Snowden Field parkrun is cancelled on 21 September 2019: Dog Show on field

Snowden Field parkrun – 7/9/19 (Event 15)

Crowland Parkrun - 7/9/19 - number 15

It was much cooler on the field today than recent weeks which made it perfect running conditions for parkrun and for Halmer Harriers Club takeover. 54 fabulous people joined us out on the course today to run, walk or jog their way around the 5k route, with 14 people attending Snowden fields for the first time, 5 of whom were new to the parkrun family, I hope you all enjoyed it. Tourists joined us from Coventry, Dudley and South Africa!

First to cross the line today was Mark Jennings (20.13) who enjoyed his first time at Snowden fields but has clocked up an impressive 488 parkrun’s overall! Second over the line with a new personal best was Junior runner Reuben Cave (20.14) First Lady home was Stephanie Beavis (24.40), again setting a new personal best. A special mention goes to Anita Blackburn who completed her 50th parkrun milestone today (36.04) also setting a new personal best. A big well done to the 20 runners that set new Personal bests today, that’s a whooping 37% of those that out on course.

A big thank you to all the volunteers today from Halmer Harriers run club, Katherine BAXTER, Tim BAXTER, Stephanie BEAVIS, Simon ELDRIDGE, Lisa GILL, Peter HALL, Samantha HALL, Daz HIND, Joanne JACKLIN, Sonya LAWRENCE, Diana LETTICE, Brian OGDEN, Janice PURDY, Marie SAMPSON, Amelia SIDDALL, Steve TUCKER, Sue TUCKER-REYNOLDS, Carly WILKINSON you all did a sterling job. As a relatively new member of the club I’d just like to tell others what a super friendly bunch they are and if your looking for a group to join to compliment your parkrun experience then Halmer Harriers is the place to go!

Just a reminder that there is no parkrun at Snowden Fields for the next 2 weeks (14th and 21st September) but don’t let this deter you, why not use it as a chance to check out some other local runs. Boston is a personal favourite of mine and I’m thinking of adding Kings Lynn to my list next week.

Finally I would personally like to give everyone a pat on the back for participating this morning, parkrun is a fantastic way to start the weekend so well done to you all!

Have a great couple of weeks and we look forward to welcoming you back to Snowden Fields on 28th September.

Marie Sampson


Snowden Field parkrun – Event 14 (24/08/19)

The temperatures were soaring at Snowden Field this morning for our fourteenth
parkrun. We had a very thoughtful reminder from the organisers on Facebook to
make sure we brought our water, but once we’d got going it was definitely a
relief to get into those lovely shady bits of the course under the trees. Phew!
Being August Bank Holiday weekend, numbers were lower than last week, but
still 57 people ran, jogged or walked today. We welcomed 23 first-timers to
Snowden Field, including tourists from all the Bs – Bournville, Bramley and
Beeston – and two people who were using their parkrun barcode for the very
first time. We hope you enjoyed it!
First person home today was unknown. Well done, whoever you are! The first
named runner was Lee JOHNSON in 20.01, with the first female being
Francesca STOCCO in 21.26, a new personal best on this course. First junior
was Reuben CAVE in 21.40. Congratulations to all three of you! Ten people got
new PBs today, and there are special shout-outs to Jeremy GREEN, who had
the highest age grade of 71.70% and completed his 140 th parkrun; Paul DAY,
who took part in his 50 th parkrun; and Sarah HALL, who clocked up an amazing
289 th run. But actually, a huge round of applause to everyone for turning up and
completing the five kilometres, at whatever pace – the best thing about parkrun
is that it offers something to everybody.
An enormous thank you to all the volunteers who helped today’s event to
happen: Stephanie BEAVIS, Joanne BLACKBIRD, Fran CARLIN, Georgie
Kate SALMONS, Justin SHOWELL and Laura WHALE. Parkrun cannot go
ahead without you giving up your time on a Saturday morning – we are all very
grateful to you. Thanks also to the two boys giving out high fives near the
children’s playground – a very welcome energy zap! Please have a look at the
roster over the next few weeks and see if there are any roles you could
volunteer for – everything is very straightforward and you will never be asked to
do anything you aren’t comfortable with.
There’s no event at Snowden Field next week, and we’re also taking a break on
14 and 21 September, giving you the chance to do a spot of parkrun tourism. Do
you know about all the parkrun challenges you can do? As a relative newbie (I
did my tenth run today) I’m only just finding out about all this. You can do the
alphabetical challenge, going from Aberbeeg in Wales to Zillmere in
Queensland, Australia (Zielona Gora in Poland is possibly a bit more
accessible). You can do the points of the compass, completing parkruns with
North, South, East and West in their names. Or you can do the Pirate Challenge
– seven Cs and an ‘ARRRR’! Alternatively, you could make up your own
Snowden Field-themed challenge. How about going for a weather theme, with

Sunny Hill in Barnet or Windy Nook in Tyne and Wear? Or finding another
parkrun with a view of a ruined abbey, like Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire or
Netley Abbey in Hampshire? Or heading to some more fields, like Highbury
Fields in Islington or Sixfields in Northampton? You could even jet off to Crissy
Fields in San Francisco, with its view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge,
although whether it matches up to the view of the Crowland Abbey graveyard is
anyone’s guess. The world, as Arthur Daley said, is your lobster.

See you on 7 September!
Carol Atherton


SnowdenField parkrun – Event 13 (17/08/19)

After last weekend’s cancellation due to the awful weather, it was a relief when this Saturday dawned bright and sunny. There was a bit of a breeze for Snowden Field’s thirteenth event, and the ground underfoot was a bit damp, but the skies were blue and it was a lovely morning to run, jog or walk the three laps of parkrun.

I was a parkrun tourist at Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire two weeks ago, and it’s interesting to have another course to compare ours to. At Haverfordwest the first 800 metres are up a hill … a bit of a shock! It was a relief not to have those killer loops round Crowland Abbey graveyard, though … Every parkrun has its peculiarities and its ups and downs, both literal and metaphorical. Some weeks you get into your stride and it all seems easy; others feel like a really hard slog.

But everyone who takes part should give themselves a pat on the back for getting out of bed on a Saturday morning and completing the five kilometres. Today saw 67 people completing the course, of whom 36 were running at Snowden Field for the first time. We hope you enjoyed it! We also had nine juniors and a number of families, plus visitors from as far afield as Australia. And importantly, nine people took part at parkrun for the very first time today. Welcome to the parkrun family – it’s a lovely, inclusive event and a way for everyone to enjoy themselves and work on their goals, whether that’s being one of the front-runners, achieving a PB, keeping yourself going for five kilometres or conquering demons. We hope to see you again soon!

Today’s first finisher was Carl SALMON with a time of 20:54. First junior home was Katie TASKER in 24:25. Congratulations to both of you! Well done also to the six parkrunners achieved a course PB. And a big shout-out to David IRWIN of Riverside Runners who completed his 326 th parkrun today!

As ever, the event could not happen without the support of its volunteers. This week’s event was brought to you by Joice BANDOQUILLO SHOWELL, Joanne BLACKBIRD, Andrew BRADY, Katie BRENNAND, Simon ELDRIDGE, Peter HALL, Matthew HARTLEY, Lance HEMMINGS, Andrew PEARCE, Gordon PEARSON, Mark SALMONS, Kate SALMONS, Justin SHOWELL, Alexander SMITH, Andrew SMITH, Andy THOMPSON and Mark TULEY. Please consider volunteering – have a look at the roles that are available on the future roster.

See you next week!

Best wishes,


SnowdenField parkrun – Event 12 (03/08/19)

Here we are after Snowden's 12th parkrun, where is the time going. With Peterborough celebrating its sixth birthday today wouldn’t it be great if in 2025 we see Snowdens celebrating the same milestone. The success of Parkrun truly relies on the volunteers who make it possible. There is a core group of Volunteers who keep the event going and it would be good if we all join together to ensure this happens for the future, just once every couple of months would definitely help.
Todays event was made possible by the following volunteers who all deserve a pat on the back, your efforts are appreciated. Those getting a big shout out are Adam CARESS • Amanda WOOD • Christine BRIDGES • Christopher KING • Giedrius KAIRYS • Jane SMITH • Jenny KING • Joanne BLACKBIRD • Keelan BUNN • Kevin BUNN • Lance HEMMINGS • Luke FIELD • Michael CORNEY • Peter BOOTH • Susan BOOTH • Tom LAW
This morning I decided to volunteer for the role of “Car Park Marshall”, getting to Snowdens for just after 8am was a challenge but it makes you realise the efforts put in by the Run Director and Pre Event Set up Team. Previously I had just rocked up at 8.55 but by taking time out to see what goes on to make the run possible is eye opening. I was stationed at the 6 acre field and met those needing to park in the field.
From keeping an eye out for any dogs being exercised to directing new visitors to where the Pre Run briefing or the start line whilst directing the traffic flow I enjoyed the experience.
When I left Peterborough on Saturday morning it was foggy but as I got closer to the field the Fog lifted to allow a sunny day to commence. Seeing Crowland Abbey with the fog lifting was quite a nice experience. Following on from my visit to Liverpool last weekend and a trip to Crosby parkrun (the first km is on the beach) it was nice to return to Crowland for the second time.
Todays event saw 64 participants with visitors from Dereham, Liverpool and Bideford. Well done to you all for visiting and I hope you enjoyed your stay with us. Todays first runner home was Ben Heron who was taking the chequered flag for the second time. First female home was Freya Woodhead who was taking part here for the first time, all the way from Bideford. Congratulations.
Of the 64 participants we had two unknown runners, sorry guys for the reminder “Don’t forget your Barcode”. There were four members of the field taking part in Parkrun for the very first time, thank you for choosing Snowdens for your first time and hopefully see you again soon. There were a total of 26 first timers at our event and 12 course PBs set. Well done to you all.
I would also like to congratulate Fran Carlin on winning the sprint finish which we completed at the end of today's Parkrun. I have to admit that I do love a sprint finish if I have someone nearby and gives me an opportunity of a PB.
Next week's Parkrun sees the first takeover at Snowdens by Werrington Joggers so there is a full roster of volunteers, if you have any free Saturdays coming up take a look at the roster for 17 August, 24 August and 7 September.
Take care and hope to see people again upon my next trip to Snowdens, next Saturday sees me away for the weekend so I am sure I will find a Parkrun somewhere near Oxford to participate in.
Kind regards, Paul McVey


Snowden Field parkrun – Event 11 (27/07/19)

Fortunately the weather for this week’s event did not hit the highs of the weekdays. In fact we were nearly sunk by the persistent rain, although this did not stop 90 runners and walkers completing the course.
This week we had one milestone with Susanna Tabor completing her 25th parkrun but her first at Snowden Field. She also was the first female to reach the funnel in a time of 22:18. She was joined on the start line by a strong field of Yaxley runners and joggers as well as tourists from Lincoln and Leeds. First finisher was Scott Spearman who completed the course in a time of 20:06. The first junior to cross the finish line was Reuben Cave in 20:34.
Big shout out to all the volunteers who stood and performed their roles well in the rain this morning.
Adam CARESS • Alexander SMITH • Annette WILLIAMS • Cheryl DOYLE • Emma DAVISON • Jane SMITH • Joanne BLACKBIRD • Juliet SAUNDERS • Kate SALMONS • Kevin BUNN • Lance HEMMINGS • Laura WHALE • Levi HARTLEY • Liam DOYLE • Mark SALMONS • Michael CORNEY • Richard CAVE • Sarah WYNNE • Simon ELDRIDGE
If you are interested in helping out in the future then please check out the volunteer roster on the Snowden Field parkrun website. This shows up to five weeks in advance so that you can select what volunteer jobs you would like to undertake. We are also desperately searching for people to help with pre-event setup and run directing. This is not a long-term commitment, even supporting us with this just once takes some of the pressure off the core organising team. All training provided.
Again this week we had a very busy first timers briefing with 42 attending Snowden Field for the first time. Along with some regular faces! 23 Personal bests were achieved. As this is a community project I would like to request that if you live nearby that you spread the word about our parkrun so that everyone in town is aware of the positive impact and supportive environment that is offered here. We want to see as many people as possible running, jogging or walking the course. Even dog walkers and buggy pushers are welcome! (Only one per parkrunner though). Don’t forget that if you do bring a friend along with you, remind them to register on the parkrun website prior to the event and to bring their personal barcode with them so that they receive a result.
If you are part of a sports club or community group and would be interested in volunteering to do a takeover event then please get in touch. Ideally we would like to have some more lined up for November and December.
Adam Caress
Event Director

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