Walking at parkrun

    Poolsbrook parkrun event 221

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Today I did something that I have only done on a few previous occasions, and that was to walk at a parkrun rather than run, the fact that I was walking with my lovely wife Julie was a bonus. On the few of occasions that I have done this I have always really enjoyed it, especially the opportunity to actually have a chat without getting out of breath, and to really see everything around me clearly. I can certainly recommend it to give a different perspective on the event, I’m sure you will enjoy it. IMG_20211016_085818__01

Mark was the Run Director today supported by an excellent, capable team of pink hi-viz clad volunteers who cheered us around and ensured that the event ran smoothly. So, many thanks go out to today’s volunteer team: Alan BROWNE • Andy MORRIS • Angela BARNSTON • Carmen CLARK • Chris PATTISON • Clare MCSHANE • Crispin FISHER • Giles SEARBY • Gordon HARDING • Heather HILL • Jean BAKER • Kerry ANDERSON • Mark HAZLEHURST • Matt TAYLOR • Michael JOEL • Mike COLLEY • Nichola HEATHCOTE • Paul SMITH • Rachel BROOMHEAD • Richard POWELL • Roger KENCH • Shelley GYTE • Shelley TOMBLIN • Stephen DEE • Steve TURNER • Susan GOODWIN • Wendy WESTON • William STREET.

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We all know how important volunteers are and how much we appreciate your efforts, so if you would like to help out at a future event please contact us by email at poolsbrook@parkrun.com or respond to any volunteer requests on our Facebook page. Also, occasionally we like to contact you when we are really short of volunteers or if we need to contact you for any other reason, for example if we have found a piece of lost property (it happens quite frequently !) so it would be helpful if you would sign up to receive volunteer emails. The easiest way to do this is to follow the link to edit and access your parkrun profile when you receive a results or volunteer email after each event.

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One of our most well known volunteers, ‘Queen’ Jean Baker was presented with a specially modified parkrun Hi-Viz this morning by the Run Director. Jean is a stalwart at Poolsbrook parkrun having volunteered a massive 216 times at all parkruns including 154 times here at Poolsbrook and 58 times at Staveley junior parkrun. Thank you Jean, you are loved by us all.

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One of our long-time veterans, Alan Browne celebrated a special birthday today whilst taking part in his 116th parkrun (70 at Poolsbrook). Alan was 75 years old today, and not only did he run, he also volunteered in one of the roles he has undertaken many times, ‘post event close down’ – meaning that he helped to clear away the kit at the end of the event. Alan has volunteered a total of 74 times, 68 of these at Poolsbrook parkrun. Happy birthday Alan from all of us.

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Today we welcomed 12 first time parkrunners and we hope that we see you all again at Poolsbrook very soon. Welcome to Andrew KIRSOPP, Charlie LUDLAM, Ethan LINACRE, Harrison WEATHERALL, James STIRLING, Jonathan BAKER, Kerry BAKER, Laura DALEY, Megan HOLANDA, Neil MASON, Sally WHEATLEY, Sian TYSON.

Welcome also to all of the parkrun tourists who made their way to Poolsbrook today, we hope that you enjoyed our event and that you return to take part here again in the future.

Congratulations to everyone who achieved a PB (too many to mention).

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We all love it when we get lots of milestones and we had a few today. Along with the release of a new range of parkrun milestone shirts we added a 25 runs milestone and also milestones for volunteering for all of the run milestones meaning that we have them now for J10, 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 – lots of shirts for us to achieve. So, congratulations to the following earning their shirts today: Thomas MARRIOTT, Ruby ROBINSON, Michael EDWARDS – J10 runs Alice ROBERTS, Wilfred ALLEN – 25 runs Paul LOWRY – 50 runs Daniel RYAN, Steve TURNER, Sarah KENCH – 100 runs

There were no volunteer milestones this week but quite a few of our regulars who are close to achieving their next landmark.

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Next week we will have Chris back at the helm and the volunteer roster is looking a bit empty, I’m sure that Chris would appreciate it if we could fill the roster nice and early – please contact us (details above). Then on 30th October we have a takeover by Clowne Road Runners one of our excellent local clubs – look out for lots of red shirts and a debut as RD by our own Matt Taylor, being ably assisted by Neil Yewman.

See you all soon,

Andy

 

Ohh look a new parkrun

Poolsbrook parkrun Event #221 – 9th October 2021.

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6% chance of showers said my weather app, as I drove towards Poolsbrook at 8am in the middle of a rainstorm storm and clouds of spray on the M1 (not that I checked when I was driving of course!). Run Director Andy was kind enough to let me shadow him today as I’m part of a team setting up a new parkrun in….well, you’ll have to read on to find out!

It looked like a lower than usual turnout, but the parkrun fairies did their job and, sure enough, the rain stopped at about 8.45am ready for the event to begin bang on time. The volunteer team made a range of guesses in participant bingo, ranging from 150 to 200, until Token Queen Jean shocked everyone with a shout of 236! She was proved correct though as 242 people ran, walked or wheeled themselves around the lake today, with the event made possible by the following hi-viz heroes:

Andy MORRIS, Carol SPEIGHT, Chloe TAYLOR, Chris PATTISON, Clare MCSHANE, Dawn BROOKS, Gary TAYLOR, Gemma MORRIS, Giles SEARBY, James ILLSLEY, Jean BAKER, Jess JOEL, Jim MCINTOSH, Louise LOWE, Martin BROWN, Martin COOPER, Martin WARSOP, Matt TAYLOR, Michael JOEL, Neil YEWMAN, Peter Donald SMITH, Roger KENCH, Sarah KENCH, William STREET.

As always we are looking for help on the rota. Covid does mean we need extra volunteers in order to put on our event safely so please do consider helping every now and again. Everyone at Poolsbrook is very friendly and we’d love you to join the team when you can. If you would like to be a volunteer at a future event please email poolsbrook@parkrun.com

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Onto the event itself. There were a number of people who started their parkrun journeys with us today, so congratulations to

Ian BARKER, Tom OXLEY, Jennifer BREWSTER, Rachel ROBERTS-HOLLAND, Alero EGODO, Chantel HARRIS-JONES, Cheryl NAYLOR, Ayotunde DALUMO and Olivia Layla GOUCHER on what we hope will be your first run of many!

Run Director Andy ran through the milestones during his pre-run briefing, but unfortunately the only movement was a few balls of tumbleweed drifting across the path, with none declared. There was an avalanche of PBs today though, so congratulations to the following people:

Tom MOWBRAY, Joseph CHAPMAN, Gareth WIDDOWSON, Andrew EDWARDS, Benjamin TOULE, Stuart BAIRD, Ann BARKER, Joseph CONNOLLY, Katie FREESTONE, Craig REDFEARN, David ROBINSON, Benjamin LOWE, Robert YATES, Claire TIMBS, Sally MARPLES, Simon ADDY, Harvey BIRD, Daniel THOMPSON, Julie SIDWELL, Rebecca WILLIAMS, Rachelle CANNON, Thomas WALTON, Chris CHAPMAN, Fleur WOODALL, Kirsty MCKENDRICK, Mary KANE, Nicola EDLEY, Beth MELBOURNE, Lisa CANNON, Marie BALL, Sarah MORRELL, Simon LEWINGTON, Laura WOODCROFT, Rhiannon SEYMOUR, Michelle HOBSON, Alan HOBSON, Conor BARBER, Rebecca WALLACE, Brenda DILLON, Sue RUSS, Martin HAMMOND and Carmen CLARK.

The following also joined us for the first time. We hope you enjoyed your morning and Poolsbrook and will be back soon:

Kenneth DAY, Gerry PYE, Daniel MARSH, James OXLEY, Christopher HURT, Charlie FENWICK, Julie JONES, Jayson WHITAKER, Lisa MORRIS, Sheila KERR, Tamara SMART, Sarah LOVELL, Caroline OXLEY, Matthew WEEKS, Aisha GILBERT, Cheryl SMITH, Henry MARSDEN, Paul LEICESTER, Russell GREATOREX and Jennifer BREWSTER.

First male across the line was Tom MOWBRAY of North Derbyshire RC, in a time of 18:08 and the first female finisher was Sara EAMES in 20:40.

The later finishers benefitted from a bit of sunshine that started to break through the clouds.

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For Your Diary’s

Are you considering entering a race or 2, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Look at the couple of races below organised by our friends at Clowne and North Derbyshire running clubs:

Clowne Half Marathon - 28th November, a great event with some super views across Derbyshire. Its a very welcoming beginner friendly race, but also one with potential for a fast time if thats what you are looking for. Click here to enter.

Bolsover 10k - 12th December, a very popular race run around Bolsover, also beginner friendly and fast if thats what you are looking for. Click here to enter.
Both events are extremely well organised and you will recognise a fair few faces from Clowne Road Runners and North Derbyshire Running Club. Lets see a few Poolsbrook apricot shirts!

30th Oct - Its looking a lot like we are going to have another takeover to look forward to. To be confirmed, but its looking like our friends from Clowne will have the reins. Watch this space.

Next week see’s Mark take the RD helm, come along and enjoy yourselves – gonna be another good one.

The only thing that remains now is for me to give you the name of the new parkrun…but you wouldn’t expect me to do that here, would you?

James Illsley

 

Happy 17th Birthday to parkrun

Poolsbrook Parkrun #220

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171 of you turned up to run/walk with us today and this was the week that celebrated parkrun being 17 years old. We asked if folk could come along in purple to celebrate our volunteers and many of you did, although the weather didn’t help with an extra layer having to be donned by many to keep out the chill.

Volunteers

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A big thank you to the following volunteers

Roy AUSTIN, Sarah AUSTIN, Cath BADHAM, Jean BAKER, Mike COLLEY, Kirsty DENTON, Neil INNS, Michael JOEL, Adrian KIRKHAM, Angela KIRKHAM, Julie MANSELL, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Rowan ROBERTS, Chris ROUSE, Peter Donald SMITH, Matt TAYLOR, Donna WOODWARD, Neil YEWMAN

Before today at Poolsbrook 731 different people have volunteered on 4,328 occasions – wow, a big thank you to you all.

And of course, as always we are looking for help on the rota. Covid does mean we need extra volunteers in order to run safely so please do consider helping now and then. There is a great deal of research that points towards the benefits of volunteering and as you will all know we’re a fairly friendly bunch. Don’t be daunted by any of the roles, they are all intended to be simple and we can give you any training necessary quickly on the day. Roles such as barcode scanning and timekeeping are simpler now that we use the app on the phone.

Achievements

Becky Cartledge and Kirsty Mckendrick chose Poolsbrook to start their parkrun journey, well done to you both and we want to see you back next week. A big hello to our tourists, hopefully you enjoyed yourselves and will return at some point.

Phillip Donnelly and Mick Lofley – well done to you both on achieving your 50th parkrun. Hopefully those bright and shiny new running tops will be on their way to you soon.

I did tell you we were sorting out perfect running conditions, and didn’t we do just that. Not too hot, not too cold with a bit of a breeze giving assist in places and resistance training in other places. We do like to make things good for you, and boy didn’t it show with the PB’s. Well done to those that achieved PB’s on Saturday:

Amanda CROFTS, Rebecca WALLACE, Andrea WILLIAMS, Rebecca LEDGER, Alfie COOK, Charlotte RIDDLE, Hayden TETLEY, Jason POOLE, Rachael STEWART, Chris CHAPMAN, Fleur WOODALL, Carrie STENTON, Nicola EDLEY, Gary FLINN, Sara BURDIS, Ann FLINN, Nora MEE, Andrew EDWARDS, Richard HEWINS, Maxine FLETCHER, Dean MCLAUGHLIN, Georgia BALL, Pauline CALLAHAN, Melanie GREAVES, Andrew BEASTALL, Gary TAYLOR, John SANDERSON, Penny POOLEY, Chris POOLEY, Andrew POWERS and Gavin POWERS

Other Stuff

Based on a couple of incidents can I remind everyone of the covid guidelines that we are asked to operate under. Our joint agreement to operate under these guidelines is what allowed parkrun to recommence, so please do conform, especially when asked.

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For Your Diary’s

It was a busy weekend for running, with a fair few folks running the London Marathon or the Virtual London Marathon, I saw a fair few Clowne shirts running up the hills around Eyam a rather ‘challenging’ half marathon. Well done to everyone, especially those 26.2 mile folk … wow.

Are you considering entering a race or 2, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Look at the couple of races below organised by our friends at Clowne and North Derbyshire running clubs:

Clowne Half Marathon - 28th November, a great event with some super views across Derbyshire. Its a very welcoming beginner friendly race, but also one with potential for a fast time if thats what you are looking for. Click here to enter.

Bolsover 10k - 12th December, a very popular race run around Bolsover, also beginner friendly and fast if thats what you are looking for. Click here to enter.
Both events are extremely well organised and you will recognise a fair few faces from Clowne Road Runners and North Derbyshire Running Club. Lets see a few Poolsbrook apricot shirts!

Next week see’s Andy take the RD helm, come along and enjoy yourselves – gonna be another good one.

Chris
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Poolsbrook Run Report 25th September – Event 219.

Poolsbrook Run Report 25th September - Event 219.

Event 219 on 25th September was ideal for runners - not too hot, and not too cold, and the sun was out so everyone was happy, including the resident swans.

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Today's parkrun was hosted by North Derbyshire Running Club. They had a branded gazebo, a kit stall and a recruitment leaflet. Emma Hayden West,Run Director, led the team of volunteers, on behalf of the club.

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Thank You to all the volunteers:

Alan BROWNE • Andrew ELLIOTT • Ann BARKER • Chris LEACH • Chris PATTISON • Clare EVANS • David HICKEN • Dean MCLAUGHLIN • Dominic WISH • Emma HAYDEN-WEST • Emma HOLT • Gary TAYLOR • Jackie YATES • Louise WEST • Lynn ELLIOTT • Martin COOPER • Martin EVANS • Nichola HEATHCOTE • Paul BODEN • Paul HANDLEY • Phil HUGHES-NARBOROUGH • Roger KENCH • Shaun GOODWIN • Shaun JOHNSON • Shelley GYTE • Stephen BENNETT • Sue SPENCER • Tom TOPHAM • Wayne CHURCH

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I arrived early and offered to help, I had not pre-registered as volunteer. I distributed leaflets and took task of writing this report. Took some photos on course for report and then dismantled gazebo. Meanwhile, the volunteers, many from the club, collected all parkrun related stuff.

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North Derbyshire Running Club. NDRC.

The club began in 1985 and has just moved back to its long standing training location, Queens Park Leisure Centre, after Covid changes. As probably the largest local club many parkrunners have been members, know members or are ex-members. There yellow vests with red horizontal band is quite distinctive. Why not contact them or join using QR code on leaflet. We have also begun a parkrun League this year. Those finishing in Championship, top league, using age graded parkrun times will receive a memento at our Awards Evening.

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NDRC (biscuit) Courtesy of Martin Cooper.

On behalf of NDRC thanks to parkrun for asking us to takeover. It's such a great initiative to encourage a diversity of people to exercise for their own, and other people's health and for FREE. The parkrun bug has been caught by many and long may it continue.

And now the results bit...

A total of 252 took part in today’s event. 15 chose Poolsbrook to do their very first parkrun. 44 did Poolsbrook for the first time. Maybe this was the NDRC effect. 27 NDRC members also ran.

The first male across the finish line was Stefan SZABLEWSKI in a blistering fast time of 16.56 and not far behind was the first female Charlotte RIDDLE with a time of 21.08. Well done to both!

Special mention to the tail walkers, Gary Taylor and Paul Handley, of NDRC.

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Happy parkrunning.
Steve Monaghan
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Is it a Cob or a Roll?

Poolsbrook Run Report 18th September - Event 218

Event 218 on 18th September was ideal for runners - not too hot, and not too cold, and the sun was out so everyone was happy, including the resident geese.

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I arrived early on what was my first parkrun back at Poolsbrook for almost two years. Some of you will know that I was a regular RD at Poolsbrook before moving back across the ‘is it a cob or a roll’ border to help start Millhouses parkrun in Sheffield back in October 2019. It was great to catch up with all the regulars after all this time.

Before we get on to the specifics on why I was here today, let me thank all the volunteers who made today’s event possible:

Jean BAKER, Angela BARNSTON, Daniel HARPHAM, Edward HARRIS, Neil HOLLINSHEAD, Jess JOEL, Michael JOEL, Roger KENCH, Sarah KENCH, Zaheer MAHMOOD, Julie MANSELL, Chris PATTISON, Gabbie PATTISON, Nigel SAUL, Sara SHAW, Robert SPENCER, William STREET, Karen WHITE, Glenis WILSON, Donna WOODWARD, Neil YEWMAN

As one of the EDs over at Millhouses, I know how difficult it can be to get the volunteers, and sometimes it gets right down to the wire on Friday evening, before a go/no go decision is made for the event the following day. If you are able to volunteer in a future week please do email poolsbrook@parkrun.com - no task is too big or complicated and full training in a specific role is always given if you need it.

The parkrun Practice Initiative

As mentioned above, there was a good reason why I was here today at Poolsbrook with my Millhouses RD colleague Mo Ahmed, who works at the local GP practise Royal Primary Care, just a stone’s throw away from Poolsbrook Country Park.

For a few years now, parkrun events have linked up a local GP surgery, to raise awareness of parkrun amongst GP’s and the practise staff. The idea is not only to encourage the GP staff to take part, but also direct patients to parkrun as well. GP’s are also encouraged to ‘prescribe’ parkrun to patients.

This link-up between Royal Primary Care and Poolsbrook will be formalised in the coming weeks and patients and staff will be encouraged to volunteer or take part in Poolsbrook as a result.

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The pic shows Mo along with other members of the RD team and Zaheer.

And the rest ….

A total of 233 took part in today’s event. 15 chose Poolsbrook to do their very first parkrun. Another 4 came back for their ‘difficult second parkrun’. Now the journey is well and truly started, and I’m sure you’ll all be addicted to parkrun before you even know it!

Well done to Matthew LEVERS for joining the 50 club, and Kate DYMONDwho joined the 100 club today. We hope to see you both in your milestone T Shirts soon.

The first male across the finish line was Christopher ALDRED in a blistering fast time of 18:45, and not far behind was the first female Laura ALLEN with a time of 20:11. Well done to both!

Special mention to the tail walker Edward HARRIS, of the Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run Good running club. Browsing through the results and I couldn't help but chuckle at that ! How do I become a member of this?

That’s all from me. I’ll be back again at Poolsbrook at some point in the future, but in the meantime, if anyone wants to do a bit of tourism across the border at Millhouses parkrun, you’d be most welcome and I look forward to seeing you there soon. Just don't forget when you’re up here, to order a breakfast roll, not a cob, otherwise you might get a few funny looks :)

Happy parkrunning.

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Zaheer MAHMOOD

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