Bracknell parkrun #174

Bracknell parkrun #174

Report writer: Rhona Stainthorp

Photographer: Chris Hilson

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The 7th of July was another scorching day. What a summer we are having, and this Saturday was no exception with 317 eager parkrunners all lined up to start their weekend well.

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This was all made possible by the great team of volunteers selecting all the various volunteering roles under the direction this week of Simon Light.

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We are so grateful to the gallant 32: Joan BARKER, Doug BRADY, Enica CHENGA, Andrew CLARE, Ellouise CLARE, Lara CLARE, Sean GREGORY, Samantha GWYN-GRIFFITHS, Christopher HILSON, Russ HOAD, Jan JALOVY, Jenni JONES, Kirstie KING, Evie KING, Jennifer LEE, Simon LIGHT, Nik LIGHT, Chris MANTON, Charlie MANTON, Mark NEVE, Claire NICHOL, Cinthia PARKES, Olga RAYNER, Jim RODGERS, Andy SCOTT, Kerry SCOTT, Rhona STAINTHORP, Miriam STALLARD, Jack STALLARD, Jonah THOMASSON, Ada THOMASSON, Samantha WOOD

As you are reading this you are only a few clicks away from finding your ideal volunteering task. Just go to the volunteering tab and click on future roster to find roles waiting for you over the summer.

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As usual there were a few celebrations. Razvan Draghici completed his 100th run; and Paul Daly, Jan Jalovy and Gavin Geddes all completed their 50th runs. Gavin joined us with his son Lachlan all the way from Australia and the amazing summer heat must have made it seem quite like their usual Queensland runs.

There were 43 Bracknell first timers listening to Nic Light’s first timers’ briefing and of these 16 were making their first ever parkrun. They’ll be back!

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The first three runners to collect their finish tokens were all male

First was Martin TURTON (SM20-24) in 19:42 (65.48 %); 2nd was Krzysztof ZIELINSKI (VM 35-39) from Sandhurst joggers in 20:17 (66.31 %); and 3rd was Duncan LAURIE-PILE (VM 40-44) in 20:20 (68.11 %). Krzysztof set a new PB with this run.

The first three female runners into the funnel were: Laurie MARLOW (SW20-24) from Bracknell AC in 22:26 (65.57%). Closely followed by Heather SINCLAIR   (VW45-49) in 23:12 (71.41%) and Francesca PARKES        (SW20-24) in 24:26 (24                60.57 %).

Heather was also one of the top three age graded runner which also included Clive ALDERSON (VM55-59) with 72.49% and J.d DANIEL (VM55-59) with 70.54%.

The heat must have really suited the 27 people who managed a PB this week.

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But for some people it’s quite nice to relax and let other people do the work:

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We were joined this week by a special group of guides from Finchampstead who were raising money for breast cancer research.

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No doubt many runners went home to watch the quarter finals and wondered how the manager was able to get back to Russia after first completing his parkrun.

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Such a great win over Sweden and also such a sad loss to Croatia. But this next Saturday’s Parkrun can be the warm up act for the 3rd place play off.

It looks as though it is going to be a hot one again so remember to bring plenty of water.

Full stats for the day are:

Number of events: 174                 Number of runners: 7,529            Number of runs: 52,168

Number of first finishers: 115     Number of clubs: 405                     Number of PBs: 9,072

Average number of runners per week: 299.8                      Average number of runs per runner: 6.9 Biggest Attendance: 469                Average run time: 00:31:48

Total hours run: 3Years 57Days 14Hrs 18Min 27Secs                          Total distance run: 260,840km

Female record holder: Sophie QUIRK - 17:54 - Event 125 (29/07/17)

Male record holder: Richard ALLEN - 16:46 - Event 91 (10/12/16)

Age graded record holder: Sophie QUIRK - 86.59 % - 17:54 - Event 125 (29/07/17)

 

Bracknell parkrun : 30th June 2018, Event number 173

Report by Mike Sankey

As the unsuspected British summer heatwave rolls on, so do the numbers at Bracknell. On a rather warm Saturday morning, This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. We had tourist from the exotic lands of Basingstoke, and even Reading!

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I find it quite amazing the impact parkrun can have. When considered in the scheme of 7 days, running around parkrun takes up approximately 1/168th of the time. In terms of a week, it is a fleeting moment. By 10:30am it has been and gone, and all that is left are footprints and memories (Before the results and photos come out!)

But the impact - Smiles, laughter, effort, comradeship, support, fun, achievements (To name but a few)

First step for some - well trodden ground for others.

On days where we celebrate 100 runs for one person, more people start their parkrun journey (12 today - Welcome Jack, Ben, James, Neil, Jane, Toby, Eoghain, Rhys, Elspeth, Amanda, Bernadette)

A plea. Give back, please volunteer. It doesn't have to be every week, and we have roles you can do and still run - But please experience what is such a fun and rewarding task - See the joy that parkrun creates from young to old - And without volunteers, we have no parkrun

Come and chat to a high vis hero about roles if you are nervous - There's something for everyone!

A few memorable runs today..

Congratulations for our birthday girl! Happy 15th!

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Congratulation to Lucas Coe and Oscar Bracken - Junior 10 achieved!

Gurmeet Binning - Well done on you big 5-0!

Bringing up the big 100 - Congratulations Andrew Wood

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Paula Fudge was our highest number runner today, racking up her 409th run today.

Even with the sun beaming down, it was great to see so many smiling faces!

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The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Richard COOPE • John GUNN • Mike SANKEY • Gill MANTON • Cindy SLAUGHTER • Daniel MANTON • Charlie MANTON • Sarah LUSCOMBE • Daisy LUSCOMBE • Sian THORNLEY • Natasha GREGORY • Jennifer LEE • Simon LIGHT • Christopher HILSON • Andy SURPLICE • Tessa HABBERLEY • Heather SINCLAIR • Samuel SINCLAIR • Janet ROGERS • Cinthia PARKES • Samantha GWYN-GRIFFITHS • Mark NEVE • James BULLINGHAM • Julia WOODROFFE • Jane RALLS • Miriam STALLARD • Chris BRERETON • Kirstie KING • Evie KING • Susan BRERETON • Luke TAYLOR • Sean GREGORY • Jenni JONES

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 7,486 participants have completed 51,851 parkruns covering a total distance of 259,255 km, including 9,045 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Event 172 – 23 June 2018

Event 172, run report by Chris Manton

So Saturday saw Bracknell rack up it’s 172nd event and given that BracknelL Forest Runners were off for some tourism at Upton Court you might have been forgiven for thinking that parkrun on Saturday was going to be a relatively quiet day, well with a magnificent 52 first timers it was anything but.

Sandhurst Joggers turned up en masse as Saturday saw the graduation of their latest Couch to 5k programme, and they, along with 45 other people recorded personal bests at parkrun. The first timers racking up 260km between then.

In total 329 people ran, jogged or walked the 5km on what was a deceptively warm morning. Given that we are in the middle of the World Cup it feels like time to throw some really random statistics out which may or may not actually mean anything!

So on Saturday 52 first timers covered 260km equating to 15.8% of the 1,645km of distance covered by the all participants on the day.

All in all 7450 people have taken on the Bracknell course racking up 257,750km with 8,989 personal bests which shows how popular Bracknell has become since it’s first event way back in April 2015.

Of course the success of Bracknell parkrun is down to the band of volunteers, who take on a bunch of roles ranging from setting up, marshalling, timing, handing out tokens, managing the funnel area, checking times and taking it all down at the end, and of course the impressive youngsters who took on the job of scanning all the barcodes once everyone had finished!

If you fancy seeing your name up in lights on the weekly report, please take the time to register to volunteer using the link in your results e-mail. Volunteering is a really enjoyable thing to do and without it parkrun would not exist, and fear not if you would rather run you can still volunteer either by setting up or taking down the course or by pacing other parkrunners, perhaps to their personal bests which can be a really satisfying thing or maybe sorting the tokens into order after the event, which is one of my favourite roles!

On that note, thanks must go to the following who gave up their time up to make Saturday happen

Patrick WADSWORTH • George GREEN • John GUNN • Jim RODGERS • Chris MANTON • Gill MANTON • Daniel MANTON • Charlie MANTON • Susan THOMAS • Sian THORNLEY • Ellouise CLARE • Steph CLARE • Natasha GREGORY • Simon LIGHT • Steve FORSTER • Cinthia PARKES • Samantha GWYN-GRIFFITHS • Mark NEVE • Ben WEISBERG • Miriam STALLARD • Kirstie KING • Evie KING • Kerry SCOTT • Luke TAYLOR • Jack STALLARD • Sean GREGORY • Mandi LEWIS

A future volunteer role may well exist for the person that can put away the “Pop Up” banner which last time I saw was persistently refusing to be popped back into its bag!

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This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Patrick WADSWORTH • George GREEN • John GUNN • Jim RODGERS • Chris MANTON • Gill MANTON • Daniel MANTON • Charlie MANTON • Susan THOMAS • Sian THORNLEY • Ellouise CLARE • Steph CLARE • Natasha GREGORY • Simon LIGHT • Steve FORSTER • Cinthia PARKES • Samantha GWYN-GRIFFITHS • Mark NEVE • Ben WEISBERG • Miriam STALLARD • Kirstie KING • Evie KING • Kerry SCOTT • Luke TAYLOR • Jack STALLARD • Sean GREGORY • Mandi LEWIS

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 7,450 participants have completed 51,550 parkruns covering a total distance of 257,750 km, including 8,989 new Personal Bests.

 

Bracknell parkrun number 171

By Paul Jenkins

Another wonderful day of running, jogging and walking was enjoyed by 335 Bracknell
parkrunners alongside 27 vital volunteers who ensure our events are put on safely every Saturday.

The weather was perfect for running, overcast and about 14 degrees. The going good to firm with the winter mud patches long gone. After the First Timers and Run Director's briefings we were off!

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Today was the 171st Bracknell parkrun. Some famous other 171s:

. It was Suffragette Millicent Fawcett's 171st birthday this week
. Tiger Roll won the 171st Grand National at Aintree earlier this year
. The 171st finisher of today was Dawn THOMPSON
. 245 people have run exactly 171 parkruns throughout the world

The 335 that ran today was Bracknell's 8th highest total this year and two higher than the same weekend last year. Bracknell was 117th out of 509 UK parkruns in terms of attendance. An incredible 124,361 parkrunners and 10,632 volunteers participated on Saturday.

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The most popular name for Bracknell parkrunners this week was Andrew/Andy with 11 runners plus also Andy Scott who was our Run Director today for the ninth time.

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Welcome to the 29 parkrunners who ran their first ever Bracknell parkrun today. Of those, 16 were brand new to the parkrun family participating in their first (of hopefully many more) parkruns.

Adam MACEY was first finisher knocking 8 seconds off his previous PB to register his 'first first' at Bracknell at the 35th attempt. Awesome work Adam.
Sarah MCDADE was first female home in a time of 21:59 and a PB.
Callum BROADBENT was first junior home in 9th place with his 4th best time of 20:22.
Judith Guest had the highest Age Grade score of 78.05% in her 168th parkrun and 138th at Bracknell.

35 people had run 100 or more parkruns with Mike WORSFOLD leading the way today with his 328th parkrun and 146th at Bracknell. Amazing!

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It was a day for PBs with 56 runners registering a best ever Bracknell time.
Of note, Melanie TODD shaved 1 second off her PB in her 71st Bracknell parkurn. Caitlin WHITEHOUSE got a PB on her 61st Bracknell run, Vicki DRAPER on her 63rd and Darron ABBOTT who had a double celebration with a PB on his 50th parkrun.

Milestones today saw Faye NOEL and Melanie HARLOCK get the right to claim their 50 t-shirt.

14 running clubs were represented today including 31 Bracknell Forest Runners, 10 Sandhurst Joggers, 8 Finch Coasters, 4 Bracknell AC and 4 Reading Roadrunners.

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Bracknell parkrun
Event number 171
16th June 2018
This week 335 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Alison MATTHEWS • Alexandra PERRIOR • John Robert GUNN • Andy SCOTT • Jane LIGHT • Paul JENKINS • Mike SANKEY • Catherine HANNAN • Lynsey HANKIN • Stephen SCOTT • Simon LIGHT • Mike WEBBER-GANT • Doug BRADY • Simon PLUMMER • Heather SINCLAIR • Cinthia PARKES • Jake WHITLING • Mark NEVE • Ben WEISBERG • Miriam STALLARD • Kirstie KING • Evie KING • Kerry SCOTT • Luke TAYLOR • Sean GREGORY • Jenni JONES • Cheril ANDERSON

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 7,398 participants have completed 51,221 parkruns covering a total distance of 256,105 km, including 8,944 new Personal Bests.

 

Bracknell parkrun #169 : 2nd June 2018

"The Colour Purple"

Report writer: Rhona Stainthorp

Photographs by: Simon Light

Purple has a long and distinguished history. It was the imperial colour worn by Roman magistrates, Byzantine rulers and rules of the Holy Roman Empire. It is still the colour worn by Japanese Emperors today. But forget all this. Purple has now got an even more elevated association. Purple is the colour worn by members of the Parkrun 25 Volunteer Club.

Here is the Bracknell Purple group from Saturday’s #169 Bracknell Parkrun.

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Of course you have to use your imagination to look below those great HI Viz jackets to see all the purple. But the His Viz is the badge of the volunteers creating yet another great day for the 297 people who finished the 5k course.

It was an almost perfect day for a run: not too hot, not too cold, not too windy, not too sunny – and NO MUD!! Certainly, the 51 people who achieved a PB must have thought it was a perfect day. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming for the 19 debutantes who joined in the fun, and for the 16 tourists from around the country.

This great event is only made possible by the dedication of the volunteers who we were celebrating in their Imperial Purple. Saturday’s run under Rachel’s directorship took place thanks to the volunteers Alexandra PERRIOR, Amy CROLL, Andy SCOTT, Anthony WILSON, Ben WEISBERG, Charlie MANTON, Charlotte DAVIES, Cinthia PARKES, Daryl COPLESTON JOBLING, David STOCKDALE, Eliana STOCKDALE, Evie KING, Gill MANTON, Jenny L GRIFFITHS, Kerry SCOTT, Mark NEVE, Martin REILLY, Mike SANKEY, Miriam STALLARD, Patrick WADSWORTH, Paul PEASEGOOD, Paul SCOTT, Rachel STOCKDALE, Rebecca NEWNHAM, Rhona STAINTHORP, Sally KENT and Simon LIGHT.

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Every volunteer will tell you it is fun. And as Rachel pointed out on Saturday, there are plenty of tasks that can be done before, during and after running so you can get double for the day. On Saturday 22 runners were also members of the v25 club, and indeed 21 of these were are also in the 10, 50, or 100 clubs.

We celebrate everyone, but here are four examples of very special volunteers.

Judith – VW70-74, 166 runs, 35 volunteers, #1 in the age grading and holder of both the VW65-69 and 70-74 records.

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Andy - Superman – VM50-54, 160 runs. Counting all his volunteering events is too much. He has already clocked up 61 volunteering roles this year.

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Anna Coveney – SW18-19, has been the face of barcode scanning: doing this for 18 out of her 43 volunteering events. Now she has turned to running as well.

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And last, but certainly not least Charlie Manton – JM10 – who has smiled his way through 54 volunteering events as well as running 39 times.

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There are still plenty of tasks available for future events. All you have to do is click on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bracknell/futureroster/ and choose your role.

 

The first runner into the funnel this week was Christopher MEADOWS (SM25-29) in 19:58 (64.69%). This was Christopher’s second Bracknell run and he set a new PB taking nearly 4 minutes off his previous outing.

Second was Mark JORDAN (SM25-29) in 20:22 (63.34%), and third was Matthew BRENCHLEY (VM40-44) in 20:36 (66.26%). Mark and Matthew were both First Timers at Bracknell and it looks as though they found the course to their liking.

Phoebe ROBERTS (JW15-17) in 22:19 (67.74 %) from Bracknell Athletics Club was the first female over the line. Phoebe was closely followed by club mate Emily JONES (JW15-17) in 23:05 (65.49%). Sian MCBRIDE (SW20-24) was the third female in 23:20 (63.43 %).

The top three age graded runners were:

Judith GUEST (VW7-74) in 29:03, 77.91 %; Heather SINCLAIR (VW45-49) in 23:22, 70.04 %; and John Graham ELLWOOD (VM55-59) in 22:31, 70.02 %.All three of them are members of the 100 club.

Danielle MILLER (SW30-35) and Simon MORRIS (VM40-44) celebrated their 50th run. They will soon be able to claim their free red 50 club running shirts. The new suppliers are providing much more comfortable material with a good cut, so it is a great goal to aim for.

Two great juniors Finlay YARROW and Marnie FIELDSEND celebrated joining the Junior 10 club so they have earned their special white tee shirts.

Simon Light took up his trusty camera again this week. Here we trace the natural history of a parkrun in 15 photos. Just see how everyone enjoyed themselves.

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And if you can’t see yourself here all you have to do is click on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bracknell/photos/ and browse the hundreds of photos Simon has placed online.

 

Here are the full stats for our 169 Bracknell Parkrun events.

Number of events: 169           Number of runners: 7,316                  Number of runs: 50,537

Number of first finishers: 115 Number of clubs: 400                        Number of PBs: 8,809

Average number of runners per week: 299.0            Average number of runs per runner: 6.9

Biggest Attendance: 469         Average run time: 00:31:47

Total hours run: 3Years 20Days 14Hrs 54Min 23Secs            Total distance run: 252,685km

Female record holder: Sophie QUIRK - 17:54 - Event 125 (29/07/17)

Male record holder: Richard ALLEN - 16:46 - Event 91 (10/12/16)

Age graded record holder: Sophie QUIRK - 86.59 % - 17:54 - Event 125 (29/07/17)

 

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