Parkrun report for Saturday 9th March

We saw numbers rise again on Saturday, which is lovely to see and meant 294 or you braved the mud to complete this week's event. Obviously with numbers so high this puts a strain on parking so could I please remind you to not park anywhere other than an allocated space.  This is at the request of the park rangers who are concerned, not only about damage caused to the grass verges, but also about access for emergency vehicles if required.

Also, we would just like to give a shout out to Sharon Warland as she completed her 200th parkrun on Saturday. These runs have taken place since a full hip replacement in 2013 and she has used parkrun as her route back to fitness. A massive achievement Sharon; well done!

Finally, as you are aware, parkrun is managed entirely by volunteers and we need to ensure the Bury parkrun has enough volunteers to sustain it into the future.  We are always looking for new Run Directors so if any of you are interested in doing this, either now or in the future, then please come and find me (Claire Brown) for a chat. Being an RD may look a little daunting but it really isn't difficult and doesn't take up too much time, especially if we ensure we have a minimum of 6 RDs on the roster at any one time. And talking of volunteers ...

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Ian BRADFORD • Stephen COOK • Stephen PRETTY • Claire BROWN • Jenny MORGAN • Joe BRADFORD • Keith STEPHEN • Martin ALLUM • Dean SYKES • Liz O'RIORDAN • Catherine FIRTH • Tim PAGE • Rob WEBB • Lucy DAWSON • Alison CARTWRIGHT • Thomas CARTWRIGHT

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event 290, 2nd March 2019

A perfect morning for a run in the park - and as promised, a fair showing of daffodils! We had a photographer this week, and she has already posted her pictures to the Facebook page - thanks Heidi! This week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bury St Edmunds parkrun Results Page.

Special congratulations go to Katie King for completing her 100th run (in fine style as first lady home!) Well done also to Simon Goddard for completing 50 runs (he also kindly volunteered, helping me with set up). Well done to Kayla Micanes, who entered the juniors 10 run club.

We couldn't have done it without our trusty volunteer team. They did a great job, making my life as RD really easy and enjoyable. So special thanks to:

Stephen COOK • Roger MCGREGOR • Sarah ASBURY • Stephen PRETTY • Nigel SCHOFIELD • Heidi GRIFFITHS • Joe BRADFORD • David WRIGHT • Tim PAGE • Susan FULLMAN • Alan BRAY • David HOOTON • Simon GODDARD • Richard SMITH • Vivienne HOUGHTON • Zachary STRICKLAND • Jasper BRETHERTON

parkrun life never stops - so I'm already working on building the volunteer team for this coming Saturday. Would you like to volunteer this week? I'm looking for someone to hand out finish tokens and three or four to work in the scanning area. A few more marshals would also be welcome. Please check out the future volunteer tab on the web site and use the email link there to get in touch: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/burystedmunds/futureroster/

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, Steve.

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event 289, 23rd February 2019

It was wonderful to be in the park on Saturday - a bit of a misty start but it turned into a lovely sunny day. The first few daffodils are now showing along the lime avenue - so I changed the facebook cover page to reflect that.

This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

Congratulations go to Sally Whitefield who comleted her 50th run today.

As usual, we had many canine friends also taking part - we love to see them! Unfortunately, this week I did receive a complaint about one rather unruly border collie. He picked a fight with another dog and then ran across the path of runners potentially causing a trip incident. Please remember that we ask you to keep dogs under control at all times. If you know that your canine friend tends to get over excited, it might be best for them not to join the run. I also noticed one very fast dog near the from running in full canix harness. Again, please remember that parkrun is not a canix event - we ask that dogs are run on short leads only.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Stephen COOK • Stephen PRETTY • Peter WARLAND • Heidi GRIFFITHS • Martin Charles TILLEY • Phil HYMERS • Joe BRADFORD • Liz O'RIORDAN • John CULLUM • Oliver SCHOFIELD • Susan DUNNE • Asia DAVIES • Richard SMITH • Zachary STRICKLAND • Jasper BRETHERTON • Thomas CARTWRIGHT

I have now taken over as your RD for the next two weeks - and I need to build my volunteer team for Saturday 2nd and 9th March. This week I need a timekeeper,three scanners and a token support volunteer. More marshals would also be helpful - and I really would appreciate someone to arrive at 7:30 to help me walk the course and set out the signs. If you can help, get in touch via burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com

Many thanks - Steve Pretty

 

 

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event number 286 2nd February 2019

Well it was certainly cold this week with very few people in the park other than the intrepid 236 parkrunners and of course our fabulous team of volunteers.

I didn't get around to writing a report last week so must just mention that David Drewry completed his 50th parkrun a couple of weeks ago, Jenny and Derek Hall also completed their 50th and Greg Mills completed his 250th parkrun on 26th January. What fantastic achievements and hopefully they will be getting their anniversary t shirts very soon.

You will probably have noticed our megaphone is not what it used to be and we know a lot of people struggle to hear us at the briefing.  We are therefore saving up for a more robust alternative, so if anyone would like to make a donation, however small, then please go to the following link.  Thank you.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/burystedmunds/aboutus/

Finally, we have been asked to promote Hargrave 5k and 10k cross country race which is to be held 9th March at 2.30pm from Hargrave village hall IP29 5HP.  All funds will go towards Hargrave church repairs.  To enter please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/...search "Hargrave" in the "Looking for" box.

And finally .....

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Linda Jane HANDCOCK • Sarah ASBURY • Stephen PRETTY • Claire BROWN • Liz O'RIORDAN • John CULLUM • Jade ASBURY • Oliver SCHOFIELD • Richard SMITH • Vivienne HOUGHTON • Zachary STRICKLAND • Katie PEARCE-HIGGINS

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

The male record is held by Macauley DELO who recorded a time of 15:45 on 11th April 2015 (event number 96).
The female record is held by Holly Alexandra ARCHER who recorded a time of 17:48 on 5th August 2017 (event number 213).
The Age Grade course record is held by Thomas THAKE who recorded 93.16% (18:16) on 29th December 2018 (event number 281).

 

 

Daniel Cook’s D of E report

This Saturday, Daniel Cook completed his Gold D of E volunteering with us. He has been a great asset to the volunteer team and did a fine job as our run director this Saturday. We wish him all the best for his future. Dan has been kind enough to write a short report on his time with us. We thought we would share it with you, as Dan so clearly gets what we are all about!

Over the year and a half that I have been volunteering at Parkrun, I have learnt that Parkrun is not just a run in a park. It is a group of amazing and dedicated people. Parkrun means many things to many people; some see it is as a way of improving their fitness, to become healthier, some see it as a social event to talk and meet new people, and some use it as a way of visiting different places across the country, and even globally! Parkrun has helped me in many ways, it gets me to wake up on those cold and dark Saturday mornings with a smile on my face, boosting my confidence significantly, from being worried on that first week to now speaking in front of over 250 people, and it has ultimately inspired me through the many stories that I hear every week. I would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and run directors, as well Claire Hoblyn and Steve Pretty for coordinating my scheduling and making me feel welcome into this amazing community.

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