#64 A Run Report From a Fresh Perspective :-)

Written by Claire Allison

Being an avid parkrun tourist, I'm always looking for the next location to visit. Over a year old now, Rogiet hadn't really been on my radar until I heard a friend mention it. Having googled (and given up!) how to pronounce it, I found my interest piqued by this fairly "local" parkrun. By "local", I mean any parkrun that I can drive to without having to leave before 7am. Rogiet is my first Welsh parkrun so this ticks a big box for me. I ran at Severn Bridge parkrun a few weeks ago, which I loved for a whole host of reasons, but it is located in both England and Wales, which of course does make it very unique. Driving over the Second Severn Crossing this morning, we couldn't even see the other Severn Bridge through the mist, but on the positive side, the toll booths have been removed and the £5.60 charge has gone! It will be interesting to see if numbers increase as a result, as the months go by.

Rogiet parkrun is held in Rogiet Countryside Park. Sandwiched in between the M4 and the railway line, it lies opposite the interestingly named Severn Tunnel Junction. This 7km tunnel under the River Severn connects South Gloucestershire with Monmouthshire, and the Countryside Park is built on land reclaimed from the site of the Severn Tunnel Junction marshalling yards. My running preference will always be trail over tarmac, so three laps of trail and grass suit me perfectly.

It is a lovely location for a parkrun, and although I'm not a massive fan of three-lappers, this one was a pleasure to run. The laps felt like they got shorter each time, and it didn't feel as mentally tough as some multiple lappers. Plenty of space meant that the faster runners can lap everyone with ease, and enthusiastic marshals were positioned at regular intervals to provide us with welcome support. Rogiet have plenty of free car parking including an overflow car park at the nearby Severn Tunnel Railway Station. With a friendly and welcoming team, this is definitely one that I would like to return to in warmer weather, although that said, it wasn't as muddy as I had feared!

Onto the numbers:

Event 64 saw 83 people walk, jog or run the 5k course. Of those 83, six were first time parkrunners so well done for starting your parkrun adventure today! There were 23 first time visitors to Rogiet, from Chipping Sodbury, Longrun Meadow and Mount Edgcumbe and other parkruns. Morgan Voaden was our first finisher today with a time of 20:26, whilst Andrew Mathias earnt himself a second place finish and a new PB of 20:31 on his 10th parkrun and Sean Lewis in third place. Sian Loveless was first female finisher with a 21:33 finish and 5th overall place. The Neat Numbers Awards go to Harry Woodward (28:00), Craig Fennell (28:28), Richard Milliken (30:40), Joanne and Amy Gillard (33:00), Maisie Arthur (33:44), Alun Fuller (33:55), Susan Monk (37:57) and last, but not least Liz Wilkie (39:39). I first met Liz and Mel (Warren) from Chipping Sodbury in 2014, and it was lovely to see Liz running very successfully on her new hip which she had replaced last Easter.

I really enjoyed my trip to Rogiet today and would like to recommend my home parkrun of Longrun Meadow in Taunton in return. Ours is a muddy two lapper so you will feel right at home! Thank you for making us feel so welcome today.

NB having listened to the run brief intently, I now know how to pronounce Rogiet correctly!

Claire Allison

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Longrun Meadow parkrun

 

Christmas and New Year 2018/19 at Rogiet parkrun

Here is a summary of our festive arrangements - please note, should we not get enough volunteers then none of these events will be able to go ahead, so please put your name down now by emailing rogiethelpers@parkrun.com

Saturday 23rd December - festive fancy dress (9am)

We will run, jog, walk and volunteer wearing festive outfits. They'll be mince pies, tea, coffee and hot chocolate to enjoy.

Monday 25th December - Christmas Day parkrun (9am)

We will be parkrunning at Rogiet parkrun at 9am. We would welcome some extra volunteers so please message us if you can help, and wear your best festive outfits!

Please note that on Christmas Day you will not be able to register more than one parkrun.

Saturday 30th December - normal parkrunday (9am)

Monday 1st January - New Year's parkrunday!

Unfortunately we will not be holding a New Year's day Rogiet parkrun but lots of events are taking place. Please check the Christmas Compendium for details of where you can run.

 

Rogiet parkrun – 1st Birthday event

And just like that Rogiet parkrun is one year old! We have moved from being a new ‘baby’ parkrun to a ‘toddler’ event, thankfully with no nappy changing and fewer sleepless nights but no shortage of fun and challenges!

Looking back it seems a lifetime since our first event as Rogiet parkrun following the move from the original Caldicot route as so much has happened, for example we’ve:

• Had almost 1,400 participants covering a total distance of 21,900 km, including 1,179 new PBs and seen our biggest attendance at 138 people.
• Moved from a 2 to a 3 lap course to protect the park (with the being measured, remeasured and measured again!).
• Celebrated milestones and had tourists visit from around the world.
• Got some new and much needed kit such as the storage container.
• Introduced pacer weeks to help people achieve PBs.
• Had a number of fancy dress events e.g. the NHS birthday event.
• Come together to raise over £750 towards our own defibrillator.*

Thanks again to all the runners, joggers and walkers who have made our lovely event what it is. To the regular volunteers who turn up in all weathers so other people can take part. To the RDs who give a lot of their time, not just on Saturdays but throughout the week, bringing new ideas for how we can improve. And to our Event Director through this year, Cath, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get things done and it the mother of our parkrun.

After pre-event entertainment provided by most of the Rogiet RDs** (I obviously didn’t read the small print about what being an RD involved!) the first anniversary event saw 100 people take on our three lap course. 27 people recorded new personal bests including our little Rogiet regulars Rosa and Eva who took big chucks of their previous times and still had energy to pose for photos on the way around!. 13 people were first timers to Rogiet with 3 of these being new to parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family! We had visitors from Bristol, Austria and Holland. We hoped you all enjoyed it.

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There was lots of cake to enjoy post event, including a lovely cake to celebrate Paula Siddell’s 50th event, 23 of which have been at Rogiet including at our first event. Well done Paula!

There were 23 hi-vis heroes that made the event happen. I particularly enjoyed being cheered on by a witch and a traditionally dressed Mexican at the top of the avenue. We are always looking for volunteers for future weeks so please do get in touch if you can help (fancy dress optional!) C0B6A9A8-3B9E-48B4-BBB3-EBA8177947F3

Full results can be found here.

Some great photos from the 1st birthday event were taken by Molly and can be found on our flickr page

We look forward to you being part of our event through the toddler years and all the fun that will bring (although I am already wondering slightly nervously what the RDs will do for the second year anniversary!)

* Unfortunately the £200 match funding we were hoping to get towards the defibrillator has been delayed due to a family bereavement. In the meantime we are hoping to get the final bit of funding towards it through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme but there is still time to donate via the parkrun website.

** Two of our RDs couldn’t make it – one was unwell and the other badly hurt her ankle in a fall. Both fairly extreme ways to avoid being part of the entertainment. Seriously though, we hope they are back with us soon!

Heather (Rogiet RD)

 

Defibrillator fundraising – we need your help!

parkrun will always be free, but sometimes we need to raise funds for essential equipment and now is one of those times.  For the safety of our parkrunners we feel it is vital to have a defibrillator at Rogiet Countryside Park with us every Saturday.  In the short term Caldicot Town Council have kindly loaned us a defibrillator, which a volunteer collects from them on a Friday afternoon and returns on a Monday morning.

Now that we are well-established it is time to buy our own defibrillator, one that can be available in the community for parkrun and other events.  Although there are public access defibrillators located in Rogiet, they are situated in cabinets and are only to be taken when they are needed.  This unfortunately isn't suitable for us - if we need a defibrillator during parkrun we need it to be right there with us at the park ready to use.

A suitable defibrillator will cost £995 and we are sure that our parkrunners can help us to reach this target.  We are unable to accept cash donations but donations can be made online by visiting our 'about us' page and clicking on the 'Donate to parkrun' image.

We are very grateful to Caldicot Town Team for a donation of £150 towards this from Hoggin' the Bridge funds, and a further donation of £300 is on it's way from Magor Churchmen.  With a further £20 donation from a parkrunner already in the account that makes £470.

So Rogiet parkrunners, can you help us raise the remaining £525?  We know you can!

 

Update - 22nd July 2018 - as of 8pm we're now at £615!

We have received a kind offer to match fund £200 from runners who make donations from yesterday's parkrun onwards.  We have received £30 of donations since the run and I'm sure we can speed ahead and get the rest in no time at all!

A big thank you to Paul Borrow-Longain of Terrestres Servo Coronas for your generous offer.  We hope to be in touch with good news very soon.

Come on parkrunners, every £ helps!

 

 Update 26th July 2018 - as of 10pm we're now at £755

Today we received a very generous donation from local business Nathan James Mortgage Services of Caldicot.  They have kindly given Rogiet parkrun £100 towards our defibrillator fund.  We are hugely grateful for their support.

Come on parkrunners, we're nearly there!

Rogiet parkrun Defibrillator Fund

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