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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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.
Rosa Meredith
(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

Trying on some new shoes
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 April 20th – Thank you parkrun for changing my life at 70!

It’s Easter Saturday. It’s a beautiful sunny morning and I have just completed my
100th parkrun, my 93rd at Rushcliffe. I am Alan Howe [VM70-74] and I have been
invited to write the run report to commemorate my milestone.
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First, I would like to congratulate the first male and female finishers; Adam Walker
[VM35-39] ran the distance in 16m 57s and Gabriella Sutton [JW11-14] finished in
21m 03s. I also wish to congratulate everyone who achieved a personal milestone
today. William Cranton, Joanna Dubbin and Richard Hammond all joined the 100
Club; whilst Philip Brewin, Nic Jepson, Henry Meadows, Michael McHardy, Tony
McKay, Mark Pollard, Vikki Thomas and Russell Tiffin all completed their 50th runs.
Congratulations to you all.

parkrun is now a global phenomenon with courses in 21 countries. As we know it is
one huge family and we are made welcome wherever we run. So, it was a massive
honour for Rushcliffe to welcome tourists today from San Diego, California and New
Zealand.

I first discovered parkrun in 2015. My son, Ian and my grandson, Owen were
regulars and I went along to take some photos for the family album. The
atmosphere was fantastic, very supportive with every runner being given huge
encouragement. I had just turned 70 and was looking for a way to keep fit. I was
hopeless at sport at school and had given sport a wide berth throughout my adult
life. So, I astonished my family when I announced that I was going to give parkrun a
go. I needed a target to aim for. At that time, Ian and Owen’s run times were around
22m 30s so I doubled it and declared that I would complete the course in 45
minutes! Here I am with Ian, who was today’s Run Director.

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Throughout the following week I psyched myself up in preparation for the big
challenge. Nothing was going to stop me! That was until I began walking from the
car park to the start when I suddenly had second thoughts; “What am I letting myself
in for?” But I took a deep breath and convinced myself to give it a go and to my
great astonishment I completed the course in 39m 53s and finished 252 out of a
field of 266. [Compare that to the 529 runners who turned out today.]
Encouraged by shouts from the marshals and other runners I kept going and when I
reached the home straight there was an explosion of sound that made me feel like
an Olympic champion!

As soon as I got my breath back, I decided that I would give it another go the next
week, when I took just 39m 11s - and then I was hooked. Over the months and
years that followed I reduced my time to 34m 47s. I achieved this almost exactly a
year ago. As I have grown older it has become increasingly more difficult for me to
reduce my times and I started to console myself that only challenge left was to
improve my “Age Gradings”. That was until today when I astonished both myself
and my family when I clocked a time of just 34m 33s – knocking a massive 14
seconds off my personal best! And it was all thanks to the encouragement I
received around the course from fellow back markers and the marshals that drove
me on. There is enormous camaraderie among the back markers, supporting each
other, making sure that no one is in difficulty and that we all finish but today it was all
about egging me on to get that PB!

I must confess that I am now a fair-weather runner. That’s why it has taken me
three and half years to complete my 100 runs. The weather has only caught me out
twice. A few weeks ago, we set off in glorious sunshine. But by the time I was half
way round the first lap – it started to rain - gently at first - so I decided to continue
and complete the run. But when I was half way round the second lap – at the
farthest point from cover – the skies opened up and we were lashed by huge
hailstones.

At my over-65s annual health check I declared to the nurse that I had taken up
parkrunning. She found it hard to conceal her surprise. You do not have to wait until
you are over 70 to discover parkrun. If you have family or friends, who want to
improve their fitness then I suggest they give parkrun a go. But if the thought of
running 5 kilometres is too daunting for them then they should check-out a “couch-
to-5k” course which starts with gentle exercises and culminates in a parkrun three
months later. You never know they might get hooked, just like me. I can assure you
they will never look back.

Two things stand out for me about parkrun. They are the culture to help others and
the extremely friendly atmosphere. I have made so many friends through parkrun.
Before one of my early runs, I spotted a face in the crowd that I recognised. I went
over and called out “Hello. How are you?” before I realised who it was and blurted
out “Oh! You’re famous! You’re on the telly!” for which I received a huge smile and a
nod of the head. We are now really good friends.

I hope my story might inspire others who are looking for ways to improve their health
and fitness, because if I can do it, anyone can!
Despite being a few weeks short of my 74 th birthday I have no intention of hanging
up my trainers up just yet. Whilst I continue to enjoy good health, I intend to carry on
running each week, well at least when the sun is shining!

After my run today there was one more surprise waiting for me in the Visitor Centre.
Lauren Johnson had very kindly baked the most delectable fairy cakes to celebrate
my milestone. I was deeply touched by her thought and generosity. The cakes were
decorated in the colours of my favourite football team, Tottenham Hotspur. I was
brought up within 4 miles of their White Hart Lane ground and can still remember
vividly standing on the terraces during their golden days in the early 1960s.
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I will end my report by thanking this week’s volunteers. They all played their part in
making my landmark run so special.
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Jennifer AITCHISON, Lisa DICKINSON, Adrian FURLONGER, Geoff HARDY, Karen HARRISON, Bill HAWLEY, Hilary HAWLEY, Alan HOWE, Ian HOWE, Lynne KELLOW, Kayleigh LOFFHAGEN, Mike MACDONALD, Rosa MEREDITH, Christine OLDFIELD, John OLDFIELD, Kirsty PARNABY, Natalie Anne PEARSON, Polly PICKARD-BRACE, Martin PILBIN, Alison POVER, Elaine SELLER, Ethan SOSIN, Kath SOSIN, Aimee THOMAS, Jo THOMAS, Marc THOMAS, Keith WENBORN, Darren WILLIAMS, James WOOD, Tilly WOOD

I also want to thank the core team who work so hard in the background to make
parkrun possible; and to the other runners for their continual support and
encouragement. Thanks must also go to Rushcliffe Country Park for allowing to use
their facilities every week and to the park rangers for always making us feel so
welcome. And finally, thank you parkrun for changing my life so positively at the age
of 70!

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I shall now wear my new black T-shirt with immense pride as I make my way to the
next important milestone!

 

Rushcliffe parkrun Run Report – Event No. 342 – 13th April 2019

Fancy a bit of parkrun tourism?

This week 459 of you enjoyed a wonderful run or walk through the lovely Rushcliffe Country Park. There was the usual mix of regulars, tourists including one from Blackburn who had travelled down to watch Blackburn take on Forest later that day, but had started the day with a parkrun. There were also people visiting from other parkruns (“parkrun tourists” more about this later) and there were a number of first timers to parkrun. There was a wonderful atmosphere throughout and really positive comments from volunteers, runners and walkers alike. It was great to hear.

This week’s volunteers were all brilliant and coped with all the roles really well. It was encouraging to see a real mix of volunteers including regulars, first time volunteers and the brilliant band of Duke of Edinburgh youngsters who support Rushcliffe parkrun positively, always with a smile on their faces. I’m not sure I had the confidence to do what they do each week when I was their age!

There were 87 impressive P/Bs (personal bests) this week, so the cool and dry conditions seemed to work its magic.

Some special milestones too - Edith ran her 50th parkrun and managed it before turning 10! Yvonne ran her 100th with daughter Lorna who was celebrating her 30th birthday and 10 year old Natalie ran her 150th parkrun - congratulations all!

As always it was a pleasure to be part of the wonderful Rushcliffe parkrun and I hope you all enjoyed it.

Now back to parkrun tourists. For some people running their local parkrun each week is their preferred option, for others (parkrun tourists) they prefer visiting different parkruns each week.
I’m somewhere in between, I love running Rushcliffe, but also like to try out different parkruns occasionally, especially if I’m visiting other parts of the UK.
This got me thinking; I wonder how many people have run all the parkruns in Nottinghamshire? At the latest count I believe there are 12. I have tried them all so I thought I would add a very short summary of each one, just in case you fancy a change and want to try something a little different any time.
I would stress, this is from my ever reducing memory, so my apologies if some of this is wrong or has changed.

Beeston – a single lap with an out and back (a bit like the shape of a letter P). It is very quick and flat, following parts of the canal and river Trent. It has some lovely views. I do remember it being muddy in patches so maybe one for dryer times of the year. There are toilets near the start, a great café near the weir that many of the runners head to afterwards and I seem to remember it was excellent value and discounted if you show your barcode.
Newark – a three lap course that includes a stretch along the river, through a forested area and around football pitches. It does have a few steps to navigate at the end of the forested area so probably not ideal for buggies. Fairly flat and quick, with some sections on grass. Another one with a great café afterwards and very easy parking. It has toilets near the start.
Bestwood Village – An absolute beast but if you love hills it’s a must. It’s well worth a visit because some of the old forest is lovely and there is some great scenery but if you are after a PB, it’s a no go. I don’t think there are toilets at this parkrun which may put some of you off. However, the start and finish is along-side the historic pit winding wheel and I personally loved everything about it. There is great history about Nottinghamshire mining in the area and this is detailed near the start. There is a lovely little café run by volunteers at the finish and I seem to recall everything was 50p and the cakes were fantastic. There is a little free car park near the start but plenty of parking in the area.
Forest Rec – Another one with hills. It’s a two lap course with some great ups and downs. It’s on the Goose Fair site in the centre of Nottingham but there is loads of parking available next door at the park and ride, or you can hop on a tram that stops right there. I’ve only run it at Christmas (they always do a Christmas Day parkrun special) so I’ve never visited the café. I seem to think there are toilets near the start.
Gedling – The third one with hills. In my opinion it is slightly harder than Forest Rec but not as hard as Bestwood Village. It’s a figure of 8 course and one of my favourites in Nottinghamshire. If you do it on a clear day the views from the tops of the hills are wonderful but it’s not a P/B course. There is a great kiddie’s play park, centre with a café and toilets all located right near the start/finish area. There are also loads of free parking places available.
Colwick – I believe this was the first parkrun in Notts and is the most established. It’s flat with a mix of tarmac and paths, with a lovely stretch through the tress. It includes 1 lap of the bigger lake and 2 laps of the smaller lake with the water always on your right. It’s flat and quick but has some muddy sections, especially in the winter months. I believe there is a great café (or its close nearby) but I’m afraid I’ve not been to it so cannot report on this one. There are toilets reasonably near the start.
Mansfield – One of a quieter parkruns that get about 80 runners each week. I absolutely love Mansfield but it’s hard to explain why, its three laps of a square shaped park that is very flat and very quick with free parking right near the start. There is little else there, no café or toilets (that I can remember anyway) but the locals and core team are fantastic and made you feel extremely welcome.
Sherwood Pines – This is about 5 miles from Mansfield and is in complete contrast. It’s a single loop course through the beautiful pines. It’s a little undulating all on tracks through the forest. It’s a fabulous parkrun that attracts loads of visitors and loads of runners with dogs. Another one with a great café, loads of toilets and loads of parking. I think you have to pay for parking but it is discounted with your barcode. Its arguably one of the most picturesque parkruns in Nottinghamshire.
Clumber Park – Two laps through Clumber Park (it starts near the cricket pitch). I always find it hard because it appears flat, but I don’t think it is. There is a great stretch running through the forest before turning right and you then follow along-side the lake. Great facilities and loads of free parking, if you display your parkrun barcode. It does get a little muddy in the winter months. Toilets are right near the start.
Brierley Forest – North Notts near Junction 28 of the M1. It’s one of the most northerly parkruns in Nottinghamshire. It’s an undulating two lap course through lovely old forest. To be honest, I cannot remember much about it as I got totally lost on the way and only found the start as everyone was setting off, having parked about 3 miles from where I was supposed to be (this was totally my fault). I guess there are facilities and a café, but I spent more time being directed back to my abandoned car but the wonderful core team, so I’m not sure!
Clifton – The newest and the nearest to Rushcliffe, set up by Scott Cawthan previously a Rushcliffe regular. It’s a fantastic flat run, two and a half laps all on grass. It sounds easy, but it’s certainly is not. The ground is a little uneven in places and look out for the mole hills or the “mountains of Clifton” as I’ve heard them referred to by the wonderfully welcoming core team. It is definitely worth a visit; there are toilets near the start and afterwards you all head into the nearby building for a coffee and a good old chat. Sadly, it doesn’t get many runners or walkers each week so if you are after your best ever parkrun finish position, head to Clifton.
Rushcliffe – I’m biased, and you all know it as you run it most weeks, so you know how great it is!
I really think it’s safe to say, we really are spoilt in Notts and each parkrun offers something a little different but each one is great in its own way.
I hope that gives you a few ideas if you do fancy a change of scene anytime, if not, we will see you again at Rushcliffe very soon!
Until next week, happy running.
Ian

We would like to also say a huge thank you to British Gypsum, East Leake Works for their very generous donation of a First Aid Kit - a necessity we hope we never need! Thanks to Lindy for arranging this and presenting it to us yesterday (Lindy is a Rushcliffe stalwart, both running and a very regular volunteer who has also dabbled in a spot of tourism on 2 occasions!)
Lindy

 

Rushcliffe parkrun – Event No. 341 – 6th April 2019

And they’re off

Okay, I hold my hooves up...

I’ve leapt for probably the most obvious theme for this weekend’s parkrun report. But it was either this or the Boat Race. And at least the Grand National’s contested on dry land!

It was predestined, anyway: as early as Friday evening, when this was the scene I witnessed at St Pancras station:

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Overeager runners, waiting at the starting gates to get the jump on other passengers in a fairly pointless bid to be first to secure a seat.

I’m glad to report that, as usual and expected, there was no such competitiveness at parkrun. But it’s easy to see other parallels with Aintree’s big race nonetheless.

The stewards were out early, preparing and inspecting the course. And, with the sun shining (at least at first) the going was firm. Perfect parkrun conditions.

This week’s was, once again, a popular fixture. While the National managed a paltry 40 runners, the Rushcliffe paddock was heaving with 436: all well turned out and with the conformation of thoroughbreds, of course!

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The line-up at the starting gates was as colourful as any jockey’s getup. And those chomping at the bit to be off would have been pleased to hear that, against all odds, there were no milestone runs this week.

There were a couple of outsiders, though (we prefer to call them tourists or visitors) – from Kingsbury and South Norwood – who hopefully, along with the 20 green runners (first timers) this week, felt the friendly Rushcliffe welcome.

Under starters orders, the field was quickly out of the gates. With no fences for the field to fall at, bookies’ favourite Not Breaking A Sweat soon established a lead – but with I See You Sunshine hot on his hooves.

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In the next cluster, Steady Does It led Neon Dazzler from Grin And Bear It down the back straight, while Positively Puffed, Not Giving Up Lightly and Nordic entry Stick It To ‘Em rounded off the field. This being a Saturday morning there was a good chance at least one of the runners was Nursing A Hangover too!

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Well done to Tom Vickery, who galloped round, finished first with a time of 16:50 and seemed barely out of breath when I scanned his barcode. Impressive stuff.

It was great to see so many get the bit between their teeth and find good turn of foot in the home stretch. There were a massive 63 personal bests, which is fantastic. There’s a full list, including our first timers and volunteers, at the end of this report. Well done all!

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To add to the excitement, there was a little drama with timekeeping at the finishing post, with several family members finishing within a nose and one lady even (somehow) crossing the line with a bike!

A challenging period of the run for timekeepers Kirsty and Martha – and a reminder for those not running not to cross the line, please – but fortunately the safe hands of post-run results whizzes Geoff and Jo meant the times you’ve received are accurate.

Thanks to all of this week’s volunteers for making this week’s event possible. The Grand National may not run for another year, but you can count on the Rushcliffe team to be ready to welcome you again next week. We hope to see you there.

With so much unbridled passion for parkrun, that’s got to be a sure thing.

Darren

Personal bests: Catherine BANCROFT, Andy BAKER, Victoria BAKER, Kevin BELL, Alan BEVAN, Stephanie BINGHAM, Freya BLAKEN, Sophie BLAKEN, Norah BLAKEN, Rebecca BURGESS, Bekki CARRE, Sheridan CHILVERS, Michelle CHRISTIAN, Philip CHRITCHLOW, Hannah COLLEDGE, Alison DAVIES, Lucy DYER, Stuart DYKES, Rosemary GADD, Sam EVANS, James GANE, Patrina HAKER, Madeline HARRISON, Jonathan HARTE, Richard HATHERALL, Gary HENNESSY, Matilda HIRD, Denise HOOLEY, Matthew HOYLAND, Alana KERR, Tracey LAMBERT, Jill LANGRIDGE, Kate LEWIS, Jenny MARSHALL, Tim MARTIN, Michael MCHARDY, Michelle MCKENZIE, Beth MCMURCHIE, Stuart NASH, Sarah NEEDHAM, Ben NEWTH, Sarah PARTRIDGE, Amanda PEARSON, Geoff PENNINGTON, Lorna PILBIN, Claire PINK, Lizzie POWELL, Andrew RUSHBURY, Langdon SALE, Claire SAUL, Justin SMITH, Philip SPICK, Shaun TUHEY, Christian WOODYATT, Cody WOODYATT, Finn WOODYATT, Rachel THIRD, Trudy TUFFIN, Brandon TUHEY, Matthew VINCENT, Ian WIDDOWSON, Rikki WILKS, Tim WONG

First timers: Kate ALLARDYCE, Jess ALLARDYCE, Jessica ALI, Joseph ALI, Thomas BARKLEY, Kyle BLACK, Luke ATKINSON, Ashley CARDEN, Trina CHAMBERS-MASON, Grace COWLEY, Lisa FISHER, Lucy FOWLIE, Lucy GOSSAGE, Jenny GRIFFITHS, Rebecca HALL, Jenny HARDING, Oscar HENSLEY, Amy HILLARIOUS, John HOUGH, Helen JONES, Elizabeth KAY, Gillian LLOYD, Greg LLOYD, Elizabeth MCDERMOTT, Mary MOONEY, William MONK, John NOONAN, Helena RANKIN, Rebecca RICHARDSON, Lucy SMITH, Wendy SPENCER, Kevin STIGWOOD, Martin THOMAS, Jacqueline TIERNEY, Aden WALKER, Ellie WALSH, Samantha WATSON, Jordan WILKEY, Fergus WILLS, Ryan YOUNG

Volunteers: Martha BEVAN, Sam COLLIS, Emma FIELDING, Geoff HARDY, Toni HARPER, Roy HAYWOOD, Mike HIRD, Lynne KELLOW, Jackie KEY, Kayleigh LOFFHAGEN, Mike MACDONALD, Lindsey MARSHALL, Rosa MEREDITH, Michael MILLER, Nik NETTLESHIP, Kirsty PARNABY, Luke RISING, Marc THOMAS, Paul THOMAS, Jo THOMAS, Kieran TOWERS, Andy WALKER, Keith WENBORN, Darren WILLIAMS

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