Salisbury parkrun Event#173 – 15th September 2018

By Chris COLLETT

Saturday heralded another fine morning for running, walking or strolling around a special part of this beautiful city of ours and it was heart-warming to see so many visitors, especially at this difficult time. With their usual due diligence, enthusiasm and energy the volunteers are once again to be commended for the fantastic job they do week in, week out. That said, there is a special group of volunteer stalwarts who, without fail, are to be found directing, marshalling, scanning and doing their level best to ensure that we enjoy a faultless event every week, come rain or shine. It is for them I’d like take this opportunity to raise my hat and say a collective ‘thank you’ on behalf of the rest of us for their unflinching dedication.

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One of the greatest things about parkrun is how unique it is for each participant. From the moment you arrive there are dozens of stories being played out as people wait expectantly for the start. Chatter is rife and whilst it makes the Run Director’s announcements a little difficult to deliver (apologies, I’m one of the guilty talkers) it’s always a joy to see people engaging with one another. It doesn’t matter which parkrun you take part in the same scenario is played out, but it is particularly true of Salisbury. (Ok I may be a little biased…)

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By my own admission I’m no digital native but I am, like a great many of us, an avid user of my phone and often sadly sometimes a slave to it. However, the lead-up to the start of parkrun does seem to afford people the opportunity to disengage from the online world, even if for only a few precious minutes, and make connections with those around them. Cast an eye around the assembled masses and you can see the excited chatter of a parkrun first timer, laughter as friends meet for their regular Saturday morning date; the ‘whippets’ going through their pre-run warm-up and the volunteers receiving their briefing. There is a symphony of upbeat, light-hearted conversation that punctuates the air as people, for perhaps the briefest of moments, are divorced from their phones and are simply enjoying the company of others. More than that though, parkrun creates the opportunity for new real-world friendships to blossom out of the shared experience of making your way around the course.

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Personally, parkrun is more than just a physical activity, it’s also a hugely social event where seasoned friends meet, old friendships are rekindled and where new ones are forged. Whilst life (and for some the run) seems to sprint along at 100 miles per hour, the minutes before your run or walk begins, the run itself and perhaps in the cafe after, are treasured moments that offer a break from the heady pace of the 21st Century; long may it continue to do so.

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STATISTICS

This week 474 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 104 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Jon GREENHALGH • Al MOUTRAY • Jef HUTCHBY • Samuel MURPHY • John SOWRAY • Lizzie GUASCH • Liza INGLETON • Vasen MOODLEY • Chris COLLETT • Ali THEOBALD • Alfie BAYLISS • Sue SHEPPARD • Joshua SHARPS • Samuel MURTAGH • Bethany KING • Jane BUTLER • Eleanor WEATHERBURN • John DUFFY • Denise VON RORETZ • Christine ROMANO • Vicki CROSSLAND • Craig WEATHERBURN • Alexander CHISHOLM • Alissa CHISHOLM • Graham ROGERS • Colin MARTIN • Helen CARLTON • Lorna WILSON • Joanna OSTLER • David GERVAIS • Alyssa BROCKWAY • Ed WILLIAMS • Jake FELLOWS

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

The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:23 on 8th August 2015 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded a time of 16:56 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.81% (16:56) on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).

Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 7,790 participants have completed 60,901 parkruns covering a total distance of 304,505 km, including 12,363 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Event#166 – 28th July 2018

By Tom LAY

On the last parkrun of July this year, I celebrated my 10th parkrun.

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I heard about parkrun from friends who run it regularly, and after a couple of runs with a few gaps in between, I now look forward to it as a weekly event. Since my first run, a rather slow 35:31, I've now put it right down to 26:51. I've enjoyed the competition both with myself and my fellow parkrunners. I have got a few medals from running these runs, and when I take on my eleventh this weekend, I'll be wearing my new running shoes, ready to try to better my personal best.

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Speaking of personal bests, my new average time is 31:55, and I'm already surprised at myself for getting under the half an hour in such a short space of time. After reading Joe Cunningham's report from about a month ago, I too, am going to join CoSARC at some stage and get more training in for late September, when I will be running my furthest distance to date, the Bristol Half Marathon.

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It is always nice to see Andy and Jason as I make my way through the course and when I can, I eagerly await my result and then later I check Flickr to see the photographs on route. There is always a great selection of lovely action pictures to browse through on every occasion.

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STATISTICS

This week 389 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

James MILLS • Jon GREENHALGH • Jef HUTCHBY • Paul BROWN • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Peter BOTT • John SOWRAY • Andrew INGLETON • Vasen MOODLEY • Barry INGLETON • James BALLARD • Clare CLIFFORD • Clare KING • Bethany KING • Jane BUTLER • Norbert WEBER • James DOVEY • Daisy DOVEY • James HASSAN • Eleanor WEATHERBURN • Andrew WEBB • Denise VON RORETZ • Vicki CROSSLAND • Craig WEATHERBURN • Colin PELTON • Alex COLE • David HOPKINSON • Anne NORMAN • Lorna WILSON • Jason RIFAT

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

The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:23 on 8th August 2015 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded a time of 16:56 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.81% (16:56) on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).

Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 7,510 participants have completed 58,016 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,080 km, including 11,837 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Event#165 – 21st July 2018

By Kate LLOYD

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Through parkrun, I have read some inspirational stories. I do not have an inspirational story to tell but that about sums up parkrun. Whether you are inspirational or ordinary you are welcome to be part of this extraordinary event. My first parkrun was on 31st October 2015, Halloween. Whether it was the ghostly spirits calling or the simple fact I needed to get fitter, I decided to give it a go. I was a rather sporadic short distance jogger but 5km was a realistic and achievable distance. I persuaded my then 10 year old son to come with me so off we went and found ourselves at the start. It was about half way round that I began to question why I was doing this; Nick had sped off into the distance (sorry marshals, he is now old enough to run alone), I was hot and sweaty, my legs were tiring and I still had over a lap to go. However, I was determined to finish and to keep running. The cheers from the marshals and the looming finish straight was the encouragement I needed; I had survived my first parkrun!

My first parkrun was like childbirth – painful, seemingly everlasting and very hard work but the release of endorphins afterwards was enough and I went back for more, even though it took me a month to return. A new PB and I was hooked – could I go faster the following week….?

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It took six months to persuade my husband to join us. ‘Perhaps next week’ was his frequent reply but then intrigue got the better of him and he decided to join us too. The three of us are now frequent runners; there is little competition between us (as long as I remain the slowest!). We have also been joined along the way by friends and their families to the extent that parkrun is often at the forefront of conversations.

As a result of parkrun, a group of us completed the 10 Km Race for Life in June and my next challenge is the Clarendon Marathon Team Relay in October. We have even managed to squeeze in some parkruns in different parts of the country when away from Salisbury but (despite being biased) Salisbury is definitely the best. Where else can you run through bubbles, be serenaded by ukulele players, be clapped and cheered in such an enthusiastic way, receive high fives and wear fancy dress when the occasion arises?

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Today I came second to last, obviously weighed down by my beautifully crocheted pink tail. I had the opportunity to watch from the rear; to observe the decorated trees in detail, woven like the line of determined runners I was following through the winding paths of Churchill Gardens. Parkrun, you have made me stronger, faster and with each week that passes my run number gets higher. Thank you to everyone who has made that possible, runners, walkers and volunteers, because without you all parkrun would not happen. Whether you are first or last, it doesn’t matter; what does matter is that you are there.

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STATISTICS

This week 436 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Linda ROBSON • Rich KEYZOR • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Dan SLAYFORD • John SOWRAY • Lizzie GUASCH • Andrew INGLETON • Vasen MOODLEY • James BALLARD • Ali THEOBALD • Helen CARTER • Terry BROWN • Michael WINTER • Joshua SHARPS • Bethany KING • Eve MURTAGH • Kate LLOYD • Paul SLAUGHTER • Denise VON RORETZ • Christine ROMANO • Vicki CROSSLAND • Craig WEATHERBURN • Colin PELTON • Gillian PARKIN • Anne NORMAN

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

The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:23 on 8th August 2015 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded a time of 16:56 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.81% (16:56) on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).

Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 7,476 participants have completed 57,627 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,135 km, including 11,758 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Event#164 – 14th July 2018

By Jef HUTCHBY

This Saturday we celebrated 70 years of the NHS.

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Many of us run for physical and mental well-being, either to keep us there or to help us on the road to a better place. In fact, such is the recognition of how much a force for good physical exercise can be, parkrun has now partnered up with local Doctors surgeries to increase this awareness.

But it's not always about maintaining and improving. Sometimes its about rescuing. Saving when all seems lost. The cutting edge so to speak, when every second counts.

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Over the last 25 years I’ve had, what I would call a privilege, to see many aspects of the many facets of the NHS. My sister became a nurse in 1986 .. as did my then girlfriend. Later, in 1989 I met my future wife who had just qualified as an SRN and who later became a Midwife and remains one to this day. Their accounts alone would have left me in no doubt of what a wonderful organisation they go to make up, but to fully bring it home are my many interactions with ambulance crews and paramedics. In my quarter century I have too often found myself struggling with my merger knowledge of first aid at vehicle accident, medical episodes and attacks wondering what to do next only to have one of those amazing teams turn up, take over and coolly take control. As stretched and stressed as many aspects of that organisation are, I count my blessings that they are there.

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So, from those who have had the good fortune to barely need to know the NHS was there to those whose life has been greatly intertwined, a massive heart felt thanks for all that you do.

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STATISTICS

This week 427 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 flourishing volunteers:

James MILLS • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Paul BROWN • Jeanette HARDIMAN • John SOWRAY • Joanna BOTT • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Melody BROWN • Andrew INGLETON • Vasen MOODLEY • Barry INGLETON • Carol EATON • Laurie DEWSNAP • Michael WINTER • Bethany KING • Jane BUTLER • Eve MURTAGH • James DOVEY • Daisy DOVEY • Dave MURTAGH • Vicki CROSSLAND • Colin PELTON • Gillian PARKIN • Anne NORMAN • Lorna WILSON • Hannah CUTHBERTSON

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

The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:23 on 8th August 2015 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded a time of 16:56 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.81% (16:56) on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).

Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 7,445 participants have completed 57,191 parkruns covering a total distance of 285,955 km, including 11,690 new Personal Bests.

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Salisbury parkrun Event#162 – 30th June 2018

By Joe CUNNINGHAM

On a warm parkrun morning, it was impossible to avoid noticing the blue t-shirts emblazoned with "City of Salisbury" as CoSARC took over this week's event. It was even more noticeable for me, as having been a member of the club for about two months I still haven't got my backside into gear to arrange getting a t-shirt or vest...

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I've been running for about 10 years now. I've entered more races than I can remember and had some incredible experiences shared with friends and family, some great highs and, of course, a few lows. And I've more or less gone through the same cycle countless times: enjoy running, follow plans and routines well, miss a few sessions, fall off the wagon completely, find it hard to get going again, eventually start from scratch. You can look at my parkrun history to see just how true that is!

All of this has been off my own back under my own motivation, including training and preparing for three marathons, but it sometimes feels like what I do is guesswork and I've yet to find a winning formula that will maintain a minimum level of consistency and enjoyment to avoid the all-too-regular drop offs. I've spent a few years toying with the idea of joining a running club but always managed to talk myself out of it – "it will be too expensive", "I can run well enough on my own", "I don't have time to commit to it"...

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But this year I finally took the plunge. I'd been running every day from 1st January, initially as part of R.E.D. January for Mind, but then I carried on for 100 days. During that time I went along to parkrun at one of the pacing events, with the intention of going off at a pace that felt OK and hang on to any pacer that was nearby. With no initial thoughts of a PB, I found myself running with the 22 minute pacer from CoSARC. As the only one using him, he asked what my PB was and dragged me around to a five second PB – beating my best time from over a year before.

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Talking to Richard, the pacer in question, I was more convinced to sign up and since then I've knocked a almost a further minute off my PB. More importantly, I've got a weekly Wednesday fix of running which has taken me on routes around Salisbury I never knew existed, more miles than my body or mind would have taken me after long days at work on my own, and most recently a coaching session with Mark and Richard aimed at improving speed, endurance and technique. There's such a buzz at Five Rivers each week as everyone eagerly (I think) awaits what route they will be taken on by the trained Run Leaders.

And I've not yet touched the surface of what the club has to offer. I've not yet entered any of the league road or cross-country races, although the next season's races are pencilled into the diary. I've not yet gone along to one of the more social events, like the White Star Running races, as part of a big team, although I'm one of many looking forward to Endure24 next year. I've not yet gone on a summer pub run, although that will change on Friday.

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Joining CoSARC has really got my love of running back, and probably helped me enjoy it more than ever. Everyone is so welcoming, regardless of experience or ability – yes, there are runners faster than I can even really understand, but the Wednesday night club runs often include a Beginners' group for those that are brand new to running too. I cannot recommend joining a club enough, and wish I'd have signed up sooner. If you love the inclusive, supportive, friendly nature of parkrun on a Saturday morning, then why not have the exact same again on a Wednesday evening? Come along as see what you think, I'm pretty certain you'll get hooked in too!

I missed off one thing on my list of things I haven't yet done since joining the club – getting a t-shirt... I'll get onto that!

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STATISTICS

This week 414 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 50 volunteers:

Melvyn HOLLOWAY • James MILLS • Jon GREENHALGH • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Craig MURPHY • Melenie MURPHY • Rebecca LOCKWOOD • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Alison HOLLOWAY • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Mike WHITE • Vasen MOODLEY • Grace COUSINS • James BALLARD • Wendy LUCAS • Fiona THATCHER • Chris MAPLE • Colin WARRINGTON • Richard DAVIDSON • Lu YARWOOD • Heather HITCHINS • Lee SYRETT • Louise WEBB • Fabrice WEBB • John TURLEY • Paul SLAUGHTER • James HASSAN • Jackie HASSAN • Janine KEMM • John DUFFY • Andrew WEBB • Denise VON RORETZ • Christine ROMANO • Christine WEBB • Richard LARCOMBE • Derek WOOD • Rachel BALA • Russ WETZEL • Karen MUNDELL • Colin MARTIN • Joe CUNNINGHAM • Henry DIX • Lorna WILSON • Mark GLANVILLE • Susan MCCLYMONT • Jake MCCLYMONT'

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

The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:23 on 8th August 2015 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded a time of 16:56 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.81% (16:56) on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).

Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 7,387 participants have completed 56,419 parkruns covering a total distance of 282,095 km, including 11,596 new Personal Bests.

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