“Spreading the Magic”

Run Report event #372 - brought to you by Ann Deverill. Thanks Ann!

The threat of thunder, lightning and rain didn't dampen the parkrunners this Saturday and a turnout of 738 runners proved that.

Ann Deverill

This report is titled spreading the magic, one of the regular parkrunners was celebrating their 100th parkrun and chose a Disney theme... spreading the magic this we can all do? So, with a few Minnie Mouses and Tiggers bouncing around, a Pocahontas and a very impressive Cruella De Vil...all dogs accounted for I believe...! The magic sprinkled itself safely on Poole parkrun... congratulations Julie Hitching on your 100th parkrun.

It was particularly notable that many of the milestone t-shirts are now appearing be it 50,100 or 250...having been sent out recently to eagerly waiting runners. It's great to see parkrunners wear their t-shirts with pride. This is a part of parkrun run that spreads the magic we all have aims and goals we aspire to...getting to 50, 100 or 250 parkruns is amazing, so to you all a pat on the back. There is also a 500 t-shirt this would truly be magical...is there anyone you know close to that? I think we should have a theme that all parkrunners who have a milestone t-shirt should wear it and see which milestone is the most popular.

So as the rain stayed away giving to a lovely Saturday morning of running, sprinkled with some Disney magic and characters, another successful parkrun is done. Yet the magic continues as the results are gathered and sent out, the course is checked and cleared away and next week’s parkrun is all ready being organised, this by some very magical people...volunteers.

The volunteer is not without its own milestone t-shirt which you receive when volunteering on 25 occasions...keep that in mind 25 and you get a t-shirt to proudly wear, there are lots of roles you can do to suit you and help parkrun continue each week.

I will end my run report with a nod to the volunteers as always without them parkrun would not go ahead. So this parkrun is event 372 and I would like to acknowledge DAVID HEATH, who truly spreads the magic. David is often at Poole parkrun probably before any of us are actually out of bed, setting it up for us to turn up, run and then leave and this on no less than 350 occasions....that is truly magical. Thank you David form us all.

So spread the magic, enjoy your milestones, your themed runs, your aims and goals and achievements... but do keep the magic going, be a volunteer too....
So until next time parkrunners keep the magic going

This week 738 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 49 different clubs took part.



Poole parkrun - Event #370

Saturday 12th May 2018

Thank you to Ann Deverill for this weeks run report...

This run report I have entitled Superheroes.......why you may ask?
To start with it was in celebration of a runner partaking in their 100th parkrun, well done Sue Griesser. Sue had decided on a fancy dress theme and it was Superheroes. So with suitable attire a group of park runners turned up in their best superhero fancy dress... and ran parkrun with laughter and hilarity. The weather was bright and sunny and brought 763 park runners out. As always the beauty of parkrun sees all types of runners and today was no exception.... the fast, the training, the slow but steady and of course the superheroes all dressed up.


What fun was had by all which is what parkrun is all about for me. It was particularly lovely to be clapped and cheered at by fellow runners as we all came in...... this sums up the community that parkrun is, for a Saturday morning you become part of a big family looking out and helping each other, shouts of encouragement, clapping and cheering is never not heard at parkrun what ever the weather. The parkrun family aiding people to achieve their goals is truly an amazing experience, for that short amount of time fellow runners will show enthusiasm to all. This is quite a remarkable experience..... and then parkrun over, all disappear only to repeat the following week.
Parkrun for me is great way to start the weekend..end the week however you look at it...it's truly gratifying.
So back to my title of this run report Superheroes......the real superheroes are the constant volunteers each week giving up their time to ensure parkrun goes ahead. Without them no parkrun.....it's as simple as that. So I say to you all be a superhero for a day and volunteer for parkrun. Until next time 'Happy parkrunning"

Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Debbie ARNOLD, Ben BAYNHAM, Stuart BICKEL, Pat BRADSHAW, Heather BRAIN, Carl BRITCHFORD, Sarah BROWNE, Louise BURRIDGE, Lesley CARR, Mel CARROLL, Samantha CLACK, Mike CLEMSON, Lyn COSTIN, Simon CRAWSHAY, Mike CURE, Ann DEVERILL, Patrick DOMINEY, Sarah DURLEY-WHITE, Neil DYBLE, Simon FAIRWEATHER, Stephanie GADBURY, Jessica GADBURY, David HEATH, Peter HOLT, Keith HOSKING, Kim Denise HUNT, Ian KENWRIGHT, Christian KENWRIGHT, Hilary KNOWLES, John LOMAX, Rachel MARTIN, Ella MCINTOSH, Trisha MILLS, Lesley MOORE, Lottie NAPIER, Ray NEWELL, Gay O'CONNOR, Layla OAKLEY, Brenda PALMER, Andrew PANTLAND, Ian PAYNE, Ted PAYNE, Vanya RITCHIE, David RITCHIE, Andy ROBSON, Liz ROBSON, John ROWLAND, Colin SIMPSON, Christine SMITH, Cathy SPIERS, Stephen SPIERS, Robert STONE, Julia TERRY, Caroline THOMAS, Sylvia THOMAS, Ian UNDERWOOD, James WALKER, Bob WHITE, Sarah WILLENS, Paul WILSHER


A huge thanks to Naomi Jones for this week's news report.Congratulations on your one-year anniversary.IMG-20180505-WA0009

So, there I was, minding my own business at home one Friday night exactly a year ago, when a text arrived from a friend suggesting a group of us join the Poole parkrun for the first time the following day. How I laughed.

Two hours (and a good few slurps of wine) later, I was a fully-signed up, registered parkrun member, raring to go and picturing our gazelle-like performance round the lake the following morning….In true dedicated trainee athlete style, I wolfed a huge Chinese takeaway and fell into bed convinced I must be fitter merely as a result of being in possession of my very own personalised barcode. My newly-signed-up friends had completed their preparations in equally impressive style – curries, wine and ice cream all being key features of the pre-event carb-loading.

The following morning came, and I think I can say with some certainty that no-one mistook any of us for a herd of elegant leaping deer on our sweaty plods round the course. I had a sore hip to contend with and knees which had slipped into a state of shock well before I was lapped by the front runners somewhere between the model yachting clubhouse and Twemlow. I spent the time on the route (as I stopped for yet another walk-break) repeating to myself “at least I’m here” and convincing myself that by running for 2 mins and walking for 8 (repeat til end) I was, in fact, partaking in an exercise in interval training. I clocked in at 38 something and hurt everywhere for at least 3 days after…But the mad scrabble in the back of the wardrobe in the early hours of Saturday May 6th 2017 for something which resembled running kit had all been worth it – my 3 running friends and I were hooked and haven’t looked back.

I confess, there are days when only the promise of the post-run feeling gets me into my trainers, when I spend the time between falling out of bed and running trying to think up reasons for not getting close to a PB (you know the sort of thing: “I wouldn’t be surprised if I am coming down with something”, “I have a really sore knee so need to take it easy”, “I was abducted by aliens in the night but valiantly fought free and only made it back half an hour ago so am quite tired”). But….rain or shine, I can wholeheartedly say I have never felt anything other than completely chuffed (and occasionally just a tiny bit sick…) each and every time I make it through the finishing funnel.

So today was our 1-year Anniversary Run. The weather was glorious (too warm for running?!) and the turn out looked high. We turned up around 8.35 for our usual warm up (i.e. chat under the trees) and congratulated each other on sticking at it for a year. A bit of discussion on pre-run tactics (“I’m just going to take it easy”...ahem), pre-run briefing (I promise we paid attention as always), a bit of a polite shuffle through the starting crowd...and we were off. There had been talk of running together to mark the occasion but that lasted all of about 30 secs until our competitive edges kicked in (we all claim not to care but somehow that never really lasts the distance!) so we spread out and each settled into our own pace and enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful setting that is our home run, marvelling as ever at the front runners already being at the back of the lake while we mortals were only just on our first “downhill” at the car park. All 4 of us had enjoyable runs (who turned the heating up???!) and marked the occasion instead with our first ever post-run fry up together, reflecting on what had changed in the year since Parkrun (and running in general) has become a part of the lives of all 4 of us…

We haven’t all managed all the runs in the last year (top performer 46 out of 52) with bronchitis, pneumonia, stomach viruses, and weekends away all featuring as valid excuses for not turning up. But each of us has come a long way since that early May plod a year ago. We have all achieved regular PBs over that time and continually challenged ourselves to keep improving. We have all started running independently at every opportunity and each found a love of the freedom and time-out that a fresh-air leg stretch brings. Each of us has faced different challenges in those 12 months; making the transition from breast-feeding mum to athlete, dealing with redundancy, returning to work after maternity leave among them. For me, helping my mum through a diagnosis of cancer in July and seeing her lose her battle 6 days before Christmas has meant that the past year has had a significant impact on my life in many ways. But through it all, our new-found love of running, and particularly Parkrun and the unique and special atmosphere at Poole, has helped to keep me sane and given us all something positive to help us through the tougher times life throws at us.

One year down….here’s to many, many more to come….

This week 865 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 88 were first timers and 111 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 60 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

David HEATH • Rav SAINI • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Heather BRAIN • Andy ROBSON • Simon CRAWSHAY • Gay O'CONNOR • Robert STONE • James WALKER • Diane STOREY • Dawn Teresa ASH • Andrew HARDY • Alan PICKERING • Simon O'CONNOR • Graham FILMER • Vanya RITCHIE • Mike CLEMSON • Ben BAYNHAM • James STOREY • Nicholas EVANS • Simon FAIRWEATHER • Sally WEBSTER • Andy KITE • Megan JERRED • Sarah WOODS • Samantha CLACK • Patrick DOMINEY • Pat BRADSHAW • Chris BRADSHAW • Layla OAKLEY • John ROWLAND • Julie CHESHIRE • Deborah ELISA • Andrew PANTLAND • Sylvia THOMAS • Sarah WILLENS • Vanessa SAXBY • Naomi JONES • Clare MILWARD • Carl BRITCHFORD • Bob WHITE • Ella MCINTOSH • Alice DORRINGTON


Event #366

Poole parkrun
Event number 366
14th April 2018

A misty morning didn’t deter the 745 park runners for run number 366
Think there may have been a bit more than mist in the air as an incredible 117 runners recorded new pb’s. We also saw 67 runners for the first time at Poole, with 34 of these being first time ever parkrunners.


Among the pb's, these runners acheived it after doing more than 25 runs at Poole. Grace Galton after 60 runs, Roy Pratchett 29 runs, Joanna Westhead 96 runs, Helen Keen 157 runs, Brian Underwood 93 runs, Martin Cowell 41 runs, Adam Richens 27 runs, John Doughty 32 runs, Glen Keen 87 runs, Mark Ruby 67 runs, Carrie Clark 29 runs, Andy Perry 67 runs, Adam Corbin 45 runs, Jane Steadman 79 runs, Zoe Houlton 97 runs, Daryll Corbin-Jones 190 runs and David Graham 198 runs.



Thank you to this weeks 57 volunteers:
Mike CURE • Ian PAYNE • Lucy PAYNE • Karl PARRY • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Kevin STOCKWELL • Stuart BICKEL • Andy ROBSON • Matthew HOSIER • David HEATH • Peter HOLT • Ted PAYNE • Gay O'CONNOR • Robert STONE • Diane STOREY • Dawn Teresa ASH • Graham STOAKES • Sheela HOBDEN • Mark PACKER • Lyn COSTIN • Sarah CURRELL • Trisha MILLS • Graham FILMER • Paul WILSHER • Mike CLEMSON • Eve FILMER • Ben BAYNHAM • James STOREY • Steph BETTERIDGE • Jessica GADBURY • Sue HAM • Louise BURRIDGE • Rebecca CARRON • Sally WEBSTER • Alex CADZOW • Stefan WEBSTER • Samantha CLACK • Martin MILLER • Caroline THOMAS • Patrick DOMINEY • Chris BRADSHAW • Layla OAKLEY • Ian KENWRIGHT • Austin HARFIELD • John ROWLAND • Lesley CARR • Daniel CROWHURST • Craig JOHNSON • Christian KENWRIGHT • Sylvia THOMAS • Sarah HOPKINS • Carl BRITCHFORD • Bob WHITE • Ella MCINTOSH • Mark VINCENT • Freya PAYNE • James WALKER


Where’s Wally 7th Anniversary Run

Run Report ... poole parkrun event # 365 ...
Written by Ann Deverill and photographs provided by Ben Print and Carl Britchford, thanks all


Where's Wally/ 7th Anniversary parkrun

Fresh Saturday morning saw a gathering of red, white and blue.....patriotic you think....No just a lot of Wally's it was my favorite kind of parkrun, fancy dress all for Poole's 7th year anniversary. Yes hard to believe poole parkrun has being going for 7 years...that's a lot of runners,a lot of personal achievements and a lot of volunteers.

It was safe to say this was taken very seriously by all and the array of fancy dress showed this. My game was to spot "Wally" obviously you say......there was tall, short, small and big. We had Wally's and Wanda's. We also had dogs dressed up, all in a sea of red and white stripes. The usual fun and laughter saw 638 runners set of like a out take of Prisoner Break! Oooh now there's a good idea for a themed run....ha ha.


The weather kept dry and a snake of red and white weaved it's way round the park, I choose to position myself around the middle this was to get a good view, but also to feel the atmosphere, which was definitely "Wallified" . The fast runners soon sped by job done and off home...but the Wally's continued to file in one after another with smiles and high fives. All Wally's safely back at Wally HQ....aka The Pavilion...where the work continues Head Wally's busy down loading times and results (So all Runner Wally's get their results and are able to celebrate, commiserate or simply clock up the number of parkruns) Volunteer Wally's busy tidying and clearing away. Back to the Runners Wally's now importantly drinking tea, coffee and eating cake! Refueling of course!!! As the the Wally's dispersed it amazes me that in a space of hour we see a mass crowd of over 700 people dwindled down to a handful very quickly as people carry on with their Saturday... but wow what a start to the day. Another very successful parkrun done..so here's to next week and event #366 and to the 8th year anniversary...with many more personal achievements on the way. _DSC4970
As always a big thank you to Head Wally's this week and Volunteer Wally's....and to all that dressed up...well done...always put fun into run.
See you all next week...for another Poole parkrun extravaganza....

This week 638 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 56 volunteers:

David HEATH • Mike CURE • Rav SAINI • Ian PAYNE • Martin HORMAN • Kevin DWYER • Karl PARRY • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Stuart BICKEL • Andy ROBSON • David HEATH • Ben PRINT • Josh WREFORD • Peter HOLT • Antoinette MCAULAY • Gay O'CONNOR • Liz ROBSON • Robert STONE • Diane STOREY • Dawn Teresa ASH • Kevin MCGRORY • Simon O'CONNOR • Louise CORNICK • Danika WESTWOOD • Graham FILMER • Tony PEACH • Mike CLEMSON • Peter John HAYWARD • John IRONS • Rob ELISA • Matthew DOWNER • Ann DEVERILL • Janet TEMPLE-EDWARDS • Alex CADZOW • Mark KIMBER • Maureen LA FRENAIS • Martin MILLER • Caroline THOMAS • Dave SMITH • Layla OAKLEY • Austin HARFIELD • Lisa BONES • Katie SIMMONDS • John ROWLAND • Lesley CARR • Judith COOLE • Deborah ELISA • Carly BOOKER • Sylvia THOMAS • Samantha PINE • Mandy GRIFFIN • Carl BRITCHFORD • Amy WALKER-WESTON • Alison GEORGE • Bob WHITE • Mark VINCENT

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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:38 on 30th August 2014
The female record is held by Melissa COURTNEY who recorded a time of 16:15 on 24th December 2016
The Age Grade course record is held by Judy BIRD who recorded 97.05% (18:39) on 1st July 2017

Poole parkrun started on 2nd April 2011. Since then 18,644 participants have completed 179,601 parkruns covering a total distance of 898,005 km, including 29,669 new Personal Bests.

Pacing Event, 28th April 2018

The chance to earn a PB or learn how to pace your run more effectively.  We hope to have pacers from 18-40 mins with maybe a 16 or 17 minute pacer thrown in too if we're lucky.

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