Event 295 – 12/10/19

With a few events taking place locally this weekend, there was every chance that Lincoln parkrun could have a been a quiet affair. Compared to our record numbers of 600+, it was a lot quieter - just a mere 469 finishers instead! Yes, that is actually a fairly quiet week and  is just a perfect example of our parkrun has grown and is reaching out to more and more people.

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There are always a few pre-run nerves for the Run Director each week, we all say so! I suppose it's the pride we hold in our event - this week, I looked at Pat, just a minute before it was time to deliver the briefing, and said 'What have I forgotten?' - Pat's answer? - 'nothing, you're ready.' He was right, and off we went! I would just like to show my appreciation for the other Run Directors. Without them, Lincoln would not be what it is. Nor would it be as it is without our amazing volunteers! It's a different team each week, but what is really encouraging is the number of new volunteers and new runners who haven't done many parkruns at all, before stepping into the hi-vis! This week's team were absolutely brilliant and a huge thank you to every one of them for making the event the success it was.

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Remember, if everyone volunteered just 2 or 3 times a year, the rosters would be well covered, we wouldn't need to send out panicky messages, appealing for help and the load would be shared nicely amongst everyone in the parkrun community. If you can help, please drop an e-mail to lincoln@parkrun.com and one of the Run Directors will get back to you.

We received some lovely comments form parkrun tourists who were visiting - thank you, it's so nice to hear such positive words. It's great to chat to tourists from other parkruns, to find out about their run and also as to why they're visiting us. It's so true that you're actually never far from a parkrun or indeed a parkrunner!

We welcomed tourists from:

SHETLAND - CARDIFF - SUSSEX - ESSEX - SHEFFIELD - STOCKTON - CONKERS

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For our home park runners, we celebrated some more milestones. 250 is now becoming a regular on our list, showing the dedication and love people have for parkrun.

Congratulations to:

Charlie Bateman -  10 parkruns

Peter Triggs , Jake Bradley, Rebecca Canlett, Jo Somers-Wells - 50 parkuns

Samantha Nott  (2nd member of the Nott family to achieve this!) - 250 parkruns

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There were birthdays to be celebrated too! Debbie Bilton had no idea we'd mention hers. She has brother Marcus to thank for that!  Thank you also to everyone who wished David a Happy 65th Birthday as they passed him by on his favourite marshal point! I'm told you made his day! I know he made a lot of people happy too with the chocolates he brought along for everyone to share! Thank you David!

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There were just a couple of matters that need a little reminder to all:

- Please do not shout / push / barge your way past anyone. parkrunners or members of the public.

- Keep left and overtake on the right

Keep headphone volume to a level where you can hear what is going on around you. Runners are allowed to pass one another, so you need to know they are there. It's also really important should an emergency situation arise. Turn the volume down and soak in the atmosphere from the lovely volunteers and your fellow runners. There's actually nothing better than a friendly chat as you take part.

Looking ahead, there is much excitement about our very first Christmas Day parkrun here at Lincoln. The roster is looking good, but we do need a few more bodies to help us out. If you would like to be involved, please let us know!

Dates for your diary:

16th November - Lincoln parkrun turns 6!  Please can wear 'daft dress' if they wish, no doubt there will be cake and a few special mentions

21st December - Christmas parkrun - dress up day. Santa suits, tinsel and glitter, Christmas jumper - anything festive welcome!

25th December - Christmas Day parkrun 9am start. Obviously no bowls club that day!

28th December - Last Lincoln parkrun of 2019.

Please note that Lincoln parkrun will not holding an event on New Years Day - however, other events are on. See the Christmas compendium HERE

 

Christmas Day parkrun 2019 at Lincoln

For the first time since Lincoln parkrun began, back in 2013, it has been decided the we WILL offer a Christmas Day parkrun. This is thanks to the people who have already stepped up to volunteer for this event - others more than welcome, as we do have empty spaces on the roster.

See you in Boultham Park, 9am 25th December, 2019!

 

Event 287 – 17/08/19

Did she really mention Christmas?

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Yes she did! More on that later, along with some summer stuff too!!

We've had the usual challenge of filling a very empty looking roster again this week, but it all came good and thanks to some super, kind-hearted people, we were able to hold a very successful event with 460 finishers!

Conditions were lovely following yesterday's deluge of rain, the early morning course check was a pleasure; blue skies, green grass and the sounds of the ducks and other wildlife on the lake. So good for the mind!

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Our huge volunteer team reported for duty; some first time volunteers, some our regulars and even a parkrun tourist. A very warm thank you to the following 30 individuals, for making our event happen:

Stu BLISSITT • Judith WILLIAMS • Jim ARAM • Shirley DEVLIN • Louisa DENNETT • Sandra PURDY • Penny FATCHETT-LAWRENCE • Steve FROGGATT • Lester CRAVEN • Thomas GEORGE • Gary SUTTON • Ian CROWE • Pat SMITH-HOWELL • Jim DIAMOND • Edward LEWIS • Jeff HALL • Samantha HOWELLS • June BRAMMER • Peter WARD • Penny AINSLEY • Jonathan ASHTON • Megan CARPENTER • Dan CARPENTER • Ellis CARPENTER • Toby CARPENTER • Paul CHATTERTON • Robert COOPER • Stacey SKEPPER • Mike KEAL • Linda FROGGATT

It was an ideal morning for running. We were joined by tourists from:

Blackburn, Manchester, Newport, London, Bath, Edinburgh, Barnsley and Sydney!

The total number of first time runners was 66 who enjoyed their first parkrun experience. Runners were rightly celebrating some excellent results (including 65 PBs!), there were some very happy faces and new records set! Wayne Lathwell not only produced a new PB, but also sets a new record for his age category. Fantastic!

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As well as times, there are many other reasons why we take part - just to be part of a group of like minded people is one, maybe it's a social highlight of the week, it's a positive and healthy activity; a way of looking after and doing the best for yourself... the list goes on.

We love our milestones here at Lincoln, today, we applauded the following for their milestone runs:

50 runs - Sarah Harper

100 runs - Oliver and Caroline ( grandson and Nanny!) How brilliant is that? Thank you also for the chocolates - the volunteer team devoured them when they were packing away the kit!

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Well done to the three of you.

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Christmas was also indeed mentioned. We've never held a parkrun in Lincoln, on Christmas Day, but would like to this year. As explained, this does rest on having enough volunteers - it looks promising as we've had a good amount of people express their interest. If you would like to help out, for this or for any other Lincoln event, please drop an e-mail to lincoln@parkrun.com  - let us have your name, date when you'd like to help and the role you'd like to do, if you have a preference. We're a friendly bunch and it really is an enjoyable experience.

Back to summer! NEXT WEEK, it's time to do parkrun 'summer style'. For no other reason than for fun and because it will be the summer bank holiday, everyone is encouraged to run in their summer gear! Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts, grass skirts, garlands - whatever takes your fancy! Just a bit of fun and to cling on to the summer, before we face our autumn and winter parkruns when we'll begin to freeze off our fingers and toes again!

Other dates:

24th August - Summer themed Lincoln parkrun

31st August - 5k You Way join us for their monthly session

14th September - Lincoln Indoor Bowls Club Open Day - join us for a breakfast and try out Bowls! - Free introductory session and free use of equipment. (Please note there may be fewer car parking spaces available on this day.

21st September - Bowls Club closed to parkrunners due to a competition. No food/drink available and no car park. Please consider walking / jogging /cycling or car share where possible. Please park considerately in the neighbouring areas, without blocking driveways, dropped kerbs etc.

Lincoln parkrun
Event number 287
17th August 2019

This week 460 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Stu BLISSITT • Judith WILLIAMS • Jim ARAM • Shirley DEVLIN • Louisa DENNETT • Sandra PURDY • Penny FATCHETT-LAWRENCE • Steve FROGGATT • Lester CRAVEN • Thomas GEORGE • Gary SUTTON • Ian CROWE • Pat SMITH-HOWELL • Jim DIAMOND • Edward LEWIS • Jeff HALL • Samantha HOWELLS • June BRAMMER • Peter WARD • Penny AINSLEY • Jonathan ASHTON • Megan CARPENTER • Dan CARPENTER • Ellis CARPENTER • Toby CARPENTER • Paul CHATTERTON • Robert COOPER • Stacey SKEPPER • Mike KEAL • Linda FROGGATT

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

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
The female record is held by Abbie DONNELLY who recorded a time of 16:59 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 226).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 11,065 participants have completed 94,557 parkruns covering a total distance of 472,785 km, including 17,290 new Personal Bests. A total of 763 individuals have volunteered 6,339 times.

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Christmas Day parkrun 2018

Please note Lincoln parkrun will NOT be holding a Christmas Day parkrun. Our last event before Christmas Day will be on 22nd December when it will be our annual Christmas 'Dress Up'. Join us then for festive parkrun fun as we twinkle in tinsel!

We will then return to the park on Saturday 29th December.

 

Event 205 – 23/12/17

Merry Christmas Lincoln parkrun!

Our Christmas parkrun is always a very enjoyable event and today, everyone really joined together to spread Christmas cheer around Boultham Park.

366 parkrunners completed the course this week and all in very good spirits indeed. The park was full of festive colours from runners, volunteers and supporters alike! Our volunteers created a wonderland course with costumes, decorations and musical entertainment! A huge thank you to all of our volunteers this morning. I'm sure you'll most certainly be on Santa's 'nice' list for your good deed for the day!

We welcomed tourists from Falkirk, Llyn Lwech Owain, London, St Albans, York and Leeds. We hope you enjoyed our festive edition of Lincoln parkrun!

As well as Christmas, we had birthdays to celebrate. Ross Butcher celebrated his 13th birthday today and although Dennis, wasn't present today, he most certainly deserves a mention. Last week, Dennis was proud to announce that he was about to turn 86! How amazing is that, and as Jim said in the briefing, how's that for showing parkrun is suitable for everyone! Happy Birthday to you both!

Finlay Smeaton ran his 10th parkrun today, Neville Coupland ran his 50th and Louis Nesbitt ran his 100th - huge congratulations to you all! Well done!

Heather Butcher volunteered as a marshal today, you may have noticed her ringing out the Christmas bells - today was Heather's 25th Volunteering occasion.Thank you and very well done. Your help is very much appreciated!

Jill was our photographer this week. You can view the photos HERE Thanks Jill - it is always very much appreciated.

Don't forget, Lincoln is not holding a Christmas Day or New Years Day parkrun. For a list of events taking place on these days, see the CHRISTMAS COMPENDIUM

Lincoln parkrun returns next week, 30th December. Please join us as we will wrap up a brilliant 'award winning' year of Lincoln parkrun and look forward to 2018. Andy will be looking after the event next week. Today, the token magpie struck again and swiped token 258. Please, if you have taken this by mistake, we'd love to have it back!

The Bowls Club was a very popular place this week with so many people enjoying breakfast. Thank you for supporting them throughout the year too and thanks to them for hosting us! The 'post run cafe' is such an important part of parkrun and we really are fortunate to have use of these facilities. If you haven't joined us there yet, please do so soon.

As you will have noticed, Jim spoke for me at the briefing today as I've had very little voice for the past few days (not great timing!) - so, thank you to Jim for doing this for me!

I would just like to say once again though, from myself, and the other Run Directors, Andy, Mark, Jim and Pat, we'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Have fun, stay safe and enjoy! Thank you for an amazing year of parkrun and we look forward to many more!

Best wishes to you all and Happy Christmas,

Louisa.

Lincoln parkrun
Event number 205
23rd December 2017

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Mark WILLIAMS • Judith WILLIAMS • Jim ARAM • Michael NOTT • Louisa DENNETT • Wayne DENNETT • Kian DENNETT • Andy M JONES • Heather BUTCHER • Sandra PURDY • Nick JONES • Helen SEGEBARTH • Herm BUTCHER • Jill WOOD • Ben A JONES • Lester CRAVEN • Casey STANHAM • John KILCOYNE • Patrick SMITH-HOWELL • Jack BALCHIN • June BRAMMER • Harvey NOLAN

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

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
The female record is held by Sophie COWPER who recorded a time of 17:24 on 15th August 2015 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 7,512 participants have completed 58,910 parkruns covering a total distance of 294,550 km, including 11,847 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 204 – 16/12/17

Event 204 – 16/12/17

Jack Frost comes to Lincoln!

 

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It was my “awkward 2nd date” as Run Director, and it started ½ hour before anyone else arrived with a cold jog round the route before 8am to see quite how much ice and slipperiness we’d have to deal with. Even in the walking gear I bought to trek in the Himalayas it was still cold!

Luckily, my extra-special non-slip boots suggested we’d manage, so long as people were careful; with a superb team of volunteers who were indeed all suitably wrapped up, we were able to provide what lots of people round Lincoln wanted on a Saturday morning – an award winning fun time at parkrun! Thanks from me especially to those who weren’t on the roster for today but still gave up time to help out.

Pat helped by delivering the New Runners’ briefing, welcoming those who are just starting their parkrun journeys and those visiting from Peterborough, Cardiff, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, London, Cromer, and Mercia in Spain!

The brief is a great way of introducing the concept of parkrun to new people as well as for them to chat to each other and the visitors! We welcomed 6 first timers, as well as 6 visitors running their first Lincoln parkrun. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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It was an honour to be able to congratulate runners on reaching their milestones,

  • George Barker ran his 10th parkrun, celebrating with a PB. So nearly sub 20 minutes, too!
  • Edward Lewis and Claire Wilkinson ran their 50th parkruns, well done!
  • Celia Davis ran her 100th parkrun. Congratulations!

 

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After a 3-2-1-GO, Boultham Park was filled with the bright sights of runners, steam rising from their shoulders and breaths, as they headed round the frozen lake. There was an almighty sea of colour through the woods, looking across the grey ice-covered grass.

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As little as five minutes later, the front runners appeared over the Beacon Bridge, followed by a long line of runners, walkers, dogs, buggies, smiling children and other runners. These might not all have been smiling, but they pretty well all gave a grin or thumbs up to the crowd of volunteers and non-running friends and family who gathered at the lap-splitter “corner” to provide encouragement.

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The front runners re-appeared, and again, finishing almost exactly the same time Heather, our chilly but determined tail-walking volunteer appeared for the first time! She had encouraged some young people round the first lap, but as they felt unable to complete the full 5k this time, she had to run to catch up with the next group of happy, smiling parkrunners. She finished with one of our regulars, Dennis, who finished with a smile and a laugh, but this time round, no sprint finish. We’ll be wishing him a happy 86th birthday very soon, so we can’t blame him for taking it easy!

Many thanks to everyone for running, walking, volunteering and supporting our parkrun today,

Jim Aram

Run Director

 

Information

Next week we’ll be celebrating Christmas on a Saturday parkrun; so feel free to wear your Santa outfits, elf clothes, reindeer onesies, or any other bright colourful (warm!) kit you want to! We won’t be hosting parkrun on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, so how about head up or down the road for some tourism?!

We will however be running as usual on Saturday 30th December!

 

Remember, parkrun is meant to start at 9am – we couldn’t start the New Runners’ Brief until 8:58 today which meant the main brief couldn’t start until 5 past as so many people were late to arrive in the park!

 

We’ll have a New Year’s Resolution – starting on time! Please be in the park ready for the New Runners’ Brief at 8:50 and the Main Safety Brief promptly at 9am!

 

parkrun webpage

The website has lots of information about parkrun and also has a dedicated support site if there are any questions you may have in between events CLICK HERE

 

Awesome Donations

We'd like to offer a massive thanks to those who have contributed to our funds - this means we can buy essential kit as well as goodies for our special events! If you would like to donate or do something sponsored to support us, please click the link HERE to donate. 100% of your donation comes to the Lincoln event.

 

Photos

Did you know that photographs from Lincoln parkrun are published every week and can be found HERE. Have a look, it’s a great reminder of what fun can be had on a Saturday morning!

 

Lincoln parkrun Event number 204 16th December 2017

This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers: Stu BLISSITT • Mark WILLIAMS • Judith WILLIAMS • Jim ARAM • Wayne DENNETT • Ellie DENNETT • Heather BUTCHER • Jon BRAYSHAW • Sandra PURDY • Nick JONES • Helen SEGEBARTH • Ben A JONES • Lester CRAVEN • Elliot FORBES • Casey STANHAM • Alison HIGHET • Becky MAGINESS • Patrick SMITH-HOWELL • Marie MULHOLLAND • Jack BALCHIN • Caroline HARRISON • June BRAMMER • Harvey NOLAN • Kirsty WARD

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

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26). The female record is held by Sophie COWPER who recorded a time of 17:24 on 15th August 2015 (event number 85).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 7,473 participants have completed 58,544 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,720 km, including 11,785 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 203 – 09/12/17

The Snow Never Came

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Storm Caroline had been invited to Lincoln parkrun by the cold weather, but thankfully stood us up on our date. Instead we had bright sunshine, steamy breath and dozens of tourists, although I think many of them (who were from Peterborough, Humber Bridge, Rushmore, Rushcliffe, Roundhay, Maidstone, Norwich, Jersey, Aylesbury and Sheffield) may have been here for the Christmas Market as well.

John’s face was a picture when we called for the New Runners' Brief, as it seemed half the crowd turned around and walked towards him. However he’s done it enough times now so wasn’t phased and welcomed everyone with the friendliness that Lincoln parkrun is getting recognised for. IMG-20171209-WA0008

John was actually one of our runners hitting milestones this week, having now volunteered 25 times. Thank you to John as well as all parkrun volunteers the world over… without you the magic doesn’t happen. Along with John’s achievement as Katherine reaching her 10 junior runs, Johanne hitting 50 and Helen doing her 100th run. Congratulations to you all, you’re now able to claim the credit for being part of a well earned club.

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I would say though that it’s not all about the experience, the effort or the times you’ve been. We had some lovely NHS ladies from Lincoln Maternity Hospital turn up as a group. I’ve no idea how many times they’ve been but they were all happy and smiling, an absolute pleasure to have at our event. They did say that they’d love to get some of their pregnant ladies down to join us and they’d be more than welcome. You don’t have to be Mo Farah around our course, you just have to turn up, do it at your own pace and reap the rewards of a bit of exercise in a beautiful park with a bunch of mates. DSC_1017

As I’m sure you’ve noticed that we’ve got Christmas coming up and for our holiday events we always encourage fancy dress (in fact I’ve been known to arrive in fancy dress when it’s not a special event!). Ellen started our festive cheers with a little Christmas penguin painted on her face but I’m sure that we’ll get the full Santa Suits, Christmas Crackers and plenty of Elves before the end of the year.

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We like to celebrate our special events, as well as make sure that we have the necessary kit to run our normal ones, which obviously involves some expense. We pay for this from charitable donations as Lincoln parkrun is a non-profit organisation. Currently we have just over £30 in our account, so if anybody would like to donate or do something sponsored to support us, please click the link HERE to donate. 100% of your donation comes to the Lincoln event, so we can make full use it to provide the extra things that make us the best (completely biased I know, but then again I am your Run Director).

Enough from me now, you have Jim running the show next week so please be nice. Bring friends, bring laughter but most of all please keep bringing yourselves.

Andy (Run Director)

Upcoming dates

  • Christmas run: 23/12/17
  • (there's no Lincoln parkrun on Christmas Day or New Year's Day!)

parkrun webpage

The website has lots of information about parkrun and also has a dedicated support site if there are any questions you may have in between events CLICK HERE

Photos

Did you know that photographs from Lincoln parkrun are published every week and can be found HERE. Have a look, it’s a great reminder of what fun can be had on a Saturday morning!

Lincoln parkrun

Event number 203 - 9th December 2017
This week 279 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Consuela SACKFIELD • Stu BLISSITT • Jim ARAM • Dean HOULTON • Rob GILFOYLE • Andy M JONES • Larissa COWEN • Jon BRAYSHAW • Sandra PURDY • Nick JONES • Phil PENNINGTON • Tom COONEY • Ben A JONES • Oliver COONEY • Lester CRAVEN • Casey STANHAM • John KILCOYNE • Jim DIAMOND • Iain VEITCH • Caroline HARRISON • June BRAMMER • Harvey NOLAN

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

  • The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
  • The female record is held by Sophie COWPER who recorded a time of 17:24 on 15th August 2015 (event number 85).
  • The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 7,461 participants have completed 58,293 parkruns covering a total distance of 291,465 km, including 11,764 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 202 – 25/11/17

The Bandstand is back!

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What a start to the day when I found out that not only was the bandstand back in use but the original course was available to be used! Unfortunately the weather was cold but bright so at least we weren’t going to get wet. I had 22 very enthusiastic and willing volunteers to support the event which was fantastic.  Despite the cold we had 353 eager runners, joggers and walkers turn up to participate. Don’t forget there is NO EVENT AT LINCOLN NEXT WEEK (2nd December as Boultham Park is holding a ‘Winter Wonderland’ event. Why not take the opportunity to participate in some parkrun tourism? – there are loads of events close by for you to try but please come back to Lincoln on the 9th Dec when Andy will be your Run Director on the day.

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Again we had lots of milestones this week with Olivia Williamson, Poppy Liddell and Reece Lacy all achieving their 10th parkrun. Steven Harper, Justin Parker and Angela Gale achieved their 50th parkrun and Pete Burgon achieved his 100th parkrun. Well done to you all what a great effort! P1170493 P1170498

Joseph Green was the first finisher this week with Sophie Wallis, the first lady across the line. There were 10 first timers to parkrun this week - welcome to the parkrun community – we hope that you had a very enjoyable experience and that the running bug has grasped you enough to continue running. Furthermore there were an additional 11 who completed their 1st parkrun at Lincoln. These visitors included runners from Derby, Mansfield, Ramsgate, Plymouth, Nottingham and London. In addition there was a fantastic 78 personal bests - what an achievement and well done to you all.  I wonder if a return to the original course had an effect on this by spurring them on!

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The volunteers do a great job in all weather conditions and no parkrun would happen without their support and enthusiasm. If you are able to volunteer it would be greatly appreciated and you will see a completely different and worthwhile side to parkrun.  Please drop an e-mail to lincolnhelpers@parkrun.com if you are able to help out. There are lots of different volunteer roles and we will never ask you to do one that you are not comfortable with.

Our thanks this week go to: Stu BLISSITT, Heather BUTCHER, Eliot FORBES, June BRAMMER, Jon BRAYSHAW, Ben A JONES, Harvey NOLAN, Patrick SMITH-HOWELL, Casey STANHAM, Mark WILLIAMS, Judith WILLIAMS, Sue J JONES, John KILKOYNE, Helen SEGEBARTH, Dean HOULTON, Nick JONES, Bradley PIPER, Carol SMITH, Debbie ELLERBY, Lester CRAVEN, Elaine ELVIDGE and Mark NOTT.

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Just a few reminders: Lincoln parkrun is a three lap course - please only cross the finish line when you've completed all three. If you can't manage all three then that's absolutely fine, please just exit the course before the finish. Dogs are more than welcome at parkrun but please remember, keep them under firm control, on a short lead and extreme care taken to avoid tripping other runners. That does not apply to under 11s who just have to run with an adult. Remember you are in a public park so please be courteous to members of the public and indeed each other - parkrun is a special, friendly place that we all love. Everyone can run for their own reason, at their own pace and that is the beauty of it. Please take a finish token if you cross the finish line. If you do not want to have your personal barcode scanned then please return the finish token to the barcode scribe or make the finish token issuer aware so that they can put your token aside. This small thing will make the results processing so much easier. Also only cross the finish line once and don’t duck out of the finish funnel without getting a finish token. Again this causes lots of problems to the results processor and could mean that runners get allocated an incorrect position or time!

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Future Dates: 23rd December – Lincoln will be celebrating Christmas so please take this opportunity to get into the festive spirit and dress up for the occasion; this is encouraged but not compulsory! As an added bonus the bowls club is planning to be open too! Please note that there will not be a Lincoln parkrun event on either Christmas or New Year’s Day. We will be here on the 23rd and 30th December so come along and wish all of your parkrun friends and family well over the festive season.

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If anyone has a personal story as to why they have taken up parkrun then please speak to one of the Run Directors and we can add your story to the run report. See you all on the 9th Dec – either enjoy your week off or enjoy taking part in some parkrun tourism.

Pat Smith-Howell

Run Director

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Lincoln parkrun Event number 202 25th November 2017

This week 353 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Stu BLISSITT • Mark WILLIAMS • Judith WILLIAMS • Mark NOTT • Dean HOULTON • Louisa DENNETT • Carol SMITH • Heather BUTCHER • Jon BRAYSHAW • Sue J JONES • Nick JONES • Elaine ELVIDGE • Helen SEGEBARTH • Ben A JONES • Lester CRAVEN • Elliot FORBES • Casey STANHAM • John KILCOYNE • Patrick SMITH-HOWELL • Debbie ELLERBY • June BRAMMER • Harvey NOLAN • Bradley PIPER

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

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26). The female record is held by Sophie COWPER who recorded a time of 17:24 on 15th August 2015 (event number 85). The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 7,429 participants have completed 58,014 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,070 km, including 11,716 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 198 – 28/10/2017

Halloween Fun!

I was feeling more confident this week in my role as Run Director. It was our Halloween inspired event and it was nice to see that we had a few people entering into the spirit and dressed up for the occasion. I apologise that the weather wasn’t as warm as last week with a distinct chill in the air but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of all the runners and volunteers. I will try harder to order some better weather for when I am next Run director! Again I had ample volunteers to cover the alternative course and we had 412 eager runners, joggers and walkers turn up to participate.

We had lots of milestones this week with Harvey Smeaton, Elizabeth Rees and Nathaniel Drury all achieving their 10th parkrun. Jon Anderson and Kim Barker achieved their 50th parkrun and Ann Storr, Carl Bell, Kristian Roebuck and Amy Fowler all achieved their 100th parkrun. Well done to you all what a great effort!

Wayne Lathwell was the first finisher this week with Hannah Lord the first lady across the line. There were 26 first timers to parkrun this week - welcome to the parkrun community – we hope that you had a very enjoyable experience and that the running bug has grasped you enough to continue running. Furthermore there were an additional 32 who completed their 1st parkrun at Lincoln. These visitors included runners from Newark, Basingstoke, Leeds, Hunstanton, Doddington, Torquay, Penzance and Cambridge. In addition there was a fantastic 83 personal bests - what an achievement and well done to you all.

It was refreshing to meet one of the first timers after the run that approached me with a thank you for organising the event. I explained that I was only one of many and that he was the one to be thanked for making the effort to come out early on a Saturday morning. He said that he had a great time and would keep on running with us. He was so enthused that he has even said he will volunteer as a marshal in the near future. Thank you again.

Unfortunately the Token Magpie was still here this week but only managed to fly off with one finish token – No 339. If you happen to come across any finish tokens in your pockets please return it to one of the volunteers next week before you run. Finish tokens are needed to help parkrun operate each week and are expensive to replace.

The volunteers do a great job in all weather conditions and no parkrun would happen without their support. If you are able to volunteer it would be greatly appreciated and you will see a completely different and worthwhile side to parkrun.  Please drop and e-mail to lincolnhelpers@parkrun.com if you are able to help out. There are lots of different volunteer roles and we will never ask you to do one that you are not comfortable with. Our thanks this week go to:

Stu BLISSITT, Becky MAGINESS, Heather BUTCHER, Herm BUTCHER, Eliot FORBES, Bill MARA, Emma ABBOTT, Robert TOWRISS, David COOPER, Anthony DAVIS, Celia DAVIS, Sandra Purdy, Rita FORTUNE, June BRAMMER, Jon BRAYSHAW, Brian FOSTON, Peter WARD, Andy M JONES, Ben A JONES, Harvey NOLAN, Patrick SMITH-HOWELL, Casey STANHAM, Betty STRACEY, Mark WILLIAMS, Judith WILLIAMS, Jill WOOD and Andrew JACKSON-PARR.

Just a few reminders:

Lincoln parkrun is a three lap course - please only cross the finish line when you've completed all three. If you can't manage all three then that's absolutely fine, please just exit the course before the finish.

Dogs are more than welcome at parkrun but please remember, keep them under firm control, on a short lead and extreme care taken to avoid tripping other runners. That does not apply to under 11’s who just have to run with an adult.

Remember you are in a public park so please be courteous to members of the public and indeed each other - parkrun is a special, friendly place that we all love. Everyone can run for their own reason, at their own pace and that is the beauty of it.

Please take a finish token if you cross the finish line. If you do not want to have your personal barcode scanned then please return the finish token to the barcode scribe. This small thing will make the results processing so much easier. Also only cross the finish line once and don’t duck out of the finish funnel without getting a finish token. Again this causes lots of problems to the results processor and could mean that runners get allocated an incorrect position or time!

Future Dates:

18th November – Lincoln Parkrun celebrates its 4th Anniversary! Where has the time gone since that first event in November 2013! The theme for the day is 4th birthday party so come along in your party gear to celebrate. Again, dressing up is not compulsory but please come along and celebrate the day with us all!

23rd December – Parkrun Winter Wonderland and a time to get into the festive spirit and the bowls club is planning to be open too!

Please note that there will not be a Lincoln Parkrun event on either Christmas or New Year’s Day. We will be here on the 23rd and 30th December so come along and wish all of your parkrun friends and family well over the festive season.

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Here is a short story from one of our parkrunners who approached Andy last week:

I am Elizabeth Cook, a 12 year old girl guide and I also do parkrun-very slowly! Before summer, my friend and I went to a selection camp to decide who would go to international jamborees with the guides. I was very lucky and I was picked to be a representative as 1 out of 9 from the whole of the North of England.

Mum said that we needed to find a way to fund the trip because there was no-way that she was paying for it all. She suggested that one way of doing this was by setting  a challenege of a hundred parkruns as I find these difficult, I am not a natural runner! So you might see me, wearing a high-vis jacket counting down to a hundred on the back, running round the course.

I might not be able to run very well but I am a small part of a large supportive running community and after the parkrun everyone talks about how tired they are and how good they feel. We were talking to one of the organisers and he said that ‘you might be one of the last to cross the finish line, but you beat the 99,000 people who didn’t get up in the morning’...........ANY ONE CAN RUN!!

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If anyone else has a personal story as to why they have taken up parkrun then please speak to one of the Run Directors and we can add your story to the run report.

Many thanks

See you next week when Louisa will be the Run Director

Pat Smith-Howell

Run Director

 

Lincoln parkrun
Event number 198
28th October 2017

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Stu BLISSITT • Mark WILLIAMS • Judith WILLIAMS • Brian FOSTON • Bill MARA • Andy M JONES • Betty STRACEY • Heather BUTCHER • Jon BRAYSHAW • David COOPER • Sandra PURDY • Herm BUTCHER • Jill WOOD • Ben A JONES • Anthony DAVIS • Celia DAVIS • Elliot FORBES • Casey STANHAM • Becky MAGINESS • Andrew JACKSON-PARR • Patrick SMITH-HOWELL • Rita FORTUNE • Emma ABBOTT • June BRAMMER • Peter WARD • Robert TOWRISS • Harvey NOLAN

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

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
The female record is held by Sophie COWPER who recorded a time of 17:24 on 15th August 2015 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 7,316 participants have completed 56,623 parkruns covering a total distance of 283,115 km, including 11,480 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 196 – 14/10/17

Summertime running?

We could have been forgiven for thinking summer had returned on Saturday. It was certainly a lovely day for parkrun, although I think it probably proved a little too warm for the runners. They've recently become used to cooler, more autumnal conditions so it came as a bit of a shock to many! There were no complaints from the volunteers though - they were basking in the warmer conditions, some in short sleeves only and really making the most of it. For anyone who has volunteered in the iciest of conditions will know the problems that can occur with icy fingers. There was none of that this week!

With one or two other events happening this weekend, I wondered if it may be a little quieter at parkrun. How mistaken was I? A fabulous 438 people completed our free (and always free) event! Of those, we welcomed tourists from far and wide, including Redcar, Gainsborough, Rushcliffe, Reading and France. Thank you too for your lovely comments about our parkrun. It's very much appreciated and great to know we're doing a good job! We were joined by the Lincoln University Cheer Leading Team and also from a parkrunner who has now completed all 31 parkruns in the East Midlands region. A true parkrun tourist! For anyone who was experiencing parkrun for the very first time, we hope you had a great morning and will come back again next week!

Lewis Budgen took finish token number 1 this week and in first place for the ladies was Sophie Wallis  well done both of you! There were 47 personal bests recorded this week. It's not only PB's that are the achievements of parkrun though; completing the course for the first time is something to definitely be proud of. Our volunteers gave the biggest cheer ever as a lady running past was proud to announce she'd ran a full lap without stopping... Isn't it just wonderful that all of this happens at parkrun?

We have  our faster runners, our families, our friends. People of all ages and abilities join together such a supportive environment around. It's most definitely heartwarming to see everyone join together. Our tail runner was Connie this week. The tail walker role is just brilliant - they make sure everyone completes the course safely and is always happy to have a chat with anyone close by and share their tales. We're now seeing children who were babies in pushchairs, four years ago as Lincoln parkrun began, now coming along with their own barcode ready for their own attempt at our course. parkrun is a part of their life and what a wonderful, healthy start they've had.

Karla Wright ran her 100th parkrun this week. Well done Karla! Look our for the t-shirt notification. 100 parkruns is a huge achievement and something to definitely be proud of. We celebrate milestone runs every week and again, what better way to prove that we all #loveparkrun to clock up these runs week in, week out.

James Budgen celebrated his birthday this week too! Happy Birthday James!

parkrun happened thanks to 27 wonderful hi-viz heroes! Most of our volunteers are runners themselves and give up a couple of runs each year to help out. It really is a fantastic opportunity to really see parkrun from start to finish and throw back some encouragement to the people who have perhaps encouraged you. If you'd like to help out one week, please drop me an e-mail to lincolnhelpers@parkrun.com  I promise you that nothing is too difficult, you can choose the role you'd like to do and we'll go through everything on the morning! I also promise you'll feel really good for the rest of the weekend as you'll have a brilliant time! Our thanks this week go to:

Consuela SACKFIELD • Chris WOOD • Louisa DENNETT • Wayne DENNETT • Samantha NOTT • Andy M JONES • George SHUTTLEWORTH • Betty STRACEY • Carol SMITH • Heather BUTCHER • Vernon JONES • Alex GODFREY • Matthew GODFREY • Linda GODFREY • Sandra PURDY • Nick JONES • Ben A JONES • Elliot FORBES • Casey STANHAM • Becky MAGINESS • Gary SUTTON • Patrick SMITH-HOWELL • Iain VEITCH • Susan JAGGER • June BRAMMER • Harvey NOLAN • Craig BREWER

  

Just couple of reminders:

Lincoln parkrun is a three lap course - please only cross the finish line when you've completed all three. If you can't manage all three then that's absolutely fine, please just exit the course before the finish.

Please stay in order in the funnel until you've been given your finish token, then head to the barcode scanning area and make sure you hand your token to the team. Finish tokens must always be returned as we need them every week. We don't give parkrun souvenirs (apart from the lovely milestone t-shirts of course!)

Remember you are in a public park so please be courteous to members of the public and indeed each other - parkrun is a special, friendly place that we all love. Everyone can run for their own reason, at their own pace and that is the beauty of it.

Future dates:

28th October - Halloween parkrun. Dress up as you wish! Witches hats, pumpkins on parade, ghosts and ghouls - it's entirely up to you, and if you don't wish to dress up then that is absolutely fine ~ Regular running gear allowed too!!

18th November - Lincoln parkrun turns 4 years old. Can you believe it?! What an amazing 4 years it has been. Come along in your party gear and celebrate! Again, dressing up not compulsory. We'd just like you there to join in and reflect on the past 4 years. Can you remember life without parkrun in it? I'm not sure I can!

23rd December - parkrun Winter Wonderland - time to get festive. Definitely one of our favourite days of the year.

Please note, it has been decided that Lincoln parkrun will not be holding an event on Christmas Day or New Years Day. We will be here as normal on 23rd and 30th December so there'll be an opportunity to wish your parkrun friends and family well over the festive season.

Pat will be looking after parkrun next week as he steps into the Run Director jacket. Good luck Pat and we all really appreciate it!

That's all for now,

Best wishes,

Louisa.

(Don't forget you can view ALL of the photos for Lincoln parkrun on our website, or by clicking HERE Thank you to Chris for this week's brilliant collection!

Lincoln parkrun
Event number 196
14th October 2017

This week 438 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Consuela SACKFIELD • Chris WOOD • Louisa DENNETT • Wayne DENNETT • Samantha NOTT • Andy M JONES • George SHUTTLEWORTH • Betty STRACEY • Carol SMITH • Heather BUTCHER • Vernon JONES • Alex GODFREY • Matthew GODFREY • Linda GODFREY • Sandra PURDY • Nick JONES • Ben A JONES • Elliot FORBES • Casey STANHAM • Becky MAGINESS • Gary SUTTON • Patrick SMITH-HOWELL • Iain VEITCH • Susan JAGGER • June BRAMMER • Harvey NOLAN • Craig BREWER

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

Male placings:
Lewis BUDGEN (JM11-14) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was first over the line in 17:47 - third time in 59 appearances.
Wayne LATHWELL (VM35-39) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was second over the line in 17:56 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Carl BELL (JM15-17) of Lincoln and District Runners, was third over the line in 18:24 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Sophie WALLIS (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:07 - 8th time in 12 appearances.
Amy GROCOCK (VW35-39) of LINCSQUAD, was second (11th overall) over the line in 19:39.
Alice CARTER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in 21:11 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lewis BUDGEN (JM11-14) – 79.76% for the time 17:47 (first overall).
Samuel SPENCER (VM45-49) – 77.98% for the time 18:28 (4th overall).
Betty STRACEY (VW75-79) – 77.51% for the time 33:03 (305th overall).

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
The female record is held by Sophie COWPER who recorded a time of 17:24 on 15th August 2015 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 7,231 participants have completed 55,847 parkruns covering a total distance of 279,235 km, including 11,345 new Personal Bests.

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