Superheroes celebrate Poolsbrook parkrun’s 3rd birthday

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So, it was our 3rd birthday and what a great way to celebrate with friends and family. We asked for superhero costumes and we got them, lots of them, and they were just fantastic. We also had pacers, and not surprisingly these helped towards a fantastic 68 personal bests, well done everybody.


On 2nd April 2016, 195 people turned up for our inaugural event. Numbers soon settled down to an average of 134 participants per week. So, 3 years later it’s great to see that we are now averaging around 213 per week and this is growing. This week we had 258 people take part supported by 25 volunteers. Many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who help out every week, come rain or shine.  This week we thank Andy MORRIS  •  Andy PORTWOOD  •  Chris PATTISON  •  Claire BRACEGIRDLE  •  Emily BAGSHAW  •  Fiona GIBSON  •  Gabbie PATTISON  •  Gemma MORRIS  •  Graham WALTON  •  Halle WIGNELL-BOOT  •  Hannah SHARPE  •  Heather HILL  •  James SILVESTER  •  Jane GARDINER  •  Jean BAKER  •  Katie WALTON  •  Keith HUDSON  •  Mark HAZLEHURST  •  Paul CLARK  •  Steve TURNER  •  Suzanne LEUSBY  •  Teresa PAYNE  •  Wendy WESTON  •  William STREET  •  Zaheer MAHMOOD.


We had a volunteer milestone this week, Gabbie Pattison volunteered for the 25th time, thank you Gabbie for all of your support.

If you want to volunteer then please email us at 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.

Mark was our Run Director this week dressed as Superman, and indeed he is a bit of a parkrun Superman as he has taken part 240 times (31 at Poolsbrook) and volunteered on 195 separate occasions (81 at Poolsbrook). Mark started his run briefing by thanking his fellow ED (Andy) and RDs (Chris P, Roger, Zaheer, Mike and Chris T) as well as all of the people who have volunteered at Poolsbrook in the past.

Celebrating with us this week were milestone achievers Wendy Cotterill and Paul Taylor on 50 runs, Lauren Davies-Beckett and Lenka Sochor on 100 runs. Congratulations to all four of you, we are looking forward to seeing the red 50 shirts and the black 100 shirts very soon. As a reminder, if you have a milestone coming up, please let us know so that we can give you a ‘shout out’, please don’t be shy.
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Mark also welcomed this week’s first time parkrunners who we hope to see again very soon. Welcome to Ben MCHUGH, Ethan THOMPSON, Julie BIRCH, Leslie CROWE, Lisa DAVIES, Lorraine LOVE, Marie JENKINSON, Matthew THORP, Rachelle CANNON, Rebecca CROWE, Rebecca HOWARD, Sandra HOLMES, Tim CANNON.


The weather behaved reasonably well, resulting in 38 personal best times, well done to everyone who managed their quickest Poolsbrook parkrun time this week.


This week, for some unknown reason a number of participants fell over during the event, a few of them in one part of the course which doesn’t usually see too many people falling. All were trips, where the runner stumbled over something – we don’t really know what as the surface seemed to be fine (we spent some time examining it afterwards and could find no obvious cause). In fact, I was one of the fallers – the first time that I’ve tripped over at a parkrun – and no, before you ask, I didn’t trip over my superhero cape. Anyway, many thanks to all of the lovely people who stopped to help out, especially Fiona Gibson, Michael Payne, Graham Walton, Chris Pattison and Gemma Morris, we really do have a great spirit at Poolsbrook parkrun. Luckily, all seemed to be ok afterwards and we expect to see everyone back again soon.
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At the finish line we had tempting treats to lure finishers up the finishing path – plenty of cakes and chocolates. Thank you to everyone who brought these in, it really is nice to share a piece of cake with fellow parkrunners on such a special day.

Finally – thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who volunteered, not just this week, but during the 159 events that we have held over 3 years, it wouldn’t be the same without you.

Dates for your diary

May 11th – Clowne RRC takeover which will include pacers !

July 13th - Staveley Armed Forces weekend – there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun on this day



Wind & rain 0 – 1 parkrunners

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The forecasted rain threatened but never really took hold today and it hadn’t stopped 174 walkers, joggers and runners turning up anyway. The weekly parkrun fix is too great a pull to keep the hardy amongst us away, what would we do at 9AM on a Saturday without it ?


Our wonderful volunteers not only turned out to brave the wind and rain, they did it with a smile, a cheer and plenty of good humour – thank you to each and everyone of you, and that means: Andy MORRIS • Andy PORTWOOD • Cherry HAZLEHURST • Chris PATTISON • Ellie CARNELL • Emily BAGSHAW • Gemma MORRIS • Halle WIGNELL-BOOT • Hannah HARESIGN • Jean BAKER • Jess JOEL • Keith HUDSON • Mark HAZLEHURST • Michael JOEL • Neil HOLLINSHEAD • Rhiannon HUMBERSTONE • Simon DEEKS • Teresa PAYNE • Timothy JOEL • Tina HENSEY • William STREET • Zaheer MAHMOOD.   DSC_3150

Our D of E award ladies were present in a good number again and did a sterling job. Here’s a heads up for everyone – at least one of them will take a turn at being the Run Director soon and I reckon she will be brilliant at it.


Can you imagine being a first time parkrunner on a day like today ? To clarify to our first timers – it doesn’t always rain, we don’t always have water jumps, and yes – we are always this cheery ……. So, Andrew LAMING, Ellis LAMING, James COPESTAKE, Joseph CHAPMAN, Lousie WHYSALL, Nicola CHAPMAN, Paul CHAPMAN, Sophie CHAPMAN, Stephanie GROVES, Stephen THORP and Sue MASON, did you have a nice morning ? We all hope so.


I guess the same statement applies to our first time visitors too, but I guess that most of them will have experienced all kinds of conditions on the different events that they have visited. Anyway, we always like to welcome our visitors and this week they were Ian Grant RICHARDSON, James MOORE, Jessica DODDS, Jonathan CLARK, Judy PLATEAU, Karen RICHARDSON, Louise Margaret PORTER, Michelle LAMING, Nicola SMITH, Pip HUGHES. It would be great if you gave us another visit in the summer to see how beautiful our park looks with the trees in leaf and the sun shining.
DSC_3135I was the Run Director today which is a role that I always enjoy. One of the first things that I did when I arrived was to break the PA system (well I assume it was me !). I guess it’s a good job that I’ve got a loud voice – too loud my family say sometimes. It’s a good job that things improved after that, and even if they hadn’t it wouldn’t have stopped me from having a lovely Poolsbrook parkrun morning. Chris, one of our frequent RDs, was on timekeeper duties today and it turns out that this was the 50th time he’d performed this role (43 times at Poolsbrook) and has volunteered on 123 occasions - thanks Chris, you are a true parkrun stalwart.


Of course we couldn’t do it without volunteers so with that in mind, if you would like to find out what it’s like to volunteer and earn the adulation of our walkers, joggers and runners then there is always plenty of opportunity to volunteer at Poolsbrook parkrun or our sister Staveley junior parkrun. This is how you do it:

  1. Check out our future rosters, Poolsbrook, staveley junior
  2. Choose a role that you would like to do or perhaps you don’t mind which role
  3. Contact us to offer to volunteer, you can do this on our Facebook pages (Poolsbrook, Staveley junior) or via e-mail ( ,
  4. We will then add you to the roster for the week and role of your choice


I was delighted to announce the 50th parkrun (44 at Poolsbrook) for my friend Wendy Weston who as it happens is heading up the Poolsbrook parkrun 5k your way team with additional ambassadors Tina Hensey and Andy Morris (me). Here is a quote directly from their website - ‘A community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month.’ What we hope to see is on each last Saturday of the month, a group of people who have or have had cancer and have been inactive, joining us at Poolsbrook parkrun for some exercise and some socialising – please give them all a wonderful Poolsbrook parkrun welcome. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

It wasn’t really a day for PBs, but it seems that some of you still managed one – so congratulations go out to Alex OSBORNE, Alice ROBERTS, Amanda STANLEY, Charlotte BULLAS, David BOWDEN, Donna MARCHETTA, Ellie WOOD, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Heather MORTON, James STOKES, Janet CLARK, Jess JOEL, Keith HIRST, Lee KOSTEWICZ, Louise BEACH, Mark WILCOCKSON, Matt GIBSON, Nerea PAJARES, Nicola ROBINSON, Nigel CALLAHAN, Steven CRANE, Stuart NESBIT, Thomas FOULSTON, Tina BELL.


Reminder: If you are taking part with an under 11 years old, please ensure that they stay within arms reach throughout the event. We don’t mind them sprinting off for the last 100m or so, as long as you are able to keep them within reasonable distance. However, we must insist that no children under 11 years old are allowed to either fall behind or race ahead of their parents at any other time. Thank you.   DSC_3139

Dates for your diary

30th March – Poolsbrook parkrun’s first 5k your way group

6th April - Poolsbrook parkrun’s 3rd Birthday – our theme will be ‘Superheroes’ so please don your best batman, superwoman, spiderman or other shirt on the day – it should look magnificent.

July 13th - Staveley Armed Forces weekend – there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun on this day


Do you have a story to share with your fellow parkrunners ? If so, e-mail us on – all we need is a few words and a photograph. It would be great to hear from you.



#DFYB – please !


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Did you have a great time at Poolsbrook parkrun on Saturday ? There certainly seemed to be loads of happy faces despite the effort that you were all putting in. We were rewarded with a bit of unexpected sunshine which lit up our beautiful location and showed it to it’s best to the 29 first time parkrun tourists. So – did: Andrew TAYLOR, Andy CULLEN, Angela HANSON, Caroline HORTON, Carrie SHAW, Chris GRANGER, Christopher HINDLEY, Danny WEARIN, David HORTON, Dawn LITCHFIELD, Evan CULLEN, Janet CLARK, Joe GARDNER, Julia HINDLEY, Julie CROWLE, Karen BAKER, Kevin DUNNE, Marianne BURFORD, Matthew HALLBROOK, Paddy WILKINSON, Rob TEARLE, Roy PHOENIX, Samantha TEARLE, Sophie CULLEN, Stacey ROSE, Stephen WICKS, Steve MALLINDER, Tina BELL, Yvonne MILLS enjoy our beautiful parkrun ? Answers on a postcard, or perhaps just as a comment !


Rog ‘the stopwatch’ Street certainly had his fair share of first timers at his new runners briefing. It was one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen outside our festive celebrations. Rog was delighted to welcome 5 people doing their first (of many we hope) parkrun. Welcome to Dianne NORTON, Heather MORTON, Jacob SKINNER, Layla DAVIES, Margaret WICKS, see you next Saturday.


Our volunteers are great aren’t they ? We frequently receive kind comments from visitors telling us how well run our event is and how cheery our volunteers are – this is always really nice to hear. Whatever the weather, our volunteers always manage to keep a smile on their faces and have a nice word to say to participants. I would suggest that one reason why they are always cheery is because they enjoy volunteering, it’s such a rewarding experience. If you want the chance to get your volunteer smile then leave us a message on our Facebook page or you could send us an e-mail to You can see which roles are still vacant for coming weeks by looking at our future roster.

This week we had a fantastic turnout of Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers taking part – they have become a regular fixture at Poolsbrook parkrun and we certainly hope that they stick with us once they have attained their awards. Thank you ladies, you were wonderful.


One of our regular volunteers – Tina Hensey volunteered for the 25th time on Saturday when she did token sorting in the café after the event. Tina now qualifies for the lovely purple 25 volunteer shirt. Thanks for all you have done for Poolsbrook parkrun Tina.

We all know about Roger’s corner, where the effusive Roger Kench belts out his greetings and ‘hello Tiger’ high fives to the younger participants. Well we’ve now had a suggestion about another prominent landmark at Poolsbrook parkrun – namely Teresa’s ‘T’ or Teresa’s T-junction. Teresa Payne has stood and cheered and encouraged us all at the T junction where final lappers peel off the main route and onto the finish path. I think it sounds great – how about you ? Teresa is also the Poolsbrook hugger, if she hasn’t hugged you yet, then she will – thanks Teresa.


Well, I tried ! I called out for milestones when I was doing the run briefing at the start and no-one put their hands up. Nevertheless, we got some milestones, so – a belated congratulations go to:

50th parkrun – Ian Wilson (40 at Poolsbrook) and Jonathan Heathfield (49 at Poolsbrook).  Let’s hope that we see those lovely red 50 shirts soon.

Did you achieve a personal best (PB) time on Saturday ? I didn’t, but to be fair – I was Run Directing so it would have been a miracle if I had ! It appears that lots of you made the best of the good running conditions to set your personal best time at Poolsbrook parkrun. I think that’s worthy of a shout out, so let’s all congratulate Alicia LOCKETT, Russell CUNLIFFE, Donna MARCHETTA, Emily SWIFT, Hannah RODEN, Julian SKINNER, Rachel TAYLOR, Diana BOOTH, Chris CAINE, Saul BLAND, Alexandra DECK, Sean RODGER, Laura CATHERWOOD, Matt GILLWAY, Simon FROGGATT, Stuart NESBIT, Kim KNIGHT, Emma HAZEL, Molly FLANAGAN, Charlotte BULLAS, Alice ROBERTS, Fiona CRITCHLOW, Liz CLOSE, Neil YEWMAN, Erin POINEY, Sharon BASSETT, Niki GLOVER, Simon HARRISON, Matthew PRIOR, Lynn THOMPSON, Gareth HARDWICK, Fritz STEINHOBEL, Simon TOMLINSON, Jess JOEL, Keith GREEN, Malachi BAKER-HUNT, Ian EDMUNDSON, Peter MOXON, Andrew WATLING, Ian WILSON, Daniel STANLEY, Oskar WOODS, Louis CLARK, Dean HAGUE, Claire BRACEGIRDLE, Travis SENIOR, Nigel SAUL, Leah Grace GREGORY, Kevin DALE, Helen DOYLE, Kevin DOYLE.

Roy Phoenix achieved an age graded record of 56.02% for the VM80-84 category in his first ever run at Poolsbrook parkrun. Roy generally runs at Hillsborough parkrun and was a very welcome tourist on Saturday.


One thing to note on Saturday was the exceptionally high number of finishers who did not have their personal barcode and therefore had to be recorded as unknown in the results. I’m not really sure why this should be so high – any ideas ? Please, whatever you do – don’t forget your barcode ! You can print a replacement barcode by visiting your personal record. An alternative method would be to follow this link. Or, you could purchase one of the more permanent personal barcodes in the form of a plastic tag or a wristband – more details here.

If you are interested in finding out more about parkrun you can either visit the parkrun UK website or follow the regular parkrun blog.

So, do any of you have any milestones coming up ? If so, try to let us know in advance so that we can give you a name check on the day. Also, if you have any stories to share about your parkrun experience then we would love to hear them. Either come and have a chat with me or one of the Run Directors or e-mail us at


Enjoy the rest of your week, and I’ll see you all again on Saturday when we do it all again !



Happy New Year – happy days !

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How do you smash your event’s previous attendance record, host 176 first time Poolsbrook parkrun visitors and still put on a happy event with lots of smiling volunteers ? The answer is preparation, contingency planning and wonderful people who were able to keep smiling whatever was thrown at them.

Today, for the second New Years day running we smashed our attendance record. 617 walkers, runners and joggers increased our record by a massive 144 people. Looking back we have now held three New Year’s day events, in 2017 we had 289, and in 2018 we had 473 – can anyone guess how many we might see in 2020 ?   NYD4

Last year, we ran out of finish tokens (quite unexpectedly) and were close to our stopwatches running out of storage, but we managed by recording all finishers after our final finish token manually and had plans in place in case we needed to record finishers times manually as well. This year we planned well in advance – we got stopwatches with more capacity (up to 2000 records) with 3 timekeepers, we got more finish tokens (up to the high 600’s) – although at one point we considered that we may have to start using manual recording again ! We got an extra barcode scanner to process finishers quicker. We extended the finish funnel quite significantly – and even this wasn’t enough for a while – so we moved the finish back a few meters to extend the funnel further and then moved it back again once the queues died down. We had funnel managers helping people to move through the finish funnel as quickly as possible. We had extra marshals in place around busy parts of the route, we also had car park marshals who helped people to find somewhere to park knowing that the two main car parks would be full very quickly.
VolunteersSo, I would say that we were well prepared and in general, everything went like clockwork. However, most of all – the event went very well because we had great volunteers who managed to keep smiling from the start of the event to the finish, even when things were getting hectic – I did not hear one complaint from volunteers or participants, all I heard was praise and happy conversations.   NYD8 - the 3 barcode scanners

Thank you to everyone who took part today and a very special thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers - Andy MORRIS • Cath BADHAM • Cherry HAZLEHURST • Chris PATTISON • Clare MCSHANE • David JENKINSON • David SMITH • Diane GUNN • Gabbie PATTISON • Gemma MORRIS • Gordon HARDING • Heather HILL • Henry KAY • Janet CHAPMAN • Jean BAKER • Jess JOEL • Karen JENKINSON • Keith HUDSON • Louise LOWE • Luke PAYNE • Mark HAZLEHURST • Michael JOEL • Roger KENCH • Roy SMITH • Ruth SMITH • Simon STOKES • Stephen RUNDELL • Teresa PAYNE • Tina HENSEY • William STREET.


So, 617 participants, that’s a lot of people in our beautiful country park, and it was also a magnificent sight. To see so many colourful shirts, so many smiling faces – it was wonderful. Of the 617 it turns out that 130 had completed Graves parkrun beforehand, 121 came from Clumber, 35 from Bakewell, 23 from Sheffield Castle and 1 from Shipley parkrun – wow ! This equates to more than half of those that took part at Poolsbrook today, that’s impressive. This is the only day of the year that you can register 2 runs in a day, and judging by the numbers nationally – we took advantage of this in droves.


Of the 176 people taking part at Poolsbrook parkrun for the first time 16 were doing their first ever parkrun – it’s a great New Year’s resolution to follow. Welcome to first time parkrunners Andrew HORNER, Andy BARLOW, Caleb RIMMER, Cathy RATCLIFFE, Charlie TOPHAM, Claire CRABB, Diane PETERNEL, Dominic TURNER, Elliott DYSON, Isobelle CRABB, John FERGUSON, Juliet FIDORRA, Kate GOUGH, Martin MCSHANE, Matilda CRABB, Ryan BERRY. There were far too many first time visitors to name, so a big welcome to all of you – we hope that you enjoyed our ‘little’ event.


Did you see the photo montage displayed near the café ? If not, well you will still get chance – I’ll bring it along again in the next few weeks – see if you can spot yourself.
2018 picWatching the massive crowd making it’s way to the start line was amazing and when we got there it was a sight to see with so many people crowded together on the path and the verges. It’s a good job that we are a friendly lot as it was quite a challenge to get past the fast runners to find a reasonable place to start in the pack. I ran at Graves prior to Poolsbrook this morning and wasn’t sure how I’d get on with a second parkrun (given my current state of fitness) – however, I needn’t have worried as the enthusiasm of my fellow runners ensured that I and everyone else had a lovely run.   NYD10

Mark was RD today and he addressed the throng greeting new runners and thanking our volunteers. When he got us away with a ‘3-2-1 go’ it was funny to hear the laughs as those of us in the middle and further back had to wait before we could walk a few paces and eventually get into a jog – everyone seemed to take it all in good spirit indeed. During his briefing Mark asked about milestone runs and got a few responses. Not everyone lets us know about their milestones, if you tell us in advance we will always give you a shout-out. Today a number of people achieved their parkrun milestones, these were:
NYD9Junior 10 – Maisie ADAMS (Poolsbrook first timer)

50th - Jake CHARTERS and Saleem RAFIQ (both Poolsbrook first timers)

100th - Kirsty FAIRBAIRN-WINT (3 at Poolsbrook), Thomas Daniel SHAW (6 at Poolsbrook), Andrew LONG (4 at Poolsbrook)

250th - Richard JAMES (14 at Poolsbrook)

Gordon Harding ran at Poolsbrook parkrun for the 100th time out of his 104 parkruns.

Chris Payne, our regular visually impaired walker completed his first parkrun double (Graves first) whilst raising money for the Paralympic sport of goalball.

Not surprisingly with such a high number of participants, the field spread out quickly and runners, joggers and walkers could be seen all around the route after a few minutes. Impressively, given the fact that so many were doing the second part of their ‘double’ there were still 57 Personal Bests – well done if that was you.   NYD7

At the finish line it looked hectic and we were pleased to have taken all of the precautions that we took as they worked a treat and we were ready to deal with lots of people crossing the finish line in quick succession. After consideration, we have agreed that the only thing we might have changed would to be make the finish funnel even longer ! It was already the longest funnel that we have ever had, but perhaps we will modify it next year.


The timekeepers did a sterling job staying relatively well synchronised as did the token volunteers who were giving them out at an unprecedented rate. The barcode scanners were kept busy and did a wonderful job with very few scanning issues and they were supported by the number checker who filled a sheet with non-scanning barcodes.

We had four of our precious finish tokens go missing today – I know that we always go on about handing them in when your barcode is scanned but it’s for a reason, we only have one set and we have to pay for replacements in blocks of 500 ! To mitigate this cost we have some blank tokens onto which we stick barcodes but these aren’t as robust as the originals – so can we please have them back this week. Today the four that went missing were for positions 373, 374, 495 and 545 – if this was you or someone that you know please e-mail us at so we can arrange to get them back.


Voices from the field

So, you’ve heard plenty from me so far, how about some other voices, well here are three:


Lucy Marris has produced an excellent blog all about her experience at Poolsbrook parkrun today – you can find it by clicking this link


Neil Hollinshead completed his 75th parkrun and here are his thoughts:


What an amazing sight it was at poolsbrook this morning, so many runners,walkers,joggers and volunteers.

This was my 70th parkrun and I finished 561st, so this must have been a record attendance for poolsbrook.

I have to admit that 3 years ago I had never heard of parkrun and then I saw a piece on the national news about a local council wanting to introduce a charge for parkrunners who were using a local park. I had just started a C25K programme as I wanted to become more active in order to improve both my mental health and to slow down the impact that Rheumatoid Arthritis was having on my physical health.A quick google search later I was registering for parkrun.

I plucked up the courage to attend my 1st parkrun at Poolsbrook and I was hooked. I didn’t have any aspirations at that time to ever run further than 5K in one go but as my times improved I started to enjoy running, it’s probably more of a quick jog in all honesty !!, and I’ve now completed a number of 10K runs.

I have now decided to take the plunge and move onto the next stage by attempting a half marathon. In March I will be running the Bath Half Marathon and will be combining this with an effort to raise funds for Versus Arthritis. Thanks to research and improvements in medication over the 20 years that I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis I have gone from a position of being barely able to walk due to the pain to feeling confident about completing a Half Marathon.

I’d like to give a big thanks to the poolsbrook parkrun community for their weekly encouragement and here’s to many more record attendances

Happy New Year, Neil

Roger Kench – our regular marshal with the loud voice had this to say:

Man across the pond


So here it is 2019 and what a start, records tumbling everywhere; for which our Poolsbrook Park Run Organisers deserve great credit, well done indeed you band of heros one and all .

So at the end of the festivities let me once more spilt an infinite and mix a metaphor with you this New Year. To say spectacular would be an understatement , from across the pond as you set off there was a cornucopia of colours ( Santa obviously supports Park Run) as a tide of runners swept down the path. Best costume goes to scooby doo, best shirt to the gentleman with the fabulous pink shirt, he looked good in it too and everyone seemed to wear a smile ( where had the hangovers gone). From my vantage point the numbers were impressive but everyone looked out for each other and fast, slow or promenading you all processed beautifully and good manners and courtesy as usual were to the fore. Can I say once again how much I enjoy helping out, as park run is a beacon of hope in these uncertain times, ability, gender, ethnicity whatever matter naught as you all come together in enjoying yourselves; well done to all happy new year , keep smiling and I will continue to watch the kilos fall off the times plummet and the fun continue .


Thank you very much to all 3 contributors – we really do like to hear your stories, whether they are about a single event or your parkrun journey – please share them with us by e-mailing them to



Volunteering and why it’s so important

Every time I write a run report I praise the volunteers and ask for more in the coming weeks. Why ? Why repeat myself ? Well the simple answer is that this really is OUR parkrun – by that I mean that we are Poolsbrook parkrun – the walkers, joggers, runners and the volunteers – we are the ones that make it happen, we are the ones that ensure that it runs smoothly, we are the ones that make it happy and enjoyable every week, and ultimately – we are the ones that get to take part in whatever way we wish and to reap the benefits. Volunteering is all about us managing our own event in the way that we want it to run – we choose to make ours well organised and happy and everyone of you plays a part in that. Thank you.


If you would like to volunteer there are loads of different roles to do – take a look here to see the future roster. If you are worried about volunteering for the first time, please don’t – everyone is shown what to do as well as given a lanyard with simple instructions and the phone number of the Run Director should they need any help or if they spot any issues during the event. If you don’t want to miss a run – then how about doing one of the roles that allows you to volunteer and take part in the event – these are Tail Walker, VI Guide, Pacer, Pre-event setup, Token sorting, Run Report Writer – you will get both a run credit and a volunteer credit !

To volunteer all you have to do is to leave us a message on the Poolsbrook parkrun Facebook page or alternatively you can e-mail us at . Leave us a message with your name, barcode number (you’re A number) and your preferred role (if you have one) and we’ll do the rest. Go on, give it a go – you won’t regret it


Dates for your diary

It’s going to be a bit quiet for a while now that the festive season is over, but please bear these dates in mind and don’t forget to check the run report weekly for updates:

February 2nd – our 150th event (more details to follow)

July 13th – Staveley Armed Forces weekend event – no Poolsbrook parkrun


The weather and cancellations

You may have noticed that it’s winter – it’s getting colder and that could mean ice. Please check our Facebook page frequently and also our website for any cancellations or warnings about possible cancellations. We will always endeavour to give you as much notice as possible of any cancellations and will only cancel if we feel that your health and safety could be compromised.




The big freeze


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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 !



So many cakes !


Event #139

I love milestones and was lucky to see five this week, and in addition – got to find out about an unofficial milestone afterwards.   So, first the official milestones:

  • 50 parkruns – Richard Harding, Hannah Woods, Tina Cheetham, Libby Woodhouse – the latter two were first time visitors.
  • 100 parkruns – Gordon Harding

And, the unofficial milestone:

  • 50 volunteers – Roger Kench

Congratulations to all of you and here’s to your next milestones.   Milestones

As usual, we have to thank our wonderful team of volunteers who made the event happen. Many thanks to: Andy MORRIS •  Cherry HAZLEHURST  •  Chris PATTISON  •  Christopher LINDLEY  •  Ellis HEWITT  •  Gemma MORRIS  •  Giles SEARBY  •  Glenis WILSON  •  Gordon HARDING  •  Graham WALTON  •  Heather HILL  •  Jake STALLAN  •  Jean BAKER  •  Juliet LITTLE  •  Keith HUDSON  •  Roger KENCH  •  Steve TURNER  •  Teresa PAYNE  •  William STREET  •  Zaheer MAHMOOD


If you can help us next week or on any week in the future just leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at . We can’t do it without you and your efforts are always very much appreciated.




In addition, we are currently seeking volunteers for Christmas day and New Years day - if you can help on either of these days, please let us know.


This week we welcomed two people who took part in parkrun for the first time, Ben MARSHALL, Chloe CARRINGTON. We hope to see you both again next week.


We also welcomed first time Poolsbrook parkrun visitors Tina CHEETHAM, Libby WOODHOUSE, Melissa HUDSON, Natasha CARVER, Reece CARVER, Neil BUSSEY, Shelagh MITSON, Sam FOSTER, Steven ALLEN, Tommy DICKSON, Paul WOODHOUSE. We hope that you enjoyed our parkrun.


Congratulations to the following people who earned a PB this week: Samantha WARD, Simon HARRISON, Luke PAYNE, Emma TWYFORD, Joshua LEUSBY, Julie SIDWELL, Fran MOSSMAN, Imelda COLE,  Clare MCSHANE, William TREVES, Lucy RUNDELL, Ryan WOOD, Susan GOODWIN, Stephen MCFARLING, Gemma MORRIS, Nicky WHELAN, Murray WHITE, Jules FOSTER, Ian ATKINSON, Keith HIRST, Niki HOBSON, James CROWDER, Heather HILL.   Runners 1


Two of our regulars who achieved milestones this week have provided a few words for you to share, and many thanks to both of you for the cakes - they went down very well.

Richard Harding

Today’s my 50th run and also possibly my 10th without a hangover (we’ll see). Everyone has their own reasons for taking part at parkrun, I had a couple. Firstly I tore my cruciate ligament and after a few years of trying to play football without one I realised it wasn’t possible and I needed something else to keep me active. Secondly, and the larger influence, was my Dad, who’s doing his 100th today. He’d been at me for months telling me how good parkrun was and I finally, almost reluctantly, agreed to join him. He dragged me round that first time and we finished together at the line. Since then in all but 3 of my runs we’ve finished together and that’s the important thing for me as well as the debrief over a cup of tea.

The hardest part remains getting to the start line!

Whether your running to win, to beat your mate, to get a PB or improve your fitness my Dad has always said to me “have you enjoyed it? That’s all that matters!”




Gordon Harding

Just a few lines for my 100th- It was with childish excitement and a bit of nervousness that I approached Poolsbrook parkrun this week. It seems unbelievable to be running my 100th parkrun , to share it with my son’s 50th made it even more special. Nothing has changed since I gave my story at the 50 milestone, just met more of the parkrun family! Thank you again to all the amazing volunteers, stars every one.

Peace and love, Gordon X


Thank you both for your stories – we’d love to hear more, if you would like to share your story please e-mail it to us at , thank you.



So, what’s coming up next:


Dates for your diary

  •  December 22 – Christmas fancy dress run – anything Chrismassy
  • Christmas day – an extra parkrun starting at the usual time of 0900


  • New Years day – an extra parkrun and a chance to ‘do a double’ – starting at 1030



For this years double there are a few more options for you to choose from, these are the ones that we know about at present:

  • 0900 start – Clumber, Bakewell, Markeaton, Graves
  • 1000 start - Hillsborough


  • 1030 start – Poolsbrook, Brierly Forest



For a full list of festive parkruns – look here.   First lady

Lost property - we have quite a few items of lost property at the moment and can only reasonably hang onto it for a short time  as it takes up space and we have to transport it to and from Poolsbrook every week. If you let us know if you have left anything behind and also when you will be able to pick it up, then we will ensure the item is waiting for you when you are ready to collect it.  Otherwise, after a few weeks we will either take the item to a charity shop, or dispose of it if it can’t be recycled any other way.


Run report – would you like to have a go at writing a run report ? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just your view of the event that you just took part in or volunteered at. It’s nice to hear a new voice and you get a volunteer credit for it. All you need to do is to send the words to me, I’ll  put it in a format that can be published and add photographs (unless you send your own). Let us know on our Facebook page, or speak to the Run Director before or after an event to offer your help – in the same way that you would volunteer for any other role.



I won’t be here for the next parkrun as I’ll be somewhere warmer. I’ll be thinking of you – have a great parkrun.


No Token Magpies!


Event #137


It was great to see 216 of you on what was a cool and crisp morning - what I would describe as perfect running conditions.

The hi viz heroes had to brave it out with gloves and hoodies though as the weather was by no means perfect for standing around. A massive thank you to all of the volunteers today, without whom the parkrun would simply not be possible every week: Jean BAKER, Georgina BELL, Lynn ELLIOTT, Leon FOSTER, Andrew HAYLETT, Heather HILL, Roger KENCH, Louise LOWE, Zaheer MAHMOOD, Andy MORRIS, Julie MORRIS, Gemma MORRIS, Teresa PAYNE, Peter Donald SMITH, Laura STANLEY, Matt TAYLOR, Paul TAYLOR, Steve TURNER, Graham WALTON, Wendy WESTON


Although next week’s rota is pretty much full, we could always do with a few more volunteers in the following weeks, and especially for our Christmas Day and New Years Day events. Please email us at . Some roles such as pre-event setup and Tail Walker allow a run credit as well as a volunteer credit - great for those wanting that milestone T shirt! You can see our event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page.
New runners

Andy delivered the new runners briefing today to a large group of first timers and tourists. We welcomed an amazing total of 35 tourists from far afield, including Dublin, York, Manchester , and Long Eaton : Aaron WEBB, Andrew PICK, Andy DOLMAN, Annabel JOHNSON, Barbara JOHNSTON-READ, Carly JONES, Carter WHITLAM, Charlotte WILLIS, Christopher O'DONNELL, Clare FIELDS, Clare MOFFATT, David HORNER, David MEREDITH, David STEPHENS, Eleanor O'DONNELL, Ian SAUNDERS, James STOKES, James WHYSALL, Jean MCADAM, Karen CALLADINE, Karl CHATTERTON, Linda-Claire SMITH, Mandy O'REGAN, Marcus SMITH, Mary-Jane SAGAR, Pete LONG, Peter NEEDHAM, Philip HICKEN, Pippa MEREDITH, Richard KING, Sally SABOURN, Shane SNOW, Steve STODDARD, Suzanne DOLMAN, Victoria OAKTON


The following ran their very first parkrun. We hope its the first of many! Alex MULLISS, Bailey STEAD, Daniel BEALE, Debbie PITCHFORD, Helen MARPLES, Janet HARRISON, Jessie MOFFATT, Kirstie BATTY, Max CHAPMAN, Molly FLANAGAN, Simon HARRISON, Simon MORTON, Tracy BARKER
Start 2

Well, I did say the conditions for running were perfect today, so it was great to see so many of you get a PB. A massive well done to the following : Andrew ELLIOTT, Anna SHEVLIN, Annette BINGHAM, Bethany KITCHER, Caroline SAUNDERS, Daniel HARPHAM, Diane GUNN, Elizabeth EVANS, Emma TWYFORD, Eve CONNOLLY, Fiona GREEN, Fran MOSSMAN, Gemma MORRIS, Gill TAYLOR, Graham VERNON, Heather HILL, Helen COE, Iain KELLAM, James CROWDER, Jay PARNHAM, Jayne GEDNEY, Joel SIDDALL, Jonathan WHITE, Joseph WRIGHT, Julie SCOTT, Kathy BETTNEY, Katie WALTON, Keith HIRST, Lewis CURRAN, Lisa COWELL, Louise PALMER, Lucy HAMES, Martin BROWN, Matthew TOMLINSON, Michael PAYNE, Michelle BIRD, Nigel SAUL, Paul MULLISS, Peter WARING, Robert CORDIN, Roisin MORRIN, Rowan ROBERTS, Ryan WOOD, Sarah TOMLINSON, Shelley TOMBLIN, Sonia HICKEN, Tanya BEIGHTON, Thomas BETTNEY, Vicky HINCHCLIFFE, William TREVES, Zoe THOMPSON
25th volunteer

Now on to the milestones.

Matt TAYLOR reached the 25th volunteer milestone today.

We had two run their 50th parkrun : James CROWDER , and Robert SCRIVEN

We look forward to seeing you in your new milestone T shirts soon!
50th run

Thankfully no finish tokens went missing today - which is just the way we like it as they are expensive to replace. After getting your barcode scanned along with your finish token please remember to hand your token back to the barcode scanner, even if you forgot your barcode - and unforunately 6 of you did today, which means your’e all classed as 'unknown' in the results.


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
Volunteers 2

Are you a tourist , or even a regular here and fancy writing the run report? We always welcome others' perception of our event, and by writing the run report you'll get a volunteer credit as well. Please email us on and we'll add you to the roster.


Dates for your diary

24 November – takeover by ‘The Running Wilbury’s’ including pacers

24 November - after the parkrun at 10:30 we have a first aid course open to everyone. Places are limited though, so if you want to attend please email us at .

Christmas day – an extra event starting at the usual 9am

New Year’s Day – an extra event starting at 1030 (a chance for you to do a parkrun double)

Happy parkrunning



Who are you ?

Water  Event #136


What a beautiful day and a wonderful way to start the weekend. What could be better than getting up early to run around the beautiful Poolsbrook Country park with friends and family, and being rewarded by lovely sunshine and above average temperatures for the time of year ?


Many thanks as ever to our volunteers who make the event happen. This week we thank Andy MORRIS • Andy PORTWOOD • Chris PATTISON • Ellis HEWITT • Gabbie PATTISON • Gemma MORRIS • Georgina BELL • Graham WALTON • Jean BAKER • Julie MORRIS • Keith HUDSON • Louis CLARK • Marie CLARK • Mark HAZLEHURST • Megan DERNLEY • Michael JOEL • Roger KENCH • Teresa PAYNE


Next week it could be you ! We need volunteers to make our event happen, and as we grow bigger we need more volunteers – so if you feel like supporting your local parkrun please consider volunteering. As usual you can let us know by leaving a message on our Facebook page, or by e-mailing us at . If you would like to see what volunteer roles still need filling for the next few weeks take a look here.


As we are now in November, in addition to the usual call for volunteers for the next few weeks, I’d like to remind everyone that we are going to need volunteers for Christmas day and New Years Day. If you are prepared to help us to put on these two extra events over the festive period, please let us know in the usual way.   PeopleIt was great to see 11 new parkrunners yesterday, and we really hope to see them as regulars at Poolsbrook parkrun in the future. This week we welcomed Adam SKELDING, Colin HARRIS, Emma TWYFORD, Fran MOSSMAN, Ian SUTTON, Joanne CHAPPELL, Nicole EVANS, Rowan ROBERTS, Sarah HICKEY, Will NORTH, Zoe THOMPSON.


We also love to meet visitors and this week the following people visited Poolsbrook parkrun for the first time: Aston PERRIN, Brendan SMITH, Craig LEE, Dave NUTTON, Jake LODGE, Julian BLOOR, Kate FLETCHER, Mark ROCKEY, Megan JOHNSON, Nadine HILLS, Toni BRIGGS, Zoe RYLATT.


For some reason we had a lot of unknown participants this week – we can only assume that they didn’t bring their barcodes with them which seems like a shame as it means that they don’t get an official result. 16 unknowns is a pretty high number for us – so who were you ?


On a brighter side, congratulations to everyone who achieved a Personal Best (PB) this week: Adrian MCGUIRE, Amy DILLON, David BARKER, David BROWN, Diane OSHEA, Gemma MORRIS, Georgina SMITH, Hannah WOODS, Heather HILL, Helen COE, Henry KAY, Jamie HOWARD, Jonathan THACKRAY, Karen READ, Katie WALTON, Keith GREEN, Keith HIRST, Kerrigan SHAW, Lisa SAICH, Louise BEACH, Matthew TOMLINSON, Nigel SAUL, Oskar WOODS, Paul MULLISS, Peter HOOLEY, Tanya BEIGHTON, Tina HENSEY.

Start 3We always ask about milestones at the start of an event, but this week we didn’t get any hands shown so assumed that we didn’t have any. However Jane Boot took part in her 50th event today and they have all been at Poolsbrook parkrun. Congratulations Jane.   It looks like we’ve got a few regulars who are close to their milestones – so please let us know, ideally beforehand so that we can give you a mention in the run briefing.


As a reminder, we are offering a free of charge 2 hours first aid course on Saturday 24th November starting at 1030AM straight after our parkrun. If you would like to take part please let us know by e-mailing us at – we are keen to have as many people around with basic first aid training as possible.

Runner  Dates for your diary

24 November – takeover by ‘The Running Wilbury’s’ including pacers

Christmas day – an extra event starting at the usual 9am

New Year’s Day – an extra event starting at 1030 (a chance for you to do a parkrun double)

FinishersLet’s do it all again next week !   Capture


Running on the spot !

Event #132


It was an interesting start to the day with the car’s temperature gauge reading 17C on arrival but with a cloudy sky, blustery wind and light rain. Not exactly ideal running conditions, but also not enough to put off the 127 walkers, joggers and runners that took part.


Many thanks to the terrific team of volunteers this week, Andy MORRIS • Andy PORTWOOD • Carol Ann WOLSTENHOLME • Cath BADHAM • Chris PATTISON • Ellis HEWITT • Heather HILL • Janet HESLIP • Jean BAKER • Keith HUDSON • Lionel WOLSTENHOLME • Mark HAZLEHURST • Matt TAYLOR • Michael JOEL • Paul TAYLOR • Roger KENCH • Ruth SMITH • Stephen HESLIP • Stephen RUNDELL • William STREET – we couldn’t have done it without you.



If you would like to give something back to your local parkrun by volunteering, please leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at – we always appreciate your support, and after all – it’s fun to volunteer.


Chris was Run Director today, and he failed to tell us that he was volunteering for the 100th time – actually he told us that he didn’t realise ! Well, I for one think that he wanted to share his blushes by announcing it himself – so we’ve asked next week’s RD, Roger to announce it then, and don’t forget to congratulate him.


The following 7 people completed their first ever parkrun today Adrienne HOPKINS, Amanda HARBOTTLE, Amber BECKETT, Amelia BECKETT, Clare MCSHANE, Craig SLATER, Russell BARRON – congratulations to all of you – see you next week.


Our first time visitors were Alan TONKS, Alix MCKILLOP, Craig SANKEY, David CLARKE, Howard DARWIN, Julie ATKINSON, Lisa BROCKLEHURST, Stephen ORAM – welcome to Poolsbrook parkrun, we hope you enjoyed our event today.


We love milestones, and in addition to Chris’s volunteer milestone we had a 50th parkrun from Gwilym HAYES (5 at Poolsbrook). It’s worth also noting that Stephen MOSS is on 49 runs, and both Ivan GLOSSOP and Roy SMITH are on 99 !

Not surprisingly, the difficult conditions didn’t lend themselves to many PBs, so even greater praise has to be given to those that achieved them this week, Diane OSHEA, Helen TURNER, Martin FINCH, Martyn SHAWCROFT, Mary BOWN, Matthew PRIOR, Nina MORGAN, Richard DOWNES, Sarah SAUNDERS, Shane SAUNDERS, Stuart TURNER, Tilly LAWSON.

It was a bit of a challenge running along the home straight with the wind right in your face it felt like running on the spot, but also a nice change to have the wind with you on the long straight between the bridge and the Erin Road car park – you win some, you lose some !


Dates for your diary

  • 27 October – Halloween event – please feel free to take part in Halloween themed fancy dress
  • 24 November – takeover by ‘The Running Wilbury’s’ including some pacers
  • Christmas day – an extra event starting at the usual 9am
  • New Years Day – an extra event starting at 1030 (a chance for you to do a parkrun double)


For those of you interested in doing a New Years Day ‘double’ you can check out which other parkrun’s will be operating by following this link. Please bear in mind that a lot of parkruns won’t make up their minds until much closer to the date, so keep looking. Note – Clumber have declared for 9AM on NYD and Graves usually do the same (but have not yet declared).


Note that we are looking for volunteer for Christmas day and New Years day, if you can help, please let us know in the usual way.

Many thanks to Lionel and Carol for providing the photographs this week.



Beautiful Poolsbrook

Runners 4

Event #117

Another week with almost perfect running conditions greeted us on Saturday. Warm, without being too hot, and dry underfoot – what else could we ask for ? We were treated to a fantastic turnout of 264 walkers, joggers and runners supported by these 19 brilliant volunteers: Alan BROWNE •  Andy MORRIS  •  Cath BADHAM  •  Craig BROOKS  •  Darren EDMONDS  •  Fleur PICKERING  •  Giles SEARBY  •  Heather HILL  •  Karl DAVIES-BECKETT  •  Keith HUDSON  •  Louise LOWE  •  Regan COLLEY  •  Roger KENCH  •  Roy SMITH  •  Ruth SMITH  •  Shaun GOODWIN  •  Victoria HILL  •  William STREET  •  Zaheer MAHMOOD


Just think, it could be you wearing that yellow bib, supporting your fellow parkrunners. It’s easy to do, it’s enjoyable, and it’s rewarding. If you would like to give it a go leave us a message on our Facebook page or e-mail us at


Once again we had a welcome influx of first time parkrunners, this week we said hello to Ryan SKIDMORE, Joel MOORE, Steve LAWES, Jonathan MOORE, Peter ORME, Clare MOORE, Kai UNWIN, Darcie BATTY, Mackenzie PARKIN, Lucy HEATHCOTE, Dawn JARVIS, Susan CROMPTON, Freddie BESTWICK, Christine WRIGHT. Hopefully you enjoyed your first parkrun experience and will be back next week.


We also met lots of first time Poolsbrook parkrun tourists from all over the UK, including one of the original time trailers from Bushy Park. The Poolsbrook family welcomes you all and hope you had an enjoyable experience with us. Tom SAMPLE, Kristian SILCOCK, Hannah PATTISON-SMITH, Mark BEE, Jude RYAN, Jordan HOWARD, Barry FAULKNER, Lee CODDINGTON, Richard BENNETT, Anna NAYLOR, Rochelle CRAWFORD, Kirsty BOWEN, Catherine BLACKBURN, Sam BROWN, Gary BERZINS, Daniel MORRIS, Steven THORPE, John MILINS, Christina BRADY, Kieran DESMOND, Ji PATTISON-SMITH, Carl MULLOOLY, Tim DODD, Robin SCHUMACHER, Derek MOFFATT, Wayne WRIGHT, Jim DESMOND.


I believe that this is the first time as Run Director that I have walked back from the start to the finish line to be greeted by someone who already needed first aid ! The good news is that the lady in question then completed the run – we are a hardy bunch. Thinking about injuries,  we had 3 people who required  first aid this week, all trips on the loose surface. There isn’t anything that we can do to change the surface other than remove any obviously large rocks when we are setting up which is why we tend to mention it in the pre-run briefing. So, please take care, especially at the edges of the path, and if you happen to be doing a warm up lap and see anything that people  could trip over, it would be appreciated if you could kick it onto the grass, out of harms way. Well, at least I get to practice my first aid occasionally !

Start line

It was a pretty good day for PBs this week not surprisingly. Well done to the following people who clocked up their fastest time so far at Poolsbrook parkrun: Mark BADGER, Kayleigh CHESTER, Michelle CADET-ROSE, Matthew GOULD, Lucy FALLON, David SMITH, Andrew LONGDEN, Robert GILL, Rob CUMMINS, Neil ROBINS, Jessica BEIGHTON, Charlie CUMMINS, Matt CONSTABLE, Tom CHARLESWORTH, Kaylie TRAVIS, Lynn PITTUCK, Karen JENKINSON, Oli CONSTABLE, Murray WHITE, Tracy COGGER, Stephanie HILL, Kerrie HOLLAND, Georgia BALL, Gemma BEECHAM, Hannah HAWKINS, Nina MORGAN, Tracy UNWIN,Lee GIBBS, Christopher BLACKBURN, Richard Peter ROTHWELL-JACKSON, Paul SMITH, Maria PRENDERGAST, Kristian WATSON, Chris PAYNE, Denise SHAW, Liam HALL, Ian THOMAS, Hannah SHARPE, Eve CONNOLLY, Wayne CHURCH, Dawn BROOKS, Craig LOCKETT, Ruth SMITH, Mark SIMMONITE, Andrew LITTLE, Gordon HARDING, Paul CASTLEDINE, Tom COPPING, Leanora SIMMONITE, Chris AMERY, Jonathan PAGDIN.


I would especially like to congratulate the amazing Chris Payne who finished in under 1 hour for the first time along with his guide dog, that was a fantastic effort and I have no doubt at all that Chris will do it again.


New age graded records were set this week by first finisher SM30-34 Kristian Watson with 78.46% (our 7th fastest time) and JM10 Jude Ryan with an amazing 81.43%. Congratulations to both of you.
Runners 2

We didn’t get any milestone runs this week, so instead I’d like to congratulate the following people who did their 2nd parkrun which I hope means that they have now got the parkrun bug: Tom SAMPLE, Kristian SILCOCK, Mark BADGER, Kayleigh CHESTER, Michelle CADET-ROSE, Tara HEATH, Polly MEIKLE. See you next week.


This week, members of 25 different running clubs took part with the most fromNOrth Derbyshire RC (19 people), and Clowne RRC (10 people). If you are a member of a running club that would like to host an event takeover in the future, please let us know either via our Facebook page or by e-mailing – we would welcome  you.   Runners 3

During the run brief, I mentioned social prescribing at GP’s surgeries. For more information on this click this link. This means that (hopefully) lot’s of GPs will suggest parkrun to relevant patients as part of their route to recovery. If you work at a GP practice or have good contacts in one, perhaps you could suggest them to take part in this initiative. If you want some help with this, don’t hesitate to  ask the core team by speaking to us at parkrun or by e-mailing us at


Do you have a story to tell about how you started with parkrun or how it has changed your life ? If you do, why not share it with us – e-mail us at

I’ve been asked to remind parkrunners that we can only add you to the results if your barcode fails to scan – this is a strict rule from parkrun HQ designed to reduce the burden on the core team for updating results manually. We will scan paper barcodes, wristbands or any other official parkrun media. We will not attempt to scan phones. Put simply – all we ask participants to bring with them each week is their personal barcode. Compare this to what the core team have to bring each week – including: PA system (amplifier/speaker, transmitter, receiver), laptop and multiple cables, stopwatches, barcode scanners, volunteer roster, non-scanning sheets, future volunteer sheet, whiteboard, 19 bibs, mallet, first aid kit, lost property, and various other bits and pieces that we need or might need each week. And all of these items need to be washed/folded, or charged, or reset, and stored at home. Then when we get to Poolsbrook we have to get all of the other kit out of storage and set it up including the finish funnel, signs, flags, cones etc. We are happy to do this every week – all we ask is please bring your barcode !


On a really happy note, I am always proud to hear great feedback about our event, and it’s something that we get regularly. It can be about the venue – a beautiful park, the organisation, or the friendliness of everyone – this is undoubtedly my favourite comment. Thank you to everyone who walks, jogs, runs or volunteers – it is you who make our event so friendly – let’s encourage these nice comments from our visitors.

Vegan runners

Dates for your diary

7th July – Armed Forces day, there will be no Poolsbrook parkrun – time for a bit of tourism.

We will be planning other themed events for the rest of the year soon, watch this space.


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