Isabel Trail parkrun is cancelled on 19 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Isolation run and Virtual Catch Up – 21st March 2020

For the first time in 15 years, there was a nationwide cancellation of all parkruns in the UK due to COVID-19.

Here at Isabel Trail parkrun, we are keen to continue our weekly doses of community loveliness and encourage each of you to head out and then come and tell us all about it.

It doesn't have to be at 9am, and it doesn't have to be a 5k, it can be a hop, skip or run around your garden, it could be a run round the block or a stretch further if you feel that way inclined.

But come back and share your run with us, and tell us all about it, we will be here on a Saturday morning for a live chat, and a catch up - so next week why not head out, and then grab a cuppa when you are back home and join us online.

Today I got to introduce Arlo pup, our new addition

Virtual Catch Up

We look forward to hearing from you, keep in touch, stay safe, and remember to follow the Government Guidelines regarding self isolation and social distancing.

And if you need anything, please do get in touch, we have a wonderful community at Isabel Trail parkrun, and together we can support for each other during these unprecedented times.

Hopefully see you online next week.
Gemma

 

21st March 2020 – CANCELLED

Due to continued flooding on our A Route, and the closure of the Rugby Club (who kindly host the Route B), the Isabel Trail parkrun will be cancelled Saturday 21st March 2020.

 

Isabel Trail parkrun – #IWDparkrun for Event #49

Greetings my name is Leonora Wilson-Weaver and I have the pleasure of writing the report for Isabel Trail parkrun number 49 on the 7 March International Womans Day weekend, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS!

First woman home was Charlotte Baston in 22:21 who rocked up her 339th parkrun well done - this girl certainly can!
Number of female runners this week 129, over half the field (if you forget your barcode you are gender neutral)
24 ladies took their first ever parkrun - WELCOME to the parkrun family and hoping to see you again soon - including mum and daughter Elaine and Romily Tristram. As we are talking family - a big shout out goes to Stephanie Holbeck, the marshal in a tutu and her daughters who completed the course Joss (14) and Erin (12) - age not position (yet) girls!

As women we always create magic, so this week magic numbers this week from (I hope I haven’t missed any):

Sarah GRATELEY 30:00
Leonora WILSON-WEAVER 30:30
Lynsey KEETLEY 34:43
Bernadette BARKER 34:43
Laura COOKE 38:00
parkrun is about challenging yourself - you only run against yourself - so big up to all the ladies who beat their previous park run times with personal bests this week :

Sophie BURGESS
Sarah GRATLELEY
Nichola WRIGHT
Jo JOHNSTON
Joss CLODE
Lisa HILL
Lynsey KEETLEY
Sharon GALLIMORE
Hazel SELLMAN
Hope FLETCHER
June LENAGAN
Suzanne WEARING
Fae STOKES
Sarah ENGLISH

This report would not be complete without a mention to Sarah English and Lisa Conn our fabulous tail walkers dressed as suffragettes (see below) and our other volunteers (predominantly female) for this week especially to Hannah Noone our Run Director THANK-YOU.

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Also joining us this week for the #IWDparkrun, we had Rising Brook Runners beginners who graduate their couch to 5k.  Beaconside Runners Running including mini members Zack, Finn and Ethan and Stafford Tri Ladies who came down to support us for International Women’s Day.  We also welcomed some of the athletes and coaches from Special Olympics Stafford, well done to Heather, Jordan, Clive, Vikki and Sarah.  Well done to you all, and we hope to see you again at Isabel Trail parkrun very soon.

I hope this race has encouraged and inspired each of you - male or female well done and keep on running, walking or jogging.

Before I sign off it would be remiss of me to mention our alphabeteers Kevin Clarke and Kathy Kirby coming from Godstone in Surry (the oldies amongst us will remember her singing namesake)
Now for some outstanding milestone stones
David BESSANT on his 400th park run this week travelling up from Warwickshire
AND
Mark DONSCOMBE on his 200th Park run coming from Merthyr in Wales– so dedicated he did a freedom run on the regular Isabel route before his race on our B route
Happy running everyone and see you next week (unless you are tapering for the Stafford Half on Sunday

 

Isabel Trail parkrun #48

Saturday 29th February 2020 was special for several reasons… the first time 29th February fell on a Saturday since parkrun commenced, the Netherlands joined the parkrun family, and Isabel Trail parkrun used our new B course for the first time!ITparkrun48photo1

We thank the rugby club for their support in allowing us to use the alternative course while our usual route up and down the Isabel Trail is unusable due to flooding. Also, the staff in the café/bar have made us feel most welcome before, during and after parkrun. We really appreciate it!

I gave the first timers briefing and it was a pleasure to explain how parkrun works to some of what turned out to be nine people who took part in their first-ever parkrun. Hopefully, it will be the first of many.

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As for the run, there was a three-way battle at the front with Stone Master Marathoners’
Wayne Fenton narrowly crossing the line first in 19 minutes 4 seconds. One of our volunteers, Sarah Mackness, was the first female in 19 minutes 40 seconds and
then donned a high-vis to help with barcode scanning.

I’d like to give a big shout out to Joanna McCoy, part of our core team, who completed  her 25th day of volunteering.

In total, 165 parkrunners either ran, jogged or walked the course.
Thank you to the 24 volunteers on Saturday… Iggy AGELL, Julie ASHFORD, Chris
BEDFORD, Sarah BEDFORD, John BEST, Stuart BIRD, Neil COLLINGWOOD, Lisa
CONN, Lee EDGINGTON, Nigel HARMER, Jane HOLT, Anne KELLY, Sarah
MACKNESS, Joanna MCCOY, Hannah NOONE, David PANTON, Maryam PATEL,
Gemma PHILLIPS, Sue STRICKLAND, Adrian TASKER, Chris THOMPSON, Jenny
THOMPSON, Robert TODD, Stephen WEAVER.

This coming Saturday’s parkrun (7th March) promises to be a special one to mark
International Women's Day. Please do come and join us.

Finally. I’d like to finish with a lovely post on one of our Facebook pages following
Saturday’s event… “Thank you Isabel Trail team and volunteers for my 30th Parkrun at
Isabel Trail. It is my 52nd in total and today is the very first time I have RAN all the way
without walking. Whoopee I am delighted and relieved that I can do it. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever happen. Your support has been amazing!! Thank you!!!”

 

All go on the B route on 29th February

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SAT 29th February - Event goes ahead on B Route.
The picture above was taken yesterday and as you will see the flooding on the trail is as bad as it has been at any time. Up till now this has meant a cancellation but last week we successfully ran a test event on an alternative route starting alongside the car park at Stafford Rugby Club and we will go ahead on this route on Saturday.
We do need some more volunteers to make it happen though so if any of you hi-vis heroes out there are available the following are up for grabs:
3 bar code scanners
2 car park marshals
Finish token support
Funnel manager
6 marshals
Number Checker
2 token sorters
One thing to note - the course is not suitable for double buggies.
Look forward to seeing you all.

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