Snowden Field parkrun – Event 41 (07/03/20)

There are some weekends when parkrun is really, really tough. We’ve certainly had our fair share of those recently: mud, rain, wind and lots of exhaustion. But there are other weekends when parkrun is just a joy, and this was one of them. Our special International Women’s Day event had it all: lots of purple running tops (and leggings, and trainers); a little bit of spring sunshine, some significant milestones, cake, and lots of first-timers making their parkrun debut. We even had a circus!
The arrival of the circus meant a last-minute change to the summer course, but the ground has dried up a lot since last week and it felt like a much easier run. We had a fabulous field of 74 today, and for the first time ever, women outnumbered men – proving that indeed, This Girl Can. Twelve people scored PBs, and nineteen people made their first visit to Snowden Field, including eight people who were taking part in their first parkrun. Emma DAVISON and I were joined today by three of our colleagues from Spalding Grammar School, and we’ll be making sure they come back soon – there’s no escape …
First finisher today was Ryan ANDERSON in 19:17, leading the field home for the third time. First female was Emma TOMLINSON-McCRAE, who was making her first visit to Snowden Field, in 23:09. And first junior was Jacob COX, with his flying feet, in 25:54. Congratulations to all three of you! Well done to everyone who took part – five kilometres is a real challenge, and those three laps of the field can seem endless.
There were two significant milestones for Snowden Field regulars this week. Joanne McDONALD celebrated her 300th parkrun, and Margaret HAYES completed her 200th run. These are massive achievements – between them, Joanne and Margaret have run as far as Marrakesh!
The fact that people come back to parkrun week after week is testament to what a fantastic community event it is, and it’s worth remembering this on International Women’s Day. Parkrun is genuinely for everyone, including those who are just embarking on their fitness journey, those who are nervous about exercising in public and those who (like me) were always last to be picked for the netball team because they couldn’t run fast enough. Snowden Field is a lovely friendly event and whatever your pace, you’ll always receive lots of support.
Parkrun can’t happen, though, without its volunteers, and this week’s evenT couldn’t have taken place without the support of David ANDERSON, Colin APPS, Stephanie BEAVIS, Kevin BUNN, Fran CARLIN, Michael CORNEY, Cheryl DOYLE, Simon ELDRIDGE, Peter HALL, Matthew HARTLEY, Owen L-P, Glyn MAYLEY, John OVENDEN, Nikunj PATEL, Edna PEARL, Abigail STEPHENS and Annette WILLIAMS. Many thanks to all of you for giving up your time. If you enjoyed today’s event, do consider volunteering – have a look at the future roster and email if there’s something you could do to help.
See you next week!


29/02/20 – Event 40 (Leap Year parkrun)

The forecast was awful. The weather itself was only marginally better and everyone left their arrival – or getting out of their car – until the last minute. At ten to nine, I thought we might be able to negotiate our finishing positions and times between the three of us and retire for an early coffee and bacon sandwich. In the end (or should that be “At the beginning….’?), thirty of us assembled at the start and we set off on a very muddy course. First home was Morgan Harrison who was a visitor to our event and who was nearly 2 minutes in front of the next finisher. The first female finisher was Evie Hemmings in 3rd place followed by her sister Lottie.

The remainder of us did our best, but it wasn’t really the weather or the conditions for running.

Next Sunday (march 8th) is International Women’s Day and on Saturday (7th) we are encouraging as many women as possible to come and run, jog or walk round the course. We are encouraging men too…. Please wear something purple to show solidarity. I hope to see you there.

Peter Hall


Snowden Field parkrun – Event 39 (22/02/20)

We were lucky this week. True, the winds were pretty horrible on some parts of the course, but at least the rain held off until after we’d finished. We were fortunate to have a parkrun at all this Saturday, as over 100 parkruns across the country – from Inverness in the north to Seaford Beach in the south, and from Holkham in the east to Llanelli Coast in the west – were cancelled due to the weather, with flooding, high winds and fallen trees making many courses unsafe. (Tremorfa parkrun in Cardiff, meanwhile, had to be cancelled due to loose horses, while Higginson parkrun in Marlow has had an invasion of swans. More exotically, Westonaria parkrun in South Africa was called off today as there were two lions on the course … eeek.)
It was certainly blustery today. This meant that there were some stretches where we were blown along very helpfully – but others, such as under the trees, where the wind was right in our faces. Some parkruns you run with your legs; others with your head. This was definitely one of the latter. Keeping going was often a case of mind over matter, and it was a relief to make it to the finish funnel. However, 36 of us managed the full 5k today, and I hope everyone had a very indulgent afternoon as a reward.
First home this week was Peter HOLLAND, leading the field home in 21:27, with Simon ELDRIDGE close on his heels in 21:38. First female finisher, for the third time at Snowden Field, was Stephanie BEAVIS in 24:57. Unusually, we had no juniors today – clearly, they were all sensible and stayed in bed!
We welcomed five runners to Snowden Field for the first time today, including Leanne ROBINSON, who was doing her very first parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family! Tourists joined us from London and Bedford, and seven different running clubs were represented.
This week’s hi-viz heroes were Kevin BUNN, Adam CARESS, Fran CARLIN, Michael CORNEY, Simon ELDRIDGE, Peter HALL, Matthew HARTLEY, Margaret HAYES, Glyn MAYLEY, Eric MURRAY, John OVENDEN, Nikunj PATEL, Gordon PEARSON, Abigail STEPHENS and Jamie WARD. Many thanks to all of you for giving up your time and cheering us on – the encouragement from the marshals was very necessary today! If you’ve never volunteered at parkrun before, do have a look at the future roster – parkrun cannot happen without its fabulous volunteers and we’re very grateful for all your help.
There are two special events coming up over the next fortnight. Next Saturday, it’s Leap Day – the first time that 29 February has fallen on a Saturday since 1992. If you aren’t at parkrun next week, the next time you’ll be able to do parkrun on 29 February will be in 2048, so make the most of the opportunity! And on Saturday 7 March, we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day by dressing in purple and trying to attract as many runners as possible – female and male – to mark this important day. It would be fantastic if we could celebrate by beating our current biggest attendance of 131. So tell your friends, spread the word, and dig out your purple T-shirt!


Snowden Field parkrun – Event 38 (15/02/20)

We’re certainly working our way through the alphabet of storms, aren’t we? Last
week it was Ciara, this week it was Dennis … who’s next, I wonder? Hopefully
it’ll be a few weeks until Ermintrude or Emmeline or whoever comes along,
because I reckon we’re owed a few weeks of decent weather.
I wasn’t running this week, but I am reliably informed by my other half, Matthew
HARTLEY, that were was mud, Lots of it. It was clearly a week for the hardcore.
We had a small, select field of 40, and most were Snowden Field regulars.
Nevertheless, seven people came to Snowden Field for the first time this week.
Welcome - we hope you enjoyed it! It’s not always this muddy, honestly …
Conditions were clearly tough, because there were no PBs this week. Some
weeks are like that – a matter of sheer endurance and adding another run to
your total before heading home for a bath. First home was Ryan ANDERSON,
leading the field home for the second time in a frankly heroic 19:41. Big shout-
out to Evie HEMMINGS who was the first female and the first junior home in
23:02. Her sister Lottie HEMMINGS wasn’t far behind, at 23:51 – fabulous
There were no milestones this week, although Snowden Field first-timers Sarah
SHORT and Andy SHORT completed their 290 th parkruns with us on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Snowden Field regular Margaret HAYES completed her 199 th
parkrun. We’re looking forward to the 200 th – definitely an occasion to celebrate!
This week’s heroic volunteers were Kevin BUNN, Fran CARLIN, Liam DOYLE,
WARD, Annette WILLIAMS and John WOODHEAD. Thank you so much for
making sure that this week’s parkrun could happen, in spite of the weather.
Parkrun survives because of its hi-viz heroes and volunteering is a tremendous
thing to do – it doesn’t take a huge amount of time and is a great way of meeting
people and feeling like part of the parkrun family. Do have a look at the roster
and see if there are any roles you could volunteer for – you’ll receive lots of
support and it’s a lovely way of giving something back to such a fantastic event.
See you next Saturday!


Snowden Field parkrun – Event 37 (08/02/20)

Hello, my name is Lexie King (I am 11 years of age) I have volunteered 15 times and have ran 16. But this is my first time writing a run report so I hope it is OK.
Yesterday Snowden Fields parkrun (event number #37) was successful. Since Ferry Meadows parkrun was cancelled, we had a few extra runners join us in the lovely but somewhat cold conditions and in total there were 100 participants making this the 3rd highest attended parkrun. The first finisher was Mark A Jennings with a time of 20:57 and the first female, Katie Tasker who finished 3rd. The tail walker did his first Snowden Fields parkrun. A quarter of the runners were first timers and there were 22 new PBs made. We had a tourist all the way from Italy. WOW! The Run director was my dad- Chris King and Jenny King (who’s my Mum) got first in her age category (and I now get extra pocket money because I’ve mentioned that.)
I hope everyone who joined us for Snowden Field parkrun number 37 enjoyed the event this morning and we hope to see you all back again soon
By Lexie King

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Carol ATHERTON, Jessica BLACKBIRD, Joanne BLACKBIRD, Kevin BUNN, Adam CARESS, Fran CARLIN, Richard CAVE, Michael CORNEY, Peter HALL, Levi HARTLEY, Matthew HARTLEY, Laura HARWOOD, Christopher KING, Jenny KING, Lexie KING, Louis KING, John OVENDEN, Jason QUANT, Annette WILLIAMS


Snowden Field parkrun Event 36 (01/02/20)

Hi, Spud here with the run report for Park run 36 at Snowden Field on Saturday 1st February – sorry it’s late but I can’t type very well and kept having to nag my mum to remember to do it. You just can’t get the owners these days!
A sunny morning though a bit of a chilly breeze, saw 53 people (and 3 dogs including yours truly) available for pre-run belly rubs, which included 12 first time visitors to Snowden field. I did try to see you all before-hand and thank you very much for fussing me, though I’m sorry to have left muddy paw prints all over you.
It was also takeover day with my fan club from Werrington Joggers filling in the volunteer roles, so a big thank you and licked faces for Angela BARNATT, Robin BARNATT, James BURTON, Fran CARLIN, Emily DOUSE, Denise FASSLER, Denise FRANKS, Caroline HALL, Ian HUMPHRIES, Joanne MCDONALD, Matthew REDMAN, Helena ROSE, Jayne TURNER, Rob VAN DUYN, Laura WHALE, Sarah WYNNE. Without volunteers, these events couldn’t take place, so if you are interested in helping out in the future please let the organisers know.
The course is beginning to dry out nicely, a little muddy in places but I didn’t need a bath afterwards this week. This didn’t stop my mum from completely missing one of the turns, but to be honest I was having so much fun as usual that I didn’t drag her in the right direction. There were 7 PBs amongst us too, though unfortunately, the first-place gentleman who was way ahead of the rest of the field bought the wrong bar code with him. This means first official male was Ryan Anderson, with Nikki Higgins being first female. Well done to all who took part.
I’ll be back tomorrow so if you missed me please stop by to rub my belly


IWD – Special Event

To celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday 7th March we would like to encourage our participants to wear something purple. The event will start at the usual 9am.


Snowden Field Run Report No 34- 18-01-2020

S is for Snowden Field. We had the greatest pleasure of giving a warm welcome to 51 people (plus
dogs ) who ran, jogged and walked the course on a rather chilly but dry morning. Our course is
almost 3 laps of the designated winter route. The conditions underfoot were all to familiar to
regulars, ‘ dry but soft underfoot’ causing it to be slippery and muddy in places.
We welcomed a total of 51 to Snowden Field, 9 were new park runners, of which 5 were undertaking
their first park run ever. Well done to local lad Liam Doyle on coming home first in a respectable
time of 22:28, first female home was Annie Sneath in a time of 24:50, finishing in a respectable 5 th
place. The amazing stat here is this was Annie’s first ever park run, so massive kudos.

It was lovely to cheer 3 young girls(10-14 years old), Cara, Ellie and Morgan who were undertaking
their first ever park run. They crossed the line in a respectable time of 58-59 mins. All 3 girls are
looking forward to coming back to Snowden Field in a few weeks’ time to take part again. Their
smiles said it all, summarising the meaning of park run.
13 runners achieved PB’s, which considering the soft and muddy conditions underfoot was amazing
in itself.
Unfortunately we had 4 unknown runners, remember folks, Don’t Forget Your Barcode, (DFYB).
No one was celebrating any special miles stones apart from me, where I was acting as Run Director
for the second time and picking up my 25th volunteer role at Snowden. I’m relatively new to park
run but can’t wait for Saturday mornings to help the core team transform a standard green field into
a marked all grass route. Here fellow like-minded people can come and run, jog or walk the course
to complete the 5k Distance. Park run for me is like my second Family, a place where we celebrate
the fact that you can meet new people or get to know returning people. Some of those who return
only come back every now and then but a friendship is struck; we are really strangers to one another
but while at park runs we are friends.
Lastly I’d like to thank our volunteers, to whom we are very grateful for making the weekly event
possible, without them the park run would just not happen. A massive thank you to Keelan Bunn,
Kev Bunn, Peter Hall, Levi Hartley, Emma Majewicz, John Ovenden, Lorraine Roffe, Jamie Ward,
Jessica Ward, Laura Whale, Annette Williams and Fran Carlin .

Embellish me with one final stat from last week’s run. I’ve added up all park runs that this weeks 51
runners have attended, a staggering 2,666 park runs resulting in running a staggering 8,264 miles.
Quite an achievement for 51 runners.
Hope to see you again at Snowden Field.



Snowden Field parkrun – Event 31 (01/01/20)

Reflecting on my parkrun goals that I set in January 2019, I was able to achieve both my aims. I have visited 28 tourist parkruns last year and have also established a first parkrun in South Holland (Snowden Field).
My 2020 parkrun goals are:-
 To complete 50 different tourist events.
 To reach my 50 milestone t-shirt (currently on 42 runs total) and make good progress towards my 100.
 In autumn to begin exploring the possibility of setting up another new parkrun in the South Holland area of Lincolnshire.
Despite the fact that it was New Years Eve last night, Snowden Field attracted 65 runners, joggers and walkers. The event was facilitated by our eager team of volunteers.
First finisher and first junior was Reuben Cave in a new personal best time of 20:02. First female was Natalie Bunyan who was completing only her second parkrun and first at Snowden Field. 13 personal bests were achieved and there were 26 first timers to our event. Well done to everyone who completed the 5k this morning.
In order for our event to grow in 2020, we rely on the continued support of our local community. Therefore please spread the word about your experiences with our parkrun and also promote the volunteering side of the event. Recently we have often struggled to fill the non-running based roles on the roster and this puts significant pressure on our core organising team. The volunteer roster, for the whole of January, is now live so please does look ahead and sign up in advance where possible.
Our first pacing event is this Saturday (4th January) so if you would like to give that a go then please do get in touch. Additionally we are planning on hosting a results processing training session at The Old Paper Shop after the event on the 11th January. This is open to anyone who may be interested in volunteering in this role in the future. Finally we are always happy for new people to come forward to do the first timers briefing or be Run Director. We can arrange for you to shadow an experienced volunteer before going solo in the role. Any questions then please do email us.
I wish everyone a happy new year and a successful parkrun year.
Adam Caress
Event Director


Snowden Field parkrun – Event 30 (28/12/19)

It’s only once a year you get the chance to take part in two parkruns in one week, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to run direct for the first time at my home parkrun. Having only ran the course for the first time on Wednesday this was a daunting but rewarding experience.
As 2019 comes to a close it’s a great time to reflect on my parkrun achievements for the year. I have achieved over 20 tourist parkruns including runs in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, the North East and the Lake District. I have also tried my hand at a number of volunteer roles both at Snowden Field and Durham parkrun including bar code scanning, timing and run directing. As the year ends I am approaching my 50 parkrun milestone and my new year’s resolution is to hit 75 parkruns by the end of 2020 as well as getting to 40 tourist parkruns.
55 parkrunners braved the course in cold and muddy conditions. There were 19 first timers to Snowden Field including visitors from Manchester, Devon and Wales. 8 personal bests were achieved in challenging conditions on the last run of 2019. Jonathan Boor and Nathan Lewis join the parkrun family with their first parkruns. Thomas George saw out 2019 with an impressive 100th milestone parkrun. Following an impressive run from an unknown park runner Jay Belham achieved an outstanding time of 19.03 with the first female Sophie Darling not far behind at 20.51. Jessica Fyfe was the first junior to cross the line in 23.41. Since Snowden Fields first parkrun in April 933 people have successfully completed the course. As always this is only possible with the tireless dedication of the volunteers so a big thanks to anyone who has volunteered in 2019.

For those of you without a hangover wanting to start the New Year strong there will be a parkrun on News Years Day at the usual time of 9am!

Jamie Caress

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