Run Report #289 – 12th January 2019

What a great achievement for a dull and murky morning. An amazing 197 runners and 16 volunteers overlooked the opportunity to stay in bed for an extra hour or two and instead decided to come to Clair Park for today's parkrun. 197 runners is the 3rd highest turnout at Clair park.

Welcome to the 13 runners who completed their first parkrun and the 6 runners who visited Clair Park for the first time.

Congratulations to the 32 runners who obtained a new personal best (PB) time today. A extra shout out to Ryan who manage to achieve a Clair Park sub 20 minute PB with 19:59 and to Rod who came in at exactly 20 minutes for his PB.

Finally, a special well done to the 13 runners in the 11-14 age group who ran the course with an average time of 23 minutes and 18 seconds. The quickest of all the age groups.
Hope you have a great week and hope to see all of you again.

Oliver : Run Director


Run Report #288 – 5th January 2019

parkrun Haiku

Crisp, cold, Clair parkrun
Calling athletes out to play
Edmonds won today.

Volunteers are cool
Kirsty Armstrong ripped it up.
Seventeen PB runs - Wo!

Angelic core team
Do please thank them when you can
parkrun, awesome, Yes!

Thanks for the opportunity.

Ian : Run Director


Run Report #286 – 25th December 2018

Fairytale of Clair Park
By Dave 'The Walk' Chalk

People came from near and people came from far... Guildford, Manchester and even little Ian from Australia. Some ran, some walked and some beat yesterday... but they all achieved!

Someone was the fastest male, someone was the fastest female, but the real winner was parkrun. This weekly phenomenon enticed a record 203 participants down to Clair Park... 'and the bells rang out for Christmas Day'.

Father Christmas couldn't join us, being otherwise engaged in his annual present dropping obsession. But he didn't forget us. He sent us a merry band of high-vis heroes who guided, clapped and cheered everyone home.

There were plenty of Santa outfits, a reindeer and even a Christmas pudding. There were so many smiles completing so many miles... 631 to be precise, which is coincidentally the sleigh flying distance from Lands End to John O Groats!

Talking of numbers...
4 debutants began their parkrun journey
20 parkrunners gifted themselves a new PB
118 and 118 both put in an appearance
finishing tokens 202 and 203 were unwrapped and dished out for the first time

On this special day, mistletoe was replaced with milestones as we celebrated a foursome of achievers. Recently engaged Francesca Collin completed her 50th parkrun as did Amanda Green. Jane Harbage completed her 200th and my very own 'Christmas Cracker' Theresa Chalk did the double.... her 100th parkrun on the same day as her 100th Clair volunteerism.

You see, fairytales do come true!

One last thought before I go... at this time of year it's important to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. All some people have is presents... we have presents... and parkrun!

Dave Chalk : Run Director


Run Report #284 – 15th December 2018

Clair Parkrun #284 15.12.18

122 runners took part in this week’s event, on a chilly overcast morning. First man home was Fraser Mullen, on his Clair Park debut, and first lady to finish was Janet Clapton.
Well done to the 14 people who achieved PB’s including Clair Park regular Eileen Adlam, a member of the elite ‘250 club’. Congratulations also to Amy Goldstone-Sharma for completing her 50th parkrun.
We had visitors from Horsham and Barnstaple, also Barbara from Mile End who has taken part in 66 Park Runs…….. at 66 different venues! After completing her run, Barbara said that Clair Park has the friendliest volunteers so that was a nice compliment! Thanks to all those donning the yellow vest for your continued support.
Good luck with the last minute Christmas shopping and hope to see you next week.

Stuart Ferguson : Run Director


Run Report #283 – 8th December 2018

What a fine December morning we had on the 8th. Perfect conditions for some healthy outdoor exercise. All you had to do was get out of bed! We all know how hard that is on these dark cold mornings. So, well done to the 139 participants and the 15 much appreciated volunteers who pulled back the bed covers, donned appropriate gear; running top or thermals, and headed to Clair park.

As you read on you will notice I will be saying well done to everyone who made it round the course and whether you finished or not you gave it a go. And that is to be applauded, your sacrifice, effort and bravery. Those hills can be scary when contemplated let alone getting up them. However we do have extra cause to celebrate with milestones. Jake Armstrong (10) Aaron Goff (50) and Peter Morrison (150) and a mention to Aarons brother who was promised a cake if he came along and supported his brother which he did bringing a sweet tub of chocolates to share out too. Thank you. Celebrations were in order for Philippe and Francesca announcing their engagement…woo hoo I hear you shout. I also cajoled hubby Dave ‘the walk’ Chalk to come along and volunteer, which in itself not huge but being his birthday the idea of staying in bed was enticing . Thank you to those who had cake with him after across the road in Waitrose.
It was good to see we had 11 First timers, 17 achieved PB’s and I also noted how many more attended who are not affiliated to a club, which means more and more people in the community are hearing about park run and joining in.
Always great to welcome tourists visiting us and hope you felt welcome and would love to see you again.

Hope you have a great week and hope to see all of you again
Theresa : Run Director

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