weekly newsletter – 17th November 2011


Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this weeks newsletter I talk about personal bests, reflect on the success of the current VLM competition and welcome our first ever Roundhay parkrunner of the week.
I was having an interesting chat with our sponsors recently and we were reviewing some aspects of the last few years at parkrun. One of our sponsors said to me that everyone who runs at parkrun is chasing a PB. At first I wanted to argue with him but then the more I thought about it the more I found myself agreeing with him.
He said “Its all about your own quick!”. That is what everyone is interested in. He wasn’t talking about the folks who race every week or those who qualify to be star quality athletes. He was reflecting on every single person who dons a pair of running shoes and makes their way to a parkrun on Saturday morning.
No matter how fit you are, how old you are or what your current condition is, when you line up at a parkrun, the chances are that you are interested in doing the best you can on that day. You may not be able to do as well as you did last year but you are sure going to give it a try. We stand at the start slightly nervous about the prospect of running a quick one. And the thing is, it’s your quick, being the best you can be, that really matters.
In parkrun terms this all boils down to PB’s! We all want to know as soon as we can after the event if our effort has been worth it. Did we PB or not? Assuming you are like me and a bit impatient then sign up for the parkrun text service and you will get your result before you get home most days. The difficult thing for most of us is that as we get older it becomes more difficult or indeed sometimes impossible to achieve a PB and that’s when substituting Age Grading as a measure has its value. Thanks for Age Grading.
Reviewing your achievements at last weeks events, just over 13,000 runners took in a parkrun and 23% of you achieved a parkrun PB. So far this year there have been over 100,000 personal bests achieved. That’s a quarter of all runs this year! You are all amazing. Well done.
This week saw the start of a competition lasting three weeks offering you a chance to win a place at the VLM with adidas. This was covered in last week’s newsletter and can be found here for those who missed it. When planning this competition I had a good feeling that this opportunity would get taken up by many of you and I was not wrong. So far this week we have received 1,500 entries. The great thing is that you now have two more chances to win. To qualify you need to take part in a parkrun, either as a runner or a volunteer, either this week or next, respond to the link in the email and you will be in with a chance to win.
If you entered the VLM competition and want to find out who the winner is then we will post the result on our Facebook page on Friday after lunch each week. We will also include the names of the winners in the following week's newsletter.
Thanks to Vanessa, Gareth and everyone else at Milton Keynes parkrun who looked after Jo and I last weekend. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take part in the run but Jo said she really enjoyed the zig-zag (you have to experience this to know what I mean). It was great to see so many wonderful parkrunners and to spend some time at the world’s most beautiful parkrun! (as voted on the the parkrun show).
Did you see what happened at Brighton & Hove last weekend? A record 442 parkrunners turned up for a jog in the park. That’s seriously large. Now I’ve been to Brighton parkrun a few times and I know how special the park, the café and the volunteers are but surely it’s now time to spawn another parkrun in Brighton? Any takers? Other events experiencing a surge in numbers included Hull, Milton Keynes, Poole, Huddersfield, Medina Isle of Wight, Inverness and Hanley. Camp Bastion continues to surprise as they rapidly edge towards 100 per week. Congratulations to Delta and Highbury Fields parkruns on successfully overcoming the hurdle of your first parkrun. Splendid job by all concerned.
Finally, what’s new in parkrun land? We are delighted to welcome our third Australian parkrun in Melbourne. Not to be confused with Albert Park, Middlesbrough, the newest parkrun, parkrun number 106 is called Albert parkrun, Melbourne. Welcome to Carol Cunningham and the team as they kick off at 8am on Saturday. Good luck to all the runners in parkrun land.
Happy Running!

Paul from parkrun

Brand new to running?

As well as your weekly parkrun, there are now recreational running groups at different times of the week catering for newcomers and more established runners, within the Run England programme, which was launched in April, under the auspices of England Athletics. There are already 620 groups throughout England listed on the Run England website all of them led by qualified and insured leaders and groups in the workplace are now being established, if you are interested in setting one up. Membership of Run England is free and has 13,000 members so far with news updates on events, groups, courses and permanently marked 3 2 1 safe running routes in your area.
If you ran at least one parkrun this year or last, as a UKA-licensed event it will appear amongst more than two million road race results that feed the runbritain handicap scoring system. This gives a handicap score, like golf, to every licensed road race time, ranging from scratch to 36.0. Mo Farah currently has a score of minus 5. A six hour marathon is worth around 36.0 and opera star Katherine Jenkins 70 minute 10k has her on 35.2. The score automatically updates each time you race a UKA licensed event (2,600 races each year) and factors in windy, hilly and multi-terrain factors so that you can still improve your score on slow courses. The formula also rewards regular racing. So far, almost 16,000 runners have claimed their runbritain handicap score (go to Run Britain website and follow ‘your handicap score’). The free system creates a unique runner’s biog page for you with your scores, best event, national ranking, position on the national running ladder, progress graphs and the ability to compare yourself head-to-head with any other runner. There are also schedules to prepare you for your next race outing and a free reward running loyalty scheme, with adidas and Sennheiser prizes for taking steps like running four parkruns, joining a Run England group and introducing a newcomer to running. How are you doing?
Geoff Wightman
MD RunBritain

All is not lost

There are still 2 places for parkrunners to the Virgin London Marathon 2012 still up for grabs from adidas!
The lucky winners will also receive a personalised footscan and adidas trainers to make sure you’re pounding the pavements in the right shoes. What’s more each winner will be given a miCoach pacer to help you run your best ever marathon.

If you fancy upping the 5km to 26.2miles next April then here’s how to get involved: Take part by volunteering or by completing the parkrun 5k at any UK parkrun on Saturday 19th and 26th of November and make sure you follow the link on your post-run results email to be entered into the prize draw. Entrants must be 18 or over.

One winner will be drawn each week for the next 2 weeks and will be announced on the website, weekly parkrun newsletter, Facebook and Twitter the following week.

So if you’re feeling lucky and take part each Saturday, you’ll have multiple chances of winning!

See you at the start line…
 

Hills. Trails. The Unknown.

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Don’t miss your chance to hit the trails and take on the elements in this rough and tough 12k event in Surrey.

To win this fantastic prize, email us with ‘I WANT TO RUN MUDMAN WITH LUCOZADE’ in the subject line by 5pm on Sunday, November 20th with winners notified by 5pm on Monday, November 21st. Please include your address, phone number and date of birth in the email. Terms and conditions apply. You must be 18 or over to enter. Good Luck!

For more information on fuel, hydration and recovery plus running tips, advice and other partnered events visit lucozade.com/running

An update from the technical team (you may need Google Translate for this one!)

We'd had a situation for a while now where larger/older events (mainly Bushy, but more recently Wimbledon) had results pages showing no data at all. The queries were taking too long under the hood, it was timing out on the webserver, and caching the empty page. It involved manual hackery each week to resolve that to cope with all those reloads.

We finally sat down and looked at the query, and given some of the changes we'd made over the last year or so (combined with growing volumes of data), decided we needed to change the primary key on the table that stores the results. There's a lot of self-joining going on to calculate PB's and so on. Our new setup means that runs a lot more efficiently. A few old indexes that weren't necessary, or useful given the Primary Key change, were cleared out too.

Anyway, it's looking quite peachy. The measure of performance was the number of slow queries, and that's dropped to a mere handful since the change. They were cropping up much more often.

A few other behind-the-scenes tweaks too over the last week should hopefully mean event teams have a more responsive system, and runners should hopefully find the results pages more responsive too.

Regards,
Richard

Event News

We have had the following feedback from our events:
Crystal Palace parkrun is cancelled this Saturday due to another event taking place in the park at the same time.

Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.


Feedback from the field

Dear Paul

I just wanted to give you some feedback about my experience at the Wimbledon Common parkrun. Having been told about the parkrun organisation by a friend I did my first one in April this year as an unhealthy overweight individual with seemingly little capacity to lose weight or genuinely improve my personal fitness. I was totally blown away by the sheer number and variety of people who were running on that first day and whereas I was overtaken by nearly all of them on that first attempt it provided me so much motivation and desire to improve that I came back for more and more…

26 runs later I feel just as motivated by my Saturday morning wake up as I ever have. In the 7 odd months since those first baby steps around the Common my time has improved by about 4 and a half minutes and, with really not a huge amount of actual dieting effort on my part (bar my wife hiding the cookies), have managed to lose around 3 stone in weight. I have never enjoyed exercise as much in my life which given I'm 43 is probably saying something. Doing the parkrun every week has helped me get motivated to run another 2 or 3 times a week and as the timber has fallen off so the endorphins have coursed through my body like no tomorrow…

I would like to thank the Wimbledon Common event director Ian Higgins and all those involved in organising what has become a superbly attended event every week and consider it a real privilege to be able to take part in something that has helped me so much and cost me absolutely nothing whatsoever. It is a genuinely humbling experience to be able to be part of this movement and I hope that my comments can help persuade anyone out there who feels health and fitness will elude them in their lives to realise they too can take matters into their own hands.

Yours Sincerely,
David Pennell
 

Thanks to the runners and marshals for the warm welcome last Saturday at the Princes parkrun, Liverpool. An excellent course and well worth the effort.

Regards,
Mike Davies
Les Croupiers RC
 

OMG! Thank you so much for choosing me as parkrunner of the month, I can't believe with all those great times and inspirational stories every week that I've been chosen. Thank you again and thanks for all the hard work and effort put in by the parkrun family week after week.

Regards,
Craig Simpson
 

Regarding the new parkrun animals - it's the fox for me and how about a kangaroo, as part of embracing our family 'down under'?

Keep up the amazing work and viva parkrun!

Regards,
Bryn Cooke
 

Hi,

I have 70 parkruns under my belt and my home run is Newcastle. I also ran the New York Marathon in 3:29:43.

I've attached a photo of me looking delirious at the end after they put a medal around my neck!

parkrunner of the week

Regards,
Craig
 
Paul,

Many thanks to you and all those involved in setting up and volunteering to organise all the parkruns.

Last Saturday I completed my 25th different parkrun course on my 50th parkrun. All the different courses have their own friendly communities and special features. I would like to recommend the new Gunpowder parkrun (a must for 5th November!). It is small, friendly, with firm footing round a twisting but mostly flat course following the main path round the park. The open sky, with a light mist just high-lit the autumn colours. Half the field were first timers, including both the winner and person in second place who were doing their very first parkruns, and a third of those that ran set a PB. I must give a special thanks to Kris Pringle who pulled me round for the first 4k to my fastest time in a while.

Keep up the good work,
Dave Senneck
 

Hi

Just a quick note to say thanks for the brilliant event you put on every week at Bushy Park. Thanks so much for your write up when I broke the course record a few weeks back. It was lovely of you to be so enthusiastic about it! I've run Bushy Park several times now and always enjoyed it. All the organisers are so friendly.

Thanks,
Justina Heslop
 

Dear Paul,

Thank you very much.

This time last year I was very unwell with depression following the collapse of my 30 year relationship/marriage, I was signed off work for 3 months, lost 4 stone in weight, had counselling and even a visit to the Samaritans.

During this terribly hard time in my life parkrun gave me a purpose in life, I did miss 2 runs but I can honestly say Bushy parkrun played a massive part in my recovery as did the love of my girlfriend Helen, Mum and Sister. So thank you Paul for starting such a wonderful event.

When I receive my 250 shirt it will mean so much to me and I will wear it with pride.

Once again thank you and your team of many volunteers.

Regards,
Paul Killick
 

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Andy Dodman
Club:   Unattached
Age:   37
Home parkrun:   Roundhay parkrun, Leeds
Occupation:   Human Resources Director
Number of Runs:   14
Number of times volunteered:   11
What do you do at parkruns:   I'm increasingly becoming a regular pacemaker - usually at 22 or 25 minutes, but I'm hoping soon that I’ll be running consistently enough to pace at a sub-20 minute time!
How has parkrun changed your running:   Having the confidence to run (and enjoy it) would seem to be the most important aspect – sometimes people can be reluctant to have a go at parkrun, fearing that they won't be able to complete the course or run it in a reasonable time. However, when talking to those people at the finish line, no-one has yet said that they regret doing it - and most return the following Saturday.
What do you like about parkrun:   It's the people. The organising team and the parkrun regulars are really friendly, committed and very enthusiastic. Also, I haven't yet attended a parkrun without meeting and sharing experiences with someone new. As an added bonus, the Roundhay parkrun course is very scenic, and throughout the event you have a clear view of all the parkrunners, so no matter where you're placed you can see everybody trying their hardest.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Roundhay parkrun is still a new event, with only 28 runs under its belt. However, there is already an inclusive and community based atmosphere, and it’s really rewarding to see many individuals each week achieve their personal running goals, whether that's to overtake me as the pacer (!) or just to complete the course. No doubt there will be plenty of creative plans for the future - some perhaps more unusual than others. For example, I have (inexplicably) agreed to bear crawl (on all fours, knees off the ground) around the parkrun course with Gary - now that will be memorable!

Alan's Almanac

Crispy
Cafes

A couple of weeks ago Crispy mentioned how important our post-run cafes are to the parkrun experience. We’ve heard from several events that the only reason their cafes are open at all on a Saturday morning is because parkrunners make it worthwhile. Nick Bishop from Bramhall got in touch to let us know that their cafe have recently agreed to open at 9.30 for the benefit of parkrunners – if you’re running there this week, why not take a few quid with you for a coffee and cake, and help to ensure it becomes a permanent fixture.

Bramhall cafe

Bramhall regulars Anne, Gill and Wendy celebrated the early opening of their cafe
parkrun and club events

Very occasionally, the events get feedback from running clubs who suspect the local parkrun of drawing numbers away from long established club races. It's very hard to judge whether this is actually true; a simple drop in numbers from one year to the next could be down to any number or combination of things.

This weekend at my local parkrun we had about 260 runners. Then at 11am, one of the local clubs staged their 10k in an adjacent park to the one we use (only about 300 metres between the closest points). The 500 10k places had sold out some weeks in advance, and I spoke to at least 5 people at the parkrun who were disappointed not to have got a place in the 10k.

This tells me, admittedly not scientifically, that the running community can indeed support both the great paid club events and free parkruns. Whilst we can't say for sure, it's not too big a stretch to imagine that some of the people who were helping or watching the parkrun - keeping their powder dry for the later event - would not actually have been running anywhere that morning were it not for getting involved and doing some parkruns.

Of course there might be tons of possible factors at work – it brings back hazy nightmares of something called Dimensional Analysis. Some of these would be that 10k just isn't 5k so attracts different crowds (counterpoint: they overlap a great deal), that there were medals and T-shirts at the 10k, that it qualified for club championships, that it was very reasonably-priced, convenient to enter online etc etc. One thing that seems very important is how well publicised an event is, and here we can help. If you've got a club event happening near your local parkrun, please ask the event team to help publicise it on their Facebook page and their parkrun news page. They may also be willing to let you hand out flyers at the event, but please check with them well in advance as the park authorities may be opposed to this, and also please don't flyer car windscreens - it justifiably gets many people's backs up.

So, parkrun can't say that it definitely never hurts numbers for other events, although in fact we genuinely think it improves them in many cases by offering another entry point into the world of distance running events, thus increasing the overall pool of potential entrants. But the next time someone puts forward this theory, please gently tell them that real evidence exists showing parkruns and paid for club races existing and prospering side-by-side, even when just an hour and a few hundred metres apart on the same Saturday morning.

Happy parkrunning and racing,

Alan

Reminders

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All questions answered

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Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Upcoming anniversaries celebrations

Glasgow - 3rd Dec
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Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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weekly newsletter – 10th November 2011


Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this weeks newsletter we continue an exotic theme as we introduce you to some new parkrun animals, celebrate a Danish parkrunner, hear about parkrunners doing extraordinary challenges and offer you a chance to win a place in one of the best ever marathons.
Another week, another set of statistics. More parkrunners made their way to a parkrun this week than at any other week in our history. Yes it’s true; this week we had over 13,000 parkrunners running in parks at the roughly same time on Saturday morning. We recently broke the 200,000 parkrunner barrier and the 880,000 number of runs. Thanks parkrunners.
Have you seen the great new parkrun animals on the newly crafted adidas sponsor page? Check out the bottom section and let us know which of the parkrun animals is your favourite. Is it the bunny, bird, fox, tortoise, mole (otherwise known as poo), squirrel or duck? And what would you like to see as our next parkrun animal?
Now for the important news! Last week I announced that adidas have provided a money can't buy competition for three places at the Virgin London Marathon 2012. The way this competition works is that you have to be present as either a runner or a volunteer at any UK parkrun in the next three weeks to be eligible to take part. You must be recorded as taking part because that’s the only way to enter.
If you volunteer then you will receive the usual volunteer thank you email from us with an added option where you can send an email to a specified account with your details. If you run then this option will be in your results email. So, the first thing to remember is that if you are planning to volunteer then make sure you have contacted your team now to be recorded in the volunteer system. If you are running, don’t forget your barcode and make sure it is properly scanned (your barcode first and the position barcode second – it's always your responsibility to make sure it is scanned properly).
Then, when you get the email, if you want to be included in the competition, respond providing all the details requested and an email will be sent to the competition mailbox. The winners will be checked against our records to make sure that you are eligible and you will be called to make sure that you are serious about doing the marathon.
This is a brilliant competition and we are very grateful to adidas for the opportunity to offer three parkrunners a place at such a prestigious event. We will be following the winners through to marathon day to see how they get on and we will report back in the newsletter from time to time. I have repeated last week's adidas article below for those looking for more information.
We have been working with the London Mayor since January this year to increase sports participation in the Capital and to leave a legacy after the Olympics and thanks to the GLA, parkrun is now featured in “100 great things about the Games” campaign. We feature at number 32. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get a chance to remind them that parkrun is not a race or that our name is a single word but the sentiment is about right. This campaign features 100 posters, which will be placed all over London and most notably in the London Underground.
Last week saw the start of two new parkruns. Welcome to Oxford and Sewerby parkruns on a great beginning. 50 beautiful runners at Oxford and another 31 at Sewerby – now that’s what I call a perfect start. This week we start what is probably our most unique event – Highbury Fields parkrun and we start another of the exotic variety – Delta parkrun. Highbury is unique in that it consists of five 1k laps. And the parkrun principle stays the same; it’s the runner’s responsibility to get the course right. It’s going to be fun at Highbury for a while… Welcome too to Delta parkrun, our first in South Africa. Good luck to all the teams and good to have you in the family.
Just a small reminder to our Australian family that Melbourne parkrun kicks off next weekend. Your website is up, you can register, spread the word because Carol is expecting you on the 19th. Unlike the Gold Coast, in which the event starts at 7am, the Melbourne event will start at 8am as will all future parkruns in the Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania territories.
And finally, well done to all the parkrun heroes who conquered their personal challenges at a marathon last weekend. I have heard of a few parkrunners who conquered last week's NY Marathon: Heather Martingell, Ian Kitching, Sue Callan, Chris Finill, Steve Pope, David Coale, Hedy Lorant and Bruce Fordyce. Chris and Steve completed the marathon after running across America covering 3,067 miles at an average of 40 miles per day in 77 days. An example to us all.
Happy Running!

Paul from parkrun

All is not lost

adidas have 3 places for parkrunners to the Virgin London Marathon 2012 still up for grabs!
The lucky winners will also receive a personalised footscan and adidas trainers to make sure you’re pounding the pavements in the right shoes. What’s more each winner will be given a miCoach pacer to help you run your best ever marathon.

If you fancy upping the 5km to 26.2miles next April then here’s how to get involved: Take part by volunteering or by completing the parkrun 5k at any UK parkrun on Saturday 12th, 19th and 26th of November and make sure you follow the link on your post-run results email to be entered into the prize draw. Entrants must be 18 or over.

One winner will be drawn every week for 3 weeks and will be announced on the website, weekly parkrun newsletter, Facebook and Twitter the following week.

So if you’re feeling lucky and run all 3 Saturdays, you’ll have 3 times the chance!

See you at the start line…
 

Britain in a Day

This is a chance for all budding parkrun film makers to showcase their beloved parkrun to a wider audience. We have been asked by Anna Riggs who represents the BBC and COAST/BRITAIN IN A DAY Productions to take part in this fabulous experience. Lets see if we can get 100 parkrun videos posted this weekend.

Britain in a Day is a unique portrait of twenty-four hours in the life of the UK, filmed by you. On Saturday 12 November 2011 pick up a camera and record your thoughts, hopes and aspirations, then upload your film to the Britain in a Day channel on YouTube. You’ll be helping to create an amazing archive and your film could be included in an historic BBC documentary in 2012.

You can film on anything from a mobile phone to a professional camera or anything in between. You might be doing something special that day, you might be doing what you do every day, essentially this is about living in Britain and it's your story.

Get started at the Britain in a Day channel.

There are tips here from Morgan Matthews and Ridley Scott, the project's director and exec producer, Dan Snow, Julia Bradbury and various other people to show you how to get the best out of your film.

Please forward this to friends and family!!

Happy filmmaking!

Event News

We have had some great feedback from the events:
Hampstead Heath parkrun will be back at route A this week.
 
Nicky Stevenson, Event Director for Roundshaw Downs, gave birth to baby Jack yesterday morning. Congratulations to Nicky and Colin from all of us.

Cheers,
Mick Turner
 

Just a quick note to see if you will able to squeeze in a couple of lines on the e-news to give a big shout out to all the volunteers and helpers at the Bushy parkrun juniors.

Since you allowed me to gatecrash the parkrun concept the event has really caught on and over the past three months the average attendance for each event has been well over the hundred barrier, and we simply wouldn’t have an event without the volunteers.

This month was really impressive, apart from the regular volunteers, young Freddie used it to assist his Duke of Edinburgh award for community, I had a couple of e-mails in the morning asking if we could do with any help, I had more people coming up on the morning to assist than I had roles to give out. This is really a great situation to be in and I am sure the event would just happen if I wasn’t there anymore. As a result I feel slightly redundant, so I may need to look at starting another juniors event just so I feel wanted again!

The stars are always the young runners, but they wouldn’t have an event without the brilliant volunteers. Fantastic!

Paul Graham
 

Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.


Feedback from the field

Hi parkrun

So that's why Fergal was missing from Cannon Hill parkrun last week. I'm glad to hear you were having a great time in Iceland! I just wanted to thank Fergal and all the other parkrun volunteers who came out to support the Great Birmingham Run back on 23rd October. It was such a buzz to recognise people and especially to see Fergal in his usual position in Cannon Hill Park. I'm fairly new to parkrun, having completed 10 runs since August, but I love it and it helped me so much with training for the Birmingham Half Marathon. Thank you to all the regular volunteers and all the participants, you really make my Saturday morning.

Hayley
 

Hi parkrun,

Please find attached a photo I took just before the start of the Brighton parkrun in October this year. I was marshalling that day. The start looked impressive and I am amazed at the number of runners who turn up each week.

Brighton parkrun start

Keep up the good work.

Kind regards,
Robert Le Duc.
 

Hello parkrun,

I was glad to see Roundhay parkrun paying tribute to Sir Jimmy Saville.

Lesley

I am a Durham parkrunner and I thought you may be interested to know Jim Fixed It for Me in 1980 to play my trombone with Roy Castle. I was also featured on the very last Jim'll Fix It in 1995 when Andi Peters hosted the show and my clip from 1980 was shown again as sadly Roy Castle had recently died.

Lesley

Now you can see me on the Durham parkrun photo from last week's brilliant themed run - I am the zombie on the right of the picture.

Lesley

I love the parkrun!

Regards,
Lesley Wilkinson
 

Hi Paul,

I have been a parkrunner for just over a year now with all of my runs, bar one at Whistable, taking place at Swindon. In May, shortly after completing a weekend of PB's; 23:11 at parkrun and 47:38 at Corsham 10k, I sustained an ankle and heel related injury which took me out of the running scene. Returning after five months, I am slowing making my way back to my pre-injury form where the weekly parkrun is providing a speed work session into my build up to my first marathon, the VLM 2012.

I wish to pass on my thanks to the runners, volunteers and families at the Swindon event in making me feel completely welcomed back into the parkrun fold.

I promote it at every opportunity, such is my enjoyment of parkrun.

Thank you,
Steve Double
 

Just to let you know, today I drove 100 miles from Bradford to Sewerby (Bridlington) brand new parkrun.

It's a great venue with a one lap course which runs along the cliff tops and through woodlands.

The best parkrun ever - and I got a new PB

Stephen Auker
 

Hello Amager parkrun,

Thanks for your warm welcome today. It was a great experience and it's a really good run.

If I run with you again I think I will have less J-Beer inside me!

Best regards,
Geoff Brown
 

Hi Paul,

On Saturday we celebrated Whitstable parkrun’s 1st birthday. It’s been a marvellous success. So a big thank you to all the visionaries, movers and shakers for launching the whole parkrun concept and of course to Jackie and all the fantastic organisers at Whitstable parkrun.

I used to be bit of a one pace runner, but after regular running with parkrun at the 5k distance I have improved my times on all my 10k events.

Looking forward to another year,
Keith Gilbert
 

Dear parkrun,

Thank you for our weekly 5k run in Coventry. This weekend was our 61st and 46th parkruns respectively, or at least it would have been had Ian not had to pull out with an injured calf muscle again. Back to volunteering for him.

Coventry’s War Memorial Park is beautiful at this time of the year with the fresh mornings and the leaves changing colour. Every season gives us something to look forward to whether it’s a Santa Run in the snow or a warm summer's morning. At this time of year the park is especially poignant.

Ninety years ago local residents raised £31,000 to buy 121 acres of land to commemorate soldiers from the city who had died in conflict. Hundreds of trees line the two-lap course and are dedicated to these great men to which we owe so much. We often meet up for a midweek freedom parkrun during our lunch hour and do a few stretches together beside Captain F. N. Graham’s Oak tree as we discuss whether we will do one or two parkruns, take it easy or run fast intervals. We feel so lucky to have a parkrun on our doorstep and spend all week talking about it and long look forward to our Saturday morning run.

Thank you to all the volunteers that make parkrun possible.

Andy and Ian Wilkinson
 

Hello parkrun,

Saturday was our first parkrun and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We're looking forward to next Saturday.

We started running using the C25k program on 22nd August to get fit enough to complete 10k as we're doing the Manchester 10k in May. We are using parkrun to help us with our training. We're from Preston but as there is no parkrun there and as we had a reasonable idea how to get to Pennington Flash parkrun we thought we would join this group. What a beautiful place.

Thanks very much. See you Saturday,
Helen & Lorraine.
 

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Charmaine Liew
Club:   Unattached
Age:   35
Home parkrun:   Amager Fælled
Occupation:   Project Manager
Number of Runs:   32 (and counting!)
Number of times volunteered:   26 (and counting!)
What do you do at parkruns:   1. I show up, often still with sleep in my eyes. 2. I run. This is often an uncomfortable experience, which I start to regret at the 2.5k mark. 3. I finish with my "dog with head out the side window of a car" look - huge floppy grin, with tongue hanging out the side. Exhilarating!
How has parkrun changed your running:  Well, I haven't gotten any faster!
What do you like about parkrun:   The sense of community, the friendly people who show up each week rain or shine, the fact that it's completely volunteer based, that it's located in a park right round the corner from where I live, need I say more?!
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Just one? I've got a couple of memorable parkruns, but they're low-drama memorable, like running (plodding) in knee-deep snow in the silence of a winter morning. Or getting lost, also in winter, and on that day, we were only 7 runners, so I was both first woman AND last runner. It's not often one gets to win both accolades in the same run.

Rubrique d'Anita

Anita
A few days in Northern Ireland…

A few months ago, Paul asked me if I wanted to attend the Waterworks parkrun's 1st anniversary in Belfast. I was so pleased to return there as it was exactly a year since I first went to Belfast to support Matt Shields as he successfully introduced parkrun to Northern Ireland.

It was also a fantastic opportunity to spend a few days visiting possible parkrun prospects with Matt (he is now the parkrun Country Manager for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland). During the first couple of days we met with some great folks:

  • Sean - from Queens University in Belfast. They have almost finished building an amazing sport complex with a gym, sport pitches etc. Sean had been inspired by a parkrun presentation given by Tom Williams and Paul in Leeds a few months ago. He now wants to replicate the Leeds University Model for the Sport Science students and the local community.
  • Susanna - in Ballymena. I've been touched by Susanna's motivation. She organised an interesting meeting with many local folks which in addition to bringing parkrun to the town was also about making this event a real opportunity to take part for targeted groups such as elder people, disadvantaged populations, isolated women and many more.
  • Dean - in Portrush. Dean has never experienced a parkrun event but listens to Marathon Talk and has reviewed the parkrun website (that's all you need!). He has been living in Portrush for 8 years with wife and children and loves his running. In his first email, back in April 2011, he mentioned his desire to organise a parkrun 'on a beach' and I have to say I was a bit sceptical… until I actually saw the venue on a wonderful day (I've been told MANY times that I was REALLY lucky with the weather). The location is perfect and Milton Keynes will have to worry soon about their 'Most Beautiful parkrun' status.

Back in Belfast on Friday evening, Matt had organised a parkrun social dinner at a very nice restaurant in the City Centre. I was amazed to see that almost 30 people turned up from Waterworks and Victoria parkruns. While Alex was busy drinking pints (= socialising) with his new BPFFB (Best parkrun Friends From Belfast): Damien, Big John and Stuart, I had a good chat with plenty of fantastic people: Terry, Greg, Davy, Sharon, Mags, Kate, Greg, Eric, Gary, Liz, Ruth, Vernon and Catherine.

Belfast social

Finally, parkrun day arrived and with it the first Waterworks parkrun anniversary with a 'Halloween' theme for the occasion. I was honoured to be asked to award the prizes to the leaders in the points competitions (a bit too much for 'little' me) and finally witnessed how amazingly well the parkrun concept has been accepted in Belfast in just one year! Once again I would like to randomly name a few people that I feel privileged to meet at the event:

  • John is 89 and ran his 13th parkrun event in 34:18 recording a 'wow' 82.99% age grade.
  • Damien (Alex' s drinking partner), won the male points prize having run 47 times (all at Waterworks parkrun) in the past year. He will certainly be the first local 50 Club T-shirt holder in Northern Ireland! Well done Damien!
  • Billy spends most of his holidays in France and is very familiar with a tiny town in France where I previously lived for 5 years. What he likes about parkrun is that you don't have to run it to enjoy the community feeling. He took some beautiful pictures on the day.
  • Catherine and Vernon met in NZ, having lived there for 18 years before returning to Northern Ireland 4 years ago. Vernon finished second in the points league whilst his son Brendan won the junior one. They are planning to return to NZ in a few months' time and I suspect that they might take parkrun with them in their luggage.
  • Paddy, from the Council kindly offered some prizes for the best Halloween costumes. The day before the Council had offered another huge present to the community by permanently marking the course (see picture below). Thank you!
  • Campbell has been running regularly at Waterworks since June 2011, has lost 2 stones and improved his time by 5 minutes. Most importantly he is a local baker and has generously offered a fantastic cake to celebrate Waterworks parkruns first anniversary!

Waterworks anniversary

Last but not least...

  • Super Matt and Ruth: They are just amazing and take care of everything before, during and after the parkrun events. They have turned this parkrun into a 'formidable famille' where everyone knows everyone and has a good time no matter what. Super Matt has been perfect during our stay and even more impressive on Saturday. He organised the prize Ceremony, gave the awards, did his briefing, started the run, won it in 18.07 (86.29% age grade!), smiled for the cameras and introduced me to almost everyone. Thank you Matt!

Something I realise more and more in my journey in the parkrun world as a volunteer, a runner, an employee and an activator is that parkrun is first of all about the people, the runs come next according to me.

I didn't know how to thank all the people that have been so nice to Alex and I during our time in NI last week so I thought sharing these few parkrun stories would show that I won't forget my few days with you all.

No French word of the day, my Rubrique is long enough.

All done

Happy parkrunning!

Anita

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Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Upcoming anniversaries celebrations

South Manchester - 12th Nov
Glasgow - 3rd Dec
Brockwell - 10th Dec

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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Weekly newsletter – 3rd November 2011




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Welcome to this week's newsletter

That's why parkrunners go to Iceland
Exotic parkruns: Last week I received a request from someone wishing to start a parkrun in Mauritius. Of course, everyone I asked if they thought this was a great idea said “definitely yes”. I even had offers from loads of the parkrun staff to go out and measure the course. Back to reality, our most exotic parkrun yet started in Iceland and a host of international parkrunners descended upon Event Director Smari for the first event. Of the 70 strong field, about 40 parkrunners represented Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England and Denmark.

Start of Elliðaárdalur parkrun

First time parkrunner and regular volunteer, Fergal Bloomer, better known at Cannon Hill parkrun for Fergal Corner, made the long sojourn to Iceland to experience his first ever parkrun. Most of the remaining international group were regular parkrunners.

Gathering in the cold at 10:30 on an overcast and rainy morning would not excite many folks however there was definitely a buzz as we approached the start. Smari and his band of helpers had been out since 8am sorting the course (he will soon learn that half an hour before is okay) and as we approached I think his heart soared with excitement. He had not expected such a large crowd. The run itself is beautiful. Starting at the crest of a hill you run downhill alongside a stream until you turn back on yourself just before half way. Heading off into a small forest and making your way back uphill towards the close of the run. I like most others ran too hard on the way out and paid for it dearly coming home.

Immediately after the run we were invited to rejuvenate ourselves at the thermal baths adjacent to the start. The consensus was that every parkrun should have a thermal pool at the finish.

During the course of the weekend we attempted to see the Northern Lights, went on the famous Golden Circle tour taking in the Geysir and the old Parliament site where you can straddle the divide between the continental plates and found ourselves enjoying customary Icelandic delicacies – only those with the strongest of stomachs. I kid you not – putrefied shark.

The trip was well worth it as we met some beautiful, kind and friendly folks and enjoyed some rare sights. Thanks to Peter Fordham for making many of the arrangements and to every parkrunner who came along for the ride. There were so many run directors present we could have started several new events. Thanks too to Smari and his team. If anyone is ever interested in finding out more about visiting Iceland and taking in a parkrun then Peter is your man.

While we were gallivanting in Iceland, a much lower key event kicked off in London. Gunnersbury parkrun started with a bang. While I always prefer our new events to start slowly, it appears that the club runners especially made an effort to get to the first running of this particular parkrun. Well done to Warren and his team for coping with such a large field on your first outing.
In conclusion, I'd like to thank all the volunteers for facilitating another massive parkrun week with a record attendance of 12,832 runners and 2,394 new parkrunners.
Happy Running!

Paul from parkrun

All is not lost

adidas have 3 places for parkrunners to the Virgin London Marathon 2012 still up for grabs!
The lucky winners will also receive a personalised footscan and adidas trainers to make sure you’re pounding the pavements in the right shoes. What’s more each winner will be given a miCoach pacer to help you run your best ever marathon.

If you fancy upping the 5km to 26.2miles next April then here’s how to get involved: Take part by volunteering or by completing the parkrun 5k at any UK parkrun on Saturday 12th, 19th and 26th of November and make sure you follow the link on your post-run results email to be entered into the prize draw. Entrants must be 18 or over.

One winner will be drawn every week for 3 weeks and will be announced on the website, weekly parkrun newsletter, Facebook and Twitter the following week.

So if you’re feeling lucky and run all 3 Saturdays, you’ll have 3 times the chance!

See you at the start line…

Athletics Northern Ireland Awards 2011 - 20th October 2011

The Athletics Northern Ireland Awards took place on Wednesday 19th October at Athletics House with special guest Lynn Davies, Olympic gold medallist in the long jump in Tokyo 1964.

Eleven awards were presented by Lynn Davies and Athletics NI President John Glover under the categories of club, official, volunteer and coaches.

Services to Coaching Matt Shields

Matt Shields


Matt (pictured left) is an exceptional coach, exuding a calm & methodical approach to a multitude of athletes at North Belfast Harriers. Further to this, he established and continues to oversee the first parkrun series, which encourages more runners to get involved and improve without having to pay entry fees. Matt never seeks publicity or praise, and doesn't self-promote, yet his athletes' achievement lists are lengthy and include various county & national titles and international selections.

Despite this success, he still somehow manages to pay the same attention and concern to the newest and youngest members of the club as well. His vast knowledge and skills are shared openly and he is always open to new approaches and ideas, listening to his athletes and encouraging them.

Sweatshop Reading Half Marathon 2012

If you are a regular parkrunner and enjoy the weekly challenge of your 5k course then why not set yourself an even bigger challenge and sign up for one of the best half marathons in the UK, the Reading Half Marathon?

Sweatshop, one of the sponsors of parkrun, organise the Reading Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 1 April 2012, giving you plenty of time to up your training and tackle the half marathon distance of 13.1 miles. What an achievement that would be!

The route is one of the world’s flattest and fastest, making it a favourite for beginners as well as seasoned runners wanting to achieve a PB. The finish of the race in the impressive Madejski Stadium sets the Reading Half Marathon apart from most other races and makes it one not to miss. To find out more and to enter visit Reading Half Marathon 2012.

In memoriam ...

There are many parkrunners amongst us old enough to fondly remember Jim'll Fix It, Top of The Pops and Radio Luxembourg. The man behind those icons of Radion and TV was Jimmy Savile, knighted in 1990 for services to charity including PHAB (Physically Handicapped in the Able Bodied community) and Stoke Mandeville Hospital Spinal Unit. Incredibly, he helped raise over £40 million in his almost 85 years.

As time passes, it is too easy to forget that Sir Jimmy Savile was a true pioneer of popular running and that it was our sport that he chose for much of his fund-raising activities. In 2005 at age 79 he was still able to complete the London Marathon. "How's about that then?"

Sir Jimmy Savile
Doug Harris

Event News

We have had some great feedback from the events:
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Gunnersbury parkrun has arrived. It was a great run and the team work was first class.

The park has been under utilised for so many decades so I was chuffed that parkrun has arrived and provides the community with a means of getting the full Gunnersbury Park experience (what a route!), keeping fit, and very importantly, helping to raise the profile of the park.

The fundamentals of the park are spectacular versus what it has achieved since being council owned. In the early days Chiswick was looking to supersede to covenant laid down by the Rothschild family and build residential housing on the land. You may be aware there has been a more recent attempt to do this again on a much smaller scale.

Regards
Warren

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I'm delighted to announce that Bertie Sutton was born yesterday at 7:23am. He weighed in at 8lb 15oz (4.05kg), a little on the large side, so obviously takes after his dad.

I did manage to get to Brockwell parkrun this morning, needing to get a bit of fresh air after the ordeal (Rachel says it was worse for her). I ran a "comeback PW".

Hope to catch up with you again soon.

Neil (Run Director, Brockwell parkrun)

"13"> Roundhay parkrun will be paying tribute to Sir Jimmy Savile at their event this weekend. Simon invites you all to "get your Sir Jim hair, string vests, medallions and fake cigar and say "now then now then" at the Roundhay parkrun."

Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related
fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.



Feedback from the field

On my journey of parkruns, Southwick Park has taken the spirt of the parkrun one step further by installing a statue of a runner at the park. This was unveiled on the day of their first run (3 Sept 11). Who knows if this may be yet another symbol of parkrun and what we stand for?

Finally, I want to thank Southwick parkrun for the welcome.

The other Ron Hill

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Hi,

This weekend John and I took a break from organising Cambridge parkrun and took part in Forest of Dean parkrun. Rather shockingly and despite being involved with parkrun for nearly two years, this was the first time we've attended a non-Cambridge event!

Taking part was a great experience. Dave Lucas and the team of friendly volunteers and regular runners made us feel very welcome. There was a real sense of community among the assembled field and it's obviously a much-loved and special event. Admittedly, we found the course tough with its slight undulations, muddy patches and challenging terrain, but it was awesome to run such a fine cross-country route in a beautiful area. We both vowed to return!

Having been an Event Director for a while, I've lost sight of parkrun's simplicity and convenience, and of what a great job the volunteers do in making everything run so smoothly. Being home and showered by 10:30am with a 5k (ahem) comeback PB under my belt was superb!

Thanks to parkrun and thanks to Dave and everyone at Forest of Dean!

Kind regards,
Heidi Uff

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I just want to say that parkrun is the best running event to have ever happened!

The Medina IOW parkrun is now well established, and I look forward to catching up with my new friends every Saturday morning.

My wife and I ran the Great South Run on Sunday 30th October and around the 9 mile mark we suddenly spotted a runner who'd come over from Basingstoke a few months ago to do the Medina parkrun, Isle of Wight. He saw us too, and he recognised us from that event and waved and shouted amazing encouragement to us, and that really helped pep us up for that last mile! We believe he is called Richard Hammer, and Jo and I would like to thank him very much for his support.

It just goes to show how great parkrun is for making friends, and the great national community spirit it helps to generate. It feels like an extended family every week.

Thank you parkrun!

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Hi parkrun

I ran at Andover parkrun last weekend and really enjoyed it and wish to thank you all for putting on a fun Halloween 5km.

I have been running for 33 years and competed in the very first London marathon (1981) and have crossed the finish line in over 1,000 races in 23 countries including 430 triathlons.

From the Mercedes Benz mile to 100km (62 miles) from a sprint triathlon to the Triple Ironman 11.4k swim 540km cycle and 126.6k (triple marathon) in 45 hours 58 minutes and 29 gruelling seconds without stopping or sleeping!

Every day I try and encourage one person to take up sport and last weekend ran with my 3 nephews James, Nicholas and Robert (all under 16), my brother-in-law and sister-in-law at the Andover parkrun.

We had a great time and we will all be racing another parkrun soon. Shame the parkruns were not about 30 years ago.

Keep up the great work,

Regards,
Mark Kleanthous

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Hello,

I'm running my 70th parkrun this Saturday and then I'm off to New York to run the Marathon on 6th November. This will be the second of the World Majors for me (I've done London 3 times with a PB of 3:19:01)

I've also qualified for Boston in April 2012 and have a place in Berlin for Sept 2012. This will leave me with Chicago to do in 2013 after another London Marathon spring of the same year. Of course I will be racking up my parkruns as part of my training as I go!

Regards

Craig Smith
Newcastle parkrun

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Dear parkrunners

It was a pleasure to join you all last Saturday for my first ever parkrun. Having arrived from Barbados, where I now reside, it was wonderful to run in a moderate temperature and not the blistering heat of a tropical 85 degrees.

My thanks to Albert Cave (Frimley Lodge parkrun) for the opportunity to do something different on a bright Saturday morning. I would like to extend a warm welcome to any parkrunners who visit Barbados, to join us on our Saturday afternoon run/walk of 10k, with the Barbados Hash House Harriers.

Enjoy,
Mike G

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Hello parkrun,

From the very first Heaton parkrun with just 32 parkrunners back in June 2009 we have been blessed with the inspiring and motivational presence of Rick Bennett, our Run Director. Rick travels from York every week and even when we had that horrendous snow in the last two winters, he was there with his words of wisdom over the loudspeaker prior to the start, braving the weather most weeks in his shorts.

Rick typifies the spirit of parkrun. It is all about getting people out running and enjoying exercise whatever their ability is. He will tell you he has a great team supporting and he does but l'd imagine it would of been a lot harder to keep Heaton parkrun as popular and growing if it wasn't for his dedication.

A big thank you to Rick for his patience and commitment and to all our lovely volunteers.

Regards,
Andrea Scholey

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Hi Paul

I would like to give the organisers of the Falkirk parkrun a mention. They turn up religiously every week and in all weathers. So, many thanks from all the Falkirk runners and volunteers - your efforts and commitment are hugely appreciated. Callendar Park, Falkirk is a lovely run and visiting runners have said they come for a different challenge as it has a killer hill.

Regards,
Fiona Milne

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Hi Paul,

I ran/walked my first parkrun today! It was a fantastic experience! There were 101 runners and I came in at 101st! However, I had a fantastic volunteer who ran/walked with me the entire 5k! I was worried that I would feel like a bit of an idiot not being able to keep up with the others, as I'm a novice at all this, I didn't! I had so much encouragement the entire way and felt proud of myself when I finally finished!

I'd like to say a huge thank you to the fantastic team at Bradford Lister Park! They are a wonderful group of people!

I look forward to next Saturday and the many runs to come!

Thanks again,
Shagufta

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Hello parkrun

Thank you for helping with my motivation. I have now found something to help me with my desire to become a better runner!

I have arranged to volunteer for the next run on Saturday.

Keep up the good work - it is extremely helpful.

Regards,
FDC

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parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Martin Keepfer
Club:   Unattached
Age:   53
Home parkrun:   Bedford parkrun
Occupation:   Team Manager with UK Trade and Investment
Number of Runs:   21
Number of times volunteered:   3
What do you do at parkruns:   Puff, pant, sweat, curse...But do enjoy myself!
How has parkrun changed your running:  
Taken me off the boring gym treadmill into the real outside world! See if I say that again in the middle of winter!
What do you like about parkrun:   I can finish it! Plus of course all the wonderful people and friends who take part!
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:
  Getting my PB of 27:41 which I am still chasing... must have been a windy day that day :)


Crispy Corner

Crispy
Out and about - part 1

I was on holiday last week in Wales, which gave me the opportunity to give Newport parkrun a go for the first time on the way there. It never ceases to amaze me how many beautiful locations we’ve managed to get parkruns into, and Newport parkrun in the grounds of Tredegar House is a peach. It’s an excellent two lapper with a surprisingly long finishing section, which caught me out somewhat; my final sprint to the line ended up being rather more drawn out than I anticipated. They’ve got a fabulous group of volunteers, friendly natives, and a fantastic cafe a mere stone’s throw from the finish. If you’re a regular at the run and have not tried the cafe I urge you to pop in after your next run. Which reminds me...

parkrun Cafes

Every parkrun event heads off to a locally nominated cafe after the run for coffee, cakes or a full English (Welsh, Scottish or Irish). I reckon you haven’t fully had the parkrun experience until you’ve been to the cafe and told everyone about your latest injury. Many of the cafes are small, local independent businesses so I urge you to support them; in some cases I’m sure that the parkrun trade has kept them afloat through difficult times – so yet another indirect benefit parkrun gives to the local communities.

Out and about – part 2

This week I was back at Lloyd Park to enjoy their anniversary celebrations – I thought I had inadvertently stumbled into an outdoor production of Macbeth, with all the witches floating around, until I remembered the Halloween theme. Congratulations to the various prize winners and also to the various organisers over the last year. You all have an event to be proud of.

Graphic of the week – Comparison Factors revisited

I have finally got around to revisiting the topic of a comparison of run times at different parkruns. As we all know, some events are quicker than others; this may be for one of a number of reasons – hilliness, technicality (how many twists and turns the course has) , surface (gravel, grass, wood chippings, tarmac, etc), or indeed distance (even the most accurately measured courses will have a variable safety factor built in). So inevitably the question arises “What is my time at parkrun X equivalent to at parkrun Y?” Last time I looked at this issue (in September last year) it sparked a huge amount of interest. For some time I have been thinking about how the calculations could be improved, but I have only just got around to trying them out. See the Graph of the Week - if your event’s not on the list it means that I haven’t got enough data to be confident of the results – you can all help to fix that by getting out an about and visiting your neighbouring events.

Cheers and happy statting,
Crispy

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Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.


Upcoming anniversaries celebrations


Waterworks - 5th Nov
Whitstable - 5th Nov
South Manchester - 12th Nov

Children at parkrun


All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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