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:

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

Event #352

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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

 

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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:

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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

 

Green’s New Necklace

Graves parkrun #351

A beautiful sunny morning welcomed 299 parkrunners to Graves parkrun number 351, including a few wearing pyjamas for the parkrun in pyjamas Millbrook beds annual competition.  Run Director Green was at helm today efficiently organising the volunteers and then ensuring all parkrunners were in their correct pre-starting positions before the briefing started (over 30mins to the left; under 30 mins to the right!).

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After a jump to the left and a step to the right and parkrunners were assembled….. the volunteers were thanked with a round of applause, first timers were welcomed and we had tourists from Dalby Forest, Nottingham and Norfolk. Welcome to Graves parkrun and we hope you enjoyed the Sheffield Hills. Please come back and visit us soon.

A shout out and round of applause for the milestones, including Tom Valentine who was due to be doing his 200th run but was announced as being in bed!

50:  Euan STOREY  Kate DYMOND Sarah SANDERSON Debbie KAY

200: Janet CHAPMAN

However the highlight of the briefing was the announcement of new finish tokens, as modelled here by Green. And the perfect photo opportunity for a caption competition! What is Jo thinking?!

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The efficiency continued as we assembled to the start line following our mini tour guides holding up the predicted finish time cards. To the parkrunner who asked if I was pacing 24-27mins, thank you, you made my morning! But no, I was just holding up the card and having a gentle trot around nattering at the back. (And a special mention to some of our younger parkrunners who I was nattering too! 1st timer Jack (JM10) visiting Graves as a tourist and running all the way in 36:25 and parkrunner Carter (JM10) running his 14th run, with a new PB, and sorry your team lost today)

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A huge thank you to all the volunteers today

Amelia SANDERSON  •  Cath DAVIES  •  Chloe HENSHAW  •  Claire TODD  •  Dan MURPHY  •  Everything's Run GREEN  •  Finley LAWSON  •  Gavin NEWHOUSE  •  Helen SMITH  •  Jill MARSTON-GIROUX  •  Jo ECCLES  •  Joseph MALLINSHAW  •  Katy TAYLOR  •  Kerry MARSTON-GIROUX  •  Lynn FINDLAY  •  Martin DOWNHAM  •  Paul LISTER  •  Sarah SANDERSON  •  Simon John WILES  •  Simon NIGHTINGALE  •  Stephen GILMER  •  Stuart ROOKER  •  Sue HUTCHINSON  •  Sylvia ELLIS

and here is our massive list of PBs (including our first timers)  today. Well done everyone!

David FORREST Stephen KENWORTHY  Sebastian PUGH  Daniel Ed PEARSON  Jason RANDALL  Steve ROBINSON  Ryan BOOTH  Adam MITCHELL  Kate DYMOND  James BARROTT  Rowan WALTERS  Alison WAINWRIGHT  Gavin RAWSON  James ROYAL  Matt DUNBAR  Richard BOWLES  Emma HALL  Christopher WILCOX Emma GIBSON  Emma WITHYCOMBE Duncan Robert BATTY Yvette MCCRACKEN Catherine Margaret HAYDEN  Hannah COCHRANE Robin BECK  Karen READ Emma BUTCHER  Ken CONNOR Robert SELLARS  Richard HOLMES  Ali WORTHY Justin HIGHFIELD  Jon COOK Hekmat MORADI Caroline ANTHONY Philippe CLEGG  Victoria OLIPHANT  Betsy SOUTH  Robert DICKINSON  Lucy COWELL  Racheal HODGSON  Louise HARROP  Peter MOXON  Michelle BLACK  Stephen NEWEY  Finlay HOLMES  Richard SHORE  Sarah GIBSON  Sallyann WILMSLOW  Maisy CHARNLEY  Jack COLLIER  Karen WALLER  Sian PEARCE  Jackie MITCHELL  Racheal HYMAN Karen HARRISON  Sarah OXENDALE Sarah CHARNLEY  Sarah BARROTT  Lindsey LISTER Ellie COOK  Denise ADAMS-JACKSON   Helen BATTY  Robert HAWLEY  Miriam HAWLEY  Reuben HAWLEY  Anna STRONG  Christian ALLAN  Pauline WILSON Philip JACKSON  Paul GREENWAY  Jack TODD Jo TODD  Jim SINGLETON  Ryan TAYLOR  Rachel MELLOR  Margot WALKER Vicky SOUTH  Helen LEACH  Nigel DISBURY  Carter WHITLAM  Linda GREEN  Val WINTER  Akos SURIN Lesley BROSNAN Marlene SPRUCE

Congratulations to our top finishers this week:

  1. Robert BISHOP  18:50  (new PB)

2.            Patrick DAWSON 19:32

3.            David FORREST  19:43  (New PB)

And top age grade was  Helen EBERLIN 82.35 %

 

Thank you to everyone who made Graves parkrun possible today.

Happy parkrunning!

Lynn

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The Windy One…

Event #349

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Gav was at the helm today in blustery conditions! Following last week's cancelation due to predicted high winds the RD team shared a post explaining how we approach this decision. There was plenty of feedback and we really appreciate the support we received, it's clear that safety is paramount and great to see that so many of our participants can see that.  We are always disappointed if we do need to cancel, but often the decision needs to be taken.  If you missed the post you can find it here... Graves cancellations due to weather

We were also pushed this week in terms of numbers of volunteers, there were several emails out to those signed up for notification as well as several facebook appeals, at one point we were short of the minimum number of volunteers required to hold the event! If you've never volunteered before, or are not signed up to receive volunteer emails from us, please have a look at the volunteering page for Graves and get in touch to help out... http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/volunteer/

Over the next few weeks we'll be writing in this report, and on facebook, about the main volunteering roles, how they all combine to produce such a great event all over the world every Saturday and some of the common queries and questions we get following each event.

An especially big thank you to this weeks volunteers… Magdalena BOO, Jack COLLIER, Andes GEIGER, Stephen GILMER, Sarah HUDSON, Michael JONES, Charlie LAST, Finley LAWSON, Jill MARSTON-GIROUX, Catherine MCKEOWN, Zoe MILLS, Dan MURPHY, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Robert NICOL, Elizabeth ROWE, Amelia SANDERSON, Sarah SANDERSON, Tom VALENTINE, Eleanor WHITTINGHAM and Elizabeth WOOD

 

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There were 5 new to parkrun parkrunners today, what a day for your first event! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Jane KIELY Josie TAYLOR Karen HARRISON
Karen WALLER Lee COLLINS

 

 

A further 32 people were visiting Graves for the first time.

 

Amy FRETTSOME Andrew WINTER Anna HUGHES
Daniel BEWICK Dave AYRE David MARSHALL
Elizabeth LAIDLER Errol FLYNN Gillian BEWICK
Jane MARSHALL Jennifer LUTTON Jo COISH
John RIST Jonathan TICKHILL Judith PUMMELL
Judith SATCHELL Keith Graham HAGUE Lovisa JONSDOTTIR
Michael SQUIRES Mike HODSON Paul SATCHELL
Paul STEPHENSON Rebecca BROWN Richard CHARLTON
Richard LEAPER Rob EVANS Roland BEWICK
Sam HEATH Sarah HEATH Sonja LEWIS
Stephen CROCKETT Wade FODDEN

 

 

There were 2 Milestone this week, Maz KACZMARCZYK and Lilja OSKARSDOTTIR both joined the 50 Club. Congratulations from everyone at Graves.

 

 

Run Stats

 

There were 21 PB’s this morning. Well done everyone!

 

Al ROGERSON Alicia SEWELL Andrew R
Andrew TAYLOR Caroline GREENOUGH Caroline Mary Rhiannon LLOYD
Claudia TURNELL Harry LUCKHURST Hebe CARMICHAEL
Jane NAYLOR Jennie WOOD John ARMITAGE
Julie ARMSTRONG Karen HYATT Martin GREENOUGH
Nina DAVIES Paul LEWIS Rachael HODGSON
Sebastian MUSCROFT Stephen SHERRY Victoria WYATT

 

Finishing positions

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Stuart CARRACK 18:29 1 Nina DAVIES * 21:39
2 Joseph HIBBERT 19:08 2 Sam BLAKEMORE 21:48
3 Robert CASSY 19:15 3 Caroline FRENCH 22:18

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

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

Sam BLAKEMORE (VW50-54) with 21:48 (76.91%)

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.

Thanks to Catherine MCKEOWN for this weeks photo!

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

 

 

Graves parkrun run report Saturday 2nd March 2019

So, last week at Graves we expected sunshine and we got mist. This week, as specifically requested in last weeks’ run report we may have started off with cloud, but by 9.30 there was definitely sunshine. So the 337 people who ran, jogged and walked the course got to enjoy it. Lucky us.

Each week at Graves we welcome visitors from all over the country, and this week we had a visiting trainee run director from Munich, Nathan Adams, son of our regular park runner and Olympian (1976) Brian Adams.

Cloudy start…..

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Blue sky to finish…..

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Like every week, Graves Parkrun was only possible because of the volunteers, and this week we thanked 29 hi-vis heros:
Paul HIGGINBOTTOM • Roger WALTERS • Angela JACKSON • Magdalena BOO • Mark JACKSON • Nigel ARDING • Jane EVANS • Nicole NIELD • Jo ECCLES • Jude BISSELL • Dan MURPHY • Kerry MARSTON-GIROUX • Sue RANSOM • Martin DOWNHAM • Sarah HILLARY • Emma BUTCHER • Finley LAWSON • Jill MARSTON-GIROUX • Stephen GILMER • Kate DYMOND • Jennie STEVENS • Daniel ALSTON • Sarah SODEN • Ian VICKERS • Nick HUNT • Joanne GLEIG • Amy ALLCARD • Sarah HUDSON • Julie ARMSTRONG

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A special mention goes to Dan Murphy for his 250thVolunteer. Well done Dan, really inspirational.

So, because of all those fantastic volunteers the following was able to happen…

We had 43 first-timers to Graves, and a special welcome to the 15 of you who are new to parkrun, we hope this is the beginning of many milestones to come

John TOWNSHEND

Neil OLIVER

Sara BLACKBURN

Laura ROBERTS

Adam FIELDHOUSE

Sian PEARCE

Richard SHORE

 

Jasmine MARTIN

Adrian MCMANUS

Henry GILLETT

Charlotte GILLETT

Chloe GILLETT

Jennifer GILLETT

Tommy MCMANUS

Harry GILLETT

 

 

Great job too the 39 of you got a PB

Warren BROWN

Shaun KAWALEK

Ben ANDERSON

Heather HATTON

Hannah WALKER

Sergei SHKUL

Robert FOSTER

Patrick O'DONNELL

Lena MARSTON-GIROUX

Mary NEAL

 

Tara SPILLINGS

Darren BRISTOW

Adam MITCHELL

Steve ROBINSON

Elizabeth CARTHY

Tim OVEREND

Chris ANTHONY

Katie HENDRY

Pauline WILSON

Sally BROWN

Jim SINGLETON

Philippa THOMPSON

Jamie KERR

Alex SULTER

Daniel ALSTON

Christopher WILCOX

Fleur ROBERTS

Kev HEWITT

Nicola CLEMENTS

John PUMMELL

Keith BUTCHER

Shaun TURNELL

Zoe DICKINSON

Cara HALL

Caroline WALTHEW

Harriet WRIGHT

Ann WILSON

Lesley MELLOR

Isaac BARRETT

Sally RHODES

Kathryn SPARSHOTT

 

Dom SWAIN

Victoria BROWN

Marnie BUTCHER

Natalie PHILLIPS

Sue JACKLIN

Wes JACKLIN

Julie BIRD

 

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The top positions were as follows

Men                                                    Women

1 Stuart Carrack 18:09 Heather HATTON

 

20:43*
2 Tom SPENCER 18:16 Hannah WALKER

 

20:56*
3 David BOWDEN** 19:07 Tara SPILLINGS

 

21:59*

*PB

** First timer

Congratulations to those of you achieving milestone this week:

Junior 10: Jessica HALL, Samantha BIRD, Amy ALLCARD

50:Linda BENN

150:Neil G GRAHAM

And finally, well done to this week’s highest age grade

Tom SPENCER at 76.19%

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.

 

 

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

 

 

It feels like it’s been ages…

Event #346

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Due to ice and winds it was three weeks since the last time there was a run briefing at Graves and some of you may have thought it was a case of deja vu as it was Stephen again delivering this morning’s welcome.  There was the usual thank you to this week’s volunteers… Helen ALFORD, Amy ALLCARD, Laura ALSTON, Daniel ALSTON, Terry ARMSTRONG, Louisa BARTON, Erica BRAMHALL, Lucy COWELL, Jo ECCLES, Andes GEIGER, Stephen GILMER, Millie GLAVES, Eleanor HALL, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Jon HOWSON, Nick HUNT, Nicola JACKSON, Finley LAWSON, Ashley MELLORS, Dan MURPHY, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Liz NICHOLAS, Emma PORTUS, Stuart ROOKER, Helen SMITH, Carol SPEIGHT

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He took the opportunity to run through some parkrun reminders about funnel ducking and token etiquette, pointing out that is aimed at getting you as accurate a result as we can and as quickly as possible. Despite this, we still had 14 unknowns and a finish token go missing (it has since been tracked down) this week.

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We also had a quick pause in proceedings to welcome Iris Elsie to the Graves parkrun family and send a congratulations video to RD Cat.

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There were 16 new to parkrun parkrunners today, we hope you enjoyed your first event and look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Beth RAWSON Cheuk Hang MOK Daisy KEYWOOD
Dani LOVEGROVE Harriet WRIGHT Jamie KERR
Joshua SUTTON-SPRENZ Kim Yew WONG Linda GREEN
Louise TYLER Martin SUTTON Philippe CLEGG
Sin Yee NG Steve MALLINDER Vicki INMAN
Yvonne O'DONOVAN    

 

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A further 22 people were visiting Graves for the first time.

 

Alex HENDRIE Amer AHMED Clare Michelle WESTON
Damian HAWKSHAW Hannah KNIGHT Helen THURLOW
Howard KINNEAVY Jennie WHITTINGTON Jennifer EVANS
Joseph RODDIS Ken THOMAS Livia TRY
Lysander LAWSON Mark WHITELEY Nigel ROBINSON
Peter DUTHIE Philippa THOMPSON Sam WESTON
Simon WATERHOUSE Steve MARSHALL Thomas GRAHAM
Tom LOCKHART    

 

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There were 2 Milestone this week, Elina HINE joining the Junior 10 Club and Mark Davis joining the 100 parkrun tshirts crew! Congratulations from everyone at Graves.

 

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Run Stats

 

There were 47 PB’s this morning. Well done everyone!

 

Akira KANEDA Alex SULTER Amelia GLOVER
Andrea OWENS Chris ANTHONY Clive John WILSON
Duncan GRAHAM Elizabeth CLAY Graeme FORTH
Harriet DAVIES Hekmat MORADI Helen BLUNDELL
Isaac BARRETT Joseph MALLINSHAW Karen HYATT
Kirk SMITH Kirsty BRIGGS Lesley MELLOR
Maisie BURN Matt DUNBAR Michael SEEL
Nick HALL Pauline WILSON Peter MOXON
Rachael HODGSON Rachel ALLCARD Richard WELLS
Rob EARL Rob JONES Robert HUTCHINGS
Robert NICOL Sakura GASCOIGNE Sally RHODES
Sally-Ann ROGERSON Samah ISSA Sarah HUDSON
Saul LONGBOTTOM Sean PARKIN Sharif KHAN
Shaun KAWALEK Tim OVEREND Tim THAIR
Tom BOLLARD Tom SPENCER Tommy MURRAY
Victoria BROWN Will DOYLE  

 

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Finishing positions

 

Male     Female    
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Tom SPENCER * 17:57 1 Amy WHEELER 21:23
2 UNKNOWN 2 Christine HICKS 22:06
3 Michael KENYON   18:09 3 Charlotte ELLIS 23:10

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

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

Tom SPENCER (JM15-17) with 17:57 (77.53%)

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.

 

 

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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

 

 

Pacing Spectacular!

Event #345

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Another busy Saturday for Graves this week with another top turnout of 327 people raring to run, jog, walk their way around Graves park. It was a mild morning but with the traditional Graves micro-climate of being 5 degrees colder than anywhere else…!

There were 38 first timers this week, 10 of these were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done to you all.

Amelia GLOVER Dan BELL Gemma THORNTON
James PARSONS Katie TAYLOR Keith BARKER
Luke BARKER Nicola GLOVER Samah ISSA
Stephen WINTERTON    

 

We had 28 people visiting Graves parkrun for the first time and quite a few cow cowls on view! Come back soon!

Becky GREENWOOD Bev BARNES Christopher James FLETCHER
Colin BATEMAN Daniel SAYLES Dawn WOOLLEY
Eugene CHANG Eugene RYBINSKI Ewen LAYCOCK
Faye GOODWORTH Gillian FALKINGHAM Ian BOWMAN
Iuliia KAMANETS Jacqueline MITCHELL Jim RANGELEY
John DEMPSEY Julie HOLLINGSWORTH Lisa PULLAN
Maria CRAVEN Monica COATES Paul SIMPSON
Philip CRAVEN Rich KERSHAW Robert PULLAN
Rosemary MAGUIRE Sona BIRD Stephen SMITH
William MATTHEWS    

 

Many thanks to all the volunteer heroes this week:

Helen ALFORD, Tony BELL, Magdalena BOO, Finn BURGUM, Eugene CHANG, Sarah COWANS, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, David EGAN, Sylvia ELLIS, Grace FEENEY, Bee GAN, Stephen GILMER, Becky GREENWOOD, Jessica HALL, Tom HARMAN, David HIGHAM, Annie HINTON, Sarah Louise KING, Charlie LAST, Kim LONGBON, Leanne MALLINDER, Joseph MALLINSHAW, Jacqueline MITCHELL, Ann-Marie MULVEY, Dan MURPHY, Mary NEAL, Catherine NEEDHAM, Rebecca PARKER, Amelia SANDERSON, Becci TAYLOR, Zofia TRZECIAK, Sally WALES, Andrew WATERS, Eleanor WHITTINGHAM

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Stephen was RD for his second time this week and had organised for the Sheffield Goodgymers to hold a pacing event. There were pacers from 24 minutes to 40 minutes and also included some run / walk pacers. There was some really positive feedback from this event, plenty of people enjoying the inclusivity and a few PBs as a result. There have been requests for repeat events so watch this space!

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Milestones:

There was a nice run of whooping and cheering for milestones this week. Congratulations to Emma MORGAN who ran her 10th parkrun; Robert ALLCROFT ran his 50th; Catherine SYKES ran her 100th and Leah EVANS ran her 250th parkrun! Congratulations to you all – fantastic achievements and thanks for the cakes!

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Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers

There were 42 PBs this week. I wonder just how many were as a result of a pacer?! Well done all!

Adina HUMA Alex HYLAN Ally BEAL
Amy JENKIN Andrew PAYNE Charlotte SEFTON
Claire BELL Claire BONNETT Conor O'BOYLE
David PORTER Ed GUCCIONE Hekmat MORADI
Jack COLLIER Jacob WALKER Joanne GLEIG
Jon COOK Joseph MATTHEWS Julie ARMSTRONG
Julie BIRD Kathryn DEAKIN Katie TYNAN
Kim LONGBON Laura RANGELEY Lesley MELLOR
Liz SMITH Nick HALL Nicola CLEMENTS
Nigel DISBURY Robert HUTCHINGS Robert NICOL
Robyn PAYNE Sarah MCGOLDRICK Shaohua CUI
Shaun TURNELL Stephen BOND Susie PEPLOW
Tara SPILLINGS Tim NEAL Victoria BROWN
Wayne MORTON William EARL Zofia TRZECIAK

 

 

The top age graded result this week was Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:42 (83.09%)

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Finishing positions

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Stuart CARRACK 18:08 1 Amy WHEELER 21:48
2 Joseph HIBBERT 18:38 2 Carla GIBBONS 21:59
3 Conor O'BOYLE * 18:46 3 Tara SPILLINGS * 22:51
* 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

Keep your eye on the facebook page if there weather looks like it could be icey or snowy. We try to get a course inspection done by 8am if cancellation is a possibility.

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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

 

Marshalling in the new year!

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Graves parkrun #341.

Happy New Year! And what a great event it was.

Me and my little family kicked 2019 off by helping to marshal a record breaking 396 runners around a dry and occasionally sunny Graves park. The dog and I ran to the park for Mind’s RED challenge, then took up our spot between the ponds, whilst my partner and the tiny tyrant got cow poo corner! You'll have noticed the enthusiastic dad jokes as you headed for the finish.

 

I'm assured that Run Director Gav’s briefing had everyone chomping at the bit to get going. As the gags flew thick and fast participants trying to do the new year double Parkrun were pawing the ground and stamping with enthusiasm to get to Hillsborough and Poolsbrook. There was no need to worry as Poolsbrook’s Andy Morris came to run his 100th Graves at Graves but shot off to be the Run Director for his second event of the day.

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We had lots to celebrate this week. Apart from the record turnout, there were also many milestones. Congratulations to all the following people:

 

Local legend Roger Knightley was out on his 200th event. Emma Barker and Marie Hippey and Caz Kay were all celebrating their 100th run.

 

We welcomed 9 first timers to Graves,hopefully see you all again soon.

 

 

Adrian HOTSON Akira KANEDA Charlotte KENNEDY
Chris WILLIAMS Ewan KENNEDY Helen BATTY
Jo JARVIS Julie BIRTLES Sarah KENNEDY

 

 

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And well done to the 57 tourists.

 

 

Alex GREEN Andrew THOMPSON Andy HOLLINGUM
Andy YOUNG Angela HOLLINGUM Anthony BOWYER
Bart LAWRENCE Callum WOODWARD Cameron Colin BATTY
Christopher MOSS Claire CARTLEDGE Daniel DUNN
Edward PINNOCK Emma DONSON Gemma MORRIS
Gordon FIANDER Hannah WHITEOAK Harvey BATTY
Iain NESS Jacob KENNEDY James BALKWILL
Jamie THOMPSON Jason CRABB Jenni FIANDER
Josh BOWEN Kenneth KENNEDY Kerry SAVILLE
Kirsty SUTTON Linda BILLAM Linda VAN GELDER
Lorna MIDWOOD Lucy LYNCH Malcolm BAGGALEY
Mark LAWTON Mark WITHAM Martin SUTCLIFFE
Matt DUNBAR Matthew GILES Mia KOFOED KRISTIANSEN
Michael BOWEN Michael CLEARY Michael PLANT
Nicholas BOWEN Nick OSULLIVAN Paul MIDDLEMAS
Paul SHACKLETON Paul STOKES Peter GOODFELLOW
Peter MCCOY Rachael HONEYMAN Rachel PERRY
Richard TIBBLE Robyn PAYNE Samantha ISAAC
Sarah CHAMBERLAIN Sarah HONEYMAN Wayne SUTER

 

 

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Finally, a massive shout to all the volunteers who filled the empty slots since Saturday.
Laura ALSTON, Daniel ALSTON, Michael Peter ANYON, Julie ARMSTRONG, Magdalena BOO, Steve BRAMHALL, Lucy COWELL, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Alexis FOSTER, Fran GRACE, Sarah HARRIS, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Sue HUTCHINSON, Angela JACKSON, Duncan MCLEAN, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Carol PARSONS, Robyn PAYNE, Gillian RAY, Lindsay STANSALL, Jennie STEVENS, Tim WALTERS

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Without you all the event can't run...Parkrun HQ say that if everyone volunteered 3 times per year, nationally there would never be a deficit so please come and take part in both sides of the event.

 

 

RUN STATS

 

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Kate Reece got top age graded result:

Kate REECE (VW65-69) with 24:55 (82.61%)

 

 

With the following people entering the funnel first. A real achievement.

 

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 David MILLNS * 18:07 1 Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT 21:29
2 Bruno BECKETT 18:16 2 Caz KAY 21:57
3 Joseph HIBBERT 18:24 3 Sarah BURRELL 22:00
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

 

We also saw 39 people hitting a new PB.

 

Alannah BOLTON Alfie SUDDRICK Amanda HOLTEY
Andrew FISHER Andrew R Ben STEEL
Christopher TAYLOR-COOK Claire BRACEGIRDLE Damien MATTHIAS
Daniel FORD David MILLNS Denise ADAMS-JACKSON
Erica ORAM Hannah MCCORMACK Helen ASHFIELD
Helen GREGORY James BOREMAN Jamie KAY
Jessica CARMAN Kev SAVILLE Lauren FORD
Lena MARSTON-GIROUX Lucy BOWMAN Michael PAYNE
Nathan GASCOIGNE Nicky HINE Owen FORD
Penny MERRETT Rachel SUDDRICK Rebecca CARMAN
Robert NICOL Ruth FORD Samantha DRAPER
Stephen HOWARD Steve GARNER Teresa DINEEN
Thomas CANNON Wayne CHURCH Will DOYLE

 

 

Chris and his guide dog Eric were back to complete their challenge of 6 Parkruns in 15 days for one of our local goalball teams. Good luck with the rest of your fundraising! (For anyone wanting to know about Goalball have a look at this great video on the Goalball UK website. http://www.goalballuk.com/the-sport/)

 

 

On a personal note, thank you to all of you who cheered, smiled and in one case sang to me on tuesday. It was great to see people skipping, jogging, running, walking, pushing, guiding, puffing in the new year. Everyone should be smug that they were out first thing in the morning to participate!

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NOTICES

Keep an eye on Facebook in case of last minute weather related cancellations and remember to dress for the conditions.

 

If you have any questions, or wish to sign up as a volunteer you can email graveshelpers@parkrun.com. You can also look at the available roles and gaps here… http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/futureroster/

 

Happy New Year folks,

 

Laura

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Rainbows, Fancy-dress and Guest Run Reporters

Graves #339

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This week we have a special treat for our run report, if the form of a guest reporter, thanks to tourist Daniel Connolly for the following...

 

Over the last few years of parkrun tourism I have developed and revised a few key rules.

 

Check the volunteer roster on the website

 

This I have found to be a sure fire way to see if a parkrun is on.  It has also helped me fulfil my New Year's Resolution I set at Colwich on 1st January and then expanded upon at Bedworth on 5th May – to try and write a run report for each new venue I visit this year.  As I have been on tour since the beginning of 2016 and haven't yet repeated a venue it has meant 41 reports this year.  By now I should be something of an expert at them...  or at least have a bank of statements I could use but whilst parts are similar each report has to be different, just like the parkruns I visit each week.  As each venue is the same – a free 5km timed run entirely run by volunteers – it is unique; trail / tarmac, in a park / not in a park!, city / rural.

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Arrive at 8:10!

 

Yes, I know parkruns start at around 9am BUT after a dreadful experience of being unable to find the start of the parkrun before it started and then having to run after the tail for 15 minutes I am keen not to repeat that again!

 

For ages my wife and daughter have commented that they could have had an extra 30minutes in bed (or longer!) My son has never made this complaint but that is because he was the one who had to play catch the tail runner as it was then!

 

Programming the postcode into Google Maps we had a dream drive up the M42, A42, M1 & A61 - I doubt many over the Christmas period will be saying those words and at ten past 8 we arrived in Cobnar Road – with no sign of a carpark!   STRESS!  After parking up and zooming in on course maps and Google Maps – we headed off to Bunting Nook Car Park (S8 8JU) and still arrived on time to capture a picture of most of today's #HiVizHeroes in our homemade picture frame.

 

Carry both trail and road shoes in the car

 

I could cover up this rule by saying that conditions can change and a dry field can become boggy – but the truth is I never read the course descriptions beforehand.  Hilly or flat, 5 laps or one – it is always a surprise to me and the family.  If I was as quick as Monday Night Club's, Bruno BECKETT (VM40-44) who stormed over the line as first finisher in a new PB of 17:53 this week – so a double well done - I would need to know where I am going but with lovely marshals on the course directing me and the pace I move, I do have lots of runners to follow!

 

So normally a quick question of a regular or a marshal helps make the choice and as a completely tarmacked course road shoes were definitely the order of the day.

 

The number of laps is always easy to find out as there is always a first timers briefing for new parkrunners and tourists alike so listening carefully to Martin DOWNHAM today I discovered the second lap was shorter than the first and a marshal and signs were positioned read for the short cut!  Whilst I have heard over 100 first timer briefings :- Scott HUKINS, Laurie NICHOLAS, Wes JACKLIN, Jessica BIRD, Daisy NICHOLAS, Grace NICHOLAS, Gregg DALE & Wendy GRAY all had their first as Graves become their first ever parkrun.  So a huge welcome to them.

 

At the main run briefing the shout went out for tourists, despite driving from Coventry we were certainly pipped at the furthest travelled as although Hong Kong was mentioned... Daisy QUIGLEY ran her first Graves parkrun all the way from Cairns in Australia!

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For the first time in a year, much to my great regret 1km into the run, I haven't worn my much prized milestone T-shirt, today Steel City Striders RC's, Rowena YATES ran her 100th parkrun so with holidays and disrupted deliveries hopefully she will soon be the proud wearer of her black 100 t-shirt very soon – currently you will just have to enjoy seeing the red 50 logo on the results being replaced by a black 100 icon.

 

After the formalities were out the way the run started with the all too familiar beep of hundreds of GPS watches being pressed at the same time.  And soon hundreds of festive parkrunners stormed off around the park. Thankfully many of them also in Christmas themed clothes as I had encouraged my family to all dress up as Elves – which seemed a great idea at 6:15am but soon after 9am I realised why cotton wasn't a great technical running fibre as I started to melt as I thudded up the first short steep slope.

 

Before the loop back uphill from the park keeper's cottage I was blowing.  I could barely manage a grunted thank you to the marshal and from each marshal after that it went downhill - mainly due to the uphills! – my grunts replaced with a signed thank you.

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My report writing started for this very reason as no matter how much I try and tell myself to take it easy and just enjoy a gentle run round I get caught up in the moment and my brain makes demands that my body just can't fulfil so I end up huffing and puffing round.  Don't get me wrong; I still enjoy it – well maybe not at the time as it hurts – I just can't breathe, run and speak – something has to give.

 

So writing the reports is my way of thanking the team of #HiVizHeroes – the volunteers that I fail to do during the run or afterwards.  So I offer a huge THANK YOU to Amy ALLCARD, Julie ARMSTRONG, Magdalena BOO, Marnie BUTCHER, Keith BUTCHER, Andrew CALLAGHAN, Cath DAVIES, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Sylvia ELLIS, Stephen GILMER, Everything's Run GREEN, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Jon HOWSON, Sarah HOWSON, Charlie LAST, Catherine NEEDHAM, William NEEDHAM, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Liz NICHOLAS, Neal PATES, Gillian RAY & Carol SPEIGHT for making this run possible today for myself and the 270 other runners.

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Heading up the hill towards the cattle and church a beautiful rainbow filled the darkening sky.  And running round the second lake a light drizzle started.  Many might have hated the idea or the rain but dressed in a full elf outfit the cooling drizzle felt amazing; however it was short lived and I had to try and power up the slope to finish the first lap holding up my rain and sweat soaked Elf trousers!  Before taking on the shorter second lap.

 

As I was taking a short walk break up the hill by the keeper's cottage at the far end of the park, Steel City Striders RC's Lucy BROOM (VW40-44) crossed the line in 23rd place in a time of 22:36 to be the first female finisher.   Great running.

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Heading back up towards the church I decided to capture the glorious view and the rainbow, but alas by the time I had accidentally taken a couple of mid run elfies...  it was no longer in sight but the finish funnel was! So with one last push and a much needed walk break halfway up the final hill I crossed the finish line and stood at the top of the hill waiting for the other three Coventry Elves to finish!

 

As I waited a young marshal offered me the last slice of rocky road before carefully checking on the crumbs for quality purposes.  As a one-time tourist, I am not sure if Graves has a regular cake marshal but it is a role that I certainly would like to see at other parkruns I visit!

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After the whole family had completed the run the next (or for my son the important) part of our parkrun adventures happened - the café and what a treat – superb cakes and a great breakfast selection.   The huffing, puffing and struggling around the last lap today forgotten so a full English Breakfast and a flap jack was washed down with a latte or two as the volunteer team sorted tokens and processed results.

 

As with parkruns around the world Graves needs people to help each week to make it happen, so if you fancy giving scanning a go, being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please send an e-mail - graveshelpers@parkrun.com You might even fancy writing a run report or taking some pictures of the runners.  You will be shown what to do, it is lots of fun!

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My family and I had a lovely time at Graves this morning.  Thank you for being so welcoming!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy parkrunning.

 

Daniel Connolly

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