The parkrun course at Plymvalley.

Thank you for your fantastic support at Plymvalley parkrun!

Plymvalley parkrun has developed and grown over the last 5 years to host a wonderful community atmosphere each week. Recently we have been discussing the future of our parkrun course with the National Trust and they continue to be very supportive of event at Plymvalley . We are all keen to ensure that it is inclusive and acceptable to all, including other Plymvalley users. We have carefully considered and decided to retain the current course, having proven itself over the past few months, as our main route. Thank you for all your positive feedback on this route; it’s great to now have a permanent course agreed upon.

So to remind you: starting at the Plymbridge, the route follows canal path for one small loop followed by a second longer loop out beyond viaduct before returning to finish at the start area. See the full course details on our main page http://www.parkrun.org.uk/plymvalley/course/

See you on Saturday!

Katy, Event Director

 

Christmas and New Year at Plymvalley

This festive season there will be extra events at Plymvalley. On Christmas Day we will be running at 9:30am and on New Year's Day at 10:00am. If you can't make those don't worry; we will still be running on Saturdays 23rd and 30th December.
Don't forget these events will depend on getting enough volunteers, so let us know asap if you can help!
email plymvalleyhelpers@parkrun.com

 

Words from White’s Wanderings

I love visiting new parkruns and having family in Devon means that I've been lucky to visit a number of venues. The county boasts some of the most beautiful, challenging parkruns in the country. This week I was fortunate to visit Plymvalley and it is certainly no exception!!

Having survived Friday the 13th at a remote hostel on Dartmoor I headed down to Plymbridge Woods, and as I wasn't certain of directions I left plenty of time...meaning I got there an hour early! It was a great chance to chat to RD Tara, who welcomed me and talked me through the route.

I caught up with a friend I knew through FB, Owain Thomas and his family, Cathy and Gethin. Owain has been encouraging me to visit Plymvalley for a while now, and I'm so glad I did!

The first timers brief was delivered by Steve before Kathy delivered the main briefing. And then we were off!

It took me a while to get into my stride as the mix of muddy paths, pot holes and puddles made me a little more cautious than normal in the first 1km. As soon as I got my brain used to it I loved it! It was a perfect mix of challenging and fun. The stretch along the river and through the woods was beautiful and I used that time to psych myself up for the hill, which I had been warned about on multiple occasions!!

I am pleased to say that I managed to run it all and then found myself on the super quick road section. This was a chance to stretch my legs a little and also bash some of the mud off of my shoes!!

The downhill was a little slippery but I was soon back on the final lap of the meadow. A short sprint finish and I was done! I got scanned and was pleased to see there was some cake!

I chatted to regular Danny who talked me through the alternative route that is run in winter, and I must say...I don't fancy that hill twice!

Crossing the line soon after me was the hen party of Amy, made up of a large group of girls from London. They crossed the line hand in hand and seemed to have a fun morning!

There were 22 first timers and 10 visitors on the day, as well as a further 206 runners giving a field of 238 in total. In that there were 17 unknown runners, including the first finisher! DFYB everyone!!

There were three runners doing milestone runs. These were Cheryl Boxall doing her 100th (in a very fetching wig), Simon Davis doing his 100th also and Jordon F entering the junior 10 club. Congratulations everyone.

Strange fact of the day! The 2nd finisher was doing his 2nd parkrun and 3rd finisher was doing his 3rd!

There were a whopping 40 PBs on the day, congratulations if one of them was you!

No parkrun can operate without its volunteers. This weeks hi-viz heroes were:

Les AGGETT, Lisa ALFORD, Frank BEAL, Steve BUSH, David CHURCH, Christine COLLIER, Jim COLLIER, Tara DAVIES, Matt DAVIES, Max DAVIES, Nina HALL, Aimi HEWLETT ELLIOTT, Alex LEA, Anna LINSLEY, Andrew LINSLEY, Jamie MARTIN, Kathryn PARTINGTON, Melany RICHARDS, Bryonie TAYLOR-GREEN, Richard WALTERS, James WHITE, Darren WILLIAMS

I had a thoroughly enjoyable morning and was made to feel really welcome. Plymvalley is a wonderful course supported by an excellent running community and organised by a dedicated core team. I can't thank everyone enough for making my Saturday morning so much fun. I hope to be back one day.

James White

 

The real way to happiness

Seeing as we had our young athletes from 2nd Plympton Brownies with us this Saturday it seems appropriate to quote the last words of the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell: “The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people.” What better way than to volunteer to make an event happen. Jason this weekend did just that for the 25th time, joining our other super volunteers, many also on multi-appearances. Thanks all! It wouldn’t happen without you.

We also celebrated several other milestones: Lisa, of course, on her 100th run – you couldn’t miss the 100th balloon could you? And another magnificent Musketeer, Susan, also on 100th. Well done both, you are very much part of the Plymvalley scene. Kirsty celebrated her 50th parkrun, although it seemed to be a surprise to her and young Leone got her 10th, smashing it with a pb – Well done you lot; looking forward to seeing your T-shirts; purple, black, red and white.

It was great to also welcome 28 visitors and first-timers; including runners from London, Tonbridge and Norfolk – I think ‘The Hill’ was a novelty! And visitors from Hearingdogs.org. We’d love to see you all back soon.

This coming Saturday (23rd) is Plymvalley’s fifth birthday and we are celebrating in true style: fancy dress. Any theme; we love variety, just as we love cakes, balloons, bunting, silliness etc. This is the only competitive aspect of Plymvalley parkun and there will be recognition and, who knows, maybe prizes for the best, the craziest, the fastest, the slowest etc. So whether you are a grown up, youngster or dog we would love to see you, whether you are dressed-to-impress or not.

There’s likely to be a good turn out so ‘car-share or Coypool’ would probably be a good idea if you can. See you on Saturday!

 

Young at heart!

We often, quite rightly, sing the praises of our younger athletes; after all they are the stars of the future and to be honest they probably have all the youthful energy that many of us either envy or wish to somehow recapture. On Saturday we celebrated young Ella’s 10th parkrun, but in fact she was just one of 16 under 11s who completed the course; many of them also on their way to a milestone celebration (or even a birthday celebration, as 9 year old Lauren did)

Then there are the more experienced of us: er, more experienced in life as well as running; Paul Capstick reaching his 100th run and Dave Beckenkrager his 50th – you kept that quiet fellas: cake next week please! (as good as Carolyn’s were this week, would be nice)
Beckenkrager 2

And sometimes it might seem that the main population of our Plymvalley parkrun comprises runners ‘of a certain age’. It’s an illusion I reckon: my theory is that you’re more likely to notice and identify with other athletes around your peer group; but take a look at the results and you’ll see how broad our participation spectrum actually is. If ‘red’ is youngsters and ‘violet’ super-seniors, we have an amazing technicolour dream-run at Plymvalley, week after week.
parkrun 20 may

So sticking with the spectrum metaphor (bear with me), in the violet band this week was spotted the incredible Lester Trace. Lester, who has a pb of 31:42, now runs in the VM80-84 and on Saturday broke his own age-category record with an astonishing 35:08. Hands up those half his age who don’t make that time! He’s not the only one of course: Dave King, 81 years old, is a regular with us and last weekend Mary Carey of Instinctive Sports broke our VW70-74 record (let’s call that indigo).

It was a fabulous turnout in, yes a bit puddley, but otherwise perfect conditions on Saturday. Thanks especially to our volunteers: you did a great job – appreciated by all. If you’ve never volunteered, you should; it’s good fun and incredibly rewarding. We also welcomed at least 15 first-timers and visitors from as far away as California: make it the first of many visits to us!

Finally, amazingly since Plymvalley started in 2012 our cumulative total amounts to over two years of non-stop running. Two years, two days and seven hours in fact. Still in its infancy perhaps or well on the way to veteran status? Certainly young at heart; and long may it continue!

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