150 Bracknell parkruns later…

A rather cold and dreary January morning was no doubt brightened for the 401 runners and 24 volunteers (plus numerous supporters) that made it down to Great Hollands Rec for the 150th running of Bracknell parkrun! No cake to mark the occasion, but there is always hope for next week. There were plenty of winning smiles nonetheless.
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John Gunn ran his 100th parkrun today! We didn't get a photo of him with our '100' sign. Make sure you flag down the photographer next week John, and very well done!

We had tourists joining us today from Sheffield and Bushy. Furthest travelled though was a Canadian parkrunner! We hope you all enjoyed the course!

Now we hope to never need to use your 'In Case of Emergency' or 'ICE' information, but as was mentioned during our briefing today, it is so important to make sure it is on your barcode or about your person when you're running. You can update it in your parkrun profile and reprint, or even just write it on the back of a paper barcode. If you fancy getting yourself one of the plastic barcodes or wristbands, you can add it to those too. There is even space for some medical information. You can purchase a barcode from the shop here.

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We will return next Saturday at our usual time of 9am. See you there?

This week 401 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Chris VAAL • Andy SCOTT • Rachel STOCKDALE • Rebecca NEWNHAM • Sam GOODALL • Simon LIGHT • Doug BRADY • Charlotte DAVIES • Sarah AUSTIN • Heather SINCLAIR • Samuel SINCLAIR • Janet ROGERS • Cinthia PARKES • Mark NEVE • Wendy HARDY • Jane RALLS • Mackenzie CAPALDI • Miriam STALLARD • Kerry SCOTT • Becky SAGE • Callum BROADBENT • Luke TAYLOR • Heidi PAISLEY • Anju DOOGAN

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

The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 6,692 participants have completed 44,792 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,960 km, including 8,056 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report for Bracknell parkrun event #149

Writer: Nicholas Light

I am a born-again runner, an evangelist for parkrun. Despite running as a teenager, I did less and less as my knee deteriorated to a point where it would seize up after less than a mile. Finally seeing a physio last summer, who diagnosed me with the complex condition of being unfit, I built up my knee and the distances it could manage before my first parkrun last summer.

Here, I realised all of Bracknell Forest was there - colleagues from work, class-mates and teachers from my children's schools, the manager from my daughter's nursery (who was the 3rd female round this week), and a spattering of impressive runners, with five going under 20 minutes on Saturday even with the boggy parts of the course - and a wonderful place where I could be outsprinted by 10 year old boys and 70 year old ladies.

Experiencing this, I went about converting my own family. My partner who avowedly 'didn't like running' found she enjoyed doing so in a crowd as the picture below shows:

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Luckily, she had 437 runners and walkers with her on Saturday in a huge field, hence the size of the smile.   Many of these may be on New Years' resolutions, which I hope last a while longer. When asking my son for his own resolutions, he decided he wants to get up to 50 parkruns. Given that he's currently short of the 10 milestone that Matthew completed on Saturday it would take a concerted effort to reach the 50 shirt earned by Janet Rogers, though the inaugural Junior parkrun next Sunday might help to speed up that chase.

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Our 4 year-old has completed her first parkrun, but understandably enjoys putting on a hi-viz jacket even more. She was up on the top corner of the woods giving 'power-up' high-fives to the cheery runners that came past, as part of the 24 strong-volunteer team led superbly by Rachel.

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3 of these were pacers helping runners and walkers to achieve new ambitions and I hope that everybody from Neil and Kirsty at the front to Andy as Tail-walker at the back can look forward to enjoying and succeeding in their own parkrun challenges throughout 2018.

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This week 438 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Alexandra PERRIOR • Mary WANG • Andy SCOTT • Susan THOMAS • Rachel STOCKDALE • Simon LIGHT • Doug BRADY • Samuel SINCLAIR • Sophie WEST • Cinthia PARKES • Emily HICKS • Mark NEVE • Scott FALKINER • Ben WEISBERG • Mackenzie CAPALDI • Miriam STALLARD • Kerry SCOTT • Nik LIGHT • Callum BROADBENT • Luke TAYLOR • Heidi PAISLEY • Ada THOMASSON • Anju DOOGAN

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

The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 6,635 participants have completed 44,391 parkruns covering a total distance of 221,955 km, including 8,008 new Personal Bests.

 

 

The last ever run report for 2017

It stayed dry and wasn't too cold - it was a wee bit muddy but spirits were high.
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Of the 324 runners, 

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we had 

    • 8 brave souls for whom this was their First Ever parkrun: Joe, Rebecca, Josh, Ross, Katie, Alice, Nigel, Imogen - well done.

 

  • 1 newcomer to Bracknell for his second ever parkrun: Gavin - well done

 

 

  • 3 Junior 10 milestones: James, Polly and Harrison - well done
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  • 3 x 50th milestone runners: Sophie, Tom and Luke - well done

 

 

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  • a couple running their joint 100th milestones: Carole and Pete - well done
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  • 8 runners who got a PB: Richard, Curtis, Gareth, Rosie, Maddy, Paul, Andrew and Emily - well done

 

 

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  • and 31 amazing volunteers who made it all happen: Andy O, Andy Sc, Andy Su, Annie, Alan, Ben, Carole, Catherine, Charlie, Chris, Cinthia, Daniel, David, Doug, Gill, James, Jenny, Katherine, Kayleigh, Kerry, Lisa, Luke, Mary, Nik, Ntombi, Richard, Robin, Sally, Simon and Sophie - well done
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The fastest lady was Sophie Quirk (20.53), fastest gentlemen was Andrew Stay (20.06)- well done.

See you all on the field :-)

 

Its a New Year – Event #148

Bracknell Park Run no.148, 1st Jan 2018 - Steve Forster

As dawn broke through on the first day of the New Year it was a sultry cool day, after a night of fireworks and almost non-stop rain. The fields around Great Hollands Community Centre had soaked up the water like a sponge and were pretty sodden, so that anyone contemplating running the 2 and a half laps of the course would definitely have to think about wearing some off-road shoes to stop them sliding around. Anyway the prospect of running this extra event in the parkrun Calendar did not seem to deter anyone and almost 300 people came to try their best around the wood chips, woodland and mud.

This new Year's Day the Run was scheduled to start at 8.45, so all the set up crew, and the volunteers and marshals had to get there especially early, to get their allotted positions sorted out, and the course markers out . As the announcements were made , it became evident that a lot of visitors had come for this run, and they came from Harwell, Didcot, Swindon, Hemel Hempstead, Wiltshire and many other places in South England never mind those who came from Thailand and South Africa. This was definitely an away day for that eccentric group of people who are prepared to sacrifice so much of their time for the “foreign” parkrun experience.

Announcements over and it was time to GO…. Its always a pleasure to see such a wide cross section of people thundering down the track towards the allotments with such gusto.. To the runners trying to beat their own PB or favourite opponent, to those taking a more sedate route, perhaps to improve fitness, lose weight or just for the great buzz of taking part in a great community event, with a huge crowd of like minded people . At first it was a bit crowded , as the first part of the course is a bit tight, but as the first lap unfolded, almost everyone could make their own space, and the pace became more relaxed . All credit to the men and women who managed to push a buggy with a “hopefully” voluntary occupant, around the course . It always amazes me how fast they can get around ( usually faster than I can run it , unhindered ! ). As the Laps one, two, and three progressed, the front runners became quite established, and Eddie Steveni, from Reading A.C. stormed over the finish line about 400m ahead of the next guy, Simon Bennison from Bracknell Forest Runners. We are used to Sophie putting in great times, week after week, and she didn’t disappoint, coming in a stunning 4th, ( 1st lady), in just over 21mins ….
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This week 293 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Martin REILLY • Annie KEANE • Petra WEBER • Colin TENNANT • Andy SCOTT • Chris MANTON • Gill MANTON • Catherine HANNAN • Daniel MANTON • Charlie MANTON • Sarah LUSCOMBE • Alan FAUBEL • Sophie QUIRK • Daisy LUSCOMBE • Steph CLARE • James DOOGAN • Simon LIGHT • Steve FORSTER • Doug BRADY • Rhona STAINTHORP • Ntombi NTAMANE • Samuel SINCLAIR • David WATLER • Miriam STALLARD • Kyle DOOGAN • Kerry SCOTT • Anju DOOGAN

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

The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 6,580 participants have completed 43,953 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,765 km, including 7,977 new Personal Bests.

 

Bracknell parkrun event #146 – A Visit from St Nicholas….. to Bracknell parkrun

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Run report writers: Susan Thomas and Emily Hicks

A Visit from St. Nicholas… to Bracknell parkrun  (with thanks to Clement Moore)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Runners were in bed, getting some well-earned rest,

Dreaming happily of a festive personal best.

Then early in the morn those runners awoke,

This Christmas parkrunning is really no joke.

With running kit on and a red Santa hat,

They grabbed their GPS watch – can’t run without that!

They leapt into their cars and to Great Hollands they sped,

Hoping to see Santa with his reindeer and sled.

Then there in the park was a scene to behold

Of runners all gathered from youngsters to old.

At 9am sharp the run director made the call,

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

With wet leaves and mud and a jubilant cry,

They met with some obstacles under the sky.

So through the woods the runners they flew

Dressed as elves or reindeer, St Nicholas too.

And then in a twinkling the marshals did spy

The prancing and pawing of runners passing by.

The end was in sight, no turning around

Each runner came through with a leap and a bound.

Their eyes – how they sparkled! Their smile, how merry!

Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like a cherry!

Their legs, when they stopped, like a bowl full of jelly,

Their toes (if you whiffed them) would be rather smelly!

The costumes and outfits made such a show,

But some could have made their running quite slow!

As they got their breath back and gave a big sigh

They gathered together and ate a mince pie!

The director was pleased and went to upload,

The results of the runners they surely were owed?

She sprang to her sleigh, gave great praise to her crew,

Away everyone went, with their hearts filled anew.

I heard her exclaim ere she drove on her way,

‘Happy Christmas to all,

And to all a good day.’

Congratulations to the 415 people who walked, jogged or ran the course today – the festive theme clearly encouraged a great turnout! A huge welcome to anyone visiting us today and to the 36 first timers to Bracknell of whom 15 completed their first ever parkrun – we hope you enjoyed being with us and hope to see you back soon. There were an amazing 40 personal bests achieved - well done to

all those people. Many thanks, as always, to the 28 hi-vis heroes who volunteered today and without whom parkrun could not take place.

We celebrated some milestone runs today:

Harry achieved his Junior 10

Kirsten Miller, Richard Jerome and Jane Bannister all achieved the 50 milestone

Jenny Griffiths achieved the 100 milestone

Congratulations to you all – and keep running!

Alan Faubel celebrated his 50th birthday with us – happy birthday Alan! – and he also celebrated his 50th time volunteering. Well done!

Don’t forget that there is no Christmas Day parkrun at Bracknell (although other local events are taking place providing an opportunity for some tourism) but parkrun will be back at Bracknell as normal next Saturday 30th December.

Bracknell parkrun will also take place at the earlier time of 8:45am on Monday 1st January 2018 as a New Year special! This means there is the option to run a second parkrun on New Year’s Day by visiting a nearby parkrun afterwards – Frimley Lodge is at 10am and Woodley is at 10:30am.

Happy Christmas and happy running!

With thanks to Simon Light for the festive photos:

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The event was made possible by 28 volunteers: Mary WANG • Andy SCOTT • Gill MANTON • Charlie MANTON • Sarah LUSCOMBE • Alan FAUBEL • Susan THOMAS • Blanche BARNES • Steph CLARE • Adrian LUSCOMBE • Simon LIGHT • Doug BRADY • Rhona STAINTHORP • Charlotte DAVIES • Samuel SINCLAIR • Silvie BAISTER • Cinthia PARKES • Emily HICKS • Mark NEVE • Ben WEISBERG • Mackenzie CAPALDI • Miriam STALLARD • Chris BRERETON • Susan BRERETON • Kerry SCOTT • Daryl COPLESTON JOBLING • Luke TAYLOR • Heidi PAISLEY Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bracknell parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91). The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125). The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 6,485 participants have completed 43,336 parkruns covering a total distance of 216,680 km, including 7,953 new Personal Bests.

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