A Grey Day At Poolsbrook

Event #140


It was a grey chilly morning that welcomed our 104 hardy souls who turned up at Poolsbrook on Saturday. The wind had quieted down a little with just the odd gust here and there.

Our volunteers were once again simply amazing, a massive thank you to the following:

Jean BAKER, Dawn BROOKS, Craig BROOKS, Alan BROWNE, Mike COLLEY, Richard DOWNES, Keith HUDSON, Michael JOEL, Henry KAY, Sandra LEES, Michael LEES, Andy MORRIS, Chris PATTISON, Teresa PAYNE, Giles SEARBY, Nicola SEARBY, Sara SHAW, Ruth SMITH, William STREET, Matt TAYLOR, Paul TAYLOR

With extra events over the next few weeks, we are looking a little light here and there on the volunteer front, so if you can help then please let us know. As you all know we can only put the event on with the kind help of volunteers. Please email us at PoolsbrookHelpers@parkrun or via the facebook page if you can help. If you are considering helping but are uncertain about what is involved then have a chat with us, all the roles are straightforward and we will give you full training. Many of our volunteers comment about it being a rewarding experience.  And remember you can still volunteer and run, you could consider helping with set up, tail walking, VI guide or why not try your hand at putting a run report together.

As you know that we have an event on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Christmas Day is a great way out of getting out peeling potatoes and sprouts, and it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to an extra mince pie once you have run. So if you haven’t already put it in your diary then come along on either day and join in the fun either as a runner or a volunteer. Fancy dress encouraged for Christmas Day of course.


We love milestones and this week saw a Poolsbrook regular completing their 100th parkrun, 85 of them being at Poolsbrook. Well done Crispin Fisher on a fantastic milestone. I also know that Crispin recently completed his first ever marathon in an extremely respective time – well done Crispin.


Mike Colley delivered the new runners briefing, and we had a great turnout of tourists and first time park runners, well done to the following first time park runners:


And a big Poolsbrook welcome to the following tourists visiting us for the first time:

Andrew BURGESS, Mark RHODES, Amy GILL, Tim MEEKINGS, Jon WARD, Jonathan ELWICK, Jonathan STYLES, Geoff THORPE, Michael EDMUNDS, Matt RIDGE, Stephen Edward TOMLINSON, Sue THORPE, Aileen JOHNS, Claire HODKINSON, Charlie COTTON, Jonny REEP, Chris COTTON, David REED, Fran MARSHALL

A massive welcome to everyone that was here for the first time, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and would love to see you back here. Tourists please spread the word about what a lovely parkrun we have here. First timers, we hope to see you back over the coming weeks.


Whilst it was not fab from a weather point of view and not a high attendance, there was some mighty fine performances taking place.

The first male over the line was Jonny REEP in a very impressive 17:26 minutes.


The first lady over the line was Helena SCHOFIELD in the 3rd fastest time we have seen from a lady at Poolsbrook, a very impressive PB of 19:06 minutes.


So on to PB’s, very impressive performances to everyone and in particular the 11 folk here with new PB’s


As always it’s a joy to see you all cross that finish line with the smiles and grimaces … keep up the good work everyone.


Good news regarding Barcodes, we only had 1 person who did not have their barcode this week. As you will know we are a barcode only event, you are of course welcome if you don’t have your barcode, but you will not get your time recorded, nor a credit towards the parkrun milestone t-shirt. We are not able to take barcodes off your phone under any circumstances, we need your physical barcode please.

As a reminder here are out top tips to make sure your name and time is recorded:
1.Ensure that you are registered with parkrun before you take part – follow this link for more information – don’t forget to select Poolsbrook as your home event.
2.Print out your barcodes and take several of them to each event. Keep one on you (ideally in a waterproof pouch or laminated), keep one in your wallet/purse, one in the car, and any others that you have pack them away in other items of clothing that you may take with you to parkrun.
3.Buy one of the more permanent barcodes (wristband, plastic tag) you can find them here
4.If you have lost your barcode, you can get a reminder here and then print out a new set

I know many of you were at Bolsover on Sunday morning enjoying the fantastic Bolsover 10k that is organised by North Derbyshire Running Club.  I had to pinch myself as it felt like a Saturday at Poolsbrook.  Well done to the many of you that went and put in some lovely runs.  I predict a few long sleeve and bright yellow running tops on Saturday.


Next parkrun day sees the breaker of watches Roger take the helm again. We could certainly do with a few more marshals, come along and join us and have an enjoyable morning.

Don’t forget that our friends at Staveley junior parkrun are up and running at 9AM every Sunday for kids aged between 4 and 14. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

Poolsbrook parkrun
Event number 140
08 December 2018

Happy parkruning - Chris