Poole parkrun – Event number 345 – 11th November 2017

James Fuller is our report writer again this week and has written another great poem.

Our very own poet laureate!

Poole parkrun Volunteer Poem

They say never volunteer for anything,
I could have taken Morrissey’s advice and ‘spent the day in bed’;
But now I’ve reached 250 and retired from running;
I’m volunteering at Poole parkrun, not sorting out the shed…

So I’m in the finish funnel (and I don’t mean in Helsinki!),
You couldn’t miss me in my High Viz Jacket;
Shouting “Please move along” and “Keep in order”,
For tired runners, it really was a racket.

Karl Welch, disguised as an Ethopian,
With green singlet finished first in 16.20;
He’s a Bournemouth 800m track runner,
Who found the wind strong, but had leg speed a plenty.

The quickest lady on the results is down as ‘unknown’,
Finished top 10 despite having to stop;
She had to stretch her rib away from her lung!,
But 9 months after having a baby boy, she came top!

It was 12 degrees, 1011 millibars,
Winds from the West North West;
Humidity at 97%;
No wonder so few runners wore just a singlet vest!

536 hardy participants braved the light drizzle,
75 fewer, (funnily enough), than last week;
Lynette Short brought up the rear in 51 minutes 39,
She even sprinted at the end, quite a feat.

If I can’t be running, I can be helping,
“Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)”, if all is said;
On this Remembrance weekend we should all celebrate life,
And “Get out of your lazy bed”….

James S. Fuller


This week's stats

This week 536 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 58 volunteers:

Mike CURE • Mel CARROLL • Kevin DWYER • Tina STOAKES • Kevin STOCKWELL • Colin SIMPSON • Michael HUGHES • David HEATH • Simon CRAWSHAY • Peter HOLT • Ray NEWELL • Gay O'CONNOR • Diane STOREY • Ian WOOLSTON • Lynette SHORT • Dawn Teresa ASH • Neil RYAN • Graham STOAKES • Simon O'CONNOR • Louise CORNICK • Lyn COSTIN • Andrew COLLINSON • Trisha MILLS • Andy FLOCKHART • James FULLER • Nigel HARDING • Ryan STOREY • Mike CLEMSON • Nicola RUBY • Ben BAYNHAM • James STOREY • Gemma TAYLOR • Maurice BROMIDGE • John IRONS • Louise BURRIDGE • Karen RENWICK • Mark RUBY • Sue GRIESSER • Catharine KENYON • Matthew DOWNER • Philip ANDERSON • Lucy BARNES • David LITTLE • Mark KIMBER • Ella RUBY • Martin MILLER • Caroline THOMAS • Layla OAKLEY • James RENWICK • Luke RENWICK • Anna ONEILL • Lesley CARR • Andrew PANTLAND • Sylvia THOMAS • Andrea TOROK • Vanessa SAXBY • Joe TRENT • Olivia HALDERTHAY

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 17,524 participants have completed 166,215 parkruns covering a total distance of 831,075 km, including 27,856 new Personal Bests.


Poole Parkrun #344 Parting Poem

James Fuller is our report writer this week and has written us a fantastic poem. Thanks James and congratulations on your 250th parkrun. Also don't forget to check out our Flickr page for this week's latest pictures!

Poole Parkrun3

Well today it is the Poole Parkrun,
And I’m up at seven for a cup of tea;
Just a third of a bowl of cereal,
As regurgitating isn’t for me!

By eight it’s a cup of coffee,
And a visit to the WC.;
A few stretches in my kitchen,
As my back is as stiff as can be.

I’m only taking Cinnamon and Ibuprofen,
Cod liver oil and Glucosamine sulphate;
Zinc, Multi vitamins and gels…,
And keeping an eye on my weight.

Then I hop onto my old push bike,
It’s downhill, all the way the road;
But I turn round at the end of the street,
As I’ve forgotten (again!) my bar code…

Thank goodness I have on my t shirt,
Shorts and socks, which is good news;
But once at Weymouth I forgot my trainers,
And had to run all the way in my shoes!

My first was the tenth of March,
In two thousand and twelve;
Today it’s my two hundredth and fifth run,
As now I’m starting to shelve.

Well it’s twice around the algal pond,
Never mind the” bollards”, is what you do;
Do not step on the Canada geese,
And watch out for their slippery poo!

“It’s only one person per dog”,
“Don’t let adults run without a kid”;
“There’s always another week for a pb”,
I used to believe that I did…

I have been mown down by a kid’s buggy!
Dogs have nearly had me in the lake!;
Swans have hissed and sat on the path!
I’ve swerved to avoid a duck and a drake!

After today I am going to stop competing,
For you see, it is my last run;
My right Achilles needs time for mending,
And hobbling around, isn’t much fun.

Trains have tooted the runners,
And we run in reverse some times;
The pacers always seem to run too fast!,
And cheating corner cutters, never have fines.

Well what have I got to show for it?
Two free shirts, soon to be three;
Some smelly worn out trainers,
And have I mentioned my knee?

Seriously it’s quite a community,
You can get a mug of coffee or tea;
On birthdays there’s sometimes some cake,
And it’s all absolutely free.

When I started there were two hundred runners,
I finished in position about forty four;
Now there’s nearly a thousand,
You should see the queue at the ladies loo door!

Today Jacek Cieluszecki  15.46,
Won and was the fastest man in;
Grace Copeland aged 15 to 17 was  the top girl!
But they never ever let me win…

I run in the snow at Christmas,
As I’m not a fair weather runner;
I run in the hail at Easter,
And the heatwave we get in summer.

I have run round a volcano in Mount Gambier,
Dodged the Kangaroos in Jells Park;
Along the railway line in Blandford Forum,
Plus a pilgrimage to Bushy Park.

I have run along a canal in Wrocslaw,
Past the Cherries at Bournemouth’s King’s Park;
Was overtaken by Paul Sinton-Hewitt  at Weymouth,
Run in the mud of Wormwood Scrubs for a lark.

I have run the three loops of Upton House,
And smelt the firs of Moors Valley;
The figure of eight of Brighton and Hove,
Started 15 minutes late at Killerton, but did rally.

Today my 250th Poole Parkrun Parting Poem,
With Matt, Rachel, Nigel, Dr Rebecca and Uncle Terry;
I returned to Poole Park where it started,
If I’d not been beaten by Andy… I’d be merry!

And so what of my future?
I’m going to be more of a volunteer;
And go for the lovely purple shirt,
And on Friday nights, drink lots more beer.

James S. Fuller


Halloween Spooktacular Poole parkrun #343

Sara Johnson is our ace news reporter today, and she writes of her new found love.....ooh what can it be? Thanks Sara for a great read and love the puns! Thanks too to Carl Britchford for the awesome photos in this report and on our Flickr page.


Hi parkrunners. I’ve previously shared the tale of my rollercoaster romance with parkrun but today, I bring you a new account as this week I volunteered for the very first time. I answered the call for helpers on Facebook a few days ago. I love my weekly parkrun and I’ll put my hands up and admit that I haven’t volunteered in the past as not to miss out on my run, always saying I’ll do it soon. No time like the present and what better week to pop my volunteer cherry, than at the Halloween run as a token hander-outer! There’s a lovely calm at the cricket pitch pre 08.30. A handful of crew and volunteers, a spattering of joggers and walkers and a large Co-op van offloading meal boxes. In the pavilion there’s a hum of activity. The volunteer/control station is set up with all the stopwatches, clipboards etc. meticulously laid out. This is a well-oiled machine. The laminator is warming up and already there are some impressive Halloween costumes present. The crowds gather and Sarah delivers another sterling pre run briefing. I feel quite relaxed, a bit like I’ve been let of the hook for the week whilst still being part of the run. The run starts and it’s really cool seeing the crowd disappear off ahead of you. Ahhh the absence of pressure to keep up is delicious! We casually walk up to the mini roundabout and take in the incredible view of the runners stretching out around the lake. The front runners lead the charge and soon approach us to start lap 2. It’s an amazing sight when you’re used to being way back in the pack somewhere. I applaud you all! We clap and cheer the runners round. The first skeleton passes, the first dog! Time to head back to the pavilion to get in position!


No sooner are we back and the front runner is coming through and making quick pace around the cricket pitch. This is what I was looking forward to. Seeing these guys and girls in great form charging round. The token duty is quite leisurely at this point and I have time to observe in awe. There is no funnel at this point. No, no… these runners come straight on up for their tokens and I soon realise I’m in a wicked place to lap up all that is good and great about parkrun. From the token hand out spot, you see EVERY runner mere moments after crossing the finish line. There is relief, joy, exhaustion, elation, panting (and that’s not just the dogs!). What moves me most though is the gratitude and thanks we are given as the runners pass by. I know there’s a round of applause at the briefing but I wasn’t expecting quite so much thanks from the individual runners post-run, some still barely catching their breath!


At runner no. 125 the funnel is mobilised and the numbers over the finish line speed up. Token duty is in full swing and there is great joy in giving each and every one out. Looking each runner in the eye, knowing exactly how they are feeling and being able to give them a sincere well done. This is great. It’s busy and swift but so slick and well organised and controlled by the seasoned token guys. The feel good factor is incredible. I’m so pleased I have given it a go. Now, I know there is a running bug and parkrun is great at sparking this in any kind of runner wanting to have a go but people, I’ve discovered there is a volunteering bug too! We all know the event depends on volunteers and it is really, really good fun. Knowing you’re helping is great but the appreciation you get is another level. I implore each and every one of you reading this to have a go. Sit one run out and get a taste for it. I am a convert now and will make volunteering a regular thing in and around my parkruns.


This is/was supposed to be littered with Halloween puns. Witchful thinking I know. I’ll make no bones about it - I didn’t have the guts to try and slit them in. Fang’kyou to the volunteers and crew for creeping it real. You are all good souls. I spider’d lots of great costumes so hats off to everyone of their fangtastic efforts. Lady in the red morph suit - howl you breathed and saw through that suit!! You must’ve been pumpkin with adrenaline (credit Naomi Jones for that one!). What a battle and all in the name of a bit of exorcise. Well done runners. No doubt you were goblin on those Co-op boxes in high spirits having bat’tled round another parkrun. It’s eerie’sistable, so is volunteering, so email or spook to Sarah and get involved. Bats all folks!


This week 828 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 94 were first timers and 132 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 50 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 54 AWESOME volunteers: Mike CURE • Rav SAINI • Kevin DWYER • Karl PARRY • Deborah SAINI • Tina STOAKES • James GALLAGHER • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Stuart BICKEL • Cathy SPIERS • Colin SIMPSON • Andy ROBSON • David HEATH • Simon CRAWSHAY • Ray NEWELL • Gay O'CONNOR • Liz ROBSON • Robert STONE • Helen HUGHES • Diane STOREY • Dawn Teresa ASH • Mark PACKER • Lyn COSTIN • Trisha MILLS • Andy FLOCKHART • Julie BARRETT • Ryan STOREY • Mike CLEMSON • Steve BULLER • Ben BAYNHAM • James STOREY • Jessica GADBURY • Louise BURRIDGE • Sara JOHNSON • John LOMAX • Ian UNDERWOOD • Stephen SPIERS • David LITTLE • Mark KIMBER • Ella RUBY • Margaret MACPHERSON • Paul J BARNETT • Martin MILLER • Esther DOWNES • Layla OAKLEY • Oliver HERDSMAN • Austin HARFIELD • Benedict KIMBER • Andrew PANTLAND • Christian KENWRIGHT • Vanessa SAXBY • Sophie BRITCHFORD • Carl BRITCHFORD • Alison GEORGE

Male placings:

Peter BAKSH (SM25-29) of Beckenham RC, was first over the line in 15:55 David EMERY (SM30-34) of Guernsey Island AAC, was second over the line in 15:59. Karl WELCH (SM30-34) of Bournemouth AC, was third over the line in 16:

Female placings:

Rebecca MOORE (SW25-29) of Chichester Runners & AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 16:54 Lilly HAWKINS (SW20-24) of Wells City Harriers, was second (34th overall) over the line in 18:20. Sasha BIRKIN (VW45-49) of Metros RC, was third (48th overall) over the line in 18:57.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Duncan COOPER (VM50-54) – 90.34% for the time 16:44 (12th overall). Rebecca MOORE (SW25-29) – 87.57% for the time 16:54 (14th overall). John Stanley BASSINDER (VM50-54) – 86.17% for the time 17:07 (18th overall).

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 17,453 participants have completed 165,068 parkruns covering a total distance of 825,340 km, including 27,687 new Personal Bests.


Defibrillator Pad Donation Appeal
In the speech on Saturday we mentioned how our Defibrillator pads were going to go out of date soon, and how we have to replace them and that we have no funds to do this. So we are looking to our runners to help raise the money. If all runners just gave £1 to our Pay Pal account, this would cover the costs easily. The link to our account is below, if you click on the Donate to parkrun cartoon in the middle of the page it will take you through to the Poole parkrun Pay Pal account. Hopefully we will never need to use our defib, but let's have a fully functioning one just in case.



Poole parkrun # 342

A huge thank you to Karen Bradshaw a visitor from Brierley Forest parkrun for this week's news report. Great job on the PB, especially given the weather too!


It was a very gusty morning for my third parkrun at Poole, but oh my, what a day to get a PB, and I did! This is also my first time volunteering, so all in all, a great weekend.

My local parkrun is Brierley Forest in Nottinghamshire, but this weekend I am visiting my son and daughter-in-law who were both playing a part in the running of parkrun today. I managed to keep up with the general middle group and although the weather wasn’t kind, it seemed to go really quickly.

The people are so friendly at Poole. I talked to them about where I came from and whoever I spoke to said how they like to keep running as it is such an achievement when done!

I have done three runs at Poole now, 32 at home in Nottinghamshire and have even visited Devon! Since I started parkrun (only a year ago), I have managed to knock off 12 minutes over the past year. By the way I am in the 65-69 age group, so age is no barrier when it comes to running, everyone can do it!

I do love a PB who doesn’t? But the main thing is getting out there in the fresh air, meeting new people and keeping fit at the same time.

Parkrun is for everyone; elite runners, marathon and half marathon runners, then there are the everyday runners just like me.


Poole parkrun # 341

Poole parkrun
Event number 341
14th October 2017

Friday evening, we are again short of a news report, I put out a request on facebook and Jo Parry replied, "saying she could write the news this week" fantastic, is always good to get a report.
I wasn't expecting this super report. Thank you Jo Parry.
Enjoy your read below


'The minute you cross that finishing line, it will change you life forever' it read, yet another one of those trite memes that drift meaninglessly in and out of your consciousness as you scroll through Facebook. We've all seen these quotes, and I'm willing to bet most of us think about the words contained within them for about 2 seconds. In May this year that very meme popped up in my social media timeline, and for once, it actually had an impact. I thought, "I wonder if that's actually true?" and so set about finding out by running my first race.
I entered the Poole Festival of Running 10k race after doing about 3 weeks 'training', and finished in 1 hour and 6 minutes, and, to my delight and surprise, discovered that that exact sentiment was very true indeed. That night I found the Poole parkrun website and signed up.



My name is Jo and I sit down for a living. All day, for hours on end I sit at my iMac and draw to earn my living. Bar the odd jog around the block the only exercise I got was walking down the stairs each morning to sit at the desk. I have no exceptional back story or interesting anecdote, I'm just the proverbial also ran who decided that a sedentary lifestyle was no longer an option, and I realised that Poole parkrun was the answer to fixing that.

Today was my 12th parkrun, Poole's run #341. Today, like all my other saturday mornings now, involved this new, and still slightly surreal ritual of setting the alarm for 7am, slurping hot coffee and switching on the TV whilst shaking my head at the thought of making myself run over 3 miles, just for the sheer hell of it. It's one of those love/hate situations, where you cant quite decide if you enjoy or endure the whole process, a bit like eating jelly sour sweets. That peculiar sensation of the confusing attack on the senses when the sourness makes your jaw lock and face wince, yet you go back for another, and another, and before you know it, the bag is empty. parkrun, for me anyway, is a bit like that, except, unlike eating a bag of sours, the feeling you get after you've finished is altogether more satisfying.



So why Poole parkrun? Well for one, I live only five minutes away from the park, and I know this place so well. I can leave home at 8.40am and still have time for a quick warm up by the 'big tree' before the run starts. Part of the enjoyment of the whole event is that 20 minutes or so watching all the other runners going through their rituals, the ultimate exercise in people watching. jp1Everyone with a different story, a unique reason for being there, every single person having a hundred and one excuses for not turning up but having the courage, discipline or desire to be there anyway. That, for me, is the most impressive thing of all, 700 plus runners who could easily have talked themselves out of coming down to the park, but didn't. There's just something about the vibe of Poole parkrun, the friendliness, the inclusiveness, the simplicity maybe, that makes running two laps around a lake and a cricket pitch the thing we chose to do over all else at 9am on a saturday morning.
My run today was as unremarkable as all the others (save for the very first one when I tripped over a Spaniel, nearly fell in the lake, pulled a calf muscle and forgot to press start on my Garmin...) Having had two good races last saturday (10k in 57 mins and 5k in 29 mins) at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, and two hill runs in the week, I thought I may well be on for a good time. About 30 seconds into the race this morning I figured that that probably wasn't on the cards! I muttered something under my breath, lets just say it was along the lines of 'bollards', but decided to just keep plodding and try and not let it bother me.
jp7Some days your legs want to play ball, and some days, well, they just go on strike. Apologies to the friendly runner who tried to strike up a conversation on lap two by the railway line, I wanted to engage in the conversation about parkrun apricot tops but I was already down to the reserve tanks, and they were emptying alarmingly fast. Patently you were much quicker than me today so it wasn't long before I saw you disappear into the distance! I managed to get round in just over 28 minutes which in the end wasn't too bad, no PB but there were a few points in the run when I thought a sub 30 was out of the question. My quest for a 25 minute run by 25 park runs is still a FAINT possibility! The conditions were great today, not too warm or too cool, no wind, no indignant swans blocking the way and as ever, the trot around the lake made all the more enjoyable (or is that bearable?!) by the presence of the ever cheerful and encouraging marshals. Without our wonderful park run volunteers none of this would ever be possible, we all owe them so much. Much like the runners having excuses not to turn up on a saturday, the same applies for the heroes in high-vis, I personally would like to thank each and every one for giving up their time so people like me can come and run for half an hour in a safe and organised enviroment, and be lucky enough to have them push us on as we shuffle by. THANK YOU.


So, run finished, recovery time in the funnel and then back to the front of the pavilion to make my way across the pitch and back home for a big mug of tea on the back doorstep. I swear that pitch, or the 'doughnut' as I like to call it, gets bigger every week. In many ways that's the hardest part of the route for me. After navigating that pesky hairpin bend to take you down onto the track, I have this fantasy that I'll be able to sprint around the whole circumference for a glorious finish, every inch looking like a pro. Never quite seems to work out that way though, funny that! Watching the other runners tackling those last few metres, desperate to get to the end is always quite moving I think. 5K is 5K, whether you can tear round in under 20 minutes or if it takes you 50, it's still a LONG way, and it hurts.



When I tell people what I do for a living, quite often the response is "Oh, I wished I could draw!" My reply is always the same, if you can hold a pencil in your hand, you can. No one draws any better than anyone else, we just draw 'differently'. It's the same with running. It's all too easy to measure ourselves against the abilities of the other runners, scratching our heads at the implausibility of finishing a park run in 16 minutes, baffled by the consummate ease the buggy pushers fly by us at a rate of knots, being blown out of the water by a small child as they shoot by, apparently oblivious to the concept of being out of breath. But, to do that, to hold ourselves up to scrutiny in that way is to miss the entire point of parkrun. parkrun is for everybody, fast, slow, and everyone in between. Much like everyone can be an artist if you can hold a pencil, we are all runners too. If we can put one foot in front of the other and move forward, we ARE runners, and thanks to parkrun, we can cross that finishing line every week, and change our lives a little bit more for the better, step by tired step.
Once again many thanks to the marshals, photographers and volunteers for giving up their time every saturday, I'd love to see you all wearing big name badges so we can thank you personally as we go past or through scanning. I wonder if that can be arranged?! See you next week! JO X


This weeks stats

This week 739 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 93 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 60 volunteers:

Mike CURE • Mel CARROLL • Ian PAYNE • Lucy PAYNE • Kevin DWYER • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Stuart BICKEL • Ashley WEEDON • Colin SIMPSON • John RICHARDS • Andy ROBSON • David HEATH • Ben PRINT • Simon CRAWSHAY • Ray NEWELL • Gay O'CONNOR • Liz ROBSON • Robert STONE • Gillian D COOK • Diane STOREY • Dawn Teresa ASH • Graham STOAKES • Sue CRIBB • Simon O'CONNOR • Trisha MILLS • Graham FILMER • Ryan STOREY • Mike CLEMSON • Steve BULLER • John HALLETT • Chris LAY • Jan BRIAN • James STOREY • David RITCHIE • Marilyn HALLETT • Morag DAY • Jessica GADBURY • Richard DUNNING • Louise BURRIDGE • Stephanie GADBURY • John LOMAX • Catharine KENYON • Matthew JOHNSON • Karila FAULKNER • David LITTLE • Martin MILLER • Caroline THOMAS • Grace BANYARD • Jenni AYRES • John ROWLAND • Sarah SCANNELL • Deborah ELISA • Becky FIELD • Christian KENWRIGHT • Sylvia THOMAS • Lorna GOOD • Marcus WARD • Jo PARRY • Olivia HALDERTHAY • Carl BRITCHFORD

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

Male placings:
Karl WELCH (SM30-34) of Bournemouth AC, was first over the line in 16:44 - 18th time in 41 appearances.
Joe PRICHARD (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:05.
Ben KEIGHTLEY (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:11.

Female placings:
Joanna HANNA (SW25-29) of Poole AC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 18:04 - 7th time in 29 appearances.
Rosie DAVIES (SW25-29) of Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 20:13.
Ruth TAYLOR (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (64th overall) over the line in 21:06 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Sanjai SHARMA (VM55-59) – 87.49% for the time 17:43 (7th overall).
John Stanley BASSINDER (VM50-54) – 84.93% for the time 17:22 (4th overall).
David CARTWRIGHT (VM65-69) – 83.40% for the time 20:41 (52nd overall).

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