Leamington parkrun is cancelled on 26 January 2019: Midlands XC Championships held on Newbold Comyn

No parkrun January 26th

Just a reminder that because of the Midlands XC Championships there will be no parkrun but loads of runners to look at & cheer on. If you would like to parkrun then can we suggest some tourism ...
Coventry, Bedworth & Stratford - on tarmac
Rugby - mixture tarmac, grass and mud
Brueton, Solihull - tarmac
Fireman College, Moreton in Marsh - grass

See you on 2nd Feb when it’s the kids takeover!!!

 

Leamington parkrun #407 12/01/2019

Waking up this morning to the cold and drizzle, the last thing most people
want to do is drag themselves out of the house to the park. Except clearly it
wasn’t! 607 of us plus an able band of volunteers did exactly this. An
incredible number if you ask me! Twelve days into January it is clear that
those get fit New Year Resolutions are going well. I could speculate as to
why this could be, perhaps it’s people’s desire to get rid of those excess
pounds post the festivities of Christmas. Perhaps instead it is just not
late enough into January for people to have already failed in their New
Year's resolutions. Or perhaps, just perhaps, it is because of the
incredibly addictive nature of parkrun, which draws runners of all kinds
from recent “graduates” from couch to 5k programmes, semi-occasional
runners who run occasionally to keep up fitness as well as the serious guys
definitely not racing at the front of the event every week. A note from me
to the guys and girls who like to treat parkrun as a race, of which I very
much include myself in that category. parkrun only happens because of the
volunteers. It is down to these guys that we have the opportunity to test
our fitness every week on a timed 5k course. If like me, before today, you
have never got round to volunteering, please do. There are a number of
roles where you can both run and volunteer, pre event setup and post event
set down to name just two. Or perhaps volunteer on a taper day. It’s really
important to ensure that parkrun is able to continue running in the future.

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A big congratulations to those that completed their 50 or 100 milestones
out there on the course today. Also congratulations to anyone who completed
any other significant milestones. But perhaps the biggest congratulations
should be reserved to the parkrun first timers. A scarcely believable 84
people made it round the Leamington course for their first time today, and
whether they were tourists or first timers at any parkrun, a massive well
done for getting round the course and surviving THAT hill. For those of you
whom Leamington is your local parkrun, the regulars at parkrun would love
to welcome you back in the future! We hope you’ve caught the parkrun bug
like so many of us!

Tom

Editor's note:
Well done Tom on being first home at Leamington parkrun today!

Here are the stats:

This week 607 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Colin BAILEY • Malcolm FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Thomas William STONE • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Stewart UNDERHILL • John W SMITH • Jonathan GRANT • Elliott DU BOIS • Tara FAGGE • Ross CAWS • Rosie CALE • Zac CALE • Jamie ROBINSON • James HAMPSHIRE • John MOORE • Stephen TRAYNOR • Michael WOO • Verity HILL • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Simone LESTER • Alison CHANTREY • Emma WILSON • Eileen DONNELLY • Jeremy POPE • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Chris DAVISON • Zoe CAWS • Lynn HUSSAIN • Peter CROWLEY • Simon PACKMAN • Ira WINTER • Chantal GARMAN • Jill COATES • James MOFFATT • Jacob LILLIE • Deborah LEAHY

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 15,190 participants have completed 130,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 650,165 km, including 21,511 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,474 individuals have volunteered 9,244 times.

 

Our Dedication to Richard Minty

Sadly we lost one of community on NYD - Richard had been taken ill during the parkrun but sadly died later on New Years Day evening. He will be hugely missed by us all. Richard and his daughter, Lily had become quite fixture at his local parkrun. He had run 296 times at Leamington and 301 time in total, Lily has volunteered no less than 60 times. His family told us how much he loved parkrun and i know that the many times I spoke to him he simply loved the atmosphere and the community spirit. Saturday's would not be Saturday's without parkrun - he had said.

This community spirit was evident today as we said a few words and held a minutes silence in his honour. As a core team and with permission from the family, we have decided to produce a new bib for those of you who pass the 300 parkrun mark - 'I'm running my Minty 300th parkrun' - in his honour. He was 4 short of his 300 at Leamington (not bad when you consider there have only been 405 parkruns) - no one is close to achieving the same.

It was lovely to meet more of his family and friends today and it was lovely to share stories and thoughts with many people about Richard. A friend shared this poem that i thought was very apt...

A life well lived is a precious gift
Of hope and strength and grace,
From someone who has made our world
A brighter, better place
It’s filled with moments, sweet and sad
With smiles and sometimes tears,
With friendships formed and good times shared
And laughter through the years.
A life well lived is a legacy
Of joy and pride and pleasure,
A living, lasting memory
Our grateful hearts we’ll treasure

And searching through our archives I found a few photos - see below...

RIP - Richard.
Leamington parkrun Core Team

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Welcome to parkrun New Year 2019

I started my parkrun journey on March 8th 2014 thanks to Willie Foster who himself is a proud member of the 250 club. I remember turning up feeling very apprehensive but I needn't have worried, everyone was so welcoming. From that day I got the bug and started pestering my brother Martin to join me. A few months later he came and has been a regular since then. Nephew Luke then joined us and is also now a regular. So thanks Willie.
January 1st 2019 was parkrun 405 for leamington and glad to say it reverted to the summer course for this run because it was easier and quicker to process the runners through the finish so those running at Stratford upon Avon at 10-30am had time to get there, although you still have the infamous hill to negotiate. There were 488 who participated before a lot of runners headed for Stratford. Thanks Luke for getting me and Mel there with plenty of time to run.
It also brought up the 200th parkrun for team Bennett (a name affectionately given to me and my brother by Jane Oliver, one half of team Oliver with Steve being the other half, again regulars at Leamington) Coincidentally it was Martin's 200th as well. I was overwhelmed by all the congratulations we received from fellow parkrunners. We even had photos taken while running round. Thanks Karen. Since I started parkrun i have met some great people through Leamington Parkrun, some of them being team Oliver and Bill who we run with most Tuesday's around Draycote water, team Beasley, Ruby, James,Mike, Steve. Tommy, Brian, Amanda, Karen, Roz, Mark and Jill, and numerous other runners who always speak but don't know their names.
None of this would be possible without the tireless work done by the core team and volunteers, so a big thanks to everybody from me. My New Years resolution is to volunteer at least 10 times in 2019. So thanks again to everyone involved with Leamington parkrun and a Happy New Year to all of the parkrun team, friends, family and fellow parkrunners, see you all next Saturday.
From Mick Bennett

From Core Team
Many thanks Mick - there, he’s volunteered by writing the run report. Cheers Mick, lovely to hear your stories.
We had 105 newbies to Leamington today - wow - and had many lovely comments from visitors. There were over 150 events reporting new records today with Stratford having over 660 people (200+ more than normal). We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday but plan ahead and book in to volunteer weeks/months in advance. We have 12% of Leamington registered parkrunners volunteering 2019 target is to get this closer to 20%. I don’t want the same people volunteering each week. And remember you only need 25 volunteer stints to get your free purple parkrun shirt.
Our other push will be linking your GP surgery to our parkrun - send this link to your GP and ask them to contact leamingtonoffice@parkrun.org.uk https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/our-programmes/clinical-priorities/parkrun-practice.aspx

Have a great 2019.
Stats
Leamington parkrun
Event number 405
1st January 2019

This week 488 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 104 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 66 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Louise INSALL • Sharon LITTERICK • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Neil CHAPPELL • Mrs DOYLE • Jane BAILEY • Philip HOUGHTON • Alison Ann GIBBONS • Marti DHESI • Caroline WHITEHEAD • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Michael WEAVING • Ranvir Kaur KANDOLA • David NEWELL • Amandip KANDOLA • Sarah RICHARDS • Roger FAGGE • Lorraine PARSONS • Martin SANDERS • Mick BENNETT • Grace PINK • Verity HILL • Jonathan AMBROSE • Alison CHANTREY • Joe CHANTREY • Emma CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Lori BASKERVILLE • Jeremy POPE • Tejay DE KRETSER • James WARRINGTON • Chris DAVISON • Anne LOVE • Frances OSBORNE • Jill COATES • Kharaiti Ram LEKHI • Meena LEKHI • Debby CHAPPELL

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 Susie TAWNEY who recorded 103.66% (18:12) on 29th December 2018 (event number 404).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 15,018 participants have completed 128,798 parkruns covering a total distance of 643,990 km, including 21,356 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,462 individuals have volunteered 9,156 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #404 Our Last in 2018

Run report 29th Jan 2018
Welcome to the run report from the last parkrun of 2018!

The weather was kind to us this week, with mild temperatures of around 10 degrees (not even a hint of a mythical white Christmas). There was a post-Christmas turnout of 448 people. Well done to the 33 who recorded a PB, even I suspect with a few extra pounds of ‘Christmas cheer’ in tow. Also welcome to the 44 new runners who attended and therefore also set their first PB, I hope that you get plenty more. We welcomed visitors from as far as South Africa, Sweden and Austria to our course this week.

Finally, on behalf of all of our parkrunners I would like to extend a massive thank you to the 37 volunteers (named below) who turned up on their Saturday morning to make the event happen. Also for all of those who helped this year at the events or who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a great event each week- thank you. I think we are really lucky to have such an inclusive event like parkrun on our doorsteps, which encourages people to better themselves, be part of the community and/or be active outdoors. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to volunteer yet, why not make it your goal to get involved in 2019 and set a PB for giving back to the event? (You could even be writing the next run report…).

See you all New Year’s Day for the additional parkrun event being put on!

Leamington starts at 9am and with careful driving you could get to Stratford for their 10:30am start but beware it will be busy there. Alternatively go to Kingsbury Water parkrun or Daventry for a 10:30 start. Share space in the car with another if you can.

This weeks report written by Grace Pink.

And from your core team.
Thanks Grace, and many many thanks from all of us for turning up each Saturday (be a strange place with us setting up a run and no one turning up!) However, thanks for your support - we have a great team but we also have wonderful dupport from our lovely community that we have built - but still only 12% help out. Ask your friend who you run with or you see at parkrun when they volunteered lately, somehow we have to encourage more to do their part to this activity we all love.

All we need is for you to volunteer 3 times each per year - book your dates in now for the future (we can add to the parkrun calendar for the future) just let us know.

See you soon.
Kevin, Helen - your Co-Event Directors
Susie, Saty, Jon, Tess, David, Ben - Run Directors

Quote of the week:
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”.
Something to read:
“Women of parkrun deliver world class research into running during pregnancy”

https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/04/05/pregnancystudy/

Statistics:
This week 448 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Simon CORLEY • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Deborah CHRISTMAS • Ruth TENNANT • Eugene MCNALLY • Marti DHESI • Caroline WHITEHEAD • Michelle WILDER • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Anthony CLAYDON • Paul RUTTER • Peter WILLIS • Jamie ROBINSON • Martin BENNETT • Stephen TRAYNOR • Kevin MCKEEVER • Alison CHANTREY • Joe CHANTREY • Adam STRATH • Jeremy POPE • Sue STOCKBRIDGE • Martin CARTY • Tejay DE KRETSER • James WARRINGTON • Mandy BARNETT • Chris DAVISON • Peter CROWLEY • Anne LOVE • Annie BRYAN • Pat BUSH • Georgie ACTON • Jill COATES • James MOFFATT
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 Susie TAWNEY who recorded 103.66% (18:12) on 29th December 2018 (event number 404).
Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 14,914 participants have completed 128,310 parkruns covering a total distance of 641,550 km, including 21,302 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,456 individuals have volunteered 9,113 times.

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