Markeaton parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-26 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Virtual parkrun 63: The Not So Final Countdown…

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Well, this is a bit awkward this week. This was supposed to be the final fling, the concluding chapter, the last hurrah, the end of the Virtual Run Reports. But, as we all now know. It’s not. I had it all prepared too. The last words were written, the Red Arrows were booked, the dancing elephants prepared and the Virtual Cake had 63 Virtual Candles ready to be lit.

But, like a lot of things these days, it’s all had to be postponed. The cake is a write-off I’m afraid (well, I did throw it at the Virtual Wall in frustration) and the elephants now have another commitment, but I’ll see if I can salvage the Run Report. It was going to be an emotional, award-winning affair full of pathos, heart-tugging moments and reminisces that reduced you to a blubbering mess. Not anymore though.

Tell you what, I’ll just rip a few bits out and stick the relevant info in for this week. Seems a shame to waste it. No one will notice I’m sure.

This week, on our final Virtual parkrun (which actually wasn’t), we reach Week 63. In what was believed to be some of the most gloriously emotional scenes seen in Derby since 1876 when Derby County last won a game of football, thousands of cheering people lined the parks, streets and even a beach, to salute the brave heroes of the last (but four, possibly...or is it three? I’ve lost count) ever Virtual parkrun.

There were (insert number here, probably lots and lots) of runners, walkers and joggers this week. (Insert name here... probably Chris, maybe Colin...could be Lyndon if he pulls his finger out) was the quickest this week, as the curtain was brought down (and then swiftly pulled up again) on the last Virtual Run.

8 Virtual Volunteers helped us all out this week and were all given medals for their services to the Markeaton Virtual parkrun, as well as a sports car, speedboat and life-long supply of cake to say thank you for their commitment. (Note: all rewards not given after sponsors realised this wasn’t the last one at all and pulled out. Will try and get a sticker or something to give them all to make up for it...)

For one last time (until the actual last time) our Virtual parkrunners ran up hills, dodged foxes, drank coffee, ran far further than the 5k required, and generally got out there in the June air and kept on being awesome because it’s what we do. Nobody was overcome too much with the enormity of the occasion (which was good because they would have looked really silly seeing as the occasion didn’t happen).

Fantastic to see everybody taking part in the Run for Refugees, with runners from El Salvador, Nigeria, Iran and East Africa, showcasing what a truly welcoming and all-inclusive event parkrun is. Brilliant.

(Remove this whole chunk of the Run Report here. No mention of the surprise special guests who we had to cancel...thanks anyway Meghan...or the fireworks and squirrel-display team performing hits from the musicals. See if we can get refunded, or at least get our deposit back, for Elton’s big finale. I think we can run to his expenses and the sandwich and crisps, but we aren’t paying for the levitating piano or ponies...)

So, blah, blah, blah, we all did so well. 63 weeks. Spring 2020. Pandemic. Blah, blah. Hands. Face. Space. Barnard Castle. Puddle of Doom. It’s all over. We made it. See you down the park next week. The nightmare has ended. Back to normal.

Nope. Sorry. Can’t use any of that. Ignore it for now. Put it on ice just a teeny-tiny bit longer.

So, keep on running that little bit further folks, we are all hopefully nearly there. See you next week for the next to next to next to last Virtual parkrun. Or something like that. Possibly. Maybe...

Got to go. Forget to cancel the 30 foot Elvis hologram that sang “It’s Now or Never” as we all crossed the Virtual Finish Line one last time. Damn, that would have looked impressive too. We won’t  be able to afford it in a few weeks time as it was on a Groupon.

Oh well, the thought was there...

 


This week 54  people ran, jogged and walked their own course (socially distanced and from their own homes), of whom there were 5 first timers, Sal Chaffey,Charlie Stevens,Moses Omolele,Erick and Douglas Drias and 2 recorded new Personal Bests , Chris Smith and Liz Cook (again)  Representatives of several clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:Marshalling and virtually cheering us all on were:
Jacey Allen
Nick Potter
Catherine Seymour
Results Processing:
Gill Richardson, Steve Cooke and Robert MitchellRun Report Writer:
Chris WhitePhotographer: (please check out Brian's Flickr page - he is putting up new pictures of old runs!)
Brian SilcockThe male record is held by John Rouse who recorded a time of 17:03 on Virtual Event number 5.
The female record is held by Emma Eldridge who recorded a time of 20:27 on Virtual Event number 57( beating her previous record by 1 second)The Virtual Markeaton parkrun started in the Spring of 2020. Since then 450 participants have completed 5140  parkruns covering a total distance of 25,700 km, including a lot of Personal Bests!


Cheers!

Chris

 

 

 

 

Virtual parkrun 62: Furly Close..?

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Meanwhile, down in Markeaton Park, time to check-in to see how the squirrels are coping with week 843 of Lockdown...

”I’M TOO HOT!!! HELP ME BARRY!!! I THINK I’M MELTING!!!”

”Now don’t be so dramatic Barbara. You’ve felt sunshine before.””NOT LIKE THIS THOUGH! I’M BOILING! YOU HAVE TO HELP ME!!!”

”I am absolutely NOT shaving you again Barbara. You just look, well, weird, with no fur. Besides, you’ll scare all those babies again, like last time.”

”Aw yeah. That was really funny wasn’t it? Good times. Pass me that sun cream then Barry, let me at least protect myself.”

”No Barbara, that just makes your fur sticky and smell funny. Can’t you go for a scamper around a bit and run up a tree? Try and find a dropped ice cream to help you cool down? Maybe annoy a small dog, or trip up a runner?”

”Haha, runners! I remember them! Do you recall when all those Lycra-clad nutters used to come down here on a Saturday morning and plod round with their red faces? parkrun, or something? They ran round in circles then ate cake, didn’t they? Haven't seen them in a long long time. I bet they don’t exist now. How long do humans live for, Barry?”

”Not sure, Babs. Not as long as squirrels I don’t think. Not with us being the master race and dominant species on the planet. They still do that parkrun thing though. Just not all together.”

”Really Barry? Incredible! Tell me more, my furry friend...”

”Well, this week for example, 48 humans ran, walked or jogged along their own 5k courses. No need for getting together down here anymore. They gallop round Darley, Kedleston, Alfreton, The Peak District, wherever they can thrash about really. Some even do it on holiday in Whitby. It’s really quite bizarre. Or impressive I suppose. If you find humans impressive, bless ‘em.”

“I remember sitting up a tree watching them toddle up Cardiac Hill. We used to bet our nut stash on which one would swear first, then start walking.””Yeah, I used to love sitting with the kids and seeing them trying to skirt round The Puddle of Doom, like baby giraffes on ice skates.”

”I bet most of them can’t run anymore can they, Barry? What with this Lockdown that’s been going on for most of the 21st century due to incompetent leadership from that large blabbering strangely-furred human in charge?”

”Now, now Barbara, Let’s not get political again.”

”Sorry, Barry...”

”Well they can obviously still run pretty well though, as both Liz and Martin Humans got PB’s this week. Very impressive stuff. I guess we will see when they all get back down here in the park. I’ve missed ‘em all to be honest. It’ll be good to see them again.”

”Are they coming back then? When? How?”

”We aren’t sure when Barbara. Soon. Very soon, I think. There shall be the return of happy smiling faces and people running, jogging and walking in the fresh air. The sound of laughter, of accomplishment.  The thud of trainers on pathway. The encouraging shouts of marshals. The sheer joy of like-minded Humans being together again, doing what they love...”

”And cake crumbs left over for us, Barry? Say there will be cake?”

”Oh Barbara...there will be cake...”

 

 

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This week 48 people ran, jogged and walked their own course (socially distanced and from their own homes), of whom there were 0 first timers, and 2 recorded new Personal Bests , Martin Woodcock and Liz Cook Representatives of several clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

Marshalling and virtually cheering us all on were:
Jacey Allen Nick Potter Catherine  Seymour
Results Processing:Gill Richardson, Steve Cooke and Robert Mitchell

Run Report Writer:
Chris White

Photographer: (please check out Brian's Flickr page - he is putting up new pictures of old runs!)
Brian Silcock

The male record is held by John Rouse who recorded a time of 17:03 on Virtual Event number 5.
The female record is held by Emma Eldridge who recorded a time of 20:27 on Virtual Event number 57( beating her previous record by 1 second)

The Virtual Markeaton parkrun started in the Spring of 2020. Since then 445 participants have completed 5086  parkruns covering a total distance of 25,430 km, including a lot of Personal Bests!

Cheers!

Chris

 

Virtual parkrun 61: The Joy of June

imageThis weekend, the sun came out and so did 42 Virtual parkrunners, greeting June with a smile, a cautious hug, and a thrash round a 5k route of your choice.

Lets face it, you don’t have far to look for any bad news these days. A virus changing its name to Greek to try and baffle us, a roadmap that may or may not take the scenic route, we can only travel to countries that voted for us in The Eurovision Song Contest, and, with Euro 2020 just round the corner, a defeat to Germany on penalties waiting in the wings for us all. It could make you madder than losing a trainer in The Puddle of Doom, but here at Markeaton Virtual parkrun, we always look on the bright side of life, so here is your weekly shot of good news. Ignore the TV, rip up your newspaper, here’s all the good stuff...

The sun came out!

If you listened closely around Darley Park, Alvaston, Loch Morlich, Glen Nevis, Keswick and Kedleston, you could hear that haunting cry in the air that we haven’t heard since last year...”It’s too hot to run innit?! It’ll be a slow time today...”

If that doesn’t mean that Summer is on its way, then I don’t know what does...

There was a tense, nail-biting, short-wetting battle at the business end of the results this week! 

Richard Tissington pipped Zak Mohamed to the top spot by 2 seconds. Incredible stuff from both runners in what critics are calling “the closest Market Virtual parkrun since a while back, although  I can’t tell you exactly when as I can’t be bothered to look. Very exciting though...”

We had 2 new PBS!

Even after all this time, the Virtual Records are there for the smashing. Congratulations to Helen and Liz who ran like holidaymakers through a Portuguese airport on Tuesday morning...

We have all run a really, really REALLY long way!

Virtual parkrun 61 brought up a record-breaking stat. This weekend took the total number of virtual parkruns over 5000 and 25190k, which is pretty amazing. That’s a lot of people running a lot of Ks, and I reckon we should all be proud of ourselves.

There were Hurricanes in Angelsey!

Just when you think the Markeaton parkrun community can’t get any better and nicer, here come The Hurricane Harrisons onto Aberffraw Beach, collecting rubbish, filling 3 carrier bags, and generally saving the world. We salute you Hurricane Harrisons!

Virtual Volunteers! 

Talking of fine upstanding human beings. We had 8 awesome individuals making the virtual magic happen. Jamey, Nick and Catherine cheered us home and brought the imaginary cake.

Half a dozen reasons to be cheerful that will hopefully get us through the week until the appearance of Virtual parkrun 62. Have a happy week everyone. Keep smiling, keep running, and keep being wildly, fist-pumpingly optimistic.

All together now... “It’s coming home, it’s coming home...”


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QUOori0185fnRyeH2BNCjwGkJoiObLgEPrdNOLy8FAo/edit?usp=sharing

This week 42 people ran, jogged and walked their own course (socially distanced and from their own homes), of whom there were 0 first timer, and 2 recorded new Personal Bests , Helen Kellett and Liz Cook Representatives of several clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:Marshalling and virtually cheering us all on were:
Jacey Allen

Nick Potter

Catherine Seymour

Results Processing:

Gill Richardson, Steve Cooke and Robert Mitchell

Run  Report Writer:
Chris White

Photographer: (please check out Brian's Flickr page - he is putting up new pictures of old runs!)
Brian Silcock

The male record is held by John Rouse who recorded a time of 17:03 on Virtual Event number 5.
The female record is held by Emma Eldridge who recorded a time of 20:27 on Virtual Event number 57( beating her previous record by 1 second)

The Virtual Markeaton parkrun started in the Spring of 2020. Since then 445 participants have completed 5038  parkruns covering a total distance of 25,190 km, including a lot of Personal Bests!

Cheers!

Chris

 

Virtual parkrun 60: Diamonds Are Hopefully Not Forever…

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As the month of May disappears over the horizon like a Man City supporter’s dreams, our merry band of Markeaton parkrunners keep on running (or jogging or walking.)

60 weeks! 60 WEEKS! Not too shoddy for a temporary fix that started last Spring. We have officially reached our Diamond Anniversary! I reckon everybody who has contributed to getting us all this far deserves a ‘cautious hug’ and a drink in a spacious room with all the doors and windows open. Well done everyone!

It may be a Bank Holiday Weekend for some, but there was no rest for the the grandest sporting occasion of the last few days. Nope, I’m not talking about the Champions League Final, or the Play-Offs, or even the race to see where you left your shorts when you wore them on the last sunny day we had back in August 2020, but the one and only Markeaton Virtual parkrun.

For this week’s 60th edition we were joined for the first time by Liz Cook. Welcome aboard Liz! We also witnessed a mightily impressive 6 new PBs from Jacob, Samantha, Sarah, ‘Big Sis’ Paula, Graeme, and, in an event rarer than a Super Flower Blood Moon, a PB from our Event Director Tim Bentley! Yes, after 60 weeks, Tim has finally worked out which foot goes where and pointed himself in the right direction. Congratulations everybody!

From Kedleston to Forest Rec, from Darley Park to Cruden Bay, from Alvaston to Glen Nevis, the sun sizzled down and it felt a bit more like the end of May, and a little less like the 68th week of February than it has done lately.

Some of us ran faster than Dominic Cummings throwing Matt Hancock under a bus, and some of us stopped to say hello to hares and cygnets. Some ran to test out injuries, whilst others sprinted through sea mist, but however we all did it, we were out there doing it, which is all that matters. Although what Liz is doing running PAST a cake shop, I have no idea...

Huge thanks to all the Virtual Volunteers who cheered us on and virtually saw us all home safely.

As behind the scenes, forms are filled, boxes are ticked, conversations are had, and fingers are crossed, we’ll keep on virtually plodding on until Markeaton Park is on the Green List and we can all meet again once more.

 

Stay safe and healthy everyone, see you on The Ram Trail somewhere, and virtually see you next week to do it all again (let’s hope it’s still sunny...)

 

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This week 52 people ran, jogged and walked their own course (socially distanced and from their own homes), of whom there was 1 first timer,Liz Cook and 6 recorded new Personal Bests , Jacob Garji, Tim Bentley, Samantha Jackson, Sarah Eley, Paula Hubber and Graeme Hoose. Representatives of several clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:Marshalling and virtually cheering us all on were:
Jacey Allen

Nick Potter

Catherine Seymour

Results Processing:

Gill Richardson, Steve Cooke and Robert MitchellRun Report Writer:
Chris White

Photographer: (please check out Brian's Flickr page - he is putting up new pictures of old runs!)
Brian Silcock

The male record is held by John Rouse who recorded a time of 17:03 on Virtual Event number 5.
The female record is held by Emma Eldridge who recorded a time of 20:27 on Virtual Event number 57( beating her previous record by 1 second)

The Virtual Markeaton parkrun started in the Spring of 2020. Since then 445 participants have completed 4996  parkruns covering a total distance of 24,980 km, including a lot of Personal Bests!

Cheers!

Chris

 

Virtual parkrun 59: The Waiting Game…

I PimageMany great words have been written about waiting. ‘Waiting for a Star to Fall’, ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’, and that pinnacle of 20th Century music, and the finest 4 minutes and 23 seconds you’ll ever spend, and I’ll fight you hard if you disagree because you are just kidding yourself, ‘Right Here Waiting’ by the songwriting behemoth that is Richard Marx.

So when the news came in from parkrun HQ this week that we all have to wait just a little bit longer to meet up together in the park, I’m sure, like me, you turned to the mullet-haired genius for solace. parkrun’s decision was expected, and also sensible/frustrating/ridiculous/the right thing to do/insert own opinion here.

So, as we wait patiently and our tireless team work away in the background to arrange a reopening of our beloved 5k, what do we do with ourselves? Well, we do what we’ve been doing for the last 59 weeks now...we get out in the fresh air and pound the parks, pavements and pathways of our rain-soaked county (and beyond!) in the name of Markeaton Virtual parkrun, and keeping the flame burning. Although it’s getting a bit tricky with all this damp weather. The flame may have hissed out one or two times this week...

So, this week 48 of us hit the sodden streets and gloopy grass to complete our latest parkruns. From Long Eaton to Ripley, from Darley Park to Alvaston Park, there we were, not sitting around waiting, but getting out there and doing. Running, jogging, walking, splashing.

Waiting can also be a positive thing. Good things come to those who wait. Be it a Derby County takeover, the Assembly Rooms reopening, or finding out who H is. Ok, they are really bad examples, but you get what I mean... Morris L. West once said, “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine” And Morris knew what he was on about, as he had a PB of 26 minutes in the 70 to 75 age cat.

So, while we wait, what glorious things have happened! Let’s be thankful that we used this time wisely and got the chance to see Anthony run under 20 minutes! Catherine hitting the gym at 7am again! Michael claiming a PB! Josephine hearing the brilliant birdsong! Sarah getting lost and Christine pulling a muscle! Errr...ok...the last two were bad examples again, sorry.

We will be back in the park soon, but until then, let’s all keep virtually going a little longer. It will all be worth it in the end. Like waiting for a bus, waiting for your turn in Primark, waiting for your vaccination email, or waiting for the UK to get a Eurovision point... Oh...hang on...that’s another terrible example...

I’ll leave you this week with the words of the esteemed Mr Marx, as, I’m sure you'll agree, he, as ever, really sum things up like few other word wranglers could...

”Oh can’t you see it baby, you got me going crazy...

...Whatever it takes, or how my heart breaks,

I will be right here waiting for you...Markeaton parkrun...”

Sniff...see you next week.

Where are the tissues..?


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This week 48 people ran, jogged and walked their own course (socially distanced and from their own homes), of whom there were 0 first timers, and 1 recorded new Personal Bests , Michael Brian. Representatives of several clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

Marshalling and virtually cheering us all on were:
Jacey Allen

Nick Potter

Catherine Seymour

Results Processing:

Gill Richardson, Steve Cooke and Robert Mitchell

Run Report Writer:
Chris White

Photographer: (please check out Brian's Flickr page - he is putting up new pictures of old runs!)
Brian Silcock

The male record is held by John Rouse who recorded a time of 17:03 on Virtual Event number 5.
The female record is held by Emma Eldridge who recorded a time of 20:27 on Virtual Event number 57( beating her previous record by 1 second)

The Virtual Markeaton parkrun started in the Spring of 2020. Since then 444 participants have completed 4944  parkruns covering a total distance of 24,720 km, including a lot of Personal Bests!

Cheers!

Chris

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