Due to thick snow and ice we have cancelled the above event
Run Report Thanks to Dave Bullock
An overcast day on Longrun Meadow saw 377 people run and jog the 2 lap course. We welcomed 32 first timers today, with visitors from Bristol, Reading, Lincoln and South Africa. We hope you enjoyed running in the meadow and that we see you again. I am sure we will have more new runners soon as I noticed Taunton Running club had 51 people on their couch to 5k group that started this week. Impressive well done TRC. I know also that Taunton Running Forever also have a beginners group and they have been seen testing themselves at parkrun. Keep up the good work both clubs
The conditions must have been good today as 84 of you recorded new Personal Bests. For the majority this is what parkrun is all about. It’s not a race, it’s a social timed run in the park. The only real competition is against yourself. A mental battle, testing how far you are prepared to push your physical boundaries. Some days you feel good and don’t run how you want to. Other days you don’t feel great, you relax and run better. Personally I have failed to feel good and run the time I want. I think it may be age!!! A special mention must go to Joe Wharton who celebrated his 100th parkrun with a PB with an impressive time of 19:59. Joe has really embraced parkrun, as has the rest of his family. They have also volunteered on a regular basis. Thanks Joe for the chocolates, but more importantly the “Thank You” card given to the Core team. Really appreciated the kind words and it makes all the effort worthwhile.
Other PB’s today came from the following. It gets harder to get a PB when you have run a lot of times so the following PB’s are for those who have run over 10 times. They are also listed in order of who has run the most. So well done to: Louise Mackley 27:48, David Edwards 18:20, Clive Linththorne 27:23, Amy Wills 25:46, Joe Orme 18:21, Carl Moppett 24:12, Lisa Windsor 31:43, Iain Gibson 26:24, Milly Wingfield 28:48, Daniel Gibson 19:21, Jeannette Street 31:34, Edward Herbert 22:44, Simon Green 23:55, Lucy Knight 26:50, Emma Kiernan 19:38, Harriet Kelly 23:29, Gareth Parsons 31:46, Karen Dockings 25:16, Darren Purchase 31:55, Jason Louis 19:49, Emma Studd 22:57, Lucy Halford 28:43, Paula Bisatt 35:43, George Gilham 21:01, Ashley Dingle 27:29, Brianna Chapple-Hyam 28:31, Jemma Crowhurst 36:56, Megan Atkinson 25:17, Rebecca Santiago 34:05, Matt Jones 23:55, Cathrine Sharland 29:28, Dorcas Hanson 30:12, Andy Nation 20:45, Rohan Narang 29:01, Sunil Narang 29:02, Emily Severn 39:23, Percy Edwards 24:54, Louisa Ridgley 29:10, Mel Huggins 30:18, Kaye Frounks 36:50,
All of you guys couldn’t achieve your PB’s and the rest of us could not have run today if it was not for those that gave up their time to volunteer. They are my unsung heroes, so a huge thanks you to Andy George, Barry Holder, Bridget Norris, Caroline Barratt, Christine Walton, Claire Martin, Derek White, Georgina Osmond, Jan Burton, John Ward, Martin Boizot, Mike Cadman, Miles Pearce Nic Monteiro, Nick Morris, Peter Williams, Sandra Williams and Sean Walton. If you have not volunteered yet why not sign up on the scanning table on Saturdays. If we all could volunteer every 20 times you run then the regulars can run more! The jobs aren’t difficult, they just require a bit of your time. Their first job this morning was to sort our new finish tokens. Some were not scanning well, by the lack of emails so far I think the new ones have worked well!!!
Thanks also to those that spent an hour on Friday putting bark chippings around the finish and the walk to the scanning table. Thanks to the DLO for sorting it, thanks Barry Holder and Craig Whitemore.
We are trying to conquer the muddy straight next week on Friday 24th 2pm start. If you can help and give us a hour or two to shift more bark shippings then it would be really appreciated. The more the merrier. If you have a wheelbarrow then bring it along, if you have a dumper truck I could kiss you!! You can park by the double gates on field 4
For those interested about the speedy runners and who did cross the line first the for the men William Collins 17:14, the 2nd runner forgot their barcode, ever present Marcus Albano crossed the line 3rd in 17:57. For the ladies: Emma Kieran 19:38, Sophia Wilson 21:03 and Samantha Wharton 21:08. A special mention must go to 10 year old Ryan Reed who ran 19:31 today
As I mentioned in my Run brief this morning, last night I was at the pub. I know it’s hard to believe for such a highly tuned athlete!! However a friend asked “So what this parkrun all about to make you turn up every week?”
For me and the reason why I got involved to set the event up some 3 .5 years ago was that’s it’s about the people. I was chatting today and 2 people said they love parkrun more for the social side than the run itself.
The first group of people are those that want to be physically active to improve their health and wellbeing. parkrun is inclusive, nobody is judging you even if you think your bum is a bit big or your beer belly has made your “six-pack” go south!! Yes, it’s impressive to see some of our athletes run around our 5k course in 17-20mins however I am inspired more by those who complete the course in 40 – 55 mins. Most would not describe themselves as runners and some may struggle to get around, but what is great is that they come back for more in an attempt to improve and get a PB. If I was sad enough to sit down and count, I could probably draw up a list of 200+ people who have started as non-runners, caught the bug, joined a club like Taunton Running Club, Taunton Running Forever, Taunton Athletics club or the Quantock Harriers and now run 10k’s, half marathons or even marathons. I am highlighting Kirsti Nelson and Ali Wassey are great examples, but really to congratulate them for their mad idea along with Duncan Gordon to run 4 half marathons in 4 weeks raising money for Charity. One down and 3 to go, good luck tomorrow
parkun is also inclusive of age. We have had a 4 year complete the course as well as an 84 year old. So the second group are the ever present people who have caught the parkrun bug like my hero Tom Moore. I won’t be rude and give away Toms age but he is in the final year of the 70-74 age group category!!. He started parkrun when Longrun started and now has run 174 parkruns, 159 of them at Longrun Meadow. Everyone has been run with a smile on his face and I think the only ones he has missed in 3.5 years are the ones where he has volunteered or been away. If he has been away he has made sure he has found a local run to take part in. Tom has also attended all the bark chippings spreading sessions.
The third group are those with a big heart who love the social side of parkrun and find it just as or even more rewarding to volunteer rather than run. They are happy to give something back to the community so you all can run. parkrun can’t operate without volunteers and thanks to the 750+ of you that actually have given up your Saturday mornings. Please don’t hesitate to volunteer by emailing Longrunmeadowhelpers@parkrun.com with your availability. A special thanks must go to stalwarts Jamie Hill and Jan Burton who are in the 100 club. However a special mention goes to our resident photographer Mike Cadman who is ever present to take those great photos many of you have said they love to see. What makes him turn up every week? I think it’s being part of the parkrun family!
A special thanks you also to the 18 volunteers who spent about 90 minutes yesterday afternoon to load, wheelbarrow and spread bark chippings on the muddy straight. Thanks also to the Taunton Deane DLO for providing them
Ok enough of the above what happened today? This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 recorded new Personal Bests. The event was made possible by 20 volunteers. We had visitors from Hull, London and ????, I hope you enjoyed the course. 29 were first timers and we hope you come back on a regular basis
Congratulations to the following who got PB’s today. Rhys HATHERALL, Joe ORME, Oli BURTCHAELL, Chris MERCER, Jo KEOGAN, Brian BANDYSZEWSKI, Elen FALKINGHAM, Ginnie BAKER, Edgar BILLETT, Mark BYSOUTH, Sue ENGLAND, Chris JONES, Andrew MOUNTSTEPHENS, Ursula GREEN, Steve UPHAM, Robert TURNER, Ian POTTER, Kerry NGAO, Karen LUCK-MARKS, Gill TAUNTON, Corrie SIMMONS, Carys FORD, John EDWARDS, Aaron BISGROVE, Adrian WILLOUGHBY, Jo LOWE, Megan SMITH, Gemma MORGAN, Sarah MCFADZEAN, Anna MCFADZEAN, Clare MCFADZEAN, Seth MOUNTSTEPHENS, Fenton COURT, Clare BARLOW, Emily SIMMONS, Ben ARMSTRONG, Helen ROBSON, Lauren DEVONPORT, Andy GEORGE, Lucy BYRNE, Laura ATTEWELL, Elsa MEDIN-MOPPETT, Brianna CHAPPLE-HYAM, Rosie ARMSTRONG, Helen ARMSTRONG, Milly WINGFIELD, Deb STANFIELD, Alex FERGIE, Katy ENRIQUEZ, Iris MEDIN-MOPPETT, Lucy COLLINGS, Cathy COLLINGS, Lee LAWRENCE, Ellie DRAGONETTI, Sian DRAGONETTI, Samantha NORMAN, Jeannette STREET, Gareth PARSONS
Congratulations to Miles Pearce for joining the 50 club today and thanks for the cakes
For those who are interested in who does well Hannah Taunton, was first (first overall) over the line in 17:34, Kirstie Booth, was second (6th overall) over the line in 19:03. Caroline Norris was third (25th overall) over the line in 20:54. Marcus Albano, was first (second overall) over the line in 18:15 Matthew Evans was second (third overall) over the line in 18:44 with Craig Whitemore was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:48.
See you next week
From a misty start we saw the sun welcome 327 hardy souls to Longrun Meadow for a puddle strewn parkrun.
We welcomed runners from Salisbury, Exeter, Suffolk, Northampton, Leicester, Bognor Regis, Milton Keynes and Barking. We also welcomed Gareth Rexworthy, Harrow who chose to run his tenth parkrun at Longrun Meadow.
Your RD for today Nic Monteiro reminded us that February 11th will see our Valentine themed fancy dress. Themes are red, hearts, flowers, cupid ….
Another reminder that next week February 4th we will have pacers running for the first time. The aim being to encourage those new to running, to start or to up their pace a little. Kirk Shepherd will be leading the pacers. Let me know if you want to volunteer as a pacer.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Claire Allison, Josh Alvarez, Caroline Barratt, Michael Cadman, Kristiana Carrington, Kevin Dunn, Zoey Elston, Jamie Hill, Hannah Linton, Alexandra Linton, Yvonne Loat, Ed Loat, Nik Matravers, Nic Monteiro, Ian Newsham, Michelle Owen, Miles Pearce, Alison Wasey, Philip West, Kevin Willcocks, Liz Williams
If you’d like to volunteer please email in to firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you once again to the scouts for providing tea and coffee at such reasonable prices, much appreciated in these colder months.
Today’s first to cross the line was Arthur Pease (JM11-14) of Avon Valley Runners, in 17:39 his first appearance at Longrun Meadow. Hot on his heels was Eliot Haimes (VM35-39) in 17:55. Eliot has been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.
Marcus Albano (VM35-39) of CSSC Sports & Leisure, was third over the line in 18:27.
For the ladie’s Kirstie Booth (VW35-39) of Taunton AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 20:04.
Caroline Norris (SW30-34) of Pembrokeshire Harriers AAC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 20:14.
Elizabeth Heal (VW45-49) of Taunton AC, was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:50.
Of our 327 runners, 42 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different athletics clubs took part. Congratulations to all who got PBs today.
David Edwards 18:42, Scott Hunter 18:44, Richard Rowe 19:46, Max Earp 20.07, Andy Simmons 21:01, Spencer Earp 21:03, Julius Naim 21:08, Duncan Verel 21:41, Chris Wyatt 21:54, Jo Keogan 22:03, Rhys Hatherall 22:07, Darren Wakefield 22:39, Miranda Banwell 23:52, Josephine Currie 24:10, Tim MacDonald 24:24, Richard Toomey 24:38, Edgar Billett 24:58, Trevor Stow 25:02, Gary Barnes 25:27, Oscar Wadey 25:53, Adam Levine 26:16, Adrian Mcguinness 26:24, Joanne Langford 26:35, John Edwards 27:09, Rhys White 27:14, William Mackenzie 27:17, Michael Scott 27:36, Jana Smutna 28:19, Christopher Reah 28:20, Stuart Mackenzie 28:37, Zara Hunt 28:41, Seth Mountstephens 28:45, Andrew Crocombe 29:02, Megan Smith 29:03, Jack Lewis 29:33, Nick Sellick 29:34, Hannah Plowman 29:39, Laura Smith 29:47, Natalie Macdonald 30:45, Beth Greenslade 31:02, Sarah Venn 31:31, Karen Slade 31:33, Helen Robson 31:40, Anna White 32:17, Darren Wellman 32:28, Joanne Reah 32:59, Suzanna Horsfall 34:03, Olivia Mangnall 34:37, Rosy James 35:35, Lee Lawrence 38:17, Sharon Hayes 38:29, Samantha Sipthorpe 38:37, Bonnie Bow-Thompson 38:50, Martine Thurtle 41:01.
See you all when we do it all again next week.
Run report thanks to Dave Bullock
On a beautiful freezing and crisp morning 301 brave runners braved the elements to run the 2 lap Longrun Meadow course. Numbers have picked up in January with today being the 3rd consecutive week there has been over 300 runners. How long will many of you stick to your new year’s resolution?
Welcome to the 36 newcomers today, we hope you enjoyed our course and that you come back on a regular basis and get the parkrun bug. We had visitors today from
A special thank you to all the volunteers who wrapped up warm, and helped us out so we all could run. A couple of juniors today as well who looked a bit cold at the end. I hope you have thawed out now.
Congratulations to Graham Cartwright for completing his 50th parkrun today and to our regular juniors Zac and Milly Monteiro who celebrated their 14th Birthday today. The have run an impressive 136 & 128 parkruns respectively - respect
Again the reverse route proves to be popular, certainly helping with congestion at the start with large numbers allowing runners to get off to a faster start. 65 of us agreed with new Personal Bests. So hears the list of all those that have achieved a PB and have run Longrun 5 or more times. Janet Pollard, Wendy Kelvin, Hannah Taunton, Chris Fitzsimmons, Gill Taunton, Dave Bullock, Kirk Shepherd, Elizabeth Heal, Colin Robins, Mary Brown, Helen Rowe, Daniel Fowler, Paula Summerfield Walters, Sallie Durman, David Edwards, Scott Watkins, Richard Smith, Mark Always, Kat Perry, Rhys White, Sharon Hooper, George Sherwin, Stuart Vile, Rachel Nicholls, Andy George, Joanne Langford, Samantha Key, Shirley Yuan, Nicole Orme, Marc Arscott, Darren Wakefield, Mark Bysouth, Kevin Stratton, Karen Curtis, David Pomeroy, Chris Mercer, Paul Green, Sadie Ellison, Naomi Moore, Thomas Greenslade, Shelley Clothier, Emma Kiernan, Adam Levine, Rowan Sheppard, Millicent Aspden, Megan Atkinson, Mark Gerrard, Kate Reed and Andrew Sheppard
For the women, Hannah Taunton of Taunton AC, was first over the line in 17:25 to gain a new PB. She is now only 5 seconds off the course record. Kirstie Booth of Taunton AC, was second over the line in 19:29. Emma Kiernan of Axe Valley Runners, was third over the line in 19:53. For the men, Robert Tuer of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first over the line in 17:04. Eliot Haimes was second over the line in 17:10. Scott Watkins of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:19
See you all next week
On a damp December morning 212 runners completed the 2 lap 5k course to start the weekend on a high. The numbers were a bit lower than normal but its par for December with all the Xmas parties and shopping to do!! We welcomed 13 were first timers, with tourists coming from Bromley, Bedford Lakes, London, Worcester, Chepstow. We hope to see you again.
With little wind 36 recorded new Personal Bests. So congratulations to Kate Drew, Chris Brown, Ben Wharton, Simon Malley, Paul Finnimore, Stephen Ponter, Michael Reep, Lloyd Taylor, Harriet Pryke, Miranda Banwell, Mark Kelly, Adam Bryant, Ben Dayer, Robert Turner, Anthony Denne, Mark Always, Stuart Vile, Alex Parris, Samuel Jordon, John Allaway, Steve Upham, Kate Reed, Peter Johnson, Alexandra Wade, Jon Scott, Andrea Medin, Samantha Key, Sallianne Green, Henry Pal, Karen Slade, Shelley Clothier, Nicky Smith, Carole Speed, Paul Green, Diana Violet, Ross Masters
For me what I love about parkrun is that we get people of all shapes and sizes and ages, just happy to run and not be judged. Today was no exception. We hope parkrun has motivated some to lead more active and healthier lifestyles. Today saw our 5,500 different runner take part, an amazing achievement
Today we had 2 birthday boys all in the veteran category, both an inspiration to all of us. I just hope I am still able to walk at 70, let alone run 5k. Joe Rowe celebrated his 70th Birthday and completed his 17th parkrun. Thanks for the cakes Joe. He even managed to get his clan run in canary yellow Norwich City Tops. Tom Moore, my hero is 74 today. He completed his 161st parkrun and only started when Longrun Meadow parkrun started just over 3 years ago. He has not missed many. Tom that’s a distance of 500 miles
We also had more cakes thanks to Bridget Norris who completed her 100th run today, dressed in her centurion hat. She was supported all the way around by her husband Tim and daughter Caroline. Jenny Sanderson also completed her 50th run today as well.
Thanks to all the volunteers who dedicated their time so we can all run. A special thanks from me to all of you have embraced the volunteering spirit. I noticed the roster was full for the next few weeks as well.
Just a reminder of the Christmas runs. The 24th December run will be our traditional fancy dress run so, come in your tinsel, hats and whatever tickle your fancy. No doubt there will be some prizes for the best outfit. We are also running on Christmas Day, 9.00am. Normally there is a great atmosphere, so come on down and start the day with a run and then have a guilt free day indulging on the festive fayre. We will also be running as normal on 31st December. The is no parkrun on new years day.
As for the run today if you want to know the placings, Hannah Taunton led the field home for the 2nd time. Male placings: Jonny Reep was first over the line in 18:23, Andrew Hanson was second over the line in 18:51, Rob Simon was third over the line in 18:58. Female placings: Hannah Taunton was first over the line in 17:46, Kate Drew was second over the line in 19:03, Harriet Pryke was third over the line in 22:45.
Off to do some shopping now – cant wait – NOT!
Good Afternoon fellow parkrunners
Thank You for coming we had 214 runners, Visitors from around the country (apologies having a blonde moment and can't remember where from) 35 PBs and 12 First Timers today. Running conditions were good no Muddy Puddles!!
Can not believe we are now in December, soon another parkrun Year over.... But Lots to look forward to including fancy dress and Christmas Day parkrun.. Great way to cl...ear your head and belly before the Christmas dinner hits..
parkrun wouldn't happen without our Lovely Volunteers, our photographers and most welcomed hot drink trolley! please check any free slots on the website
First man in today Rob Simon 19:02 second man Ian Salter 19:05 and third man Craig Whitemore 19:08
First lady in Caroline Norris 19:53 PB as well! Second lady Samantha Wharton 20:55 and Third lady Elizabeth Heal 22:54
Kevin Manning and Chris Sanders completed their 50th runs and Bod/Paul Matravers his 100th run... thank you for the chocolates x
Here goes the PB list... One day I hope to join you again lol..
Chris Sandersm Robert Squibb, Mawgen Andrew, Chris Mercer, Rob Brown, Oliver Powell, Jason Cook, Jason Nicholls, Graham Foster, Darren Wakefield, Tom Mercer, Becca Locke, Wendy Bowles, Adam Bryant, Ian Potter, Adam Tidmarsh, Stuart Vile, John Edwards, Gary Barnes, Adam Levine,Peter Johnson, Carl Moppett, Beth Wharton, Nikki Hill (remembered your barcode!) Darren Andrew, Sharon Tucker, Iain Russell, Nicola Price, Samantha Key, Nik Matravers, Shelley Clothier, Thomas Greenslade, Nicky Smith and Dawn Morton.... There all down! Always the fear the ipad will crash on me...
Enjoy the rest of your weekend whether it be Shopping, nights out or with your feet up! Hope to see you next week. Remember Junior parkrun tomorrow.
Bye for now
Afternoon fellow Parkrunners Welcome to this weeks report. Hope you all had a good start to the day with not too many getting wet feet. 214 Runners, visitors from Plymton (hope you enjoyed the hot chocolates) Burnham-on-sea, Preston and Wells.
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Plastic personal barcodes. Allows you to record emergency contact details and making a small contribution to parkrun costs. Ive seen them and as a barcode scanner at times to have that instead of a crumpled up sweaty barcode to scan would be a great help!
Volunteering is a great way to help out, make friends and have fun! Even being a TailRunner is a great way to take the pressure off running too slow or fast. Thanks to Emilie Janaway! Each week the volunteer sheets are out or do it online at email@example.com Also thank you to Bishops Hull Scout Group tea stand!
Big shout out goes to the Volunteer team this week who helped cut the flooded corner off and put gravel on potential trip hazards left behind from the bad weather at the start of the week.
1st Man in this week Gary Standinger 17:19 PB! 2nd man Rob Simon 18:50 and 3rd man Craig Whitemore 18:53
1st Lady Hannah Taunton 17:30 thats 11 seconds faster than your last PB. Now was it due to a good night out or your new hair style?! 2nd Caroline Norris 20:27 3rd lady Samantha Wharton 22:20 Brilliant effort everyone one.
We had 14 First Timers and 36 PBs...... Amazing effort to gain it whether its your 3rd run to your 122nd. The PB list of fame...
Paul Green, Leanne Taylor, Stephanie Smith, Nik Matravers, Genna Burnard, Andy George, Iris Medin-Moppetr, Sophie Barrett, Clare Barlow, Tara Gale, Jon Scott, Lisa Howes, Adam Levine, Gary Barnes, Philip West, Aaron Bisgrove, John Edwards, Stuart Vile, Steve Upham, Vicky Hanna, Lorraine Ayres, Christine Walton, Ben Dayer, Nicola Carter, Ian Potter, Robert Turner, Wendy Margrett, Naomi Moore, Becky Laver, Norman Ngao, James Stone, Graham Foster, Robert Squibb, Adam O'Shea, Ian Salter and the some of the top 3 men and woman.
Welcome back this week to Rob Odams who has survived a horrific crash and recovered enough to run again!
Next week is the start of December!! Hope everyone is looking forward to the festive season. No my tree is not going up until December! Looking forward to seeing you all next week. Remember Jnr Parkrun tomorrow!
Happy parkrun day! There is much to report this week …
It was cold and wet today, at least at the start. It obviously warmed up as many runners discarded their outer layers after the first lap. 243 runners took part today, including 16 new to parkrun, and visitors to Longrun Meadow from Carlisle, Hull, Plymouth, Brighton, Isle of Wight …. Welcome all! I am sure there were newcomers among the “unknowns” too, so welcome to you too – try and bring a barcode next time.
For the first time (as far as I can discover) the first runner over the finish line was female. Hannah Taunton came in once again under 18 mins – at 17:45 despite the puddles she was only 4 seconds off her pb. Well done Hannah, you keep amazing us!
Second today, and first male, was Chris Hamilton in 18:04, followed by Elliot Haimes (18:37). Second female was Emma Kiernan (20:09) while Sophia Wilson was third lady in 20:47. Congratulations on your pb, Sophia.
I counted 18 pbs today, including (to mention just a few) Matthew Harker, Robert Turner, Nicole Wyatt, Heather Mayne, Andy George, Michael Threlfall, Steve Upham and Nat Prowse (who took a whole minute off the previous pb and is now so close to going under 30 mins). Great running everyone!
Before the start, Dave thanked those who had donated to help buy the new defibrillator, which is now available for use. Of course, we hope it will never be needed, but if it is it could well save a life. The core team will be trained to use it.
One milestone that we know of – Ella Pal ran her 50th parkrun today. Very well done, Ella! We said happy birthday to Becky, who ran today.
A bout of Somerset Malingering Plague meant that I was unfit for anything more energetic than drinking hot chocolate and taking a turn with the cow bell. It was lovely to support the runners, and I am sure the fresh air helped. It’s also nice to feel involved, which is one good reason to volunteer occasionally. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the Oak Barn each week, or you can visit the website to check the roster, then email firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, a big thank you to all the volunteers without whom parkrun can’t take place.
The hot chocolate was provided by Bishops Lydeard Scouts from their individually custom-built tea trolley. Hot choc, tea and coffee are all a very reasonable 50p, except for their exciting new special – hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles for £1. Check out Kev’s photo in this week’s album.
See you next week!
Longrun Meadow parkrun welcomed 37 first timer today with tourists coming from Little Stoke, Coventry, Cardiff, Pontypridd and the home of parkrun – Bushy Park. We hoped you enjoyed Longrun
You cannot run without volunteers so thank you for all those who gave up their time so you could run. It was great to see a couple of juniors helping out today. Jack Odams will be a regular for a few weeks as he completes his Duke of Edinburghs award. Alicia Andrews volunteered as she was injured. None of the jobs are daunting so if you have not volunteered yet they why don’t you sign the volunteer sheet on run day or email Longrunmeadowhelpers@parkrun.com with your availability.
268 runners complete the 5K course today, with a couple more starting their parkrun journey by completing 1 lap. The conditions were ideal for running this morning with 59 runners making the most of cool, sunny and windless conditions as they recorded a PB. A special mention must go to Andy George who I spoke to after the run. He started running as he wanted to improve his health. He has now run 9 times, getting quicker each week to record 8 PB’s on the bounce. He said it has also helped him mentally as well.
I ran on Wednesday with Running Forever and I chatted to a GP about an article I read about the ease of prescribing a pill or the prescription of going on an exercise plan. The conclusion was although most doctors realise the benefits of exercise the limited 6-10 appointment time makes prescribing a pill the easy option as prescribing an exercise programme takes so much more time. The awkward conversation, the right exercise plan and the time required to follow it up. Personally getting the parkrun “bug” has helped me over the last 3 year. Apart from the 2 stone weight loss, I feel fitter, both physically and mentally. The Longrun Meadow parkrun family has really helped. I am sure a lot of you feel the same.
Anyhow back to the run today! Damn the little tackers are getting quick! Two Under 14’s in the first 3 to cross the line in the men’s standings. Lee Dart of Exeter Harriers, was first over the line in 17:34 and Tom Heal of Taunton AC third over the line in 17:38. Only Chris Hamilton second in 17:36 stopped the junior domination.
Junior power also came on top in the women’s standings with Under 14 Charlotte Brown of Taunton AC, was first over the line in 21:32. Emily Rowe was second over the line in 22:34. Sarah Capstick of Running Forever Running Club, was third over the line in 22:35
Just an update on what’s happening over Christmas. We will do our fancy dress parkrun on Saturday 17th December. I am sure we will have prizes for the most creative of you. We will also be running as normal on Saturday 24th December. For those who fancy 2 parkuns in 2 days we will also be running on Christmas Day 9.00am start. Saturday 31st December is also business as normal. At present we won’t be running on Sunday 1st December so that we don’t get in the way of junior parkrun. There is a slight possibility we could start at 10am and perhaps help the junior parkrun beforehand. We will keep you posted