On a Wing and a Prayer

Every parkrunday is different, some just happen to be more different to others and today was one of those days. For several weeks Lynsey had been selling the core team's dignity in the interest of raising money for charity to support her London Marathon place. Thanks to a last minute flurry of donations the entire team was forced to bear the humiliation of waddling around the course in full inflatable duck regalia. Big thanks to Ruth who once again stood in as Run Director during the run to allow the whole team to paddle about.

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That's enough duck nonsense, lets never mention it again...

After last weeks weather enforced cancellation we were unsure how many would brave Pomphrey this week and whether the additional weeks thinking time would find some New Years Resolutions already falling by the wayside. We needn't have worried as this week 368 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Andrew Greenway completed his 50th parkrun and Thelma Garner, Sandra Drakett and Sally Bartram all joined the 100 club. Well done to all of you.
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The event was made possible by 21 volunteers. Thank you to:

Steven BURGE • Ruth JOHNSTONE • Wesley BURGE • Ian MUSSELL • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Colin JOHNSTONE • Andrew KING • Rose BURCHILL • Sian HARRIS • Caroline MILKINS • Stephen JENKINS • Emily JONES • Sue SUTTON • Gill WHITEHEAD • David SUTTON • Janette HALTON • Tom PERRY • Jane GREY • Donna WILLIAMS • Emma-Jayne WILLIAMS • Helen DAVIS

Tom Perry completed the volunteer component of the Duke of Edinburgh award. Thanks and good luck for the rest of the award Tom.

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

South Gloucestershire Councils ‘SportsPound’ initiative are promoting numerous ‘Couch to 5K’courses aiming to graduate people at parkrun in 2018.
Realising some people can only make it on the weekend they have two nine week courses starting on Saturday’s located near parkrun sites. The courses are aimed at people new to running and not exercising on a regular basis. The first is actually at Pomphrey Hill and starts on the 20th January at 10:30am. The other is at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex and will graduate at Chipping Sodbury parkrun. It also starts on the 20th January but a little earlier at 9am.
So if you are currently walking your parkrun but would like to build up to running it continuously or know a friend or relative that you think this applies to, why not sign up for this inclusive and friendly course. Just search ‘SportsPound Couch to parkrun’ on www.eventbrite.co.uk/ or go to www.southglos.gov.uk/sportspound to get your FREE ticket.

See you next parkrunday, quack

Ian - RD 13th Jan

Pomphrey Hill parkrun Event number 205
13th January 2018

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 7,064 participants have completed 43,886 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,430 km, including 8,694 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

The run that wasn’t…

A Run Director's first job in the morning is to look out the window to see what the parkrun weather fairies have brought for the day. Today, a clear sky, ice on the shed and thick ice on the cars along with a sparkle to the ground brought cause for concern.

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Arriving at Pomphrey Hill, the grass white with frost, frozen puddles in the car park and glistening paths meant a thorough course check was needed. As one Run Director headed round the course in one direction and I, today's Run Director, headed towards the start we knew it was highly unlikely we would go ahead. Frozen puddles, black ice in places, thick clouds and predictions of no rise in cold temperatures assured us the ice was not going to melt anytime soon.

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We conversed with the team and those still at home emailed the volunteers and those parkrunners on the volunteer appeal system, while those on site posted to Facebook. I stayed on site to advise runners and volunteers (who hadn't seen our posts to social media) of the situation. Whilst some had checked social media just 10 minutes too early, some hadn't checked at all and everyone was grateful we had their best interests at heart.

Some runners who arrived close to 9am opted to do a "freedom run"  - where they run the parkrun course when an official parkrun is not taking place. Feedback was such that we were right to cancel as it was very slippery. Whilst individuals could traverse the course, runners en masse with ages ranging from 4 to 85, as an official event would not have been safe.

13th January: (weather permitting) the return of the ducks, one of our Run Directors is raising money to run for London Marathon and given enough sponsorship some run directors will be running the course in the duck costumes last worn for our 3rd birthday. For more information visit : Lynsey's Fundraising Page.

20th January: South Gloucestershire Councils ‘SportsPound’ initiative are promoting numerous ‘Couch to 5K’courses aiming to graduate people at parkrun in 2018.

Realising some people can only make it on the weekend they have two nine week courses starting on Saturdays located near parkrun sites. The courses are aimed at people new to running and not exercising on a regular basis. The first is actually at Pomphrey Hill and starts on the 20th January at 10:30am. The other is at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex and will graduate at Chipping Sodbury parkrun. It also starts on the 20th January but a little earlier at 9am.

So if you are currently walking your parkrun but would like to build up to running it continuously or know a friend or relative that you think this applies to, why not sign up for this inclusive and friendly course. Just search  ‘SportsPound Couch to parkrun’ on www.eventbrite.co.uk/   or go to www.southglos.gov.uk/sportspound to get your FREE ticket.

Whilst we always aim to give a warm welcome at Pomphrey Hill, not even our bright smiles can melt the ice. There's always next week!

Meryl Grimshaw
Event Director

 

673 Record Breakers

Happy New Year!

Isn't 2018 wonderful!  During 2017 our highest attendance  (set on NYD 2017) was 478, a record that stood unbeaten for 365 days.  Yesterday, you completely smashed that record and we now have a new attendance record of 637!!!   A feat which couldn't have been achieved without the 36 incredible volunteers, making 673 record breakers celebrating the beginning of 2018 at Pomphrey Hill!

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We also had 40 PBs, which is outstanding in all the rain and mud, including two new Age Group Records!

VM60-64: David Jonathan Bedwell in a time of 20.21. Age Grading Record of 81.65%.

SW18-19: Chloe Potter in a time of 20.32. Age Grading Record of 72.32%.

 

Our Volunteers:

Many of you have posted messages of thanks on Facebook and Twitter thanking our wonderful volunteers:
38551607455_1166f718b7_oAdrian GRIMSHAW • Roger HAYNES • Steven BURGE • Karen DYER • Janet JENKINS • Anne BURGE • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • Chris THORNE • Debra PARSONS • Andrew KING • Ella BURCHILL • Rose BURCHILL • Patrick MUSSELL • Ris SCOTT • Daniel SMITH • Ben PERRY • Stephen JENKINS • Sue UPFIELD • Hervé SKENDEROFF • Shelagh FISHLOCK • Andy BUSH • Lucy POTTER • Gill WHITEHEAD • Trudy REED • Sophie BILLETT • Janette HALTON • Tom PERRY • Harry FORD • Jane GREY • Dawn GREENAWAY • Lucinda ROWE • George BILLETT • Sam COSSEY • Phil COSSEY

Katie Pinnington wrote "Huge thanks for everyone involved, not the best conditions for marshalling & yet you were all smiling, encouraging and fantastically supportive. Happy New Year to all involved!"

Kate Martin wrote "A big thank you for all the Marshall's who stood in the freezing cold & rain on New Years day cheering all the runners on #Stars."

Rebecca Swist wrote "Amazing organisational skills everyone today - big thank you to all the volunteers and runners! Also my first time at Pomphrey Hill, will be back for sure!"

Colin Johnstone wrote "Thank you volunteers. Hell of a job today but done us proud. HNY."

Sue Williams wrote "Completely agree with all the previous comments, we visited from Ashton and must say it was brilliantly organised and the marshals were fab! Many thanks."

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Sandra Jane Tanner wrote "I agree, really well organised. Especially impressed with the car parking team and the happy marshals throughout the course. Thank you for having us!"

Pete Barber wrote "Id like to say what a pleasure it was to run at Pomphrey Hill yesterday. Fantastic organisation by the volunteers particularly by those organising the car parking and there was a great atmosphere despite the rain. I almost enjoyed completing my NYD double.........."

 

Milestones

What would a record breaking run be without some Milestone celebrations?

Junior 10 shirts were earned by Lexie SMITH-FINCH and Monty MATHESON.
50 shirts were earned by Richard BREAKSPEAR, Rob BEAZLEY (with a PB) and Mark BENTON.
A 100 shirt was earned by Vivien HOLLIS.
While not formal milestones it is also worth noting that Adrian GRIMSHAW and Dave DENNING both ran their 200th runs.

Let's not forget our volunteer milestones!
Trudy REED completed her 25th Volunteer as our Number Checker.
Steve JENKINS completed his 50th Volunteer as Carpark Marshal and Top of Tarmac Marshal.
Meryl GRIMSHAW, our hard working, tireless and super organised Event Director celebrated her 200th Volunteer(!!) as Timekeeper.
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Tourism, First-Timers and Barcode Stats

Who doesn't love a few good stats? We had:

  • 18 absolute first timers (welcome to the parkrun family and see you again soon!)
  • 122 first time tourists to Pomphrey
  • 247 runners ran the Ashton Court-Pomphrey Double - but others ran at Swindon and Lydney before joining us
  • 40 PBs
  • Only 18 unknowns #DFYB - considering the numbers, that is amazing!
  • We saw a barcode number in the 2 thousands
  • We saw several barcode numbers in the 4 millions

The tourists who visited us came from all the local parkruns: Pomphrey, Ashton Court, Eastville, Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury, Page Park juniors, Windmill Hill juniors and Little Stoke. From slightly further afield: Burnham and Highbridge, Bath Skyline and Shepton Mallet were all represented. Tourists travelling even further came from (in no particular order): Lancaster, Aberdeen, Hanley, Conkers, Gunpowder, Harrow Lodge, Tonbridge, Kingsway, Porthcawl, Southampton, Hyde, Luton Wardown, Jersey, Longrun Meadow and Milton Keynes juniors.

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Bon Voyage
We wish Petra KNIKKINK (who has done 56 of her 71 parkruns at Pomphrey) and her family all the best as they move to Singapore. We'll miss you, but we'll also be in touch when we're out your way for some parkrun tourism!!
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Finally, on behalf of your Core Team, I'd like to wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy 2018 and we hope we see you all on Mr Hill again very soon.
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7/10 of the Core Team: Catalina, Ris, Meryl, Adrian, Lynsey, Ian and Danny
(William, Steve and Anne also send their wishes too)

Ris Scott
Run Director

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 204
1st January 2018

This week 637 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 140 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 73 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Adrian GRIMSHAW • Roger HAYNES • Steven BURGE • Karen DYER • Janet JENKINS • Anne BURGE • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • Chris THORNE • Debra PARSONS • Andrew KING • Ella BURCHILL • Rose BURCHILL • Patrick MUSSELL • Ris SCOTT • Daniel SMITH • Ben PERRY • Stephen JENKINS • Sue UPFIELD • Hervé SKENDEROFF • Shelagh FISHLOCK • Andy BUSH • Lucy POTTER • Gill WHITEHEAD • Trudy REED • Sophie BILLETT • Janette HALTON • Tom PERRY • Harry FORD • Jane GREY • Dawn GREENAWAY • Lucinda ROWE • George BILLETT • Sam COSSEY • Phil COSSEY

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 7,022 participants have completed 43,518 parkruns covering a total distance of 217,590 km, including 8,640 new Personal Bests.

 

Goodbye 2017

This is a bit of a good news, bad news report. Sadly, there will be no more parkruns at Pomphrey Hill in 2017. But don't worry, the good news is 2018 starts on Monday!

The last parkrun of the year has come and gone. Have you managed to reach that target you set yourself at the beginning of the year? What target are you setting yourself for next year?

As this was the event after Christmas, there was a significant number of mince pies left over. It seems they went down a treat and the pile in the picture below has been dramatically reduced. Still some left for Monday though!

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Each and every week, parkrun can only happen due to various high viz heroes that put themselves forward. I must say a big thank you to each of the people who helped out today.

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Andy Bush diverting for a high five

Each week we welcome first timers to parkrun and tourists to Pomphrey Hill. This week the first timers briefing was a bit smaller than usual but somehow we had 30 first timers. Must have been lurking out of the wind in their cars!

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For a lot of people, a first parkrun quickly turns into trying to reach your first milestone. No juniors hit the 10 milestone this week. Joining the 50 milestone club this week were Sam Bracey and Ray Crook. The 100 club welcomes Michael Ware and Alex Massey as new members. Congratulations!

Considering the conditions this week, give yourself a big slap on the back if you were on of 20 people to personal bests on a soggy, windy course.

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Maciej BIALOGONSKI and Nick CASTLE making it look easy

One of the things I love about parkrun is that every one is welcome. All ages, all abilities. The one thing we all have in common is that one morning we told ourselves "I can do it" and we did. Maybe next year you can help a friend believe that they too can do it.

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Coming to parkrun isn't just about doing 5km. It's also about catching up with friends and making new ones. Is 2018 going to be the year that you talk to that parkrunner that finishes about the same time as you?

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We are blessed with a great course at Pomphrey Hill. I personally love the view from top of Pomphrey Hill. Normally, the course is something to admire but this week, the trees caused a bit of a problem in the windy conditions. The course inspection involved removing lots of small twigs snapped off in the wind.

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Monday is a special day in the parkrun calendar as it is the only day of the year where you can do a parkrun double, running two parkruns in one day. Pomphrey Hill will be hosting a parkrun on New Years Day and will start at the later time of 10:30. This allows you to run a 9:00 parkrun before coming to Pomphrey Hill for 10:30. You could try the Hill Challenge, Ashton Court at 9:00 followed by Pomphrey Hill at 10:30! A full list of New Years Day events can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

 

Danny Smith

Run Director

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 203
30th December 2017

This week 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Paul BURGESS • Vic GARNER • Ella BURCHILL • Rose BURCHILL • Kathryn TILEY • Matt BRADLEY • Ris SCOTT • Daniel SMITH • Alex SMITH • Pamela GOOLD • Stephen JENKINS • Lynsey MILES • Leanne FORD • Philip RILEY • Trudy REED • Paula ADAMSON • Brian ADAMSON • Jane GREY • Paul ROBINSON • Phil COSSEY

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 6,882 participants have completed 42,881 parkruns covering a total distance of 214,405 km, including 8,600 new Personal Bests.

 

Merry Christmas from Pomphrey Hill parkrun

Running round the park
With friends outside today
Having such a lark
Laughing all the way

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Small kids within reach
Dogs held on a leash
Thank the helpers as you go
So we can run today

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Milestone Runs oh such fun
Give a festive cheer
Now clap your hands and stamp your feet
If it’s your first time here

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Pomphrey Hill, Pomphrey Hill
Every Saturday
Tell your friends what fun we have
So they can come and play!

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We had several folks celebrating milestone runs today, Alice Warren became a centurion with 100 runs under her belt, with her fourth at Pomphrey. Helen Clark, David Potter and Chloe Potter each ran their 50th parkruns today. Olivia Owen was our only junior to abandon her Christmas stocking in search of a 10th milestone tshirt just 4 seconds shy of her previous PB - well done Olivia. All these runners will look forward to receiving their t-shirts in February (to find out the latest news about milestone t-shirts follow this link).

We can understand why milestone runners and regular runners want to visit with friends on Christmas day, it's why we decided to host this year. We must extend an especially big welcome to our 14 parkrunners completing their first ever parkrun this Christmas morning!  One runner brought her grandad to his first ever parkrun at the age of 84 and "he loved it". We hope to see you (and him!) again on Saturday! For those 28 participants who either forgot their barcode or are yet to register, don't worry there's always next week!

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51 runners joined us for the first time, not to parkrun, but to Pomphrey Hill travelling from nearby Ashton Court, Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury and Eastville to further afield Nonsuch, South London or Cannon Hill, Birmingham. Those that took time to write in our visitors book said:

“Merry Christmas! Wonderful people at Pomphrey – thanks for cheering us up the hill” Patricia & Tom Nonsuch, South London

“A great run – superb way to start a birthday.”- Niall & Judith Hoskin, Ashton Court

“Great run Thanks” -  John, Cannon Hill, Birmingham

“Thank you for the hills from Blandford parkrun”

“First time here – great run. Visiting from Ashton court, Merry Christmas” – Tom & Debbie

Not content on just running on Christmas Day, 37 runners achieved a new Personal Best (PB) with 11 of them juniors! One junior, Alex Parsons, managed to earn an age category record (JM11-14) with a stunning 18.01 minute run! Congratulations to each and every participant for making this morning so special.

One quote from a runner, "Watching a vegan runner chasing a man dressed as a turkey around the course was pretty funny - I'm not sure who finished first the turkey was moving quick!"

Many thanks to today's volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you! If you would like to help out next weekend, New Year's Day at 10.30 is looking good but we could do with a few more helpers for the normal run at 9am on Saturday 30th December. Why not volunteer one more time before your new year's resolution to run more kicks in?

The whole team have noted all the comments on our Facebook page today with praise and thanks for today's run. It's a big commitment for each of our Run Directors to organise volunteers and runners in the week leading up to and on event day as well as processing results and run reports each week. These events happen rain or shine throughout the year but it was quite special to put on a Christmas Day event. We, the Pomphrey Hill parkrun core team in turn, thank you for all your support.

Merry Christmas to one and all.

Meryl Grimshaw
Event Director

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 202
25th December 2017
This week 388 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Niall Peter HOSKIN • Stu WILKIE • Adrian GRIMSHAW • Steven BURGE • Megan GRIMSHAW • Wesley BURGE • Anne BURGE • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • Jackie THORNE • Vic GARNER • Richard HARRIS • Pieter KNIKKINK • Simon JUDD • Mike COOMBES • Finn KNIKKINK • Roos KNIKKINK • Tej CHADEESINGH • Janette HALTON • Alistair FELTON • Alison RAYNER • Jane GREY • Dawn GREENAWAY • Lucinda ROWE • Helen DAVIS • Gillian MCLEOD • Graham MCLEOD
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 6,852 participants have completed 42,594 parkruns covering a total distance of 212,970 km, including 8,580 new Personal Bests.

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