My appeal for people to share their notaparkrun adventures didn't quite produce the tsunami of stories and selfies I'd dreamt of, but undeterred let's remember it's quality not quantity that counts, and I'm never short of material to include to be fair, so thanks to those of you who contributed. If you'd like this notarunreport to continue then please do share your adventures next week, otherwise maybe keep a copy of this notarunreport safe in an archive somewhere as it may become a collector's item. One of only two notaparkrun notarunreports ever produced, it will never again be written and posted in this age of Covid-19. Is that how you want your future to be?*
*no need to spell it out for me dear reader, keep it as a rhetorical question, I'll work it out for myself on the basis of evidence sourced!
But in case you are in need of some reading matter to fill the long hours of confinement that lie ahead, below find the long play version of the notaparkrun notarunreport for today. We celebrate an awesome junior parkrunner, marvel at puddles past and explore parkrun substitute activities near and far. Some shout outs for notaparkrun tourists and regulars alike. Find out who got a Strava crown in their own back yard! I know, exciting prospect isn't it?
Enjoy or not as your patience allows. Reading is not compulsory. It never was. There may be some late additions, or there may not, we shall have to wait and see... I'm going to hit 'publish' now though, just to get the proverbial parkrun notaparkrun ball rolling. Thanks for sticking with us. Missing you. You have no idea just how much!
Official parkrun updates:
Just so you know, parkrun HQ will be providing weekly updates on their Covid 19 update page and intend to do this weekly - in addition to announcements on their country Facebook pages too. They are saying they will do this every Tuesday, you can read the full blah de blah following the link above, but this extract contains the key points:
Our communications and health & wellbeing teams are working hard to lift spirits and provide support to those impacted by this enforced period of social isolation. The Great Big parkrun Quiz has engaged thousands of people around the world and The School of parkrun is our attempt to provide a little parkrun-flavoured content for those of us home-schooling our children. Over the coming weeks and months we will further develop our communications to better support parkrunners around the world, and please know that we are committed to being there throughout.
Also, check out our local Graves parkrunner and Sheffield GP Ollie Hart's message to fellow parkrunners about 'making a difference' in challenging times. He also did a Q&A on Friday 2nd April on instagram, but I'm not sufficiently cool and down with the technology to be able to link to that here, I'm sure you will find it if the mood takes you. Cheers Ollie, thanks for being part of the team that set up Graves parkrun. It's epic! Well, it has highland coos, that's hard to top! Not taking part, that would be silly, but they do spectate and cheer parkrunners as they pass. Sort of, in a nonchalant, chewing the cud sort of way admittedly, but they are very much present all the same.
Lest we forget:
Sigh, can you remember our Sheffield Hallam parkrun? Fortunately, you don't have to, because here are some recently dug up memories from around this time last year! I know, genius.
We have our parkrun memories to fall back on! Let's not get too sentimental about the good old parkrun days. It was just 2 years ago 31st March 2018 that parkrun was actually a parkswim. Some embraced this more than others, it was definitely memorable out there. Thanks to Rachel Suddrick for sharing the photo of Alfie who did extra loops - possibly even the next day - to make the most of it. Honestly, the Duracell Bunny has nothing on him. And to Anurag Agarwal, gamely splashing onwards, because parkrunners will find a way! As for Finlay Cooper? Well, he never has really got the hang of keeping his body warm and dry has he? We need to source some parkrun apricot waders for him as well as some Damart thermals in time for the relaunch. Still, he has other qualities and we wouldn't have him any other way!
That's not King Canute, it's Alex Harding, trying to hold back the tide. You have to admire his optimistic impulses if not be over awed by his objective assessment of what's realistic! In the last picture he had just discovered he had a hole in his wellies apparently ... but you have to credit him with having the foresight to at least wear them, that gift of anticipatory wisdom had eluded our Finlay after all! Alex would appear to have been further up the evolutionary food chain than he on this occasion at least.... Ah well, we will never again moan about puddles in Endcliffe park. Bring back our parkrun and no-one will ever complain about anything at all ever again! Almost definitely... Well, we can dream.
Anyway, some people positively like puddles. Alfie for one, not sure his mum Rachel is quite showing the same levels of enthusiasm in this particular shot, but she's still splashing on through! Go Rache!
It's high time we profiled some more awesome Sheffield Hallam parkrunners, and where better to pick up than with Alfie Suddrick, junior parkrunner, making a splash in the picture(s) above!
Alfie SUDDRICK - has completed an amazing 154 parkruns in total. 106 of his 148 parkruns have been with us at Sheffield Hallam parkrun and he's done 6 junior parkruns as well. He is awesome! Puddle proof and super speedy. Famed for wearing shorts year round, if you've ever run with us in Endcliffe park chances are you've seen him - probably as a blur speeding past with his mum puffing to keep up behind him. That arm's length rule is punishing if you have to stick with Athlete Alfie! I feel for his poor mum Rachel trying match his speeds! This year on 15th Feb 2020 at Sheffield Hallam parkrun he romped round in 24:54 and got an age rating of 63.39%, but his absolute fastest time was 22:31, with an age grading of 72.61% on 13/7/2019. Wowsers! Looks like he had Will Siggs trying to keep up with him for that pace. Mum was erm, let's go with 'more sedate' in her completion time that day!
As well as being able to teach Finlay a thing or two about keeping warm - well, Alfie seemingly radiates heat, hence the shorts even in snow - he's a great parkrun enthusiast. We are really lucky to have him join us in our park. He's volunteered and done some touristing too, so definitely a parkrunning all rounder! Oh and his parkrun birthday is Saturday, May 9, 2015, not so far away at all. Hopefully a parkrun themed cake will be produced in time for that!
Alfie might be a parkrun junior, but he is nevertheless a parkrun aficionado and a great ambassador for parkrun to boot. In his own words he has this to say about parkrun:
'I love parkrun, it’s good to go out and get exercise. Anyone can do it. I have met lots of lovely people at parkrun and two of the first people were Bernie and Alex. I love running. One of my memorable parkruns was the one with the big puddle- I loved that. The other was my 100. I ran with Kate (Scott) and Alex (Harding) was RD and he gave me my 100 balloon. I love running with both of them.'
He was going to remind us to 'not run on the rd” but I suppose strictly speaking that's not so much of a problem anymore - though massive kudos to Alfie for showing he also listens to the run briefing each week. Well done Alfie, you are a superstar!
You don't have to take my word for it though, Alex Harding penned this tribute (well sent it via Facebook messenger at a suitably socially isolating distance which amounts to the same thing)
'he is one of the kindest young men at SHP. I know there was one time when it was chucking it down with rain where he waited until my mum (Bernie) had finished before going home. Also I could only dream to run how easy he could run. He just makes it seem effortless. I know I’ve definitely got a running buddy whenever I’m down in Sheffield'
Isn't that nice?
Rachel Suddrick can often been seen running in the wake of her son Alfie, I think she's hoping by going out running with him all the time, or despatching him ahead of her with even faster runners keeping him in arm's reach, she will eventually wear him out, but actually, he's just getting ever fitter! Rachel deserves her own shout out too. Particularly right now as she is one of the front line health workers in these troubled times. Rachel has completed 102 parkruns in total of which 76 runs have been at Sheffield Hallam. She's clocked up 13 volunteer stints in 6 different roles so quite the all rounder. She shares her parkrun birthday with Alfie, so that must mean two lots of cake then? Together they've completed New Year's Day Doubles and run on Christmas day too. That's the way to do it! Proper parkrun positivity right there!
She told me:
'parkrun is just amazing. I was so nervous doing my first- Alfie did it with me (although he has run many more times than me) We ran, jumped, hopped, skipped and people were so encouraging. I have met some amazing people and feel lucky to be part of such a great running family. Such a shame work gets in the way sometimes..'
Well, we all think you are amazing too Rachel, thanks for sharing your parkrun story. Isn't it extraordinary how so many of us rock up apprehensive and nervous our first time, and then never look back. Yay you, and yay all of us your fellow parkrunning family too! Stay safe.
Do you like rain? Would you like a lockdown volunteering project?
Well you just got lucky then dear reader, because, if like Alfie you like rain and puddles but in addition are looking for a project whilst self-isolating, you could do worse than volunteer with this rainfall project they are seeking volunteers to digitise handwritten data on rainfall right back to the 1910's by inputting into boxes the scanned entries on rain gauges. It's a lot more interesting and exciting than it sounds. Your opportunity to make history. I'm sure there must be some excel spreadsheet fans out there amongst you, this one is for you and your kind. You no longer will have to hide the joy you feel in putting numbers into boxes, your enthusiasm will be properly harnessed for the greater good. Won't that be wonderful? You'll be able to quite literally tell if the rain gauge is half full!
This week notparkrunning at all were:
Rachel Savage, who is taking her notparkrunning very seriously indeed. Repeating her home notaparkrun route, she not only achieved a new pb - well done for that, but also a STRAVA CROWN! Now that opens up giddying possibilities for many of us. You can set up your own strava segment on your drive or gunnel or wherever, or even your back garden, and pretty much guarantee you can hold the crown for that for decades if you choose wisely. Well done, great initiative there. Thanks for sharing. I'm wondering if you'll keep your pb going for a hat trick next week? Keep us posted. Bravo.
Not joining us again for the second week running was Jenny, who I'm pleased to say took on board the feedback from last week and was wearing the correct t-shirt this time round. Well done Jenny, your willingness to amend your approach in the interests of keeping up morale in challenging times was both noted and appreciated. She reported:
'Got my running attire right this weekend & went off out into the countryside, straight from my front door of course with no unnecessary journeys involved! Managed to avoid gates by staying mainly on the country roads. Quieter than last week although I did see a police car keeping an eye on everyone!'
**STOP PRESS** late additions...
Catherine Bowman, took notparkrunning to the steps in the woods today. Well done, nice t-shirt choice there too, I do appreciate a good milestone tee. Thanks so much for staying away. Delighted you did so. Implementing social distancing sufficiently rigorously I can't be sure if that's another Bowman household member just ahead or not. I'm guessing yes, so a family affair to boycott Sheffield Hallam parkrun this week. Jolly well done!
Welcoming notparkrunning tourists:
Once again we were blessed with tourists choosing not to parkrun with us. We couldn't be more thrilled you stayed away.
Julie Anne Armstrong - delighted you didn't join us! Some habits never change though, and when touristing at different parkruns it's important to turn up early in case you need extra time to find the loos or parking or whatever. As well as catching the first timers' briefing. I invariably turn up paranoically early if I'm touristing. Well I thought I was pretty extreme. Still, some will always take this to new limits, so a special shout out to Julie Anne Armstrong who didn't arrive to parkrun with us a whole week early. Missing Graves parkrun, she took to the hills wearing her purple tee. Great work Julie, thanks for staying away! Nice social distancing too, not a soul in sight.
Phil Baggaley - also gets a parkrun tourist notaparkrun shout out for not joining us today. He did his notaparkrun on Friday apparently, to avoid the crowds, but is missing us because he says he 'love your parkrun!'. Phil has excellent taste and judgement, and we look forward to welcoming him for actually coming again one day as opposed to thanking him for staying well away. Stay safe tourist friend, and well done for taking your notaparkrunning so seriously. It's the right thing to do! :) Here he is, joining us with his daughter for the International Women's Day parkrun on 7th March this year.
taking notaparkrun to new heights was John Griffin
John Griffin follows in the footsteps of a growing list of people managing great feats during isolation, such as marathons on balconies. He scaled 41,000 steps to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest. That's impressive, and as he most definitely wasn't parkrunning anywhere, I'll take that as a tourist offering. Well done John! Read all about 'man climbing Everest on his staircase here, and feel free to emulate for next week's notaparkrun if the mood should seize you or if cabin fever sets in and madness takes over. I'm not that interested in your motivation, I just need material for my notarunreport or it will never see the light of day again.
Recreating a parkrun at home:
easy by comparison don't you agree?
parkrun HQ have spoiled us with these suggestions of how to recreate a parkrun of your own at home so you can notparkrun with enthusiasm, and if you share your adventures with us all next week, you might even make the next notaparkrun notarunreport. Now wouldn't that be grand!
Dive in to explore the full glory of their 'six ways to recreate parkrun' suggestions here. I'll be seriously impressed if any of you can top this, but then again, you are a talented lot...
What's parkrun? Look on in wonder and laugh along too:
Or you could just enjoy hearing about the parkrun experience all over again by enjoying this chortle inducing account explaining 'what even is this parkrun thing?' for the uninitiated. It's done the rounds before, but can't have too much of a good parkrun thing now can you? Don't be fooled by the subtitles, you totally need the sound on for the full experience of this! You need to click on the text link by the way, it won't work if you click on the picture for some reason. I think I've identified a training need in my wordpress usage...
International Women's Day parkrun - the film!
You've done the parkrun now watch the film! Henry Clark was out and about at our International Women's Day themed parkrun back on 7th March. He's now edited his video, which was part of his coursework for his journalism course at the University of Sheffield. You can find out more and view the video by following this link. Well done Henry, and well done Monday Mobsters, immortalised on film as is only right and proper! Here is Henry with Sandi Carman, who facilitated the filming.
Doesn't that seem like a lifetime ago though? As Hannah Whiteoak commented, it is indeed 'So weird to see people with their arms around each other! Looking forward to getting back to this. Miss you all'. I think we are all missing it, surely it isn't just the third notaparkrunday. Oh well, perhaps we'll appreciate it even more when we are back!
Fancy trying this?
See what I did there? Nope, well you will in a bit! Alness and Invergordon area Fancy Dress Runners are experimenting with an idea to head off down local roads for their runs in fancy dress to add a bit of enrichment to the lives of people stuck at home with only a window to gaze through for entertainment. Check out their Alness and Invergordon Fancy Dress Runners Facebook page and like it to follow their adventures. I think it's grand. Right up there with the Australian initiative to have folk dress up to put their bins out to banish isolation blues. Genius.
A decade of junior parkrunning:
Hopefully you are familiar with and sold on the joys of junior parkrun. Celebrating 10 years of junior parkrun you can read all about how it came to be on the parkrun blog. junior parkrun is the most fun it is possible to have on a Sunday morning FACT. To be present at a junior parkrun is to experience an oasis of hilarity and hope. A concentrated inoculation of joy to keep you going through the week ahead. It will be back. Yay to Paul Graham for having the vision to make it so! Paul Graham is pretty awesome to be fair, Paul Graham will be doing the Sunday morning junior parkrun virtual warm up this week too. Tune in people, or catch up retrospectively, whatever works for you!
I'm stretching things with this choice of picture this week, but I think you'll forgive me. I've tried to find who to credit for the photo, but I can't find the original source, but we can perhaps enjoy this for now until someone issues me with a cease and desist notice. Thank you whoever captured this baby duck-billed platypus you have won the internet for the day. Also, FYI, did you know a baby duck-billed platypus is called a puggle? I know! You're welcome. Actually, I looked it up and some killjoy has commented 'actually that isn't technically correct' but it seems the term has circulated sufficiently it's become recognised parlance which is good enough for me. I really hope this is an actual puggle, and not a soft toy or internet hoax, in which case I shall be reverting to ducks only in future, but for now, may it bring you joy!
Looks like it might have been having a bash at the Joe Wicks work out. I joined him for the first time on yesterday for the Fancy Dress Friday one. Ohmygaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawd, I had no idea I was so unfit. Terrifying. Could hardly move today. Still, maybe that's for the best, seeing as we are all supposed to be staying safe indoors for the duration eh?
Let me know if you want these notarunreports to continue by liking the report using the button below so I get a bit of feedback. Hope you are all staying safe, and keep on sharing the parkrun love. It seems like an age since we were all gathered together, but that time will come around again and won't it be grand! Tears will flow and laughter too! Remember, you aren't stuck at home, you are safe at home. Big difference.
Until the, Stay safe, stay at home and now wash your hands please. See you the other side!
Lucy Marris, parkrunner A448776