“Slow running is better than no running”

Chipping Sodbury parkrun
Event number 228
6th October 2018

First of all a big Happy 14th Birthday to everyone involved with parkrun both in Chipping Sodbury and around the world.

Saturday 6th October at The Ridings was a very big day for me. My name is Emma Britton and I'm the Breakfast Show presenter on BBC Radio Bristol. The radio station is currently running a charity appeal and I decided I was going to have a go at the 'Couch to 5k' programme and see if I could do a 5k for the charity appeal.

The thing is I'm 44 years old and I weigh 18 stone. Everyone who knows me knows that the only time I even get near to breaking into a sort of run is when the cake shop is closing! I was a classic couch potato.

For the past 9 weeks I have stuck to the programme religiously with a few ups and downs along the way – my biggest down being a pesky piriformis (bum muscle!) and my biggest up being a good luck message from Dame Kelly Holmes!

We chose Chipping Sodbury parkrun for my 5k attempt – mainly because it's fairly flat as you know but I'm also so pleased we chose it because the warm and supportive welcome we received was amazing. Even though the weather was absolutely dreadful – pouring rain and 8 degrees. I was gobsmacked how many people turned out in those conditions!?

I would like to apologise to everyone who had to put up with my crying – why does doing your first 5k make you so emotional? I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere and how it felt like every single person taking part took time out to say good luck, give me a cheer as they went past or waited until I finished to clap me. I am truly grateful.

I'd like to thank the special people who went round with me:

  • Ben Smith – 401 marathons legend
  • Deb Williams – from The Mother of All Challenges on The One Show
  • John Reynolds – ultra marathon man & his partner Jo
  • Chris Kay – Head Coach at Bristol Running School
  • Andy Airey – you all know him, what a fab bloke!

There was a moment as I started lap 3 when I had a bit of a struggle and these guys picked me up mentally – grab me by the hand and helped me find my plodding rhythm again. I actually sort of enjoyed the final half lap.

Two other quick mentions – Geoff from the football club who was a diamond and 11 year old Douglas from Wickwar who did his parkrun then came back to find me and stayed quietly alongside me as I headed to the finish – a little star!

Coming over the finish line and having my barcode scanned was a moment I'll never forget. The parkrun volunteers are incredible – even in that awful weather they smiled, clapped and cheered, you are all brilliant!

My new mantra is "Slow running is better than no running". Thank you Chipping Sodbury parkrun for everything. I might see you again one day.

www.bbc.co.uk/aliveappeal to find out more about the BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal.

And now for the stats...

This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Malcolm Kevin WHITE • S WILKIE • John FRANCKSEN • Judi HUNT • Sonia CROSS • Tracey TURRI • Jonathon FURBER • David MULLINS • Richard AQUILINA • Andy AIREY • Janet SMITH • Alan SMITH • Bill SHACKCLOTH • Jan MCALL • Rachel BRAMWELL • Charlotte MITCHELL • Nick PHILLIPS • Steve PALMER • Matthew KNOWLES • Lisa REED • Thomas REED • Charlotte WOODWARD • Rebecca WOODWARD • Laura DEAKIN • Peter DEAKIN • Anne DEAKIN • Debbie COOPER • Roxanna ORAM • Ian CLEASE • Emma BRITTON

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 7,918 participants have completed 58,178 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,890 km, including 11,116 new Personal Bests.

 

Chipping Sodbury parkrun event number 227 – Orange Pacer Day

It was another dry, mild day last Saturday.

We regularly welcome groups from our local running clubs, many of whom participate at our parkrun. This week it was the turn of the Hogweed Trotters running club. Many of the volunteers and pacers are also Hogweed Running Club members. Yes ! it was pacer week again and we’ve had some really positive feedback since last Saturdays event so thank you to all those of you who helped our parkrunners to a new PB time.
We had 2 exciting milestone achievements, Graham Crump joined the “green family” on completing his 250th run and Nicky Alway completed her 100th. Congratulations to both of you. Milestone runs are always celebrated with copious amounts of cake and this week was no different. (delicious)
Whether it is your 200th, your 20th or your 1st parkrun, we are glad you are part of the parkrun family and look forward to seeing you as many weeks as you are able to join us, be it running, volunteering, or just cheering your friends and family around the course. It’s great to have other parkrunners from far far away run with us  too. Joining us were tourist parkrunners including visitors from Maidstone, Wimbledon and as far away as Australia.
This week 387 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

Kathleen SART • Alan WILCOX • Lesley GAVIN • Andrew TREW • Malcolm Kevin WHITE • Kim FREESTONE • Ian FREESTONE • Mel WARREN • David STOTT • Alice SMITH • Andy BARTON • Howard JAMESON • Sonia CROSS • Jim OVENS • Alison WOODS • Nicola DERRICK • John CURTIS • Philippa CROCKER • Peter ENGLAND • Gillian SMITH • Mark CLEMENTS • Mark OFFER • Pat CURTIS • Nigel TRICKEY • Lisa MCCREA-STEELE • Ian JAMESON • Jan MCALL • Karen BATEMAN • Nigel CHAPMAN • Ellen DEVINE • Tracy WATSON • Henry WATSON • Lynne PRETTY • Dean ELLIOTT • Di CAVE • Ruth BROWN • Christine BARR • Steve PALMER • Jeffery HARDY • Gemma WILBURN • Sarah ASHBY • Claire THOMAS • Emma CONNORS • Briony PRICE • Joshua TREW
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 7,877 participants have completed 57,908 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,540 km, including 11,096 new Personal Bests.

 

Chipping Sodbury parkrun – sunshine, hivis heroes, milestones and loo rolls!

Event number 225
15th September 2018

What a beautiful sunny morning for a parkrun! I would like to start this run report by saying thank you to all the hivis heroes who made today’s parkrun possible. We were rather short of volunteers this week and several people gave up their run to step in, volunteer and make it possible to have an event. Thank you, thank you, thank you to:

Andrea NELSON • Bruce SELLERS • Sue HUTCHINSON • James GARDNER • Guy HALLEY • Robert LAVIS • Mark OFFER • Adrian MITCHELL • Nick PHILLIPS • Ellen DEVINE • Xu PHILLIPS • Ryan DUNFORD • Betty MANSER • Stuart MANSER • Jeffery HARDY • Sue SELLERS • Iain MACFARLANE • Joy FUSSELL • Sue BIRD • Karen WILSON • Julie DEVINE • Mark WILSON • Carol SMITH

We welcome everyone to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, check out our future roster page on the website, choose which role you’d like to do and drop us an email with your name, parkrun athlete number, the date you can volunteer and the role you’d like to do. You can also sign up for our volunteer emails by clicking on the link in your results email.

Supported by the volunteers, this week 346 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers, 50 recorded new Personal Bests, and there were representatives from 33 different clubs. We also had three people celebrating their 100th parkrun – congratulations to Chris Tongue, Jason Clark and Nicola Derrek – and congratulations to Dec Lees-Smith who celebrated his 50th parkrun. Thank you for the yummy chocolates! On the topic of milestones, Danny Norman did a bit of parkrun tourism with us today wearing his 500 milestone t-shirt! Well done to everyone who spotted the blue 500 t-shirt on your way round.

And a final thank you to the people who brought toilets rolls with them this week! Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club very kindly let us use their loos, but we do get through rather a lot of toilet rolls, so any donations of loo rolls are gratefully received!

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

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Looking forward to seeing you next week!

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 7,809 participants have completed 57,184 parkruns covering a total distance of 285,920 km, including 10,965 new Personal Bests.

 

A long limp to a parkrun milestone!

Many thanks to our guest run report writer Paul Saville below, who was running his 250th parkrun this week, so I thought I would give him the honour!

Also celebrating their 50th runs were Sarah Quick and Myra Evans, pictures below. Also some lads from Glasgow on a stag weekend!

Event 224

Event 224

Event 224

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Every parkrun is special, but why does this one stick out for me? Today I celebrated my 250th parkrun and chose the familiar surroundings at Chipping Sodbury in which to do it.

It's safe to say it's also taken a 'while'. My first parkrun was way back in 2007 (then BPTT at Bushy Park), so it has taken me longer than expected!

Why? All those weeks where it was too cold, too wet, I was too tired, other plans, even – dare I say it , days where I had forgotten my barcode in the past! But my dedication to parkrun has never diminished but I found the closer to the milestone I got, the longer it took.

However I'm now in a position where I can look back and reflect. The first thing I was sure about was having my 250th event at Chipping. It's not officially my home event, but it has seen me attend 35 times (today putting me ahead of my 34 times at Bushy).

Familiarity was what I was looking for today, because that highlights the reasons I had my 250th at parkrun, and sometimes it's the little things such as:

  • I would still get caught in the bottleneck at the start from starting in the wrong position (usually getting there late!)
  • I would still have the dilemma on what way to go round the flower patch when approaching the end of each lap
  • I would still have the decision whether to go through the gate when approaching the next lap or stick to the gravel section on the side
  • I could still make that 11th hour decision whether to sprint tp final hurdle up the slight incline to the finishSo what was different? Of course I was donning a 250th event vest, but I had also made a pledge to volunteer at Chipping for the first time so undertook the first timers briefing beforehand. This also meant I was uncharacteristically early! I wanted to make sure I gave something back on this occasion and that fulfilled that objective.We had the cakes, the perfect running conditions (a little bit of drizzle does wonders!), the great company and also 355 runners that will unlikely all be at the same event together ever again! Position 279 will stick in my mind for today.Thank you to everyone one that turned up to support today and of course thanks to the team at Chipping that put this together week on week that have now made my 250th actually happen and ensured my 'familiarity' was there! See you all sometime in 2029 for my 500th!
  • This week 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.The event was made possible by 26 volunteers: Paul SAVILLE • Lesley GAVIN • Malcolm Kevin WHITE • John FRANCKSEN • Mike HEFFERNAN • Howard JAMESON • Caroline NICHOLAS • Sheila TURNER • Margaret CHANDLER • James GARDNER • Mark CLEMENTS • Tracy FRANCKSEN • Robert LAVIS • Lorraine NORRIS • Eleanor MACHIN • Mike MITCHELL • Peter COOMBS • Betty MANSER • Stuart MANSER • Jeffery HARDY • Iain MACFARLANE • Lisa REED • Thomas REED • Sue BIRD • Faith JAMESON • Joshua TREWToday'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 7,777 participants have completed 56,838 parkruns covering a total distance of 284,190 km, including 10,915 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

 

30 days hath September, April, June and November…

Chipping Sodbury parkrun
Event number 223

What a fantastic start to September at Chipping Sodbury parkrun. A full roster of helpful volunteers, some of them first timers, so of them sporting a milestone volunteer vest, warm, dry, weather and a field of happy, smiling, raring to go parkrunners!!

As part of the Community Matters Scheme run by our local Waitrose store, we were extremely pleased to accept a cheque based on the kind donations of the Waitrose tokens into the Chipping Sodbury parkrun pot! Thank you to all those who kindly donated their token to CSparkun. Watch this space to learn how we are planning to use the donation.

We had visitors from Bracknell and Burnham on Sea and a whole group of Couch to 5 k first timers, first timers to complete a 5k run and first timers at parkrun.
Congratulations to you all. Come and run with us again soon.

Indian Summer? September promises to be a good month to take us into Autumn parkrunning -)

Please keep a look out on our FB page where we regularly post all things CSp. See you again soon.
Sonia (RD 01.09.18)

This week 381 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Andrew TREW • S WILKIE • David STOTT • Jo SANDERSON • Andy BARTON • Sonia CROSS • Robert LAVIS • Nicky ALWAY • Andy AIREY • Bill SHACKCLOTH • Charlotte MITCHELL • Ellen DEVINE • Tracy WATSON • Henry WATSON • Lynne PRETTY • Andrew DRAKE • Ruth BROWN • Ryan DUNFORD • Betty MANSER • Stuart MANSER • Jeffery HARDY • Sue SELLERS • Samantha CARPENTER • Claire ADAMS • Sue BIRD • Laura ALBURY • Sam NORSTER • Kate WINDZ
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 7,740 participants have completed 56,483 parkruns covering a total distance of 282,415 km, including 10,873 new Personal Bests.

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