Run report for May 11th – a tourist tells us what she thinks of Rushcliffe!

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This week's parkrun tourist trip took me to Rushcliffe for the first time. A friend of mine who is an avid tourist and parkrunner told me Rushcliffe was his favourite and I wasn't disappointed. What a wonderful venue for a parkrun! The lakes, trails, woodland and wildlife make for a lovely experience. Add to that the very friendly and enthusiastic high-viz heroes and you've got everything you need for a brilliant parkrun Saturday morning. And they even fixed the weather!

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I made the trip over from Leicester and unbeknown to me, I was followed for part of the journey by a fellow tourist from Leicester who happened to live in the same area. So we got chatting at the start and he was at Rushcliffe for the first time as well. I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did.

With the usual first time and main briefings complete, we set off. The course itself takes you along trails, past the lake and into woodland and winds round some more open parkland with stunning views across the countryside - with a cheeky little hill thrown in for good measure and a bit of puddle dodging along the way. And you get to enjoy it all twice (puddles duly noted for lap two)!

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A hugely impressive 467 people ran, jogged, buggy pushed, dog jogged and walked at Rushcliffe's 346th event. They welcomed 28 first timers to Rushcliffe parkrun, with 25 of those taking on their first ever one. Thank you for joining us and embarking on your parkrun journeys. You certainly won't regret it. 25 unknowns were also in this week's results so please remember - DFYB (don't forget your barcode)!

Congratulations to the top three male and female finishers:

Martin WATERFIELD - 17.25
Matt BRYDON - 17.52
Niall RENNIE - 18.09

Rebecca LINEKER - 22.03
Emily PATCH - 22.52
Catherine MARYGOLD - 22.56

Special mentions to Nelson WALKER, Graham CHENOWETH and Richard BOWLEY who joined the 50 club and Mike WILSON, Maxine ZARFRAS and Carl ZARFRAS who completed their 100th parkruns! Fantastic achievements by you all.

Well done to everybody that took part, particularly to all the first timers. I guarantee it won't be your last.

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This week's parkrun was brought to you by these wonderful volunteers:

Alison POVER • Andy WALKER • Ben WALKER • Bill HAWLEY • Brooke THOMAS • Charlie LITCHFIELD • Christine OLDFIELD • Diane PECK • Elaine SELLER • Emma FIELDING • Emma WOOD • Gary MEAKIN • Geoff HARDY • Hilary HAWLEY • Imogen LITCHFIELD • Jackie KEY • Jacqueline ROSS • Jo STANTON • Jo THOMAS • John OLDFIELD • John PARTRIDGE • Lyndsay JORDAN • Lynne KELLOW • Marc THOMAS • Nicola RUSTON • Nigel HARRISON • Paul THOMAS • Polly PICKARD-BRACE • Richard LITCHFIELD • Rosa MEREDITH • Sam COLLIS • Sam JAMIESON • Tracy MEAKIN • Yvonne PILBIN

Thank you for all your efforts.

parkruns wouldn't be possible without the amazing volunteers. There are plenty of different roles that can be done with a little training and it is very fulfilling giving back to your parkrun community. If you would like to help out the future roster can be found here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushcliffe/futureroster/ or if you have any questions please email rushcliffehelpers@parkrun.com.

With my Saturday morning parkrun adventure complete, it was off to find a local garden centre for what my friend has now named a "sweaty brekkie"! parkrun Saturdays just wouldn't be the same without them!

Thank you for having me Rushcliffe, it made my Saturday!

Lyndsay