welcome to the newsletter
In this week’s newsletter adidas win awards, PruHealth with Vitality’s Faces keep going, Sweatshop open a new store, Chris Davies prepares for a PB, we make it easier for you to opt-in and I get trumped for content.
On Monday evening we held our first ever ‘friends of parkrun’ dinner at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by the wonderfully hospitable triathlete and committed marathoner Brandon Lewis MP... and up until five minutes ago that was to provide the content for this week’s ramblings. Unfortunately for me Chrissie Wellington beat me to it and having just read this week’s junior newsletter I’d thoroughly recommend popping over there if you haven’t done so already.
That does of course leave me rather short on material, especially as being on my second week of paternity leave I’m about as out of the loop as I get. Having said that… a quick look at the bottom of our website shows that UK parkrunners have completed 4,985,264 runs to date, which means that at some point this Saturday morning we’ll see our five millionth run performance… or 25 million kilometres total distance covered! Wow!
Now, if you’ve already run a parkrun then give yourself a huge high five for being part of an amazing journey. If you’re reading this and you haven’t yet plucked up the courage then perhaps now’s the moment to print out your barcode and head down to your local event? Wouldn’t it be cool to say you helped make that happen!
Boost wins Runner’s World Awards
News hot off the press! Runner’s World has recently named adidas’ adios Boost 2 with the Editor’s Choice Award and the Supernova Sequence with the Best Update Award.
Runner’s World explained, “it’s sometimes difficult to pick the winner of our top gong, but not on this occasion - the adios Boost 2 romped home. The impressive Boost midsole foam gives exceptional energy return and a real feeling that you’re bouncing along like Tigger. It’s stripped back and feels like a proper racing shoe, although the cushioning is more than good enough for longer runs - and our lab rated it among the most flexible shoes on test. Bottom Line - cushioning, speed and support in one impressive package.”
The compliments kept coming from Runner’s World as they summed up adidas’ Supernova Sequence, stating “the Sequence series is favoured by over pronating runners who want support without sacrificing responsiveness. With this shoe adidas has improved that trait. It has dropped weight, lowered the heel drop from 10mm to 8mm, introduced its impressive Boost midsole foam and switched the pronation support from a medial post to a semi-rigid plastic wrap. This curves around the outside of the shoe and under the arch - giving support to those who need it. Bottom Line - a supportive shoe for runners of all sizes.”
Good news as they’ve also been named the Official racing and support training shoes for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015.
Don’t miss your chance to run in anything less than the best. Find your #boost at adidas.co.uk/boost today.
The adidas running team.
five weeks to go
Our ‘Face of Vitality Oxford Half Marathoners’ are now three weeks deep into their training. They are gaining great running momentum and are determined to push themselves further.
“I know I can currently do eight miles without too much trouble. Even if I do just one mile extra per week, I’m there. But I really do need to get some long, slow runs in again, so I get used to running that distance, it becomes ‘the norm’ and I can concentrate on getting my pace faster.” - Simon
“I have found the running hard this week but adding in the variety has really helped me remain positive - ‘Let optimism Rule!’ Another good quote for this week is “Exercise has been known to cause health and happiness” - Frances
Frances and Simon’s journey continues to the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon. Read their blog here.
Do you want to achieve a half marathon goal?
There’s still time to enter the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon! Make sure you don’t miss out and register today.
The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon is part of the Vitality Run Series, a new running series featuring eight of the UK’s most exciting running events, brought to you by PruHealth with Vitality. Get active and take on a new challenge, run one, run two or run all six remaining races in the Series. Find out more at vitality.co.uk.
Sweatshop opens in Peterborough this weekend
We’re delighted to be adding to our nationwide network with a new store in Peterborough which opens on Friday the 12th of September.
Come run with us across the country as well as in Peterborough where you can see the Sweatshop Running Community pounding the streets as part of our free weekly running groups. These runs operate across all of our stores during the week so they’re a great way to get another 5k run in between parkruns.
Free of charge and with rewards for running, we cater for all abilities with groups led by qualified Run England run leaders and after five runs you’ll get a free technical running t-shirt too. Members also benefit from special training events, talks and product previews. Join us here.
Did you spot the tweak to the volunteer thanks and result emails at the weekend inviting you to ‘opt-in’ if you hadn’t already? Evidently 2,000+ parkrunners did and as a result have already opted in to receive volunteer news and appeals from the event they attended on parkrunday.
You can opt-in to receive volunteer emails from multiple events via the ‘manage my profile’ button which can be accessed via your results email or the email version of the newsletter. Why limit yourself to volunteering at one parkrun!
Here are this week’s summary statistics for parkrun UK:
Number of runners - 51,837
Number of volunteers - 4,550
Number of first timers - 7,181
Number of PBs - 10,903
feedback from the field
Let us know if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners
Hi parkrun UK
On Saturday a very proud core team will be hosting Yeovil Montacute parkrun’s first birthday. A very big thank you to all the runners who stuck with us when our course was waterlogged for eight weeks at the start of the year and who keep coming back week after week to make such a cracking event! We are very lucky that the National Trust let us play in the fabulous Montacute House grounds each week which looks amazing from all angles.
Hi parkrun UK
Thank you to all the volunteers and runners who helped when my 12-year-old daughter Amy was taken ill at Fountains Abbey parkrun on the 30th of August. Amy pulled out after one lap complaining of chest pains and breathing difficulties, she was then assisted at the finish area. Adam the Run Director ran back down the course to tell me what had happened, from there with the help of various people we were able to get Amy away from the site and on the way to hospital. After an X-ray she was diagnosed with a collapsed lung and spent three days in hospital. I'm happy to report that she has made a full recovery.
Hi parkrun UK
At Wimbledon Common parkrun on the 30th of August, as a parkrun tourist from Bushy Park, I was finishing my run when I was viciously attacked by a swarm of hornets. Stupidly I was running without my EpiPen as I have had an allergic reaction in the past. This is a lesson to all who may get complacent about this as I had done! The swift actions of the man who bravely helped me on the path as well as the volunteers meant I received the treatment I needed in the ambulance and at hospital. My heartfelt thanks to those who came to my aid and best wishes to others who were stung.
Hi parkrun UK
I've missed Cross Flatts parkrun for the past three weeks due to my holiday in Majorca but managed to keep up my fitness by running each day. One beautiful morning I was running along the seafront in Port Soller when I ran past a fellow parkrunner wearing a 50 Club t-shirt. “Go parkrunner” I shouted as she passed me in the opposite direction. It was great to see a member of our wonderful community whilst abroad.
Hi parkrun UK
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Comber parkrun for making myself and my two sons, aged 13 and eight, feel so welcome last weekend. We were visiting family and decided to drop by for a run in the sun when away from our local parkrun at Wythenshawe. Several people came over to greet us, talk to us and then cheer us on. Afterwards there were photos and tea. It is a lovely set up and we will definitely be back when we are next over.
Hi parkrun UK
At Newcastle parkrun we celebrated Eric Appleby completing 200 parkruns at the age of 82. Eric was an outstanding veteran runner in his day, competing for England on seven occasions and achieving many British records in his age group. Eric joined Newcastle parkrun at the age of 78 in 2010 and has a PB of 26:18. At the finish line Eric was accompanied by his niece from Australia with a vanguard of runners from his club Heaton Harriers. Eric says that running makes him feel alive. With cakes and cards we all celebrated Eric's great achievement and look forward to him achieving his next target of 250 parkruns. We are proud that Eric is part of our parkrun family.
Hi parkrun UK
I wanted to thank parkrun for enabling unexpected things to happen. My daughter is now looking forward to her 50 Club t-shirt that she achieved just before her eighth birthday. The Ally Pally parkrun people make a huge difference and have quietly encouraged her to keep going. Originally I never dreamed that she could do 5k, let alone 50 of them!
Hi parkrun UK
I’ve just been camping with friends in the New Forest and I was delighted to discover parkrun was on the doorstep. Having left my family at the campsite I headed off to run to parkrun. It was further than anticipated and I was cutting it fine. I saw a car stop and assumed they would ask for directions. Wrong, I was asked if I was a parkrunner and wanted a lift! I took my chances as he didn't look dangerous and had a nice chat with Mike who turned out to be a volunteer. Brockenhurst parkrun is much smaller in attendance than my usual parkrun at Milton Keynes but has the same nice friendly feel. Running back I was joined by a fellow parkrun tourist. That is just what I love about parkrun, inclusive and welcoming to all.
Hi parkrun UK
In 2012 I ran my first parkrun at Pontefract. My ambitions included not to embarrass myself in front of a bunch of finely tuned, honed to perfection Olympic-standard Adonises. Now I’ve pushed on so I'll receive the coveted black 100 t-shirt in October. Recently my 10-year-old son asked if he could join me. As an asthma sufferer Charlie finds 5k a huge test. My assurances that he wouldn’t be last, would be allowed to walk and that someone would wait at the finish worked. I was 12 minutes slower than my usual time but a little humility can be good. Thanks to all the volunteers and runners at Ponte Carlo!
Hi parkrun UK
A few years ago I was encouraged to go along to the new parkrun that was starting at Pennington Flash. I was very dubious as I am a very slow runner. I have a heart condition which requires a pacemaker but I needn't have worried as they welcomed me and encouraged me around. I have made so many wonderful friends and been given so much confidence from doing parkrun that I have entered 10k races, a trail run and just completed the Great North Run and my parkrun family have been there to support me every step of the way. My husband and son now run parkrun regularly after seeing how much I enjoyed it. Thank you parkrun family.
parkrunner of the week
Name: Charlotte Corrigan
Club: Hyndburn Athletics Club
Home parkrun: Burnley
Occupation: School pupil
Number of runs: 11
Favourite volunteer role: Haven’t volunteered just yet but definitely will do soon!
What do you do at parkruns: I always try my best to improve my PB but I also like chatting to people. I have encouraged my mum to take part and she's very glad that I did because she's started to lose weight and get fit.
How has parkrun changed your running: I have joined a running club and got my Uncle Robin to come with me! I also came 1st at my school’s games 600 metres.
What do you like about parkrun: The sense of community spirit and the lovely volunteers.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: When I was running around with my Uncle Robin and I swallowed three flies.