Wollaton Hall parkrun is cancelled on 11 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Wollaton Hall #5 : Elbow bumps to celebrate another successful parkrun

Saturday 14th March was my first stint as RD at the still fairly new Wollaton Hall parkrun and I am sure I am not the only one that was pleased it went ahead despite the fears around spreading viruses. 295 of you wonderful runners finished our 5th Wollaton Hall 5k run with 143 of you joining us for the first time and 74 of you achieving your WH parkrun PBs - well done!

It was great to see many elbow bumps (as handshakes and high fives are so 2019!) as you crossed the line with big smiley faces! Not least of all these two speedy runners who both celebrated a milestone with us; Benjamin Smith was our first finisher and what a way to celebrate his 100th parkrun! Stuart Neyton wasn't too far behind finishing 6th for his 50th parkrun. Well done both!

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Also a big congratulations to one of our EDs who celebrated his 100th parkrun and first ever run at Wollaton Hall. Our parkrun wouldn't have been made possible without Geoff Pennington so thank you and congratulations! Elbow bumps all round for you!

Thanks as always to our wonderful volunteers who without their help our event wouldn't have been possible. It was a seemless event - the quickest results processing I have ever managed so an extra high five, no sorry elbow bump to them:

Graeme SCANDRETT-SMITH • Carrie BARKER • Evie SCANDRETT-SMITH • Sue CHICKEN • Stuart MCCLETCHIE • Tam SEAMARK • Alison BRAILEY • Lynsey PALMER • Lucy BARKER • Guy LAMBERT • William BRAILEY • Susan WHEATCROFT • Mary READER • Linda WOODINGS • Tom BARTRAM • Nik NETTLESHIP • Luke DONALD • Tom READER • Antony DOWD • Clare SANDOM • Lesley MORRICE • Suzy HARRIS • Phil SANDERS • Tina BROWN • Margaret INGHAM • Sandy BROWN

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We are hopeful that we are still able to run next week, but please do keep an eye on our Facebook page for any updates.

 

 

 

 

Wollaton Hall #4 : Marching on for International Women’s Day – 7th March 2020

Great weather welcomed us to help Wollaton Hall Parkrun #4 celebrate International Women's Day. Lots of inspiration and enthusiasm to be found on the start line which was helped by a good dose of dry and fresh conditions - perfect for the run/walk/volunteering start to the day. The route was firm underfoot which is a testament to the park's resilience considering the drenching it has had recently.

The repair works to the broken water main had been completed promptly which massively helps when you have 458 parkrunners on the start/finish line. With 271 first timers, including one Run Director stag do (now there's commitment for you), and plenty of tourists from as far a field as Teeside it was another busy day at the office.

Parkrun cannot happen without the volunteers, so big thank you as it was my first Run Director week at Wollaton Hall and I needed all the help that was offered.... Also a big thank you to the Colwick Park team particularly Tim, Caitlin, and Remi who trained me up for the big day, and everyone else from our other local Parkruns who have helped us by volunteering and get set up.

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Just a polite reminder - If you managed to walk off by mistake with one of our precious tokens (another 3 went walk-about this week), please can you return them as soon as possible. Big thank you to those that did return their tokens from last week!

As always, we are always looking for volunteers, no experience necessary so please drop us an email at wollatonhall@parkrun.com with your barcode number and role preference (see https://www.parkrun.org.uk/wollatonhall/futureroster/ )

I'm so looking forward to actually running the course myself next week to see what all the fuss is about. My expectations are high judging from all the great feedback the team have been getting....

Hope to see you next week

Simon (Run Director)

 

 

Wollaton Hall #3 : Rather Damp Under Foot – 29th February 2020

It was another wet one for the 3rd parkrun at Wollaton Hall as the named storms continue to dump their rains over the country. We must have done something right as it stopped raining for the run itself and the weather forecast and conditions didn't put off the volunteers and runners.

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We experimented with a separate start for the dogs this week. It seemed to work well with the - admittedly only two - dog runners starting over by the second large tree stump in Cambridge Field and joining the masses half-way up the path. We could hear the dogs in the distance but they didn't interfere with the briefings this week.

A diseased tree near the start and finish line had been felled earlier in the week and, unfortunately, it had broken an underground water main when it landed. Work was underway to repair it and fortunately our course was not affected. Hopefully it will be sorted by next week and the hole won't be any bigger.

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We did lose a few more tokens this week and are hoping that they'll make their way back in the near future. It's surprisingly time consuming and expensive to replace tokens that go missing.

We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to volunteer. You can send us an email at wollatonhall@parkrun.com or, for regular updates, opt in to our emails from your parkrun profile (https://www.parkrun.com/runner/opt-inout). It's fun and a great way to be involved, no experience is needed, and all training will be provided.

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Roll on the dry weather of March!

Geoff - RD 29th Feb

 

Wollaton Hall #2 : Anyone for Dennis? 15th February 2020

All week the event team watched the forecasts as Storm Dennis threatened to put the dampeners on the 2nd Wollaton Hall parkrun. After a tense wait, early on Saturday morning, we got the 'all clear' and 461 intrepid runners set off around a windswept course.

We were delighted to be joined by visitors from across the Midlands, Yorkshire and further afield including Ipswich's parkun super-volunteer Rory Marriott who joined the happy but damp volunteer team for his 876th stint in hi-vis!

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Many thanks to this week's dream team of volunteers that so ably soaked up the pressure (and the rain):
Rory MARRIOTT • Graeme SCANDRETT-SMITH • Evie SCANDRETT-SMITH • Jared KARIM • Tam SEAMARK • Clare GRANTHAM • Geoff PENNINGTON • Juliet HARRISON • John R HARRISON • Stuart GRANTHAM • Dave NETTLETON • Linda WOODINGS • Rachel WARD • Charlotte GRIMLEY • Antony DOWD • Parbinder SINGH • Sophie NICHOLLS • Vicki HAIR • Lesley MORRICE • Simon NICHOLLS • Stuart NEYTON • Robert WALTERS • Ann WALTERS • Phil SANDERS • Rebecca GRAVES

We had some milestones that are always a pleasure to acknowledge, albeit post-event. Thomas Moulton joined us for his 25th parkrun, Alex Stoppiello braved the wind and rain for his 100th and Evie Scandrett-Smith earns a huge thankyou for volunteering for the 25th time. Congratulations all and enjoy the new T-shirts!

The first runners back today were Conor Vale (17:28), and Lauren McNeil (17:48) who was only six seconds off last week's course record, and certainly in non-ideal conditions! Despite the wind, rain, mud and puddles an amazing 44 runners achieved new Wollaton Hall PBs and we look forward to many more.

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Looking further at the stats it's great too see 335 people joining us for the first time and 22 who were running their first ever parkrun. Welcome to all and well done, if you can run in those conditions, you can run in anything!

The event team acknowledge the feedback on sound quality of the briefing and will make some changes for the next event. For those unaware, next week Wollaton Park is hosting the National Cross Country Championships, so our parkrun is cancelled on 22nd February and will return on 29th February, Leap Saturday!

If you'd like volunteer we'd love to hear from you. You can send us an email at wollatonhall@parkrun.com or for regular updates opt in to our emails from your parkrun profile. It's fun and a great way to be involved, no experience is needed, and all training will be provided.

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Finally, one of our marshals (our co-ED's mum) had a special birthday this week and you might have spotted Lesley with the balloon on Duck Feeding Corner.

Many Happy Returns Lesley from everyone at Wollaton Hall parkrun!

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See you on the 29th !

Dave - Run Director 15th Feb

 

Wollaton Hall Inaugural Run Report – 8th February 2020

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Wollaton Hall parkrun joined the parkrun family this morning and oh boy, we were left in no doubts that it had arrived! Despite our hoped-for soft start, we had an amazing 603 people turn up to run, jog and walk around our beautiful park - even the deer came out to watch.

The atmosphere really was buzzing - so many people were so excited that parkrun had finally arrived in Wollaton Park.

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Bruce Raeside was our first male finisher in 16.26 minutes and our first female finisher Lauren McNeil crossed the line in 17.42 minutes.

We even had a mini milestone on our first event when our tailwalker Alison Hogg completed her 150 parkrun at her 50th different event. Well done Alison - great achievement.

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Today’s event was the culmination of a lot of hard work over the past year and it’s hats off to Geoff Pennington for having the guts to kick start discussions with the council and to fellow Co Event Directors Graeme Scandrett-Smith and Susan Wheatcroft for their determination to get the event started.

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Our inaugural’s success was down to not only great planning but an absolutely fabulous volunteer team who didn’t crack under the pressure, and we certainly came under pressure at our inaugural. Thank you so much - everyone was brilliant.

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A big thank you to the following who without their support this event wouldn’t have happened:

Nottingham City Council for providing the start up funding and Wollaton Hall for letting us use this stunning park.

A special thanks also to the Rotary Club of Wollaton for the invaluable AED Defibrillator - which we really hope that we don’t need to use!

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