Welcome Back!

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A very warm welcome back to Sloughbottom parkrun! Well, not too warm fortunately. The weather conditions were just right for a parkrun.

97 people ran, jogged and walked their way round Sloughbottom park, which was a very comfortable number for the team of 17 volunteers, who are all getting back into the swing of things, learning how to use the Virtual Volunteer app for scanning and timekeeping and just generally remembering how it all works on the day.

For the time being, we are using our alternative course, which is 3 laps of the park, rather than going out onto Marriott's Way. This is for Covid safety, to avoid overcrowding on the narrow path, and it worked well, giving plenty of room to spread out.

Well done to Ian Morland, Jed Morland, Katharine Morland, Isla Morland, Louise Latham, Donna Bye, Claire Youngs, Toby Drews, Maurice Drews and Tomoka Takemoto, who all completed their first ever parkrun with us today.

Congratulations to Tara Baxter, Jensen Cole, Mandy Hathaway, Jessica Smith, Robby West and Jackie Webster, who all achieved a new PB.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made today's run happen, and a special mention for Jamie Smith, who volunteered for the 25th time today, earning the prized purple t-shirt! We are quite short of volunteers over the coming weeks, so if you'd like to come and join the team on a Saturday morning, drop us an email to sloughbottom@parkrun.com - you don't need any experience, we'll show you the ropes, and it's great fun to do!

 

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 44, 7th March 2020

Saturday 7th March saw 286 you come together run, wear purple and generally have a good time to celebrate International Women’s Day (which is actually 8th March but what’s one day between friends)
We were delighted to have lots of little people join us, some running their very first ‘big’ parkrun. The weather was, for a change dry and sunny and whilst no one could say it was hot at least we weren’t being blown down the Marriotts Way for a change!
IWD

International Women’s Day (IWD) gave us an excuse for a new flag and our very own selfie board, which some of you made excellent use of. IWD can be traced back to 1909 and whilst parkrun hasn’t been around quite that long it certainly feels like a good way to celebrate on a Saturday morning.

IWD

We are very lucky at Sloughbottom parkrun to have (usually) plenty of volunteers and this week was no exception with again some of our younger participants getting involved; huge thanks to Sapphira and Salina who normally run the course with their Mum this week they were on hi-Fiving marshal duties and I’m sure you will agree they made a great job of it.
Talking of marshals we are on the hunt for a few more for this coming week, 14th March and possibly another barcode scanner (we can always gran a runner coming in to barcode scan if this works for anyone) if you would like to volunteer please contact us using sloughbottom@parkrun.com or give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

IWD

Looking forward to welcoming you to Sloughbottom parkrun soon.

Kate
This week 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Paul WOODYATT • Frank VICKERS • Gary CHEESMAN • Julie WINNER • Jonathan Mark WELCH • Tessa KILLINGBECK • Ben KENDALL • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • David GOODWIN • Toby NELSON • Karl PEEBLES • Sonia WALKER • Jamie SMITH • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ELLIS • Margaret SHARPE • Aston MARTIN • Vicky AMIES • Katie FENN • Bobby WELCH • Anna KETT • Salina JONES • Emma WARD • Kayleigh COULSON • Jenny GURTON • Sapphira JONES • Ameera JONES • Jenni AMIS • Jonathan BRUNDRIT • Wilf HAZELL

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

IWD

 

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 42, 22nd February 2020

We're going to start this week's run report with an emergency appeal: as you all know, we provide free tea, coffee and biscuits after ever run. But our supplies are running low on all fronts and are biscuit cupboard is completely empty (I must admit my four year old son is at least 50% responsible for this). In the past we've ask you guys to contribute by bringing along a pack of biscuits or some tea or coffee - even all three - and you've responded brilliantly. So if you were wondering how to help your parkrun, now's your chance to pick up one or two extra items when you're shopping and bring them along.

This Saturday though there's an even more worthwhile appeal as we'll be collecting for our local foodbank. Check out our Facebook page for the kind of items you should bring but think stuff like dried pasta, tinned fruit, veg and meat, and pudding and biscuits.

This week we are once again indebted to the Norfolk Gazelles who, after their massively successful parkrun takeover, sent a plogging team out around our course. If you're not familiar with plogging, it involves running and picking up litter. Our sure our course will benefit massively from their little spruce up so thanks very much to them.

The Norfolk Gazelles plogging team

The Norfolk Gazelles plogging team

The Norfolk Gazelles plogging team

The Norfolk Gazelles plogging team

Well done to Millie Morgan and Kirsty Saddd who completed their 100th runs. and Michelle Ward who did her 50th.

This week 225 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Paul WOODYATT • Charlene NICHOLLS • Claire BERRIDGE • Ben KENDALL • Faith PEARCE • James CLARK • Sonia WALKER • Jamie SMITH • Peter SMITH • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ELLIS • Margaret SHARPE • Benjamin WALKER • Katie FENN • Krzysztof SZEWCZYK • Karen BIRCHAM • Paul RICHARDSON • George BIRCHAM • Jessica PARKER • Matthew SALMON • Roy DUNFORD

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

We're looking for plenty of volunteers this week so please get in touch if you want to help us out.

See you soon,

Ben

 

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 41, 15th February 2020

The Valentine’s edition of Sloughbottom Park Run was hosted by a take-over team from Tri-Anglia Triathlon Club who have regular runners and marshals at this venue. Also available today were a selection of pace runners, although they were asked to refrain from making people swim in the River Wensum and bike back. One person not invited today was Dennis. That’s storm Dennis who was hot on the heels of Ciara last week to threaten a cancellation. Well he did stay away and we had just a strong breeze.

Our Tri-Anglia pacers

Our Tri-Anglia pacers

Everyone must have listened well at the briefing as all runners kept to the right along Marriott’s Way aided by our signage and lovely marshals.

Keeping right on Marriott's Way - thank you!

Keeping right on Marriott's Way - thank you!

Well done to the 290 finishers who were greeted with a Tri-Anglia flagged finish, a congratulations, that all important Park Run token and then some Valentine Love Heart sweets courtesy of your triathlete hosts.

End of run reward

End of run reward

Job done and the marshal team went to the nearby riverside pub for a group breakfast : well deserved!

Kirsty FERRIS • Pieter Robert Stephen MACKEITH • Mark CLUES • Liz CLUES • Paul SCIBILIA • Sue FLUTE • Mark PHILO • Iain JOHNSON • Paul SAUNDERS • Rob LINES • Frank ELLIS • Chris GROVES • Kevin BURGESS • Paula HALL • Kitty ROSSER • Gordon CHAPMAN • David HUDSON • Hugo FLUTE • Richard LEE • Richard BEASTALL • Craig DAVIES • Dominic CLUES • Janice COGLIN-HIBBERT • John LEE • Cedric BONNIER • Jane HANNAH • Paul YOUNGMAN • Chris LYNDS • Alison MASTERSON • Ruth LYNDS • Zoe CLUES • Duncan SAMWELL • Megan FLUTE • Darren WOODWARD • Jamie SMITH • Mark SHEPPARD • Sorcha HILL • Daniel SIMMONS • Katie FENN • Elizabeth MASTERSON • Reuben LONGLEY • Chris HAMLIN • Simon OTTAWAY • Paul ELLIS • Justin FLUTE • Paige FULCHER

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

 

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 40, 8th February 2020

My daughter, Katie has been running for about three years now and without fail will mention parkrun in at least one in every two conversations that I have with her.  To this end I finally gave in this weekend and agreed to join her at Sloughbottom parkrun. Now whilst I may have been a runner in my youth and I was certainly a very keen if not always on target football player I can honestly say I my running days are behind me.  But Katie has assured me all the way that people of all abilities are welcome at parkrun.

It turns out she was right (but don’t tell her that!).  On arrival at Sloughbottom park on a fairly dismal wet dreary Saturday I was met with a hive of activity of people putting signs out, cones into position and flags being placed in the ground.  What struck me most about all of this was the sense that everyone was welcome and there were lots of shouts of hello, how are you? How was your run/race/next doors cat?

The run briefing

The run briefing

Listening to my daughter do the first timers briefing (as I was later told that was what she was doing) and being told that I hadn’t better of forgotten the barcode she had gone to the effort to print for me this week (I decided that she didn’t need to know it was in my pocket until after we had finished) The course explained and a few rules later and the limelight turned to my son-in law Radley as he was Run Director this week (ever feel like you may have been set up slightly?)

After a short briefing from him about the need to stay on the right and sharing the park with others (all sensible points as far as I can make out) we were led over to the start.  Whilst on the way I did overhear a couple of people talking about ‘Fenn time’ this being my son-in law and daughters’ surname my ears pricked it transpires that they run a tight ship and like to be out dead on 9am (well she had to be organised at something)

We stand eagerly on the start line Radley shouts 321 and we are off, now as I said my running days are well and truly behind me but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was not the only walker, in fact there were quite a little gang of us at the back.  Katie was kind (I think that’s the word anyway) to walk with me and we talked our way round the flat one lap course. It got a bit tough for me as we came back into the park but having already walked to the park from Riverside, I was quickly chastised by daughter for overdoing it and perhaps we should stop now.

Of course, this was never going to happen and I even managed a running finish!  I think Katie was worried that she had done me some harm at the end as she did look concerned but I can honestly say I loved my parkwalk/run…now when’s the next one?

We had one special milestone this week as regular runner Derek Grasby completed his 50th run. Derek has had Parkinson's for the past 12 years and requires a support runner to make sure he gets round the course safely. He really is an inspiration to us all and says he would like us to include this detail to offer encouragement to others and show there is life after Parkinson's. Well done Derek and keep running!

Derek, his wife and support runner Chris

Derek, his wife and support runner Chris

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Paul WOODYATT • Penny Jane EDWARDS • John BENNETT • Graham OHARA • Radley FENN • Gwen O'HARA • David ASKER • Tessa KILLINGBECK • Sally GREETHAM • Sophie KENDALL • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Jamie SMITH • Emma WAYMAN • William BARTRAM • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Margaret SHARPE • Katie FENN • Jessica PARKER • Matthew SALMON • Julia MOYE • David TURNER • Ross PALGRAVE • Alasdair FLETT • Carolyn GWYNN • Cliff HEATH

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

 

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