Run Report #200 – 23 June

200 today!

 

Beautiful conditions this morning to celebrate the 200th Exeter Riverside parkrun. A huge thank you to the core team who brought parkrun to Exeter, the volunteers who've turned out in snow, storms and heatwaves, and the hundreds of people who've jogged, walked or run our course.  You've all contributed to a fantastic event that has such a positive impact. It's an opportunity to get active, achieve a goal, clear your mind, share an experience with the family, meet new friends, enjoy the countryside, or simply get out of the house before 9am on a Saturday. It does all that and more every Saturday, for everyone, for free.

We recorded 35 'unknown' participants today, including the first finisher. They don't have a time recorded, either because they didn't want to get their parkrun barcode scanned (which is fine) or they forgot to bring a 'hard copy' of their unique parkrun barcode. If you'd like a time, you must bring your barcode. The following stats (other than attendance) exclude unknown runners.

52 people were doing their first Exeter Riverside parkrun, of which 25 were doing their first parkrun anywhere. Thanks for joining us for our 200th.

A special mention for Caelan Davies and James Marriott who timed it perfectly and reached their junior 10 parkrun milestone today; Caelan bagged a Personal Best (PB) time too. Well done to you both.

We had 310 participants this week - making it 4 out of the past 5 weeks where attendance has been between 310 and 313 people.Among our finishers, there were 10 people in the junior '10 milestone club', 43 in the '50 club', 24 in the '100 club' and 2 in the '250 club'. 14 of today's runners have also joined the '25 volunteering club' (several times over in some cases). Great to see so many milestone shirts being proudly worn this morning.

This week's first recorded male finisher and first finisher overall was Sam Hopton in 16:48. Hester Hill was the first female finisher in 20:06.  7 people reached an age-grading over 75%: including Peter Monaghan 88.83%, Karen Cook 84.10% and Corinne McWilliams 83.96%.

44 people achieve a PB time for our course, perhaps spurred-on by the prospect of cakes (or chocolate medals as I like to think of them) at the time-recording desks. Many thanks to regular volunteer-coordinator (and runner today), Becci for those.

Nobody finished in a time exactly matching today's date (23:06) although Karen Cook came closest with 23:04. Next week, the magic time will be 30:06; more chance of that than 7:07 the following week. Our 200th finisher for our 200th run was Kenson Lowe one place ahead of Dennis, today's 30 minute pacer.

Next week marks the end of the first half of 2018 and the start of our next 200 parkruns. Please take a look at our future volunteer roster http://www.parkrun.org.uk/exeterriverside/futureroster/ and sign-up for a couple of sessions over the next 6 weeks if you can. There are lots of different roles, most don't require any previous experience and there are always experienced volunteers around who will support you. It's good fun; give it a go.

 

Run Report #196 – 26 May

Follow the arrows

Quite a contrast to the early May Bank Holiday weekend when we had wall-to-wall sunshine for all three days. With weather warnings issued for thunder storms today and tomorrow, we should count ourselves lucky that this week's run was dry, not too breezy although a bit muggy.

It's important to get to the pre-run briefing (starts at 8.50am) to find out if there are any course changes or unusual hazards to be aware of - anything from felled trees, locked gates, to an angry swan. This week's Run Director, Dennis told us about an unusual hazard: an archery competition being set-up in the University fields with the arrows due to start flying at 10am. Hopefully our tail walker avoided getting caught up in a recreation of Custer's last stand!

It's also important to listen to instructions from marshals out on the course. They're there for a reason. On the outward leg as we left the main path to enter the path that leads to the bridge, the marshals had to briefly stop runners to allow a cycle to pass. Most runners stopped but two carried on, weaving past the bike. I totally get that missing a PB time can be frustrating. But it's not as frustrating as being caught up in an accident or as frustrating as 300+ people missing out on future parkruns because we're not allowed to use the course. We have no more right to the course than any other user; sometimes people will give way to us and sometimes we'll give way to them.

On a happier note, it was great to see so many new 50 and 100 milestone t-shirts being worn this week. [arkrun HQ have done a great job clearing the back-log. A special mention for Tyler Dowdall who reached his junior 10 run milestone with us today and celebrated with a personal best (PB) time too. Well done.

This week 312 people ran, walked or jogged their way round the Exeter Riverside course. These may have been the only people left in Exeter this weekend as a result of what's become the annual exodus to London for the Chiefs and Exeter City matches. Fingers crossed for an Exeter double!

We had 29 'unknown' participants this week; they get counted in the attendance but don't have a time recorded, either because they didn't want to get their parkrun barcode scanned (which is fine) or they forgot to bring a 'hard copy' of their unique parkrun barcode. If you'd like a time, you must bring your barcode. The same barcode works at every parkrun course anywhere in the World.

This week's first male finisher and first finisher overall was an unknown runner. The first recorded finisher was Peter Monaghan in 16:44, a new PB time for the course. Aby Sampson was the first female finisher in 21:40. Seven people reached an age-grading over 75%: Peter in an amazing 90.34%, Karen Cook in 84.04% and Jake West in 77.40% (and also a PB time).

Was it the great conditions or the threat of being shot at with arrows that helped 78 people achieve a PB time for our course? That's the highest number we've seen in a long while and EXACTLY 1 in 4 of today's participants. Well done to you all.

At least 41 people were doing their first Exeter Riverside parkrun, of which 12 were doing their first parkrun anywhere. Thanks for joining us and I hope it was a good experience.

The mid-point this week, based on finishing position (not average time), was 26:15. Half of this week's finishers crossed the line before this and half after. This is about 45 seconds quicker than usual which is another good indicator of great running conditions.

Given the obvious motivating impact of arrows this week, I'll be asking next week's Run Director to consider releasing a couple of tigers to help those who didn't get a PB this week to get one next week. Angry bees and a bull might also be worth trying.

 

 

12th May – Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Get Active and Volunteer is a project run by Living Options Devon and Active Devon to encourage more Deaf people to volunteer and participate in sport and physical activity. The project is funded by Sport England.  We always wanted to get involved with parkrun as we know it’s such a positive, inclusive and fun regular activity which offers a diverse range of volunteer opportunities.  It is the ideal opportunity for people to not only get active but to also offer their skills volunteering.  With the help of the Exeter Riverside parkrun team we decided this week would be a great time to try and get some deaf people taking part in the parkrun experience!

 

Kristy Cooper, wearing blue, is our project lead who came along to record a video about her first parkrun experience.

We also had sign support from Jim Cromwell who signed the run briefing for Deaf runners alongside Adrian Mountford, Saturday’s Run Director.

 

 

Geoff Davey wearing the green vest from the Exeter Deaf Academy also came along to support the morning and set a cracking run time of 17.39 finishing in 3rd spot!

If you volunteer at parkrun or would like to and are interested in receiving some free Deaf awareness training and getting involved with the project then we would love to hear from you!  If you are already volunteering at parkrun it really isn't any extra commitment, it’s just a great opportunity to support any Deaf people accessing the Exeter Riverside parkrun!

 

Get in touch by contacting lorraine.harris@activedevon.org or let the parkrun volunteer coordinator know you are interested at exeterriversidehelpers@parkrun.com . You can also join our Facebook group 'Deaf Get Active & Volunteer’

 

Run Report #193 – 5th May

Here comes the sun

 

We're living in strange times; a Bank Holiday weekend in England where it actually stays sunny from start to finish. Not the usual arrangement of sunshine, thunder storm, hail, sunshine, thunder storm...!  The sun brought out our equal-largest field of runners, walkers and joggers for 2018: 361 people.

Dan, this week’s volunteer photographer took some lovely photos of the runners at the start and in the university field.  There were lots of vests on show, no doubt many were found hidden at the backs of cupboards and were worn for the first time this year.  Check out the link, as the photos should very soon be on display:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/exeterriverside/photos/

This week last year was our all-time record attendance: 422.  We now have more parkruns locally to choose from which makes each a little less busy and gives us greater resilience when one or other course is out of action because of the weather.

The flip side is that several of our long-standing volunteers now help at parkruns nearer to home. We've struggled to fill our volunteer roster in recent weeks when some of our regular volunteers have been away or unavailable. As Dennis, this week's Run Director, highlighted in the pre-run briefing, it would be great if all of our runners could commit to volunteering 4 times a year.

I noticed that among this week's 361 participants, 11 (3%) had reached their '25 volunteer milestone' (several times over in some cases). It would be great to see that proportion climb during the year. Not only do you qualify for a lovely purple t-shirt, you'll know that you've had a hand in providing a brilliant event that's enjoyable, inclusive and doing great things for health and wellbeing. Purple was once reserved for Roman Emperors and Kings, now it's the colour of parkrun royalty! You can check-out the available volunteer slots and roles on our volunteer page where there's also information on how to sign-up. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/exeterriverside/futureroster/

We had 54 unknown runners this week; they get counted in the attendance but don't have a time recorded either because they didn't want to get their parkrun barcode scanned (which is fine) or they forgot to bring a 'hard copy' of their unique parkrun barcode. If you'd like a time, you must bring your printed barcode. The same barcode works at every parkrun course throughout the world.

This week's first male finisher and first finisher overall was Peter Monaghan in 17:06. Emilie Lewis was the first female finisher in 21:09. Seven people reached an age-grading over 75%: Peter 88.4%; Karen Cook 86.6%; and Corinne McWilliams 86.36%. The great running conditions were reflected in a bumper crop of Personal Best (PB) times for our course: 57 people (including me!).  At least 55 people were doing their first Exeter Riverside parkrun, of which 25 were doing their first parkrun anywhere. At the other end of the spectrum, Andrew Carter completed his 338th parkrun.

The mid-point this week based, on finishing position (not average time), was 27:07. Half of this week's finishers crossed the line before this and half after. Our mid-point stays remarkably stable - usually between 27:00 and 27:50; the movement seems to be more related to the conditions than who and how many people take part.

A special mention for six people who reached parkrun milestones with us this week. Thomas Gledhill and Matthew McCann reached their junior 10 run milestone. Steve Trevelyan and Susan Kathleen Noden reached their 50 run milestone. David Pittard and Owen Wilder reached their 100 run milestone (Owen is also in the '25 volunteer' club). Congratulations to you all.

With a third of the year gone, I thought it would be good to see how far we've travelled in 2018. We've had 4,609 people collectively complete 23,045km. That's more than half way around the Earth!  We've run from Exeter to New Zealand, turned round, and are about 4,000 km into our return journey...

 

Run Report #191 – 21st April

Muggy Marathon Eve

 

Saturday was the perfect example of a warm spell in England: muggy, then a shower, then sunshine, then a cloud from every garden in the land erupting into barbeque flames!

Although we had dry and still conditions for our run at Exeter Riverside, it was very humid. I'm sure many of us were pleased to grab a cold drink when we finished. Spare a thought for the thousands of runners doing Sunday’s London Marathon in what could be a record high temperature. They'll be running about 8.5 parkruns back-to-back! Best wishes to all the participants, supporters and volunteers - especially those from Exeter and Devon.

I had the pleasure of being the 30 minute pacer today (on my 50th time around our course). It was great to have a good-sized group running around me and to see them push-on to finish ahead of me: several first timers and Personal Best times. It was also nice to see several of our regular volunteers getting to run today. Thank you to all of our volunteers, especially those who've recently come forward. The more of us who've volunteered and tried different roles, the more secure our weekly event becomes. This is especially important at peak holiday times when we can struggle to put together a full roster. Please help where you can.

Our scanners noticed quite a few tired looking barcodes, some of which were a bit damp with runner sweat.  This can result in barcodes not scanning and can affect the efficiency of the scanning process.  If runners can cover their paper barcode with clear plastic, the barcode will last for ages and will scan much better.

This week we had 299 finishers. The mid-point time this week based on finishing position was 27:45; half of today's runners finished before this time and half after. This is remarkably consistent over the weeks: the mid-point last week was just 6 seconds quicker!

The first male finisher and first finisher overall was Peter Monaghan in 17:15. Sophie Auster was the first female finisher in 19:41 (a PB time for our course). 49 people joined Sophie in securing a PB time.

5 people achieved an age-grading over 75% including Peter 87.63%, Karen Cook 84.47% and Langdon Williams 80.02%.

50 people were running our course for the first time of which 25 were doing their first ever parkrun anywhere; thank you for coming. Our 'international' visitors this week came from Wales.

3 people reached parkrun milestones today: Lucy-Anne Sargeant and Thomas Atkins both reached their junior 10 run milestones. Rory Henderson reached his 50 run milestone. Congratulations to you all.

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