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.

 

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

 

Run report for May 4th – pacers, graduates and 612 parkrunners

A gloriously sunny, cool and crisp morning greeted us for Rushcliffe parkrun #345. First things first though, congratulations to uber-volunteer Lynne Kellow, here being presented with a well deserved bottle of wine for her 100th volunteer stint. A remarkable effort in any circumstances, but made ridiculously impressive by the fact that it took her only 101 weeks since her first time at Rushcliffe to clock up the milestone. The “missed” week being the one and only time that she has actually run the course. Thank you Lynne!

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In addition to Lynne and the usual band of volunteers, also helping out were a crack squad of pacers from Holme Pierrepont Running Club, here to promote our club in general, and the Grand Prix series of races in particular. We are a mixed ability and friendly club that meet at the National Water Sports Centre on Mondays and Thursdays evenings at 6.45. Many of us are at Rushcliffe most weeks so if you are interested in coming down and trying a run with us on a club night ask the parkrun team to point us out to answer any queries (also at https://hprcrun.co.uk/ and on facebook).

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The Grand Prix is a series of 4 races over two weeks on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings at the end of June / beginning of July at venues around Nottingham. Details on the flyer below and at https://hprcrun.co.uk/gp/. Enter any or all of the races, we would be delighted to see some Rushcliffe parkrunners on the start list.

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The 5k at the Victoria Embankment is especially notable for being a blazingly fast course, which, I would estimate is something like 20 to 40 seconds faster than here at Rushcliffe due to it being perfectly flat and all on tarmac. So, if our pacers didn’t help you get a PB this weekend you would have a great chance there, plus many people find it easier to run a bit quicker in the evenings than at 9 o’clock in the morning.

Right then, to business!

A combination of the weather, the pacers and a couch-to-5k graduation event by Nottingham Women Runners made for the second highest ever attendance of 612 runners at Rushcliffe. Beaten only by the Christmas Eve event in 2016 – that was the one that broke the timers and caused the finish funnel to be re-designed, but this time the volunteers were well prepared. Of those 612, an impressive 89 were first timers, and an amazing 105 recorded PBs. I don’t know if that is a PB record, but I reckon that it has got to be close so well done everyone.

The pacers all really enjoyed themselves, and I’ll rally the HP troops to do it again later in the year. To prove the point here’s 19 minute Michael larking about with a lightsabre on May the 4th, while running really quite quickly. At the less furious end of proceedings below is Jess leading a merry band on the 35 minute train, look how much fun they are all having!

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612 parkrunners? No problem - managed brilliantly by Chris and his magnificent team of volunteers. Thank you one and all.

Will Meredith (Mr 29 minutes)

 

Run report for April 27th – a special milestone or two

365 people ran, jogged or walked the course this week in the face of a howling, cold gale and occasional drizzle, the edge of storm Hannah. Despite the less than clement conditions we still had 43 first timers, which included tourists from far flung and exotic locations such as Selby, Bristol, Workington, Ipswich and Lancaster. When the results came out I was expecting there to be very few PBs, but astonishingly there were 39 – well done to each and every one of you.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers, many of whom (including me) were in multiple layers to fight the cold. A warm thank you to:

Rhisiart JARMAN-HARRIS • John OLDFIELD • Geoff HARDY • Christine OLDFIELD • John HESS • Emma WOOD • Ian HOWE • Rosa MEREDITH • Natalie Anne PEARSON • Andy WALKER • Alison POVER • Jonathan LAMLEY • John ROBERTSON • Philip BREWIN • Naomi WALTERS • Imogen LITCHFIELD • Charlie LITCHFIELD • Marc THOMAS • Jo THOMAS • Stan STANTON • Lynne KELLOW • Roshan SINGH • Paul VICKERS • Sam JAMIESON • Tilly WOOD • Dylan SAMRAI • Kayleigh LOFFHAGEN • James WILKINS • Polly PICKARD-BRACE

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This week we were celebrating Hilary and Bill Hawley reaching 100 parkruns. Hilary and Bill can be seen each week out on the course with their nordic walking poles, but they are also active each week in the Education Centre afterwards helping with washing and tidying up. Congratulations and thanks to both, and here’s a picture of them crossing the finishing line:

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The other star of the week was Lisa Dickinson. Lisa has been co-event director at Rushcliffe for all of its 7 years, demonstrating outstanding commitment, dedication and an unending willingness to help others. Well today she was completing her 50th run, for which she earns a ‘parkrun 50’ t-shirt….although rather suspiciously she already seemed to be wearing one! Here’s a photo of Lisa 'flying' as she crossed the finish line, and there’s also a video of run director Geoff’s tribute to Lisa during the pre-run brief on the visitor page of the Rushcliffe parkrun facebook page. It is quite possible that we will be waiting another 7 years for Lisa to get to 100 parkruns; I wonder how many of us will be there for that?

Speaking of which, this weekend marked my 5th parkrun birthday. On my first run (26 April 2014) there were (just) 179 finishers and 11 volunteers. Can you guess how many runners ran both that day and today? Well, I looked it up and there were 22. They were: Chris Lomas, Chris Neale, Christine Oldfield, David Knights, David Sanders, Duncan Martindale, Gill Haywood, Iain Colville, Ian Howe, Ian Machan, Ian Warren, Jancy Stuttard, John Oldfield, Jonathan Cross, Jonathan Shewell-Cooper, Kate Coppinger, Katherine Wilson, Louise Platts, Simon Ross, Steve Robb, Steven Mitchell and Stuart Nicholson. Geoff Hardy was event director on both occasions and the other volunteer in common was Natalie Pearson.

parkrun is like any community; some people are always there, some stay for a while and move on, and some people pass through occasionally or just once. I’m rarely at Rushcliffe these days as I am a committed (and some might say obsessive…) parkrun tourist, but every time I come back there are always familiar and non-familiar faces who help to make it a special occasion.

See you again soon.

Jonathan

 

Run report for March 23rd – voluntourism, or not actually.

I thought ‘voluntourism’ was a new word created recently within the world of parkrun, having seen it appear several times, over the last few weeks, on various websites and facebook groups. But it turns out it has been around for nearly 30 years – even well before those 13 intrepid pioneers set off in Bushy Park for that very first parkrun in October 2004. It was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 1990 with the definition ‘a form of tourism in which travellers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity. At the core of voluntourism is the desire to help others'.

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We thought we were experiencing our own voluntourism this week as the roster filled with parkrunners whose home venues were as far afield as Aberdeen, Stockton-on Tees, Bedford, Redditch and Devon. Eventually our interest was piqued and we asked the question to discover that although they live in those distant places , they are currently studying at the Sutton Bonington campus of Nottingham University and are all members of the running club there and thought they would volunteer as a group one Saturday rather than run. Still voluntourism of sorts, but not quite as we anticipated originally. They did a magnificent job, as did the rest of the team, which meant the results were processed in double quick time (Whilst I don’t like to boast, they were all processed by 10.22am. Not a PB, but definitely my best time for the current year.)

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It is probably a sign of our maturity as a parkrun that we have so many milestones to celebrate each week, and this Saturday we had more than most with 100th parkruns from Graham Hardy (pictured above) and Phillippa Dalton. Graham is not a tourist by any stretch of the definition having completed all 100 parkruns at Rushcliffe. 50th parkruns were achieved by Jeremy Griffiths (pictured below), Daniel Giles, Matthew Blain, David Evans, Chris Rockliffe and Peta Jarvis. Daniel celebrated by being first finisher, and David and Peta marked the occasion with PB’s – especially impressive for Peta given that it was the morning after her previous days 18th birthday.
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It was a glorious sunny Saturday in the park. We had 415 parkrunners, of which 91 achieved PB’s, 21 were doing their first ever parkrun and tourists from Chelmsford and Brighton joined us - and extra special high-fives were handed out to everyone as they passed the halfway point.

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Run report for March 9th – four seasons in one hour!

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They say you should visit Scotland to be able to ‘enjoy’ all four seasons in one day. Well, we beat that on Saturday with pretty much every option of weather in less than an hour. Sunshine, wind, driving rain, the wind getting even stronger, driving freezing rain and finally we finished on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning – wearing soaking, freezing clothes.

Normally when the weather is as bad as it was we concentrate the run report on the amazing volunteers, and how wonderful they were to do such a fantastic job in appalling conditions – and they did – but as I took the opportunity to have a run, (and as the run report writer I am happy to make it ‘all about me’) I thought I would re-live those 15 minutes when the back straight changed from dodging the puddles on the first lap to a beige river flowing back towards the lake. All caused by driving, freezing rain that was genuinely hurting as it hit against my face. And that wind? Is it me, or have we had a windy winter? We used to comment on the wind, and now it seems to be there every week, and not just when you turn left at the dog agility park.

When we finished (or when I finished, remember, it is all about me), only just over 30 minutes after we had set off, the sun was shining bright and set for a lovely Saturday morning, except I couldn’t see a thing through my steamed up glasses and I was wearing soaking clothing and needed to get home and changed as soon as possible. And what about the hair? Admittedly not a big issue for me, but anyone with a fringe appeared to be auditioning for the shaggy dog competition at Crufts!

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Some contended that it was the worst weather we had experienced for a Rushcliffe parkrun. I am not sure, we have a few to consider now and I still think New Years Day in 2016 will never be ‘beaten’ – thank goodness.

The volunteers were magnificent and we know how much they were appreciated. Our Saturday morning facebook post generated much love and positive comment for our high viz heros – even more than normal!

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One of this week’s volunteers was Scarlet. Scarlet is doing her bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and it was her 13th, and final, stint on the team. We asked her to pen a few words on her experience and here they are.

Last Saturday’s parkrun was my final week to volunteer and although at first I thought it would be more of a chore that I would force my self to wake up for early every Saturday morning, it ended as being more of going to see friends for a few hours type of thing. As the weeks progressed I felt like I have made friends with everyone there and it feels like everyone at parkrun has a friendship sort of bond with each other as well.

Sadly the winter weather, which we all thought was behind us, is back again and bringing a lot of rain too! Although after around 15 minutes of pure wind and rainfall the sun finally crept out to dry off my incredibly muddy jeans! For some reason I always seem to get my trousers muddy and I never realise until someone has pointed it out. Saturday was one of the worst, because of how wet it was and also how muddy Rushcliffe country park is usually! Hopefully the weather will go back to warm, and summer will come around soon, and well done to all of the runners who took part because I could not wake up to run in that weather!

Thank you Scarlet. We are pleased that volunteering at parkrun didn’t turn out to be the chore you expected and that you have made many friends.

Is this a good time to talk about volunteering? As we often tell you we are very fortunate at Rushcliffe parkrun to have a sizeable core of regular volunteers, boosted by up to 6 D of E students for most of the time. The exception are the summer months when the current crop of ‘D of Eers’ have completed their experience and we await the new ones starting in September. You will notice the roster looking emptier than normal over the next few weeks and would be delighted to hear from you if you can help out. You can keep an eye on the roster via this link and email Rushcliffe@parkrun.com to let us know when you are available. More information is available on our webpage. (Just click HERE).

I will leave you with one more link - the one to the permeant barcodes. Undoubtedly the best way to avoid soaking, unreadable paper ones that risk you not appearing in the results despite all that effort in atrocious conditions.

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Run report for February 23rd – Victor without his hat!

Finally it seems that the winter is completely behind us as the sun came out on a beautiful Saturday morning. For me this is a reason to celebrate as handing out tokens in the freezing cold is not fun!

The people most grateful for the beautiful weather are probably the volunteers who did a great job marshalling, timing and scanning 445 of you.

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55 of which were first timers, including some previous DofE volunteers who've decided to try their hand at running the course, hopefully the nice weather will encourage you all to come back next week. This included Victor who the regular parkrunners may not recognise in the above photo, even though he has been at parkrun for the last 6 months - we think this is the first time, after 26 weeks of volunteering, that we have seen him without his hat. Fabulous running style Victor!!

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Another 77 of you achieved PBs, well done to you all and especially Darren, another of our regular volunteers (pictured above, in the centre, blue shorts, looking focused). He is showing the benefit of his weekly parkrun with his 10th PB of the last 12 months. This time taking 1 minute 20m seconds off his previous record and almost breaking the 24 minute mark. Darren often writes our run reports, maybe next time he can share what he has for breakfast? We all want what he is having.

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Another thing to celebrate are the milestones. Unofficial 200th were achieved by Tracey Clay (pictured in her usual shy and retiring style!) - 195 of them at Rushcliffe, and David Knights - 188 at Rushcliffe. Craig Hill and Martin Winfield completed their 50th parkruns.

Finally thank you to this week's hi-viz heroes who made sure the morning went with out a hitch.

Rosa
Silver DofE volunteer

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