Our last 2017 parkrun

Poole parkrun #353

30th December 2017


Thank you to our regular timekeeper Nigel Harding, who's written us a super report about Saturdays run.

Ice in Alness, snow in Catterick. parkruns are going down like ninepins. Not just in ‘The Frozen North’ either - Winchester is iced off, Lymington is waterlogged. Will we manage our final parkrun of 2017?
We’re so lucky in Poole with our flat and speedy course, and an equable climate. The shelter of the Purbecks means there’s a bit of a breeze, but not a howling wind. Conditions are as good as we could hope for to see the old year out.
Karl Welch is quickly in front, bidding to cross the line first for the third time this month. Liam Openshaw in his green Dorset vest is second after the first circuit of the lake, but John Bassinder hasn’t reached three times the youngster’s age without learning pace judgement. He has turned the tables by the time they emerge from the trees.
Welch eases round the cycle track, yet still finishes almost half a minute ahead. Bassinder claims the best age grade of the day in second – an impressive 85%. Openshaw slips to fourth as Stewart McAndie surges into the finishing circuit, but rallies just as fifth and sixth are getting their hopes up.
Full marks to young Crawley AC visitor Nathan Buckridge who clocks a career best 18:04 in eighth place.
Serena O’Connor leads the women home for the 49th time at Poole. Her 19:35 is just enough to secure age-graded bragging rights over her mum, Gay, who is fifth lady with 22:21.
Camberley’s Amy Dove was second (20:41) with Jennifer Harvey, veteran by age, but a parkrun debutant, third in 21:02.

A few days after Christmas may not be the obvious times for personal best, but 41 relaxed and rested people managed one anyway.
Congratulations to Clive Hardy who completed his 250th Poole parkrun today, having earned his green T-shirt on Christmas Day. Mother and daughter Rachel and Lara Small rounded off a century of parkruns each by running round together. Ken Hunter also joined the 100 Club.
Paul Beer, Daniel Crowhurst and Carl Heffernan each reached the 50 parkrun milestone, while juniors Adam and Solly Abu-Ghaba, Anouk Adam-Amey, Sophie Dove and Lucy Gibbs all joined the 10 Club during this week.

Timekeeping is the ideal duty at year-end. While the runners stream across the line, I reflect on years past, pleased to see old rivals still enjoying their running. I also look forward to future years as youngsters mature and fulfil their potential.

Today’s visitors included: James Rose (Newent), Katherine Buckeridge (Clair), Daniel Ling and Louise Hill (Didcot), Marc Woodall (Nonsuch), John Stoneman (Great Notley), Catherine and Steven Barker (Grangemoor, Cardiff), Helen Jaques (South Manchester), Geoff and Lorna Astley (Long Eaton), Gary and Jacky O’Leary (Panshanger), Giles Clark (Jersey), James Blackburn (Heartwood Forest), Ann Thomas (Chelmsford Central), Mark Brady (Basingstoke), Helen Robberts (Rushclife) and Eileen Hillier (Huddersfield).
By far the most travelled, though, was Peter Wilson, an M75 from Tambourine Mountain parkrun in Queensland, who has run the past five parkruns with us. A few people may be looking forward to reciprocal visits in April when the Commonwealth Games is staged near his home run on The Gold Coast.

Poole parkrun #353 30th December 2017

This week 600 people completed the course. 25 were making their first ever parkrun and a further 38 were running at Poole for the first time. 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.


Volunteers Dec 17

Al PIKE • Andrew PANTLAND • Andrew ROUSE • Andy ROBSON • Antoinette MCAULAY • Bessie-Rose PIKE • Bob WHITE • Carl BRITCHFORD • Caroline THOMAS • Colin SIMPSON • Dan DARCH • Daniella CHIU • Darryl WOOLLEY • David GRAHAM • David HEATH • David LITTLE • David RINTOUL • Dawn Teresa ASH • Dougal SHAKESPEARE • Ella RUBY • Gay O'CONNOR • Georgia HAZELL • Graham FILMER • Hannah DARCH • James FULLER • Jenny PLAYFORD • John IRONS • John ROWLAND • June STONE • Karen GREGORY • Kevin DWYER • Laura CORNWELL • Lesley MOORE • Louise BURRIDGE • Malachi PIKE • Martin MILLER • Matthew O'RILEY • Mel CARROLL • Mike CLEMSON • Mike CURE • Nicholas EVANS • Nicky TINSLEY • Nicola RUBY • Nigel HARDING • Olivia HALDERTHAY • Paul J BARNETT • Paul WILSHER • Rav SAINI • Ray NEWELL • Robert STONE • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Sarah KENWAY • Simon CRAWSHAY • Simon DUNK • Stuart BICKEL • Sylvia THOMAS • Vanessa SAXBY

Male placings:
Karl WELCH (SM30-34) of Bournemouth AC, was first over the line in 16:52 -.
23rd time in 49 appearances.
John BASSINDER (VM50-54) of Poole AC, was second over the line in 17:19 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Stewart MCANDIE (VM40-44) of Fulham RC, was third over the line in 17:34.

Female placings:
Serena O’CONNOR (SW18-19) of Poole Runners, was first (24th overall) over
the line in 19:35 – 49th time in 185 appearances.
Amy DOVE (JW16-17) of Camberley AC, was second (45th overall) over the line in 20:41.
Jennifer HARVEY (VW45-49), a first-time parkrunner, was third (57th overall) over the line in 21:02.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John BASSINDER (VM50-54) – 85.18% for the time 17:19 (second overall).
David CARTWRIGHT (VM65-69) of Poole Runners – 82.54% for the time 20:54 (50th overall).
Jane NEAL (VW60-64) of Poole AC – 82.20% for the time 23:36 (139th overall, 12th Lady).

Poole parkrun started on 2nd April 2011. Since then 17,915 participants have completed 171,224 parkruns covering a total distance of 856,120 km, including 28,567 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Melissa COURTNEY who ran in a time of 16:15 on 24th December 2016 (event number 299).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 14:38 on 30th August 2014 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Judy BIRD who recorded a 97.05% run (18:39) on 1st July 2017 (event number 326).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Poole parkrun Results Page.


Pacing Event

The next pacing event at Poole will be on the 27th January, so put it in the diary and get training......


2nd Christmas news report – Poole parkrun

Thank you to Lindsey Maynard a visitor from Cassiobury parkrun near Watford, who has written our 2nd Christmas news report.

Lindsey 2

Christmas Day was my second run at Poole - a year to the day since my first on Christmas Day 2016! The weather was a little different this year, with rain and cloud replacing the recent frosty mornings. But, the weather didn't dampen the mood and it was great to see lots of festive fancy dress (including an inflatable turkey and Santa hats galore!).


The course at Poole is similar to my home run at Cassiobury - flat, mainly on tarmac and lots of pretty parkland. One of the differences is in the attendance - Cassiobury averages around 275 parkrunners each week, whereas almost 700 people walked, jogged or ran at Poole on Christmas Day. There were plenty of other tourists in attendance visiting the area for the Christmas period - and lots of first timers too.

I really enjoyed running the course, including dodging the bigger puddles and the final run in around the cricket pitch (when you really want to get to the finish, it seems to go on and on..) The marshals did a great job around the lake helping to keep us all out of the water and avoiding any bumps on the slippery areas. I was pleased to get a Christmas Day PB (surely the best Christmas present?!) and was joined by many others too - well done to you all!


A big thank you to all of the volunteers for giving up their time on Christmas morning - the encouragement is really appreciated! If you haven't volunteered before, or in a while, why not give it a go in the next few weeks? Supportive marshals and friendly finish funnel volunteers make a big difference to a parkrun experience.

Thanks to all at Poole for a great start to Christmas (and if you're ever in the Watford area, come and join us at Cassiobury for your own bit of parkrun tourism).


Christmas day parkrun part 1

Thank you to Ann Deverill for this report Ann completed her 100th parkrun on Christmas day.


It's Christmas Day....
Merry Christmas to everyone...especially 699 runners who attended Poole parkrun on Christmas Day..it was grey, damp and drizzling but that didn't dampen the atmosphere with lots of fancy dress...we even got a full life size turkey! Christmas cheer was definitely in the air...with the ever brilliant volunteers to ensure our safety and fun...Christmas Day parkrun was a smasher and for me a very personal milestone as it was my 100th and I felt very privileged.


It's Christmas Day....
Merry Christmas to everyone...especially 699 runners who attended Poole parkrun on Christmas Day..it was grey, damp and drizzling but that didn't dampen the atmosphere with lots of fancy dress...we even got a full life size turkey! Christmas cheer was definitely in the air...with the ever brilliant volunteers to ensure our safety and fun...Christmas Day parkrun was a smasher and for me a very personal milestone as it was my 100th and I felt very privileged.


I can remember my very first parkrun clearly which was also at Poole it was Christmas Day too, a friend had suggested it so I put on a Santa hat with my barcode pinned to me pitched up not really knowing what to expect .... I remember being greeted with open arms and was astounded at how many people were there, I was introduced to lots of people who I now class as friends ....I loved it and was bitten by the bug instantly.
I now have encouraged friends to join in who then do the same and the running numbers swell....though I expect the numbers to up a bit more with New Year Resolutions......it's a brilliant introduction to running as you can challenge yourself... to what ever speed and never feel judged, hindered or a nuisance.

Saturday for me is the best and I look forward each week to parkrun and now to clock up my next milestones 25 volunteering and 250 parkruns.


As always I sign off with the big THANK YOU.....to all the runners and volunteers as you make parkrun the success it is....see you next week everybody .

From a happy 100th parkrunner.
Ann Deverill


Poole parkrun #351 – 23rd December 2017

Christmas Fancy Dress run

It has been a while since I wrote my last run report, but when I saw that the last report here was on 25th November and there was a gap in the rota for this week, I impulsively decided to give it another go and pen a few words.
Doing a run report is really quite straightforward; there are just 3 steps:
1) Sign up to do the role
2) Write the report
3) Submit the report
Simples, no?
Every parkrun volunteer goes through step one, either by signing on the whiteboard in the pavilion, emailing poolehelpers@parkrun.com, or by responding to a plea on social media when it is getting late in the week and the run director is getting twitchy that there won’t be enough helpers to allow the parkrun to go ahead. Strangely enough, signing up to be report writer isn’t one of those roles that gets snapped up early, and there have been a few weeks when no-one has come forward. In its favour, it is one of the select roles where you can run as well as volunteer – which is a win-win situation if you go a bit shaky at the thought of missing a run!
Step two – well that’s the interesting bit. For every other volunteer role, everyone involved with parkrun has got a clear idea about what you will do. However, the content of the run report is only limited by your imagination and no-one knows what you are going to submit in advance – which is kinda exciting, the power is in your hands. Every person’s experience of parkrun is unique, and when different people contribute their thoughts on Poole parkrun we can see the runs from alternative perspectives and get an appreciation of what the event means to other people.
Some of the previous reports featured on these pages will make you laugh, some will make you cry. We have had poems, crossword puzzles, statistics, photos galore, even a report written from a dog’s perspective! Today’s run report is going to follow the tried and tested technique of putting in a few photos to show a flavour of the day’s run. As it is the Christmas fancy dress run, I have three advantages using this technique –
1) The pictures reflect the effort people have gone to in dressing up, as well as showing their effort in running round the course
2) There are lots of people taking photographs (including Carl, official photographer for the day – thank you) so there are many photos to choose from
3) More photos = less text
Right, enough of my preamble, here is this week’s run report:
There were 733 runners, and quite a lot in festive fancy dress, but that didn’t hinder the 79 people who got PBs.
Of the 49 first-timers, 23 were doing their very first parkrun. We had new visitors from Australia and South Africa and, closer to home, runners from Bath Skyline, Southampton, other Dorset parkruns and elsewhere around the UK.
Perhaps the 64 unknowns forgot their barcodes because they were fretting about getting ready for Christmas just two days away, or was it due to the night before?
Alex Wall-Clarke and Ruth Barnes were the first male and female to cross the line, Ruth with an impressive 91.2% age grade.
Congratulations to:
100 runs - Nick Frewin, Lee Bradstock and Jonathan Boulter
50 runs - Fiona Morphew, Peter Merritt, Steve Cheshire, Euan Bruce and Dave Asbridge
Also, a special mention to the lady who completed the event on crutches.

fullsizeoutput_7702Getting in the festive spirit before the start



Waiting for the off




Concentrating on the run



Ruth Barnes on her way to the 4th fastest time ever by a female at Poole parkrun clocking a time of 16:40. The other 3 have all raced internationally.


See you next time



Hello Rudolph


Please visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/poole-parkrun/ to see all of Carls's photographs taken at parkrun.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Poole parkrun Results Page.
The event was made possible by 64 volunteers:

John MACINNES • Mike CURE • Rav SAINI • Ian PAYNE • Kevin DWYER • Karl PARRY • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Heather BRAIN • Stuart BICKEL • Ashley WEEDON • Colin SIMPSON • David HEATH • Simon CRAWSHAY • Ian HITCHING • Ray NEWELL • Gay O'CONNOR • Clive HARDY • Robert STONE • Neil DYBLE • Diane STOREY • Dawn Teresa ASH • Amanda SMART • Graham STOAKES • Sheela HOBDEN • Lyn COSTIN • Trisha MILLS • James FULLER • Graham FILMER • Barbara GELDART • Vanya RITCHIE • Paul WILSHER • Nigel HARDING • Ryan STOREY • Mike CLEMSON • Eve FILMER • Leah COOMBES • Ben BAYNHAM • James STOREY • Thomas PASKINS • Louise BURRIDGE • Sally WEBSTER • John LOMAX • Catherine MIDGLEY • Ingrid GALLEN • Danny GALLEN • Andrew ROUSE • Lucy BARNES • Helen PITCHER • Stefan WEBSTER • Sarah WOODS • Caroline THOMAS • Patrick DOMINEY • Grace BANYARD • Amy DOBSON • Anna ONEILL • John ROWLAND • Sarah SCANNELL • Lesley CARR • Andrew PANTLAND • Sylvia THOMAS • Jason HANCOCK • Vanessa SAXBY • Carl BRITCHFORD • Bob WHITE

















Poole parkrun

Event number 347

25th November 2017


It was a chilly frosty start to Poole parkrun on Saturday...it was evident the gloves, hats and long sleeves are now beginning to make an appearance. The colder months are on their way..... but the laughter and chatter never dampens. No matter the weather as always an amazing turn out of runners of all speeds.... there's the ultra fast, the fast, the let's just jog round I have a big race tomorrow, the middle speeds, the gentle joggers, the plodders, the slow, the very slow and the walkers.... all of which make parkrun the roaring success it is, it can be social, unsocial...ha ha if you've not had a good week and need ME time, your own personal race or race with a friend....parkrun is whatever you want it to be.



So....my report today is going to focus on the behind the scenes...it is fair to say we all turn up....stroll to the start line, off we go, filter through at the end, receive our token then barcode scanned await our result which magically is emailed to us.....we then happily with our result in hand or think next week I'll do better get on with our day......while the magic parkrun fairies are already hard at work to ensure the following week is organised and ready for us to repeat our experience......yes it's you "the parkrun volunteers" here's a big shout to you...for giving up your  free time to make sure 600 hundred plus runners have a fab parkrun every Saturday....so the next time you run past a marshal say thank you...listen to the run director who has important information for our benefit each week.

Happy parkrunners is happy parkrun volunteers......happy parkrun volunteers is happy parkrunners.
THANK YOU POOLE PARKRUN VOLUNTEERS.....you're the best .....see you next week 
From a very happy parkrunner 
Ann Deverill 

This week 644 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 103 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 66 volunteers:

Mike CURE • Ian PAYNE • Kevin DWYER • Karl PARRY • Lesley MOORE • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Colin SIMPSON • Matthew HOSIER • David HEATH • Ben PRINT • Simon CRAWSHAY • Ray NEWELL • Gay O'CONNOR • Robert STONE • Neil DYBLE • Martin HUGHES • Helen HUGHES • Diane STOREY • Dawn Teresa ASH • Kevin MCGRORY • Graham STOAKES • Sue CRIBB • Stephen FIELDS • Simon O'CONNOR • James FULLER • Kim Denise HUNT • Graham FILMER • David SMALL • Rachel SMALL • Ryan STOREY • Eve FILMER • Leah COOMBES • James STOREY • John IRONS • Paul RENWICK • Louise BURRIDGE • Sally WEBSTER • Karen RENWICK • John LOMAX • Andrew ROUSE • Ann DEVERILL • Karila FAULKNER • Ken HUNTER • Lucy BARNES • David LITTLE • Ella RUBY • Paul J BARNETT • Caroline THOMAS • Patrick DOMINEY • Layla OAKLEY • James RENWICK • Laura HAMILTON • Luke RENWICK • Austin HARFIELD • Anna ONEILL • Gemma WINTHROP • Annette MOGG • Jane STEADMAN • John ROWLAND • Andrew PANTLAND • Sylvia THOMAS • June STONE • Vanessa SAXBY • Gemma SPARKS • Olivia HALDERTHAY • Carl BRITCHFORD

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 (event number 181).
The female record is held by Melissa COURTNEY who recorded a time of 16:15 on 24th December 2016 (event number 299).
The Age Grade course record is held by Judy BIRD who recorded 97.05% (18:39) on 1st July 2017 (event number 326).

Poole parkrun started on 2nd April 2011. Since then 17,627 participants have completed 167,536 parkruns covering a total distance of 837,680 km, including 28,093 new Personal Bests.

Dates for your Diary

2nd December - Pacing Event

16th December - Social at Poole Brewhouse & Kitchen 6pm onwards

23rd December - Christmas Fancy Dress parkrun

25th December - Christmas Day parkrun

30th December - Last parkrun of the year

New Years Day - There is not a parkrun at Poole this day due to the Broadstone Quarter Marathon

6th January - Resolution Run, first parkrun of 2018

⇐ Newer Posts