Event #410 – Thank You!

Run Report by Kirsten Owen

Well, Saturday 10th August was an eventful parkrun for a whole host of reasons; the day started with we me (your Run Director) leaving her keys at home and frantically phoning Liz (parkrun mum) to see if she had her keys, which fortunately she did so panic over. My first thank you to Liz for always been prepared and also living closer to park then me!

We started the pre-parkrun prep, setting out the course, checking off the volunteers, assigning roles, looking out for Jon T, our ever popular first timers briefer extraordinaire and generally organising people…

  • yes the loos are over the bridge and passed the tennis courts on the left and canal on the right,
  • yes you can still run without a barcode but still go through the finish and take a token
  • yes you can leave your things here but at your own risk
  • yes you never know we might make it to end and miss the threatening looking rain shower

Our next event was far more serious and all happened in those few moments the run briefing; for those who were there on Saturday and have been asking about the runner who was taken ill just before the run briefing on Saturday, he wants to assure everyone he is ok and much recovered. It was how everyone reacted and behaved after this incident that made me think about the title of this post “thankful” and what a lovely parkrun community we have in Hanley.

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As a run director my job is made so much easier by having great people around me, and I think Saturday was an prime example of this, which is why I would like to personally give out a couple of thank you messages:

  • THANK YOU to those parkrunners who stepped in a offered immediate first aid to their fellow parkrunner
  • THANK YOU the parkrun volunteers who ran around the park ensuring that the ambulance was able to make it through to the scene,
  • THANK YOU to the other parkrunners who respectfully gave the gentleman some space, did as they were asked and patiently waited until we could safely start the run
  • THANK YOU (again) to the volunteers who ensure that when we did get under way that the finish area was a sea of efficiency and calm
  • THANK YOU everyone for came up to see me at the finish and said some really thoughtful words

They say every day is a learning day and Saturday was no different; what was brilliant was that our runner had is “In Case of Emergency” contact details on his barcode. So if you have not yet completed your ICE information on your parkrun personal page, now is the time to get this filled in. If needs be, it might be an idea to get ensure that you print a new barcode with this information on it.

Finally, I hope I that our visitors from, Markeaton, Beeston, Rushcliffe, Crewe, Finsbury Park, Isabel Trail, Coombs and Maldon Park parkuns and our first timers enjoyed there run at Hanley and we will see you again soon.

Lots more photos from the run can be found here - thanks to our photographer Mick Hall.

Volunteers
Thanks to our volunteer team this week

Laura Joan CARPENTER • Morwenna CROSS • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Philip DAWID • Paul MASON • Judy BROWNSWORD • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Sean LEWIS • Ruth PARKES • Sue RUSHTON • Craig CARPENTER • Dean BROMLEY • Jennifer HENSHALL • Tim WEST • Andrew SLACK • Kurt DOWSON • Ken RUSHTON • Claire JOHNSON • Christine LAPPING • Ashliegh HOUGHTON MCGUINESS • Kris MIDDLETON • Daniel HOPE • Charlie FOSTER

Please get in touch with us if you can volunteer at any of our upcoming events - the roster is always tricky to fill over the summer so your help will be much appreciated. You can email hanley@parkrun.com or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.

Stats
This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. A full set of results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 9,106 participants have completed 75,783 parkruns covering a total distance of 378,915 km, including 13,359 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,056 individuals have volunteered 7,266 times.

 

Event #409 – Fartlek!

Run Report by Adri Hartveld

No, eating those beans last night had not bothered my tummy. If you wonder why I overtook 20 parkrunners up that first hill, I was doing an easy fartlek session. Fartlek is the Scandinavian word for SPEEDPLAY, and playing with speed I did on Saturday. As most play, it was enjoyable. The short bursts were too brief to become very uncomfortable. The slower sections gave me the chance to chat with fellow parkrunners. In some parts I speeded up a little just to catch up with old acquaintances. There are many local people I only see at parkrun nowadays, and it’s so good to catch up with what has gone on in their lives.

Another aspect of fartlek is the natural environment, and both parkrun and trail runs are most suited to do this form of training. Fartlek can also get you very fit! Enjoyment at the same time as increased health and endurance. What is there not to like. It will not give you a personal best on the day. But it’s all about training, in order to improve your personal best in another parkrun, when you’re “going for it”. Easy fartlek sessions are focused on health and #sustainablerunning.

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August is the month of the #WeActiveChallenge, run by our alliance of therapists, nurses and doctors. As volunteers, we aim to improve health and healthcare by connecting people to share information, practice and expertise. We encourage anyone who wants to get fit, to start with for example the NHS Couch to 5k. On Saturday at Hanley park I saw quite a lot of walkers / runners, ladies and gents smiling, sometimes grimacing doing their easy fartlek: running a bit, walking a bit, just the way Couch to 5k teaches. For it needs to be relatively easy, and therefore the pace wholly depends on your level of fitness. These colourful parkrunners were working at their level, and pushing themselves up the hills, striding out in front of the Pavilion, and then easing off for a chat with their pals. That is what gets us going, gets us fit, and keeps us fit.

40 years ago Fartlek training got me to really enjoy my running, and it made me an international athlete. Making our parkrun an easy fartlek session gives us the opportunity to recover from harder runs and it builds our endurance. Fartlek sessions strengthen our slow twitch muscle fibres as well as our fast twitch muscle fibres, those we can particularly lose when we get older (see #sarcopenia). Wanting to feel young and strong, on Saturday there were 249 parkrunners finishing the hilly course at Hanley park, thanks to 27 volunteers.

Lots more photos from the run can be found here - thanks to our photographer Mick Hall.

Search for #papaparkrun on our news page for more from Adri.

Volunteers
Thanks to our volunteer team this week

Bryn HOLMES • Liz TIDESWELL • Beth DAWID • Millie HOLMES • Naomi OWEN • Liz STEVENSON • Julie HOLMES • Philip DAWID • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Adri HARTVELD • Sue RUSHTON • Peter DIVALL • Isabelle SCHUMANN • Mick HALL • Helen CUMBERLIDGE • Jennifer HENSHALL • Sian PIGOTT • Kurt DOWSON • Ken RUSHTON • Claire JOHNSON • Michelle HARROP • Christine LAPPING • Andrew HUGHES • Angelika BICKERTON • Dianne DAVIES • Kris MIDDLETON • Charlie FOSTER

Please get in touch with us if you can volunteer at any of our upcoming events - the roster is always tricky to fill over the summer so your help will be much appreciated. You can email hanley@parkrun.com or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.

Stats
This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 9,085 participants have completed 75,557 parkruns covering a total distance of 377,785 km, including 13,315 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,055 individuals have volunteered 7,241 times.

 

Event #408 – Back to the Bandstand

Run Report by Kevin Bill

Two niggling injuries have meant that I have not taken part in Hanley parkrun for quite some time. So today with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation, the aim was just to get round the course without any re-occurrences of said irritations.

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This, I am delighted to say, I managed to achieve albeit at a position near the back but as every parkrunner knows its not where you finish that matters. What struck me was how much encouragement I received both from fellow, faster, some much faster, participants and of course from the volunteers.
This of course comes as no surprise to me having experienced the Hanley parkrun camaraderie many times but non the less was invaluable in helping me to complete the course. So this run report is something of a thank you for helping me get back in the saddle as it were.

My return coincided with another return.... to the bandstand and original (for my time at Hanley anyway) finish - (Note: we'll be moving to our final, permanent finish location alongside the canal once all the work on the bridge has been completed) . It may have been my imagination, though I think not, that the return was most welcome to all who have previously taken part in this format. The finish must be one of the most picturesque in parkrun land with the superb Perennial border running alongside. Even the wet weather, although in total contrast to the recent mini heatwave, did not spoil the vista and made for somewhat more comfortable temperatures. Interestingly, I did not detect any complaints about the rain at all!
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So thank you again to all who make up the Hanley parkrun fraternity for your support in helping me with my return to running. Injury as you all know is the bane of all exercisers and can affect anyone at anytime so the support we can give each other is invaluable. Its good to be back!

Volunteers
Thanks to our volunteer team this week Bryn HOLMES • Millie HOLMES • Julie HOLMES • Elton HOOD • Rob BADDELEY • Sue RUSHTON • Phil CORRIGAN • Claire CHADWICK-CROSBIE • Paul GARDINER • Chris KENT • Robert MILLS • Caroline DAVIES • Ian SLOSS • Susan TAMS • Kevin BILL • Jennifer HENSHALL • Natalie CARTER • Thomas HALLS • Ken RUSHTON • Christine LAPPING • Andrew HUGHES • Angelika BICKERTON • Matthew WAY • Dianne DAVIES • Kevin BOURNE • Claire RYDER
Please get in touch with us if you can volunteer at any of our upcoming events - the roster is always tricky to fill over the summer so your help will be much appreciated. You can email hanley@parkrun.com or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.
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Stats
This week 233 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ryan HOLROYD who recorded a time of 15:28 on 17th September 2016 (event number 261).
The female record is held by Kate HOLT who recorded a time of 17:04 on 17th June 2017 (event number 300).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 89.20% (22:23) on 23rd July 2016 (event number 253).

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 9,061 participants have completed 75,308 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,540 km, including 13,279 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,054 individuals have volunteered 7,214 times.

 

Event #407 – Visitors

Run Report by Liz Piper

Saturday morning, dark skies, cool breeze – and as you pass through Stoke-on-Trent what better place to pause for awhile than at Hanley Park? One could be forgiven for wondering what 180 scantily clad people might be doing shivering in the breeze and chattering away ninetten to the dozen on the park paths; but at 08:50 on a Saturday morning there can only be one explanation: it’s
a parkrun! Hanley Park’s 407th in fact!

To the uninitiated, this throng of cheerful people might appear un-silence-able – BUT – at a wave of two ‘Quiet’ sign boards, there was (almost) instant hush and the announcements began. First of all a hearty cheer and a round of applause for our itinerant Run Director (slyly ‘borrowed’ from elsewhere – and, who knows, he may not be returned as he was last seen in the equipment
store!). Then cheers for tourists, our milestone runners: Darren Redman with 50 parkruns, and Glynn Probert and Phillip Sloss with 100. And finally a round of applause for Dave Godwin running his final parkrun as a regular at Hanley. Some people join the Foreign Legion to forget; Dave is going one better and joining the Chelsea Hospital ‘set’. Not sure if they have their own parkrun yet
– but no doubt there will be one nearby for Dave!

Then, with a final whistle we were off around the course which truly makes Hanley parkrun special. Past the newly renovated Victorian bandstand and boathouse, round beside the play area and up along new pathways before dropping down and running along the banks of the ornamental lake complete with wild flower displays, a pool with Weeping Willow and waterfall and hordes of sleeping and easily intimidated waterfowl who weren’t joining in the fun.

Thank you to all the marshals and volunteers, in particular to the two who cheered and encouraged us up the hills at the top of the park and the ones dispensing hugs and smiles as we reached the bottom of the inclines. parkrun wouldn’t happen without you and the people who set out/pack away and take on other jobs. This week our volunteers included:

Morwenna CROSS • Gary PAYNE • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Chris RWATSCHEW • David Graham Michael PIPER • Ruth PARKES • Sue RUSHTON • Liz PIPER • Kerry DIXON • Simon CLARKE • David HEBB • Andrew LEE • Peter COOMBS • Simone BAGGALEY • Ken RUSHTON • Christine LAPPING • Philip KILLEEN • Sisto Olur ERISTA • Charlie FOSTER

#Round of applause.

And now for the results: 4 people completed their first ever parkrun. Well done to all of you and we hope to see you again
next week for your second run. 23 people gained a personal best time this week – along with the 4 first time runners.

#Three cheers!

parkruns are fun and friendly occasions and Hanley is no exception. Why not come along next week? Drag a friend out of bed to join you – you know it makes sense. They don’t need any special skills and will (at some point in the distant future) thank you for getting them here!

A parkrun poem by David Piper
Saturday morning
Sun’s up,
Still yawning,
Wish me luck -
parkrun’s calling
Up Hanley, Duck.

Morning cuppa - £1.60
Running trainers - £84.99
Run Director (borrowed from Wammy) – Priceless!

‘Can you hear me at the back?
Thanks to the volunteers – applause.
Happy birthday where it’s due
And happy parkrun 142’ – applause applause

‘Any visitors?
Where’ve you been?
York, Milton Keynes and Aberdeen.
It rained last night – we’re promised sun today- Be glad you’re not at Thunder Run!’

‘Now
GO!’

Volunteers
Please get in touch with us if you can volunteer at any of our upcoming events - the roster is always tricky to fill over the summer so your help will be much appreciated. You can email hanley@parkrun.com or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.

#loveparkrun
In case you missed it, here is the link to the BBC Special with Kelly Holmes all about the power of parkrun. It's on BBC iPlayer for the next month (you may need to register and confirm you have a TV licence to view online).

Stats
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 9,040 participants have completed 75,075 parkruns covering a total distance of 375,375 km, including 13,236 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,054 individuals have volunteered 7,188 times.

 

Event #406 – Hanley Awash with Green

Written by Sophie Latham

It’s that time again, 9.00 Saturday morning…..this weeks parkrun saw Trentham Running Club support and take over the running of Hanley parkrun. The club, also known as the green army, donned their green vests to fill the volunteer roster, enthusiastically marshalling the route and also accommodating you with pacers ranging from 22 minutes through to 40 minutes. I took this opportunity to tail walk and write the run report, so to support and fill as many roles as possible, and write about my running club! It was through Trentham Running Club, as a beginner, that I was introduced to parkrun and I have gone on to gain so much fulfillment out of these events in different ways. From starting, from a beginner to chipping away at my parkrun time each week, to still being a part of it and being able to be involved if I can’t run by volunteering. It’s a weekly social event to see friends, friends not just from the running club, friends who aren’t runners and just want a walk and have come to see what this parkrun that they have heard of is all about. It’s a family affair, this week my husband and Dad were pacers, whilst my Mum walked round the park.

We have parkrun to thank for encouraging us to use and support our local outdoor spaces that we may not have considered visiting. Currently Hanley Park is undergoing restoration work and this week being tail walker I had the opportunity to admire the hard work and transformation our local park is undergoing; it’s looking pretty good. There are wild flowers growing round the lake by goose poo corner, the new bandstand has been transformed with flower beds on either side and the grass banks on either side of the start path are now full of large plants and flowers all in bloom.

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As I finished my parkrun this week I was welcomed by fellow park runners and volunteers. This week the picnic bench at the finish was dressed to impress, laden with fruit, cake, lemonade, in celebration of fellow parkrunners celebrating completing 50, 100 and 250 parkruns! That is impressive!

parkrun has so much to offer, for all ages, and sets you up for the rest of your Saturday. It’s kind of addictive, like a bug, you know if you have it, touring round the country trying different parkruns, your alarm set for every Saturday morning. I have the parkrun bug, Trentham have the parkrun bug, have you?

Volunteers
A huge thank you to this weeks volunteers: Daniel John JORDAN • Jacqueline MACPHAIL • Sam TIDY • Graham SHERIDAN • Chris MOSIUK • Lee JONES • Bobbie WORSWICK • Megan HICKMAN • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Jen RILEY • Sue RUSHTON • Matthew BURLEY • Tasmin BURLEY • Kerry DIXON • Chris HARDMAN • Gary BROWN • Chelsea BURLEY • Helen NICHOLLS • Emma BURLEY • Colin MCEVOY • David HEBB • Warren THOMAS • Laura BARKER • Sarah LATHAM • Simon BRYAN • Peter COOMBS • Clare CLARKE • Paul HOBAN • Ken RUSHTON • Karl LATHAM • Sophie LATHAM • Laura HUGHES • Oliver KILLEEN • Heidi MELIA • Zoe HANKEY • Charlotte MOORE • Mark GIBSON • Charlie FOSTER • Dave CLARKE

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Thanks to Colin for taking and sharing photos this week - you can find them here.

Please get in touch with us if you can volunteer at any of our upcoming events - the roster is always tricky to fill over the summer so your help will be much appreciated. You can email hanley@parkrun.com or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.

Cafe Reminder
The Park Church Cafe is going to be out of action next week.

#loveparkrun
In case you missed it, here is the link to the BBC Special with Kelly Holmes all about the power of parkrun. It's on BBC iPlayer for the next month (you may need to register and confirm you have a TV licence to view online).

Stats
This week 276 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. Congratulations to our milestone runners this week: 50 runs for Stephen Woodward, Frank Murphy and Kieran Bedford; 100 runs all completed at Hanley for one of our regular cafe team volunteers Ruth Parkes and 250 runs for Liz Tideswell, our Co-event Director. We hope everyone enjoyed the celebratory picnic.

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Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanley parkrun Results Page.

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 9,002 participants have completed 74,619 parkruns covering a total distance of 373,095 km, including 13,161 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,039 individuals have volunteered 7,130 times.

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