Sunday SHANanigans #6- Sue Wright

Sue joined parkrun in 2017 and soon joined the Rosliston community in July of 2017 and it wasn't long before she became one of our RDs. She has completed 62 events with 52 of these at Rosliston. Sue definitely loves the parkrun lifestyle as she has also completed 3 runs on Christmas day! Sue has completed a number of volunteer roles with 33 roles as Run Director both at Rosliston and Swadlincote Junior parkrun. However, Sue's most completed role is marshal which she has completed 49 times. You can usually see her at Disco Sue's corner (by the snails) so named because of the tunes that Sue plays from her speakers to give you that bit of motivation to get you around the rest of the course.

When did you first join parkrun?
I originally signed up for parkrun many years before actually giving it a go. My boys have always been early risers so I was always up and out before 9am so felt it was too late in the day for me to go along and do it. Plus I always thought it was going to be a “clicky” affair. So wrong!! My first was 10th June 2017, at Conkers, I didn’t enjoy the course and after telling a great friend who came to Rosliston he suggested as I was into more cross country terrain to give Rosliston course a go, he seemed to think it was a more enjoyable course and more what I would enjoy. So on 24th June 2017 I came and that was it, I never left! Tony Wardle – it was a great suggestion.

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Why did you do your first parkrun?
A good friend of mine was completing her 100th parkrun and I wanted to go and support her and celebrate her achievement (I didn’t know about how important all the milestones were) so as she did her 100th I did my 1st!

And maybe more importantly, why did you do your second parkrun?
I didn’t like it, but the others from a running group I was with enjoyed it so I made a longer route and then did parkrun afterwards to add an extra bit of mileage on. The best of both worlds, still out early and getting a longer distance incorporated. It was my third when I found Rosliston I really understood what parkrun was all about.

Why did you decide to become an RD?
I don’t think I decided to become an RD, someone within the volunteering community noticed me and what the volunteering was doing for me and the participants so suggested the core team asked me. To say I was blown over was an understatement. Thanks Dina Hurdman, you gave me a purpose after the injury tried to take me down.

Apart from being RD, what is your favourite volunteer role and why?
I don’t think there is a volunteer role I particularly enjoy more than any other. I love marshalling at my favourite corner and having it named after me is incredibly humbling! Any marshal spot is entertaining as cheering and encouraging everyone around the course is empowering. I know how hard it is to take part so it’s my way to give them a boost and say that I am proud of what they are achieving. I do love timing as you get to see everyone’s faces as they approach the finish – some faces are determined and fired up, some are of sheer joy, some of frustration. The walking group leader is particularly special to me as I put so much in to making everyone feel welcomed at Ros and it being totally inclusive. I always worry about giving out tokens, I love it but my circulation is pretty poor so handling them in the cooler weather is stressful as I don’t want to drop them or give out too many at once, even if it went horribly wrong though everything is easily put back to how it should be as we are only human and these things do happen it’s the beauty of volunteering, it’s straightforward and very enriching giving something back to our community.

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In your opinion, what makes Rosliston special?
It’s a combination of many things, the actual centre and forest is so good for the soul. The beauty of the course allows you to absorb so much. The people, I don’t think I have ever met such a lovely community of encouraging, welcoming and honest humans. I am proud to call Rosliston my home parkrun. It’s a fantastic, magical place.

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What other parkrun courses have you enjoyed? And why?
I am not someone that has completed many different parkruns, Weymouth is where we holiday each Summer so that is as far travelled as we have been. Although if we had the opportunity to go away this Summer we were going to give the new Bridport parkrun a go going the opposite way down the Jurassic coast. Don’t get me wrong we have a caravan and go away locally over some weekends when the weather is good but even when we’ve been an hour away from Ros we’ve travelled back and completed our Saturday morning fun as our weekends wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t.

What is your favourite thing about parkrun?
It’s become a real family affair for us, we all go out on a Saturday morning as a family and enjoy time together. Adults, kids and dogs! There are so many combinations for us to take part that we don’t ever have the same Saturday morning. Some weeks I walk with my favourite black dog Cherry, some weeks Hayden will walk with us too. Some weeks Hayden and I volunteer together, some weeks we volunteer separately. Most weeks Liam will run but he gives back to volunteering once a month. Some weeks Dave will run with Fudge, some weeks he will take a wander and walk with him or volunteer with him instead. Whatever the weather, however we are feeling that particular Saturday we are ready for it and thoroughly enjoy it!

What would you say to someone who is unsure about signing up?
Come along, have a look, listen to the first timers briefing, even if you’ve not got round to registering you don’t need to worry, take a stroll, paddle in the puddles, touch a tree, watch the birds on the lake, breathe In the air as you go round you won’t regret it. You will have someone speak to you and make you feel most welcome and part of something spectacular. You don’t need to be an athlete, you may just be good as pushing a button on a gadget and just want to volunteer and be around a great group of people. It’s not cost you anything if you don’t think it’s for you but I can assure you, you will definitely be back.

What is your fondest memory of parkrun?
My very first RD will go down in the history books forever. I’ve retold this story lots but my first RD was the middle of July and very warm, Family Walters had set up and done a course check but had some important instructions for me to relay to everyone. FROGS ON THE COURSE?!?! I repeated it many times to them before announcing it in my briefing as I really, genuinely thought it was a wind up! You know the new girl who’d been sent to get a bubble for a spirit level or been told to get the left handed spanner out of the tool box! I had to let everyone know about the frogs, teeny, tiny frogs that were hopping all over the path near to where I usually stood marshalling. Take care where you put your feet, try not to stand on any of them, no squishing of frogs should be done!

As you have young family who also attend parkrun, how does parkrun play an important role?
Not only does Rosliston parkrun feature for us as a family we also all volunteer at Swadlincote junior parkrun on a Sunday morning, I am quite often rocking the RD vest there. We all volunteer at juniors but the boys take part and volunteer on alternate weeks. We originally got the boys involved in juniors as Hayden was struggling with his knees and hips after falling and having soft tissue damage in his knees. We had to build his strength and fitness back so he could be pain free in the long run it then spilled over to them joining in at Rosliston. I am proud of the boys as through parkrun they are learning that giving some time and kindness is one of the nicest things they can do and it hopefully will stand them in good stead to be wonderful grown-ups. Not only that they are with different, like-minded people, it gives us some quality time as a family where we can be together but be individuals too.

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The most important question: What is your go to post-parkrun breakfast?
Well that really depends on the week, some weeks we all fancy a full English, some weeks it’s a sausage and egg sandwich, some weeks we all go home and have a post parkrun burger with bacon, smoked Bavarian cheese and lettuce! Other weeks we do toasted teacakes with butter. The reason it changes is we all like different things, the dogs sometimes need to get home and have a shower if it’s been particularly muddy or it could be that we sit and chat in or outside the café with our friends.

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Sunday SHANanigans #5- Andrew Bennett

Andrew has been a regular Rosliston runner since day 1 when he volunteered for our first event. Andrew definitely has the parkrun spirit and always encourages other runners around the course both as he is running around the course and as he is running in the opposite direction to meet up with his wife, Sandra. Andrew joined parkrun in 2015 and in that time he has completed 210 runs; 140 at Rosliston. Andrew is a keen tourist and has completed 35 different events across the UK. Andrew has achieved many volunteer badges including the role of Run Director which he has completed 11 times. He has also tail walked 14 times, marshaled 8 times and done the first timers' briefing 6 times.

When did you first join parkrun?
15th august 2015 - like everyone else I didn't take a barcode to my first event so my first wasn't recorded

Why did you do your first parkrun?
Being a regular Saturday morning runner anyway I simply turned up & gave it a try, just to see what it was all about and have been addicted ever since.

And maybe more importantly, why did you do your second parkrun?
Because I really enjoyed running with like-minded people.

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Why did you decide to become an RD?
After taking on the role during the Hatton Darts running club takeover for a couple of times I began to see the joy in people's faces; achieving their goals, exercising with no stress or worry of their finish time or position and also being able to encourage people to improve on their everyday mobility and well being.

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Apart from being RD, what is your favourite volunteer role and why?
Marshalling - having the opportunity to applaud everyone else's efforts, great or small.

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In your opinion, what makes Rosliston special?
The big family atmosphere - being recognised by 90% of fellow parkrunners and volunteers.

What other parkrun courses have you enjoyed? And why?
Out of the 35 different locations, I have enjoyed them all but there are a couple that really stand out:

Brierly forest - similar footpath terrain as Rosliston but with two laps around a boating lake

Lanhydrock - hard work but just a beautiful national trust country estate

What is your favourite thing about parkrun?
The whole atmosphere - I've got to know a lot more people and made some really good friends.

What would you say to someone who is unsure about signing up?
I would steal the nike quote and say "just do it", no really I would simply tell them that they wouldn't be finishing last no matter how slow they think they are and that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain (sorry stealing another quote).

What is your fondest memory of parkrun?
There are just too many...probably just regularly starting right at the back and slowly making my way through the group of Ros runner friends, enjoying the moment and chatting to everyone as I try to pass - encouraging everyone on their progress towards a PB.

The most important question: what is your go to post-parkrun breakfast?</strong
Scramled egg on brown toast.

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Sunday SHANanigans #4- Ruth Ford

Ruth has been a member of the parkrun family since joining in 2012. In that time she has completed 285 events, with 124 of these being at Rosliston. Ruth has been at Rosliston since day 1 by completing the event on 12th March 2016 and she was soon a regular Rosliston parkrunner. In her many years parkrunning, Ruth and her family enjoy visiting different events and she has has completed 33 different parkruns; including 1 in Ireland and 1 in France.

Ruth has completed 193 volunteer roles during her parkrunning years. You will usually find Ruth and her family helping to pack away our kit. She has done this volunteer role a MASSIVE 115 times. This means that out of all of the events she has ran at Rosliston, she has only not done this role 9 times. As Ruth has been our run director 12 times, funnel managed 16 times and token sorted 18 times.

As our wonderful regular post-event close down team, the Fords are also the inventors of our infamous 'cone race' which has seen may competitors take to the finish straight to battle it out against another parkrunner to be the first to collect the cones. But watch out! We have some trouble-makers who like to move the cones out of the way as you sprint for the finish! (Owen and Lauren- I'm looking at you!)

When did you first join parkrun?
17th November 2012 at Conkers

Why did you do your first parkrun?
I heard there was a local running event that was open to everyone and free to enter, and I thought I was missing out, so I signed up to see what it was all about.

And maybe more importantly, why did you do your second parkrun?
I was right! I had been missing out.

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Why did you decide to become an RD?
When my running club, Washlands Women Runners, offered to do a takeover event at Rosliston I was nominated by my fellow club members to take on the RD role as I had the most parkrun experience. After doing this a couple of times I was approached by the core team to join them. (I must have done something right!).

parkrun has become such an important part of mine and my family’s life. This wouldn’t have happened without the teams of volunteers every week. Some members of the core team were selflessly volunteering every week to enable the event at Rosliston to happen. I took on the RD role to help spread the load and give something back to those that have been allowing us to run every week.

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Apart from being RD, what is your favourite volunteer role and why?
Timekeeper. I never thought I would say that. Before I did my first volunteer as Timekeeper I was terrified of the role. I was worried I would mess it up and no one would get the right time. But the joy of being timekeeper is there are two of you, and I soon realised this takes the pressure off and you can enjoy watching everyone finish.

I also like token sorting and post event pack up. There are both very satisfying roles if you like tidying up!

In your opinion, what makes Rosliston special?
The people of course, but every parkrun event will say that.

The course. It’s a course that just keeps giving. There is so much interest in it. Twists and turns, sculptures, 3 ponds, the bridge, the woods, the hill (challenging but not too long), the swamp, the café overlooking the finish and the finish funnel right next to the iconic Hawk. (It’s not an owl, It’s a hawk!).

What other parkrun courses have you enjoyed? And why?

Keswick. A beautiful out and back with bridges over the river and a lovely boardwalk section through the trees. It’s also deceptively up hill on the way out which you don’t really notice until you turn round and it becomes much easier on the way back.

Westport- Ireland. Our first parkrun abroad. A great Irish welcome and you get to have a lie-in as parkruns in Ireland don’t start until 9:30m!

What is your favourite thing about parkrun?
The community.

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What would you say to someone who is unsure about signing up?
Just do it. You won’t regret it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! (And sometimes there are brownies!)

What is your fondest memory of parkrun?
So many! The special events, the fancy dress, the cake, the band at Christmas, the tourist trips, getting up at 3am in the morning to travel to a parkrun before catching the ferry to France and getting a mention on the local radio station, feeling proud of my running club after a volunteer takeover, the Thunder Run events, all our milestone runs. But if I had to pick one it would be hard to beat my 250th parkrun. I was truly humbled by the number of people that came to help me celebrate. I was lucky enough to share the day with fellow Rosliston regular James Farmer, who kindly ran back down the course after he had finished so he could run in with me, reminding me of a run 4 years earlier when he paced me to a PB.

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As you have young family who also attend parkrun, how does parkrun play an important role?
It wasn’t long before parkrun became a family event. It wasn’t always easy to get the children out of bed in those early days, and there was plenty of persuasion needed to get them around the course. But it was always worth it when they crossed the line full of achievement. The support and encouragement they received from the parkrun community was fantastic and kept them coming back. parkrun is full of amazing role models for them. It has taught them the benefits of regular exercise, encouraged them to keep trying when the going gets tough, to continue to challenge themselves, the rewards of volunteering, the importance of a community, and the value of encouraging others.

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The most important question: What is your go to post-parkrun breakfast?
A cup of tea and a toasted teacake.

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Sunday SHANanigans #3- Rob Leadbeater

Rob is an original member of our core team here at Rosliston. He has been a member of the parkrun community for 7 years and completed 53 runs, with 29 of these being completed at Rosliston. He has completed 6 different events, including one in New Zealand! Rob has earned himself a number of purple badges as he has completed 143 total volunteer roles in 19 different roles. He has been a run directer 26 times but marshaling takes Rob's top spot with 27 times in this role.

When did you first join parkrun?
September 2012.

Why did you do your first parkrun?
Myself and a few work colleagues had been doing some lunchtime runs as part of our "Wheezy Joggers" club, around what is now Beeston parkrun. I'd also joined Burton Athletics Club to try and get a bit fitter, so it seemed sensible to be doing another 5km run on a Saturday morning.

And maybe more importantly, why did you do your second parkrun?
For some reason I didn't do my second run until April 2013, again at Conkers.
I don't remember why there was such a gap, but I enjoyed the first one so went back.

Why did you decide to become an RD?
The short answer is because I didn't have enough time to be ED (Event Director)!
The long answer is further down.

Apart from being RD, what is your favourite volunteer role and why?
Definitely marshaling. It's great being able to cheer everyone on.

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In your opinion, what makes Rosliston special?
It's the course that keeps giving! I'm sure I've noticed something different every time I've run or walked around the course.
For those who usually run, I'd recommend walking every now and then, and take in all of the sights!

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What other parkrun courses have you enjoyed? And why?
Hagley parkrun in Christchurch, New Zealand whilst on holiday in 2015. It's a lovely course around a park in the centre of the city.

What is your favourite thing about parkrun?
That it's so inclusive. Everybody can take part and not feel under any pressure.

What would you say to someone who is unsure about signing up?
Just do it and remember it's not a race! You won't be the last to finish!

As part of the original core team for Rosliston, what was the deciding factor for you to help set it up?
Back in June 2015, myself and friend Bryan had toyed with the idea of setting up a new parkrun in the Branston area of Burton, which prompted Bryan to put the following post on facebook.

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A few days later I was approached by Sam about whether I'd be interested in being Event Director at Rosliston, as the South Derbyshire District Council had just approached her about setting up the event, and I jumped at the chance.
But over the next few months, it became apparent to me that I couldn't make the time to pull everything together as I'd also just started a new Scout troop in Branston, so I handed the ED reins over to Sarah in November/December 2015 and the rest, as they say, is history!

What is your fondest memory of parkrun?
I'm not sure it classes as my fondest memory, but one that sticks in the mind was when I first did timekeeping at Conkers back in 2014. About half way through the run, the stopwatch buttons stopped working - panic !

The most important question: What is your go to post-parkrun breakfast?
Sausage sandwich and a latte.

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Sunday SHANanigans #2- Sarah Heath

Sarah Heath is one of the original 4 core team members left standing and the ED here at Rosliston. In her 7 years of parkrunning, she has completed 141 runs, 13 of which were at Rosliston, at 7 different events. However, she is certainly not short of hi-vis hero status as she has completed 376 volunteering roles at 314(!) different events. There may be a few volunteer roles Sarah has yet to tick off (We will have to get her on a lead bike ;) ) but her most volunteer roles have been in the form of funnel manager 42 times, run director 57 times, marshal 68 times and timer 70 times.

When did you first join parkrun?
October 2012

Why did you do your first parkrun?
A teacher at Anna's school recommended it, and Conkers parkun is walking distance from my house!

And maybe more importantly, why did you do your second parkrun?
Because I wanted to improve my finish position of 2nd last :D

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Why did you decide to become an RD?
I was on the core team of Swadlincote junior parkrun and heard that Rosliston was in the pipeline but needed an ED. I mulled it over for a week or so then offered my services. The rest is history...

Apart from being RD, what is your favourite volunteer role and why?
Can't choose between walking group, barcode scanning, and marshalling. All brill in different ways.

In your opinion, what makes Rosliston special?
The location, the cafe, and most importantly the people. Getting to know people's names, building friendships.

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What other parkrun courses have you enjoyed? And why?
Whitstable was a fab seafront course. Bit blowy though!

What is your favourite thing about parkrun?
The family feel to it. That it is inclusive to everyone.

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What would you say to someone who is unsure about signing up?
Just do it. There will always be a friendly face to welcome you and that little square of paper will open up so much more than a run in the park.

As part of the original core team for Rosliston, what was the deciding factor for you to help set it up?
Because I knew an event at Rosliston would be a belter!

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What is your fondest memory of parkrun?
Wow, so many. As a non runner I can still remember the day that I managed to complete Conkers parking without walking! Or maybe when Sandra did her 100th run and threw her walking poles away for the final finish straight.

The most important question: What is your go to post-parkrun breakfast?
Bacon, sausage, and egg sandwich on white with ketchup. Washed down with a pot of tea!

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Sunday SHANanigans #1- Pete Hurdman

Pete Hurdman is an original member of the core team here at Rosliston. He has completed 135 parkruns in his 8 years of parkrunning with 25 of these being at Rosliston. He is a keen tourist and tries to get another location pinned on the map when he can and he has completed a grand total of 45 different parkruns (so far). On his travels, he has also completed challenges such as the likes of Stayin' Alive and Pirates! - Still trying to tick off those last 3 for stopwatch bingo though.
However, maybe more impressively, when adding up his total volunteer roles, Pete has volunteered at parkrun a massive 426 times on 251 separate occasions; 207 of these were his role as our volunteer co-ordinator. So if you would ever like to volunteer at Rosliston parkrun, you know who to ask!

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When did you first join parkrun?
Nov 2012

Why did you do your first parkrun?
A friend mentioned a free weekly 5k so I thought I'd give it a try.

And maybe more importantly, why did you do your second parkrun?
I quite liked the first one.

Why did you decide to become an RD?
I'd been volunteering at my old home parkrun for a while and when I heard about a new event starting closer to home I decided that I'd like to try something a bit more challenging.

Apart from being RD, what is your favourite volunteer role and why?
Marshal. It is great seeing all the participants as they go around the course and I enjoy encouraging everyone.

In your opinion, what makes Rosliston special?
Friendly, a nice number of runners, a lovely setting with plenty to see and do and a great cafe.

What other parkrun courses have you enjoyed? And why?
Woolacombe Dunes is tough and scenic, Whinlatter is also tough and scenic,
Mount Edgcumbe is tough and you take a ferry to the start.

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What is your favourite thing about parkrun?
There is something for everyone, run, walk or volunteer you can take part in many different ways.

What would you say to someone who is unsure about signing up?
Sign up and give it a try.

As part of the original core team for Rosliston, what was the deciding factor for you to help set it up?
See above.

What is your fondest memory of parkrun?
My first time marshalling. It was new years day 2013 and I walked back from my marshal point with a lady, who was carrying her child in a harness, and her husband. It was Nicola and Ben Forwood and baby Poppy in the harness. I didn't know it at the time but Nicola was 1 of the hosts of The parkrun Show podcast. I listened to it later that week and I got a mention in Nicola's report. I have met Nicola a few times since then and I've also been interviewed for the With Me Now podcast (the reincarnation of The parkrun Show), episode 2 if anyone would like to listen.

The most important question: What is your go to post-parkrun breakfast?
Sausage sandwich, a diet coke if I ran, a latte if I've been volunteering to help warm up.

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