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.

 

 

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 39, 1st February 2020

Welcome to the 39th edition of the Sloughbotton parkrun run report. This week 259 people ran, jogged and walked the course.

Among them was Sloughbottom first timer Sarah Wilby - she is blind and ran with her guide runner Laura. We're told she loved it and particularly appreciated the support of our wonderful marshals so we hope she will be back soon.

Laura and Sarah

Laura and Sarah

We had a couple of milestones this week with Bernard Brett completing his 50th run and junior runner Jackie Webster completing her 10th. Massive well done to both of you.

We'd also like to welcome two new additions to our core team. Jamie Smith and Karl Peebles have both been regular and enthusiastic volunteers for a while now. So we've no doubt they'll be a big asset and help with all the hardworking that goes on behind the scenes.

Also a special well done to mother and daughter team Jill and Charlotte Morris who could be seen enthusiastically dolling out the high fives and gently encouraging you all to keep right on Marriott's Way.

Charlotte and Jill

Charlotte and Jill

We've been really well off for volunteers for a few weeks now. It's great that so many people are coming forward and making it easier to fill the roster. Of course we're always looking for more people so don't be shy in putting yourself forward.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Graham HARDINGHAM • Angela MAN • Radley FENN • Claire BERRIDGE • Sally GREETHAM • Ben KENDALL • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Laura LATIMER • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Jamie SMITH • Karen EVANS • Mandie THORPE • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ELLIS • Timothy EVANS • Katie FENN • Paul RICHARDSON • Eloise WOODCOCK • Paul ELLIS • Jill MORRIS • Charlotte MORRIS • Natasha WATTS • Nick HATTON • Alasdair FLETT

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

Don't forget, if you've entered the Norfolk Gazelles' Valentines 10km on February 15, you'll be able to pick you number up at Sloughbottom this coming Saturday.

Hope to see you all then. Cheers

Ben

 

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 38, 25th January 2020

Well done to the 273 of you who ran, jogged and walked the course this week. Particularly well done to the 53 first timers at Sloughbottom - 12 of whom were doing their first ever parkrun. Great to see those New Year's resolutions kicking in and we hope to see you all again soon.

The finish line

The finish line

Thank you to everyone for paying closer attention in this week's run briefing. We have had a few issues out on the course - not least to do with people keeping right on Marriott's Way - so it really is important we have this opportunity to communicate with you all. And thank you also for heeding our pleas (and smart new signs) asking you to keep right. We share the course with members of the public and it's important we don't completely take over the path.

Keep right on Marriott's Way.

Keep right on Marriott's Way.

We were joined by Ian Edwards, who many of you will know from his involvement with first Catton and more recently Colney Lane parkrun. He took lots of amazing pictures of the event. Check out the link and see if you can spot yourself - thanks Ian.

One of the most pleasing things about this week's event is we had a jam-packed volunteer roster. I'm sure this was due largely to the Freethorpe 10 Miler which happened on Sunday and that's great. But we can't rely on people needing a rest ahead of a race every weekend and always need more volunteers, so please think about doing your bit and getting in touch on Facebook or by emailing sloughbottomhelpers@parkrun.com. Why not opt-in to our regular volunteer reminders while you're at it?

Join our high-vis army.

Join our high-vis army.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Paul WOODYATT • Harriet CARR • Graham HARDINGHAM • Angela MAN • Ros MILLER • Mark PHILO • Ian EDWARDS • Charlene NICHOLLS • John MOORE • Bob CARTER • David EVANS • Fiona SEARSON • Julie WINNER • Rob WINNER • John WOOD • Alastair LECKIE • Ben KENDALL • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Peter SMITH • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Margaret SHARPE • Steven CLEVELAND • Katie FENN • Martin HOWARD • Matthew SALMON • Kayleigh COULSON • 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 and we look forward to seeing you again.

Cheers

Ben

 

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 37, 18th January 2020

This week was a special event as the Norfolk Gazelles stage a parkrun takeover. It meant they provided a full roster of volunteers and the added bonus of pacers. The result was a well organised and friendly run - what we aim for every week. Well done and thank you for them.

On volunteer news, we have a full roster for the weekend already this week. It's great to see some many people stepping forward to do their bit - so thank you to all of you, you're amazing. It takes the pressure of our regulars and, we promise, volunteers get something back to. If you're a regular runner and haven't tried it yet, please do give it a go. It's always appreciated and can be really rewarding.

One final thank you to all our runners. We've stepped up the calls for runners to keep right on Marriott's Way recently. There have been a few incidents where our run has clashed with other members of the public using the route recently and it's really important that we allow space to other users. You've all responded brilliantly by following the instructions. We really appreciate it - it's really not the parkrun spirit to be getting in other people's way. We know nobody does it intentionally but it's something we all need to be mindful of.

Keep right!

Keep right!

One more plea: please do try to listen to the run briefing. It doesn't take long, it isn't always the same and it often includes important information to keep the run safe for us all.

This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

Well done to junior runner Kirsty Webster on completing her 10th run. That's the only milestone I could spot - apologies if I've missed you.

The all important run briefing

The all important run briefing

Also well done to Frank Vickers and Jo Phillips - they chose to complete their 250th runs at Colney Lane. But both a big friends of Sloughbottom and were instrumental in getting our parkrun off the ground. They've also had their hands in plenty of other parkruns and really are a huge part of our community so well done to both of them.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Graham HARDINGHAM • Emma O'KELLY • Jason KELF • Steve William COOK • John MOORE • James (Jeff) FRARY • Susan Margaret MOORE • Claire BERRIDGE • Louise ISHERWOOD • Andrew HAMMOND • Amelia WHITING • Ian COXHEAD • Georgina HYDEN • John WOOD • Kevin HYDEN • Annette GALER • Marianne PAGE • Ben KENDALL • Jason BLACK • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Sophie KENDALL • Sally BLACK • Faith PEARCE • James CLARK • Jamie SMITH • Louise HURR • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Matthew COLLIER • Gail BARNARD • Peter DEARNLEY • David MURRELL • Andrew CURSON • Andrea FLINT • James WRIGHT • 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 at the weekend and remember: Keep right!

Thanks for reading,

Ben

 

 

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 36, 11th January 2020

It was a cold, windy January Saturday but 288 of you successfully ran, jogged and walked the course this week.
There were also a trio of runners celebrating milestone runs.
This included Oliver Thompson who completed his 50th run, James Crisp who ran his 100th run and, not an official milestone, but Jonathan Eagle achieved his 200th run - all great achievements.
We all aim for those magic milestones at parkrun but everyone who turned out for this week's run in less than perfect weather deserves a well done.
Out of the 288 people who took part, 58 were first timers and 37 recorded personal bests.
There were also representatives from a impressive 27 different clubs from as far afield as Cambridge, Bishops Stortford and Hatfield in Hertfordshire.
One of the reasons why I and so many others love parkrun are that people, who might not necessarily meet in other circumstances, are brought together by running.
Talking about running clubs, members of Norfolk Gazelles will be taking over next week's Sloughbottom parkrun on January 25.
It is great that so many club members have given up their time to volunteer so let's make sure they have a warm welcome.

Run briefing at the pavilion.

Run briefing at the pavilion

If you want to volunteer there are always lots of opportunities to help out every week.
To get in touch about volunteering email the Sloughbottom parkrun team on sloughbottomhelpers@parkrun.com
Sloughbottom's 36th parkrun was made possible by the following 23 volunteers: Paul WOODYATT • Frank VICKERS • Angela MAN • David SIMPSON • Radley FENN • Tom HULL • Tessa KILLINGBECK • John WOOD • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Sophie KENDALL • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Jamie SMITH • Mandie THORPE • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Margaret SHARPE • Katie FENN • Matthew SALMON • Frances COOKE • Kayleigh COULSON • Rebecca OWEN • Alasdair FLETT
To view the full results visit www.parkrun.org.uk/sloughbottom/results/latestresults/

 

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 (sloughbottomhelpers@parkrun.com).

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 https://www.parkrun.org.uk/sloughbottom/results/latestresults/.

 

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: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/sloughbottom/results/latestresults/

 

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: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

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

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