Easter parkrun

Whilst it might have been another wet and rather cold Saturday as winter appears to hang around for another week, that wasn't enough to deter 135 intrepid parkrunners this morning. Our numbers were boosted by a handful of first time runners along with a number of people down in Devon for the Easter break.  Last weeks appeal for volunteers seemed to have done the trick, and in true parkrun community spirit, we had a full roster by midweek with some new faces among our team of 14 volunteers helping out this morning.

This morning we were joined by Anne-Marie one of our Race Directors who has recently moved away from Devon, but has been a stalwart at our parkrun since the early days of 2014 when the event was established.  Since starting parkrun, she has clocked up 110 parkruns, 95 of which have been completed at parke and in that time has taken on volunteer roles an impressive 59 times!  And true to form Anne-Marie volunteered again this morning before setting off on the run.

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Michele SANDHU • John Frederick MITCHELL • Sally MITCHELL • Angela EVANS • Mary WYLIE • Alison HYDON • Anne-Marie BAKER • Ken DYER • Mary CORNISH • Rosa TIBBETTS • Zilpah WALTON • John CORNISH • Gavin FORBES • Victoria FORBES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Parke parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:50 on 1st August 2015 (event number 70).
The female record is held by Vikki THOMPSON who recorded a time of 20:08 on 29th October 2016 (event number 135).
The Age Grade course record is held by Xavier BLY who recorded 84.68% (22:05) on 24th October 2015 (event number 82).

Parke parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 5,125 participants have completed 25,248 parkruns covering a total distance of 126,240 km, including 4,572 new Personal Bests.

 

Volunteers

 

This week has felt like a real struggle to get enough volunteers to run the event this coming Saturday, I don't mind telling you.  Thankfully we have now received enough offers of support, all roles are now filled and we can go ahead (phew!).

Parkrun relies solely on volunteers that make each event happen, and we are fortunate to have some real volunteer stalwarts who turn out most weeks.  However we could do with more of you stepping up occasionally and helping out from time to time.  If you haven't volunteered before, there are a variety of roles and everything will be explained to you.

And you also get to see a different side of parkrun when you volunteer!

So if you'd like to volunteer, please take a look at the future roster and email us at parkehelpers@parkrun.com, telling us which role(s) you would like to do and we'll slot you in.

Thanks
Andy

 

 

 

 

Event number 204 – 17th March 2018

Well done to everyone that braved the cold today, with the windchill, it was about -2C (!) and a special thank you to the volunteers today - without you, the event wouldn't happen and it was a FREEZING day to be standing around.  We are in need of volunteers over the next few Saturdays - and we do require the requisite number of volunteers to be able to deliver each event, so if you have taken part in quite a few parkruns....you know what to do!  Have a look at the volunteers roster, let us know what role you would like to do, and send us an email.  Marshaling, tailwalking, finish tokens or bar code scanning are all good roles to do if you haven't volunteered before and we can show / explain what to do - and you get to see parkrun from a different perspective too!

This week 77 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Sally SHOOLBRAID • Mary WYLIE • Kieran DORE • Andrew WATSON • Graham NEAL • Kevin BASTOW • Ken DYER • Richard DRYSDALE • Jenny SPENCER • John CORNISH • Thomas MACTAGGART

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Parke parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:50 on 1st August 2015 (event number 70).
The female record is held by Vikki THOMPSON who recorded a time of 20:08 on 29th October 2016 (event number 135).
The Age Grade course record is held by Xavier BLY who recorded 84.68% (22:05) on 24th October 2015 (event number 82).

Parke parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 5,077 participants have completed 25,019 parkruns covering a total distance of 125,095 km, including 4,550 new Personal Bests.

 

 

20 January 2018 – Different, but the same…

Report by Adrian Mountford - Exeter Riverside parkrun

We had to drop our son off in Teignmouth just after 8 on Saturday morning for a Ten Tors training walk, so getting back to Exeter in time for our home parkrun might have been a bit of a push.

We’ve run at Parke a few times before, including the very first parkrun, but we hadn’t visited since back in 2015, so apricot shirts at the ready, we made the journey to Parke for a spot of parkrun tourism.

Our home parkrun at Exeter Riverside course is pretty flat, mostly on tarmac, with a jaunt round the University sports field.   In dry conditions, it is good for a PB although it can get a bit congested at times with regular attendances now in excess of 300 runners.

Parke, although it is only eleven miles away could not be more different.  A steep rise up the hill not long after the start and then another rise at about 3.5km, and that long relentless climb up to the finish just when you want it all to be over and your legs are full of lactic acid.  And then there is the mud….Thankfully I picked up my Gore-Tex trail shoes from out of the garage for Saturday!

Given the muddy conditions 145 hardy runners was quite a turnout.  There is something quite different about parkrunning in mud, with the ‘hard core’ runners, who are happy to get splashed and risk a slip here and there in their pursuit of a ‘good’ time.  Evidently from the state of some parkrunners heading through the finish funnel, not everyone managed to stay upright the whole way round

Parke, particularly at this time of year, won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.  The elevation changes probably put some runners off as well as the mud, which will probably be an integral part of the course until April or May when the weather improves.  If you want a PB course then Exeter Riverside or Torbay might be a better option.

But that for me is one of the unique aspects of parkrun.  Every parkrun is different.  We are blessed in the south-west with unique parkruns, on all different types of terrain and in great locations.  Some single lap routes, some multi-laps.  Some flat, some hilly.  All parkruns are unique, but all are essentially the same.

Wherever I go, I meet really passionate people who give up their time to volunteer and support their local parkruns and people with different stories of how they became parkrunners.  parkrun has a great sense of community and we all share stories of our experiences and whether your parkrun is big or small, they all offer essentially the same challenge and experience.   The age range at Parke covered young children up to people in their 70s all there to enjoy a free 5km timed run on a Saturday morning, possibly followed by a drink in the café.

Ben JOLLY joined the white shirted junior ’10 club’, and whilst there is no milestone shirt available for his achievement, Geoff WOODS became a double centurion.  Just another year or so until the green 250 shirt can be ordered. One of this week’s 30 first timers became the 5,000th different parkrunner to participate at Parke, which is quite a milestone.

Many thanks to Angela and all her team of volunteers who made the event such a success and kept us going in the right direction despite someone trying to sabotage the direction arrows prior to the run.  I really enjoyed my morning at Parke.  I’ll certainly make sure that I return soon.

This week 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Robert WELLS, Sally & Colin SHOOLBRAID, Angela EVANS, Kieran DORE, Graham NEAL, Tracy & Bob SMALL, Jenny SPENCER, Anne-Marie BAKER, Ken DYER and John CORNISH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Parke parkrun Results Page.

Parke parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 5,001 participants have completed 24,327 parkruns covering a total distance of 121,635 km, including 4,463 new Personal Bests.

 

Defibrillator Fund

Today we are launching a campaign to raise funds to buy a defibrillator for Parke parkrun.

One of the many wonderful things about parkrun is that it is free to all and we would not normally ask for donations but having our own defibrillator could make a huge difference.

We're getting advice on different options and it looks like a portable defibrillator will cost something in the region of £800-£900.

If you can donate anything towards the defribrillator fund, it would be greatly appreciated.

Here is the donations page  - simply scroll down and click on the 'Donate to parkrun' image.

Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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