Arrow Valley parkrun report #311 – 16-06-2018 – Kevin Tomkinson

Arrow Valley parkrun #311 – 16-6-2018

A view from a buggy

Apparently parkrun started for me on Friday night while Spain v Portugal was on the television in something called the World Cup. A new inner tube for my running buggy tyre was delivered by Mr Postman so this meant Daddy had to fit one of them to the wheel. I heard from my teddies in the lounge that this meant a lot of sweat and toil originally as he couldn’t get the tyre off the wheel. Now, they are not ones to tell tales but using a spoon to get the tyre off is not a good idea and you should search in the useful things cupboard as there is a puncture repair kit!

So Saturday morning came and I could hear Daddy getting up so I jumped out of bed and stood at the door to my room. As sometimes happens on parkrunday Daddy was already dressed in his kit and has my milk ready for the changing of the nappy, a morning ritual which often ends with daddy leaving the room with his hand over his nose. Downstairs for breakfast and the doorbell goes……..”Nanny?” I called out……..as she might save me from being strapped into the running buggy and taken on a trip round a park. But no, it was Alison GIBLIN who was coming with us to the park.

As we got to Arrow Valley I was not put in the buggy straight away and was given freedom to wander, probably in a hope of tiring me out – I’ve seen this trick before! Before the run got underway I saw Mummy’s cousin Ian MORGAN and Daddy’s friends Phillipa STOKES and Julie SWAIN. When I’m in the buggy and the run is underway I enjoy chatting to people we come alongside, I wave and say hello which helps to pass the time while I can hear whoever is pushing me huffing a puffing around the course

Arrow Valley is a nice course as I can see the ducks. Apparently there was a pushing change half way round and Daddy ended up pushing me for the 2nd lap. I could see Mummy ahead for most of the run and we caught up with her after climbing the mountain for the second time. Usually we would steam past however today she didn’t want this and we were under strict instructions to stay behind. Daddy did (although through gritted teeth) and for about 1km I called out to Mummy which can’t have helped her concentration! When it was all over I was let out of the buggy and went to see the scanning people – they have loads of barcode things which I don’t understand but are fun to play with and I imagine would make a nice mess on the floor if they dropped them.

Just before the tail runner finished I helped by removing part of the finish funnel, do I get a volunteer credit for that? I carried a sign back to the café as well which was fun although I couldn’t see anything as I was carrying it in front of my face. Thank you to all of the people who waved at me or shouted hello. On to next week’s parkrun and it has to be Mummy’s turn to push me.

See you soon Arrow Valley and the ducks in the lake.

From a 1 year old 'volunteer'

Volunteers

This week’s heroes in yellow, thank you to -

Kevin TOMKINSON • Val RALPH • Rachel DAVIES • Rachel GOULD • Alison STANLEY • Kate DUFFIN • Ricky YOUNG • Natalie CUTLER • Luke DUFFIN • Sophie DUFFIN • Margaret BATCHELOR • Raymond BOYLE • Dave WHITTAKER • Lynda GREEN • Malcolm GREEN • Clare GRENNAN • Bev DOCHERTY • Claire JAKEMAN • Niky PARKER • Ian FLATT • Janice DUNFORD • Mark BRINDLEY • Paula BRINDLEY • Mike GARDNER • Stephen REA • Stephen MARCHANT • Christine MARCHANT • Vanice ROBINSON • Claire FLATT

Celebrations this week

Congratulations to the following Arrow Valley parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun clubs at the event

10 club – Hayden SMITH

50 club – Cyril DAY

Lynn CHEDHAM

Nate FROST

100 club – Mandy CHAMBERS

Congratulations also to Ashley SMITH who completed his 150th parkrun this week at Arrow Valley

5 stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week

This was event 311. In 311th position was Joanne MEYRICK who completed her 36th parkrun in 34:20

29 volunteers made the event possible this week. In 29th position was Joshua BEVINS who completed his 6th parkrun in 21:01

61 new PB’s this week. In 61st position was first timer Lee-James ALDRIDGE in 23:07

The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:50. This week no one matched this time. 15 time parkrunner Lesley-Ann HAMLYN was the closest with 28:52

Position number of the week = 306 – Jaxs QUIRKE who completed her 19th parkrun in 34:10

PB’s

This week there was 61 personal bests recorded.

Here is a list of the parkrunners with over 40 runs who achieved a PB this week –

Clive ROSE - 20:19 - 292 parkruns

Ricky YOUNG - 22:44 - 202 parkruns

Teresa ROSE - 29:57 - 103 parkruns

Gaynor EDGINTON - 24:51 - 93 parkruns

Richard HACKETT - 26:45 - 63 parkruns

Grant MOSS - 23:29 - 60 parkruns

Michelle JOHNSON - 25:49 - 57 parkruns

Emma TISDELL - 34:51 - 51 parkruns

Ian WILLIAMSON - 31:24 - 49 parkruns

Scott BEVERLEY - 19:34 - 48 parkruns

Pauline TIMMINGS - 30:29 - 43 parkruns

Arjun THAPA - 21:34 - 42 parkruns

Well done to all achieving a PB this week

First timers

40 first timers took part this week, for 29 of them this was their 1st parkrun.

Well done to all the 1st times, hope you enjoyed your parkrun and you will be back next week

Official Report

This week 391 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers: Kevin TOMKINSON • Val RALPH • Rachel DAVIES • Rachel GOULD • Alison STANLEY • Kate DUFFIN • Ricky YOUNG • Natalie CUTLER • Luke DUFFIN • Sophie DUFFIN • Margaret BATCHELOR • Raymond BOYLE • Dave WHITTAKER • Lynda GREEN • Malcolm GREEN • Clare GRENNAN • Bev DOCHERTY • Claire JAKEMAN • Niky PARKER • Ian FLATT • Janice DUNFORD • Mark BRINDLEY • Paula BRINDLEY • Mike GARDNER • Stephen REA • Stephen MARCHANT • Christine MARCHANT • Vanice ROBINSON • Claire FLATT

The female record is held by Becky STRAW who recorded a time of 17:49 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 110), and by Kristen FINDLEY who also recorded a time of 17:49 on 25th July 2015 (event number 159). The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:08 on 10th September 2016 (event number 219). The Age Grade course record is held by Bronwen G CARDY who recorded 94.03% (21:14) on 12th September 2015 (event number 166).

Arrow Valley parkrun started on 14th July 2012. Since then 8,760 participants have completed 80,374 parkruns covering a total distance of 401,870 km, including 14,205 new Personal Bests.

Did you know?

Arrow Valley now has 7294 registered parkrunners

#dfyb

Kevin

 

 

My 1st parkrun – Move over Mo Farah!

Almost 10 weeks ago I started on my couch to 5k journey and today, Saturday 28 April, I ran my first 5k parkrun. I can't believe I actually did it! It's not been a simple journey as it took me almost a year and a half to find a guide runner - but I'm so glad I didn't give up.
I've not posted anything on my blog before about my new running adventures, after all it is a baking blog. BUT I'm so chuffed and feeling really proud of myself. I'm also hugely grateful to my wonderful (and very patient) guide runner and his wife for helping me.
I decided to try running as I mostly work from home and had begun to feel quite low and isolated. I knew I was on a slippery slope to depression after suffering a major set-back with my sight and I knew I needed to make a change. So, I decided to try a sport that would help me meet new people and get me out in the fresh air - running seemed like the perfect solution. I thought it would be easy to find a guide runner locally, but it wasn't. But I'm not one to give up and after almost a year and a half I was finally put in touch with a guide runner through a local sight loss charity Worcestershire Sight Concern.
10 weeks does not seem such a long time to get to this point - but we've worked so hard. Indeed, if you'd have asked me 10 weeks ago I'd have said I'd never be able to run a mile, let alone 3.1 miles (which is 5k). Being visually impaired you can't just pop on your trainers and have a jog, everything has to be planned and as much as I hate it I also have to rely upon the help and goodwill of others.
My guide (Corin), who is a seasoned runner and a complete inspiration, and I met for our first 'run' on the 18th February. I was so nervous and worried, I thought I might fall and not be able to do it. Funnily enough Corin was equally nervous. But neither of us needed to have worried! We hit it off instantly!
We decided on a couch to 5K plan as a starting point. On that first run I thought – ‘Oh My Goodness I can’t do this!’ I couldn’t run more than 45 seconds without looking and feeling like a tomato!
We persevered, we followed the programme and I quickly got bitten by the running bug. I started running on a treadmill once a week too and very soon I was running for 5 minutes at a time and on week 8 I ran for 5K without stopping!
Although I can only run with a guide, it's amazing the difference running has made to my mental health and my sense of independence. Today, Saturday 28 April, we took part in our local parkrun for the first time and I was totally blown away by the support and friendliness of everyone. Friends who I used to work with also came to cheer me on - which was amazing. I've been introduced to a whole new circle of friends and the whole experience has given me a new drive to not let anything stand in the way of achieving my goals.
Lizzie parkrun

It's early days for my running adventures - but we are not going to stop now that we've reached the 5k target. Our aim now is to inspire others with a visual impairment to feel brave enough to run with a guide. We also want to encourage experienced runners to volunteer to become a guide runner.
With the aim of raising awareness and hopefully raising some money in mind, I applied for place at next year’s London Marathon and am delighted to have been given a place to run for The Guide Dogs for the Blind. Corin is going to run with me. We are absolutely determined to do it!
I'll be posting more about our running adventures - I hope you don't mind!

Lizzie (A4405505)

 

Kingfisher Harriers Takeover 14th April 2018

Saturday 14-4-18 will be awash with the bright glow of orange as the Harriers swoop in and encourage us to walk, jog or run the course.
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The takeover is part of an initiative to strengthen community bonds and we trust the event will be received in the spirit intended.
Have a great orange Saturday.

http://www.kingfisherharriers.com/

 

Arrow Valley parkrun reaches for the Stars – Run Report David Harrison 17-3-18

Today was the day that Arrow Valley parkrun reached for the stars, not just any stars, the Redditch Stars! During the year our local running club take over all of the volunteer roles and even provide cakes and bananas, lots and lots of bananas. It was, therefore, fitting that both the fastest male and female runners were club members, Brad Allen and Jo Scott. More about their fine achievements later.
To ‘celebrate’ National Sleep Day, parkrun invited runners to run in their pyjamas! I was slightly worried that there may be some embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions but I am pleased to report that it was far too cold for that to be a problem! I think that a few regulars decided to take ‘National Sleep Day’ too literally, so numbers were down a little with 313 keen runners braving the elements for Arrow Valley’s 298th park run.
It is the first time that I have volunteered and was probably just as well that I wasn’t running considering that I was nursing one hell of a hangover following four days at the Cheltenham Festival. Volunteering really makes you appreciate all of the work put in by the heroes who do this week after week. It was nice to be able to give them a well-earned rest. I was also surprised how many volunteers are required for the different roles, 45 in total today.
Everyone did a great job but I would like to mention Linda Beresford and Mindy Jones who gave out the finish tokens and had to put up with me for the duration of the run, and also Hannah Barker who had the fantastic title of Funnel Manager. In my experience, it always pays to have a nice well tended funnel.
Nicola ‘Did I tell you I ran a marathon?’ Noel did a brilliant job with the pre-run briefing and announcements. Very funny and quite scary at the same time.
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My favourite bits from her address included, “You will do not one lap, not three laps, just two, no negotiation, we don’t run a corner shop!” and “No pushing or shoving or we will have you out!” Two volunteer jobs have interesting titles; ‘Lead Bike’ and ‘Tail Walker’ which were performed with great enthusiasm by Victoria Lewis and Louise Houghton. I feel obliged to also make a special mention of Karen B. Lee (aka Lady Beoley) who had two jobs. Token sorter and chief shouter-outer of the first lap times. The latter job required Lady B to expose one hand to the freezing elements and she almost lost her fingers to frost bite. I was pleased to offer my armpit to bring said hand back to normal body temperature (other warm body parts were available but were declined!). Talking of the weather, it was absolutely freezing. Only one degree centigrade but with a chilling wind and a mixture of snow and hail blowing in across the lake. The runners were huddled up together before the start trying to find some warmth and shelter from the wind. It was a bit worrying to see a couple of brass monkeys walking around carrying welding gear. Following the ‘Beast from the East’ which led to the cancellation of the parkrun a couple of weeks ago, and the big thaw which followed, a new lake had formed across the path, which meant that the runners had to splash their way through about 10 metres of ankle deep water within the first minute of the run! A few wimps took the scenic route but got a bit bogged down in the mud. It looked a bit like the Wolf Run out there! IMG_4702 stars puddle

I was impressed with how people wore running vests or short-sleeved tops. They are a bit crazy in Redditch! I guess that they had to run faster just to keep warm and that is exactly what 21 people did, recording personal best times. This included Brad Allan who finished first in a new PB time of 18.25. It was also the first time he has finished first in a parkrun, so he was naturally delighted afterwards. IMG_4714 stars Brad

Adam Hill finished 2nd in 18.34 and Richard Gallois finished 3rd in 19.22. I could see from the warmth of the café that Brad was in the lead at half way and waved at him, in between bites of my bacon sandwich, but I don’t think he noticed. Jo Scott was the first lady to finish in 26th place overall and in a good time of 21.34. Rachel Davies was 2nd fastest in 22.04 and Helen Chapman was 3rd fastest in 23.10. Steve Taylor was the first person to finish in PJs in 16th place in a time of 20.50. Roland Rignall and his 18th month old daughter Penny were the first push-chair combo to finish in 11th place and Lui the Black Labrador was the first dog to pass the line in 91st place and a time of 26.42. This was all the more commendable considering the fact that he had to pull his owner Nicholas Diamond all of the way round and didn’t have any toilet stops either! Two impressive milestones were reached by Lesley Rowlands who has now run 100 parkruns and Charlotte Meekins who has completed 50 parkruns. Both were sporting sashes, head boppers and big balloons with the numbers on. Lesley was dressed in a rather natty white fluffy onesie supported by her daughter Mollie who had a bright yellow ‘Easter Chick’ onesie. IMG_4710 stars lesley 100
There were 28 first timers including 20 people who had never run a parkrun before, anywhere. Incredibly, John Trueman managed to finish in 33rd place in 22.04. One to watch next time for sure. I hope that they all had a great time and weren’t put off by the cold temperatures.
It was impressive to see how much effort the runners put in and in a strange way quite satisfying to see how many people looked as exhausted as I normally am when I run. I hope to join them in two weeks time.

 

Event Cancellation – 3rd March 2018

After completing a preliminary course assessment the weather has continued to deteriorate in the 5 hours since. The team had concerns over travel and static volunteers exposure to cold and have taken the decision to cancel.

We have left it as long as we could before confirming the decision to give the event a fair chance but hopefully early notification will prevent unnecessary travel to Arrow Valley.

Have a great week and see you next Saturday for our favourite run, walk or jog of the week. If you would like to help with delivery of the event please review the future roster to see where you could add your magic.

Kind regards, Dylan & The Core Team

 

Arrow Valley parkrun report #292 – 27-01-2018 – Kevin Tomkinson

Arrow Valley parkrun #292 – 27-01-2018

Some people enjoy running in the sunshine, some people enjoy running in the snow, some people enjoy running in the rain and some enjoy running through autumn leaves.

Where am I going with this? Well, this weekend Arrow Valley parkrunner Doug RICHARDS completed his 250th parkrun at Arrow Valley and I bet in those 250 Saturday mornings he has run in all of these conditions from the sunshine of June or July and the snow of December (or March).

250 parkruns, 1250 kms, 775 miles, hundreds of new friends and plenty of other adventures. For anyone who wants some running inspiration, give his book a read which includes running in the sand in the desert, talk of elephants and plenty of other stories. Keep an eye out for edition 2 coming soon (I hope!).

Well done Doug, we salute you and thank you for the cake. Welcome to the club!

My 18th run round the lake started with a surprise, seeing Paul COOPER who usually runs at Brueton parkrun appearing at the briefing. He fancied some local tourism and had never tried Arrow Valley in over 200 parkruns. I ran with Paul until the hill on the 2nd lap when he ran off and I couldn’t keep up anymore! It wasn’t my turn to run with the buggy this Saturday - that was saved for Sundays run so I had no ! This week there was 430 finishers, the 8th highest attendance at Arrow Valley supported by 42 volunteers, many of whom were helping others this week by acting as pacers. It was great to see while going round that the pacers had groups of people with them all striving to get a new PB or seasons best. Here is a link to the results - Event 292

Looking on the Facebook list of pacers, the closest to their “pacer” time was Anita HARTLEY who was pacing 32 minutes and crossed the line in 32:01.

Finally, to the marshals on the course – Thank you, I’m so glad the torrential rain which I saw forecast for Saturday did not happen!!

Volunteers

This week’s heroes in yellow -

Christopher BIRD • Kevin TOMKINSON • Kristabel HILTON • Colette CHURCHILL • Peggy BLUNN • Jayne WOODWARD • Darren MANSELL • Tom BRISTOWE • Liz ADEY • Ricky YOUNG • Mike HANSON • Sian PERRY • Natalie CUTLER • Peter TAYLOR • Sarah MARSHALL • Raymond BOYLE • Dave POTTER • Emma SHANNON • Debbie ALLEN • Becky NORRIS • Ruth BURTON • Lee WALKER • Rachelle HARBUN • Louise PEARCE • Paul ELVY • Kate SYKES • Anita HARTLEY • Clare GRENNAN • Dan O'MALLEY • Olwen FIELD • Elizabeth FILER • Mark JOWETT • Diane PALMER • Ian HURST • Katie STEWART • Jessica NIELSEN • John LAY • Heather BALDWIN • Tony DOWNES • Scott BEVERLEY • Michele LAIGHT • Suzie DUNSTER

If you would like to help at future events, here is the FUTURE ROSTER

Celebrations this week

Congratulations to the following Arrow Valley parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun clubs at the event

10 club – Archibold DAVIES, Kathryn YOUNG

50 club – Andrew EDGINTON – Andrew has completed 47 events at Arrow Valley, 2 at Dolgellau and 1 at Hanbury hall.

Kevin ROSS – Kevin has completed 38 events at Arrow Valley, 11 at Stratford-upon-Avon and 1 at Evesham

There were also celebrations for Hayley GWILLIAM’s 50th parkrun. Hayley has completed 36 at Arrow Valley, 5 at Hanbury Hall and Cannon Hill parkrun and 1 at Dudley, North Beach, Brueton and Gunnersbury.

Looking at the results, there was also a 50th run for Catherine BENNETT who has completed 35 at Arrow Valley, 12 at Hanbury Hall and 1 at Kingsbury Water, Brueton and Fell Foot

100 club – Nick PRICE – Nick has completed 97 events at Arrow Valley, 2 at St Andrews parkrun and 1 at Ganavan Sands.

250 club – Doug RICHARDS – Doug has completed 201 events at Arrow Valley, 14 at Telford parkrun, 10 at Eastbourne, 7 at Evesham, 5 at Brueton, 3 at Perry Hall, 2 at Stratford-upon-Avon and 1 at St Peters, Hanbury Hall, Kingsbury Water, Wolverhampton, Cannon Hill, Wyre Forest, Shrewsbury and South Bank

5 stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week

This was event 292 at Arrow Valley. In 292nd position was Richard HARRIS who completed his 7th parkrun in 31:42

42 volunteers made the event possible this week. In 42nd position was Rob GREENWOOD who completed his 117th parkrun in a new PB of 22:04

74 new PB’s this week. In 74th position was David BRISTOLL who completed his 25th parkrun in 23:44

The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:46. No one matched this time this week

Position number of the week = 288 – Pauline MOGG who completed her 100th parkrun in 31:33

PB’s

This week there was 74 personal bests recorded.

Here is a list of the parkrunners with over 50 runs who achieved a PB this week –

Nicola BROWN - 32:59 - 93 parkruns

Rob GREENWOOD - 22:04 - 117 parkruns

Val RALPH - 36:29 - 137 parkruns

Well done to all achieving a PB this week

First timers

29 first timers took part this week, for 12 of them this was their 1st parkrun. The most experienced parkrunner for whom this was their 1st time at Arrow Valley was Paul COOPER who completed his 208th parkrun at his 8th location. His home parkrun is Brueton parkrun which he has completed on 199 occasions. Paul completed his parkrun in 140th position in 26:37.

Well done to all the 1st times, hope you enjoyed your parkrun and you will be back next week

Official Report

This week 430 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers: Christopher BIRD • Kevin TOMKINSON • Kristabel HILTON • Colette CHURCHILL • Peggy BLUNN • Jayne WOODWARD • Darren MANSELL • Tom BRISTOWE • Liz ADEY • Ricky YOUNG • Mike HANSON • Sian PERRY • Natalie CUTLER • Peter TAYLOR • Sarah MARSHALL • Raymond BOYLE • Dave POTTER • Emma SHANNON • Debbie ALLEN • Becky NORRIS • Ruth BURTON • Lee WALKER • Rachelle HARBUN • Louise PEARCE • Paul ELVY • Kate SYKES • Anita HARTLEY • Clare GRENNAN • Dan O'MALLEY • Olwen FIELD • Elizabeth FILER • Mark JOWETT • Diane PALMER • Ian HURST • Katie STEWART • Jessica NIELSEN • John LAY • Heather BALDWIN • Tony DOWNES • Scott BEVERLEY • Michele LAIGHT • Suzie DUNSTER

The female record is held by Becky STRAW who recorded a time of 17:49 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 110), and by Kristen FINDLEY who also recorded a time of 17:49 on 25th July 2015 (event number 159). The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:08 on 10th September 2016 (event number 219). The Age Grade course record is held by Bronwen G CARDY who recorded 94.03% (21:14) on 12th September 2015 (event number 166).

Arrow Valley parkrun started on 14th July 2012. Since then 8,105 participants have completed 72,901 parkruns covering a total distance of 364,505 km, including 13,104 new Personal Bests.

Did you know?

Arrow Valley now has 6824 registered parkrunners

#dfyb

Kevin

 

Eleanor Piper Tourist Run Report – Event 291 – 20-1-18

We were lucky enough to visit Arrow Valley parkrun on Saturday as part of our visit to the Midlands for the National Running Show. There were four of us visiting from Dorset (home events Poole, Bournemouth and Moors Valley), and no weekend away (especially with running buddies) is complete without a visit to a local parkrun!
The morning was cold and icy, and with many other local parkruns cancelled due to black ice, we were really pleased to find that the Arrow Valley core team had decided that conditions were safe to go ahead. The New Runner and RD briefings were done thoroughly to ensure that all runners were aware of the slightly slippery conditions in a couple of spots, and we were introduced to some facts about Redditch (famous for needles and fishing hooks apparently!).
Once the run got underway, we found the going safe if a little soggy in places, and were able to enjoy the pleasant route around the Country Park. The hill was just cheeky enough to raise the heart rate but nothing too scary, and the course was well marshaled with no danger of getting lost. As with all parkruns, we were cheered generously into the finish funnel and efficiently tokened, scanned, and invited for a post-run coffee.
parkrun tourism is a really special experience - finding out what makes every event unique while at the same time knowing that you are assured of a warm welcome, a good run and a familiar routine. The things I will remember about our trip to Arrow Valley (apart from the sleety weather!) were the beautiful lakeside course and the enthusiasm of the amazing marshals who clapped, cheered and smiled despite the freezing wet conditions. Thank you to you all for making us feel welcome.
This week Arrow Valley parkrun saw a total of 389 participants, of whom 11 were complete first timers running their first ever parkrun, and a further 32 were visitors with previous parkrun experience but running at this event for the first time.
Congratulations to Damien Pierce, Liz Davies and Jess Smith running their 50th this week, Neil Johnson and Jo Abbotts both joining the 100 Club, and to Tim Harrison hitting the unofficial but amazing milestone of 200 parkruns. Congratulations also to the 30 runners who managed to get a new PB this week despite the conditions, and to all those who took part.
The first finisher was Kristian Bayley, who completed the course in 17:25 (just 15 seconds off PB pace) and the first female finisher was Rachel Davies who ran a time of 22:13.
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers this week, without whom parkrun could not happen: Russell ALLUM, Heather BALDWIN, Ruth BURTON, Tony DOWNES, Suzie DUNSTER, Elizabeth FILER, Chloe GOULD, Rachel GOULD, Sapphy GRAZIER, Clare GRENNAN, Claire JAKEMAN, Michele LAIGHT, John Peter LEGGE, Colin MARSHALL, Steven MILLER, Robert MULLEN, Jessica NIELSEN, Sian PERRY, Hannah PRZYBYLAK, Kelly-Rose RIGNALL, Chris ROSS, Emma SHANNON, Sonia SHEPPARD, Andy TERRY, Jane THOMAS, Paula WIDDOWS, Ricky YOUNG

 

New Core Team Members

We are delighted to announce the addition of Ruth Burton & Clare Grennan to the Arrow Valley Core Team. Both are experienced parkrunners and core volunteers and well known faces at Arrow Valley. They bring an enthusiasm and dynamic from Hanbury Hall and Wythall where they both helped within the core teams. Please could everyone support them both in their volunteering and Run Director duties.

Thank you Ruth & Clare it is good to have you on board.

 

Arrow Valley parkrun report #289 – 06-01-2018 – Kevin Tomkinson

Arrow Valley parkrun #289 – 06-01-2018

I have to start this run report with a massive thank you from the 462 finishers on Saturday morning to Dylan and his happy volunteers at a cold Arrow Valley around the lake. As we shivered on the walk to the start line, moved this week from its normal position in the field there was an excited chatter from the gathered masses however I wondered if a lot of that was nervous teeth chattering rather than actual conversation

"3, 2, 1, Go" and we were off. I always enjoy running at Arrow Valley, so much to see on the way round. Today as I ran round with Brueton parkrun tourist Alison GIBLIN we approached the hill where last time I ran here she gave up pushing my son in the running buggy as I was just ahead and I had to do a 360 turn and go and back and get him before he rolled back down the hill. No buggy pushing this week as Alison's husband took him to run him into the café which seemed a much more sensible option for him on a freezing morning.

At the left turn, 3 of the excellent volunteers warned us of the hazard ahead – Ice on the path so it was onto the grass for around 50 yards. I particularly liked the improvised covering – 3 high viz vests on the floor. 2 laps later and a bit of a competitive sprint from me, token 283 was handed to me. A quick scan, cheer for the finishers and a quick chat outside and it was off to the warmth of the café for a cold can of pop (I don't drink hot drinks very often) and an excellent toasted teacake. Thank you Arrow Valley parkrun, my 17th run round the lake was probably the coldest conditions I have run in for a few months but was great fun

At the event this week there was 462 finishers, all supported by the wonderful heroes in yellow (see below). There was 8 members of the 10 club, 93 members of the 50 club, 83 members of the 100 club and 3 members of the 250 club.

Volunteers

This week's heroes in yellow -

Liz ADEY, Stuart BEASLEY, Louise BEASLEY, Barry CRUTCHLEY, Tony DOWNES, Suzie DUNSTER, Elizabeth FILER, Dylan GOULD, Lucy HARRIS, Kristabel HILTON, Claire JAKEMAN, Sue JOHNSON, Melba JONES, Colin MARSHALL, Karl MILLWARD, Rebecca MOORE, Ellie MOSS, Sian PERRY, Julie RAE, Deborah RICCI, Andy TERRY, Leanne WALLIS, Andrew WARING, Paula WIDDOWS, Kerry WILLIAMS, Joshua WISEMAN, Ricky YOUNG

Celebrations this week

Congratulations to the following Arrow Valley parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun clubs at the event

25 Volunteer club - Colin MARSHALL

100 club – Darren MANSELL

Stephen CROCKETT

5 stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week

This was event 289 at Arrow Valley. In 289th position was Julie BOTT who completed her 27th parkrun in 32:29

27 volunteers made the event possible this week. In 27th position was 1st timer Oliver BELL who completed his 42nd parkrun in 21:30

21 new PB's this week. In 21st position was Wayne KETCHER who completed his 64th parkrun in 21:11

The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:45. No one matched this time this week

Position number of the week = 285 – Archibold DAVIES who completed his 9th parkrun in 32:25

PB's

This week there was 21 personal bests recorded. Well done to all achieving a PB this week

First timers

44 first timers took part this week, for 16 of them this was their 1st parkrun.

Official Report

This week 462 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Joshua WISEMAN • Dylan GOULD • Kristabel HILTON • Louise BEASLEY • Andy TERRY • Deborah RICCI • Ellie MOSS • Stuart BEASLEY • Liz ADEY • Colin MARSHALL • Ricky YOUNG • Sian PERRY • Leanne WALLIS • Rebecca MOORE • Kerry WILLIAMS • Julie RAE • Lucy HARRIS • Paula WIDDOWS • Andrew WARING • Claire JAKEMAN • Melba JONES • Sue JOHNSON • Elizabeth FILER • Tony DOWNES • Barry CRUTCHLEY • Karl MILLWARD • Suzie DUNSTER

The female record is held by Becky STRAW who recorded a time of 17:49 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 110), and by Kristen FINDLEY who also recorded a time of 17:49 on 25th July 2015 (event number 159).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:08 on 10th September 2016 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bronwen G CARDY who recorded 94.03% (21:14) on 12th September 2015 (event number 166).

Arrow Valley parkrun started on 14th July 2012. Since then 8,003 participants have completed 71,635 parkruns covering a total distance of 358,175 km, including 12,949 new Personal Bests.

Did you know?

Arrow Valley now has 6750 registered parkrunners

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Kevin

 

Run Report Event#283 – 25-11-2017 by Kevin Tomkinson

Saturday morning's parkrun started with a panic and a fingers crossed moment on Friday evening. It was my turn this week to push the running buggy so I went to get it to make sure it was ready for the morning. On picking up one of the wheels, it was completely flat. My first thought was "just pump it up it will be fine" – so I did. However whether it was this or something else that was going round my head all night waking me up at about 5am this was the 1st thing I thought about. My fears were realised when I went downstairs and saw the tyre sitting on the kitchen floor - flat as a pancake!

The thought then came to me, get to the lake pump the tyre up just before the start and run with it anyway. I then pictured the lopsided buggy scraping along the path and a very uncomfortable ride for the passenger so decided against this! So it was back to the normal walking buggy which is difficult to run with however not impossible. I navigated the frozen grass to reach the starting point and set off right at the back of the pack near the 40 minute pacer. This is where the fun started – was it sun in the eyes or a blanket over eyes or the speed I was running (I doubt it) but my buggy passenger spent the majority of the run squealing! Perhaps he was enjoying it? As we passed the 30 minute pacer I could see Mummy in the distance and quickened my pace to catch her in the hope this would ease the squealing which it did for a little while until the hill...................slope...............incline.........and then it started again! Thankfully only 500 metres or so to go, left turn at Dylan at the top of the hill, down the hill, left turn going past the orange flash, right turn at the visitor centre and the finish was in sight. I collected my finish token and removed my passenger from the buggy and straight away the squealing stopped – hooray! Probably the promise of a banana or a biscuit that did it in the end. I should have done this 30 minutes before.

Fast forward to Saturday afternoon after a quick shower and change and visit to see Santa I was sat on the living room floor mending the 2 holes in the inner tube. All fixed now and ready for a buggy run at Kettering parkrun in 2 week's time.

Brilliant to see the line up of pacers this week, I hope this helped you achieve your PB. My wife achieved her 1st ever sub 30 minute parkrun on her 171th attempt. She was close last week at Brueton but beat it this week and this week stayed somewhere between the 30 and 29 minute pacer. She was elated to achieve it and couldn't stop beaming all day.

At the lake this week was 356 finishers, the 62nd highest attendance, all supported by the wonderful heroes in yellow (see below). There was 6 members of the 10 club, 85 members of the 50 club, 71 members of the 100 club and 3 members of the 250 club.

Volunteers

This week's heroes in yellow -

Liz ADEY, Nigel BRAITHWAITE, Tom BRISTOWE, Mandy CHAMBERS, Colette CHURCHILL, Alan COOMBS, Kerry DILLON, Andrew EDGINTON, Dylan GOULD, Rachel GOULD, Chloe GOULD, Mark GREETHAM, Lucy GREETHAM, Simon HANSON, Anita HARTLEY, Hollie HEFFERNAN, Kristabel HILTON, Ian HURST, Melba JONES, Gary MANDERS, Stephen MARCHANT, Steven MILLER, Ellie MOSS, Becky NORRIS, Diane PALMER, Kevin PARSONS, Paula PATON, Sophie PATON, Sian PERRY, Hannah PRZYBYLAK, Tom ROBINSON, Lesley ROWLAND, Andy SCOTT, Alison STANLEY, Kate SYKES, Andy TERRY, Guy WALTON, Dave WHITTAKER, Paula WIDDOWS, Joshua WISEMAN, Huw WISEMAN, Jayne WOODWARD, Ricky YOUNG

Celebrations this week

Congratulations to the following Arrow Valley parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun milestone clubs at the event

10 club – Liam BANKS

50 club – Mark BRINDLEY, Paula BRINDLEY

100 club – Andy SCOTT

5 stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week

This was event 283 at Arrow Valley. In 283rd position was Colette CHURCHILL who completed her 62nd parkrun in 33:40

43 volunteers made the event possible this week. In 43rd position was Andrew SHEPHARD who completed his 142nd parkrun in 22:02

64 new PB's this week. In 64th position was Unknown! DFYB next week

The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:43. The closest to this time this week was Mandy CHAMBERS who completed her 75th parkrun in 28:42

Position number of the week = 276 – Louise CARROLL who completed her 71st parkrun in 32:58

PB's

This week there was 64 personal bests recorded. Here are the PB's who have completed over 50 parkruns –

Jessica NIELSEN - 30:47 - 51 parkruns

Mindy JONES - 29:45 – 55 parkruns

Paula WIDDOWS - 30:49 - 59 parkruns

Chris ROSS - 28:59 – 61 parkruns

Christopher DREW - 18:48 – 69 parkruns

Lesley ROWLAND - 25:37 - 84 parkruns

Kevin PUGH 25:16 - 86 parkruns

Karl SMITH - 19:52 - 110 parkruns

Simon HANSON - 28:13 - 116 parkruns

Jenni TOMKINSON - 29:44 - 171 parkruns

Sandra Jane DUNCAN - 30:31 – 176 parkruns

Well done to all achieving a PB this week

First timers

16 first timers took part this week, for 8 of them this was their 1st parkrun. The most experienced 1st timer (in terms of runs completed) was Louise BICKLEY who completed her 109th parkrun at the event

Official Report

This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

The female record is held by Becky STRAW who recorded a time of 17:49 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 110), and by Kristen FINDLEY who also recorded a time of 17:49 on 25th July 2015 (event number 159).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:08 on 10th September 2016 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bronwen G CARDY who recorded 94.03% (21:14) on 12th September 2015 (event number 166).

Arrow Valley parkrun started on 14th July 2012. Since then 7,845 participants have completed 69,716 parkruns covering a total distance of 348,580 km, including 12,790 new Personal Bests

Did you know?

Arrow Valley parkrun now has 6656 registered parkrunners

#dfyb

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