Bournemouth parkrun Event number 289 23rd February 2019

For our last parkrun of February we were promised balmy Mediterranean temperatures, however at 8.45 when I looked across the course from the track to the football stadium, the course was bathed in fog. More akin to Dickensian London, than our beautiful seaside town. Walking back to the start of the course, clearly the fog had not deterred any runners, as a crowd of 555 runners and walkers, made their way around the corner of the athletics stadium to the start of the course. Today we were joined by both a hen and stag party and parkrun tourists from far flung destinations such as Hull, Torbay and Uttoxeter. We welcomed 80 newcomers to Bournemouth today, and 26 of these people were enjoying their first ever parkrun event.

As the hooter sounded we collectively ran, jogged and walked into the mist. By 9.15 the sun had broken through the fog and the promised heat began to develop. It was a beautiful spring morning to make our way around the course superbly kept safe for us by a great team of volunteers. At about this time as I made my way up the hill for the first time, I was passed by a much faster stream of runners already on their final lap. I want to say a big well done to the lady beside me also on her first lap pushing a double buggy and making it look effortless, you are my hero!!! Well done also to all the Mums and Dads patiently guiding round their sons and daughters crossing over from Junior Parkrun, I wish to have your patience and enthusiasm. For the runners and walkers with dogs, you have multi-tasking skills I can only dream of. You all keep the spirit of Parkrun alive.

Congratulations go to the first man, Stuart Nicholas and first lady, Holly Collier, who both also achieved PB’s today. In fact today an incredible 92 people pushed beyond what they thought possible and achieved new PB’s. But of course everyone who turned up ran, jogged or walked the course today is a winner. Thank you so much also to the great team of volunteers who make parkrun possible every week. If you haven’t volunteered yet, and are thinking about it, just go for it. It’s fun and informative and so friendly. I learn something new, and make new friends every time I volunteer. If you’re thinking about coming to your first event, to walk or jog or something quicker, again register, print off your barcode and come along. It’s the best way to start the weekend !!!!

Susan Elsworth

This week 555 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 80 were first timers and 92 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Roger BRANKIN • Mike WHITE • Samantha SMITH • Steve SHUCK • Barry TELLING • Mike FULLER • Kirsty DREWETT • Colin GRIFFITHS • Caron ROGERS • Luke DOWSETT • Sam JENKINS • Mark GOODWIN • Graham PENNECK • Ruby MCCULLY • Julie ASTIN • Katie JENKINS • Nikki ROLPH • Richard CANNINGS • Anne Claude ROCHE • Gary QUIRKE • Kay SAYER • Pawel SUROWIEC • Theo DUNNING • Aleta KILGORE • Ben BUCKLAND • Naomi CAPELL • Susan ELSWORTH • Angie BOND • Sophie LOVETT • Mark EASTON • Nicholas MASON • John MAYNARD • Julie BURDEN • Dylan NEWMAN • Dylan ATKINSON • Alison HARDY • Lucy TITCOMBE • Sarah BISHOP • Jelena DAVEY • Sam TAYLOR • Laura FUTCHER • Linda JACKSON • Nayan KERAI • Holly ATKINSON • Charley MULLINS • Lewis BLADON • Dan SEARLEY

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

The male record is held by Neil Robert BONIFACE who recorded a time of 15:34 on 25th June 2016 (event number 151).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:18 on 17th June 2017 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 95.57% (22:12) on 19th May 2018 (event number 251).

Bournemouth parkrun started on 24th August 2013. Since then 12,526 participants have completed 96,925 parkruns covering a total distance of 484,625 km, including 15,958 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,082 individuals have volunteered 9,670 times.

 

Bournemouth parkrun Event number 288 16th February 2019

On my 49 runs around King’s Park, I often wonder about the history of what it is I am running around, so here are the results of my internet investigation.

The Common” in Boscombe  changed its name on 26 June 1902 to mark the occasion of the coronation of King Edward VII, to his Queen Alexandra of Denmark to  King’s Park. (due to Edward’s appendicitis the coronation had to be delayed until August).

Incidentally also in 1902 common No 60 changed it’s name to "Queen's Park" in honour of Queen Alexandra.

In the Park are two children's play areas, an indoor and an outdoor bowling green, an athletics track, a skate park, a cricket field and pavilion/café, plus many football pitches.

The most famous football pitch is Dean Court the home to AFCBournemouth aka The Vitality Stadium. It has the smallest capacity in the premiership of 11,464, but before all seating it hosted 28,799 in 1957 against Manchester United (who?). The site was formally a gravel pit and the land was given by local family the Cooper-Deans to Boscombe FC (hence Dean Court). The first stand held 300 people. In 1923 it changed name to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic and played in Division 3 South. In 1972 they became AFC Bournemouth. The club gained the nickname, 'The Cherries'. For two possible reasons. Firstly the cherry red striped shirts the side wore and secondly, Dean Court was built next to the Cooper-Dean estate which included many cherry orchards.

Bournemouth Athletic Club was formed in 1906 .In the summer of 1960 Kings Park Athletics Centre opened and has an all-weather track and a covered tiered stadium. We are lucky to use it’s warm up track, toilets and café.

Today I saw a lovely example of the Parkrun ethos as at Katie’s corner a runner in black shirt slipped up on the corner and hit the deck. I was proud to see the runner behind stop and help him up. It was a kind act and one that cost both a few seconds and a few places but made me feel proud of his kindness, so thanks to the good Samaritan!

I was 7 seconds faster than last week but 26 places down the faster field !. It was warm humid, the mist felt like a rain and the ground was sodden. I would like to thank the lady in pink who was 20 places ahead that took me 2 laps to overtake, she gave me the focus to move up the field. I felt almost too tired to put my gloves on for the cycle home.

Well the Wind was 3 mph South Westerly, Humidity 99%, Air Pressure 1022mb and it was 10 degrees centigrade. Cloudy and fine mist

Today’s top male was Rob McTaggart in 16.41 only 13 secs off his PB .

Top Female Georgia Wood in 18.42 congratulations on a PB! Plus only 26 seconds off last week’s winning time.

Top Junior Boy Thomas Farwell 16-18 was 18.31 7 secs off his PB

Top Junior Girl 11-14 was Erin Wells  in 20.48 congratulations on a PB!

Top Gent over 50 was David Nicolson 19.35 1 minute 49 off their PB

Top Lady over 50 Julia Austin  21.57 and 51 secs off their PB.

Thanks to all the other volunteers ( there is a job for everyone that wants one, don’t be too shy or reluctant to help out, please join in)

James S. Fuller

This week 552 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 51 volunteers:

Roger BRANKIN • Mike FULLER • James FULLER • Chris LANE • Maggie STOKES • Karen ROBERTS • Greg HAWKINS • Thomas PASKINS • Kirsty DREWETT • Mary CUSENS • Gerard LISSENBURG • Luke DOWSETT • Sam JENKINS • David EDWARDS • Mark GOODWIN • Graham PENNECK • Katie JENKINS • Mike SCOTT • Nikki ROLPH • James MCCAFFEREY • Andrew REYNOLDS • Martin HUDSON • Andrew ISAAC • Gary QUIRKE • Mark RUTTER • Louise HENDES • David MCQUILLAN • Katie COLLINGWOOD • Theo DUNNING • David MCDONALD • Tiffany GUYMER • Alice MARSHALL • Susan ELSWORTH • Ken PARRADINE • Sandra PARRADINE • Andy DUFFIN • Barry ROBINSON • Belinda LOPEZ • Mark EASTON • Bob STEPHENSON • John MAYNARD • Kay SELBY • Chris WITHALL • Dylan NEWMAN • Mary ROBINSON • Lucy TITCOMBE • Wayne MOLLOY • Mike BRIERLEY • Alfredo CHANGCHAO • Linda JACKSON • Nayan KERAI

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

The male record is held by Neil Robert BONIFACE who recorded a time of 15:34 on 25th June 2016 (event number 151).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:18 on 17th June 2017 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 95.57% (22:12) on 19th May 2018 (event number 251).

Bournemouth parkrun started on 24th August 2013. Since then 12,446 participants have completed 96,370 parkruns covering a total distance of 481,850 km, including 15,866 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,074 individuals have volunteered 9,623 times.

 

Bournemouth parkrun Event number 287 9th February 2019

I live in Branksome between the Bournemouth and Poole parkruns and started my Parkrun journey in Poole Park 2012. The course grew in popularity partly as it is a fast flat course but became a victim of it’s own success with crowding at the start.

So to take the pressure off it a new Parkrun opened in Bournemouth in King’s Park. I was there for the inaugural run on 24.8.13 (as were 292 other runners) and I knew it was going to be a success. However when I ran on the second run 7.9.13 numbers had dropped to 173. Luckily numbers have steadily grown with 429 souls dragging themselves out of bed today (and there have been over 600 in three of the last five runs!). Today was blustery but none of the rain and chill of the past week.

What do I like about the Bournemouth Course?

  1. Firstly there is a proper running track to warm up around (if you arrive on time)
  2. For the start there is a whole field to spread out over and you are not having watch someone clipping your heels
  3. You can run on grass, gravel or mud rather than tarmac for a lot of the course
  4. No cars or café delivery vans to try to avoid
  5. There are only small queues for the loos
  6. There is a shower and changing room
  7. There is a café for a post-race drink or food
  8. There is always the chance to meet Eddie Howe or AFC Bournemouth players as you run alongside the Vitality Stadium
  9. I can cycle along the seafront to get there with views today of the IOW
  10. I can cycle along the clifftop to get home with views today of a jackup rig

 

What do I not like about the Bournemouth Course?

  1. It is on average 29 seconds slower than the Poole course
  2. The other runners won’t let me win (today my place was my age and it’s the second time since my last birthday!). I was 1 minute 19 secs off my pb set in 2015

Today’s top male was Ciaran Dunnion in 18.16

Top female Ashia Wilson in 20.46 who is in the 11-14 category!!;

Top junior boy was Oliver Wilson in 19.11;

Top gent over 50 was David Nicolson 19.59; Top lady over 50 Mo Eccleston 24.54.

There were very few pb’s as the wind put the break on the times but there is always next week or the week after that.

I once met Paul Sinton-Hewitt (Parkrun founder) running the Weymouth Parkrun (he overtook me!) and his example, encouragement and enthusiasm is outstanding and it is to be praised the example he has set. However I have him to blame for 282 ruined chances to have a lie in bed Saturday morning!

Well the Wind was 22 mph South Westerly, Humidity 70%, Precipitation 0, Air Pressure 1005mb and it was 8 degrees centigrade.

James Fuller

This week 429 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Rob MCTAGGART • Mike WHITE • Steve AMEY • James FULLER • Steve O'CONNELL • Karen ROBERTS • Nicola WHITTAKER • Gerard LISSENBURG • Luke DOWSETT • Sam JENKINS • Sharon LLOYD • Graham PENNECK • Ruby MCCULLY • Emma NEWMAN • Katie JENKINS • Sandie FENSOM • Nikki ROLPH • James MCCAFFEREY • Richard CANNINGS • Gary QUIRKE • Mark RUTTER • Rosemary BYGRAVE • Theo DUNNING • Mike TERRY • Ken PARRADINE • Barry ROBINSON • Angie BOND • Liz VICKERS • Mark EASTON • James ROCKER • Julie BURDEN • Robert GREEN • David JAMES • Timothy ROCKER • Dylan NEWMAN • Lucy TITCOMBE • Stuart ASHFORD • Linda JACKSON • Nayan KERAI • Amy JAMES • Benjamin BUCKLAND • Pamela PAUL

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

The male record is held by Neil Robert BONIFACE who recorded a time of 15:34 on 25th June 2016 (event number 151).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:18 on 17th June 2017 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 95.57% (22:12) on 19th May 2018 (event number 251).

Bournemouth parkrun started on 24th August 2013. Since then 12,389 participants have completed 95,818 parkruns covering a total distance of 479,090 km, including 15,772 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,071 individuals have volunteered 9,572 times.

 

Bournemouth parkrun – Event number 283 – 5th January 2019

Bournemouth parkrun #283, 5 January 2019

Having enjoyed some unseasonably mild weather over the last few weeks, including Christmas and New Year, it was something of a shock to the system this morning to find myself having to dig out just about every item of running clothing I own, to tackle parkrun in almost freezing (although thankfully dry) conditions today. We needed to drive to Bournemouth today (a long story involving some repair work needed on my husband’s car) so he had kindly suggested I could do Bournemouth parkrun – he knows how I love a bit of parkrun tourism! It’s the first time I’ve been to this particular event, although I’ve run most of the parkruns in Hampshire, and ventured into Dorset recently to run Moors Valley.

Bournemouth turns out to be a lovely friendly parkrun, taking place at King’s Park behind the Vitality football stadium. Parking was easy, with a huge car park with plenty of spaces, some friendly local parkrunners on hand to point out where to go, and the athletics track grandstand was clearly visible, along with a few hundred brightly dressed runners. This was evidently going to be a big field of participants today, no doubt boosted by the New Year’s Resolutions of all those determined to start their fitness goals. And what better way to do that, than join the best community there is – the parkrun family. Welcome to all those who started their parkrun journey today!

 

Having found a spot in the café to put on my bobble hat, gloves, cowl and other final winter layers, and introductions made with the lovely friendly event team, we gathered outside near the start for the pre-run briefing, cheering this week’s especially-dedicated volunteers (seriously guys, massive thank you for supporting parkrun in these freezing conditions, we really do appreciate it!) and applauding those achieving milestone runs, visiting from other regions, or doing parkrun for the very first time.

 

The start line was plenty wide enough for the several hundred runners, and we were soon off – time to warm up those cold limbs and faces. The first (slightly smaller) lap around King’s Park is on tarmac paths and along the grass edge of the park. Well populated with enthusiastic marshals and family supporters, the course took us around an anticlockwise loop, and we were soon on to our second lap – this time taking a different turn halfway round, turning right, and down a trail path into the woods, making for a lovely change of scenery. With much chatting and encouragement among the field of runners too, we run up out of the wooded section onto the larger of the two fields, past the Vitality stadium and turn towards the athletics track, ready to do a final loop of the larger lap before turning past the stadium and towards the finish.

Cue even more enthusiastic volunteers and marshals, and before we know it we have arrived at the finish. The funnel was extremely well-managed, and with over 600 runners today that’s no mean feat. Everyone is guided to stay in order as we cross the finish line and make our way down the extended finish funnel to collect our finish place tokens before having these scanned (along with our barcodes) so we can receive our times later.

Lots of smiles, hi-fives and peer support awaited everyone as we all returned to the café in the grandstand, steam rising gently in the cold air from our warm shoulders and voices. Hot cups of tea, delicious snacks and warm layers helped everyone recover as we shared stories of our run, other parkrun comparisons and where we might be heading next week.

All in all a very friendly parkrun indeed, well organised and supported, and I look forward to returning again soon to run Bournemouth again. As will, I hope, all those for whom today was their first parkrun adventure – enjoy, and keep going!

Special mention to Maggie Stokes who ran her 250th parkrun, well done Maggie and thank you for the coffee

 

This week 609 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Daniel POPE • John LLOYD • Chris LANE • Helen REES • Karen ROBERTS • Michael HAWKINS • Kirsty DREWETT • Jenkins DAVID • Andrew WILLIAMS • Jessie SNOW • Kevin DOWSETT • Pauline WOODS • Graham PENNECK • Ruby MCCULLY • Sarah HOLE • Claire Emma CLARK • Josh JENKINS • Katie JENKINS • Helen GILBERT • Phil SPARKES • Harry ROLPH • Rob ROLPH • Nikki ROLPH • Allan WATT • Andrew REYNOLDS • Scott DUTTON • Mark RUTTER • Jean-René GRAILHE • Lauren LITTLE • Sarah DUNNING • Theo DUNNING • Aleta KILGORE • Sandra PARRADINE • Finnley POPE • Barry ROBINSON • Belinda LOPEZ • Liz VICKERS • Mark EASTON • Nick JENKINS • Sarah LLOYD • John MAYNARD • Chris WITHALL • Jay TAYLOR • Jeremy YOUNG • Wayne MOLLOY • Stuart ASHFORD • Nayan KERAI

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

The male record is held by Neil Robert BONIFACE who recorded a time of 15:34 on 25th June 2016 (event number 151).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:18 on 17th June 2017 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 95.57% (22:12) on 19th May 2018 (event number 251).

Bournemouth parkrun started on 24th August 2013. Since then 12,171 participants have completed 93,639 parkruns covering a total distance of 468,195 km, including 15,479 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,052 individuals have volunteered 9,399 times.

 

Festive parkrun news

Christmas Day (Tuesday 25th December) No Bournemouth parkrun (there will be a parkrun at Poole)

Saturday 29th December - 9am parkrun as usual

New Years Day (Tuesday 1st Jan 2019) -  We are holding a Bournemouth parkrun at 10am 

Saturday 5th Jan 2019 - 9am parkrun as usual - A time to get back to running bring your friends along & remember you are also welcome to walk our parkrun route.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year,

From all the team at Bournemouth parkrun

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