Rushcliffe parkrun Run Report – 8th June 2019 Event No. 350


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.....


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 if the excitement of the unpredictable weather isn't appealing enough to encourage you to volunteer then maybe the possibility of being at one with the animals might just swing it!!

See you at Event number 351!


Run report for June 1st – volunteering is better than biology revision!

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.)

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!

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.



Run report for May 25th – Rosa likes bossing around her friends

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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 ( - don’t be put off by the Broxtowe link, it really is for Rushcliffe park.


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

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!

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!

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)!

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.

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 or if you have any questions please email

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!