Windy but dry!

What has writing a run report got in common with going 'Up Pomphrey'? Doesn't matter how many times you do it, it never becomes easy! But at least I can do the run report inside in the dry and warm!

One of the things I love about parkrun is that it brings different people together. I got talking to a new runner who had just done his first ever 5km. He mentioned how hard it was going 'Up Pomphrey' and my mind was taken back to my early runs at Pomphrey Hill. When I first ran at Pomphrey, attendance was less than 100 people and going 'Up Pomphrey' meant sliding around in the mud, desperate to find any line that didn't make you feel like Bambi on ice! Having regular supplies of wood chips has certainly made a big difference.

In the last 4 years, several things have changed at Pomphrey Hill. The Hill has become less muddy, the start/finish area have moved. People have come and gone. Attendance increased. But some things will never change. parkrun will always be free. parkrun is for everyone. The only thing you need to do is follow the golden rule! No barcode, no time, no exception. Even when the course record was broken, no barcode, no time!

It is the things that stay the same that are important about parkrun and make it so special. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are, parkrun is for everyone. Hopefully the seven people who did their very first parkrun felt welcome and will be the first of many parkruns. Well done Olivia Mears, Bella Cox, Victoria Butterfield, Lily-Mae Luxton, Stephanie Turney Sophie Allen & Kevin Rickerby. The weather may not improve for a while but you did it! Welcome to the parkrun family, hope this is the first of many.

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Two legs or four legs, all welcome!

The community that has built up around parkrun means no matter where you are, there is generally a parkrun nearby. Ten people come to Pomphrey Hill from their home parkrun for the first time. I hope you were made to feel just as welcome here as at your normal parkrun. If you haven't tried another parkrun, give it a go!

It's a run, not a race is a core belief of parkrun. It's not about beating other people, it's about pushing yourself. Doesn't matter who you are or your ability, you can always run against yourself. This week, seventeen people managed to get personal bests. Impressive considering the wind! 

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Pushing hard for the finish

One of the special things about parkrun is reaching a milestone. Milestones in parkrun are rewarded with a special T-shirt. This week Hannah Dyer did her 50th parkrun so reaches her first milestone. Her flapjacks were amazing. Thank you very much and congratulations!  I like the different ways people choose to celebrate them. Everyone is different but in the eyes of parkrun, we are all equal.

Each week, a group of strangers come together to make sure parkrun happens each and every week up and down the country. I find it amazing that every week, people give up their free time, whatever the weather. I think a few people were thankful the weather forecast turned out to wrong! The round of applause for the high viz heroes during the run brief goes to show how grateful people are.

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See you #UpPomphrey

Danny
Run Director

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 241
13th October 2018

This week 218 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Wayne ELLIS • Clare HORROCKS • Karen DYER • Janet JENKINS • Neil EVANS • Steven GRANT • Jenny DODD • Thelma GARNER • Pete BLANCHARD • Anna THOMAS • Vic GARNER • Ella BURCHILL • Sian HARRIS • Ris SCOTT • Daniel SMITH • Rosalind MCWILLIAMS • Alex SMITH • Stephen JENKINS • Rory EVANS • Lynsey MILES • Rosalyn CASTLE • Sarah ASHBY • Gayle WOOD

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

The female record is held by Nicola BROOKLAND who recorded a time of 18:17 on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 8,230 participants have completed 54,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 270,215 km, including 10,403 new Personal Bests.

 

Wet Wet Wet

240 is a lot of parkruns, even if it's just in our little corner of the parkrun world. We saw a few milestones today, see below, but as we creep towards Event #250, maybe we will see more individual club 250 celebrations. That takes 5 years of running, even for the most dedicated parkrunner, but we did see a good share of dedication today. 24 volunteers and 196 runners turned out to enjoy the run in less than ideal conditions proving that the weekend always starts with parkrun. Amongst those runners were a handful of first time parkrunners, some who had travelled a fair way to see us and 35 who managed a personal best run. Well done all of you.

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After a briefing at the pavilion, with one person standing in the rain rather than 219, everyone was sent swiftly on their way - back up towards the pavilion for the first time.

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Celebrating those milestones today were 2 new Club 50 runners and 3 joining Club 100:

50 Club 100 Club
Stephanie FREEMAN Duncan GOUGH
Marc MCDERMOTT Mike KIMBER
Robin FRY

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Visiting other parkruns is great fun, whether you make a special trip or just find the nearest one when you are away from home. Likewise, it is also enjoyable to welcome parkrun tourists to Pomphrey Hill. "Great friendly event. Why does the hill get longer on each lap?", asks Andy from Morecambe. Well, Andy, plenty of runners have been wondering that for a while! We like to think it's just Mr. Hill keeping us in check - perhaps not the longest hill at a parkrun, but 3 times is always a challenge. We look forward to welcoming you back for another 3 ascents soon.

That just leaves us with the kit to dry off and get ready for next week. Hope you all enjoyed the run, and lets hope for dry dry dry for Event #241.

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Until next week!

Adrian.

 

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 240
6th October 2018

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Adrian GRIMSHAW • Janet JENKINS • Ruth JOHNSTONE • Jenny DODD • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • George BLANCHARD • Pete BLANCHARD • William LEE • Victoria BURCHILL • Ella BURCHILL • Hayley FRANKLIN • Ris SCOTT • Dave HORNE • Nick WHITE • Sally BARTRAM • Stephen JENKINS • Clare CURRY • Jack PITCHER • Sam COSSEY • Charlotte ASHBRIDGE • Phil COSSEY • Emily JEFFERIES

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

The female record is held by Nicola BROOKLAND who recorded a time of 18:17 on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 8,213 participants have completed 53,825 parkruns covering a total distance of 269,125 km, including 10,386 new Personal Bests.

 

Christmas 2018 plans at Pomphrey Hill

After all the fun last year, we will once again be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun.

We will start at 9.30am to allow a little time for runners to open a few pressies before grabbing their barcode and running with us. There will be access to toilets and the hatch will be open this year.

To help us with our planning we would really appreciate people letting us know if they could volunteer that day so we can make sure we have enough people to ensure the parkrun can be put on safely. You can email us on pomphreyhillhelpers@parkrun.com.

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As for the last run of the year, we will enjoy our run on Saturday 29th at the usual time of 9am. However, after 4 consecutive NYD runs we are not planning an extra run on 1st January 2019. Events local to us may choose to run - watch this space for their announcements.

 

That’s Not a Moon

As everyone arrived at Pomphrey Hill this morning the last vestiges of the glorious summer of 2018 were embodied in the warming glow of the sun which swiftly burnt off the encroaching season, winter is coming but not today.

Ella performed the role of Run Director as part of her Duke of Edinburgh volunteer programme with smooth aplomb leading her tribe of volunteers with precision and setting the runners on their way with her briefing.

P1120575The event was made possible by 23 volunteers: Rosie DINNEN • Fiona BLACKMORE • Serena GRIFFITHS • Ian MUSSELL • Pete BLANCHARD • Jackie THORNE • Chris THORNE • Catalina LEE • Ella BURCHILL • Donal DE BLACAM • Sian HARRIS • Mandy COLLIER-KING • Lynsey MILES • Deborah WILLIAMS • Sue UPFIELD • Joan GIBSON • David SUTTON • Trudy REED • Lesley BARRY • Joanna HARVEY • Helen DAVIS • Charlotte ASHBRIDGE • Michele COOK • Vincent PICTON P1120473

Our first finishers this week were both from Emersons Green Running Club, in Jack Pitcher and Jolene Bereza. Of course there is far more to parkrun than finishing first and running obscenely fast, and this week 261 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.

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I now hope you'll indulge me slightly - today was my last stint as Run Director at Pomphrey Hill parkrun after 4 brilliant years as I am moving on to another project. Obviously I am not keen to be leaving but it would be a sham to say that I am not excited about the new project and I hope in due course some of you will be too... As a Run Director it is both rewarding inspiring to see you guys pushing yourself and each other every week as well as making and strengthening new friendships (and rivalries).

Cheers and see you at a parkrun soon

Ian

 

I love it when a parkrun comes together

We all have something we are good at, something we have done numerous times before and the outcome is normally what you expect. This could be something like knitting a jumper, baking a cake or something you do in your job. The reason you are good at this task is that you have done it numerous times and learned from each experience. Ultimately, practise makes perfect. Or a fairly good approximation.

What has knitting a jumper got to do with parkrun? Not much really and that's the point. When knitting, you get the chance to take your time, make as many mistakes as you want, start again if you want to and you would generally use knitting needles you are familiar with. If it doesn't turn out as you had planned, it won't really effect too many people.

This is almost the complete opposite of what happens each week at parkrun. Each week, a completely different group of people, mostly strangers, meet and do something they might never have done before. Not only that, it all has to be ready by 9am and there is no opportunity to start again if a mistake has been made. Everything has to come together at the right time. Every week. There would be some colourful language in the air if ten minutes after I said "Go!" I then asked everybody to go back to the start and we do a restart because we had made a mistake.

Each week, the various volunteers come together and do things they might not have never done before, with people they might have never met before and deliver the wonderful experience that is parkrun. Not only is this done each week at Pomphrey Hill, it happens up and down the country and various places around the world.

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Take 1 trolley, sprinkle the contents around some playing fields, add some volunteers and leave for about 1 hour = parkrun

Every time I am RD, I always feel that I could have done X a bit better. Sorry high viz heroes, I forgot to gather you around for a photo today...... But I have the kind of personality that tends to see the things that didn't go as I wanted rather than be proud of the things that went well. "It is like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory" It's not often I manage to crowbar a Bruce Lee quote into a run report!

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Another glorious parkrun about to start!

Event #238 reminded me of the heavenly glory that I keep missing as I pay too much attention to the things I could do better next time. It was great to hear from some of the high viz heroes that volunteered for the first time today that they really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up on the board to volunteer again in the future. Remember, you don't have to volunteer on the day, you can email pomphreyhilloffice@parkrun.com.

This week we had a fair few milestones to celebrate. Benjamin Phillips, Ethan Momber and Oliver Tucker all ran their tenth parkruns as juniors. They might be able to run faster than me, get cheaper bus tickets, cheaper cinema tickets but at least I can still stay up late on a school night! Though I choose not to because I get tired after 9pm is an entirely different story.....

Congratulations to Robert Taylor on his 50th parkrun. Special mention must go to Björn Heisler for his 100th parkrun. He ended up running late because he was having problems baking his celebratory cake. It must have tasted good as it was completely gone by the time I got back to the benches!

Thirty three people did Pomphrey Hill for the first time. To all the people who took part in their first ever parkrun, I hope you enjoyed it despite the weather and I hope you are thinking of coming back. To all of the parkrun tourists, I hope you enjoyed the course. Well done to the thirty nine people who pushed themselves themselves to new PBs!

Here are some words from George, one of our volunteers:

Hi. I’m George, today was my 11th week volunteering at Pomphrey Hill parkun as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. In my time here I have taken part in a variety of different jobs including, marshalling, time keeping, barcode scanning, number checking and photography.

I decided to volunteer at Pomphrey hill parkrun because my dad runs there every week and he really enjoys it. Despite having to get out of bed early every Saturday, it has been a great way to get my volunteering done, and meet some new people.

Here are a few photographs that I took today.

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Seems no one can get a good picture of RD Ian!

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Danny Smith

Run Director

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 238
22nd September 2018

This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Sheena ALI • Geoff PARTRIDGE • Ian CROZIER • Karen DYER • Neil EVANS • Ian MUSSELL • George BLANCHARD • Debra PARSONS • Ella BURCHILL • Katie VERSACI • Gavin VERSACI • Andrew BOYNTON • Ris SCOTT • Dave HORNE • Lisa HIPPE-HEISLER • Daniel SMITH • Rosalind MCWILLIAMS • Sue FOOTE • Alex SMITH • Stephen JENKINS • Joan GIBSON • Trudy REED • Sarah ASHBY • Barbara SULLIVAN

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

The female record is held by Nicola BROOKLAND who recorded a time of 18:17 on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 8,168 participants have completed 53,368 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,840 km, including 10,282 new Personal Bests.

 

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