Coldham’s Common parkrun #12 – 15/12/18

A bitterly cold morning with a biting wind greeted the 204 runners who braved it for our first pacing morning. The course was perfect though, dry and not slippery which meant that nearly a quarter of all runners got a PB.

We had a couple of bit milestones, Elysia Upton ran her 50th parkrun and Chris Poultney ran his 200th but he was also a pacer which meant he has now volunteered at 100 parkruns, an amazing achievement.

It was the first time as Run Director for Jane Wilson and she did brilliantly, so much so that I doubt anyone realised she had never done that role before. Most of the core team aren’t people who have been part of a core team at any other parkruns, they have come forward since Coldham’s parkrun started and got more involved. We would always welcome more people to join us, the commitment is to do about a couple of volunteer coordinator or run director slots every 3 months, do come and ask me about it if you are considering it.

I was pacing a 1 min walk, 1 min run accompanied by Nemo the dog and I met some lovely people, one lady who has joined as a result of the 5kyourway : Move against cancer and who ran a PB yesterday and another who had chosen yesterday as the day to start his parkrun journey after finishing a couch to 5K program.

Being at the chattier end of the field I was lapped by several runners and was in awe of their support and encouragement for those they were passing, from calls of ‘Well done’ to applause, it really helps to feel part of such a great group of people.

Next Saturday is our closest to Christmas and I need no excuse to jump into fancy dress, if a few of you feel like joining me that would be great, otherwise I’ll be the one in the Santa suit!

See you on Saturday

Tracy

This week 204 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Helen D JOHNSON • Jane M WILSON • Chris POULTNEY • Jacquie MERCER • Sarah MACKAY • Peter STEVENS • Nigel LOW • Mark SMALLWOOD • Tracy HUTCHISON • Lloyd FLEMING • Georgina SCOTT • Sarah WILLIAMS • Katherine Jane HODSON • Tina RICHES • Melanie TINDALE • Andrew DUNLOP • Liz STEVENS • David MORGAN • Miguel PEREIRA • Lucy MATTHEWS • Callie VANDEWIELE • Jeremy BROOMFIELD • Hilary PERROTT • Victoria M PRICE • Sarah LAWS • Tom FENNING • Will DUPRE • Patricia KNIGHT • Gregory CHADWICK • Harley TINDALE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Jo OREGAN who recorded a time of 18:40 on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th December 2018 (event number 11).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 1,431 participants have completed 3,342 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,710 km, including 659 new Personal Bests. A total of 144 individuals have volunteered 342 times.

 

 

Coldham’s Common parkrun #11 – 8/12/18

Coldham’s Common parkrun # 11 08/12/18

Run report by Tina Riches

We might dream of being born to run, but today our 217 parkrunners, who ran, jogged and walked the course, had to cope with strong winds whipping across Coldham’s Common in the City of Cambridge. The saving grace was that the ground was pretty dry for run #11. Although a tad muddy in places, it was not as slippery as a few weeks ago, though switching to trail shoes probably helped some of us.

So did the wind affect the results? Like the debates in Parliament at the moment, there are views both ways; today we had a mixture of results, with the fastest yet parkrun time at the common of 15:59 from Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS, though a slightly lower than average percentage of Personal Bests (PBs). Even so, an amazing 39 people recorded new PBs, we welcomed representatives of 26 different clubs and were delighted that 48 first timers took part – we hope you continue to participate and feel the buzz.

Volunteering is vital to parkrun, so a big thank you to all 23 ‘yellow-jackets’:
Helen D JOHNSON • Colin SELTZER • Jane M WILSON • Jacquie MERCER • Samuel D JOHNSON • Nigel LOW • Richard LYLE • Stuart CLARKE • Loles GARCIA DIAZ • Phoebe OKOWA • Katherine BRIGHTWELL • Tina RICHES • Elaine HENDRIE • Liz STEVENS • Suzy ASHWORTH • David MORGAN • Gavin MORRISON • Jenny WALKER • Clare BACCHUS • Amy PEARSON • Hilary PERROTT • Janette EDWARDS • Sae KAWAI

Those who have never volunteered may wonder why on earth we need several volunteers around a finish funnel, where you cross the line then have to stagger a few more metres to get your token. Well you try allocating a time to everyone and giving the tokens out in order when a large bunch come through at the same time!

And here come the runners:

• Congratulations to Mali STORAN. Mali achieved the second highest female age grade, with an impressive 70%. Great effort.

• The women: Maria BUCZAK (20.04) came first with a new PB – well done. Joanna HARRALL (21:51), a first timer at Coldham’s Common, came second, then Petra BOOIJ (23:13) came third.

• The men: Well done to Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS (15:59 – 291 runs) who not only achieved first position and the course record today, but had the highest age grade at over 80%. Ben JONES (17:00) came in second, with Robert MAHEN (17:14), just behind.

• First junior male was Noah STRAUGHAN in 88th place at 24:58
• First junior female was Molly WALLWORK, in 101st place at 25:31.

There were 24 people called ‘unknown’ this week! Try to remember your barcode – or why not ask someone to get you a parkrun wristband or shoe tag for Christmas! https://parkrun-barcode.com/

Thank you again to everyone who donated to the Cambridge City Food Bank. Your donations really do make a difference. If you’d like to make a direct donation go to https://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ for more details.

Thanks also to everyone who has donated to the Coldhams Common parkrun fund, which will be used to improve and maintain your experience, such as a tarpaulin to keep your kit dry while you run. If you’d like to donate go to: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/coldhamscommon/aboutus/ and click on the ‘donate’ icon at the foot of the page.

If you’d like to join the volunteer email list, please opt-in on your parkrun results email, check the future roster on the Coldham’s Common Parkrun volunteer page, or send a message to coldhamscommonhelpers@parkrun.com. If everyone volunteers several times each year the events should run themselves.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.

Running results:
• The female record is held by Jo OREGAN who recorded a time of 18:40 on 24 November 2018 (event number 9).
• The male record is held by Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8 December 2018 (event number 11).
• The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24 November 2018 (event number 9).

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29 September 2018. Since then 1,390 participants have completed 3,138 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,690 km, including 610 new Personal Bests. A total of 133 individuals have volunteered 311 times.

Finally, it’s 2 parkruns to Christmas – do come so you can justify those extra calories!

 

Coldham’s Common parkrun #10 – 1/12/18

Event number 10 at Coldham’s Common marked the start of Meteorological Winter and the ‘parkrun weather fairies’ marked the occasion with lots of rain. Despite this, 255 committed runners, joggers and walkers, representing 32 different clubs, completed the course enabled by 30 equally committed volunteers. A big thanks to this week’s hi-viz heroes: Helen D JOHNSON • Colin SELTZER • Jane M WILSON • Anita LEWIS • Chris POULTNEY • Russ LADKIN • Sarah MACKAY • Richard LYLE • Mark SMALLWOOD • Loles GARCIA DIAZ • Tracy HUTCHISON • Gavin HUMAN • Jo LOCKHART • Katherine Jane HODSON • Amelie KIRCHGAESSNER • Sarah LEE • Sara WILLIAMSON • Melanie TINDALE • Fiona MURPHY • Simon John OSBORN • David MORGAN • Sarah HART • Emily POULTNEY • Maria BUCZAK • John LAMBOURNE • Owen VARLEY • Esmé VARLEY • William KERSLAKE • Harley TINDALE • Andrew VARLEY

72 parkrunners, representing 28% of the field, were first timers here at Coldham’s Common, of whom 10 were completing their first ever parkrun, including one junior, Molly WALLWORK. We hope you all had a great first experience and will return for round 2 shortly. Another junior, Callum MOLLOY completed his 10th parkrun, earning him his first running milestone. Three seniors completed their 50th parkrun earning them a red t-shirt. Well done to Laura SENIOR, Sophie INGLEDEW and Adam BELL.

Congratulations to the 56 who earned a course PB today. This figure comprises 22% of parkrunners which is especially good going in the less than glamourous weather on offer.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Josh CARR who recorded a time of 16:00 on 29th September 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Jo OREGAN who recorded a time of 18:40 on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 1,341 participants have completed 2,921 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,605 km, including 571 new Personal Bests. A total of 123 individuals have volunteered 286 times.

There were also 22 unknowns this week. If you struggle to remember your barcode try setting a weekly event in your phone calendar to remind you, or keep a spare in your phone case, wallet, car, bike or trainer insole.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Cambridge City Food Bank this week. There is another opportunity to donate again next week. If possible please consider bringing one of the following urgently needed items:

CHRISTMAS SWEETS - CHILDREN & ADULT
TUBES OF CRISPS
FRUIT JUICE - LONG LIFE 1 LITRE
MILK - LONG LIFE, NOT SOYA/ALMOND ETC.
COOKING OIL - 500 ML PREFERRED
GRANULATED SUGAR - 500 GRM PREFERRED OR 1 KG MAX
CHRISTMAS BISCUITS - SMALL PACKS
CHRISTMAS SNACKS - CHEESE BISCUITS, PEANUTS ETC.
CHRISTMAS PICKLES - SMALL JARS
SALT – SMALL & PEPPER - SMALL
TINNED HAM
TINNED SALMON
SHAMPOO / SHOWER GEL
TOOTHPASTE & TOOTHBRUSHES - CHILDREN & ADULT
DEODORANT - MALE & FEMALE

The following week (15th Dec) will see the hosting of the first ever Coldham’s Common pacer event. This is a great opportunity to earn a volunteer credit and a run credit on the same day. No previous experience is required to be a pacer, you just need to nominate a time you can comfortably run at a consistent pace, so that you have enough spare breath to encourage those around you to finish in the target time. If you would like to have a go at this or any other volunteering role in the coming weeks, send an e-mail to coldhamscommonhelpers@parkrun.com and the core team will bestow you with gratitude, and maybe even cake!

It has become tradition for some events to host a parkrun on Christmas Day and / or New Year’s Day. Coldham’s Common will not be putting on an event on these days but check out the ‘Christmas Compendium’ http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ to see other events which are, both locally and further afield. Event teams have another week or so to declare their intentions so do check back for updates if this interests you.

Many Coldham’s Common regulars have previously been involved in parkruns elsewhere (most notably Cambridge) before the start of this event. If you wish to change your nominated home run you can do this by accessing your profile from the link at the bottom of parkrun e-mails, such as your result or volunteer e-mail following each parkrun.

This week’s Co-ED Tracy is handing over the RD baton to fellow Co-ED Nigel for parkrun #11 next week.

Sarah Mackay

 

Coldham’s Common parkrun # 9 24/11/18

Run Report by Lara Pocock: 
The ninth event at Coldham's Common saw 287 of us gather on a grey and damp morning to walk, jog and run the fabulous 5k course. Today's group included a number of runners from 5kyourway, the ladies Chester marathon winner and first female home today Jo O'Regan, Mark Maddison who got a new course PB on his 50th parkrun, and Lloyd Fleming who ran his 200th Park Run. There were also an incredible 27 totally new parkrunners; well done to you all for opening your accounts.
This was my fourth visit to Coldham's Common and although the weather has not been kind to us, the course is still in great shape and I am looking forward to regular visits through the winter. However organisers have advised trail shoes due to the slippy nature of the damp grass, hopefully there were no bad falls today.
First past the post at event number nine was David Wilson of Thames Hare and Hounds who was completing his second parkrun and first at Coldham's Common in a time of 16.03. He was followed home by Ben Jones who was the only other runner today to break the 17 minute barrier in 16.21. Well done to Ben of Worcester AC who received a new course PB in the process. The highest age grading went to Paul Reddaway, who finished 12th in a time of 18.22 for a grading of 85.84%, excellent result Paul!
An excellent 79 runners got a new course PB today, that is amazing - well done to those runners!!!
Of course we could not have all enjoyed our morning run without the help of the wonderful volunteers. I found today's Marshals an extra cheery bunch and those in the finish funnel were extra encouraging, thank you!
Today's volunteers were:
Chris POULTNEY  •  Colin SELTZER  •  David MORGAN  •  Emily POULTNEY  •  Gavin HUMAN  •  George BUTCHER  •  Helen D JOHNSON  •  Jacquie MERCER  •  Jane M WILSON  •  Janette EDWARDS  •  Jonathan AGG  •  Jonathan ROBINSON  •  Katherine Jane HODSON  •  Kay SWEENEY  •  Liz STEVENS  •  Loles GARCIA DIAZ  •  Nicola WATRASIEWICZ  •  Patricia KNIGHT  •  Peter STEVENS  •  Richard LYLE  •  Rosemay ANSELL  •  Russ LADKIN  •  Sara WILLIAMSON  •  Simon BRIGHTWELL  •  Stuart CLARKE  •  Suzy ASHWORTH
Please remember next week the Run Director team will be collecting for the local FoodBank so please bring along any donations!
 

Coldham’s Common parkrun # 8 17/11/18

It’s Saturday at 9am, it must be parkrun at Coldham’s Common in the City of Cambridge! It was an ideal morning for run #8 – mild for the time of year, little dew on the grass, no fog, just a little low cloud to keep the sun out of our eyes.

 

This week 254 people ran, jogged (dodged the lead-less dogs – beware!) and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

 

Richard Lyle as Run Director got the party going, trying not to swear in front of the children. He was ably backed up by Melanie Tindale. Jacquie Mercer was in full charge of the newbies this week, after being mentored last week.

 

Thanks to all 29 volunteers. Having had a go at volunteering the other week, I now understand why so many roles are required. In particular, we all rely on the two time keepers, this week Sarah Williams and Derek Hatley, to record the time for each token number as each of you cross the line. The tokens were given out this week by Colin SELTZER and Loles GARCIA DIAZ. We also need the time checker to run between them to check they are in sync – thanks Julia DECESARE.

 

And what of the runners?

 

Congratulations to the 14 people who completed their first ever parkrun. We hope you got a great buzz and we’re looking forward to seeing you again next time; and to Danny Norman, the most experienced parkrunner today, completing his incredible 615th parkrun.

 

The men: Well done to Brian O’Connor (16:53 – 190 runs) who regained the first position today. Geoff Weller (17:42) came in next, with Saeed Kayhanian (18:10), a first timer, not far behind.

 

The women: Venetia D'Arcy (21:12) came first with a PB on her 3rd parkrun – well done. Claire Wilshaw (21:37) came second, also with a PB, then another first timer at Coldham’s Common, Ruth Allen (21:58) came third.

 

First junior male was Yusuf Faisal, in 71st place at 23:30, and first junior female was Eadie Brooker, in 98th place at 24:49. Well done all!

 

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

 

Helen D JOHNSON (thanks for providing the stats!) • Colin SELTZER • Jacquie MERCER • Russ LADKIN • Sarah MACKAY • Nigel LOW • Richard LYLE • Derek HATLEY • Loles GARCIA DIAZ • Katie TWEEN • Tracy HUTCHISON • Julia DECESARE • Gavin HUMAN • Andrew O'DOWD • Sarah WILLIAMS • Katherine Jane HODSON • Tina RICHES • Amelie KIRCHGAESSNER • Melanie TINDALE • Graham BLOOMFIELD • Liz PRIESTLEY • Sarah HART • Harvey MACKAY • Callie VANDEWIELE • Cyrus PUNDOLE • Hilary PERROTT • Harley TINDALE • Sarah CLARK • Andrew RICHES

 

If you’d like to join the volunteer email list, please opt-in on your parkrun results email, check the future roster on the Coldham’s Common Parkrun volunteer page, or send a message to coldhamscommonhelpers@parkrun.com. We’d love to have you on board. You can fit some roles around running.

 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.

 

Running results:

-          The male record is held by Josh CARR who recorded a time of 16:00 on 29th September 2018 (event number 1).

-          The female record is held by Zoe MACDONALD who recorded a time of 18:46 on 29th September 2018 (event number 1).

-          The Age Grade course record is held by Ben BALDELLI who recorded 82.79% (17:49) on 3rd November 2018 (event number 6).

 

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 1,176 participants have completed 2,379 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,895 km, including 436 new Personal Bests.

 

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