Today Karen Harrison ran a milestone parkrun. Karen ran her 81st Rushcliffe parkrun and her 89th parkrun in total!!

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Whilst it is not the standard parkrun milestones of 50, 100 or 250 runs that are celebrated by all on a Saturday morning and for which you get a lovely t-shirt, this is a much more significant and personal milestone for Karen. This is Karen's first parkrun after beating breast cancer!!
 
There is so much more to parkrun than just running 5K on a Saturday morning and trying with all of your might (if you are anything like me) to achieve a PB on a Saturday morning in all weathers!  It's all about the people that you meet, the banter with fellow runners, the quick chats before and after the run and even during, if you have the breath. The encouragement you receive from both runners and supporters alike, thanking the volunteers as you run round and for me the making of some lovely friends.

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I first met Karen on 20th Sept 2014. I know this fact as it was my very first parkrun. A friend introduced me to Karen at the start line. Karen told me how many parkruns she had completed how much she enjoyed taking part, how she had had got involved in the first place and encouraged me to come back the next week. Her enthusiasm obviously rubbed off on me, I turned up the following week and that's where our amazing friendship started. 
 
Since then, as 'running buddies' we have completed a number of 10K's and even completed our very first half marathon, The 2016 Robin Hood Half Marathon. We have celebrated parkrun PB's especially when Karen achieved a sub 30 minute PB in October 2016. I personally could not achieved any of this without Karen and for that I would like to say 'thank you'!'
 
Only a few weeks after completing the 2016  Robin Hood Half Marathon, Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer.
 
Now for most people their world would have come crashing down around them, but Karen was never going to let that happen. She made her mind up that this was purely 'an inconvenience for possibly 12 months' and that she would get through it. It was as simple as that!
 
Karen didn't make a fuss, she didn't want any attention. Amazingly, she carried on parkrunning even when she started having the treatment, because for an hour or so on a Saturday she was back into her normal routine again as she ran 5k, caught up with her friends and chatted over a cuppa, oh and one or two biscuits ! Even after Christmas when Karen wasn't well enough to run, she still came along most Saturdays to support and encourage Nigel and her friends, always looking a million dollars and with a beaming big smile.  Karen has truly amazed us all with her positivity, her amazing attitude and most of all her brilliant sense of humour throughout all of this.  

Karen is now into the final stages of her treatment and at a recent visit to the doctor she was given the news she that has been waiting for, the cancer has gone!!!  One of the first things the doctor told her was that she could start running again! I don't think 'over the moon' even begins to describe how Karen felt hearing that.
Well today was that day, Karen has started running again! Karen's 89th parkrun is clearly her most significant parkrun milestone and a milestone that was well worth sharing with her fellow Rushcliffe parkrun friends.  
My running buddy is back !

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Thanks
Diane

 

CLOTHES Bags – the clue is in the name.

The decision to separate the start and finish was a considered and long thought out process and we think it's working rather well.

But there is one thing that's causing an issue for the volunteer team every week and will only get worse once the Autumn and Winter months are upon us.

Our CLOTHES BAGS - and the clue really is in the name!

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These bags have been provided for your light layers of clothing.

They are not for any kind of bag of any description - no carriers bags, draw string bags, ruck sacks, and no drinks bottles.

A blanket 'no bags' rule makes it clear and not open to interpretation.

We don't have the capacity to take anything other than your light layers of clothing.
The reason for this is very straightforward.
Your bag might be small and not very bulky or heavy.
But multiply your one small bag by 200-300+ small, medium and large bags and we have a problem.
When you have all set off for your 5K jaunt around the park, the start funnel is dismantled and we then transport all our equipment to the finish area. We have approximately 17 minutes to do this (often less!). This would not be possible if we had 300 bags to take as well.

So, please use the clothes bags for their intended purpose and make alternative arrangements if you have to bring anything more substantial – maybe arriving a couple of minutes early to have time to leave anything bulky at the finish, and collect them post run. This seems to work well for many runners, but please note this area is unattended until after the run has started so avoid leaving any valuables. When the colder Saturdays arrive, you will probably bring more 'stuff' and will need to think about where you are going to leave it.
Of course, any item left at the start or finish, including in the clothes bags, is done so entirely at the owners risk.

Any bags left in, or by the trolley will not be taken to the finish and will be left at the start.

The volunteers can then concentrate on their ‘proper jobs’ of timekeeping, barcode scanning, funnel managing, marshalling and tail walking to ensure our parkrunners can enjoy a safe, well managed event.

Thank you for your support.
Your Event Team.

 

Tales of Tourism – Constantia Greenbelt parkrun & Greenpoint parkrun, South Africa

In January I had the privilege of being a parkrun tourist in the Western
Cape whilst on holiday celebrating a milestone birthday in South Africa. It
was truly memorable and I can't recommend highly enough the pleasure of
being a parkrun tourist for the first time outside of Rushcliffe/Beeston.
It was great trying different courses in a different country with a
different January climate and an 8.00 am start time, but with the same
friendly welcome by the local parkrun team along with hundreds of complete
strangers, all with a common Saturday morning goal.

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Start line at Greenpoint parkrun in front of Cape Town Stadium

The Constantia Greenbelt parkrun was a tricky course on the Alphen trail
through woodland and meadow, across wooden bridges over streams, heading
towards or away from stunning mountain views. I attended events #63 and #64
which both broke largest attendance records (711 and 800). The Cape Town
Greenpoint parkrun was flat and largely brick paved passing under traffic
islands, through parkland, alongside the Metropolitan Golf Club with
landmark views of Lion's Head, Signal Hill, Table Mountain, Cape Town
Stadium and the Mouille Point Lighthouse. Last week's event #172 broke
their largest attendance record too at 1142. I don't know how a team of
only 12 volunteers were able to handle such a number of regular runners,
tourists and first timers, but they did. Well done to them.

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The scanning tent at Constantia Greenbelt parkrun

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The finish funnel at Constantia Greenbelt parkrun

I'm delighted to be part of the global parkrun community, which is breaking
records and going from strength to strength every week. It's inspiring when
you think of over 2 million people and counting lining up every Saturday
morning. Congratulations to all parkrunners, tourists, first timers and
volunteers everywhere.

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Christmas and New Year Arrangements

 

The festive season is only a matter of weeks away. Here's how things will look at Rushcliffe.......

Christmas Day at Rushcliffe - NO parkrun

Boxing Day at Rushcliffe - It’s Saturday which is a normal parkrunday

New Years Day at Rushcliffe - parkrun at 10am

January the 2nd -It’s Saturday which is a normal parkrunday

If you are hoping for a spot of tourism make sure you check the  parkrun Christmas Compendium - as teams across the country are starting to declare their intentions and there might just be one up and running wherever you find yourself at Christmas.

Please get in touch at rushcliffehelpers@parkrun.com if you’d like to volunteer at any of the events over the Christmas period (Santa hats and tinsel welcome)..

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prizewinner – October 2015

We are delighted to announce that our final Sweatshop Monthly Prizewinner is David Knights.

David will be a familiar face to most at Rushcliffe. He will be recognised as a regular volunteer, runner and the chap who stands at the finish encouraging his fellow runners across the line after he has finished his own run,

David is a quiet and unstinting support to the Event Team in so many ways. Not least because he actively encourages us to add him to the roster if we are ever short and would always be happy to step up right up to 9am if we needed him to!!

He has 62 runs under his belt and 60 of those have been with us at Rushcliffe.

Photo courtesy of John Oldfield

Thank you for your continued support David. We really do appreciate it and we hope you enjoy your new running shoes.

Our thanks, as always, goes to Sweatshop for the generosity in supplying and fitting the shoes. We would also like to thank Pete, Claire and the team at the Nottingham store for their support over the last 3 years.

The winners have been chosen by the Rushcliffe parkrun event team for a variety of reasons (could be for their volunteering contribution, their commitment to parkrun, overall achievement or any other reason at our discretion).

Your Event Team.

 

 

 

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prizewinner for September

We are delighted to announce that Chris Peaston is our Sweatshop Monthly Prizewinner for September.

Chris is one of those ever present parkrunners/volunteers, running his 55th parkrun back in July (all 55 runs have been at Rushcliffe). Unfortunately, an injury has prevented him from completing run number 56 but Chris clearly needs his 'parkrun fix' on a Saturday and he is currently an ever present volunteer. Volunteering almost every Saturday since picking up the injury, he will have either timed you over the finish line, scanned your barcode or handed you your finish token.

Chris - a big thanks to you. Whilst we have been delighted to have you volunteering every week, we do hope that you are able to enjoy your prize of a pair of running shoes very very soon!

Our thanks, as always, goes to Sweatshop for the generosity in supplying and fitting the shoes.

The winner is chosen by the Rushcliffe parkrun event team for a variety of reasons (could be for their volunteering contribution, their commitment to parkrun, overall achievement or any other reason at our discretion).

Please let us know if there is anyone you consider worthy of being a future monthly prize winner and we will consider all nominations.

Thank you for your support.

Your Event Team.

Photos courtesy of John Oldfield.

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prizewinner for August

We are delighted to announce that Gracie is our Sweatshop Monthly Prizewinner for August.

Many of you will know Gracie as she has featured in both our news and Facebook pages quite a lot over the last few months.

For those who don't, Gracie decided at the beginning of the year that she wanted to help others and raise money for charity. She liked the idea of supporting a lesser known charity and hence the idea for running 150k in 2015 for Cure Rett was born.

It was anticipated that it would take Grace until the winter months to complete her challenge but with tremendous amounts of discipline, determination and support (all of Gracie's runs have needed to be accompanied by an adult as per the parkrun u11 rule), she ran the last 5k of 150  on 22nd August.

Gracie and her support crew.

Here she is finishing with a final sprint!

Most of her runs were completed at Rushcliffe parkrun but she also enjoyed a spot of tourism along the way, taking in Hove Promenade where she enjoyed holding the JW10 course record for a while!

Her efforts have impressed so many people, some so much so that she has inspired them to take up running. During her challenge she still found the time to pop on the high viz and enjoy a spot of volunteering with her Mum.

She ran her 49th run on Saturday so we will soon see her wearing her red 50 t shirt!

Keep up the great running Gracie and we hope you enjoy your new running shoes!

Our thanks, as always, goes to Sweatshop for the generosity in supplying and fitting the shoes.

The winner is chosen by the Rushcliffe parkrun event team for a variety of reasons (could be for their volunteering contribution, their commitment to parkrun, overall achievement or any other reason at our discretion).

Please let us know if there is anyone you consider worthy of being a future monthly prize winner and we will consider all nominations.

Thank you for your support.

Your Event Team.

Photos courtesy of Amelia Hird.

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prizewinner – July 2015

We are delighted to announce that Lottie Davidson is the winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for July 2015.

It's been a real pleasure to watch Lottie's running progress over the last year. Her first run round the park in June 2014 took her 29 minutes and 30 seconds. She’s worked hard as the weeks have passed and her PB now stands at a very impressive 21 minutes and 34 seconds. A great week for Lottie as she was also our first female finisher on Saturday - well done Lottie!!

Lottie celebrated her 50th parkrun on 18th July by volunteering as tail runner with her Mum, Carey (also a regular runner and volunteer)

Keep up the great running Lottie and we hope you enjoy your new running shoes!

Our thanks, as always, goes to Sweatshop for the generosity in supplying and fitting the shoes.

The winner is chosen by the Rushcliffe parkrun event team for a variety of reasons (could be for their volunteering contribution, their commitment to parkrun, overall achievement or any other reason at our discretion).

Please let us know if there is anyone you consider worthy of being a future monthly prize winner and we will consider all nominations.

Thank you for your support.

Your Event Team.

Photos courtesy of John Oldfield.

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner – May 15

Huge congratulations go to our Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for May - Kate Coppinger.

Kate only started running in March last year and has steadily seen her time improve each week. She was delighted to achieve a PB in May, a whole 6 minutes faster than her very first run. She has also gone on to complete five 10ks and is now considering her first half marathon (we say do it Kate!).

Kate's passion for parkrun sees her edging closer to that big 50th run but still finds the time to pop on the hi viz and volunteer - this is what parkrun is all about.

Here are a few words from Kate:-
"No one is more surprised than me  and I wanted to say a very big
thank you. It means such a lot to me and I'm very grateful for
everything park run has brought me - lots of new friends and people to
smile at and chat to and a realisation that actually, I'm ok at
running! See you Saturday and thank you again."

Well done Kate - enjoy the new running shoes and we think there is another PB just around the corner!

Thanks, as always, goes to Sweatshop for their generosity in supplying and fitting the shoes.

The winner is chosen by the Rushcliffe parkrun event team for a variety of reasons (could be for their volunteering contribution, their commitment to parkrun, overall achievement or any other reason at our discretion).

Please let us know if there is anyone you consider worthy of being a future monthly prize winner and we will consider all nominations.

Thank you for your support.

Your Event Team.

Photo courtesy of John Oldfield.

 

 

 

 

Our monthly prize winner for April is Chris Neale

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Sweatshop Monthly Prize for April is Chris Neale.

It is only 15 months since Chris first came to Rushcliffe parkrun, and in that time he has

  • Completed 50 runs – all at Rushcliffe
  • Achieved an impressive 17 PB’s, knocking over 6 minutes off the time of his first run (his PB currently stands at 20.41)
  • Volunteered on 10 occasions, including his recent stint as Run Director

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Chris completing his 50th run on May 9th with another sub 21 minute performance.

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Delivering the pre-run brief during his recent stint as Run Director.

His support of Rushcliffe parkrun – running and volunteering – is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing him in his new pair of running shoes.

And thank you to Pete McConnachie for taking the time to nominate Chris for the monthly prize.

Thanks, as always, goes to Sweatshop for their generosity in supplying and fitting the shoes.

The winner is chosen by the Rushcliffe parkrun event team for a variety of reasons (could be for their volunteering contribution, their commitment to parkrun, overall achievement or any other reason at our discretion).

Please let us know if there is anyone you consider worthy of being a future monthly prize winner and we will consider all nominations.

Thank you for your support.

Your Event Team

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