Run report for July 13th – the day before England won the Cricket World Cup

The advantages of having a laptop is that you can multi-task (or you think you can – did you know that, a few years ago, there was a research project to understand the difference between men and women when multi-tasking? It was statistically proven that both men and women multi-task equally badly. Whatever the myths may assume, when multi-tasking we all finish up doing several things badly.) The original plan was to sit and watch the Cricket World Cup final whilst tapping away on the laptop – a plan that lasted about 2 minutes before I realised I was doing both things badly, and so here I am on Monday morning………. And no, this isn’t another excuse to show the photo of Lisa and myself carrying the Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge early in the tournament – although we are happy to when asked! We were assured that it was the actual trophy ‘that Eoin Morgan will be lifting in mid-July’. We hoped, and here we are the morning after it actually happened.

Anyway I digress.

Back to this week’s parkrun – the first event (for us at least) in an amazing weekend sporting extravaganza!

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It started with an early reminder of last weeks event. The high-viz had been put away wet and could be smelt, not pleasantly, from about 10 metres. Thank you to Jo and Lisa for giving them an early airing before the volunteer team arrived.

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We remembered to use our new ‘Quiet please’ paddles during the pre-run brief. Thank you to all 429 parkrunners for listening to this week’s offering. We know some of you have heard it several times, but there is always first timers hearing it for … I’ll let you complete that sentence.

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And there is always something you haven’t heard before, such as the milestones. We were delighted to announce Tom Bonner’s 100th and Collette Pollard’s 50th. It is also, usually, the first time we mention our pacers for the week. Thank you to the two Johns’ for pacing 30 and 33 minutes. We know they made a difference.

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We are always delighted to see the smiles as parkrunners cross the finish line.

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And the grimaces (sorry Bob, we love you really).

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Before it all started our team of D of E students were very helpful, as they usually are, to move one of the benches that is used for the briefing, and still found time to have some fun on the ‘children’s’ play park!

I would like to finish with a brief mention of something that we will cover in more detail though the coming week. Just after the start we were approached by an employee of the RSPCA who was out in the park walking her dog. She explained to us that, in her opinion, is was too hot for dogs to be running 5k and that she had seen some being dragged around. I am not a dog owner and cannot provide and qualified comment, but it is a good opportunity, perhaps, to remind everyone of the policy for dogs at parkrun, via this link (https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566293-Can-I-run-with-my-dog-) where the key words are,

the welfare of that animal remains your responsibility throughout your parkrun visit.

Oh, all right then, for one last time here is our photo with the actual trophy lifted yesterday by Eoin Morgan.

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That’s it. An amazing weekend of sport that started with a fabulous parkrun and finished with England winning the Cricket World Cup. With Wimbledon finals, an unbeaten England netball team and the Tour de France in between. Apparently our TV remote needs new batteries after so much flicking between channels.

See you next Saturday at 9am.

 

Rushcliffe parkrun – Run Report – Event No. 354 – 6th July 2019

A rainy one
After a dry few weeks, the rain poured down at 9am on Saturday and 414 runners, 23 volunteers and a large number of supporters all got wet. Waiting to start and listening to the pre-run brief in heavy rain is not fun, but once underway, running conditions were ok and we saw some PBs and plenty of smiles.
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Milestones
Willem (age 11) achieved his challenge of completing 100 parkruns (+ 73 Rushcliffe Junior parkruns) before the end of the school year. He’s also a super helpful lad, and with his Dad, often stays at the finishing line to applaud remaining finishers. Well done Willem.
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The West Bridgford Warriors Branch of the Notts Women Runners also turned up in force to complete their couch to 5k programme. Again, well done all, and thanks for choosing us as your venue – we hope to see you all again. The same goes for all of our new attendees, and I can promise that it doesn’t always rain here.
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Rushcliffe park takes some beating!
I did a tourist parkrun on the south coast last week. I had been very much looking forward to it - as an East Midlander I don’t see the sea very often – but actually found it unexpectedly dull! It was a 5k run in a dead-straight line along a concrete promenade, with the sea on one side. I reflected (again) that our park, with its winding, undulating paths, greenery, lake and other scenery, takes some beating as a run venue.

Local running races
I also took part over the last 2 weeks in the Holme Pierrepont Running Club Grand Prix. There are 4 races in 4 different places on a Tues- Thurs-Tues-Thurs basis and it was well organised with a friendly parkrun-like atmosphere. Perhaps something you could aim for next year? There are also lots of other races going on throughout the summer period locally, many 5ks (same distance as parkrun) but also some slightly longer distances. I tend to look at the websites of local running clubs to see what’s on, but there are loads of other sites that can be found by Googling ‘Running race listings’ or similar. Happy running!

Chris

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Rushcliffe Run Report – 29th June 2019 Event Number 353

Today’s run was hot, very hot. Despite this 377 of you braved the heat and completed the course
with 43 pbs and 31 first timers. That is basically the entire run summed up as nothing particularly run report worthy happened.
I’ve been volunteering for my silver dofe which means I've been here since January and today was my second to last time. I have thoroughly enjoyed my six months volunteering (except for maybe the ones in January and February when it felt like -5 and I couldn't feel my fingers), especially the social aspect of it, I've made many new friends that probably won't miss me as I'm constantly complaining about being too cold or hot or tired or hungry. I'd also like to say a big thank you to all the regular volunteers, especially Lisa and Geoff, who have made my parkrun experience as enjoyable as it can be in the wind and rain whilst putting up with my complaining. They're probably sick of me by this point but they can't get rid of me, I'll be back running it, very slowly at the back in a couple of weeks,and you never know, I might even be back for my gold.
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(Or more commonly know, Kate Bush, because according to Marc I have very big hair)

**To confirm, we are definitely not sick of Rosa! Yet another DofE asset to the team who we will miss! We do look forward to seeing her back running and are keeping our fingers crossed she comes back for her gold!

Big thanks to this week's volunteers - especially Tail Walker Darren who enjoyed his 25th volunteering stint!

John OLDFIELD • Linda Joyce EVANS • Lisa DICKINSON • Jane HULL • Darren FISHER • Emma WOOD • Rosa MEREDITH • Willem KNIGHTS • David KNIGHTS • Andy WALKER • Karen HARRISON • Alison POVER • Diane PECK • Alan HOWE • Fiona YOUNG • Mike MACDONALD • Elaine SELLER • Jack ROFFE • Marc THOMAS • Hilary HAWLEY • Bill HAWLEY • Aimee THOMAS • Jo THOMAS • Lynne KELLOW • David BAYLEY • Jennifer AITCHISON • Tilly WOOD • Dylan SAMRAI • Polly PICKARD-BRACE • Katie MARSH • Grace CRYER

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Rushcliffe parkrun Run Report – Event 352 – 22nd June 2019

parkrun number 352 followed a familiar pattern, but was as eventful as ever…
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Preparation started at 8am with Rosa retrieving all the equipment we use from the parkrun shed, and sorting and loading it into start, finish and ‘out on the course’ piles and trolleys. The other volunteers arrived soon afterwards and we discussed what roles people were doing, whether they needed a quick training or refresher session, and put on our yellow jackets. Ian warmed up by running round the course and putting up the signposts, Chris tested the loudspeaker and it was soon time to go. We then split into 2 teams, one setting up the finish and the other setting up and managing the start.

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It was nice weather for a parkrun, and over 500 runners arrived and congregated at the start. A large contingent of ‘1st timers’ included one of the organisers of a well known local half-marathon, who was astonished at the number of people present at 9am on a Saturday morning and at how well organised everything seemed. I think us regulars sometimes overlook how amazing parkrun is, and it’s good to be reminded.
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The pre-run brief included a welcome for our tourists, some of whom were displaced regulars from Colwick and Long Eaton, and a special mention for Emma Fielding and Jackie Key who were parkrunning with friends prior to being married later that day. Congratulations to you both from us all.
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Once the run was underway the volunteers removed the start area and moved en masse to the finish to await the first runners, who usually arrive between 16 to 18 minutes later. Yesterday Michael Miller was first to arrive in 17:23. Things went pretty smoothly, the runners came through the funnel in a nice steady stream, and by approx. 11am the last runners had crossed the line.
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Yesterday volunteers ended up with a small collection of keys, phones and barcodes that had been dropped by runners on the course, and these were reunited with their owners.
Then it was all back to the Visitor Centre to put the kit away, have a cup of tea and a chat and process the results. Apologies for the delay in processing the results this week, the technology gave us a few issues.
All the runners and volunteers were great as usual, but I wanted to especially thank Ashleigh and Maci who helped their Dad David with barcoding yesterday for the 1st time. All 3 of them were magnificent, and brought along the biggest smiles I saw all day!
Chris

 

Rushcliffe parkrun Run Report – 15th June 2019 Event No. 351

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Well, that was a wet old week, wasn’t it? Thank goodness the rain abated for a bit on Saturday and allowed us an actually quite toasty parkrun. Much drier and warmer than last week, when I considered building an ark to get me to Rushcliffe to run my 50th.

With this weekend came not just fresh weather but also a fresh perspective. I decided to have go at donning the monochrome tabard and assuming the role of run director.
I was a bit nervous, to be honest. Writing run reports is one thing, and draws on what I do for a living. But getting lots of ducks in a row (not Rushcliffe’s real ducks, obviously) so that 498 runners could have a safe, enjoyable saunter round the park felt another level entirely.
But I needn’t have worried. For one thing, I was fortunate to have both Rushcliffe parkrun gurus Geoff and Lisa on the team. Plus, there’s an army of hi-vis heroes so well versed in the various roles that they don’t even need a song sheet to sing from in sync.
So, really, my job was just to read through a list, tick off volunteers as they arrived, brief anyone who hadn’t performed a particular role before, then stand on a picnic table with a megaphone and try to sound important.
Here’s the crew who made it all run so smoothly, gathered at the Education Centre before heading out to set up the start and finish funnels, as they do so speedily every week.
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Speaking of the Education Centre, that’s the base of operations for Park Manager Keith Laing, who many of our regular parkrunners know well.
It’s Keith and his colleagues we have to thank for keeping Rushcliffe Country Park looking so fantastic and such an enjoyable place to run.
Saturday was a chance for Keith to celebrate as he clocked up his 100th parkrun. A terrific milestone and here he is with his adoring fans. Well done Keith!
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Meanwhile, we welcomed over 50 first timers (full list below), including Jane Blois who joined us on her 50th birthday to graduate from her Couch to 5K training.
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This week’s tourists came from nearby Bestwood and Leicester, and further afield in Leeds, Humber Bridge and Dorset. Also joining us were Colwick parkrun regulars, Terry, Caitlin and Tim. Terry is visually impaired but, with Tim running alongside, still clocked up an impressive time of 32:47. Moments like this are just one of the many things I love about parkrun.
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I’ve touched on finish times, so who finished first? Well, that honour went to Mario Rocchelli (pictured) – a first timer himself – who crossed the line with a time of 18:45. Just 8 seconds behind, James Moroney brought it home in second, while third placed runner John Odell’s time of 19:02 was a new PB. Well done, gents!
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Clearly the break in the incessant rain put a spring in many runners’ steps, as lots of others had new PBs to celebrate too. You’ll find a full list of them towards the end of this report. Were you among them?
John Oldfield certainly helped a few people along, pacing at 29 minutes and coming in just under at 28:44, giving those sticking close to him chance to cross the line in their target time.
And that brings me back to the volunteers, who are crucial to our runs at Rushcliffe and every parkrun everywhere.
Without people giving up their spare time, for free, to organise and host these events each week they simply wouldn’t happen. There are lots of roles to fill, from marshals to funnel managers, timekeepers to tail walkers, number checkers to barcode scanners, sign language support to run report writers.
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We’ve focused in previous reports on the many stars on the Rushcliffe roster, but this week I wanted to draw particular attention to Geoff (pictured above with Andy and Kirsty) and Lisa (pictured below with Jo), who run the event as a whole and regularly step into many roles, not least that of run director.
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It takes up a lot of their time and they’re great at it. And they’ve been backed by others who take terrific turns in the role, including Ian, Chris, Richard and Jane. But a big part of the reason I gave the role a go this week was to help share the load and increase their options.
I don’t regret the decision. I loved it and hope to do it again. But I’d also love for others to give it a go and keep growing the Rushcliffe hi-vis hero team.
Are you reasonably organised? Are you happy to stand up and talk to a crowd of 400-600 people (they’re a friendly lot, anyway)? Do you fancy getting to grips with the mystic art of parkrun results processing? These are the perks that await the eager new parkrun run director.
Plus, it goes without saying that we’d welcome anyone keen to try their hand at the other roles in the roster. You’ll find the empty slots for the next few weeks here – and even if it looks full we can always find use for extra hands.
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parkrun is a terrific community whether you’re running it or helping run it. There’s always something new to do and discover about it too. I’m glad I took that next step.
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This week’s first timers were:
Steven ABLEWHITE, Jonny ADAMSON, Kerry ANDREWS, Elizabeth ATKIN, Viktor BABIC, Alena BABICOVA, Ivana BABICOVA, Daniel BEADSMOORE, Aaron BLAKEMAN, Jane BLOIS, Neil BOULTON, Sam BOWMAN, Ali CARTER, Emily CARTWRIGHT, Kate CLIFT, Sean CROWE, Sarah DOBBING, Frances ELLIOTT, Stef ELLIOTT, Nigel FINNEY, Patricia FORD, Rebecca FRENCH, David GRIFFITHS, Jeremy Paul GRIFFITHS, Sean HAMILTON, Elizabeth HARRIS, Edward HARVEY, David HELSBY, Warren HENDON, Dennis HOLMES, Susanna HOLT, James KARCH, Steven KAUBI, Andrea KAY, Martha KNOTT, Harriet KRARUP, Rosie LOACH, Hannah LUND, Richard MARSHALL, Reuben MATHER-FINNEY, Damian NADIN, James NADIN, Emma NEWTON, Kayleigh OLDHAM, Lily PEGG, Andy PORTSMOUTH, Gemma PROUDFOOT, Mario ROCCHELLI, Matt SHEPHERD, Jerry SHIELD, Michele SHIELD, John SPENCE, James TREWBY, Lisa WALTON
There were personal bests for:
Paul ABBOTT, Jodie ANGOLD, Samuel ASHTON, Natasha AUSTEN, Emma BAILEY, Fiona BENNING, Peter BENOKE, Dan BODEN, Kyle BLACK, Joel BRANDON-BRAVO, Jane BROWN, Matt BROWN, Ellie CLARK, Simon COOPER, Donna DAVENPORT, Becky DOWSON, Stuart DYKES, Imogen ELLIOTT, Emily GARDNER, Paul GARFOOT, Paul GRIFFITHS, Janella HADLOW, Sarah HADLOW, Jennifer HARVEY, Jacqueline HOLMES, Vicky HUBBARD, Gemma JOHNSON, Elizabeth KAY, Sam KNOTT, Elaine LANGRIDGE, Krista LIVSEY, Oliver MACILDOWIE, Rachel MATRAVERS, James MCDONAGH, Duncan MCGREGOR, Gary MEAKIN, Katie MILNER, Lauren MURPHY, John ODELL, Vanessa OLDHAM, Edward PARTRIDGE, Adam PICKARD-BRACE, Wahid RAZAK, Clive SAMPSON, Christine SHEPHERD, Bob SIMPSON, Melissa SOBO, Elizabeth SONGHURST, Mila STANEK, Rachel THIRD, James TURTON, David WALKER, James WOOD, Jordan WILKEY, Mark WESTON, Lex WILSON
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And these were your hi-vis heroes:
Jennifer AITCHISON, Lindy CLARKE, Grace CRYER, Lisa DICKINSON, Ashleigh FOWLDS, Geoff HARDY, Karen HARRISON, Nigel HARRISON, Grace HIRD, Alan HOWE, Emma JACKSON, Daniel JACKSON, Wayne JACKSON, Mike MACDONALD, Katie MARSH, Rosa MEREDITH, Sarah NAYLOR, David NOBLET, John OLDFIELD, Kirsty PARNABY, Diane PECK, Alison POVER, James PRICE, John ROBERTSON, Elaine SELLER, Roshan SINGH, Tim SORRELL, Paul THOMAS, Brooke THOMAS, Jo THOMAS, Andy WALKER, Darren WILLIAMS, Tilly WOOD, Emma WOOD

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