Event Number 108 – 13th August 2016

Event Number 108 – 13th August 2016 – Under 11 runners need to run with an adult!

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The weather forecast set fair, most families on a caravan holiday in Dorset would head for the coast:- Weymouth, Swanage, Studland (Other beautiful places in Dorset are available) In fact the only planning I had done around my holiday was around which parkruns we could do. A quick check indicated two close parkruns – Blandford and Weymouth. Blandford got the nod ahead of Weymouth with a friends Facebook comment; 'It is an old school parkrun – nice, small numbers and really friendly.'

Parking at the leisure centre as recommended on the website and following the directions as well as the well positioned signs to the start we quickly found the way. The sight of lots of runners many sporting Tribesport 50 tops also provided an easy bread crumb trail to follow.

After congregating under the bridge to listen carefully to the run briefing, and being tempted with the 1 mile run later in the afternoon - the 114 runners were quickly off. With Coventry regularly hitting the high 500s and even 600+ runners each week, it is a real treat to run in a less crowded parkrun. Quickly the runners settled into their own pace and spread out along the route. The early tree lined tarmac trail gave to a beautiful road wide path into the countryside and corn and wheat fields lining the run, certainly different from a city centre park. In today's glorious sunshine the open fields look amazing although it was a very toasty run!

Blandford is a simple out and back course – simple as in only one marshal is needed at the turn point, which is visible from a long way out. I forgot how much I enjoyed an out and back course as you get to see how the faster finishers make running at speed look so effortless as they pass you on their return and I get to see that I am still faster than my son and daughter – which won't last much longer so it is good to enjoy it while I can. The description of the course makes no mention of the gradient – not hilly or flat... So this run was a little unknown for the tourist – and what is generally is a flat course has a few cheeky sharp undulations (certainly not hills – especially as this is Dorset) that are there to test the pace in the legs of runners giving it their all in a 5km effort!

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What makes each parkrun special is the individual touches that each parkrun adds or brings in, and today's special touch was definitely the water barrel and the plastic cups – I am sure that bringing the barrel and cleaning the cups should be a volunteers roster job! After trotting around the course I was desperate for a sip or three of water and this was just the job.

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It is one of the requirements of parkrun that all under 11s run within arms reach of an adult, however fast they run! Now both my children are now over 11 years old and allowed to run on their own I have no need to use distraction techniques or required bribery to keep my child moving (walking or running), keeping them within arms reach and not causing an obstacle to others on their parkrun.

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Over the years I have really enjoyed running with my son. Although it may have been far nearer my easy recovery pace rather than a flat out effort as I would really have liked I enjoyed that father son time - I enjoyed our chats, running downhill with arms out making aeroplane noises and shouting monster under tunnels and bridges (I still do this part – and did today! - although at my age without him it looks a little weird) so I can never understand why a parent would want their child to run alone. In fact my son is responsible for my parkrun tourism after having got bored of running Coventry and encouraging me to run all the parkruns in the West Midlands mainly with him in tow!

Now like my daughter he runs by himself – I like to think it is because it is his way of being a little more grown up rather than him being too cool to run with his old dad or that I am just too embarrassing.

Today one young lady showed another reason that you need to have a parent within arms reach – to hold your tooth when it falls out and tell you not to worry about the blood on your running top. I am sure that teeth that fall out during parkrun are worth double the money from the tooth fairy!

One great thing about holiday planning was to look at the rosters and volunteer to write a report of my travels as it give me the chance to offer thanks to the volunteers who are filling vital roles so my family and I along with 109 other runners could enjoy a lovely run. A big thank you to:- Charlotte GILLEY, Graham HAIGH, Trish HITCHINS, Nina HOLT, Melanie LAMB, Jonathan MEAD, Richard THORNTON, Karen WAY, John WAY, Mark WAY. As with parkruns around the country if you fancy giving scanning a go, fancy being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please look on the roster and e-mail - blandfordhelpers@parkrun.com

As always a full set of today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harcourt Hill parkrun Results Page, but a few Stats highlights from today's run:-

Daryl DAVIES (SM25-29) (Dorset Doddlers RC) set a new PB as he took the first finishers token this week in 19:31. Young Abbie LOVERING (JW11-14) stormed to fourth finisher and was first lady home in was this weeks line in 19:57.

A huge parkrun welcome to David BRADLEY, Claire DOWNIE, Laura FOULKES, Hannah FAIRCHILD, Roberta ELLIS, Michelle LANE, Tom FISHER who made Blandford their first parkrun venue and what an excellent choice you made as well. If you make this your 2nd run and knowing what to expect maybe you can do what Kit BASHAARAT and Sam PERRY did and improve on your initial time to set a PB well done.

Although no one this week hit a milestone Hazel HAIGH is very close at 49 all run at Blandford. Will she reach her first milestone at run 109? Unfortunately my family and I won't be there to see as we will be back in the Midlands but I am sure that the friendly team at Blandford will make getting to that milestone special.

Thank you all for being so welcoming to me and my family. Happy parkrunning.

Daniel Connolly

 

Blandford parkrun Event number 53 25th July 2015

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Thank you all for making our 1st birthday such a success, 115 of you many in Super Hero fancy dress made this weeks run an absolute joy to be at.

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How many of you would have thought this time last year that you would be running a 5K on Saturday mornings in Blandford (lets not mention the fancy dress). With the help of some very lovely people donating 1hr or so on a morning we are able to put on this fantastic free event every Saturday, many thanks to all that have volunteered over the last year and I hope that you will continue to support parkrun for the next year and beyond, to those that haven't been able to volunteer yet come on down and give it a go, it's not as hard as you might think (honest) and you can make lots of new friends along the way.

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Male placings:
Andrew SMITH (SM18-19) of Poole Runners, was first over the line in 17:54 - 7th time in 9 appearances.
Stephen BRIDGER (VM50-54) of Purbeck Runners, was second over the line in 18:21.
Rory FERGUSON (VM35-39) of West 4 Harriers, was third over the line in 19:11 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Stuart JACK (Unattached) 100 pts.
John WAY (Unattached) 100 pts.
Mark WAY (Poole Runners) 100 pts.

Female placings:
Sarah CHALONER (VW45-49) of Poole AC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 22:26 - 12th time in 17 appearances.
Louise FERGUSON (VW45-49) of West 4 Harriers, was second (29th overall) over the line in 23:29.
Caroline SMITH (JW11-14) of Poole Runners, was third (35th overall) over the line in 23:53.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy BEMAND (North Dorset Tri Club) 100 pts.
Zodwa CHASOKELA (Purbeck Runners) 100 pts.
Diane JACK (Unattached) 100 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Stephen BRIDGER (VM50-54) was graded 81.02% for the time 18:21 (second overall).
Graham SMITH (VM60-64) was graded 77.89% for the time 20:35 (7th overall).
Jeff WHITE (VM65-69) was graded 76.22% for the time 22:13 (17th overall).

This week there were 115 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Blandford parkrun started on 26th July 2014, and since then 1,199 different runners, including participants from 120 athletics clubs, have completed 5,075 runs covering a total distance of 25,375 km, and there have been 1,294 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Verity OCKENDEN who ran in a time of 00:18:03 on 2014-12-27 (event number 23).
The male record is held by Dave LONG who ran in a time of 00:15:29 on 2015-02-28 (event number 32).
The Age Grade course record is held by Madeleine BRIDLE who recorded a 87.35% run (22:32) on 30th May 2015 (event number 45).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blandford parkrun Results Page.

 

Blandford parkrun Event number 52 18th July 2015

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This months Sweatshop prize winner is Richard Osborne, he has already received his new running shoes and they helped him to 40sec PB at last weeks parkrun. Well done Richard may you continue to improve.

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Don't forget it's Super hero week this week to celebrate our Birthday on Saturday. Don't forget your costume and if you want to bring cake as well that would be great too.
Hopefully the weather will be good for us to hang around after.

I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday and celebrating our birthday with you all.

This weeks Stats are below :-

Male placings:
Orlando BROOKE (SM30-34) of Yeovil Town RRC, was first over the line in 17:37 - first time in 2 appearances.
Ross WAYNE (VM35-39) of Purbeck Runners, was second over the line in 19:15.
Nick BROOKE (VM60-64) of Yeovil Town RRC, was third over the line in 19:24.

Female placings:
Jo-Anne GREADY (SW25-29) of City of Salisbury A & RC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 20:01 - second time in 3 appearances.
Hannah COLLIER (SW25-29) of Littledown Harriers RC, was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:40.
Sophie BROOKE (SW30-34) of Yeovil Town RRC, was third (20th overall) over the line in 22:32.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Nick BROOKE (VM60-64) was graded 84.11% for the time 19:24 (third overall).
Graham SMITH (VM60-64) was graded 81.66% for the time 19:38 (5th overall).
Jackie GIBBONS (VW50-54) was graded 75.92% for the time 22:38 (22nd overall).

This week there were 92 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

Blandford parkrun started on 26th July 2014, and since then 1,183 different runners, including participants from 119 athletics clubs, have completed 4,960 runs covering a total distance of 24,800 km, and there have been 1,272 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Verity OCKENDEN who ran in a time of 00:18:03 on 2014-12-27 (event number 23).
The male record is held by Dave LONG who ran in a time of 00:15:29 on 2015-02-28 (event number 32).
The Age Grade course record is held by Madeleine BRIDLE who recorded a 87.35% run (22:32) on 30th May 2015 (event number 45).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blandford parkrun Results Page.

 

Blandford parkrun Event number 38 11th April 2015

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Event number 38
11th April 2015

Hi Blandford parkrunners - I'm Claire, a tourist from Cheltenham, and I had such a lovely run with you this morning, I said I'd write a little run report for you. But my Blandford parkrun experience didn't start this morning at 8:50 when I arrived; I am staying with my friend Josie, who is yet to experience parkrun, and she said to me last night while she was finding out for me where your parkrun started and where i can park "so this parkrun; when do you pay up and register and all that stuff". I tried not to sound smug when I told her it was weekly, timed and FREE - all she needed was a barcode and to rock up in her best running attire and try her best. Thats the best thing about parkrun.

I noticed this morning as I arrived that there were families running, friends who started together and ran together, chatting. There was a mum, dad and a buggy, a little girl running for her first time, and a few people with 50 and 100 t shirts! We all gathered just near the bridge to listen to quite possibly the best run directors briefing ever - it was short, sharp, too the point and then we were off! And I have to just mention how lovely it was that people actually stopped talking to listen to the briefing; something of a rare occasion in Cheltenham where we get over 400 rowdy runners a week, and something we will be tackling with our newly ordered Megaphone!

I always start at the back of runs - always. Or else I get carried away and start off too quickly, then I want to be sick and stop running. So I had a good view of you all running up ahead. Another great thing about staying at the back is that there are the odd moments during any runs, when you look up, and you can see a stream of runners ahead of you; all of us in our awesome running clothes, all of us with the same goal - to finish the run we just started. Like a little team. Just before the turn around point, so at about 2km in, near the cows, I got a glimpse of the rest of the Trailway and runners dotted within the countryside. A great view, one of my favourites.

The course is a 'out and back' course, where you get to experience all the hills and smell of muck spreading twice. Josie wanted me to do a hill report; i like hills, but she doesn't. i'd say; when the course is flat, it is very very flat, and when it is hilly it is not so bad. The hills are very short, and over before you know it. I have just checked the results and today I got 33mins; thats pretty good for me, I normally come in at about 35ish.

Thank you to all the lovely and wonderful volunteers who make parkrun happen every week. I love volunteering and would encourage you all to give it a go, especially now the sun is starting to shine. Thank you all for a lovely morning.

The all important Stats for this week,

Male placings:
Steve CLAXTON (VM35-39) of Poole Runners, was first over the line in 17:21 - second time in 15 appearances.
Barry TROWBRIDGE (SM30-34) of Poole Runners, was second over the line in 18:27.
Ian EDWARDS (VM50-54) of Poole Runners, was third over the line in 18:50.

Female placings:
Sarah CHALONER (VW45-49) of Poole AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:56 - 7th time in 12 appearances.
Becky MCCORQUODALE (VW40-44) of Harwich Runners, was second (10th overall) over the line in 21:32.
Tabitha DIVALL (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (12th overall) over the line in 22:12.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sarah CHALONER (VW45-49) was graded 83.11% for the time 19:56 (7th overall).
Nick BROOKE (VM60-64) was graded 81.99% for the time 19:54 (6th overall).
Graham SMITH (VM60-64) was graded 81.80% for the time 19:36 (5th overall).

This week there were 78 runners, of whom 14 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.

Blandford parkrun started on 26th July 2014, and since then 996 different runners, including participants from 99 athletics clubs, have completed 3,700 runs covering a total distance of 18,500 km, and there have been 971 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Verity OCKENDEN who ran in a time of 00:18:03 on 2014-12-27 (event number 23).
The male record is held by Dave LONG who ran in a time of 00:15:29 on 2015-02-28 (event number 32).
The Age Grade course record is held by Linda LASCELLES who recorded a 87.10% run (19:15) on 1st November 2014 (event number 15).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blandford parkrun Results Page.

 

Blandford parkrun Event number 32 28th February 2015

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This week saw an invasion by local running club Poole Runners, they had asked to use our parkrun for one of their club championship events and this saw nearly 40 runners from the club turn up on the day, some of them are local to us and regularly run at Blandford but for some it was their first time with us and all were complimentary about our course and the atmosphere at our parkrun.
I would like to thank all our regulars for making them feel welcome, it can be quite intimidating to see so many "proper" runners turn up to a parkrun but hopefully you can see that they are just "normal" like the rest of us, and that at some point we were all beginners.
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If you should ever want to find out more about the local running or Triathlon clubs in your area please ask either one of the volunteers, myself or anyone one see in a club shirt, I can assure you they wont bite and are more than willing to share their experiences with you and help in anyway they can.

This week also saw a new course record set by first timer to Blandford Dave Long in a time of 15:29.
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This week stats:-

Men's placings:
Dave LONG (SM20-24) of Bournemouth AC, was first over the line in 15:29 - first appearance.
An unknown runner was second.
Dom WILLMORE (JM15-17) of Poole Runners, was third over the line in 16:46 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Women's placings:
Vicki INGHAM (SW25-29) of Poole Runners, was first (12th overall) over the line in 18:57 - first appearance.
Janice PALMER (VW55-59) of Poole Runners, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:55.
Sarah CHALONER (VW45-49) of Poole AC, was third (30th overall) over the line in 21:21 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Janice PALMER (VW55-59) was graded 86.53% for the time 20:55 (26th overall).
Dave LONG (SM20-24) was graded 84.18% for the time 15:29 (first overall).
Dom WILLMORE (JM15-17) was graded 83.00% for the time 16:46 (third overall).

This week there were 131 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Blandford parkrun started on 26th July 2014, and since then 895 different runners, including participants from 90 athletics clubs, have completed 3,136 runs covering a total distance of 15,680 km, and there have been 825 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Verity OCKENDEN who ran in a time of 00:18:03 on 2014-12-27 (event number 23).
The men's record is held by Dave LONG who ran in a time of 00:15:29 on 2015-02-28 (event number 32).
The Age Grade course record is held by Linda LASCELLES who recorded a 87.10% run (19:15) on 1st November 2014 (event number 15).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blandford parkrun Results Page.

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