Lanhydrock celebrates 300 parkruns.

Lanhydrock parkrun
Event number 300
16th November 2019

This week 144 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Mary MULLARKEY • Sally ROWSE • Ian RINGER • Eldred HICKS • Lesley TAPHOUSE • Karen ANDERSON • Mandy SMITH • Harvey BROWN • Abbie DELANEY • Helen STEVENSON • Rachel MCEVOY • Holly GARBETT • Julie OXENHAM • Katrina VERRAN • Richard DANIELS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lanhydrock parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Dan RODGERS who recorded a time of 16:23 on 11th April 2015 (event number 64).
The female record is held by Sarah HILL who recorded a time of 19:34 on 25th August 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 85.83% (22:56) on 6th August 2016 (event number 133).

Lanhydrock parkrun started on 18th January 2014. Since then 12,160 participants have completed 46,372 parkruns covering a total distance of 231,860 km, including 7,893 new Personal Bests. A total of 665 individuals have volunteered 4,663 times.

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Lanhydrock parkrun
Event number 296
12th October 2019

This week 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Donald MACLAREN • Hilary RENNIE • Eldred HICKS • Rebecca BATEMAN • Lesley TAPHOUSE • Lyal SCHUMANN • Natasha GUTRIDGE • Fran VOSPER • David WIGLEY • Shaun SCRACE • Nicola VOSPER • Nick GILES • Claire BARLOW • Marty BARNFIELD • Corey BARLOW • Jamie MASTERS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lanhydrock parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Dan RODGERS who recorded a time of 16:23 on 11th April 2015 (event number 64).
The female record is held by Sarah HILL who recorded a time of 19:34 on 25th August 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 85.83% (22:56) on 6th August 2016 (event number 133).

Lanhydrock parkrun started on 18th January 2014. Since then 12,074 participants have completed 45,927 parkruns covering a total distance of 229,635 km, including 7,838 new Personal Bests. A total of 665 individuals have volunteered 4,605 times.

 

Lanhydrock parkrun Event number 295 5th October 2019

This week 148 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

A special big shout out to all our visitors this week, I think I managed to speak to all of you individually, there were plenty of you that enjoyed the scenery but not the hills but that's what we love here at Lanhydrock, it's tough but worth it.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Mary MULLARKEY • Eldred HICKS • Rebecca BATEMAN • John TILLEY • John ROBERTS • Emma CUNDY-COOPER • David WIGLEY • Hugh RICHARDSON • Julie REYNOLDS • William ROBERTS • Julie OXENHAM • Kathy SAUNDERS • Claire HATWELL • Barn HATWELL • Katie HATWELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lanhydrock parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Dan RODGERS who recorded a time of 16:23 on 11th April 2015 (event number 64).
The female record is held by Sarah HILL who recorded a time of 19:34 on 25th August 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 85.83% (22:56) on 6th August 2016 (event number 133).

Lanhydrock parkrun started on 18th January 2014. Since then 12,058 participants have completed 45,795 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,975 km, including 7,822 new Personal Bests. A total of 663 individuals have volunteered 4,589 times.

 

Lanhydrock parkrun
Event number 294
28th September 2019

This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers: Many thanks to :

Mary MULLARKEY • Donald MACLAREN • Ian RINGER • Eldred HICKS • Lesley TAPHOUSE • Emma STEPHENS • Eddie SUGAR • Clive COX • Mark LEMIN • Nicky BRENTON • Claire HATWELL • Barn HATWELL • Katie HATWELL • Stephen DODWELL • Claire Louise DODWELL • Katrina VERRAN • Nichola SINCLAIR • Paul WRIGHT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lanhydrock parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Dan RODGERS who recorded a time of 16:23 on 11th April 2015 (event number 64).
The female record is held by Sarah HILL who recorded a time of 19:34 on 25th August 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 85.83% (22:56) on 6th August 2016 (event number 133).

Lanhydrock parkrun started on 18th January 2014. Since then 12,029 participants have completed 45,647 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,235 km, including 7,797 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 4,574 times.

 

Back to the start Lanhydrock parkrun Event number 291 7th September 2019

Run report this week thanks to Darren Williams, visiting from Rushcliffe PR in Nottingham many thanks Darren;

Back to the start

One weekend back in 2014, my wife Kirsty and I decided to take a trip from Nottingham to Bodmin to see a friend who’d recently relocated there.

“Bring some trainers,” he said innocently, “and we’ll go for a little run in the local park.”

So, I dutifully did and, come Saturday morning, we rose early, jumped in the car for a short hop to the nearby National Trust property and I found myself lining up with a hundred or so other runners for what they were calling a ‘parkrun’.

Among the volunteers that day was Eldred, preparing to walk the single-lap course as tail walker and ensure everyone got around safely.

Before the coffee had fully kicked in we were off: careering downhill towards the beautiful Lanhydrock house before veering left and up through the cover of trees.

“This all seems very nice and active,” I thought.

It was shortly before we hit the river I realised what I’d let myself in for and, having done zero running for a number of years, how truly unprepared I was for what lay ahead.

After a long time spent running downhill, I was soon greeted by an uphill section lasting pretty much the final third of the course. Needless to say there was quite a bit of walking involved in that part.

I recall the friend we were visiting – Stef Palmer, a Lanhydrock regular – grinning mischievously as he revealed afterwards that the course was among the UK’s toughest parkruns. And, at the time, I never would have thought the experience was the start of something…

Fast forward a year or so. Stef returned to Nottingham for a brief visit with his partner (Eldred’s daughter and regular run director, Beccy) and we agreed to try out our local parkrun, Rushcliffe.

Flatter, easier and so a bit faster, it was encouraging. And, though it took a little while to gestate, it became a place to which I’d return again and again.

Today, I’m well and truly bitten by the parkrun bug. The camaraderie of everyone who takes part, encouraging others around the course. The commitment of the hi-vis heroes who show up bright and early every Saturday so others can enjoy a nice run in the park. It’s infectious.

Kirsty’s hooked too – on the volunteering. We both dons the high-vis tabards, her at least every other week. She’s a trusted hand for timekeeping, barcoded scanning, funnel management and more.

In recent months, I’ve travelled around different parkruns. But there’s been one mountain that still needed conquering… an itch that needed scratching. So, this weekend, we were back.

It was a familiar sight lining up at the start. Lots of bright-eyed and eager runners in a multitude of bright colours that would have been perfect everyday wear in the 1980s but have since found their niche in the running world. Together, we’re luminous and proud.

This week, Eldred was completing his first solo stint as run director. And his wasn’t the only debut.

The starting line also welcomed 49 first timers to the course – including visitors from (alphabetically) Bude, Camberley, Derbyshire, France, Nottingham, Reading and St Albans.

This week’s other volunteers were Dave Anderson, Rebecca Bateman, Helen Gamlen, Nick Giles, Calvin Mudd, Mary Mullarkey, Kirsty Parnaby, Julie Reynolds, Ian Ringer, Nichola Sinclair, Dee Smith and Darren Williams.

If you haven’t tried it yet, there are lots of different volunteer roles to have a go at – see www.parkrun.org.uk/lanhydrock/volunteer for details.

When the timers ticked over a total of 180 runners and one tail walker sprung into life, once again taking off down the hill in the direction of the house, back into the trees, and along what struck me as one of the best-looking parkruns I’ve experienced.

It was all feeling pretty good until we arrived at the T junction I’m told is called Mary’s X-roads (with Mary in excellent voice cheering us on) for the second time and the dreaded uphill began. I may again have allowed myself a little walk here and there!

But then you reach the flat bit at the top of the park and suddenly, there’s a bit left in the tank for the downhill. That’s stoked by the timekeepers, funnel managers and more cheering you forward from the finish funnel (including Kirsty, handing out the finish tokens).

With their help I came in at 27:13 – shaving over 8 minutes off my first attempt. So I’ll count that as the mountain at least partially conquered!

The top three runners were scintillatingly fast as always, all coming in under the 20 minute mark – so well done to Benjamin SMITH (19:10), Phil Dawber (19:26) and Joe Hughes (19:54).

Congratulations to everyone who crossed the finish line, whether yours was one of the 28 new personal best times recorded for the course or you simply managed to get around one of the toughest parkrun courses I’ve known.

To me that achievement alone makes every one of us winners.

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