Rutland Water parkrun – Event Number 145 – 6th October 2018

Well that was a very cold and wet parkrun event, and not many of us were prepared for it!! I for one, (as did other volunteers) thought it would be a good idea to wear jeans and soft shoes, which were considerably heavier to walk in by the end!! It is the first time we saw our numbers drop to a lower level compared to recent months, however, 190 of you still braved the weather.....and that rain came down hard and fast! 21 of you achieved personal bests, and 19 of you came along for the first time, well done to you all!!


Congratulations to Bethan SCAIFE and Ian PARKINSON who both achieved their 50 parkruns milestone and a massive well done to Mike CONNOR who achieved his 100th parkrun!!


Mark POPPLE was first over the line in a time of 17:20, followed by Harrison MILES in a time of 17:56, Samuel HUGHES was third over the line in a time of 18:08. Our first lady over the finish line was a first timer to Rutland Water, Michelle WILLCOCKS in a time of 18:37, coming 7th overall, and also achieved the highest age grade of the event of 79.68%! Well done to you all!!

Our volunteers are the reason parkrun goes ahead every week, and as the colder weather draws in, we need to try and keep our volunteer base up in numbers so we can spread the load over the weeks. If you are injured, resting for a run the next day, or know someone who is too anxious to take part in parkrun as a parkrunner, but would benefit from being involved - volunteering is a great way to get out, make a difference, and does wonders for your mental health and well-being. Volunteers are shown how to do a role on the morning, and are supported by the rest of the volunteer team, no special skills are required. Volunteers also get a free exit parking pass for Rutland Water the day they volunteer! If you can give a small amount of your time one Saturday morning, please email us at or check out our roster to see what role you may like to do, or a date you are free. Who wouldn't want to be part of this lovely lot!


Don't forget it is Rutland Water's 3rd birthday event on Saturday 27th October, we will be THREE! More details to follow, but expect cake, and maybe some dressing up!!

Emma Herd (Run Director on the day)


Rutland Water parkrun – Event number 144 – 29th September 2018

This week we saw 272 of you run, jog and walk our course, along with a number of your four legged friends. A huge welcome to the 21 new parkrunners who came along to take part in parkrun for the first time ever, we hope to see you regularly from now on! Congratulations to the 69 participants who achieved Personal Bests this week!

We had a visit from the Stamford Striders runclub too, in a sea of blue and yellow, many of whom regularly volunteer at Rutland Water parkrun (thank you!)


Both Darren SARGEANT and Geoff JONES achieved their 50 milestone, well done both!! Claim your free T-Shirt when you can!


One of our parkrunners completed the course, then went back to encourage his Mum across the finish line, this was lovely to see!

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Do not miss our 3rd BIRTHDAY EVENT on 27th October!!! We will be 3 years old!




The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Sonia KENDAL • Jessica HAND • Michael (Mike) CONNOR • Paul DAVIDSON • Cheryl ALLIBONE • John GILLIGAN • Clare MORLEY • Susan D FISHER • Debbi ROACH • Emma HERD • Lawrence FRANCIS • Grace DORE • Eleanor BLAND • Liliane COOGAN • Gary KIRK • Charlie NOBLE • Sam JEFFRIES • Andrew KENDAL • Lena MILNER • Laina DUPONT • Lexie MORLEY • Rick BARROW • Elizabeth MEYNELL • Philippa BALL • Joseph MARTIN • Bex KEY • Dylan YOUNGS • Sarah BABBS • Joe MARTIN • Frankie MORLEY

We always need volunteers to make parkrun happen each week, please look at our roster to see the gaps that need filling over the next 6 weeks at No training or special skills are required, please do get in touch on email at if you are interested in helping us in the future – WE NEED YOU!




Male placings are as follows:

Mark POPPLE came in first this week in a time of 16:56, closely followed by Jonathan TAYLOR in a time of 18:14. Cameron HARRIS was third over the line in 18:16

Female placings are as follows:
Madeline FRANCIS was our first female across the finish line in 31st position overall, achieving a PB of 21:38. Lucy OWEN was second over the line in 21:41, 32nd position overall. Sarah SHARP was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:58
The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Martin OWEN (VM55-59) – 81.92% for the time 19:05 (9th overall)

Jim GRANT (VM60-64) – 80.98% for the time 20:09 (15th overall).

Stuart HILL (VM40-44) – 80.95% for the time 18:59 (8th overall)


Rutland Water parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 6,602 participants have completed 27,381 parkruns covering a total distance of 136,905 km, including 5,455 new Personal Bests

Emma Herd (Run Director on the day)



Looking forward to seeing you all on parkrunday, 28th, for our SuperHero Special





Rutland Water Special Visual Impairment (VI) parkrun – 24th March 2018

Rutland Water parkrun is known to many for being a very VI friendly course, being that it is straight out and back, there are no challenging twisty paths, the surface is all tarmac, with very few uneven areas, and we are very welcoming to everyone who wants to get involved.

On Saturday, we held an event to try and raise the profile of how accessible parkrun is for those visually impaired, and to reach out to those who may be interested in being a guide for a VI participant. The day started with meeting those interested at 8am, for a speedy 30 minute introduction to guiding, and some health & safety advice delivered by experienced guide Paul Davidson alongside a couple of VI runners who Paul has been guiding for some years, Netty (Jeanette STEVENS) and Mark (Mark Ellis).
Our expectation and hopes were exceeded by the numbers that turned up, we could barely all fit into the meeting room at the Waterside Café we had booked!!!


Some volunteered to be blindfolded, to give learners a chance to guide, whilst some VI runners volunteered to be guided by the newbies. After the event, we went back to the café for more talking, guidance, and training with Paul, Netty, Mark and chat with other VI Guides who came to support the day!


parkrun HQ and the local paper, (The Stamford Mercury) also visited us to do a bit of filming and photography, and also do interviews with some parkrunners.
We have at least FOUR parkrunners who have declared straight after the event, “I want to guide, let me know if anyone needs a guide and I’ll be there to support”………now that’s amazing! If every parkrun had 4 guides on hand, how incredible that would be!

One of the learning guides who came on the day, Tony Hoare, has written a review of the day from his perspective, which he would love to share with you all.
I think you will agree it is a fantastic read, and we at Rutland Water parkrun are extremely proud of our event, our volunteers and parkrunners.  This review is testament to the hard work everyone put in to make the day a success.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers including VI guides and thank you to our VI runners who came to give our parkrun a go and be brave enough to allow our learning guides to guide them!

Thank you to Paul Davidson for delivering the information in an informative and fun way, and thank you to all you guys for taking an interest and coming along.

Review from Tony:-

"Guiding Mark is a bit like driving an HGV",  says Paul to a roomful of parkrunners at Rutland Water's Waterside Cafe.
Paul is an experienced guide for visually impaired runners - VIs for short - and he's at Rutland Water to help recruit volunteers to do the same for VIs who'd like to run here in the future.
The dozen or so of us listening to Paul are all willing and the idea is that by the time he's finished with us we'll also be able.

Mark and Netty are two of the VIs who've come along to help us learn the ropes. They explain the techniques of holding a tether to guide them and keeping verbal communication going as we tell them about looming obstacles. "Just keep talking," says Netty.

Paul regularly guides both Mark and Netty in parkruns, races and on training runs. That's where his comparison with the HGV comes from - he says that while Netty requires the light touch of driving a Mini, guiding Mark requires the input of a truck.

I've always fancied being an HGV driver so I put my hand up when Paul asks for volunteers to have a go at guiding Mark. I'm one of four to do so, along with Alison, Andy and Kate.  "You can do a kilometre each", says Paul as it gradually dawns on me that a group of us are going to guide Mark on a live parkrun, not a quick spin around the car park in advance of the event.

After being coaxed right to the front of the starting pack for a pre-run photograph, we're off. Kate has the first, hardest stint as we negotiate the early cluster of runners, dogs and buggies, and it's quickly clear that Mark only needs our guidance on where to put his feet. The man has the running strength of a charging bull.

Our group of five hits the 1km mark in a shade over five minutes - my fastest ever start to a parkrun. It's clear this isn't going to be a walk in the park.
We stop and I take over the tether for the second kilometre, surging through the gates that lead us on to the dam section of the Rutland Water course.
It's a fun experience to guide Mark, even if it's a struggle to maintain the pace and retain the power of speech!

Then the call goes out that Alison, who's doing her first parkrun in three years, is finding the pace a little too hot. Mark happily slows down to keep us all together and I summon the lung capacity to breathe a sigh of relief.

I learn a lot in one kilometre - the awareness needed to spot potential hazards and explain them in a helpful way in plenty of time for the VI to react appropriately. There's also the need to be clear with fellow parkrunners as we overtake them two abreast, while also taking into account runners who may be overtaking us.
It feels a little like driving two cars at once - the extra width is a big factor, but there's the huge bonus of having two engines!

We hit 2km in good time and Alison has recovered well to take her turn as Mark's guide. She slickly steers our group around the turn at Rutland's halfway point and takes us back towards the start. Running back along Rutland Water's dam we cross with the other VIs - Netty, Vicky and Leigh - with their guide runners. Other potential guides are paired up and taking it in turns to run with a blindfold on and guiding their blindfolded partner.

At 3km it's Andy's stint, guiding Mark back through the gate from the dam and on to the homeward stretch. At 4km I get the honour of the final kilometre, taking over Mark's tether in a rolling handover. We're all raw, but we're getting the hang of it. We might be aiding Mark visually, but he is guiding us in every other sense.

As the finish line comes into view I trip over the urge to tell Mark it's within sight, worrying about offending him. I avoid the reference, preferring to talk in distances. As we're 100 metres from the finish we kick for home, crossing the line in 26min 18sec.
After guiding Mark to the barcode readers and back to the Waterside Cafe there's a debrief, where Mark tells me I shouldn't have been worried about saying the finish line was within sight. He suggests we should just speak as we normally would.

Paul, Mark's regular guide, talks to our group again and both Netty and Mark explain how the ability to run with sight loss has changed their lives. They point out that without willing guides they would be unable to run at all. That's why the recruitment drive is on to attract more folks to join in. We're now on a register and VIs can get in touch to see if we're able to guide them at future parkruns.

Taking part in this event has been a privilege. parkrun always makes me feel just a little better at the start of a weekend, but today I feel that bit better again. My first taste of HGV driving has left me wanting more.

If you'd like to find out more about guiding visually impaired runners, please make contact via email to or contact your local parkrun core volunteer team.

Thanks for that write up Tony, and hope you come and visit again soon.

update 27/03/2018

We've had a call from from the Stamford Mercury to say their write up will be in their Friday issue this week, so keep an eye out

The other good news is that the registration form is still available for those that want to make their services as a VI Guide available. Don't forget, even if you do go on the database you still aren't under any obligation to guide if it's not convenient, click here to register......

VI Guide Survey

See you soon,

Rutland Water core team



Run Report Number 112 – 20th January 2018

Weather conditions were still, cold and wet. There were 203 enthusiastic, runners, joggers and walkers from as far afield as Gateshead, Kent, Lincoln and Kettering who took part in the Rutland Water parkrun.


A warm welcome was given to the visiting tourists and the 38 first-timers who all went on to complete the course. In total, some 43 runners achieved a personal best time.

A well earned round of applause was also given to the outgoing Event Director and Rutland Water parkrun founder Manjinder Jagdev in recognition of her services to Rutland Water parkrun.

Notable achievements on the day were from:
Kristopher Russell a first timer from Gateshead was the first athlete to cross the finish line in a time of 17:01.
In second place was Andrew Shackleton from Stamford who completed the course with his dog Woody in a respectable time of 17:56.
The first female athlete to cross the finish line was Hannah Drewett from Stamford who was third overall completing the course in a time of 18:47 just outside of her personal best.
Eight-year old Toby Gaul from Oakham out sprinted dad Richard at the finish to come home in a time of 26:01.


Phil Tobin from North Luffenham put in a strong finish coming home in time of 26:25. Matthew Middleton from Colsterworth finished fast completing the course in a time of 31:44.
Ann Tobin had a good run on the day finishing strong in a time of 33:36 one second outside of her personal best.


A big thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers who pulled together on the day to make things happen and without whom our parkrun event would not be possible.
A special thank you to Liz Makin for processing the results on the day.

Happy park-running!
Lawrence Francis (Run Director on the day)



Run Report Number 91 – 26th August – Naked!

This week was our NAKED parkrun event whereby participants were encouraged to complete the course without their watches!
263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.


A round of applause was given to Andrew KENDAL for achieving his 50th parkrun, well done Andy!


The EGGLETON family visited us from Boston, in fact Richard EGGLETON completed his 91st parkrun at Rutland Water’s 91st parkrun!! They regularly take part with many members of their family (sometimes up to 9 of the family run). Today there was Richard (Dad), Sarah-Jane (Mum), and their son and daughter Matthew and Abigail. Between them, they have completed 453 parkruns!! The family are now on a mission to complete at least one parkrun for every letter of the alphabet, they are now able to tick off the letter R! A good excuse for a holiday to Cape Town when they come to complete the only parkrun beginning with Z (Zandvlei parkrun)!
Charlie WAGSTAFF, aged 13 years old finished first in his age range (6th Overall) in 18:22 whilst also achieving a PB, well done Charlie!!
Male placings include:
Damian CARR (SM30-34) of Coventry Godiva Harriers, was first over the line in 16:45 - first appearance.
Mark POPPLE (SM25-29) of Stamford Striders, was second over the line in 17:51.
Mike Chapman (VM35-39) of Nene Valley Harriers, was third over the line in 17:59 – first appearance.
Female placings include:
Philippa TAYLOR (VW50-54) of Nene Valley Harriers, was first (9th overall) over the line in 18:39.
Sarah CONWAY (SW30-34) of Birchfield Harriers, was second (13th overall) over the line in 19:35 – first appearance
Geraldine LARHAM (VW45-49) of Vegan Runners, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 21:12.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Philippa TAYLOR (VW50-54) – 89.90% for the time 18:39 (9th overall).
Mikki COATES (VW60-64) – 83.20% for the time 23:19 (49th overall).
Andrew JEYES (VM65-69) – 81.72% for the time 21:20 (27th overall).


The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:-



A very special thank you to our first time volunteers, and to all those who keep coming back to volunteer again, we cannot do parkrun without you.
If you’d like to volunteer or shadow any of the roles, do post on our Rutland Water parkrun community page or join our volunteers page. You can also email us at
Rutland Water parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 4,006 participants have completed 13,968 parkruns covering a total distance of 69,840 km, including 3,028 new Personal Bests.

Junior parkrun at Rutland Water
We have the funding and one co-event director for the Junior event. If you are interested in the other co-event director role, we’d love you to contact our gorgeous ambassador, Gordon Pearson, at:

Emma Herd (Run Director on the day)


Run Report Number 85 – 15th July 2017

This week 214 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:-

Richard VINEY • Manjinder JAGDEV • Mark POPPLE • Fergus BARRATT • Liz MAKIN • Jane BATTY • Andy BATTY • Lawrence FRANCIS • Eleanor BLAND • Graham WINSTONE • Paul KEANY • Emily SHARPE • Abigail SHARPE • Stephen Mark KIDD • Ryan HANSON • Sian POWELL • Elizabeth MEYNELL • Heather SHARPE • Ella BENNETT • Erin BENNETT • Dylan YOUNGS • Carolyn HARNETT • Beth HARRIS


We received great feedback for all those who volunteered today, especially form tourists, including the following comments:-

“Nice to also see the younger generation encouraging the runners on the corner of the dam part (near the gate) it does help when you are being told well done and is appreciated, well done to all volunteers! We were Tourists for the second time today from our local Conkers parkrun."

Well done all!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rutland Water parkrun Results Page.

Male placings include:
Thomas TRIMBLE (SM18-19) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was first over the line in 16:18 - first appearance.
Andrew ROBERTSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:46.
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:31.
Female placings include:
Louise BLAKE (VW40-44) of Nene Valley Harriers, was first (16th overall) over the line in 21:38 - first time in 2 appearances.
Eleanor MICKLEBURGH (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 23:59.
Sarah BOWREY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 24:29.


The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Thomas TRIMBLE (SM18-19) – 81.80% for the time 16:18 (first overall).
Marcus FRANCIS (JM11-14) – 75.78% for the time 18:43 (5th overall).
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) – 74.26% for the time 18:31 (third overall).

Rutland Water parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 3,655 participants have completed 12,575 parkruns covering a total distance of 62,875 km, including 2,759 new Personal Bests!


Staff from Alzheimer's Research UK will be visiting us to tell our parkrunners about the ‘Run Dementia Down’ challenge and hand out some fliers on 29 July; you can make your running challenge longer or shorter to suit, and the link to sign up is here, Running Down Dementia


Thank you to all our community members and our sponsor Anglian Water, for helping to create a positive vibe and inspiring atmosphere!

Manjinder and team
Event director


Rutland Water Run Report #32 – Visually impaired runners event

11 June 2016 – special event for visually impaired runners

It was a lovely morning at Rutland Water, as we welcomed 131 participants, to parkrun. With the Para-Olympic Games only three months away, it was a privilege to have our first visually impaired runner, Mark Ellis, who had travelled from Sleaford with his guide, Paul Davidson. Speedy Mark completed our parkrun in 24 minutes, attached to Paul!

Mark Ellis visited us to trial the new equipment designed by Mark Beeby and his team at Loughborough University. This ‘line device’ enables visually impaired runners to have more independence and is being trialled for children with sight problems. Mark gave positive feedback on this technology stating:

The guide line that was set up has very great potential! Very good for introducing visually impaired children to the sport. Also, I think this can be extended to 100 metres certainly, and eventually it could be deployed fully round a running track. Can I say, I am more than happy to help with any future testing of this innovation, and help promote the sport to potential beginner runners.

We appreciate Mark Beeby and his team for bringing the equipment and we look forward to welcoming them again on 9 July during our Run Mummy Run takeover and on 20 August during our Juniors takeover. Thank you to all the adults and children for getting involved and having a go at the line device, after your parkrun. Do encourage anyone with disabilities to come along and walk or run our event. We welcome people from all backgrounds and abilities. Our friendly marshals are always willing to help.

Also, thank you to all our amazing volunteers without whom our parkrun event would not be possible, especially to our young marshal Leah Keegan, and Lizzie Hodgkinson, who volunteered to token sort after running in the event. Did you know recent research has found that volunteering can help beat the blues? Place your volunteer request on our Facebook pages and check the future roster on our parkrun webpage - it is a brill, social way to meet new people - you can now get your free and awesome ’25 volunteers’ T-shirt too!

Well done to every parkrunner, including those of you in your 10th (Oscar Cronin, Ben Hodgkinson), 50th (Joel Thompson, Sean McAuliffe, Claire Bracken, Rebecca Witton, Felicity Crotty, Karen Lay, Tony Cronin, Denise Watson, Marie Conaty) and 100th (Fergus Barratt) parkrun T-shirts! Our tourist parkrunners came from Sleaford, Aberystwyth, Leicester, Werrington, Eye and Bourne.

Congratulations to those of you for whom it was your first time at a parkrun event and at Rutland Water. We look forward to seeing everyone at our picturesque parkrun again soon!


Happy parkrunning!


Manjinder (Event Director)

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