Calm Between Two Storms

Chipping Sodbury parkrun #237 – 8 December 2018

Our thanks to Rob Biggs for providing this week’s run report! 

Event 237

Event Report – Calm between two storms

After last night’s strong wind and rain, and in advance of forecast wet and stormy conditions later on, we woke to dry breezy conditions for event #237.   Despite the forecast, the weather was kind.  Conditions out on the course were breezy, particularly with the headwind at the bottom car park, but overall not too challenging.  And, mercifully, the rain held off.

Our new runner's briefing was particularly well attended this week with 57 first timers!

Event 237

With the welcome addition of two Couch to 5K graduating groups from North Bristol Running Group and Sports Pound totalling 35 first timers, a total of 406 runners completed the course this parkrunday. This is 26th time participation at Chipping Sodbury parkrun has exceeded 400 runners.   The runners were supported by 32 hi-viz volunteers.

An additional innovation at this week’s run was the emergency planning event, held after parkrun. Incident training was undertaken in how to handle untoward events, including scenarios like heart attack, serious injury or traffic accident.  While we all hope these emergencies never happen, it’s good to know that our brilliant volunteers are well prepared to handle the unexpected.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________________________________________________________________

Facts and stats

Three official milestone runners – Jeff Hardy (pictured,100), Marcus Thorne (100) and Alan Sherratt (50)

Event 237

One unofficial milestone completed by Rob Biggs, the ‘Single-ton’, for completing 100 parkruns at Chipping Sodbury

Parkrun Tourists visited from Didcot and Cornwall.

Of the 406 runners, 97 ran their fastest time at Chipping Sodbury parkrun.

  • 42 beat a previous CS PB
  • 20 running for the first time at CS
  • 35 completing their first ever parkrun. 

This week 406 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers: Dean MASTERS • Ruth Elinor MEDCROFT • Malcolm Kevin WHITE • S WILKIE • Bruce SELLERS • Sonia CROSS • Steven GRANT • Margaret CHANDLER • Nicola DERRICK • Guy HALLEY • Cara BATES • Nicky ALWAY • Matthew GROVES • Kirsty PAGE • Noah COLLIER-KING • Bill SHACKCLOTH • Christopher PAGE • Charlotte MITCHELL • Gary COLLIER • Karen BATEMAN • Rob BIGGS • Nicholas PHILLIPS • Wendy BIGGS • Ellen DEVINE • Jeffery HARDY • Sarah QUICK • Frankie QUICK • Michelle PEARSON • Tristan BARRACLOUGH • Andrea COFFIN • Carol SMITH • Kamil PRZYBYL

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

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:16 on 10th September 2016 (event number 128). The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 17:35 on 11th November 2017 (event number 188). The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 90.12% (24:18) on 12th March 2016 (event number 104).

Chipping Sodbury parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 8,279 participants have completed 61,574 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,870 km, including 11,600 new Personal Bests. A total of 772 individuals have volunteered 4,688 times.

 

 

Did anyone notice the gazebo?

So this is my very first run report for Chipping Sodbury parkrun or any event. Thank you for the opportunity to help. I began my parkrun journey 64 runs ago (still waiting for the 50 Tshirt) at what was my old home run, Perry Hall (Birmingham). I doubt that there are many of you who have not noticed my subtle Brummie accent during a first timers briefing. I began running again after a spinal fusion, but also after the gentle persuasion from my fiancé Andy Airey. I have never looked back and have made so many wonderful friends along the way.
Chipping Sodbury is now my home run after moving to the area one year ago to this month. I am going to take this opportunity to thank all of the Chipping Sodbury parkrunners for their overwhelming welcome and constant support. Saturday mornings are a delight, come rain or shine the Chipping Sodbury team never fail to smile and get on with the show.

Thank you!

On to today, what a day! Today we arrived to find the new gazebo. The gazebo was paid for by the local community efforts through Waitrose. The Chipping Sodbury parkrun team arranged for the gazebo and I don’t think anyone missed it! It certainly helped to keep our lovely volunteer team dry during the set up and briefings. Although the wind did try to blow it away on a few occasions.

The weather was pretty challenging, making it a slightly wet run although the new path covering was soft under foot and has made a great improvement to the top of the course (through the woods). Our usual participation level now sits at approximately 400 runners. Today we saw 267 runners. No doubt the rain shadowed the thought of running. Amongst the runners we had three 50 mile stone runners and three runners from Harpenden Running club who’s home run is St Albens parkrun.

Three new RD’s wearing their “L” Plates were also in attendance, learning the ropes. Well done for volunteering. We all appreciate your efforts. In actual fact, we appreciate every volunteer and every parkrunner alike.
Thank you for reading my run report.
Debs

 

christmas and newyear

Hi All,

Please see upcoming events over December.

1st December: normal parkrun

8th December : normal parkrun with emergency training session afterwards:

15th December : normal parkrun

22nd December : normal parkrun

25th December : Christmas Day event starting at 9.30am

29th December : normal parkrun

1st January 2019 : New Years Day event starting at 9am

Best Festive Wishes

The Core Team

 

 

A Pacy Morning!

Chipping Sodbury parkrun
Event number 235
24th November 2018

Our thanks to Chris Page for writing this week's run report. Also to our wonderful pacers,  Wendy Biggs for washing and drying the bibs, and Andy Airey as Run Director!

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Biggs household wash the bibs!

>Today was my 74th parkrun and my 41st run at Chipping Sodbury, but as well as running today I also volunteered (arriving early to help with pre-run set-up and now to write this report). I enjoy running at parkrun because of the friendly community and the brilliant atmosphere. I have recently started volunteering at parkrun because of my Duke of Edinburgh Award and because I feel it is time for me to help pay back the parkrun community by volunteering to help these runs continue. Although I’m mainly doing this for my Duke of Edinburgh, I would encourage others towards volunteering at parkrun because without volunteers parkrun couldn’t and wouldn’t run. So if everyone volunteered every once in a while we would be able to keep parkrun running and help those around us to achieve a better time or a nice run to help improve their confidence. 

It was a relatively foggy morning this morning and Frampton Cotterell Harriers took over filling most of the roles and providing even pacers, from the 20 minute to 38 minute pace - with a 1 minute run/walk as well.

I ran with Joe Collett who was running the 22 minute pace. I managed to keep pace with him and ran ahead for the last 200 metres scoring myself a new PB which is now below 22 minutes. Even though I got a PB today sometimes I run with friends and family trying to assist them and hopefully improve their time.

 

Well done to the other 63 runners who achieved a PB, including those from North Bristol Running Group, someone from my Air Cadets and my Mum and my dog, LILY!!

 

Thanks to everyone else running and all the volunteers for another great parkrun. 

Chris

This week 413 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Joe COLLETT • Paul BURGESS • S WILKIE • Claire CONEY • Julie BRYANT • Margaret CHANDLER • Nicola DERRICK • Yvonne COOPER • Guy HALLEY • Cara BATES • Nicky ALWAY • Kathryn TILEY • Jennie DAWSON • Andrew EDGINGTON • Matthew GROVES • Andy AIREY • Claire FLETCHER • Rachel POTTER • Lorraine NORRIS • Noah COLLIER-KING • David GOODWIN • Bill SHACKCLOTH • Christopher PAGE • Charlotte MITCHELL • Gary COLLIER • Rob BIGGS • Wendy BIGGS • Taryn HOBSON • Teresa CHADWICK • Aaron COOPER • Jeffery HARDY • Sophie SPARKS • Jonathan HUGHES • Martin CROSS • Leanne ALDEN • Jane TYACK • Sarah ASHBY • Alex COOPER • Maria DYKES • Hayley WILLIAMS • Samantha WESTERN • Kamil PRZYBYL

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

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:16 on 10th September 2016 (event number 128).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 17:35 on 11th November 2017 (event number 188).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 90.12% (24:18) on 12th March 2016 (event number 104).

Chipping Sodbury parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 8,206 participants have completed 60,901 parkruns covering a total distance of 304,505 km, including 11,521 new Personal Bests. A total of 767 individuals have volunteered 4,628 times.

 

Parkrun Slog

It’s Saturday 10th November 8am, and I’m getting ready for the parkrun. It’s sunny with a few clouds and about 9 degrees. This is the part of the day, where I convince myself I AM going to do it.

Just a little bit of background to my parkrun story. I was looking to get fitter and after encouragement from my brother and sister-in-law, who’ve both been being running parkrun for a while, I was persuaded into starting last June. I started walking the parkrun and I now complete the course with a combination of jogging and walking. My mother and my son have also been persuaded to join parkrun, it’s now become a real family affair.

Now it’s 8.45am and a quick photo for those in their Sodbury Slog tops. We then listen to the briefing, and congratulate all those celebrating milestones. 9am, and time for the start. Wow there are a lot of people here today, perhaps training for the Sodbury Slog tomorrow. We’re off and I stay well to the left to let those faster go by. The course is a little damp, but the sun is shining! There’s the usual mix of runners, adults and children, dogs, toddlers in pushchairs. Most overtake me but I’m on my own mission to beat my pb.

When I started, I was a little worried about slowing down the faster runners and had to get use to people going by. But now I take it all in my stride, everyone is on their own mission. The volunteer marshals are fantastic and full of encouragement. Even the fast runners will give you a “well done” as they go by. I have to say I’ve never heard a negative word said at the parkrun.

I manage to jog the first lap, then have a walk to catch my breath. One lap done yay! The first lap is always busy. Onto the second! This is where the fast runners overtake me and onto their last lap. As I finish my second lap, runners are finishing their run. Well done, great job!

Third and final lap. This is a much quieter lap and I plod away. My brother has finished and joins me on my last half lap to go. He encourages me around the final corner and up the slope. There’s the finish line! I cross the line. No pb today but I’m glad I came.

Well done to all, whether you walk, jog or run, you’ve done it!

Thank you to all that volunteer to make this parkrun happen.

Good luck to those doing the Sodbury Slog tomorrow, I will be with you in spirit!

Carol

 

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