CANCELLED THIS WEEKEND. 14TH APRIL

We are really sorry but Salisbury parkrun is cancelled this week end due to the river encroaching on the course.

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Winston & Clementine’s Salisbury Freedom Run Report – 2nd March 2018

By James BALLARD

With Salisbury's parkrun being cancelled this week, the official mascots decided to complete their first parkrun. They forgot to take their barcodes with them, but for once it didn't matter, as it was a freedom run.

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However, they missed the all-important first timers' & race briefings (because there weren't any) and just lined up at the start. They waited patiently for the starting bells to ring, before bounding off across the snow. Even though they expected to be quite slow, they didn't need to worry about being in front of faster runners, as it was just them.

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At possibly the trickiest corner (Lizzie's) it was marked like no other, so Winston & Clementine had no difficulty, and didn't slide off into the river!

Feeling rather too confident and/or being distracted, Winston tumbled into the parapet of Bollard Bridge.
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Clementine helped Winston up, and then they both collided with the actual bollard! How they missed the usual warnings from Lisa! Luckily, there were no injuries and certainly neither needed defibrillating, so they carried on up the little slope.

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At Bog Bend, the corner was completely deserted, so there was no motivational music or high-fives from Mike :(

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Along the short straight to College Corner, Winston & Clementine remembered to keep running on the hexagons, even though they were invisible, being covered with snow.

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At the small playpark, the two dinosaurs found it easier to climb onto the railings, as their short legs found the going tough through the snow.

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Just around the corner with the shelter, they took time to look at the National Cycle Network milestone, carved in stone. Normally they would have missed it, concentrating more on parkrun than the scenery.

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At the final corner, Clementine had to remind Winston that cutting the corner was not in the spirit of parkrun, but she wouldn't report it, as the paths weren't clear or marked (!).

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With a final sprint for the line, a dead heat was called.

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As there were no volunteers present to time, scan barcodes etc., Winston & Clementine headed off to Starbucks on the Southampton Road. Luckily it was opening, so despite the weather, they could warm up & discuss what activities they could take part in, and if they would be free to volunteer - just like on a regular Saturday.

STARRING
Winston parkrunosaurus       Joint First Finisher
Clementine parkrunosaurus   Joint First Finisher

BROUGHT TO YOU BY
Run Director – James BALLARD
Run Report Writer – James BALLARD
Photographer – James BALLARD

 

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Salisbury parkrun Event#147 – 24th February 2018

By Liza INGLETON

I woke this morning thinking oh my, I am doing this, the day is here, the day I wanted to prove to myself how far I have come, to give back and to maybe inspire others.
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Today, I pushed a wheelbarrow and jogged/walked around parkrun (5K/4laps) in the glorious sun, even if it was a little chilly (it wasn’t once I got going). In the barrow was 35kg/77lb/5.5stone of food, all donated by friends new an old, to which I am very grateful, thank you. The Trussell Trust send great thanks also. This weight represents the weight I have lost over the last 10 months of healthy eating (following Slimming World) and running, including many parkruns.
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WOW!!!! What amazing support, I felt like a superstar, from the cheering Volunteers (of which Salisbury have the best!!!) and the other parkrunners, fast and slow, words of encouragement and praise meant I smiled the whole way and at times there was tears of happiness…I want to thank everyone so much!!!! A very special thanks goes to Gayle Morris, my friend and running buddy who stayed with me and said all the right things at the right time. xx

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What I love about parkrun is that it is not a race in the conventional way and that everyone who takes parts get what they want out of it. For me, it is another measure of how far I have come. Before losing the weight my PB (Personal Best) was 33.02 minutes and last week I set my latest PB at 24.07 minutes and feel there is more to come and therefore my race is against myself.

Excitingly today, Salisbury also saw it’s 50,000th finisher ….Toby Marshall….I would of loved to hold that title…lol…. I can hardly believe this number as I remember running the test runs of 30-50 people in early 2015 and now established there is regularly 400+ runners/walkers.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who gives up their time so that parkrun can happen in Salisbury!!!!

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STATISTICS

This week 417 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 unstinting volunteers:

Marie SHONE • John RUSKIN • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Jef HUTCHBY • Linda ROBSON • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Peter BOTT • Freya SAUNBY • John SOWRAY • Joanna BOTT • Matthew WHICHER • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Liza INGLETON • Chris COLLETT • James BALLARD • Ali THEOBALD • Phil PERRY • Wendy LUCAS • Jonathan KERSHAW • Lu YARWOOD • Guy MITCHELL • Karen CRADDOCK • Alison WATSON • Andrew BROWN • Denise VON RORETZ • Derek WOOD • Alice DAVIES • Colin MARTIN • Jessica RICHARDS • Anne NORMAN • Safia WYLES • Lorna WILSON • Vicky ROBINSON • Jasper ROBINSON

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 17:21 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 120).
The Age Grade course record is held by
Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.03% (17:21) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 120).

Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 6,819 participants have completed 50,146 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,730 km, including 10,607 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Event#146 – 17th February 2018

By Denise TURNER

I have an intermittent relationship with exercise, and running is definitely not my first choice. I’ve come to realise however, that it is one of the most convenient – and cheapest – forms of exercise I can do. While it’s entirely possible to spend loads on kit, all you need is some good shoes and comfortable clothes – and you can do it right from your front door!

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Motivation is often my biggest challenge, especially on a Saturday morning, after a busy week, with several days commuting to the office in London – and this despite living just five minutes’ walk from Churchill Gardens! So I try to trick myself or commit in a way that means I can’t get out of it. I started off 2018 well, as my son was running each week to get a Scouts skills badge, so of course I had to go with him. After that a couple of weeks off had dented my motivation, and I knew I needed something else to get me out of bed on Saturdays. Last Friday I saw that Salisbury parkrun needed a run report writer, so I quickly volunteered. I knew that would be the motivation I needed to be there on Saturday. And indeed it was, as both my husband and son declared on Saturday morning that they were staying in bed, the thought of writing a run report about an event in which I hadn’t participated spurred me on to get up, out, and walk down New Bridge Road to Churchill Gardens.

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It was a cold but dry morning – it’s always a bonus when it’s not raining! And as they always are, the Salisbury parkrun volunteers were wonderful. I’ve been a parkrun tourist a few times - I can honestly say that the Salisbury parkrun is the best of the ones I have participated in. It is by far the friendliest, and although there are the fast runners, you definitely don’t feel like the tortoise plodding along. There is so much encouragement from the marshals all the way round. Salisbury parkrun you should be really proud!

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It wasn’t my fastest run on Saturday, but as always there was a great feeling of achievement as I came into the finish funnel. I was encouraged along by the lovely Clare King, who despite having finished several minutes before, was running alongside the equally lovely Kate Luter, encouraging her to give it her all. Clare’s encouragement made me smile – and run for the line! “Come on Denise – keep going! You can do it Kate! Don’t let Denise beat you!” Kate and I don’t know each other, but Clare’s words and support were definitely the boost that both of us needed.

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So as I walked back home up New Bridge Road after finishing, I had that wonderful feeling of achievement – aching muscles yes, but enjoying the sense of a great start to a Saturday.

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STATISTICS

This week 486 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 97 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 effervescent volunteers:

James MILLS • Al MOUTRAY • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Graham WICKHAM • Jay FRIEDLANDER • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Freya SAUNBY • Jon COULTON • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Vasen MOODLEY • Chris COLLETT • James BALLARD • Wendy LUCAS • Sue SHEPPARD • Lu YARWOOD • Michael WINTER • Kate LLOYD • Denise TURNER • John DUFFY • Denise VON RORETZ • Alex COLE • Alexandra RICHARDS • Jessica RICHARDS • Anne NORMAN • Safia WYLES

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 17:21 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 120).
The Age Grade course record is held by
Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.03% (17:21) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 120).

Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 6,783 participants have completed 49,729 parkruns covering a total distance of 248,645 km, including 10,522 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Event#144 – 3rd February 2018

By Helen SANDERSON

Mottos, slogans, straplines, call them what you like, most organisations have one. From Nike's 'Just do it' to Cub Scouting's 'Do your best', both of which fit beautifully with the parkrun ethos, they represent the vision and beliefs of their particular group or business. On a personal level Tesco's advertising line of 'Every little helps' describes perfectly my running at times!

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If Salisbury parkrun were to have a slogan it would certainly have to reflect it's welcoming, positive and inclusive feel. As a regular parkrunner you pitch up on a Saturday morning and always there is a friendly hello or smile from a fellow runner.

As an occasional volunteer I have been made to feel very welcome by the core of regular volunteers who every week are there to make it all run smoothly. You brilliant bunch are fabulous. Thank you. If you are thinking of volunteering just give it a go, it really is good fun.

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The weather yesterday could only be described as gloomy but the parkrun community were most definitely not gloomy - just judging by the sea of smiling (I think you were all smiling!) faces that passed by me at my marshalling point.

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Something else that struck a chord with me yesterday was the effort and perseverance on show. From the fast to the steadfast, young and not so young, everyone giving it their all to get that good time, to increase fitness levels, or as in the case of one runner yesterday as part of his recovery from a brain abscess. A well done to you all.

And so, with slogans in mind and with apologies to a certain Swedish store......

Salisbury parkrun......The wonderful, every Saturday.

STATISTICS

This week 459 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 exuberant volunteers:

James MILLS • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Paul BROWN • Linda ROBSON • Rich KEYZOR • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Freya SAUNBY • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Liza INGLETON • Mark HANDFORD • Chris COLLETT • James BALLARD • Ali THEOBALD • Clare CLIFFORD • Laurie DEWSNAP • Michael WINTER • Karen CRADDOCK • Alison WATSON • Nick SAGE • John DUFFY • Denise VON RORETZ • Christine ROMANO • Madeleine QUIN • Helen SANDERSON • Rachel WILKINSON • Alice DAVIES • Kate MORRIS • Alex COLE • Colin MARTIN • Roxanne FOSTER • Vicki HARRIS • Samantha HILL • Lawrence KAILE • Susan PARRISH • Jo MCCULLAM • Alexia MCCULLAM • 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 17:21 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 120).

The Age Grade course record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.03% (17:21) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 120).

Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 6,707 participants have completed 48,804 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,020 km, including 10,333 new Personal Bests.

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