Ofsted in Lycra – 7th July 2018

Saturday morning was a definite #loveparkrun moment for me. From arriving at Leamington, you could sense the parkrun spirit. Kevin Baskerville and the team at Leamington parkrun had been aware for a few weeks, that the parkrun ambassadors and head office staff were coming, but had kept the secret well.
The parkrun ambassadors were attending a conference at Warwick University and had chosen the Saturday morning run to be at Leamington parkrun. Kevin, Helen and the Core Team arrived early to set up the course before 6 coaches of 250 ambassadors boarded and headed for Leamington. There were also two groups of ambassadors that ran to Leamington from Coventry, one led by Chrissie Wellington.

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The ambassadors arrived at Leamington parkrun and entered into the park and could already feel the welcoming atmosphere. Amongst the 250 visitors from 9 countries, not only did we have the parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt and his wife Jo, but also British Triathlete and four time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, Chrissie Wellington; as well as Bruce Fordyce, the 9 times winner of Comrades. The visiting guest speaker for the weekend was Vassos Alexander, Sports presenter, who also attends his local parkrun with his family. Last year’s guest speaker, David Moorcroft OBE, former world record holder for 5000 metres, was also present. The ambassadors also brought along the singer from Friday night, Dawson, who ran his first ever parkrun and came third finisher in 18:41. He loved his first parkrun and I am told he will attend his local parkrun event.
Kevin Baskerville, Event Director gave a very humorous Run Brief and likened the arrival of so many ambassadors, to an Ofsted inspection. He greeted all of the attendees and recognised all of the volunteers, especially Tom, who was completing his Bronze D of E volunteering that morning.

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One of the Ambassadors has given Leamington an Ofsted rating of 1 (Outstanding).
There was a record attendance at Leamington this week with 764 taking part in running, jogging or walking the course, as well as 48 volunteers. This week’s high vis hero’s were :
Alison AINSWORTH • Amanda PARSONS • Asher GURAM • Ben PARSONS • Chris JONES • Clare HINTON • Colin BAILEY • Corinne MOSS • David CHANTREY • Eleanor NABNEY • Emma BISH • Eugene MCNALLY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Ian BEASLEY • Jeremy POPE • Jill COATES • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Julia FRY • Julia WHITE • Karen WEST • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Laia CARRERAS • Lily MINTY • Liz CLARKSON • Lori BASKERVILLE • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Madeline BRAITHWAITE • Malcolm FRY • Marie TIMMINS • Marti DHESI • Miranda GALLOWAY • Morgan NABNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Portia NABNEY • Rachel GOULD • Rebecca LONERGAN • Rosie CALE • Saty KANDOLA • Simon PERKIN • Stephen TRAYNOR • Stuart VAN DER BLIAKE • Susan WOO • Susie TAWNEY • Tejay DE KRETSER • Thomas WIMPENNY • Tim FILBY • Tommy O'MEARA • Trevor ROTHWELL

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The runners set off on a very hot and sunny day and were given high fives around the course by the marshals and welcomed back into the finish funnels by the Core team. Mrs Doyle in the kitchen was busy looking after everyone to make sure they were well hydrated and fed. A special thankyou to her comes from the Irish gang. Leamington parkrun has been described as “ A beautiful one lap course with very welcome shade, fabulous Marshalls and a big gold star to the volunteer who brought water to the scanning queue. Thank you for hosting us all”. Another said “ Everything a parkrun should be on a mega scale. Friendly, fun, nice course, great people, runners, walkers, families and great volunteers”. The only comment the ambassadors had was with regards to “the hill” ..."It’s not a hill, get over it”

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Leamington parkrun was a fantastic morning and all of the visiting ambassadors would like to thank the runners, the volunteers and the Core team for a friendly and fantastic atmosphere and thanks for taking the ambassador invasion in your stride. Many hope to return and run Leamington on another date.
Keep providing a great parkrun and helping to provide people with access to parkrun that is free forever for everyone, so that they can be healthier & happier.
Access to the photographs taken by Bruce Li can be accessed via https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmd4fkg
The video can be accessed via https://youtu.be/JyDCU-FBW3A
See you soon
Rachel Gould
Event Support Ambassador, West Midlands.

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Phew! That was a hot one!

Event number 379, 30th June 2018

It was a hot one this week at parkrun, but that didn’t stop a great crowd of people turning out to run. Of the 424 who ran, jogged and walked the course, 22 were first timers, there were representatives from 31 different running clubs, and despite the heat 58 people recorded new Personal Bests!

It was a good experience to be timekeeper this week, and to write my first run report. Thanks to everyone who took part and to all the 44 volunteers who make the parkrun possible (listed below).

See you next week
Tom

The 44 parkrun volunteers were:

Sharon LITTERICK • Malcolm FRY • Simon WEST • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca LONERGAN • Richard MINTY • David EVANS • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • Steven KNOWLES • David BARBER • Richard WALKER • Amanda PARSONS • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Victoria PHILLIPS • Catherine FRIGGENS • Jamie HANNA • Martin BENNETT • Steven TAYLOR • Sue MARTIN • Stu MARTIN • Stephen TRAYNOR • Thomas WIMPENNY • Francisco GOMES • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Alison CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Federico BOTTA • Matthew SANDERSON • Antonio ALMEIDA • Shawn GLADWIN • Pete CERTO • Raphaelle MILLER • Satty SINGH X • Paolo FOGLINO • Chris DAVISON • Lynn HUSSAIN • Melissa FARNWORTH • Georgie ACTON • Daniella RATTRAY • Jill COATES • Claire RATTRAY

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 93.07% (19:43) on 19th May 2018 (event number 373).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 13,617 participants have completed 116,392 parkruns covering a total distance of 581,960 km, including 19,852 new Personal Bests.

 

Leamington parkrun # 377

Saturday 16 June dawned damp and rainy – summer seemed to have deserted us after a couple of gloriously bright summer Saturday mornings recently; equally after the buzz of NHS Support Saturday, the build up to The Two Castles Run and the excitement and friendly competitiveness of the local running clubs’ day, the vibe at Newbold Comyn started off a little subdued compared with previous weeks. However, as the runners gathered and the clouds lightened, a strong crowd of 508 runners amassed, including 25 first timers completely new to parkrun and in addition 23 people new to Leamington parkrun. And there were several landmark milestone runs and birthdays to celebrate at Leamington parkrun number 377: Alison Gibbons, Malcolm Sedgley, Craig Buckley and James Selley were all running their 50th runs and junior, Daniel Vernon, was running his 10th run. Despite the overnight rain, the summer course was firm and dry, there were no puddles to be avoided/run through and the summer undergrowth and brambles were not yet leaning too far out across the route. And most importantly of all the rain held off!

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Baby's first parkrun

I was running parkrun this week after a long 4 hour tennis match for Leamington Tennis Club the night before away at local rivals Beechwood in Coventry, with each of our two games going to a 3rd set deciding Champions Tie-break (first to 10 points with a 2 point lead). I wasn’t feeling my best and felt like I had little energy in the tank. However, I persevered and got around the Leamington course in an OK time, not my best but certainly not my worst either. What’s more the morning run had energised me, given me a landmark run to be proud of (my 75th Leamington parkrun, my 83rd overall), set me up for the day, and given me a chance to chat to lots of friends both before and after the run, as well as allowing me to not feel guilty about having a pastry with my morning coffee! This brought me to thinking what benefits running parkruns brings to players of other sports, and not just the obvious benefits of improving run times for our running club members. I have certainly noticed since starting to do parkrun that I have more stamina and determination for those long evening tennis matches (mental resilience is certainly needed for running, especially when facing our hill each week!) and as well as the obvious benefits of speed around the tennis court and the ability to get to those short balls that your opponents do not think you are going to reach!
We’d be interested to know what benefits players of other sports notice once they start park running, not just limited to tennis.

Do find the post on our Facebook page and let us know your experience of the positive impact parkrun has had on your sports play. Simon Packman has already posted to tell us that since he has been regularly running parkrun over the last 6 months he has seen an improvement in his performance at both Mountain Biking and Swimming, lost over 4kg in weight and has measured a massive improvement in his VO2 max.
So, all in all Leamington park run number 377 was its usual friendly, uplifting and rewarding self – with 88 Personal Bests achieved, including by Kevin Baskerville on his 218th run – there’s determination and perseverance in action from one of our Run Directors! We will all have come away refreshed and energised and ready to take on whatever the weekend held for us!

See you all again next week for number 378!

Laura

Here are this week's stats:

This week 508 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Michael BARKER • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Julia FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Ben PHILLIPS • Kersti O'MALLEY • John W SMITH • Jonathan GRANT • Pippa SMART • Thomas PRICE • Sean WARREN • Catherine FRIGGENS • Chris MCKEOWN • Duncan ROBERTSON • Jasmine PHILLIPS • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Claire RAWBONE • Lily MINTY • Amy HARTILL • Steph TALLENT • Tejay DE KRETSER • Paolo FOGLINO • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Ross MCISAAC • Annie BRYAN • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Mark EHLINGER • Caroline CRAVEN • Tom BLACKMORE • Jill COATES • Katie ALCOCK • Sam CRAVEN

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 93.07% (19:43) on 19th May 2018 (event number 373).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 13,536 participants have completed 115,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 577,060 km, including 19,703 new Personal Bests.

 

Leamington Parkrun Event Number 377 – 16th June 2018

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Event number 377
16th June 2018

This week 508 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Michael BARKER • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Julia FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Ben PHILLIPS • Kersti O'MALLEY • John W SMITH • Jonathan GRANT • Pippa SMART • Thomas PRICE • Sean WARREN • Catherine FRIGGENS • Chris MCKEOWN • Duncan ROBERTSON • Jasmine PHILLIPS • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Claire RAWBONE • Lily MINTY • Amy HARTILL • Steph TALLENT • Tejay DE KRETSER • Paolo FOGLINO • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Ross MCISAAC • Annie BRYAN • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Mark EHLINGER • Caroline CRAVEN • Tom BLACKMORE • Jill COATES • Katie ALCOCK • Sam CRAVEN

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 93.07% (19:43) on 19th May 2018 (event number 373).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 13,536 participants have completed 115,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 577,060 km, including 19,703 new Personal Bests.

 

Leamington parkrun celebrates 70 years of the NHS and says thank you.

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This week 473 people joined us as we took the opportunity to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. Many of us have stories to tell and lives to thank the NHS for. MP Matt Western joined us to celebrate how important the NHS is to all of us and the brilliant job everyone who works in it does (including a good few who are part of our own parkrun). We also had our own flying nurse as Harriet headed for the finish line in her nurses uniform, well done Harriet!

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Of the the 473 people who ran, jogged and walked the course we had 36 who were first timers and 98 recorded Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different running clubs took part.

Well done to juniors Thomas Heath and Finley Crane for reaching your 10th Milestone, Jacob and Aubrey Van Zyl for reaching your 50th and Adrian Maybe and Josie Smart for reaching your 100th milestones. It’s fantastic to see the number of milestone t-shirts en-route and the volunteers at the start, along the route, at the finish line and in Mrs Doyle’s cafe. If you can volunteer please do as the race isn’t possible without those who give up their time.

We’ve been very privileged to write this week’s run report, our first and hopefully not our last.

See you on Saturday,

Tejay and Joseph, 13,777,724th and 42,777,506th babies welcomed into the world by the NHS

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The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Malcolm FRY • Richard WHITEHEAD • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Liz SALTER • Caroline WHITEHEAD • Caroline PACK • Simon PERKIN • Joshua James FARRELL • John W SMITH • Jonathan GRANT • Susan BULL • Megan EASTAUGH • Pippa SMART • Rosie CALE • Stephen TRAYNOR • Kate HIPKIN • Thomas WIMPENNY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Alison CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Lily MINTY • Jeremy POPE • Paul KIRBY • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Satty SINGH X • James HARWOOD • Elizabeth STONE • Tejay DE KRETSER • Lynn HUSSAIN • Kate MORSE • Alex BEAN • Naomi MORSE • Sarah BROCKBANK • Chloe MORSE • Laia CARRERAS • Malissa WEATHERBY • Jill COATES • Joseph WARRINGTON

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 93.07% (19:43) on 19th May 2018 (event number 373).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 13,488 participants have completed 114,904 parkruns covering a total distance of 574,520 km, including 19,615 new Personal Bests.

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