Mulbarton parkrun # 318

What a beautiful September morning for a parkrun, and what a wonderful turnout of 164 runners, joggers and walkers who came along to enjoy it today. It was great to see so many of you out this morning, particularly the 19 first timers and visitors to parkrun and Mulbarton, so a massive well done and welcome. There were also 34 of you who achieved PBs, so a real well done to everyone – fantastic achievements all round.

As usual, today’s event was only made possible by our wonderful team of volunteers, so massive thanks to Alan, Alex, Evelyn, Fern and Sabina – you all did a fantastic job and you made it go so smoothly. Also, big thanks to Jacob for pacing within seconds and hope that helped some of you achieve that elusive time. We also welcomed Alex to the team today as part of his Duke of Edinburgh volunteering challenge, so you’ll see more of him in the coming weeks.

Remember, volunteering is fun and vital to the event, and we have a lot of gaps in the roster in the coming weeks. So please do let us know if you can help out – full training and support will be given so don’t be daunted!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope to see you again soon.

Jane (this week’s Run Director)


Mulbarton # 317

Autumn has arrived, and typical to the season we started in rain and finished in sunshine with 142 parkrunners turning out. Well done all, and a few PBs were threatened this morning as well by all accounts.

Thank you to the volunteers Ian, Tom, Lily, Andrew and Scarlett. Well done to Scarlett for completing her DofE volunteering with us, it was much appreciated Scarlett and thank you very much for your time and efforts.

We are very short of volunteers next week so please have a look at the website and email in if you would like to volunteer.

We had a few milestone this week, well done to our very own RD Barry for notching up 100 and Vicky for 50 parkruns. Both ran very well on your special days.

That's it from me this week, see you all again soon Alan


Mulbarton parkrun #316

Another great turnout for a lovely morning on the common. We had a total of 116 runners, joggers and walkers including 15 first timers, a number of tourists from near and far, a 50 milestone and 13 personal bests. So really well done to you all, a good morning's work all round! .

And it only happened because of this week's team of wonderful volunteers - Andrew, Dennis, Fern, Heather and Vicky. It all went smoothly without a hitch, so a massive thank you all for making my job so easy and for making it so enjoyable for everyone.

Remember, we are very short of volunteers in the coming weeks so if you've been thinking about volunteering for a while, now could be the time to have a go, don the high vis vest and have some fun!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope to see you all again soon,

Jane (this week's run Director)


Mulbarton # 314

Good to see a solid turnout of 119 this week and the weather was perfect. The course was also excellent today after the overnight rain with a bit of 'give' underfoot however the rabbits had been busy just after the first corner making it a bit more tricky.

Thank you to the volunteer team who all pitched in to make things go smoothly, well done to Ivan, , Dennis, Amberley, Ed and Clive. Thanks guys. We are short of a timekeeper, tailwalker and scanner for next week please email via the volunteer page on the website if you would like to help out. The next few weeks we are looking a bit think on the ground so we could do with help please.

We continue to welcome first timers and was great to see you all today. Some of you are on holiday and hope to see you all again when you are next in the area you are most welcome. Some fantastic times today, with one of the tourists from Ipswich coming in at 17:07 and Jacob not far behind with just under 18 minutes. We had 6 parkrunners all under 20 minutes great effort everyone. Course record of 15:44 to be broken in the next few weeks anyone?

Was nice to see Poringland runners represented by Phil, Lee and Janye making the short trip to see us, well done all and hope to see you again at Mukbarton soon.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and see you all again soon. Till the next time , Alan


Mulbarton parkrun #313

A bit of a breezy start to the weekend so well done to all 138 runners, joggers and walkers who braved the wind and joined us on the common, particularly to 20 of you who achieved PBs despite the conditions. It was great to welcome the Norfolk Gazelles who were running with us as their parkrun of the month, 35 first timers at Mulbarton, and to one runner on their first ever parkrun. Hope you all enjoyed running on the common and we'll see you again soon.

As usual, a massive thank you to today's team of wonderful volunteers - Vicky, Clare, Fern, Scarlett, Andrew and Ivan. Great teamwork and your efficiency and enthusiasm made my job so easy. And thanks too to James for pacing to within a second, and apologies for changing your name for the day!

Volunteering really is fun and rewarding, and we can't hold the event without you, so please do think about giving it a go. Full training and support will be given so don't be daunted - have a look at the future roster on the website and just let us know if you'd like to give it a go (

We're also keen to recruit a new Run Director to join the core team which will really help covering hoildays, illness etc. Have a look at the announcement on the news page of our website ( and get in touch if you think you'd be interested.

Well done to you all again, enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope to see you again soon,

Jane (this week's Run Director)


* Run Director wanted*

Dear Mulbarton parkrun supporters, you’ll see we have a number of gaps in the forthcoming roster at all levels. As well as appealing for regular volunteers, we’re also keen to recruit a new Run Director to join the Mulbarton parkrun core team. Whilst a Run Director has a greater role than a regular volunteer, don’t be put off - you’ll be given full training and will have the support of Alan and myself as Event Directors, as well as the support of the full Mulbarton team.

It’s honestly not an onerous commitment, but another Run Director would really make a difference to help cover holidays and illness etc. If you’d like to find out a bit more about what is involved, you can contact us direct ( or have a chat with any of the Run Directors next time you do a parkrun with us, and we can tell you a bit more about what we do.

Look forward to hearing from you

Jane (Co Event Director)


Mulbarton parkrun #312

An impressive 115 runners, joggers and walkers joined us on the common today - a lovely morning for it although I understand it was a little warm out on the course but that didn't stop 13 of you getting PBs, so well done.. Really great to welcome 30 first timers to Mulbarton, some being first time parkrunners so well done, hope you all enjoyed it and that we'll see you again soon. It's also always good to welcome parkrun tourists, and this week we had visitors from the local area as well as some from further afield including Scotland and Thailand!

As usual, a massive thank you to today's band of happy volunteers - Kirsty, Kirsten, Tim, Trevor, Mark, Robert and Alan for pacing with such precision! It all worked like a dream so thanks to you all for making my job so easy!

On the subject of volunteers, we are totally dependent on you all to put on the event each week, and we have a lot of gaps in the volunteer roster in the coming weeks. It really is fun and easy, and full training will be given so don't be daunted if you haven't done it before. If you can help out, please do get in touch - - your support is invaluable and much appreciated by all parkrunners.

Can I also encourage you to opt into our Mulbarton parkrun volunteer email list. You need to do this through your personal parkrun profile page - under 'email options'. We only send out essential emails for things such as volunteer appeals, course updates and event cancellations so you really won't get inundated with loads of emails!

Well done to you all again, and hopefully see you next week.

Jane (this week's Run Director)


Mulbarton parkrun #311

97 runners took to the common today in slightly better temperatures than we have been experiencing over the last few days. A little bit of rain also helped but the feedback from the field told me it was still quite warm out there. Always nice to see a few first timer parkrunners and tourists visiting our course, you are always welcome and hope to see you again. We had a couple of milestone runners today, both Lil Slaughter and Thomas Gasgoyne achieving their 10 T shirts. Well done to you both. Today was Norwich Pride and it was great to see a few runners wearing colourful outfits. Well done for your support.

My thanks as always goes to this weeks wonderful volunteers, without whom parkrun wouldn't exist. Thank you, Maisie, Gail, Steve, Scarlett, Sue, Dennis and Heather, your efforts are greatly appreciated by all. We are looking for more volunteers for the coming weeks so if you are able to help please email into the office, its fun, nice to give something back and full training is given.

See you next week



Norwich parkruns encourage rainbow runners to help celebrate Norwich Pride

Hundreds of runners in and around Norwich will create a rainbow this weekend to help celebrate Norwich Pride.

Six parkruns - Brundall, Catton, Colney, Lingwood, Mulbarton and Sloughbottom - have joined together in inviting people to run, jog or walk their 5km courses in rainbow colours in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

The message is clear: everybody is welcome at parkrun and this weekend, the more colourful the better. The ethos of parkrun is very much about inclusion and we welcome everyone to walk, jog or run 5km with us every Saturday morning.

There is no such thing as “too slow” and nobody finishes last because that’s the job of the tail walker - a friendly volunteer who makes sure everybody gets round safely.

New people are always welcome at parkrun - maybe this weekend will be an opportunity for people who have never taken part before to give it a go.

All you need to do is register online with parkrun - - print out your personal barcode and bring it with you when you arrive at your chosen park by 8.45am, in time for the pre-run briefing.

Runners are  notorious for having brightly coloured clothing which lends itself to creating a ‘running rainbow’ and runners are invited to wear any bright rainbow colour on Saturday 27th July to join in the celebration for the LGBTQ+ community in Norwich

And finally, we are in need of a couple more volunteers for this Saturday so please do get in touch if you can help out as a timekeeper or barcode scanner.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday

Jane (CoED)




Mulbarton parkrun #310

Good work to each and everyone of the 96 runners out on the slightly damp common this morning, and the 11 Volunteers who were all amazing today.

We had 6 official first timers to parkrun as a whole (I say official as I know someone forgot to bring a bar code so it was at least 7 really) one of whom was Diana Smith who graduated from her couch to 5k program and completed the course for the first time today. 20 of you were first timers to Mulbarton. That is a fantastic number, it's always good to welcome visitors and best of luck to Stuart Barton who will be completing his 100th different tourist event next week, glad we made 99 on your list.

12 of you managed to get PBs which was an excellent effort as the ground could have been hard going in places. And congratulations to Naomi and Kevin Stockwell on hitting their 50 milestones today.

Today marks 50 years since the Human race went to the moon and while that was one small step for a man, as Neil Armstrong meant to say, it was a giant leap for mankind. Well 50 years later we have the remarkable Freddie Hanna who at 4 years old completed our parkrun course for the first time. I do not know of anyone younger to have done it (feel free to correct me if you know better) so I feel proud that we are still pushing ourselves to achieve difficult goals.

Speaking of Pride, next week is the Norwich Pride festival so please feel free to wear the most vibrant colours you have in solidarity of that.

To those of us doing the 10k run tomorrow, all the best. Say hello if you see me running, call for medical assistance if you see me collapsed in a heap. otherwise enjoy.

See you all soon

Steve (this week's Run Director)

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