My first parkrun as a Run Director, by Karen

March 15th was my day to be a Run Director. I arrived with all the kit, blank forms and stopwatches and barcode scanners all charged up and ready to go. I started getting everything out and then came our lovely volunteers to help set up the course. They were amazing and had the course set up quickly. I then had to do the bit I was most worried about, speaking to everyone through the loud speaker. It is nerve wracking when you are stood on the step looking at everyone. I am sure I spoke at 100 mph and I apologize to our visitor who I completely forgot to mention. The run went without a hitch and all of the results got sent out without any problems. I couldn't have done it without the lovely volunteers and other Run Directors who came along to help.

And a big welcome to the couch to 5k group who joined us who made up some of the 50 first timers who took part this week. In total 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Phil SLATER • John FRANCKSEN • Sonia CROSS • Nicola DERRICK • Gary BIRCHER • James GARDNER • Matthew GROVES • Kirsty PAGE • Christopher PAGE • Mike MITCHELL • Jan MCALL • Charlotte MITCHELL • Millicent CUMMINS • Karen BATEMAN • Natalie WHITEFORD • Wendy NEWTON • Carol HICKS • Di CAVE • Chris LOVELL • Jeffery HARDY • Rob BEAZLEY • Oliver HARES • Sarah ASHBY • Carrie WALTER • Carol SMITH • Lorna THOMAS • Kamil PRZYBYL • Margreth PRICE • Paul WARREN

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 Zoe WASSELL who recorded a time of 17:01 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anne DOCKERY who recorded 93.56% (23:48) on 12th January 2019 (event number 244).

Chipping Sodbury parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 9,014 participants have completed 67,938 parkruns covering a total distance of 339,690 km, including 12,499 new Personal Bests. A total of 831 individuals have volunteered 5,172 times.


250 not out!

Chipping Sodbury parkrun No.250 by KIERAN HUGHES, March 2nd 2019

Setting off from Taunton this morning I wondered if the fog would be a problem but as if my magic it disappeared just before I arrived and I was greeted by the warm welcome from the Run Director and volunteers truly showing the parkrun spirit at its best! Well done to new Run Director Kate Bateman who took over and gave a brilliant run brief!

As I warmed up it was great to observe that there were a good number of first timers eager to set off on their first parkrun adventure.  The course itself is three clockwise laps of the playing fields, largely flat with a short downhill section and a very gradual uphill section to complete the lap.

Now for the statistics, there were 403 who ran jogged or walked Chipping Sodbury parkrun with runners from 37 Clubs. There were visitors from far and wide including Melksham, Bedford, Bury St Edmunds, York and Taunton.

A particular shout out goes to Charlotte MITCHELL on Volunteering for the 25th time (purple shirt on the way). Katie DAWSON, David BULL, Joy FUSSELL and Hayley HODGES who all ran their 50th event. Michael ADLAM and Nicola PLANT who ran their 100th event. Superb achievements and a credit to your determination.

The first finisher was Alex PARSONS with a time of 16:34 having run 162 times with Team Bath AC. Second was Arthur PEASE with a time of 16:38 having run 29 times with Stroud & District AC. Third was Sam COTTERELL with a time of 17:42 having run 141 times with Bristol and West AC.

The first female was Lucy WALLACE with a time of 19:42 having run 25 times with Bitton Road Runners.  Second was Laura ORNA with a time of 20:35 having run 39 times with Thornbury RC. Third was Eleanor WEBSTER with a time of 20:47 having run 5 times with Team Bath AC.

Congratulations to the spectacular 61 new Personal Best’s who rang the Bell – Ding Dong!

A warm welcome to the amazing twenty four first timers to the parkrun family: Liam HUNN, Mitch FORD, Harry SURMAN, Michael STUBBINGS, Tom BELL, Steve CURLE, Kayleigh CARTER, Miles HALL, Thea GEORGE, Lisa BLACKBURN, Daniel LEWIS, Julie BLACKWELL, Daniel PURCHASE, Louisa FRYER, Andrew LIPSKI, Susan ANDREWS, Marie CUMMING, Tony FRYER, Jo JESS, Lesley CURTIS, Alison MCLEAN, Hilary KINGSWOOD, Izzy KINGSWOOD and Marilyn ZAKARIAS.

May this be the start of your parkrun journey and superb effort all round to those who conquered this delightful course.

This event would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of the following Hi Vis Hero’s: Claire ADAMS, Karen BATEMAN, Karen COX, Sonia CROSS, Ellen DEVINE, John FRANCKSEN, Jonathon FURBER, Matthew GROVES, Oliver HARES, Kieran HUGHES, Toby LIGGINS, Chris LOVELL, Jan MCALL, Charlotte MITCHELL, Nick NELSON, Amanda NELSON, Lorraine NORRIS, Sam NORSTER, Jim OVENS, Christopher PAGE, Kirsty PAGE, Nick PHILLIPS, Margreth PRICE, Kamil PRZYBYL, Bill SHACKCLOTH, Malcolm Kevin WHITE, Debra WILSON and Joanne WOOD.

If you would like to volunteer simply email:

Thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome.

Kieran Hughes, Longrun Meadow parkrun (Taunton)



It’s a Record Breaker!

Chipping Sodbury parkrun, Event number 249 on 23rd February 2019

We finally went past the 500 runner barrier today on our 5th birthday with lovely sunny, and not too windy conditions.

First a poem by Libby Speechley! You may have already seen this on our Facebook page.

An Ode to Chipping Sodbury parkrun on it's 5th Birthday

Composed whilst running to distract from the pain.

Happy Birthday parkrun,

I hear you're five today!

From all the runners and volunteers,

We'd all just like to say:

What would we do without you?

You make our Saturday Morning!

We all turned out in our hundreds,

Even if we're still yawning.

The weather was grand, the sun was out

Nowhere we'd rather be

Than running round the Ridings,

O'er the fields and through the trees.

The run director gave the briefing

To parkrunners old and new

We celebrate some milestone runs

And your fifth birthday too.

The volunteers wear their hi viz vests

They all do brilliant jobs,

The car park, the stewards, the scanners too

And a tail walker who looks like a fox!

The run began at 9 o'clock,

Or just a few minutes past

And we're off, we're on our way

Some slower, others fast

Some began to jog along,

Some sprint off out of sight

Some of us walk, and that's fine too,

But look out there - "on your right!"

The first lap, well it's always great,

We all settle to our pace

We set off as one big running crowd

But soon we find our space

And then of course it's lap 2,

It's great we're running still!

That is, of course, until the end

When we reach that ruddy hill!

Lap 3 comes round and suddenly

You know that you can do it

And thanks to high 5s, cheers and bells

We all manage to push through it.

And then we're down the finishing lane

We get our bar codes scanned

It's all the runners and volunteers

That makes Sodbury the best in the land

So Happy Birthday, parkrun.

And of this I'm very sure,

The past five years have been a blast,

And here's to many more!

Thanks Libby for your great poem.

This week for our birthday saw a bumper attendance, must have been the promise of cake! A superb cake made by Emma Barnes turned up in time for pre-event pictures. Many folks dressed up for the occasion on a fine sunny morning.

Event 249

Event 249

Event 249

Congratulations to the milestones today.

100 runs : Rachel Potter, Paul Cassidy, Laura Royle (3 secs short of a PB!)

50 runs : Lorraine Norris, James Rogers, Vicky Catnach and junior Henry Watson!

10 runs : George Smith, Naomi Pennington

Event 249

Thanks also to our odd-minuted pacers today who helped quite a few to a PB in good conditions today. 25 and 27 minutes had gone walkabout!

Event 249

This week 531 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 95 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers: Stu WILKIE • Shelley ARMORGIE • John FRANCKSEN • Kate WILLIAMSON • Yvonne DAY • Andy BARTON • Sonia CROSS • Martin WOOD • Simon STIMPSON • Jonathon FURBER • Nicola DERRICK • Tracy FRANCKSEN • Kay STIMPSON • Matthew GROVES • Noah COLLIER-KING • Bill SHACKCLOTH • Jan MCALL • Charlotte MITCHELL • Nick PHILLIPS • Gary COLLIER • Nigel CHAPMAN • Ellen DEVINE • Tracy WATSON • Henry WATSON • Jeffery HARDY • Adam WALLER • Colin HARE • George CLARKE • Peter DEAKIN • Anne DEAKIN • David PLUMMER • Sarah ASHBY • Harry WOOD • Jenny GREEN • Hayley WILLIAMS • Samantha WESTERN • Kamil PRZYBYL • Libby SPEECHLEY

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 Zoe WASSELL who recorded a time of 17:01 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 239). The Age Grade course record is held by Anne DOCKERY who recorded 93.56% (23:48) on 12th January 2019 (event number 244).

Chipping Sodbury parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 8,875 participants have completed 66,725 parkruns covering a total distance of 333,625 km, including 12,326 new Personal Bests. A total of 814 individuals have volunteered 5,077 times.




Chipping Sodbury parkrun event 248, 16th February 2019

Thanks to Tracey Fairless for this week's run report and the debut of our new tail walker tails (pictured)!

Event 248

I’ve set myself a couple of parkrun challenges for 2019 – I want to reach my 100 milestone, but I also want to have run at 20 different events (and be eligible to buy the yellow & black cow cowl) so my additional target is to go “on tour” once a month. January saw me running in my home city of Durham but this month brought me closer to my current home with a Run Mummy Run meet up arranged at Chipping Sodbury.

7 a.m. The “do not disturb” on my phone is broken by the chirping of Facebook Messenger – I try to ignore it, but it persists so I reluctantly get up (earlier than the 7:20 I’d planned)
7:10 a.m. Cup of tea in hand, porridge in the microwave, I check the cause of the chirping – my own core team at Kingsway discussing broken glass near our finish area. I send a “have a good one” message along with regrets that I’m missing one of our team’s 50th celebration (sorry Glyn).
7:30 a.m. Check weather – a balmy 9C. I’m in a quandary; not quite vest weather but I’ll get too hot in long sleeves (50-something ladies will understand) so I sneak into sleeping teenager’s bedroom and steal his apricot T shirt. Just why do teenage boys’ bedrooms smell so bad?
7:45 a.m. Psych myself up for the first challenge of the day – getting the compression socks on. As I’m meeting RMR ladies I don’t know personally, it’s one way of identifying each other but boy, is it a struggle to get those spotty bad boys on!
8:00 a.m. Ready to go! Irish Sean (satnav) says 35 minutes which is perfect. Decide to get jacket “just in case”.
8:05 a.m. Join motorway – blimey, it’s looking a bit grey, are those rain clouds? It’s raining! This wasn’t forecast! Good job I grabbed the jacket.
8:20 a.m. Leave motorway – weather definitely improving, maybe I won’t need the jacket after all. By the time I get to Wickwar it’s almost spring-like. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. It’s not torrential rain.
8:35 a.m. Park up in Waitrose to grab some water and a banana then back to the “official” car park. I find Michelle who I know from Kingsway, then Sarah & Rebecca, plus the cutest dachshund in possibly the whole world (Bill). Main topic of conversation is our Tikiboo leggings – amongst the ladies that its, not only does Bill not wear leggings (his legs are too short), he’s a dog.
8:45 a.m. Plenty at the first timers briefing – main points are 3 laps and keep left, so easy to remember as the same as my home run.
8:55 a.m. Run brief time. Shout outs for milestone 50 runs for Susan Haslam and Robert Peaston, and tourists from far-flung Wimbledon making my quick dash down the M5 sound like a feeble effort. Then we all troop across the car park and off to the start.
9:03 a.m. Ready, steady, parkruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnn.
9:37 a.m. Finished! I kept left, I didn’t die despite having succumbed to a cold the day before, and achieved the sub 35 I was aiming for. Friendly and supportive marshals all round the course and great high 5s from the young man and his carer on every lap – inclusivity is one of the things I really love about parkrun.
9:50 a.m. Back to the car to get the jacket and water, then chat some more with the RMR tribe, then adjourn to Waitrose for a cuppa. Unable to resist a sausage roll, oops.
10:28 a.m. Results e-mail and text arrive – impressive (core team awesomeness on a par with our own at Kingsway). Hugs all round, back to the car park and head home.

Thanks for having me CS – hope to return the favour if any of you can face that epic journey up the M5 to J12 and the far-flung reaches of Kingsway, however you’ll have to slum it in Asda rather than Waitrose (sorry).
Tracey Fairless – RD and core team member at Kingsway parkrun Gloucester (see selfie board picture!)

Event 248

Event #248 was made possible by these fab volunteers - Claire ADAMS, Kev ASHFIELD, Val BARNES, Cara BATES, Katy CHALMERS-STEVENS, Nigel CHAPMAN, Adele CLARK, George CLARKE, Gary COLLIER, Noah COLLIER-KING, Karen COX, Laura DEAKIN, Nicola DERRICK, Ellen DEVINE, Tracey FAIRLESS, John FRANCKSEN, Andy GENT, Matthew GROVES, Mike HEFFERNAN, Rachael JOCELYN, Charlotte MITCHELL, David PALMER, Nick PHILLIPS, Danielle POPE, Margreth PRICE, Kamil PRZYBYL, Lorna THOMAS, Mark WELSFORD, Harry WOOD, Martin WOOD (Harry and Martin pictured below!).

Event 248

425 people took part, 20 of those doing parkrun for the first time ever and another 24 making their first visit to Chipping Sodbury.
This week 425 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.
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 Zoe WASSELL who recorded a time of 17:01 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anne DOCKERY who recorded 93.56% (23:48) on 12th January 2019 (event number 244).
Chipping Sodbury parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 8,818 participants have completed 66,194 parkruns covering a total distance of 330,970 km, including 12,232 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 5,039 times.


Chipping Sodbury parkrun event 247, February 9th 2019

What do you call a bathroom Superhero? Flush Gordon!

OK so Flush (aka Flash) Gordon wasn’t at parkrun this morning... but Andy Airey was. And what a gent, he drove poor Katharine Macnealey to Stroud and back to collect her spare keys, after she’d flushed them down the toilet just before we set off at 9am!

424 others joined Katharine at event number 247 this morning, braving the winds and weather. After last week saw most of the parkruns in the South West and beyond cancelled because of the snow, it was business as usual today for Chipping Sodbury. It was only a week, but oh how we’ve missed you!

Thankfully the parkrun weather fairies were kind enough to stop raining in time for our regular Saturday morning slot, although we almost got blown away on the return straight of each lap! That didn’t stop Chipping Sodbury being its usual chirpy self however and welcoming tourists from Dulwich and Sydney. This morning saw 50 first timers to the course, 27 of which were completely new to parkrun. Welcome to the first parkrun of the rest of your life, we hope you enjoy it as much as the rest of us do!

It was lovely to see so many people out there today enjoying running, jogging or walking. I managed to drag my husband out for his second run at Chipping Sodbury, which he actually quite enjoyed, and it was great to see so many of my Active Soul UK running pals either running or volunteering today. What always amazes me every Saturday morning is how parkrun is something to everyone, whether you’ve come on your own or with friends, whether you’re walking or running, you’re always welcome! It’s what Saturday mornings are made for... that, and cake!

There were a whopping 40 PBs this morning, well done! We also had 21 “unknown” runners today who weren’t able to scan in at the finish line. Not only would you get a jazzy email from parkrun to let you know your time, you’d also be one run closer to reaching a milestone further down the line! So it’s worth remembering your barcode next time if you can.

Special mentions go to:

- Georgie Reed and Joe Danby, congratulations on joining the Junior 10 milestone club
- Steve Palmer and Di Cave, welcome to the red tshirt club with 50 parkruns under your belt
- Dan Keedwell and Nick Woodward, big shout out for joining the 100 club. Well done!
- Jeff Hardy for his first stint as Run Director - thank you for getting us off today without a hitch!
- George Clarke and Wendy Biggs or earning a lovely purple tshirt for their 25th volunteering day, congratulations and thank you!

Many thanks go to all the volunteers who made today possible, 31 high viz heroes in total.

Katie PINNINGTON • Malcolm Kevin WHITE • Simon PINNINGTON • Elizabeth
WILKIE • Andy BARTON • Nicky ALWAY • Vicky LEDBURY • Jennie DAWSON •
Matthew GROVES • Andy AIREY • Lorraine NORRIS • Bill SHACKCLOTH • Adrian
GROVES • Charlotte MITCHELL • Gareth SHAW • Laura NICOLL • Frankie HALE
• Wendy BIGGS • Ellen DEVINE • Steve PALMER • Jeffery HARDY • Sophie
SPARKS • Paul GODWIN • George CLARKE • Sarah LOCK • Sarah ASHBY • Rachel
BINDING • Hayley WILLIAMS • Samantha WESTERN • Monika BLACKWELL • Kamil

Without your help parkrun wouldn’t happen, so thank you – especially on mornings like today when you have to stand out in the cold and wind!

Thanks Chipping Sodbury, you’ve been a pleasure as always. See you again in a couple of weeks when I’ll be doing my first pacer role (eeek!)

Sarah Ashby
parkrun addict

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