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.