Run report #393

Leamington parkrun
Event number 393
13th October 2018

A blustery day, strong enough to make it hard to hear the briefing, was not enough to stop the many hardy souls at Leamington parkrun today. The sheer friendliness of parkrun is such a delight and inspiration to me.

People cheering each other on, friends shaking hands, volunteers smiling, runners helping each other when falling over, talking to people you only know through parkrun, Strava chat and so much more. All of these things make this a great and inspiring start to every Saturday.

It’s also such an inspiration that 30 volunteers at Leamington help make this such a special event every week. There cannot be many events run weekly in our county that attract 30 volunteers, time in time out.

I am sure I speak for all runners when I say thank you to all volunteers, and they in turn will say congratulations to all who participated today. Everyone is an inspiration! Whether you came first or were with the Tail Walker I offer you my congratulations!

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Enjoy the stats below, see you next week at Leamington!

Martin

This week 453 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Kathryn RHINDS • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Julia FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca LONERGAN • Ben PHILLIPS • Martin BROWN • Liz CLARKSON • Alexander CRAIG • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Imogen Melanie BEASLEY • Abi MORTON • Marcus WINSER • Laura CALE • Zac CALE • Daniel CALE • Bethany JACKSON • Angus BASKERVILLE • Neil BASKERVILLE • Grace PINK • Matt PINK • David TYLER • Jacob OXTOBY • Ben SHIRT • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Alison CHANTREY • Ian DAVIS • Lily MINTY • Billy MORTON • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Kris WALTON • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Melissa FARNWORTH • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Meena LEKHI • James MOFFATT • Amy TEBBATT • Jacob LILLIE • Harry TEBBATT

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 14,510 participants have completed 123,394 parkruns covering a total distance of 616,970 km, including 20,741 new Personal Bests.

 

Leamington parkrun #392

This week 401 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers to Leamington and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

What a great day to be writing a Run Report with it being the 14th Anniversary of the start of parkrun - although it started as a "time trial" all that time ago in Bushey Park.

Especially happy to see that we had 17 first timers to parkrun at this event at Leamington.

Today was undoubtedly a very busy event for celebrations for the Adlington family, having three special events happening with the family. 'Running for Rose', their daughter who would have been 4 this week. Our Hi-Vis heros all wore a rose in remembrance. Kate Rumbold was also celebrating her birthday and her 25th volunteer - truly things to celebrate.

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Friends and family of the Adlington family, remembering their daughter Rose with their parkrun family.

Other celebrations included one of our Juniors, Archie Lane, completing his 50th parkrun and Charlie Parsons and Antonio Almedia completing their 100th parkruns.

Not to be outdone Saty Kandola one of our amazing Run Directors completed her 100th volunteer.

At this point I'd like to remind everybody that this amazing weekly free timed event wouldn't take place without the support and help of our dedicated volunteers. Please take time to look at the future roster and
sign up. For those who are heading to milestones I'd also like to remind you that there are a number of roles which mean that you can run as well as volunteer such as setup, close down, first timer briefing, volunteer co-ordinator and even run report writer.

And so to the actual run, it being the first run in quite some time where we had some precipitation, we were lucky that the course was still not too muddy and it was still possible to get all the way around the course without ending up ankle-deep in mud. So despite ending up a little damp around the edges it was an entirely successful run. I am always amazed by the view just after the half-way mark having turned the 90 degree corner where you can see right across Leamington and once again this view didn't disappoint, despite the wispy clouds hanging around. Could almost be described as "atmospheric". And with all of the celebrations going on for all of those who finished there was the lovely Mrs Doyle in the volunteer café and there were cakes - lots and lots of cakes!

All profit from donations to the parkrun café this month goes to The Laura Centre, which offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person. A big thank you to everyone who donated today - we raised in excess of £300!

Eleanor Nabney

And here are the stats:

This week 401 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Kathryn HOULISTON • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Julia FRY • Richard WHITEHEAD • Mrs DOYLE • Ruth TENNANT • Eugene MCNALLY • Marti DHESI • Juzar KANDOLA • Caroline WHITEHEAD • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Jack SAVAGE • Frazer KNOWLES • Liz CLARKSON • Doug RATTRAY • Amanda PARSONS • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Imogen Melanie BEASLEY • Ben PARSONS • Helen FORREST • Kate RUMBOLD • Brian WARREN • James WARREN • Zac CALE • Sarah TUCKER • Michelle OXTOBY • Jacob OXTOBY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Lily MINTY • Micheline TWIGGER • Eleanor NABNEY • Jane BRANSCOMBE • Kathleen HEALY • Pierre PASCAL • Simon PACKMAN • Jill COATES • Meena LEKHI

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 14,460 participants have completed 122,941 parkruns covering a total distance of 614,705 km, including 20,702 new Personal Bests.

 

Leamington parkrun #391, 28th September 2018

It was a sunny but mild September Saturday this morning as I planned my run report for the second time. Once again, I was doing the job my mother signed up for. This time, she claims she had to go to hospital or something like that. She is OK, fortunately.

After an interesting tourist trip to Lyndney parkrun last week, it was good to be back here at Leamington. Lydney's parkrunners have a hill of their own which must be conquered three times.

Nothing of course though, can compare to Mrs Doyle's amazing cafe. I was also interested to see the new compostable cups made of plant starch in use. parkrun recently has become aware of the considerable amount of plastic used every week, with the introduction of the recycling boxes, and the advice to bring our own cups as much as possible. I certainly welcome these advance and hope that Leamington parkrun continues to prioritise the environment. After all, we do need our lovely Newbold Comyn to be in a fit state for use.

Jack Rowe

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This week 525 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 51 volunteers:

Elizabeth DRAPER • Clare HINTON • Colin BAILEY • Malcolm FRY • Julia FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Jack ROWE • Rebecca ROWE • Rebecca LONERGAN • Marti DHESI • Richard MINTY • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Liz CLARKSON • Marcus WINSER • Eloise PHILLIPS • David OXTOBY • Martin BENNETT • Michelle OXTOBY • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Emma CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Lily MINTY • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Florencia BREA • Susan WOO • Sophie WOO • Steven LEE • Eleanor NABNEY • Catherine TAYLOR • Simon ODLING • Emma BISH • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Kemi SONUGA • Annie BRYAN • Tess ROBINSON • Neil HALSEY • Chloe MORSE • Toby ODLING • Olivia DAVIES • Jill COATES • Stuart HARDIE • Meredith LAING • George LAING • Meena LEKHI • Kieran HALSEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

 

Thanks WDC – Leamington parkrun #390

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Fallen tree near the gate into the flying field, Thursday afternoon.

Not even Storm Bronagh could stop Leamington parkrun number 390, so thanks to Warwick District Council and any helpers for clearing the fallen trees and allowing the event to go ahead. The wind has now died down, it was cool and cloudy, so it made great running conditions. Today was my final volunteering parkrun for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh. I’ve really enjoyed the different volunteering roles over the last 3 months, mostly at Leamington, but also on my travels in Milton Keynes, Berlin, Belfast and the Lake District. I’ve met some lovely people and would recommend it. I enjoy running with the Kenilworth Runners Youth section and I’m now looking forward to returning to running some parkruns, but will continue to volunteer.
Pippa

And here are the stats:

This week 464 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Simon HEATH • Tessa LUKEHURST • Clare HINTON • James HARTWRIGHT • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Eugene MCNALLY • Rebecca LONERGAN • Marti DHESI • Ben PHILLIPS • Liz CLARKSON • Anne HURRELL • Amanda PARSONS • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Imogen Melanie BEASLEY • Ben PARSONS • Pippa SMART • Verity THOMPSON • Stephen EVANS • Marcus WINSER • Chris MCKEOWN • Jack GAMMON • Jacob OXTOBY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Robert MILES • Libby DARLISON • Cerys HARTWRIGHT • Philippa SMITH • Kate MULLER • Jeremy POPE • Martin CARTY • Eleanor NABNEY • Wilfred EVANS • Elizabeth STONE • Kris WALTON • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Jake HURRELL • Florence GAMMON • Simon PACKMAN • George LAING • Martin LUCEY

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 93.86% (19:49) on 14th July 2018 (event number 381).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 14,364 participants have completed 122,015 parkruns covering a total distance of 610,075 km, including 20,576 new Personal Bests.

 

Leamington parkrun #389

What better way to start a Saturday morning than with a 6:15am alarm to get you up for a 1 hour 15 minute drive to visit your 50th different parkrun at Leamington Spa. This year I had decided to set my parkrun challenge as no repeats for the year and so have been fully embracing the tourism. This has however meant some early mornings and long journeys.
I was really excited about this one, not only as it would put me half way to gaining the full hundred different events, but also because on paper (or google map) this seemed to be exactly the type of parkrun that I like; one lap, undulating (which everyone knows means hills!) It didn’t disappoint 
On arriving we had a lovely first timer’s briefing about the course which also informed us of coffee and cake for donations at the end, which is always welcome. The full briefing also informed us that there were several canicross champions running today with an expected finish of 13 mins which, let’s face it, is pretty epic.
We started near the back and headed out over the first field to start with. It’s a pretty busy run but the wide, open field meant there was plenty of space for all. At the end of the field a turn to the right, around a lovely, if slightly stampeded marshal, through a gate and around to the left onto a tree lined trail path. This was lovely; exactly where I like running on trials through the woods. We carried on through the trees double checking with some friendly regulars that it was only one lap and then hearing about a rather large hill. Winding through all of the woods was lovely. I didn’t even mind being overtaken by a man with a buggy (well done!). As we hit the bottom of the hill we had been warned about, it was nice to see that it was a tarmacked path so not quite as energy sapping as it could have been. Anyone who was walking was lovely and polite and moved over to the left. parkrun hills are always hard to describe as it really depends on your local perspective and point of reference. Our home parkrun is Wyre Forest; this finishes on a serious hill. Also, a special mention to Ashton Court in the hill rankings and I’m pretty sure that Ludlow is up there in terms of hill. Leamington’s particular hill is not to be taken lightly. It’s definitely short and sharp and lets your legs and breathing know it’s there but you are rewarded with a lovely view of the town at the top. The course then bends round to the right where you can see that there continues to be a gentle climb. However, because this was through the trees and is rather undulating you don’t notice it too much, plus we had a lovely chat with a lady doing her first ever parkrun (get ready to lose Saturday mornings forever!). At the very top there is a fantastic view of the town to your right, this made it a great time to stop and have a selfie, which my friend Natalie and I do quite often when running. And then as everyone knows what goes up must come down and so you descend back down through trees and fields. Finishing on a downhill is always brilliant as, even if you’re tired, at least gravity is your friend. You join back up with the first path through the trees you started on and then turn left back into the wide-open field. This is the perfect place for a full on, flat out sprint finish, however I wasn’t really interested in that on this occasion. And boom over the line. Lots of lovely volunteers saying well done and doing a fantastic job. We do always thank all the marshals all of the way around, if it’s a four-lap course I’ll thank them four times but would like to take this opportunity to do it again – big thankyou to all of Leamington’s high vis heroes who made parkrun happen.
Then finally the most important part - coffee and cake. I very much enjoyed the course and would put it in my top ten of the ones I have completed. Look forward to seeing you all again in the future for a course PB, or maybe just some more running selfies 

Lucy Brooks, Wyre Forest parkrun

And here are the stats:

This week 551 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca LONERGAN • Marti DHESI • Richard MINTY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Anthony CLAYDON • Liz CLARKSON • Lucy BROOKS • Amanda PARSONS • Sarah RICHARDS • Marcus WINSER • Adam NOTLEY • Jacob OXTOBY • Jill CHRISTLEY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Elizabeth BUCKINGHAM-JEFFERY • Federico BOTTA • Lily MINTY • Mary SINCLAIR • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Shaun MARTIN • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Peter CROWLEY • Garry VASSALLO • Aitzi MARCO • Agnieszka GORECKA • Simon PACKMAN • Claire WESTROPE • Cal SEAR • Meena LEKHI

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 93.86% (19:49) on 14th July 2018 (event number 381).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 14,327 participants have completed 121,551 parkruns covering a total distance of 607,755 km, including 20,491 new Personal Bests.

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