Chipping Sodbury Parkrun Event #199 Run Report
Unfortunately, the weather for CS parkrun Event #199 wasn’t great - cold, damp and grey, with a ‘fresh’ wind... also known as February! And yet 370 hardy souls turned out to complete the course.
In addition to all your smiling faces, this grey day was brightened by the hi-vis jackets worn by our 23 hero volunteers, led by Run Director Malcolm White, pictured in full voice. Kim Leonard did the first time runners briefing... for the first time, pictured with her dog Blaze.
Exactly 100 amazing runners posted their personal best time at CS today, including 26 parkrunners completing a parkrun 5k for the very first time. Well done to all!
Three run milestones were achieved today. 100th runs were celebrated by Tom Walters and Dan Heelis-Adams. Maddy Dawson notched up her 50th run and celebrated with cake (all pictured below). Great work, all of you!
We were host to a rather unique tourist, Daniel Connolly from Coventry parkrun. Daniel has now visited 90 parkrun venues. In 2018, he is aiming to visit as many different parkruns as he can and contribute to the run report at each, so here’s his take on CS parkrun...
Totally enjoyed today's parkrun such a friendly bunch at Chipping Sodbury!
My parkrun destination today was picked on the recommendation of a parkrun Facebook group! My request to the group was simple: which parkrun near Cheltenham is fairly flat and had a hard running surface. Chipping Sodbury was suggested, and so it was that I arrived this morning and realised that the suggestion was perfect!
This is the 8th possible parkrun of the year and so far I have written 7 run reports. It has become my New Year’s resolution that I will try and write one for each different parkrun I visit. Arriving 50 minutes before a parkrun means you have lots of time to do a thorough warm-up and test the course before the new runners briefing. Or like me you can chat to so many friendly people. Luckily one of these friendly parkrunners was Rob Biggs who when hearing my resolution offered to let me contribute my report and slot it into his! RESULT!
At 8:50, Kim Leonard gave her first ever new runners briefing. Having heard quite a few different ones now, I can say if she hadn't have told us it was her first time we would never have known and she didn't miss anything out. She made a great job of welcoming the new parkrunners to the family.
Just after 9am, the whistle sounded the start. My plan based on participateing in a cross country running event later in the day meant I started behind the 30min marker. Take it easy. But as with all parkruns, the joy of running kicks in, even on a drizzly February day, and I went off a little quick.
Sooner runners spread out around the park, blobs of moving neon highlighting the route. At all the key turns, a friendly marshal waiting to point the way and offer words of encouragement. When I run I do try and thank every marshal I pass.
What I love about all the different parkruns is their own unique features. Colin, the token board, is fab! A way of speeding up the token sorting… Genius! And great to see everyone managing to make sure they return them at the end.
Tourism parkrun style is never complete without a trip to the café, or in the case of Chipping Sodbury, the Football / Rugby club house. For £1, a great cup of coffee and a chat with other parkrunners.
Thank you for a smashing morning.
We’re now looking forward to CS parkrun’s 200th event next week. Encouragingly, the 7 day weather forecast is much better. See you all again next Saturday to join the celebrations!
This week 370 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Malcolm Kevin WHITE • Karen Janet WHITE • Dan HEELIS-ADAMS • Sophie REED • Bob BELL • Jenny PEARCE • James GARDNER • Isobel PALMER • Guy HALLEY • Robert LAVIS • Andy AIREY • Rob BIGGS • Eleanor COX • Betty MANSER • Stuart MANSER • Oliver HARES • Kim LEONARD • Lisa REED • Thomas REED • Sue BIRD • Mike PLOWS • Debbie COOPER • Jacob HUCKER
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 6,753 participants have completed 47,833 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,165 km, including 9,456 new Personal Bests.