Snowden Field parkrun – Event 42 (14/03/20)

A field of 41 runners and walkers assembled on the start line for the 42nd running of Snowden Field parkrun. The light drizzle that had been falling during the course set-up relented during the walk across a the long damp grass to the start line, but the mood on the start line seemed to match the sky - grey, a reflection that today was likely to prove to be the last parkrun for a week or two. Only time will tell.

Our participants made the most of it though, long grass or not with no fewer that 15 PBs being recorded. Well done if you are the owner of one of them.
We welcomed two runners to Snowden Field for their very first taste of parkrun, along with visitors from Lincoln, London and Hertfordshire.

First across the line today was one of our visitors, Philip NIND, in a very rapid 17:21 - the third fastest time ever recorded at Snowden Field. Second was another visitor Christopher HYDE, whilst our own Evie HEMMINGS and Lottie HEMMINGS came in third and fourth, both bagging PBs for their efforts.

Thank you to this weeks volunteer team, who were Colin APPS, Fran CARLIN, Richard CAVE, Anwen DAVIES, Peter HALL, Tony HARKER, Lance HEMMINGS, Christopher KING, Jenny KING, Owen L-P, Glyn MAYLEY, Joanne MCDONALD, Eric MURRAY, John OVENDEN, Ella SKIDMORE, Jamie WARD, Jessica WARD and John WOODHEAD.
We also unveiled our new volunteer board, to make it easy for you to see what roles are available for the coming weeks and to bag the one you want! You can of course still email us at snowdenfield@parkrun.com or follow our volunteer page on Facebook. Please do get involved as it is rewarding.

Some pictures from this morning can be found here.

Finally, wherever your parkrun journey takes you over the coming weeks, we recommend you keep an eye on the cancellations page of the parkrun website.

Happy running (and volunteering), and hope to see you all again soon.

Colin

 

Snowden Field parkrun – Event 25 (30/11/19)

parkrun and numbers

You often hear that parkrun is whatever you want it to be. For some, it's all about the run. For others, it’s the social bit afterwards (or perhaps even during!) Some like the numbers, and parkrun generates lots of them. And some like collecting things – like different parkruns.

We all love our home run, but there’s another world out there – the world of parkrun tourism. But with so many out there to choose from, how do you choose where to go? Well, help is at hand at https://running-challenges.co.uk/ also known as ‘the Chrome extension’ (and also available for Firefox). Try it – it will take you to another world, of badges, statistics, fun challenges and games to play. Be warned though – some can be highly addictive (the Wilson Index), and others frustrating (parkrun Bingo). It takes your personal results page and adds to it. Install it, load up the results of a parkrun you ran at, click on your name and off you go.
(Bingo should take 280.79 runs on average. I’m still waiting for a 43 after 304 runs….)

Back to this week and 71 runners, walkers and joggers completed the course on a very cold, foggy and frosty morning. First across the line was visitor Andrew DENNIS (20:26), with our own Evie HEMMINGS (25:04) coming in as first female. We welcomed 34 runners new to Snowden Field, among them visitors from Norwich, Rugby, Kings Lynn, Rushcliffe and Rutland Water. Five were all getting their very first taste of parkrun. Natalie PARNHAM, Emma CORRIGAN, Cameron PITCHER, Penny PITCHER and Stephen PITCHER - don’t let the weather put you off!
Three people even managed to bag themselves a PB – well done to Megan BEDLOW, Ruby ACTON and Sarah MOFFATT.

They were ably assisted by 18 volunteers – thank you to Andrew FERGUSON, Christopher KING, Colin APPS, Edna PEARL, Emma DAVISON, Fran CARLIN, Glyn MAYLEY, Hannah DAVIES, Jenny KING, Joanne BLACKBIRD, Joely APPS, Kevin BUNN, Liam DOYLE, Michael CORNEY, Miranda APPS, Peter HALL, Simon ELDRIDGE and Tom JOYCE-KNOWLES for braving the cold. If you would like to help next week (or any future week), please email snowdenfield@parkrun.com or see our volunteer page on Facebook.

Finally, thank you for all the good wishes on completing my Cowell (100 different parkruns) and my wife Miranda's half Cowell as a volunteer. As a virtual stranger (at the moment) to most of those present, it really showed parkrun at its best. Special thanks to my friends from Three Counties RC who made the effort to come and join me - you're awesome! And thanks to Adam and the Snowden Field team for putting up with me not being there each week whilst I finished off my challenge. I plan to be around a bit more in future!

Colin Apps
A208705 (and latest member of the Cowell Club)

Miranda Apps
A210582

Colin 100 shirt TCRC group

 

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,
Carol ATHERTON

 

Snowden Field parkrun #2 4/5/19

This weeks run report is courtesy of today's timekeeper, Di Lettice.

It was a bright and breezy May morning in Crowland for Snowden Fields event number 2, with a slightly amended course from last week.

Out of 112 taking part, 85 were visiting Snowden Fields for the first time so word is spreading. Several participants were taking on their first ever parkrun which is great to see.

We welcomed tourists from Peterborough, Boston, March, Belton, Whittlesey, London and Poland!
Caroline Carty completed her 100th parkrun today and Jacob Carty kept the celebrations in the family with a new pb. A special mention to Jonah Carty who was literally flying on his sprint finish.

A new course record was set by James McCrae who came home in an incredible time of 16:11. Congratulations to you all.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, from the ones getting there early to set up to those staying a bit longer to tidy up and process the results, and everyone in between.

parkrun cannot take place without our volunteers giving up their time to make a safe and enjoyable run for you, so do please consider volunteering from time to time. It’s very rewarding, some roles mean you can run as well, and you get a free parkrun the following week, what’s not to like?

Happy parkrun day, see you all soon

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