOOTH
Helen HYDE Jayne GUPPY Jim SINGLETON
Justin HIGHFIELD Louise RUNAGLE Margot WALKER
Marlene SPRUCE Michael JONES Peter MOXON
Rachel ALLCARD Sonja LEWIS Steve MALLINDER
Susie PEPLOW Vicky PENN

 

First finisher Phil got this week's highest age grade too!

Phil SKELTON (VM35-39) with 18:13 (73.83%)

 

Finally, a big happy birthday to Roger who celebrated his 78th birthday on Saturday too.

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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 now 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

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Glorious Graves

Event #354

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Stephen was back at the helm today after a slightly stressful week of recruiting volunteers to enable today's event to go ahead.  There were extra emails and posts out to our regular volunteers, Steel City Striders, Strideout and GoodGym.  Thanks to everyone who stepped forward, we literally cannot hold the event without your help!

This week's heroes were… Laura ALSTON, Elaine BIRD, Ian BLACKBURN, Magdalena BOO, Janet CHAPMAN, Cath DAVIES, Stephen John DAY, Christopher DYER, Jo ECCLES, Sylvia ELLIS, Paul GILL, Stephen GILMER, Sarah HOWSON, Phil HOWSON, Mark JACKSON, Kat JONES, Finley LAWSON, Kerry MARSTON-GIROUX, Jill MARSTON-GIROUX, Ann-Marie MULVEY, Dan MURPHY, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Amelia SANDERSON, Stephanie STREET, Claire TODD, Roger WALTERS, Simon John WILES

If you don't already volunteer, please consider giving it a go, you can read more about it here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/volunteer/ and you can sign up to the volunteer emails following the "manage my profile" link in your results email.

 

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For a parkrun of our size, and the minimum number of volunteer roles that are need to be in place during the run, if everyone volunteered just 3 times a year, and ran every other week, we would be totally self-sufficient.

We also needed to remind everyone about our dog policy at Graves, supporting participants with dogs is at the discretion of each event and following several incidents last year we have had to state that we we only support participants with a dog on a short hand held lead, not a belt anchored lead.  This is entirely for safety reasons and we love to see people taking part with their dog provided this is adhered to.

After the briefing though we were able to enjoy a glorious day at Graves for the event that even saw the post run token sorting being done outside!

 

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There were 17 new to parkrun parkrunners today, what a day for your first event! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Adia RODGERS Charlie LUDLAM Chris UTTLEY
Christine TORR Edie BENSLEY Gwen WILLIAMS
Hannah WHITE Heath RODGERS James QUINN
Karen DYSON Max TAYLOR Michael SHUTT
Robert SCHOLEY Stuart DRUMMINGS Sy Atchana FU
Tim ELDRIDGE William FU

 

 

A further 34 people were visiting Graves for the first time.

 

Abigail SWEENEY Aiden MOYLES Alice URWIN
Ann SMITH Anna DRAGE Anthony JOHNSON
Becky SUMMERS Danielle HUTCHINSON Edward BROWN
Frances JOHNSON Hannah KEMPSON Helen RODWAY
Holly MCCAIN Jed MARSDEN Jessica MCMULLAN
Jo BUTLER Kathryn HAGUE Lee HARDY
Lee PARKIN Mark EVANS Mel REED
Melanie SUMMERS Neil SWAN Nigel MARSDEN
Paul Andrew JOHNSON Peter Francis JOHNSON Rachel BAILEY
Saif NAJEEB Samantha HAMSTEAD Stefan SZABLEWSKI
Stephanie Diane COOK-REED Tony PROSSER Yasemin GOKMEN
Zara Lucy PROSSER

 

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The Johnson family were visiting Graves today, all in matching 250 Club Shirts.

There were 3 Milestone this week, Liz and Kirk SMITH both joined the 50 Club. Marek SZABLEWSKI joined the 250 Club!!!  Congratulations from everyone at Graves.

 

 

Run Stats

 

There were 39 PB’s this morning. Well done everyone!

 

Akos SURIN Alfie DEVILLY Alistair ROSE
Andrew GARFORTH Andy BUCK Bret DUNCAN
Cara HALL Caroline ANTHONY Cherry MOGER
Crispin JONES Emma WALKER Erin SHAW
Evan SHKUL Ewan SPENCER Hekmat MORADI
Helen HALL Jessica HALL Jim SINGLETON
Jo WALLER John SCHOLEY Jon COOK
Justin HIGHFIELD Karen CLARK Keith BUTCHER
Leann VAUGHAN Les MORTON Liz PARKES
Liz WOODS Owen SWIFT Peter MOXON
Petra SCHWARCZOVA Rachel ALLCARD Rachel MELLOR
Robert WILKINSON Ryan TAYLOR Scott JACKLIN
Thomas CANNON Victoria BROWN Wes JACKLIN

 

Finishing positions

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Joseph NEWMAN-BILLINGTON 16:47 1 Rachel BAILEY ** 21:43
2 Ewan SPENCER * 17:35 2 Tara SPILLINGS 22:07
3 Joseph HIBBERT 18:17 3 Erin SHAW * 22:16

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

This week’s top age graded result this week was…

Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:03 (85.09%)

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

 

Please keep an eye out on Facebook for any cancellation notices before heading to Graves, we will always try to let people know as early as possible of any issues, but safety of those taking part will always be our priority!

 

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

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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

 

 

Joyeux anniversaire Graves parkrun!

This  week’s parkrun was our 7thbirthday at Graves… so to celebrate we did fancy dress, cakes and a pre run briefing in French until our run director ran out of French words and went back to English. This didn’t take that long!!

In addition to costumes and cakes, to really mix things up we also decided this week the 332 of you that turned up to run, jog or walk could do the course backwards. Never ever a dull moment up here at Graves.

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A massive thank you to this week’s volunteers who once again made the event happen for all:

Dana ABDULKARIM, Amy ALLCARD, Robert ATKIN, Tony BELL, Emma BUTCHER, Lucy COWELL, Tracey DAVIES, Christiane DURING, Kate DYMOND, Lynn FINDLAY, Bee GAN, Paul GILL, Stephen GILMER, Beth HALLIDAY, Mark JACKSON, Charlie LAST, Andrew LOCK, Dan MURPHY, Paul NEWEY, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Richard PEGG, Liz SMITH, Carol SPEIGHT, Katherine SPEYER, Zofia TRZECIAK, Julia WALDRON

 

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We welcomed 12 people to Parkrun for the first time

Gina HALE, David COPLEY, Rachel APPLE, Annabelle STANDLEY, Brendan SHEPHERD, Anna BOGUNOVIC, Sarah SMITH, Liz WOODS, Leann VAUGHAN, Andy WOODS, Sam WALKER and Barry SPRUCE

The cool sunshine and lack of wind and running the course the wrong way round obviously worked really well for 25 of our runners who got a PB this week. Well done to

Patrick DAWSON, Alistair ROSE, Ryan ANDREWS, Maria DAVIES, Jacob DYMOND, Justin HIGHFIELD, George JANES, Harvey BATTY, Stephen SHERRY, Keith BUTCHER, Jonathan BYE, Marcia TORRANO HARLING, Ann WILSON, Ian NEALE, Sean PARKIN, Joseph CONNOLLY, Duncan GRAHAM, Rachel ALLCARD, Lyra DYMOND, Christian ALLAN, Akos SURIN, Ryan TAYLOR, Abigail HERRING, Louise RUNAGLE, Sonja LEWIS

 

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The top positions this week went to:

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Andy NORTON ** 18:51 1 Ellie SPRAKE 22:50
2 Stuart CARRACK 19:04 2 Phillippa ROSE 23:22
3 Patrick DAWSON * 19:22 3 Helen ASHFIELD 23:25

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

Our highest age grade this week was reached by Helen EBERLIN with an age grade of 83.39%

A massive well done to those of you who reached your milestones this week

Ryan ANDREWS who reached his Junior 10

 

50thmilestones were reached by:

Sarah Louise KING, Ben LEWIS, Chris COATES, Joanna ANDREWS, Joanne GLEIG

 

Join us again next week for more parkrunning fun, and if you haven’t already consider volunteering please do.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.

 

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.

 

 

The One Where One of the Brand New Tokens Went AWOL!

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A slightly quieter Graves parkrun this week, possibly due to some local races the next day. Well done anyone who raced! It was a bit cloudy and cold this week but there were 233 people starting their weekend with endorphins.

There were 24 first timers this week, 4 of these were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done to you, see you next week!

Emma WALKER Julia STEVENSON Rob DRUMMOND
Robert TAYLOR    

 

We also had 20 people visiting Graves parkrun for the first time with our furthest tourist being from Brisbane! Welcome all!

Adam SHARDLOW Alex BELK Angus BISHOP
Bethan RUTTER Damon STANTON Emilia FROST
Georgia SMITH Helen WHITELEY Ian NEALE
Kay TRENCHARD-HILL Matt LEES Max MOSCARDINI
Michael TUTTY Nicholas WAKELAM Parveen AFSAR
Russ WREN Ruth THOMAS Simon FROGGATT
Steph STEDMAN Tom BROOKS  

There were also a fair few more Totley vests around this week as they took part in their annual parkrun championship. Well done all, lovely to see you at Graves.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:

Amy ALLCARD, Rosie ALLEN, Rosie AMERY, Nigel ARDING, Lucy COWELL, Jo ECCLES, Jane EVANS, Millie GLAVES, Angela JACKSON, Mark JACKSON, Finley LAWSON, Andy LEDBETTER, Dan MURPHY, Catherine NEEDHAM, Robert NICOL, Sian PEARCE, Gillian RAY, Francesca ROOKER, Timothy RYAN, Amelia SANDERSON, Sarah SANDERSON, Martyn SANDERSON, Carol SPEIGHT, Amanda TOWERS, Roger WALTERS, Martin WHITE

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Roger was in charge this week. He asked for a show of hands for the Sheffield Half marathon next week – there were a fair few and unsurprisingly the roster is already looking pretty good so RD Gav should have an easy job this week! Roger gave a bit of a plug for volunteering too claiming it give you all the benefits without the hot and sweaty bit! I can confirm that this is true.

 

I was stood on the outskirts of the briefing this week and it was really good to be able to hear the whole briefing as it was so quiet. Thanks all, it really is important that everyone can hear the main briefing for important announcements such as…

GRAVES’ ANNIVERSARY RUN!

Yes that’s right folks, Graves parkrun is 7 years old! Our anniversary run is this coming weekend 13th April. ED Jo has requested fancy dress with the theme of 7 – use that as you wish! We have also been concocting a way of running the new route in reverse! Listen carefully to briefing next weekend for directions!

 

There was a moment of mild run directing panic this week as one of our brand spanking new tokens went missing! Luckily, we were soon made aware of its whereabouts and instructions given for its safe return – phew! Remember not to be a token magpie folks!

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Milestones:

We had two 50th runs this week.

Helen DICKINSON 50
Victoria MUSCROFT 50

Well done both!

 

Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

There were 27 PBs this week. Well done all!

Andrea OWENS Austin FROST Bryan BRADWELL
Christian ALLAN Elliot JENKINSON Hekmat MORADI
Holly MASON James ROYAL Jayne ALLAN
Jayne GUPPY Karen MILBOURN Karen WALLER
Kath WHARMBY Liz LEWIN Liz PARKES
Lynn FINDLAY Margot WALKER Mark DAVIS
Neil STABBS Noah MILBOURN Peter ATKIN
Poppy LEE Sarah CHARNLEY Simon LEE
Tom AUKLAND Victoria MUSCROFT Will DOYLE

 

 

The top age graded result this week was Anthony WHITEHOUSE (VM65-69) with 20:33 (81.59%)

 

 

 

Finishing positions

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Neil STABBS * 18:13 1 Liz LEWIN * 20:30
2 Austin FROST * 18:38 2 Caz KAY 21:54
3 Mathew SEDGEWICK 18:48 3 Deborah RICHARDS 21:59
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

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 the instructions below:

For those who don’t currently receive the volunteer e-mails, if you follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails. We won’t bombard you don’t worry! Well, not unless we’re really desperate!

 

Notices

Roger reminded us all that while we should be over the worst of the wintery weather, cancellations are still possible in windy conditions because of the new route. Please check our facebook site for the most up to date news.

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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

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