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

 

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.

 

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

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