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

 

Rushcliffe parkrun Run Report – 8th June 2019 Event No. 350

MILESTONES, WEDDINGS & CRICKET

Just before I report on this week's event, please would you allow a little self indulgence!
You may have already seen the Facebook post we shared on Thursday telling of our being nominated and subsequently chosen to be Trophy Carriers at the ICC World Cup match between Australia and the West Indies at Trent Bridge.

What an honour and a privilege for us to be walking out onto the pitch to deliver the trophy to it's plinth ahead of the National Anthems. We were able to spot a few parkrunners in the crowd who were lucky enough to enjoy our special moment as it happened....unlike the billions across the world who had tuned in especially to witness the trophy carrying brilliance, only for Sky to miss our bit completely and then cut our heads off as we carried the trophy back in!!
No matter. We have the photos and our own video to cherish always. We have shared a few photos but don't be shy and please do ask if you would like to watch the video - we are only to happy to share it with you so you can enjoy watching with family and friends again and again and again!!!

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And of course we have the memories to cherish too - a particular favourite memory for me was having to ask Geoff for his fashion advice regarding how best to wear the official ICC T shirt - tucked in or not?

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A wonderful day which we will never forget and particularly relevant during National Volunteer Week.
Our thanks go to Jonathan for the nomination and to Rushcliffe Borough Council for the invitation and their continued support of our event.

Now to this week's event. Another corker filled with milestones and a pre wedding parkrun from non other than our own ambassador.

Richard got married to the lovely Nicola soon after completing his 74th parkrun.
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Nicola was nowhere to be seen at any parkrun. Not sure why but I expect she was busy. Our congratulations go to you both. We hope you had a wonderful day and share a long and happy, parkrun filled life together.

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Congratulations also go to our milestone parkrunners. Gary & Lynn bought along some friends from Shepshed RC for their 50ths (sorry I didn't get a photo)
Your brand new Run Director for next week - Darren Williams celebrating his 50th too

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Heather Bennett enjoyed her 100th

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And Jo Betts is now one of less than 6000 parkrunners to have achieved an amazing 250 parkruns and combined her milestone run with a bit of wet weather tail walking!!!

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Under 300 parkrunners this week! I can't even begin to imagine why?? The last time we dipped under 300 was 15th Dec last year. I wonder if that was weather related too.

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The rain and puddles didn't stop 21 one of you achieving PBs though. Brilliant! Super pacer John coming in at bang on 30 minutes and Facebook comments suggest he helped a few of you achieve times you were delighted with.

It really was wet so not many tourists this week - some making the trip from Mansfield, Strelley & Boston (that's the Lincolnshire one!) and then a gentleman all the way from Australia was able to enjoy the taste of a British Summer parkrun.

Now to our fabulous volunteers

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Did I mention it was wet? Very wet. And yet the volunteers carried out their roles as cheerfully as if it were a sunny June Saturday. They applauded and high fived you round the course. They clicked you over the line whilst wiping water from the stop watch screens, they kept you in order in the funnel as the rain dripped off the end of their noses, they made sure you only got one finish token instead of two wet ones stuck together, the scanned your soggy wet barcodes and made a big long list of the ones too wet to scan. They were, quite simply, fabulous. Thank you one and all.....

Jo BETTS, Freya BETTS, Mark BETTS, Natalie BETTS, Kate COPPINGER, Ross CROMBIE, Grace CRYER, Carl DICKINSON, Lisa DICKINSON, Toni HARPER, Bill HAWLEY, Hilary HAWLEY, Alan HOWE, Sam JAMIESON, Lynne KELLOW, Jackie KEY, Charlie LITCHFIELD, Katie MARSH, Rosa MEREDITH, Chris NEALE, Philip OWEN, Kirsty PARNABY, John PARTRIDGE, Polly PICKARD-BRACE, Alison POVER, John RYCROFT, Linda RYCROFT, Henny SCOTT, Roshan SINGH, Paul THOMAS, Andy WALKER, Ben WALKER, Tilly WOOD, James WOOD, Fiona YOUNG

And finally, we know there is an abundance of wildlife in the park, much of which we never see BUT one of our marshals was lucky enough to spot a deer during a quiet moment this week.....so if the excitement of the unpredictable weather isn't appealing enough to encourage you to volunteer then maybe the possibility of being at one with the animals might just swing it!!

See you at Event number 351!

 

Run report for June 1st – volunteering is better than biology revision!

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It was sunny at parkrun today, thank goodness! After a very wet D of E expedition this week I was ready for some sunshine. But sadly I have to skip the sun this weekend in order to revise for a biology exam, so when I was asked to write the run report I was so happy (unusual giving the context) to have a break from all of the revision! (I say asked, or you could call it 'forced' - writing a run report it is one of the objectives that I have to achieve as part of my D of E Silver award volunteering at Rushcliffe parkrun, along with attending for 26 weeks, arriving at 8am once per month to get the equipment out of the shed, and delivering the pre-run brief - which I also did yesterday, once I had worked out how to operate the megaphone.)

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The sunshine brought lots of people to parkrun including first timers from Portugal and Norway. We also had Darren Morley and Chris Jenkins running their 50th parkruns, along with Daniel Bagley who was celebrating his birthday by being this weeks first finisher - perhaps not surprising when you know that he recently completed the London marathon in 2 hours and 30 mins and ended up in 45th place!

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Thank you to all the volunteers at parkrun today!

Also, I think this was my last week so thank you again to all the volunteers for putting up with me for this long! This week's team of high-vis heroes were;

Adrian FURLONGER • Alison POVER • Andy WALKER • Becky DOWSON • Dylan SAMRAI • Emma FIELDING • Emma WOOD • Geoff HARDY • Grace CRYER • Ian HOWE • Jackie KEY • James THURMAN • James WILKINS • Jennifer AITCHISON • Jo THOMAS • John HESS • John HOLDEN • John PARTRIDGE • Katie MARSH • Kirsty PARNABY • Lisa DICKINSON • Lynne KELLOW • Marc THOMAS • Martha BEVAN • Natalie Anne PEARSON • Rachel DEARDEN • Robert HASKINS • Roshan SINGH • Sam JAMIESON • Tilly WOOD • Tom DEARDEN

Thank you, and who knows, I may be back for another 52 weeks of volunteering when I do my Gold D of E in a couple of years time.

Martha

 

Run report for May 25th – Rosa likes bossing around her friends

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Today I was given the responsibility of being the Run Director and this is about my experience.

This has always been a daunting job for me, because being in charge of about 20 other people is not my idea of fun (although it was great getting to tell my friends what to do). Despite this I soldiered on, bossed everyone around a bit, kept forgetting to move the defibrillator, then eventually got organised, kind of, and assembled 2 funnels in the knick of time.

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Next was my big moment, the pre run briefing, it was the most stressful two minutes of my life but apparently it went well.

After this, when all the runners were off my job was pretty much done, and all I had to do now, in Geoff's words, was ‘swan around looking important’ (well that and processing the results, but we'll get to that later) which was great fun and probably the most chill hour I've ever had at parkrun.

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My final job was processing the results. This was completely new to me and I had no idea what I was doing. A failed timer, scanner errors and people who didn't collect a token (PLEASE ALWAYS TAKE A TOKEN) didn't make this process any easier. This photo pretty much sums up the whole experience.

Regardless of this the results were eventually processed, although it did take 4 people and about an hour, and were online confirming there were 40 first timers and 40 people who achieved a PB.

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Finally I want to thank today's volunteers, especially Richard who basically did my job for me but let me wear the funky hi-viz, it would've gone considerably worse if you weren't all there doing your jobs to perfection.

Rosa

 

Run report for May 18th – the yings and yangs of parkrun

Oh, the yings and yangs of parkrun! The highs and lows, the ups and downs and the sweet and sour, and how quickly you can move from one to the other – about 12 hours in this instance!

There I was marshaling on the first corner, near the children’s park, at last week’s event (yes, this is this week’s run report, bear with me, I will be back on message in a minute) when a young man who wanted to tell us about his impending milestone approached me – his 50th parkrun. Nothing unusual about that until he mentioned all 50 had been completed ON ONE LUNG!! Not one to miss out on a good story for a run report, he had piqued my attention and I was all ears.

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Ben Webb is this remarkable parkrunner, pictured above flying around yesterday’s event, his 50th. I asked him to let me have a few words to explain his story, and in his own words this is what he told me.

"Yesterday I ran my 50th parkrun at Rushcliffe - with only one lung! From only being able to walk a few steps after major surgery to remove most of my right lung, walking turned to cycling, and then to running.

After a family holiday to Thailand in 2016, I was admitted to Nottingham City Hospital with a serious lung infection. Despite doctors’ best efforts, they could not find the cause of the illness and told me I would need surgery to remove the affected area of my lung to prevent the infection from spreading.

I run parkrun most weeks. It has been the foundation of my long-term physiological and psychological recovery after what was very traumatic surgery. Thank you so much to the Rushcliffe volunteers and runners for all their support over the last few years!”

Thank you Ben for sharing your story. What he didn’t tell me, but I have subsequently discovered, is that he usually runs in just over 20 minutes – on one lung.

Back to the yings and yangs of last week. After the positive, and, in all honesty, heart warming, message from Ben, I was just coming out of the pub, after a very enjoyable evening, when my phone pinged. It was a twitter message from the Great Central Railway, also based on the park. Thanks to the inconsiderate, and illegal parking of someone believed to be a parkrunner (I say ‘believed to be’ because it was 8.55am, he was in running kit and set off towards our start line), a large low-loader lorry had been unable to access their site, causing a delay and costing money that this charitably funded organisation can ill afford. We share the park on a Saturday with lots of people and it is really important to us that we support each other – and we were extremely upset to find that an apparent member of our group had such a detrimental impact on the railway group. I will not say more about that here, because I think the chances of the perpetrator being a run report reader are pretty slim, however I would like to pick up on one of the points raised on the associated facebook post – using the park’s car park.

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It appears than many people assume that the car park is full, because they see people parking on Mere Way (usually considerately and legally), when in fact there are always empty spaces. The photo above was taken at 9.05am this Saturday. I counted over 50 empty spaces. It is only £1 (or £30 for those regular visitor that want an annual pass) and every pound goes towards the operating costs of the park. Please use the car park – it really is in all of our interests on so many levels. The annual pass has to be applied for on line – this is the link (https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/for-you/roads-parking-travel/season-ticket-parking-permits/) - don’t be put off by the Broxtowe link, it really is for Rushcliffe park.
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And finally back to this week. I am always happy to have an excuse to feature a photograph of some of our favourite parkrunners and here we have Lindy, Diane and Karen, perfectly co-ordinated as always, as they prepare to set off on the unofficial milestone 150th parkrun. Congratulations to each of them, and Emma Percival too, also completing her 150th this week. Remember, we can only mention milestones in the pre-run brief if you let us know about them in advance, preferably via an email to Rushcliffe@parkrun.com.

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Thanks as always to the magnificent team of volunteers brilliantly led by Jane. You may have seen on the facebook post that we had an issue with some of our finish tokens. Thankfully most of those affected have emailed in and the results have been updated.

That’s it. This week is going to be a good one. See you all next Saturday.

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