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!

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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.

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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.
https://www.facebook.com/walkingatparkrun/

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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ian

 

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.parkrun.org.uk/rushcliffe/results/latestresults

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.

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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 www.parkrun.org.uk/rushcliffe/futureroster

And drop a line saying you’re interested to rushcliffehelpers@parkrun.com

 

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

Marc

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

 

Run report for 14 September 2019: Home Comforts

The last time I had completed Rushcliffe parkrun was in June 2018. Since then I’ve been on a mission to complete as many different parkruns as possible, a total which now stands at 73. I have covered a fair few miles on this quest, and been to places as far flung as London (for Victoria Dock), Bristol (for Eastville), Wales (for Penrhyn) and, er, Clifton. While touring I am often asked which parkrun I have enjoyed the most and I struggle a bit to answer, not because I can’t remember each event, but because each and every one has something about it. However, if I were to nail my colours to the mast and name two (because naming just one is really too hard), then I would say Rushcliffe and Sherwood Pines.

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Rushcliffe has been my home course since I started parkrunning back in April 2014, and today I ran it for the 133rd time. I was also the one wearing the blue ‘hi viz’ pacing top and trying to run round in 25 minutes, which I just about managed.

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It was so good to be back home, surrounded by people I know, running such a beautiful course. The weather conditions were just about perfect with glorious sunshine, very little wind, and an ever so slight chill at the start. I was joined by 418 other parkrunners, of which 56 were first timers. 22 of those 56 were completing their very first parkrun and we really hope they will return – can’t promise the weather will always be like this, mind! I didn’t catch where all the tourists were from, but there was definitely one group from Yorkshire, and they were very complimentary about our park on social media afterwards.

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The conditions must have contributed to the amazing haul of 74 PBs, 6 of which were achieved from the first 7 finishers. Milestone runners included Ruaridh completing his 10th run as a junior, Helen Chamberlain and Jackie Pilbin completing their 50ths, and while 150 is not an official milestone, it still feels like one and so I’ll give a shout out to to Robert Lees and Philippa Logan for reaching that number. Well done to all.

There are some brilliant photos from today’s parkrun – thank you Chris! Please see https://www.flickr.com/photos/184424417@N05/sets/72157710843278298/ to view them all.

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No run report is complete without thanking the volunteers, whose combined efforts made this event happen: Glyn BARRETT, Philip BREWIN, Sam BROADLEY, Lindy CLARKE, Alasdair COLSTON, Christopher DANCER, Alfie DIXON, Ian HOWE, Alan HOWE, Daniel JACKSON, Wayne JACKSON, Emma JACKSON, Sam JAMIESON, Lynne KELLOW, Jonathan LAMLEY, James LAVERTY, Charlie LITCHFIELD, Imogen LITCHFIELD, Mike MACDONALD, Chris NEALE, Nik NETTLESHIP, Kirsty PARNABY, Tom PEARCE, Sam RISING, Nicola RUSTON-LITCHFIELD, Elaine SELLER, Roshan SINGH, Brooke THOMAS, Aimee THOMAS, Jo THOMAS, Marc THOMAS, Tilly WOOD and James WOOD

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I’ll be back at Rushcliffe on 7 December for a ‘special’ parkrun. Until then: happy parkrunning!

Jonathan

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Run report for August 31st – decisions, decisions, decisions!!

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Wasn’t it a fantastic, sunny yet blustery day; always the best for weather-related anecdotes... just after the parkrun!

I don’t know about you but I start my parkrun late on the Friday night whilst everyone’s in bed and then get on with the ‘laying-out-of-the-items’.

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It’s easier if you have a list as per photo! Then the choices of t-shirts and the matching shorts (and occasionally the socks). Do I wear my home shirt of parkrun peach or show off the latest technical shirt from an event or my ‘100 black’ (making my ‘50 red’ looking lonely in the draw)? Last thing to add is my barcode. About an hour later time for a light sleep. In the morning I find another barcode hiding at the bottom of the pile too (and there’s always one in my wallet… oh and in the car!)

I love being part of our weekly timed 5k event as it’s a run (not a race). Sure, a parkrunner will record the fastest time but he/she is not the true winner There are 300-500 winners at Rushcliffe in their own personal achievement. Because parkrunning is all about inclusion. Where some people have found barriers in joining clubs or events (for all sorts of reasons) they have found our 3-miler* walk, jog or run a perfect sanctuary. (*for Lindy… I don’t do ‘km’)

Centre of parkrun is our wonderful volunteers. It’s truly a fabulous part of the parkrun experience, feeling good about doing something positive and helping others to have a good time too.

When injured or when I’m running on a Sunday event, I’ve made myself part of the high-vis team, some of whom don’t do much running but just love the camaraderie of the day, rain or shine, summer and winter. Arriving at 8.15 everyone is tasked with a simple element of the preparation and always helped with what to do. Some runners notably parkrun tourists** get there before the volunteers and love to chat about their running episodes and what to expect today.

**our tourists that made themselves known were from McKay Queensland Australia, Barcelona, Druridge Bay Northumberland, Andover, Stratford and London

The start comes around really quickly and from the first of those runners to those coming up a little later, it’s a mass of colour, smiles and a big positive vibe. It is the most rewarding hour of like-minded participants giving thumbs-up, high-fives or the classic and well received ‘Thanks marshal!’

Without Geoff and Lisa, stalwarts from 2012 and other devotees Ian, Chris, Richard, Jo, Marc, Lynne and Andrew our event wouldn’t run like clockwork.

In saying that, today, Rachel Angell completed 300 parkruns and in her 9th year of volunteering to boot!

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Those joining the Centurions (100 parkruns) Jackie Key, Naomi Wayte, Henny Scott, Chris Peaston and Alastair Colson. Before you ask – yes, they’ve all volunteered at some point too!

The 50-milestone was celebrated by Cat Pickup, Chris Davison, Jackie Ross, Colin Wootton and junior Billy Jowett too.

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Add a 50th birthday celebration for Marijke Van Eerd and cakes supplied in aid of Macmillan cancer support and that makes a great post event coffee in the Education Centre

A big congratulations to all of you.

Mike Macdonald

p.s. Can’t wait for the update on the hairy earrings story.

 

Run report for August 24th – Love parkrun……..hate running!

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On your marks……..get set………….go………..and that’s my first eyelid open on Saturday morning.

This Saturday (24th August) marked my 50th parkrun, not bad for a dedicated run-hater and early morning avoider. It’s taken just over 3 years due to hockey seasons and injury preventing me attending for large parts of those years. Oh, and not forgetting the acquisition of a little pupster, Freddie, who took priority on Saturday morning for a long time.

I’ve come a long way from being dragged there for the first time with a hangover and barely shuffling my way round to now actively seeking out parkruns when we go away at weekends, and encouraging all our family and friends to join us at Rushcliffe on the morning of our recent wedding to start the days celebrations. My running times have barely changed after the first few weeks of getting a PB – those days are well and truly gone.

My all-time favourite running companion is Freddie (black lab) – he is my reason if we run a fast time (he wants to get back for breakfast) or a slow time (quick stop off in the woods). But he is always smiling up at me and never tells me I can go faster if I tried. In fact parkrun and Freddie have led me to a new sport that I have been dabbling with a little, Canicross. It’s the only time I actually run with a smile too.

On the hot days without Freddie the only thing that entices me out of bed and round the course is the Rushcliffe parkrunners and those that have become friends – some of them even managed to gate crash our wedding! You can’t beat a bit of banter over a cuppa, a biscuit and some token sorting (it’s the only time I get anywhere near tokens under 200).

This particular Saturday morning was a scorcher – no weather to be running especially if you are one of those most blessed people in the world…..ginger. But none the less there were 388 of us there with 19 sitting in the naughty corner with no barcodes. 46 Rushcliffe first timers with 28 of those first, first timers (new to parkrun), 46 PB’s and 30 volunteer heroes.

My own personal stats – 50, 36, 10, 10, 1. (parkrun total, Rushcliffe parkruns, number of different parkruns, highest female placing and number of times forgotten barcode and was devastated).

I shall be signing off for while after next week’s parkrun (Jackie’s 100th, so more cake!) as we go on holiday and then its straight back in the hockey season for me………..see you at Christmas!

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I shall leave you with a little ditty sung to the tune of “I’m into something good” by Herman’s Hermits; sing it next time you are struggling at parkrun.

Woke up this morning feeling fine
Got Rushcliffe parkrun on my mind
Last night I had only one beer, whoa yeah,
Something tells me I’m into something good

I’m the kinda girl who asks myself why
Then at the end I’m on a high
I ran as fast as I hoped I would
Something tells me I’m into something good.

We only walked for a minute or two
But then we ran the whole way through
I ran faster than I thought I could
Something tells me I’m into something good.

If nothing else it will stop my other running mantra voice in my head which goes along the lines of – I hate running, can I stop yet, why am I doing this, you can stop if you want…………REPEAT AD INFINITUM.

Emma

 

Run report for August 17th – congratulations on your determination!

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parkrunning is a sport that everyone can do. All you need is trainers, or a good pair of shoes for those walking, and determination. One thing people say is that the hardest part is walking out of the door, but all 436 of today’s parkrunners did and many of them left smashing it with a new PB.

As there was torrential rain on Friday, we were very fortunate to have, in my opinion, the perfect parkrun weather: not too cold that you are freezing, but not too hot that you are pouring with sweat by the end.

Well done to every single parkrunner as well as Sunil Sharma and Angela Brown with their 50th parkruns and congratulations to James Price with his 100th parkrun.

To our 25 first timers, welcome to parkrun.

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In this week’s pre-run brief, everyone had a mini sign language lesson in how to say thank you. As John (one of the volunteers) is deaf, it was amazing to see everybody using their newly found skill to appreciate his efforts.

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At the end of his run, I was able to interview Oliver Matharu (our first finisher for this week, pictured above) and ask him for his top parkrun tip. Oliver said, “Start off steady and then slowly get a bit quicker and then finish nice and strong.”

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Thank you to today’s volunteers it wouldn’t be possible without you. Remember have fun and KEEP PARKRUNNING!

Chloe

 

Run report for August 10th – a fabulous parkrun!

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What a fabulous parkrun – well I thought so anyway. Certainly much better than we had hoped as we watched the weather forecast on the days leading up to the weekend.

55mph gale force winds at 9am? Actually it was more of a strong breeze and helped 31 of our 348 parkrunners to a new PB. Congratulations and well done.

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The timekeepers, using the new technology of the parkrun app, kept perfectly in sync. (Thank you to Darren for capturing my best side on the picture above). The funnel managers maintained order until finish tokens were collected – in the right order – and the barcode and finish tokens were all scanned in the correct sequence. The marshals and tail walkers kept you safe and on the right track, and token sorting was completed in double quick time. It all made for rapid results processing and Richard had them published by 10.30am. A cracking job by all the volunteers – thank you.

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I’d like to come back to something we mentioned a few weeks ago. Have you noticed our new ‘quiet please’ signs that are used to encourage our parkrunners to listen to the pre-run brief? It has become a challenge in recent months to get the gathered group of 400ish people, all keen to get on their way around the course, to listen attentively to the pre-run brief. We know much of it is, necessarily, repeated every week because, whilst you may have heard it 200 times before we always have first timers (40 this week, of which 20 completed their first ever parkrun – welcome to one and all).

It is only through listening to the pre-run brief that you get to know about milestones (congratulations to Allan Lord on his 50th and Jonathan Masters on his ‘unofficial 200th’). Then there are the tourists, often from far and wide and this week from Sheffield, Coventry and Haywards Heath. And it is the pre-run brief when, thankfully occasionally, we can deliver more difficult messages (like the parking offender from a few months back).

It lasts just a couple of minutes, and if only out of respect for the fellow parkrunners, we ask for quiet so that all can hear it. Now, we realise that those reading this run report will most likely be our fabulous regulars - the Rushcliffe parkrun ‘massive’ (yes, I have just had to use Google to check that was the right word) – and we would like to enlist your help at 9am on a Saturday. Firstly by listening attentively to the pre-run brief, but also to use your powers of persuasion with a short sharp ‘sssshhhhhh’ when required, encouraging those around you to listen too. I hope that is OK?

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Not a lot more to say about this week. I’ll finish where I started. What a fabulous parkrun!!!! So good, we look forward to doing it again next week.

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