Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event number 249 21st April 2018

A lovely sunny day saw a great turnout for today's parkrun - Spring is here at last!

All of our volunteers today were NHS people, so thanks very much to them. Most of them had never volunteered at a parkrun before - in fact many of them had never been to a parkrun before! It says a lot for how straightforward the parkrun volunteer roles are - anyone can learn to do any of the roles on the day. So if apprehension about not being able to do any of the roles was preventing you from volunteering, there's no need - please email burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com if you can help in future.

You'll also have noticed the great information and atrial fibrillation testing stall which attracted great interest, not just because of the free fruit! There were also rumours of a bear at large in the park, this has been reported to the park rangers :)

If you want to know more about the MyWiSH "Every Heart Matters" appeal, or donate, use this link: http://mywishcharity.wsh.nhs.uk/Charity/Campaigns/EveryHeartMatters.aspx The MyWiSH folks will be around at next week's parkrun (event 250!) if you didn't get a chance to speak to them today.

Also, as I mentioned, today is my last as Run Director. It's been a great 5 years! I'll still be running or volunteering most weeks, as I really love Bury St Edmunds parkrun.

Congratulations to Katie Pearce-Higgins who completed her 10th parkrun today, and to Dean Hill and Ian Doggett who completed their 50th parkruns.

The official report from parkrun HQ is below.

This week 290 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Peter JAY • Glenn PROCTOR • Claire JAY • Claire HOBLYN • Trevor BACK • Susan DUNNE • Anna MILLS • Dan CLAPTON • Charlotte CORNWELL • Clare DUNCAN • Daniel COOK • Imogen BLACK • Anne BANKS • Yvonne CLARK • Mark BESSEY • Gaye MILLAR • Amy EMMS • Edward WILSON

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 Maureen MCCARTHY who recorded 88.96% (20:05) on 24th December 2016 (event number 182).

Bury St Edmunds parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 6,046 participants have completed 46,410 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,050 km, including 8,278 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 249 – NHS take over!

Hope you are all looking forward to event 249 on Saturday - it should be nice and dry for a change! This week will be our NHS take over event!

The focus will be on My WiSH Charity and the Every Heart Matters Campaign. Representatives from the My Wish charity will be present and it would be great if you could bring a donation for them if you have not already given through our Event 250 appeal!

The NHS team will also be providing information on heart health, with a specific emphasis on atrial fibrillation. This a common heart problem and if untreated, can lead to stokes. The team are carrying out a community testing campaign in our area, and we will be one of the first events offering this. They will be bringing a simple hand held ECG device than can help identify AF. If you would like to try it - and please do! - your heart rate must be below 100. So please come along nice and early so you can try the device before the run. The team will also be around after the run when you have had a change to recover! There will be a specialist on hand to advise what you should do if the the device indicates a possible problem. If you would like to learn more about AF, the following site is recommended:

http://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/afa/uk/

This event will be Glenn's last time as your RD - after 5 years of volunteering in the role - so please come along and give him a great send off. He will still be running with us and volunterring from time to time, I'm glad to say.

Sorry to say I will not be with you as I will be in London preparing to take on the Marathon. If you have not sponsored anyone this year - how about supporting me by making a donation to our 250 Every Heart Matters appeal?

Have a great parkrunday - Steve

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event number 248 14th April 2018

There were lots of smiling faces this morning, helped by the sun which finally put in an appearance towards the end of the run. Now that the weather's improving, the course should dry out - I hope it does as I counted at least three people who'd parted company with one of their shoes in the mud today!

As I mentioned in the run briefing, next week's parkrun (Sat 21st April) will see our volunteer roster entirely filled by NHS people, many of whom are regular parkrunners. The MyWiSH charity will also be there. Everything else about next week's parkrun will be business as usual.

The official report from parkrun HQ is below.

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Maureen MCCARTHY • Graham PAGE • Linda Jane HANDCOCK • Frank MOGGAN • Glenn PROCTOR • Stephen PRETTY • Claire HOBLYN • Susan DUNNE • Sharon PLACE • Asia DAVIES • Alan BRAY • Amanda BREWSTER • Zachary STRICKLAND • Imogen BLACK

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 Maureen MCCARTHY who recorded 88.96% (20:05) on 24th December 2016 (event number 182).

Bury St Edmunds parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 6,023 participants have completed 46,120 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,600 km, including 8,210 new Personal Bests.

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun, Event number 246, 31st March 2018

This week 205 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Maureen MCCARTHY • Linda Jane HANDCOCK • Claire HOBLYN • Matt EASDOWN • Ruth EBERHARDT • Cathy LAMBERT • Kelly PEPPER • Susan DUNNE • Sharon PLACE • Janet HARDIKER • Asia DAVIES • Zachary STRICKLAND • Daniel COOK

A week of rain meant the course today was back to its muddy best, although no one seemed to mind. Kelvin was dressed up as ... the Easter bunny and looked very fetching in a pair of rabbit ears; we rarely see Kelvin dressed as Kelvin these days!

Tracie Emerson and Ashley Simpson both completed their 50th parkrun today, and a tub of chocolates was donated to mark the occasion. There were only a handful left at the end which I have generously given a home to!

It was good to welcome Simon Ellice to his first Bury parkrun. He is Run Director from Castle Park parkrun in Bishop's Stortford and was staying locally for the weekend. It was lovely to catch up and swap ideas; he was particularly interested in Steve's token sorting board which has proved to be a big hit with all the Bury RDs and means "Token Sorter" is now an essential volunteer role on the roster.

In my briefing today I mentioned there are a few Bury parkrun cancellations over the summer which you may like to note and are confirmed as follows:

19 May
26 May
9 June
16 June
29 September

Nowton Park hosts a number of events throughout the summer which sometimes means we are unable to have our usual Saturday morning slot; but of course there are other local parkruns for those who need their weekly 5k fix!

Happy Easter to everyone from the Bury parkrun team!

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event 245, 24th March 2018

This week 219 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Maureen MCCARTHY • Sarah ASBURY • Stephen PRETTY • Nigel SCHOFIELD • Claire HOBLYN • Steve MURTON • Jan MURTON • Zohra ARMITAGE • Dawn MARSHALL • Ollie ARMITAGE • Sharon PLACE • Asia DAVIES • Clare KEEFE • Vivienne HOUGHTON • Zachary STRICKLAND • Daniel COOK • Jacob COOK • Imogen BLACK

Loads to celebrate this week with a number of anniversary runs; Dan Mead achieving his 50th, Adrian Place his 100th and John Cashen his 150th! We also celebrated the arrival of the daffodils along The Avenue and the departure of the mud, making the course so much easier to navigate, even with the fallen down tree still in situ.

Kelvin was dressed as himself, rather than a leprechaun, this week and we were very happy to announce that the youth group from Southgate Church he brought along to parkrun last Saturday had reached their fund raising target of £500. This will be donated to Sport Relief and is a tremendous effort.

Finally we said goodbye to Jacob Cook who as a Duke of Edinburgh student has been volunteering with us for the past three months. Thank you Jacob for all his help and we hope he continues to join us on Saturday mornings.

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