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!

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.


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 or give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Looking forward to welcoming you to Sloughbottom parkrun soon.

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.



Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 35, 4th January 2020

On a cold but clear Saturday morning, 300 people ran, jogged and walked the first Sloughbottom parkrun of the year. 39 were first timers (welcome and we hope to see you again) and 54 recorded new Personal Bests (well done: great start to parkrun year). Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Cold but clear

Cold but clear

Air conditions were perfect with it being crisp and dry. And while there were boggy parts on Anderson’s Meadow and some amazing puddles around the paths everyone was out there with a smile on their face and taking part. One thing which I have found from Sloughbottom parkrun is the camaraderie between ages, clubs and abilities. It feels like everyone knows each other and people supporting each other. Today’s encouragement included “nice pace”, “love how you leapt that puddle”, “woohoo ladies”, “you’ve got this”, “keep on going, slow and steady” and so much more. Did they know each other? I don’t know but they did motivate and so job well done.

The start of the run always makes me smile: a mix of people staring at their watches, fingers poised to start the times, while others chat, more relaxed but still looking forward to the run. There was a lovely mix of ages, including under 11s (staying within arms length of their grown up) and right through to the more senior members. A father telling his son not to sprint off at the start, followed a few seconds later by him smiling and shaking his head as said son had sprinted off! Two sisters discussing tactics to try to get a PB this week. Two friends there to ‘run off the Christmas excess’ (I didn’t ask excess of what…). Those on their own, headphones on getting ready to run (I always wonder what is on their playlist and if I should add some of their tunes to mine). Some in shiny new trainers and running shoes, which were less shiny by the end of the run, and others in new tops, leggings, compression socks or whatever else they may have bought or been gifted over the festive season.

There were quite a few muddy legs crossing the finish line into the funnel, there were runners holding hands, those sprint finishing, those who could not quite muster a sprint but still happily crossed the line into the funnel. Every runner, jogger and walker was encouraged over the line by the volunteers – and was also supported by the marshalls around the course. I saw flagging runners break into a smile when the marshall clapped them and offered support: this is the beauty of parkrun – not a competition but an event.

In the finishing straight

In the finishing straight

Parkrun is a run and not a race. Yes everyone gets a position, an official time, and whether a PB or not, but the point is to get out there and to enjoy! As a wee reminder, please remember your printed barcode as that is your identifier to us and gives you your week on week results. Some even wear their wristband barcodes when they go to bed on Friday night so they don’t forget to bring them on Saturday (or is that just me) while others have them in phone cases, on their shoelaces, or crumpled up in their back pocket. As the runners came in thick and fast the lovely barcode scanners (with special support) were recording results with a smile and a chat.

All parkruns need volunteers, and they are the backbone each week. Usually runners who have taken a week off to ensure that the event goes ahead, or those who are injured but still want to be there. If you haven’t volunteered before, why not give it a go
by emailing the Sloughbottom team as you get training and make more friends. There is even free tea and coffee here! Please bring your own cup to help reduce the environmental impact.

Drinks ready to go

Drinks ready to go

This week’s parkrun was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Graham HARDINGHAM • Radley FENN • Tom HULL • Tessa KILLINGBECK • John WOOD • Tracey CLAYTON • Ben KENDALL • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Michael PROTHEROE • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Jamie SMITH • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ELLIS • Amélie FENN • Katie FENN • Krzysztof SZEWCZYK • Paul RICHARDSON • Paul ELLIS • Cathy AMBROSE • Roy DUNFORD • Rachel JACKSON • Rebecca OWEN

Sloughbottom parkrun started on 11th May 2019. Since then 2,449 participants have completed 7,235 parkruns covering a total distance of 36,175 km, including 1,485 new Personal Bests. A total of 297 individuals have volunteered 811 times.



Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 34, 28th December 2019

In the strange period between Christmas and New Year, known as Twixmas, Sloughbottom parkrun was a welcome relief to 267 of you who ran, jogged and walked the course this week as it reminded people what day of the week it was!

And after all those Christmas indulgences (Lindt chocolates in my case), what better way to dust off those cobwebs than take part in the joy that is parkrun.

Well done to everyone who took part in this week's event which featured some great milestones.

Ady Thompson and Paul Youngman, who was one of the 49 first-timers at Sloughbottom, achieved 50 runs.

Regular volunteer Paul Woodyatt was also one of 53 people who achieved personal bests and although he did not reach an official milestone this week's run was a very impressive number 452, which is no mean feat.

Talking about volunteers, no run report is complete without calling out for volunteers and over the next few weeks we are a little low on Hi-Vis heroes so as we approach 2020 why not give volunteering a go? It really gives you a great new perspective on parkrun and there are many roles that can be done alongside running.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of parkrun and it does give you a great feeling so if you do want to give it a go please email the Sloughbottom team (

We also love the fact we can provide free tea, coffee and biscuits after every run but are in need of more cups as running is thirsty work. If you can help out you can either donate money via the Sloughbottom parkrun website, donate paper cups or bring along a reusable cup on the day.

As we are celebrating a new year I know many people make resolutions, so if that is achieving a PB, aiming to run 5K without stopping, trying out volunteering, varying what volunteer role you do or doing some more parkrun tourism, all of us from Sloughbottom wish you a very happy and healthy new year.

We are so glad you all seem to enjoy the course and look forward to helping people in their various running journeys in 2020.

Sloughbottom's 34th parkrun was made possible by the following 25 volunteers:
Paul WOODYATT • Angela MAN • Mark PHILO • Radley FENN • Fiona SEARSON • John WOOD • Ken HURST • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Sophie KENDALL • James CLARK • Jamie SMITH • Peter SMITH • Amélie FENN • Robert ORGAN • Katie FENN • Krzysztof SZEWCZYK • Paul ELLIS • Jessica PARKER • Matthew SALMON • Kayleigh COULSON • John OLIVER • Lewis GRIMES • Jenni AMIS • Alasdair FLETT • Carolyn GWYNN

To view the full results visit


Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 33, 21st December 2019

Twas the parkrun before Christmas, and all 'cross the green
The runners were gathering - oh joy! What a scene!

The biscuits were placed by the tokens with care,
In hopes that the 5k's end soon would be there.

Parkrunners lined up primed to walk, jog or run
Dressed as Christmas trees, Santas - just to add to the fun.

The finish line

The finish line

1-6-3 in total for event thirty three.
32 first-time runners, 13 got a PB.
(bit of poetic licence needed there...)

Volunteers shout encouragement, their cheer warmly met,
But their feet were like icicles, their faces cold and wet.

Though soon it had ended, with a sprint 'cross the line
Time to open the chocolates, and grab the mulled wine.

The plump jolly man will be soon on his way.
With good reason to seek out parkrun New Year's Day.

A fresh start awaits us, new challenges in sight.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Sloughbottom's 33rd event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Paul WOODYATT • Angela MAN • Martin George ROPER • Charlene NICHOLLS • Radley FENN • Aidan THORPE • Andy EVANS • John WOOD • Sally GREETHAM • Ben KENDALL • Sophie KENDALL • James CLARK • Jamie SMITH • Philip CALEY • Miranda ELLIS • Elaine THORPE • Victoria LEGGETT • Katie FENN • Krzysztof SZEWCZYK • Frances COOKE • Kayleigh COULSON • Alasdair FLETT

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sloughbottom parkrun Results Page:


Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 32, 14th December 2019

Christmas his coming, the goose is getting fat but parkrun keeps going strong. This week 212 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

Just a reminder that we will not have events on either Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Of course our friends at Norwich parkrun at Eaton Park will be organising their usual Christmas Day run and there are plenty of New Year's Day options - including Catton which starts at 8.30am. For a full list, parkrun has the handy guide for you to check out:

Marriott's Way

Marriott's Way

One quick plea: many of you know that we offer free tea, coffee and biscuits every week. This is down to the generosity of many of you who have donated items to replenish our stocks. Donations are always welcome but at the moment we're running particularly short of cups. So if any of you could either pick up a stock of paper cups or get in the habit of bringing your own reusable cup each week, it would be a big help.

We're always grateful to our volunteers and never more so than in winter where standing out in the cold and wet for a good hour is never anybody first choice of how to spend a Saturday morning. If I'm not making it sound very appetising, it is: there's nothing more satisfying that being part of the friendly team that makes parkrun possible each week. Please consider giving up a bit of your time occasionally to help out and help relieve the pressure on our regulars. It also gives you a great new perspective - personally I loved standing on Marriott's Way this week watching the whole field, from start to finish, enjoying the run.

The end if near

The end if near

The event was made possible by 22 amazing volunteers:

Mark PHILO • Radley FENN • Andy EVANS • Andrew HAMMOND • John WOOD • Sally GREETHAM • Ben KENDALL • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Sophie KENDALL • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Jamie SMITH • Philip CALEY • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ELLIS • Katie FENN • Jessica PARKER • Matthew SALMON • Kayleigh COULSON • Rebecca OWEN • Alasdair FLETT

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

That's all for now, see you and have a great festive period.

Cheers, Ben


Finish-Line Faces, Magnificent Milestones and Hi-Vis Heroes

After an evening of heavy rain, all of the usual places were a little wet and boggy for our 31st parkrun, but apart from that, conditions were good, and 189 people turned up to enjoy their morning run with us.
Today we welcomed the Mile Cross Runners’ Couch to 5k group to Sloughbottom for their graduation 5k run. They all did brilliantly, and it was great to see their faces as they crossed the finish line. Such an immense achievement, well done everyone! We hope to see you back at Sloughbottom parkrun again soon. Here they all are, showing us their ‘finish-line faces’… what’s your ‘finish-line face’ like?

Finish-line faces from the Mile Cross Couch to 5k Graduates

Talking about their couch to 5k journey after the run, the Mile Cross Couch to 5k Runners were recalling the time when running non-stop for 5 minutes felt such an enormous effort. It goes to show how persevering really pays off and how something that once seemed nearly impossible, like being able to run a full 5k without stopping, can eventually become a totally achievable reality. A good way to approach so many things in life, not just running.

Mile Cross Couch to 5k finishers

Today was also an important milestone run for Bill Wiseman, who completed his 50th parkrun, and Helen Horn, who ran her 300th parkrun. Congratulations to both – fantastic achievements!

Well done too, to Duke of Edinburgh volunteer Alasdair Flett, who was our Run Director today (with assistance from Miranda). Alasdair gave a very confident pre-run briefing and was there to congratulate finishers coming through the funnel.

After initial concerns earlier in the week about volunteer numbers being a little low, we had a flurry of last-minute offers of help, which were most gratefully received. As you know, Sloughbottom parkrun is entirely volunteer-run and we can only run the event each week if enough people give their time on a Saturday morning to help with all the essential tasks needed. If you regularly run, please consider helping us all by volunteering from time to time. It’s really fun and rewarding to do, and if everyone offered just once or twice a year, we would always have plenty of helpers.

Hi-Vis Heroes giving finish tokens

If you’d like to help, please email to sign up. Signing up early in the week, or even several weeks in advance, is great if you can, because it saves the core team a lot of worry (and I have enough grey hairs already!). That said, we will always find jobs for people at short notice too, so if you suddenly decide on a Saturday morning you’d like to help instead of running, do come along.
Interested in volunteering but not sure about it? Why not talk to the Run Director or any of the volunteers next time you’re with us. We can answer any questions and help you decide.
Big thanks to this week’s Hi-Vis Heroes, who were:

Cathy AMBROSE, James CLARK, Jack COOKE, Paul ELLIS, Miranda ELLIS, Karen EVANS, Katie FENN, Alasdair FLETT, Jason KELF, Ben KENDALL, Anna KETT, Rebecca OWEN, Karl PEEBLES, Chris RICHARDSON, Kate RINGWOOD, David SIMPSON, Jamie SMITH, Oliver SMITH, David TURNER, Frank VICKERS, William VICKERS, Amy WINTER, John WOOD, Paul WOODYATT


Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 30, 30th November 2019

S is for Sloughbottom park

A park on the outskirts of Norwich (near ASDA if you’re local). I was visiting Norfolk, from Yorkshire, for the occasion of my Dad’s 75th birthday. When I told my Dad I was going he announced he used to play football at Sloughbottom park in his younger days. From looking around the park football still occurs here as well as there being a children’s play area and BMX track.

L is for leaves

Leaves - there were lots of leaves on the route. Remnants of Autumn are still hanging around as Winter arrives. The leaves today were slippy on the paths so caution was needed by all parkrunners but this was made apparent by the RD in the race briefing.

O is for outside

The beautiful outside space is perfect for a parkrun, within the city and with perfect amenities - a perfect parkrun park.

Frosty morning

Frosty morning

U is for underfoot

Today it was -2°C when I arrived at 8:30am. The parkrun is a mixture of grass and paths. The grass was crisp with a frost, parts of the path around the park were muddy after recent rain and the path that forms a part of the Marriott’s Way (more on that later...) was quite icy.

G is for goals

Today many people met their goals thanks to pacers from Norwich Road Runners. A big thank you to all of them for volunteering today!

H is for hi-viz heroes

A big shout out to the hi-viz heroes from today. The course is long and thin and some marshals would’ve had to walk quite a distance to their station so thank you guys! If you would like to volunteer then please email the Sloughbottom team.

B is for brr

Having only done 1 parkrun in September 2018 and then consistently parkrunning from May 2019 this was by far my coldest parkrun. Many thanks to the ladies who gave me advice regarding layers I needed and didn’t need! Some people were in shorts...

O is for oh dear

People talking whilst the RD (with a loud speaker) is giving the run brief. No thanks. I know some of you were excited to see people you’d not seen in a while but still...I found it tricky to hear!

Excitable pacers from Norwich Road Runners

Excitable pacers from Norwich Road Runners

T is for tourist

I'm a serial tourist: 25 parkruns & 25 different events done. Some people say you can’t be part of the community of parkrun if you’re a tourist but I disagree. I love seeing new places & meeting new people (I’m not shy!). Most parkrunners are so friendly (as seen here today) and enjoy chatting pre and post run.

T is for tea

Complimentary refreshments post parkrun at this event thanks to donations from parkrunners & volunteers. I’ve been to a couple of parkruns that do this but sadly I was unaware so didn’t take any supplies. Last night however, I’d read a few previous run reports where donations were requested so took a pack of my favourite crunch creams. You’re also encouraged to bring your own travel mug to reduce the need for disposables. One lady, Sarah, was celebrating her milestone of 50 (yay! Congrats) so was handing out cake to people. This is one reason why I love parkrun - cake is allowed before 10am on a Saturday morning!

Donations towards the cost of refreshments and the ongoing cost of Sloughbottom parkrun are always very welcome too.

O is for organised

A very well organised parkrun. Plenty of yellow arrows explaining the route along with marshals at key areas.

M is for Marriott’s way

Part of this parkrun is on The Marriott’s Way. A long distance footpath/cycle path/bridal path that spans 39.5km between Norwich & Aylsham. It uses former railway track beds from two lines and is named after William Marriott who was the railway manager for 41 years. I think I might need to return in the summer to walk this...images on Wikipedia look great.

A lovely, friendly parkrun. Thank you to everyone for my welcome. A beautiful start to a Saturday morning.

Number 50 today for Sarah so - cake!


Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sloughbottom parkrun results page.


Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 29, 23rd November 2019

Welcome to another run report. This week 177 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

One of the highlights this weekend was the RunFit women from Thorpe Marriott joining us after completing their Couch to 5km programme. All of us were new runners once and even those of us who have been running for years know how hard it can be, so it's great to see them successfully completing our course. We hope to see more of them in future.

RunFit ladies finish the run

RunFit ladies finish the run

Looking ahead to next week, we'll be joined by pacers from our friends at Norwich Road Runners. They'll be pacing every minute between 20 and 30 and then 33, 35 and 38 minutes. They're a friendly bunch so, if you're looking for a PB, say hello and try to keep with them. I personally will be pacing 26 minutes and Sloughbottom event director Hugh will be pacing 30 so look out for us on the day.

You don't need me to tell you that Christmas is coming and our volunteer roster is looking thin. Please do think about helping. We say it a lot but we really do rely on a hardcore of a few really dedicated people so, the more we can share the load, the better.

Another way you can help is by donating refreshments to replenish our stocks of free tea, coffee and biscuits for after the run. We currently have more than 1,000 tea bags so maybe coffee and biscuits for the time being. Of course the easiest way you can help is to bring your own cup to help us keep costs down and help the environment.

1,000 tea bags

1,000 tea bags

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Frank VICKERS • Angela MAN • Charlene NICHOLLS • Radley FENN • Teresa BURDETT • John WOOD • Oliver DACK • Ben KENDALL • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Sophie KENDALL • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Miranda ELLIS • Stuart BIZLEY • Katie FENN • Paul ELLIS • Michelle WARD • Frances COOKE • Alasdair FLETT

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

That's all for now, see you on Saturday.


Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 28, 16th November 2019

It was a frosty one this Saturday and definitely the kind of conditions where volunteers deserve extra thanks for braving the conditions to make the event happen for you all.

Frosty Slowbum

Frosty Slowbum

This week 221 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

We had no milestones (that I can spot, sorry if I've missed any) this week but we did have two of our juniors Ameera and Sapphira sporting there 10 run milestone t-shirts for the first time. Both have gone from strength to strength since taking up parkrun so well done to them.

Ameera and Sapphira

Ameera and Sapphira

Just an advanced warning: there is some work being done on Marriott's Way over the winter. In the long-run, it should improve our course by making the path wider. In the short-term, it may mean some disruption and possibly mean we have to keep it to our alternative route inside the park. Watch social media for any updates.

And you're probably familiar with the #dfyb - don't forget your barcode - mantra but we'd like to introduce you to a new one: #dfyc or don't forget your cup. We hate throwing away so many paper cups each week so please consider bringing your own for after the run. We'd also appreciate any donations of tea, coffee and biscuits as we're running a bit low. Don't forget we offer these for free every week and it's one way you can support our event.

Of course the other way you can help is to volunteer and help share the burden with our fantastic regulars. This week's event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Andrew LANE • Paul WOODYATT • Graham HARDINGHAM • Angela MAN • Charlene NICHOLLS • Samuel WHITHAM • Theresa DOOLEY • Radley FENN • John WOOD • Ben KENDALL • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Shane BOYLE • David GOODWIN • Peter PEPPER • Karl PEEBLES • Brooke CLARKE • Philip CALEY • Miranda ELLIS • Katie FENN • Krzysztof SZEWCZYK • Paul RICHARDSON • Kayleigh COULSON • Alasdair FLETT

Marriott's Way

Marriott's Way

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

That's all for now, thank you.



Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 27, 9th November 2019

This week 180 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.


It was a particularly cold day so a special thanks to our volunteers who braved the conditions. Our rota for next weekend is looking ok but is a bit empty after that. If you can help us out, please do get in touch - parkrun cn't happen without a regular team of volunteers.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers: Paul WOODYATT • Tina POTTER • Angela MAN • Archie ROQUES • John WOOD • Paula OLLEY • Ben KENDALL • Sophie KENDALL • Robert WESTBURY • Karl PEEBLES • Jessica WESTBURY • Isla WESTBURY • Archie MANTON • Mandie THORPE • Steven CLEVELAND • Krzysztof SZEWCZYK • Paul ELLIS • Julian FLATT • Frances COOKE • Rachel JACKSON • Alasdair FLETT

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

The female record is held by Joanna ANDREWS who recorded a time of 17:56 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 7). The male record is held by Logan SMITH who recorded a time of 15:51 on 13th July 2019 (event number 10). The Age Grade course record is held by Eva OSBORNE who recorded 90.16% (28:58) on 18th May 2019 (event number 2).

Sloughbottom parkrun started on 11th May 2019. Since then 2,111 participants have completed 5,443 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,215 km, including 1,125 new Personal Bests. A total of 269 individuals have volunteered 619 times.

That's all for now.

Thanks, Ben.

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