Run report for October 19th – don’t mention the rugby score!

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Uneventful. That is my one word description to sum up this week’s parkrun at Rushcliffe. And, you know what, that is how we like it! The weather was good, the parkrunners were in good spirits, as always, as you can see from the above photos*, the volunteers did a magnificent job and the results were processed in double quick time by Jo and Luke. (10.24am – pretty impressive for Luke’s first time on the laptop),

As I say, exactly how we like it.

The numbers were down a bit because of the rugby - can I mention the score yet? – it seemed that may of this week’s participants were recording the game and dashed off after their parkrun to watch it 'as live’ and didn’t want my score updates. I even found one young girl watching the game on her dad’s mobile phone whilst all around were, as loudly as possible, singing ‘la la la’ to avoid hearing how the game was going. Quite well as it transpired. Numbers will be down again next Saturday!

*And before anyone else says it, yes, I know, the photos are awful quality. Failing to multi-task - again. Keeping up with the rugby means not having the camera ready on my phone, and hence I nearly missed most that I was looking to capture. Hopefully they are enough for you to get the idea!

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Of course parkruns are never uneventful for everybody and this weeks milestoners were celebrating their important achievements. Congratulations to Susan and Fiona (pictured) on your 50ths. They were the two we read out in the pre-run brief.

Congratulations to this week’s other milestone parkrunners. Frank Ellis did hid 100th and Angela Kindness and David Atkinson their 50th – a reminder that we can only include you in the pre-run brief if you tell us beforehand!

You may have noticed that we were joined this week by some particularly quick parkrunners. Thank you to the Absolute Tri club, a triathlon club based in Nottingham, for choosing Rushcliffe parkrun for your time trial. Four of the first five finishers were members of their club, and all in under 18 minutes. Very impressive.

And that’s it for this week. Looking ahead there are a couple of things for which we would like to give you early warning.

Walking Group
parkrun is a running, jogging and/or walking event. No matter how fast or slow you are we are just delighted to see you taking part.

Whilst more competitive people can use parkruns to test themselves against their own time, and against others, participation should ultimately be for fun. We are delighted to see, as time goes by, that we are being joined by more and more walkers and noticed a few weeks ago that some were on their own, particularly for a lot of their second lap.

We are planning to introduce a walking group to Rushcliffe parkrun, lead by a volunteer with a target finish time of 55 to 60 minutes. It will have a simple objective – to make parkrun even more enjoyable by encouraging people to talk to one another . We hope it will be a way to make new, like minded friends, and achieve ‘participation should ultimately be for fun’.

We will let you know the start date in a couple of weeks – it is looking like mid-November.

In the meantime, did you know that there is a facebook group dedicated to ‘walking at parkrun’? You will find it via the link below.

Defibrillator training
After a couple of recent incidents we realised that it was a long time since we were last trained on how to use the defibrillator. We have new RD’s that haven’t, yet, been trained and a few of us that need a refresher. It is easy to use, and ‘talks’ you through the steps, but it is always good if you are familiar with it. It increases confidence should the need ever arise.

With that in mind we have arranged a defibrillator training session for Saturday November 30th, after that week’s parkrun, in the Education Centre on the park. Starting at 10.15 and last for about an hour. We would like to throw the session open to anyone who would like to know how to use this life saving equipment – you never know when such knowledge will come in handy.

For now, put the date in your diary and we will let you know more in a couple of weeks time.

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The Heritage Café
As mentioned in yesterday’s pre-run brief, the cafe at the railway heritage centre have kindly offered a discount for all parkrunners. You can claim up to 15% off all food and drink on presentation of your barcode, anytime up to 12 noon each Saturday, including their big breakfast for only £6.

We like to support the various groups that share our wonderful space on Rushcliffe Country park and would like to thank the café for supporting ourselves too.

See you next week – I promise not to mention the rugby score.


Run report for October 12th – the one with a very surprised Elaine!!

A few days before Saturday I try and broadly estimate how many people we are likely to have turn up, so as to estimate how many volunteers we may need. Mid-week, I thought we would be fairly quiet, England were playing France in the Rugby world cup, all the other local parkruns were on and the weather was not looking too good for Saturday. Well that all changed, plus I learnt the British Geological Survey in Keyworth was having its open day and that attracted a number of tourists to Rushcliffe parkrun beforehand.

After a great response to a call out for extra volunteers, all was in place, and we were good to go.

There was the usual mix of people new to parkrun, tourists (including those with a geographical interest) and many regulars. There were loads of positive comments at the end, so I hope you all enjoyed it.

Rushcliffe parkrun has now been going for 7 years and on the anniversary of the start of Rushcliffe we award the volunteer of the year award. This year’s award went to three people Darren Williams and Marc Thomas received their awards last week, but I had the pleasure of handing out the third award. This went to a wonderful (and extremely surprised) regular at Rushcliffe, Elaine Seller. In recent years we have more deaf and hard of hearing parkrunners join us, so we put out a call to anyone who could help us. Elaine kindly volunteered and now turns up almost every week to sign. Elaine, on behalf of us all at Rushcliffe and the deaf and hard of hearing community, please accept our sincere thanks.

As always, a massive thank you goes out to this week’s volunteers who were excellent. Young Tilly (age 5) was volunteering for the 25th time with her wonderful family. Tilly provides the high fives before the lake and provided even more than ever this week I was told!

Ethan Sosin and Suzanne Oliver both ran their 100th parkruns and Rachel Grant ran her 200th. Brilliant achievements by you all.

As usual, it was another great morning.

Until next week, happy parkrunning.



Run report for October 5th – our 7th birthday and time to celebrate our fabulous volunteers

7 years! Where does the time go? We like to celebrate our ‘birthday’ each year by recognizing our volunteers. It is never easy deciding whom to pull out of an amazing bunch of people for special mention, and you may notice that we cheat. In year one we had A volunteer of the year (i.e one), but as time has passed we have identified our short list, and then recognised all of them.

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And so it was that we were delighted to call out Darren Williams and Marc Thomas for their superb support of Rushcliffe parkrun over the past 12 months. Both have volunteered on many occasions throughout the year, covering most of our volunteer roles, including taking on the mantel of Run Director. A richly deserved big thank you to both of them. Congratulations on your awards. We hope you will display your trophies with pride!

(You may have heard Lisa mention that we have a third volunteer of the year, but for reasons outside of our control couldn’t announce it last week. All will become clear in time and we hope to bring you the news this coming Saturday.)

Much has changed over our seven years, but most of the principles of Rushcliffe parkrun are still the same. It’s a free 5k, timed run/walk. We still use the same equipment, including our laptop for results processing. It is creaking a bit at the moment and you may have noticed that the results are being published a little later than they used to be. It is getting a little 'long in the tooth' in laptop terms and likes to have a few minutes to warm up these days, not unlike quite a few of the parkrunners!

There have been a few obvious changes, most notably the sheer numbers each Saturday. We were delighted when 100 turned up in the winter of 2012/13, and now we are disappointed with less than 400.

Also, as was much publicised through the parkrun national media last week, including on The One Show last Friday, we are getting slower. This is very much a success story of parkrun as our key objective is to encourage people to be more active than they otherwise would be. For the record we averaged 26.55 at event 1, and 29.34 this week. I wonder how long it will be before we get above 30 minutes?

Lisa mentioned in the pre-run brief that she recalled the first Rushcliffe parkrun in October 2012 and that got me wondering how many people from event 1 were also in attendance at event 367. Quite a few as it turned out, and some of them have been here for most Saturday’s in the last 7 years. Rachel Angell has joined us for 257 Rushcliffe parkruns, plus another 18 as a volunteer. Christine Oldfield has 174 Rushcliffe parkruns under her belt, plus 60 volunteer occasions. Her husband John was volunteering at event 1 and has since completed 161 Rushcliffe parkruns and volunteered 113 times. Others that were at both event 1 and 367 were Paul Griffith, John Angell, Marijke Van Eerd, Linda Evans and David Evans.

Finishing where I started, as always we would like to thank our team of volunteers that made event 367 run smoothly. We used to name them all in the weekly run reports, including their various roles, but there are too many now and I will just leave you with a list of the names.

Adrian FURLONGER • Alfie DIXON • Alison POVER • Bill HAWLEY • Brooke THOMAS • Christine OLDFIELD • Daniel JONES • Darren WILLIAMS • Emma JACKSON • Emma PIETRYKA • Estella EVANS • Geoff HARDY • Hilary HAWLEY • Jackie BRADSHAW • Jackie KEY • James WOOD • Jo THOMAS • John ANGELL • Jonathan SHEWELL-COOPER • Kate COPPINGER • Kayleigh LOFFHAGEN • Kirsty PARNABY • Lainey LLOYD • Lisa DICKINSON • Lynne KELLOW • Marc THOMAS • Mike MACDONALD • Nat SCROGGIE • Rachel ANGELL • Rachel LLOYD • Rhisiart JARMAN-HARRIS • Robert HASKINS • Sam BROADLEY • Sam JAMIESON • Sarah SMITHIES • Sophia PIETRYKA • Tom ALLEN • Tom BONNER


Run report for September 28th – From Robin Hood to rule reminders

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You can always tell when it’s Robin Hood Half Marathon weekend.

The numbers at Rushcliffe parkrun dip a bit – as no doubt they do at other parkruns around the county – while we’re suddenly inundated with volunteers, so that there’s pretty much a marshal on every corner, straight, split, you name it.

Not that we’re complaining. We always welcome those eager to help out with open arms, any time of the year – details of how to join in below. And this week’s army of hi-vis heroes did their run director proud as always.

And anyway, I was doing exactly the same: saving my legs for my first ever 13-miler the next day, in the hope I somehow made it round the route in one piece. And hopefully dry (yeah, right).

Yes, the hi-vis heroes were out in force, despite another force – Mother Nature – threatening to throw wind and rain their way. Fortunately, she behaved and sent us just about the ideal conditions instead.

The turnout was still pretty respectable, too, with 388 runners lining up at the start including five first timers plus tourists from Billericay, Brierley Forest, Bristol, Hanley, Wepre, Watford and a couple of others I didn’t quite catch.

There were also a couple of celebrations: an unofficial but no less impressive milestone of 200 for Katherine Richards, plus Phoebe Pickup running her first parkrun since celebrating her fourth birthday last week. Happy birthday, Phoebe!

Lauren Johnson kindly paced for us at 30 minutes, bringing those eager to keep up home in just under that time – so well done to all of you.

A couple of issues that arose before and after the run mean a couple of reminders are necessary.

First, we noticed some missing finish tokens at our initial count. So, if you’re a Rushcliffe regular, please check around at home or in the car, etc, to see if there are any stray tokens lying around. We’d be happy to get reacquainted with them.

In general, please remember not to take your finish tokens away with you. Drop them in one of the barcode scanners’ buckets after they’ve zapped it. Or just hand it to them if you haven’t brought your own barcode.

And, on that last point, the second reminder is to please ensure you bring your barcode with you. It really is the one thing we ask of everyone who takes part, and it’s why we post so many reminders about it on Facebook and here in our run reports.

Our little scanners do not read barcodes from your phone. We were asked if we could record a phone barcode manually instead but we can’t, sorry. It’s really not us just being unaccommodating. There are a number of reasons for it.

One is the need to limit how much manual entry of runners and their results is needed at the end of the run. After all, parkrun events are operated by volunteers who kindly give upon their time each weekend.

If we agree to do it for one, that opens it up to all. And suddenly the time taken to enter handwritten barcode details manually when we’re processing the results can go up dramatically.

If you do forget your barcode, you can still get an idea of your finish time. Just note the number on your finish token and find that position on the Rushcliffe results page. It won’t register as a result against your profile, but you’ll still know how speedy you were.

You can get barcode wristbands, tags and more here. It’s worth keeping some extras in different places.

And, a while back, I wrote a run report with ideas about how to ensure you “don’t forget your barcode” in future. I know those tips have helped me I (forgot mine four times).

Hopefully most people had a hiccup free run, though. The results processing went nice and smoothly, so that seems to be the case. And another 51 of you were celebrating personal best times – see them all at

For those keeping the legs moving ahead of Robin Hood, I hope it sped you to a glorious result. And, to those resting up, I wish you the same.

Hope to see many of you all again next week.

Your volunteers this week were: Alex BROWN • Anna SOSIN • Dan PICKUP • Darren WILLIAMS • Deborah EDIS • Diane PECK • Ellie BROWN • Emma WOOD • Ethan SOSIN • Gemma BLACOW • Geoff HARDY • Jackie KEY • Jackson BLACOW • Jo THOMAS • Jonathan SMITH • Karen LAYTON • Kath SOSIN • Kirsty PARNABY • Lauren JOHNSON • Lynne KELLOW • Mark BURNS • Michael MCHARDY • Mike MACDONALD • Mike SOSIN • Paul THOMAS • Robert HACKFORD • Ruth TYSON • Sam JAMIESON • Sophia PIETRYKA • Tilly WOOD • Toni HARPER

Want to volunteer yourself?

See the spaces we have in the coming weeks at

And drop a line saying you’re interested to


Run Report – Rushcliffe parkrun 21st Sept 2019 – Event 365

21st September 2019
34 #highvisheroes or volunteers
event number 365
471 people who did run/walk/jog
How was it for you?

I would like to welcome 61 first timers to Rushcliffe parkrun, and also to the parkrun family.
We also had tourists from Leicester, Leeds & Maidenhead. I hope you enjoyed a run or walk around Rushcliffe Country Park.

Congratulations to the 65 of you who got a PB.

I had better mention the important bit, the milestones, well done to you all in reaching your milestone.
The following people & a dog managed to get to 150 parkruns

Louise Osborne, John Armour, Martin Powell, James & Philippa Logan and we mustn’t forget Bella the dog.

So Saturday 21st September was a great morning for a parkrun but it was also the start of autumn coming to us as the leaves started to fall off the trees all around us. Even though we are lucky enough to be able to run through the lovely Rushcliffe Country Park every Saturday there are a few other local parkruns that you might want to go visit but please remember to come back and visit us very soon.

Thank you to my army of #highvisheroes


Bill HAWLEY • Brooke THOMAS • Caroline HIGHAM • Chris PIETRYKA • Christine OLDFIELD • Dylan SAMRAI • Elaine SELLER • Emma WOOD • Estella EVANS • Hilary HAWLEY • Ian HOWE • Isobel PARTRIDGE • James THURMAN • Jo THOMAS • John OLDFIELD • John PARTRIDGE • John ROBERTSON • Kirsty PARNABY • Linda Joyce EVANS • Lisa DICKINSON • Louise HIGHAM • Luke RISING • Lynne KELLOW • Mike WILSON • Philip OWEN • Rachel ANGELL • Robert HASKINS • Sam JAMIESON • Sam RISING • Scarlet HULL • Scott SMITH • Thomas HIGHAM • Tilly WOOD

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