Salcey Forest parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

A Run Report Puzzle!

Sarah's original draft Run Report for Event 12 contains a word puzzle known as an acrostic... Can you spot it? A month of free parkruns for the first to submit the solution!

What seemed like a freezing cold morning at 7 am that required car windscreens needing scraping, soon turned into a mild chill that brought out all the glorious colours of the forest we have the privilege to run, walk or jog in every parkrun day (formally known as Saturday).

Once again the event had a great turn out with 217 people deciding to run, walk or jog their way round our 5k course (which I’m convinced is all up hill). Of those, 93 were first timers and overall a massive 59 of you achieved a PB!

Our thanks as ever goes to all of our 27 volunteers who continue to turn up each week and enable us to hold our event. This week many of our volunteer roles were filled by members of the Wootton Road Runners running and triathlon club as part of their parkrun take over. Their pink and purple club colours added vibrance to the forest and their enthusiasm became infectious.

Tough weather brought muddier and a more arduous terrain under foot and there were some outstanding displays of gymnastic abilities around the route. Cartwheels and somersaults would have all earned an Olympic level 9.5 but thankfully no people or running kit were severely damaged in the process of this 5k. Team first aiders were not required but please look after yourself on our route, we like all our runners back in one piece.

The last 12 weeks it’s been great to see the increase in numbers of parkrunners from the local villages. Once again the parkrun community has worked it’s magic and created a friendly and open environment for everyone. It makes me smile to see groups of people biking and running together to get to parkrun, see the new friendships formed chatting in the cafe over a delicious cake and coffee and the amount of people you meet on post parkrun runs is increasing. Everyone has something and there is something for everyone!

Of course another joy of a parkrun morning is to celebrate together each others achievements. This week Marie Timmins (one of our core team members) and Louise Lobley from Wootton Road Runners, completed their 50th parkrun. Congratulations to both!!

Next week is event 13 and the call for volunteers has gone out, please support where possible. Its a wonderful surprise that you can enjoy parkrun and not have to leave the start. We are in need of marshals, timekeepers, handing out of barcodes and barcode scanning. Perhaps you fancy writing a ditty of a run report!

Round up all your family and friends!

Roll on next parkrun day!

 

Run Report – Event 12 – 18 January 2020

Salcey Forest Parkrun

Run Report for Event 12 on 18th January 2020

By Sarah Dorey

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What seemed like a freezing cold morning at 7 am that required car windscreens needing scraping, soon turned into a mild chill that brought out all the glorious colours of the forest we have the privilege to run, walk or jog in every parkrun day (formally known as Saturday).

Once again the event had a great turn out with 217 people deciding to run, walk or jog their way round our 5k course (which I’m convinced is all up hill). Of those, 93 were first timers and overall a massive 59 of you achieved a PB!

Here are you all gathered waiting for the start!

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The frost is clearly visible!

Our thanks as ever goes to all of our 27 volunteers who continue to turn up each week and enable us to hold our event. This week many of our volunteer roles were filled by members of the Wootton Road Runners running and triathlon club as part of their parkrun take over.

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Many of our volunteers, along with RD Kathy...

The pink and purple club colours of the Wootton Road Runners added vibrance to the forest and their enthusiasm became infectious.

And it was lovely to have the club flags at the event too. Here's a proud WRR member posing by one of them! They also looked very good at the start and finish - both the flags and WRR members!

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Tough weather brought muddier and a more arduous terrain under foot and there were some outstanding displays of gymnastic abilities around the route. Cartwheels and summersaults would have all earned an Olympic level 9.5 but thankfully no people or running kit were severely damaged in the process of this 5k. Team first aiders were not required but please look after yourself on our route, we like all our runners back in one piece.

The last 12 weeks it’s been great to see the increase in numbers of parkrunners from the local villages. Once again the parkrun community has worked it’s magic and created a friendly and open environment for everyone. It makes me smile to see groups of people biking and running together to get to parkrun, see the new friendships formed chatting in the cafe over a delicious cake and coffee and the amount of people you meet on post parkrun runs is increasing. Everyone has something and there is something for everyone!

Of course another joy of a parkrun morning is to celebrate together each others achievements. This week Marie Timmins (one of our core team members) and Louise Lobley from Wootton Road Runners, completed their 50th parkrun. Congratulations to both!!

Next week is event 13 and the call for volunteers has gone out, please support where possible. Its a wonderful surprise that you can enjoy parkrun and not have to leave the start. We are in need of marshals, timekeepers, handing out of barcodes and barcode scanning. Perhaps you fancy writing a ditty of a run report!

Round up all your family and friends!

To volunteer, visit our Volunteer Roster page and pop us an email or send us a message via our Facebook Page...  We will be absolutely delighted to hear from you and don't forget, all volunteers get free parking and a free entry to any parkrun event for the next four weeks!

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Roll on next parkrun day and whatever you do, don't forget your barcode!

Do keep up with all the latest news on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Salcey-Forest-parkrun-110347500396397/

Our Volunteer Roster Page: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/salceyforest/futureroster/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run Report – Event 10 – 04/01/2020

Salcey Forest Run Report

Event 10 on the 4th January 2020

By Joanne Weekes Grove

Salcey Forest reaches double digits and it’s a perfect 10!

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Unprecedented numbers at this 10th event with 370 in attendance meant the car park I was making for was full. This was dealt with very quickly as we were directed across the road to the overflow car park which was more than ample.

243 people including myself were visiting Salcey Forest for the first time this morning. A mixture of tourists and New Years Resolutions had brought newcomers from far and wide.

34 different running clubs had also come along today, many visiting for the first time.

One of those clubs was the Milton Keynes Redway Runners who made Salcey their January road trip destination... They often visit a parkrun in the region and we were delighted to welcome 170 members of the 'Green Army' as they are known in Milton Keynes!

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Expertly coordinated by the Run Director Lou, we were briefed on the course and arranged at the start according to our predicted finish time. A very sensible idea since parkrunners were in abundance and some sections would be a little tricky for overtaking.

Here's Lou looking very happy with fellow core-team member Kathy...

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And a good shot of the crowd gathered for the start!

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The terrain was a nice mix but nothing too steep to run. There were a few squeals and giggles as we took a sharp left on some very slippery mud next to a small stream. Important to apply the brakes early on or you might end up in the drink!

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Also there were a couple of short sections that required extra care with your footing as we ran over gravel paths. I was very pleased that my ankles were nice and flexible from last nights yoga, turning an ankle was quite possible here. All in all it was a very pretty route as we cut through the ancient woodland in dappled sunlight. A lovely winters morn in the middle of nowhere was just what I needed. So nice to just switch off and let your pace carry you on and on.

We had the most lovely volunteers, 27 of them helping this morning. Lots of encouragement and a nice high five towards the end, thank you!

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Our two timekeepers doing a superb job!

22 people came to their first ever parkrun, a journey I hope they will chose to continue.

48 of you were absolutely raring to go and set a new PB!

Aiden Riddy and Bethany Riddy achieved their 10th parkrun milestone.

Suzie Hall and Alicia Pym achieved their 50th parkrun milestone, whilst Gareth James and Dorien James reached their 100th parkrun milestone.

Our first finisher was Michael Nessling and he set a new PB of 17:18.

Congratulations and very well done to all of you that ran, walked and jogged today. And very special thanks to our wonderful volunteers that make parkrun possible!

And at the end of the event, our tailwalkers and marshals returning and looking forward to some well earned refreshments!

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And this week, all finish tokens sorted, present and correct!  Most excellent!

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I hope to see you all again, keep up the good work!

Pictures from this event can be see here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/v8ruLzDjMxHQ1bBY8

And do keep up with all the latest news on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Salcey-Forest-parkrun-110347500396397/

And finally, whatever you do, don't forget your barcode! #DYFB

 

Run Report – Event 7 – 07/12/2019

Salcey Forest Parkrun

Run Report

Event 7 on 7th December 2019

By Jim Eastment

They say 7 is a lucky number... And for our 7th event on the 7th December we were certainly very lucky with the weather and no less than 21 of our fantastic 113 runners were lucky enough to achieve new PBs!  Well done one and all!

This event saw Kathy Saunders debut as Run Director and here she is brandishing the microphone at the finish funnel preparing to welcome the runners home... Doesn't she look splendid! She did a very splendid job too!

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Also to be seen in the picture are the new 'Forest Friendly' pole bases for the finish funnel. Previously we had to bash holes in the path with a big hammer and a spike. Thank goodness that task is now a thing of the past...

Tourists visited from from amongst other places, Newcastle, Aylesbury, Marlow, Daventry, and Northern Ireland. In fact our two tourists from Northern Ireland were our tailwalkers - truly long distance volunteers!

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And here they are, just behind Emma who is seen carrying the blue bag of on-course direction signs...

Mitchell Baines joined the 100 Club in some considerable style by coming home in third place in 20:13 and scoring a new PB in the process! Truly awesome and a huge well done Mitchell!

Here he is looking very happy with that!

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Five runners celebrated a milestone of a very different sort by running their very first ever parkrun at Salcey Forest! Fantastic and we hope this will be the first of very many...

Regular readers will know our RD Kathy ran her 250th not very long ago... When she arrived home after today's event she was delighted to find her new 250 top had arrived!

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Also of note are Paula and and Peter Speechly who both ran their 451st parkruns today... That is quite magical and wonderful!

First through the funnel today in a blistering time of 19:06 was Jonathan Burdett...

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That was a crackingly good result Jonathan!

The title for first lady across the line was very closely fought between Elissa Tennant-Brown and Kairit Fitzgerald! In the end, it was Elissa by the slimmest of all margins, just one second... Well done both of you!

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In common with all parkruns, Salcey Forest could not take place without our team of amazing Hi-Viz hero volunteers...

For this event we are deeply indebted to:

Alison MEAD  •  Caroline GILLERT  •  Daniel GILLERT  •  Dorien JAMES  •  Emma RANCE  •    Jo GORDON  •  Kathy SAUNDERS  •  Mark TIMMINS  •  Matthew DICKS  •  Molly WHITE  •  Robert WHITE  •  Ros JAMES  •  Sarah HEMPHILL  •  Steve DICKS  •  Tim SAUNDERS  and Victoria COLLINS

For doing such a sterling job to make Event 7 a huge success - thank you one and all...

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If you would like to volunteer at future events have a look at our Future Roster Page on our website at: Salcey Forest parkrun:Future Roster and then drop us an email via the link in the page. And all volunteers receive FREE PARKING!!!

One of our volunteers today went the extra mile so that one of our runners could do some more miles to travel home... She found she had a flat tyre after enjoying a coffee in the cafe. It was Tim and Freddie the dog to the rescue... Brilliant and well done both for rescuing a damsel in distress!

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One of the joys of being Run Report editor is to look through the photos and choose a few favourites... This week was difficult as there were so many candidates!  These made the shortlist:

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And with that, the literary tailwalkers have made their appearance and that's the end of this report. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have putting it together and indeed, how much I enjoyed being at Salcey Forest for Event 7 today!

Looking forward to seeing you soon and in the meantime do keep up with all the latest news on our Salcey Forest parkrun Facebook Page and whatever you do, don't forget your barcode!

 

Run Report – Event 6 – 30/11/2019

Salcey Forest Parkrun

Run Report

Event 6 on 30th November 2019

By Sarah Pyne

The best forest parkrun, I hear you say?
Must be Salcey forest parkrun today
Were you walking, jogging or running in the trees
Amongst the intrepid one hundred and thirty three ?
Wearing your double socks, gloves and hat
Or your thermals and scarf for a matter of fact

Is Salcey forest your new parkrun home?
With the beautiful scenery of the forest biome?
How wonderful to come here weekly
Mark the ED makes the event run so sleekly

Sixty six new tourists came to check out the course
After Danny Norman’s podcast discourse
Were you after a letter for your alphabetteer
Or working towards your 25th volunteer

Was it a six for your Wilson index score?
Don’t forget next week you can get one more
Many tourist cow cowls to see were a treat
For 20 different parkrun locations complete

Did you travel near or travel far?
Maybe from Daventry, Braunstone or Conkers in your car?
A tourist from pilgrimage Bushy or lovely Leamington?
Or did you pop over from Milton Keynes or even Northampton?
Gloucestershire - I’m sure is quite a distance task
Especially twice in your recent parkrun past

Lloyd did bring a baton coloured golden
That had travelled round the country to be holden
A photo opportunity for those who saw
I’m so sad I missed the draw

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Some shouts of arbitrary were about
With Lynett’s two hundred parkrun shoutout
A 166 shout across the path
500 miles - arbitrary - raised a laugh

The frosty ground was certainly a test
Well done to 28 of you with new personal bests
Were you lucky to glimpse the resident deer?
Our amazing twenty three volunteers all deserve a cheer

The sun was rising, the mist to stop
Upon a new 10 on a marshal's top
The new gravel path was much firmer ground
A moved start and finish to get our heads around

The job of tail walker I was pleased to share
With Tim to chat and show his care
no lost tail walkers in the mist out of sight
Tail walking the parkrun fills you with delight

Warming up in the cafe with time for a brew
maybe a bacon sandwich or a few
It’s a full house in here with the fire a flicker
Did the lure of cake make you move much quicker?

Token sorting down to the fitfam crew
A cooperative family team that’s certainly true

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Bob and Lou with the trolley full of kit
Mark with his laminator to keep your barcode fit
Marie with her roster knows where it all goes
The travelling bibs story - of that do you know?

To the parkrun family, four new members today,
A very big welcome we all do say.
We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun
And will give it another go whether rain or sun

Of our 23 hi-vis heroes we are proud,
Our legs keep moving when your cheers are loud,
Christopher and Jennifer today led the way,
Our tourist Roy with his amazing 523 parkrun days.
A new course record for Christopher Pearson today
17:50 the time - well done! Congrats! Superb! Hooray!

Please thank the volunteers every week,
Without them we wouldn't have a parkrun to seek,
Why not be a volunteer?
It will warm your heart and fill you with cheer.

Run director Lou superbly taking the reins,
The core team are amazing and never complain,
We hope you enjoyed the friendly welcome, had fun
We look forward to seeing you again at Salcey forest parkrun

Whether its meeting new friends or reaching a pb,
Lowering your blood pressure or taking part for free,
We all love parkrun that is true
Salcey forest parkrun is awesome and so are you!

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If you would like to volunteer at future events have a look at our Future Roster Page on our website at: Salcey Forest parkrun:Future Roster and then drop us an email via the link in the page. And all volunteers receive FREE PARKING!!!

Looking forward to seeing you soon and in the meantime do keep up with all the latest news on our Salcey Forest parkrun Facebook Page and whatever you do, don't forget your barcode!

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