Event #433 – Welcome to Reading parkrun

Run report by Chiran Paudyal
Walk, jog, run or volunteer in the fun run
A total of 381 people including children, teenagers, men and women of all age groups completed the 433rd Reading Park run on cloudy but warm Saturday. People of all abilities ran, jogged and walked the 5-kilometre beautiful Thames valley trail in between 16.59 to 45 minutes.

This was the 3rd park run in Thames side after 3 months in Dinton Pastures. Though cloudy, the weather was perfect for the run as the weather was neither cold nor too hot. This is a fun and pleasant run for healthy life style and socialising with people. Though this is not a competition, David McCoy was the first male finisher in 16.59 minutes while Gemma Buley was the first female finisher in 20.30 minutes.
Altogether 21 first timers and six people with over 300 runs to their name participated in  Reading parkrun this week which is considered to be very beneficial for health. Walking ‘could save 37,000 lives a year' according to a report produced by the walking charity, Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support and was supported by Public Health England an agency of the Department of Health.

Parkrun, which is a voluntary initiative organised on regular basis on Saturday at 9 am, is free and fun and anyone can participate in any part of the UK and many other countries around the world. You can register for the park run through the following link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

People of all age, gender, geography and ethnicity are welcome at parkrun as a walker, jogger, runner or volunteer. Parkrun community welcomes the volunteers to organise the event.

Results

This week 381 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Cheryl BOSHIER • Anthony EASTAWAY • Oliver USHER • Fergal DONNELLY • Jim ALCORN • Pam ALCORN • Sahan JINADASA • Nicola RANDALL • Jeremy WALL • Rich STARR • Helen POOL • Robin KINSMAN • Tracey HICKS • Robert PHILLIPS • Chiran PAUDYAL • Ivo PHILLIPS • David HODGKINSON • Jennifer HOLMES

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

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).

Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 13,316 participants have completed 103,391 parkruns covering a total distance of 516,955 km, including 17,603 new Personal Bests.

 

Reading parkrun Event #431

By Natalie Harris

So, after Spring teasing us with beautiful sunshine and super high April temperatures this time last week, that was not what we were greeted with when we arrived at Thames Valley Park for the 431st Reading parkrun this morning. Grey skies, rain clouds and lots of mud awaited all the runners and the wonderful volunteers who braved the chilly weather to let the rest of us get our weekly parkrun fix. This was the second week at Thames Valley Park after over 3 months at Dinton Pastures.

 

Despite the weather, 355 of us walked, ran and sprinted our way around the 5k course and this included loads of newbies who have now joined the parkrun community and also tourists from all over the country. Equally, many runners somehow managed to earn themselves an epic PB despite the very boggy conditions, including the lovely Mark Dibben, who managed to get around the course so quickly that he was able to volunteer as Barcode Scanner as well! My husband, Gavin Harris, achieved a PB today too. 
Our Run Director let us all know that some of the runners amongst us had completed the London Marathon last weekend and I felt completely in awe of their fantastic achievement. I have so much respect for the incredible runners that completed the London Marathon and loved seeing you all sporting your bling today. To the gentleman in his 80's (Tom Harrison) who completed the marathon ahead of all others in their 80's, I think you are absolutely inspirational!
This parkrun has marked something a little special for me. After leaving Reading to move to the Isle of Wight this time last year, this marks my first parkrun back on my home turf. I've now moved back to Reading, so there will be many more parkruns on my home turf to come (including my 50th in about 8 weeks' time). Whilst running, I was reminded how amazing this running community is when people I've never met and never spoken to were encouraging me along the route when I felt I wanted to slow down or walk. The runners cheering each other on around the course and smiles on many of the faces I passed have left me with a feel good feeling that has lasted for the rest of the day. What better way to start a Saturday, right?!
Congratulations to Rhys MISKELL who completed his milestone 10 runs (Junior), Jackie STEVENI and Matthew BROWN who completed their 50th parkruns and Briony IRELAND who reached her century.
Results

This week 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

 

Tom STAGLES • Chris SMITH • Cheryl BOSHIER • Kristian WILKINS • Fergal DONNELLY • Mark DIBBEN • Alice CARPENTER • Elizabeth NAKIMBUGWE • Brendan MORRIS • Mahmud HUSEIN • Natalie HARRIS • David HODGKINSON • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL • Jennifer HOLMES

 

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

 

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).

 

Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 13,216 participants have completed 102,597 parkruns covering a total distance of 512,985 km, including 17,449 new Personal Bests.

 

Move back to TVP

After 3 months and a bit at Dinton Pastures, we are moving back to Thames Valley Park this Saturday (21st April). The website is in the process of being updated, so bear with us.

For those of you who have never been to Reading parkrun at TVP, we meet close to the Wokingham Waterside Centre, Thames Valley Park Drive, Reading RG6 1PQ. Parking is along Thames Valley Park Drive.

We will hold a first timers briefing for all those new to parkrun or just new to TVP. This will be at around 08:50 followed by a run briefing for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Reading parkrun #425 – St Patrick’s Day

By John Duckworth, photos by Peter Cook

There once was a mid March day

When people would gather and say

St Patrick's Day's fun

Let's wear green and parkrun

And they'd proceed to run 5k

On St Paddy's day 200 runners made the trip to Dinton Pastures County Park for the 425th Reading parkrun. This includes 27 first timers, though perhaps we should say 28 if you include a visit by the 'mini beast from the east'. The mini-beast showered the park with a lovely blanket of snow but that didn't stop 16 runners recording a personal best!

A few regulars may have been missing today, perhaps owing to the cold and snow but may have also been preparing for the Reading Half Marathon that was meant to be taking place the following day. It unfortunately fell victim to the mini-beast and was cancelled as a result.

We did have some tourists join us today in spite of the weather, from Southwark, Woodley, Weston-Super-Mare and Chippenham Junior parkrun ED and family.

In spite of the snow, 16 runners recorded a personal best and congratulations go out to Sara Griffiths and Suzanne Bate who both hit their 50 milestone! Sandra Robinson reached triple digits with her 100th parkrun today, congratulations Sandra!

There were several fancy dress themes this week, including some who ran in green in the spirit of St Patricks Day. We also spotted a leprechaun or 2 and some who opted to run in pyjamas for the chance to win a Millbrook Beds mattress. Even Dexter the Dachshund got in on the act with a cheeky red one piece.

Speaking of fancy dress, Tom O'Beirne and his stags joined us for a run, but not before addressing the runners and promising us all giant marshmallows to help him celebrate his upcoming wedding. Loved the plaits and the pink tutu Tom, your stags did you proud.

One of the joys of parkrun is that everyone has a running story and we all have personal acheivements we are rightly proud of - whether it's a parkrun PB, a milestone run or our first ever parkrun. The Reep family visited us from Weston-Super-Mare and Sarah told me that she was happy to have run parkrun for the first time without walking. Well done Sarah and we hope you continue to enjoy your parkrun journey.

Always remember: no volunteers, no parkrun. If you haven't yet emailed in to help out please consider doing so – we can always use another pair of hands and it really is enjoyable for an hour or so.

This week's first finishers were Neil Hart with a time of 17:42 and Gemma Buley with a time of 20:55. Debbie Taylor hit the highest age grading at 77.93%
Keith Ellis wins the award for recording the most aesthetically pleasing time of the day with 22:22

Results

This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Peter COOK • Mick PENSON • Ray MCGROARTY • Teresa CASWELL • Paul CASWELL • Trisha ARNOLD • Kristian WILKINS • Pete JEWELL • Andy ATKINSON • Liz ATKINSON • Jamie BUTLER • Robert HELE • Clare COYLE • Sahan JINADASA • Jeremy WALL • Jonathan COYLE • Simon RIVIERE • Laura MCBRIDE • Krish TRICHUR • Nicola REYNOLDS • John DUCKWORTH • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL • Jennifer HOLMES

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

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).

Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 13,034 participants have completed 101,026 parkruns covering a total distance of 505,130 km, including 17,255 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Reading parkrun Event #420

Run report by Krish Trichur, photos by Peter Cook
It was a chilly morning on the 3rd of February with a decent turnout of 211 people in the centre of Dintons  Pastures. Everyone was enthusiastic despite the near freezing temperatures and indulged in the Scottish Spirit as one of our core volunteers and run directors - Peter Reilly completed his 250th parkrun, an outstanding achievement. Peter volunteers in some capacity most weeks and if he wasn't a regular run director and photographer, would have reached his 250 milestone over a year ago :-). Thanks Peter, for all you do for Reading parkrun and well done on your 250 parkruns.

We also celebrated with Catherine Leather who completed her 100th parkrun on Saturday. Congratulations Catherine.

Catherine was joined on the day by a significant number of her Tri20 club mates who helped her celebrate.

As well as that, we had tourists from Woodley, Southampton and the very distant Bracknell ;-) . We also had great cheering and encouragement from our band of Marshals who didn’t leave a single opportunity to put a smile and a spark of spirit into the runners. Our fastest time was 17:53 which is excellent considering the temperatures and the effort needed to achieve such a feat. Overall, another excellent parkrun, with great spirit and enthusiasm. Let’s hope next week it will be a little warmer and the skies a little clearer and keep up the exuberant spirit!

Results

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Jon KEW • Patsy COLLIS • Chris SMITH • Peter COOK • Alix EYLES • Ian MAY • Fergal DONNELLY • Michelle HUTTON • Martin COULSON • Damien WOOLMER • Chiranjibi PAUDYAL • Neil HART • Nicola RANDALL • Martin FISHER • Charlie MACKLIN • Jonathan COYLE • Hugh SPALDING • Robin KINSMAN • Nicola REYNOLDS • David HODGKINSON • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL

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

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).

Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 12,890 participants have completed 99,870 parkruns covering a total distance of 499,350 km, including 17,085 new Personal Bests.

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