parkrun update 16th June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

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When, in March this year, we closed all our events, the symbolism of that impacted everyone in one way or another. Whilst we knew it was coming, that first Saturday without a single parkrun event anywhere in the world was a moment that most of us could never have imagined would ever happen.

Within just a few weeks, of course, many of us went from thinking parkrun will always be there, every week, for everyone, to thinking it would never come back, ever. So, as much as closing our events was a huge wake-up call that we aren’t invincible, the reopening of parkrun New Zealand is proof that we can all get through this challenge.

We’re pleased to confirm therefore, that following on from last week’s update, parkrun New Zealand will be reopening on Saturday 4 July, representing a fantastic step toward the full return of parkrun events around the world. I know it will also lift the spirits of parkrunners everywhere.

It’s important to remember though that we still have 21 parkrun countries patiently waiting for their own circumstances to improve such that their events can return. We continue to monitor the global situation, are considering our position in every single country, and will update you all every Tuesday as things move forward.

Thank you for being so patient and understanding, and, most of all, for believing in the parkrun family.

We are getting through this, together.

Tom Williams Chief Operating Officer parkrun Global

 

COVID-19 – ANNOUNCEMENT -18th March

All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published and will be updated here.

 

Sixmilewater parkrun – Event #32 – 14th Mar ’20

A massive thanks to the 7 wonderful volunteers who turned up at Sixmilewater parkrun today to enable 77 of you to walk, jog and run.

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There were no milestones today so we just used Ronnie's Henry's upcoming 81st birthday next week as a reason to celebrate! Ronnie is such an inspirational member of our running community. Happy Birthday Ronnie.

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Other reasons to celebrate were 9 first timers to Sixmilewater and a whopping 19 new PB's!! Well done to all of you.

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We are really appreciative of Raymon Hilman who regularly takes the photographs of our event so hopefully you will all enjoy re-living your run this morning and we'll see you back at parkrun soon.

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Finally here's the names of today's fantastic volunteers

Jeanette BURTON • Vivien DAVIDSON • Karen NELSON • Raymond HILMAN • Nicole FINLAY (U-18) • Harry DUNSEITH • Ellie DICKSON (U-18)

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sixmilewater parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Mark MCKINSTRY who recorded a time of 15:15 on 21st December 2019 (event number 21).
The female record is held by Jana ROSS who recorded a time of 19:24 on 14th March 2020 (event number 32).
The Age Grade course record is held by William D SIMPSON who recorded 87.01% (16:10) on 27th July 2019 (event number 2).

Sixmilewater parkrun started on 20th July 2019. Since then 1,500 participants have completed 4,335 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,675 km, including 987 new Personal Bests. A total of 83 individuals have volunteered 314 times.

 

Sixmilewater parkrun – Saturday 14th March

All parkrun events in Ireland are cancelled until the end of March, however NI events are continuing until further notice.

If you are unwell, please consider others, including those in higher risk groups, and don't attend.

If you are volunteering and feel unwell, or are uncomfortable volunteering, please let us know at sixmilewater@parkrun.com at the earliest opportunity. There is no pressure to volunteer.

In the event that we have to cancel, we will do so as soon as we can, and post here.

 

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION – Ireland parkruns

"All parkrun events in Ireland have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates".

Matt Shields, Country Manager

 
 

Sixmilewater parkrun – Event #31 – 7th Mar ’20

What an exciting parkrun this morning! It didn't rain - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This week 96 people ran, jogged and walked the course alongside Ronnie HENRY who completed his 50th parkrun! We had visiting parkrunners from Essex as well as some local first timers and Maria GLENN, parkrun Ambassador from Larne. A total of 18 of you came along to Sixmilewater for the first time including 5 new first time parkrun female runners all on International Women's Day - well done all of you. There were Personal Bests for 17 of you - great work everyone.Week31 Ronnie Week31 Ronnie cake

Thanks as always to an amazing team of volunteers - Stevie and Jacob took the times today and Stevie you're just the best bringing along a box of Celebrations!! Jeanette, Margaret and Claire looked after things out on the course. As you passed the finish line Mandy and her daughter Naiomi gave you a token and Nicole and Ellie scanned your barcodes. You are in for a treat when you see all the action captured by Raymond Hilman with his camera - you all look great and finally as you've figured out by now there's the Run Director (that's me!!) who did nothing apart from look after Rhona's car which was storage for Ronnie's amazing celebration cake! Thanks for the refreshments Rhona.

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Here's a round up of the honours this week then .................

NEW FEMALE PARKRUNNERS - Caroline INGRAM, Cathy HOLMES, Lorraine JOHNSTON, Clarissa McCART, Wendy RAINEY

THE VOLUNTEERS - Jeanette BURTON • Claire OLIPHANT • Vivien DAVIDSON • Raymond HILMAN • Mandy WILSON • Nicole FINLAY • Naomi WILSON • Margaret BEATTIE • Stephen MCCULLOUGH • Jacob SIMPSON • Ellie DICKSON

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Tom FLEMMING - Junior parkrunner and today's overall First Finisher - 2nd time at Sixmilewater

Jana ROSS - first female finisher and female course record holder at Sixmilewater

Naomi WILSON - youngest female volunteer on International Women's Day

Rhona REID- super cake and refreshments!

Finally the winner of this week's Freddo Frog Award is Raymond HILMAN - but since he had already left his Frog was put back in the pond and we had 3 female winners of the Freddo Frog Award this week !! Mandy WILSON, Naomi WILSON and NICOLE FINLAY - all jumping with joy!!

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sixmilewater parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Jana ROSS who recorded a time of 19:29 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Mark MCKINSTRY who recorded a time of 15:15 on 21st December 2019 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by William D SIMPSON who recorded 87.01% (16:10) on 27th July 2019 (event number 2).

Sixmilewater parkrun started on 20th July 2019. Since then 1,491 participants have completed 4,258 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,290 km, including 968 new Personal Bests. A total of 83 individuals have volunteered 307 times.

 

Sixmilewater parkrun – Event #30 – 29th Feb ’20

112 people made history this week running, jogging and walking the course at Sixmilewater on the first ever parkrun to be held on 29th February! 19 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

First male finisher today was Mark McKINSTRY in  a fantastic time of 15min38sec. Well done Mark and also well done to Junior parkrunner Tom FLEMING finishing in 4th place overall in a time of 19min 47sec. First female finisher was Sarah KINNEAR in a time of 23:54. Great running everyone.

parkrun doesn't happen without volunteers and this is the wonderful volunteer team who delivered this historic parkrun for you all to enjoy and remember.

Your time was taken by Stephen MCCULLOUGH and  Jacob SIMPSON . Jeannette
BURTON handed you a token  Nicole FINLAY  and Ellie DICKSON scanned your barcode and token. Thanks to Ronnie HENRY for stepping in to do Tail Walker again today. Well done Jacob SIMPSON who won the Freddo Frog Award today for his best guess of the number of runners we would have.

Hopefully see you all at the next parkrun to take place on 29th February - in 2048!!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sixmilewater parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Jana ROSS who recorded a time of 19:29 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Mark MCKINSTRY who recorded a time of 15:15 on 21st December 2019 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by William D SIMPSON who recorded 87.01% (16:10) on 27th July 2019 (event number 2).

Sixmilewater parkrun started on 20th July 2019. Since then 1,471 participants have completed 4,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,810 km, including 951 new Personal Bests. A total of 83 individuals have volunteered 296 times.

 

How does parkrun actually work?

How does parkrun actually work?

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You’ve heard of parkrun and are thinking of coming along, but you’re not quite sure how it works…

We’ve put together this handy guide taking you through parkrun step-by-step!

1. Signing up

It’s completely free to register and you only need to sign-up once. Simply complete this form and then either print your barcode, or you can purchase a key tag or wristband. Your barcode is valid at every parkrun in the world.

If you have already registered in the past, but you’ve lost or forgotten your login details, please don’t re-register – you can retrieve your login details here.

Find your nearest event by searching our map. You can enter your postcode, name of town or name of event.

Each event website details important information, such as where the event takes place and the location of the start. You can also find out what the course is like.

 

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2. On the day

You’ve signed up, got your barcode and have picked your parkrun of choice. Good work!

There is no mandatory dress code at parkrun, you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in – that could be comfy pair of jogging bottoms, or lycra, or a pair of chinos. Anything that you feel comfortable walking, jogging or running 5k in.

On the day, aim to arrive 15-20 minutes before the start. parkruns start at 9:00am in England & Wales, and at 9:30am in Scotland & Northern Ireland.

Most parkruns have somewhere you can leave your belongings, but it’s always best to just bring the essentials and check with your local event if you have any specific questions.

You don’t have to sign-in or register on the day and you won’t need to do anything with your barcode until you’ve finished.

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3. Before your parkrun

Around 10-15 minutes before parkrun stats, the majority of parkruns will then have a first-timers briefing. This welcome briefing is specifically for anyone who is new to the event and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions.The course will also be explained to you and you’ll get to meet other people taking part for the first time.

 

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We know some people are more confident than others when it comes to crowds and meeting new people, so remember there’s no pressure at all to talk to anyone!

You are more than welcome to listen to music or do your own thing. Whatever makes you comfortable.

Then, the main briefing will take place. This is carried out by the Run Director, who will usually be wearing a black and white hi-vis vest, and generally takes place near the start of your parkrun.

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Even if you’ve been before, it’s important to be quiet and listen to the briefing so you don’t miss any announcements or course changes, as well as the chance to celebrate milestones.Then it’s time to start. The Run Director will usually count down from three, and then you’re off! It’s at this point that the timing starts.

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4. During your parkrun 

As you make your way around the course, please don’t worry about being too slow or not being fit enough. It’s absolutely fine to stop, only complete some of the course, walk-run, or walk the entire way – at parkrun there is no time limit. Literally, thousands of people walk every week: In 2019, around the world 301,133 different people walked at parkrun. Every event has a volunteer Tail Walker, meaning nobody finishes last.

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You also don’t need to memorise the course or carry a map! parkrun courses are signposted and there will be Marshals along the route offering you encouragement and support. There will likely be other people out using the park, such as dog walkers, so please do be mindful and accommodating we do share our wonderful open spaces with others during parkrun.

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5. When you finish

As you reach the end of your parkrun you’ll see the finish line, or what we call the finish funnel. You’ve made it!

This is the point where your parkrun finishes and volunteers will record your time as you cross the line.

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Once you’re in the finish funnel, it’s important that you stay in order and take a finish token. This is just a small plastic tag that has a number on – that’s your finish position.

You then simply take your finish token and your own paper barcode or wristband to the Barcode Scanners.

They’ll be wearing hi-vis and they will scan your barcode first, give it back to you, and then scan your finish token, which they will keep so it can be re-used again next week – please don’t take the tokens home as a souvenir!

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For various safety and operational reasons, we do not accept barcodes on mobile phones, so if you’ve forgotten your barcode, just give your token back to the Barcode Scanners. This does mean you won’t receive a time, but you’re still welcome to take part.

Sometimes there’s a queue to be scanned, but don’t panic, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get scanned immediately as all results are processed together once everyone has finished.

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6. After parkrun

Once you’ve had your barcode and token scanned, and handed back your token, you are free to dash off and celebrate how you wish. Most parkruns will have a cafe or meeting point close by where many people will gather for a chat and a drink and it’s a great way to meet and chat with fellow parkrunners over a coffee. The results are processed by the volunteer team and you’ll receive an email or text message confirming your time, position and other useful stats. It can sometimes take a while for this to happen, so don’t panic if you haven’t received within 48 hours.

Most importantly, make sure you enjoy and celebrate your parkrun! You got yourself out of bed on a Saturday morning and completed 5k. That’s awesome! #loveparkrun

Find your nearest parkrun here.

 

Sixmilewater parkrun – Event #29 – 22nd Feb ’20

The prospect of a sunny parkrun was enough to bring  58 people to Sixmilewater parkrun this morning. However, just on the very starting minute everything changed and you all had to dig deep in to your parkrun character to run, jog and walk the course in yet another week of wet, windy and cold conditions. So well done all of you - I think you all secretly love the bad weather anyway because you were all smiling!!

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Today we welcomed 14 first timers - that's 9 parkrun tourists and 5 parkrun first timers. Well done to all of you. Congratulations to the 9 of you who recorded new Personal Bests and to all the representatives of the 7 different clubs who took part.

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Raymond Hilman was the photographer today - thanks to Raymond for helping you to re-live your parkrun experience. Jacob Simpson (Duke of Ed) recorded your time today as you crossed the finish line and Ellie Dickson (Duke of Ed) scanned your barcode. I think you will agree that Jacob and Ellie are excellent examples of the young people we have in our community and their ability to embrace new tasks and work in adverse conditions are truly admirable qualities.

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parkrun wouldn't happen without volunteers so again thank you to the core team: Jeanette Burton, Vivien Davidson and Stephen McCullough for making it happen this morning and also to Ronnie Henry, amazing Tail Walking today Ronnie and thanks for bringing in the signs! Finally thanks  to Ellie's Mum Emma for standing in to help this morning.

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If  you are interested in knowing more about volunteering at Sixmilewater please email sixmilewater@parkrun.com - we would love to have more volunteers involved.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sixmilewater . parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Jana ROSS who recorded a time of 19:29 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Mark MCKINSTRY who recorded a time of 15:15 on 21st December 2019 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by William D SIMPSON who recorded 87.01% (16:10) on 27th July 2019 (event number 2).

Sixmilewater parkrun started on 20th July 2019. Since then 1,451 participants have completed 4,049 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,245 km, including 932 new Personal Bests. A total of 83 individuals have volunteered 282 times.

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