The big freeze


Event #141

For the first time this winter we had to make a pre-run course inspection following freezing overnight temperatures, and once again Poolsbrook Country Park showed how resilient it is to winter conditions. There was ice in patches at the side of the paths and some across the paths where water had run from higher to lower ground, but we decided that it wasn’t enough to cause any safety issues – so we went ahead.



For those of us who were taking part it wasn’t so bad once we got started, in fact there were a lot of coats, hats and gloves shed throughout the event. For the volunteers it was more of an ordeal, but as ever – they remained cheery and very supportive – thank you to everyone who volunteered: Alan BROWNE • Andy MORRIS • Anna SHEVLIN • Cherry HAZLEHURST • Chris PATTISON • Crispin FISHER • Daniel HARPHAM • Gemma MORRIS • Heather HILL • Keith HUDSON • Lee GIBBS • Lynne SARGEANT • Michael JOEL • Peter Donald SMITH • Rachel SWANN • Roger KENCH • Shelley TOMBLIN • Stephanie WARD • William STREET • Zaheer MAHMOOD


We need volunteers every week to make the event happen and to keep it safe, if you are prepared to help out please leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at . No job is too difficult and they are all rewarding.
Finish Tokens

Roger Run Directed today which meant that our stopwatches were safe, although to be fair he hasn’t broken one in a few months now. Roger gave out instructions to the volunteers whilst Zaheer gave the first timers briefing.

Amongst the first timers we had a group from Chesterfield Hockey Club who decided to take part to keep fit now that their season has finished, they will most likely be back again soon. First time parkrunners today were: Christopher GLOSSOP, Ed KINSEY, Helen GLOSSOP, Jonathan HANCOCK, Kristy THEAKER, Louis JOHNSON, Tom BACON, Zoe HIBBARD – welcome to Poolsbrook parkrun.
Hockey Club

Extra congratulations today to Poolsbrook parkrun regular Michael Joel who volunteered for the 25th time and has earned his purple 25th volunteer t shirt. Michael is one of the hardy types who turns up early to help set-up the event.


We also greeted a few first time Poolsbrook parkrun visitors: Alfie SUDDRICK, Andy SUDDRICK, Anthony WHITLEY, Christopher HEGGS, Edward GLOSSOP, Ellen WHITE, Hannah BAZLEY, Helen PHILLIPS, Jack BIBBY, John TOSCANO, Martin PHILLIPS, Sean MCAULIFFE, Simon BLACKNELL, we hope you enjoyed our beautiful park.


Considering how cold it was today it was pleasing to see a decent number of people taking part. While we were setting up and checking the course before 8am we had guessed that the turnout could have been below 100 for the first time in ages, but Poolsbrook parkrunners are hardier than that and 145 of you defied the cold to get your weekly parkrun fix. Well done to everyone, you got your fix of endorphins today, those that stayed in bed didn’t.


It's common knowledge nowadays that exercise (including walking, jogging and running) is not only good for your physical health, but is also good for your mental health, no wonder we are such a happy bunch at Poolsbrook parkrun.

Roger had the pleasure to announce two milestones this week, both of them for 100 runs – congratulations to Juliet (95 at Poolsbrook) and Andrew Little (94 at Poolsbrook). A few unofficial milestones too (why not !) Jason CRABB and Diane OSHEA 10th run, Stephen BENNETT and Karen BALL 49th run (50 next week !), Sharon COLLIS 99th run (100 next week !)


Despite the difficult conditions, and particularly that biting wind on the finish straight, 12 of you managed to achieve personal best times. Congratulations go out to: Bev BARNES, Colin BATEMAN, Donna WOODWARD, Gwilym HAYES, Helena SCHOFIELD, Jason CRABB, Joanne CHAPPELL, Joshua LEUSBY, Liz CLOSE, Seth CLOSE, Simon HARRISON, Vicki MIRFIN.


It was great to see some fantastic female runners today with 3 of them finishing in the first 6 places: Helena SCHOFIELD, Louise COCKING and Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT. Lauren achieved a Poolsbrook parkrun age graded record for the SW20-24 group of 74.06%, congratulations Lauren.
Female finishers

Weather – please ensure that you check our Facebook page regularly for updates about how the weather might affect our events, we will always do our best to keep you informed.


Did you know – our highest ever attendance was on New Years Day this year when we welcomed 473 participants, we ran out of finish tokens and had to record the last 20 or so finishers by writing on bits of paper. Also, we were at the limits of our stopwatches capabilities, they can only record about 490 finishers. This year we will be ready just in case this happens again, we have new stopwatches available which can record more than 1,000 finishers and we have extra finish tokens taking us up to about 650 participants.


As we are nearing the end of another year, it would be great to hear form you about your best memories of Poolsbrook parkrun in 2018 – drop us a line, iot only needs to be a paragraph and it would be nice to publish a few memories in the run report. E-mail us at .

Dates for your diary

We have a busy time coming up for Poolsbrook parkrun with a couple of extra events and our Christmas special.

22nd December Christmas special (usual 0900 start)

  • A chance to wear your Christmas fancy dress, we hope to see lot’s of Santa’s, Elves, Snowmen and Reindeers (or any other outfit that you would like to wear).
  • The café won’t be open this week but we hope to be able to open up the building on the day. Please bring along your own Christmas treats to share – mince pies, Christmas cake etc.


25th December – Christmas day extra parkrun (0900 start)

  • What better way to start Christmas day than a parkrun – burn a few calories before you fill yourself on Christmas dinner. Why not bring along family members or friends.
  • The café won’t be open, we may open up the building but suspect that a lot of you will want a quick get away. Bring along your own treats.
  • Of course, Christmas fancy dress will be welcomed.


29th December – parkrun as usual

  • The café will be open this week


1st January – New Years Day extra parkrun (a later 1030 start)

  • This is your once a year chance to do a ‘parkrun double’ with quite a few other local events holding an 0900 start event followed by Poolsbrook parkrun. For more information on which events are taking place at Christmas and the New Year take a look here: You can also plan your double on this web page:
  • The café will be closed so we hope to open the building. Please bring along your festive treats to share.


We still need lots of volunteers to be able to hold these extra events so if you can help please let us know as soon as possible. We can’t do it without you !