We were exceptionally lucky with the weather yesterday for the Remembrance parkrun which was bright and sunny, with torrential rain the night before and by lunchtime on Saturday!
Next week we will be changing to the four lap Winter Course, as it is getting slippery on the turns.
So …. a few parkrun dates for your diary:-
17th November – CoSARC Pacing Event (odd).
24th November – Trussell Trust Collection and Sarum Sisters Volunteer Takeover with support for the back of the field. There will be a group of tail walkers and walk/jog pacers, so perfect for first timers and those new to fitness.
1st December – Trussell Trust Collection, with the aim of totalling more than last year's 78.6 kilos! They are currently short of UHT milk, UHT long life fruit juice, tinned soup, tinned fruit, tinned fish, instant coffee and instant mash. Bars of chocolate & chocolate selection boxes are much appreciated for the Christmas Appeal. CoSARC Pacing Event (even).
15th December – CoSARC Pacing Event (odd).
22nd December – Optional Christmas fancy dress parkrun.
25th December – Additional Christmas Day parkrun, starts at 9:00am
1st January – Additional New Year's Day parkrun, starts 10:30am.
By Linda ROBSON
Meanwhile on the other side of the world …
I've been absent from Salisbury parkrun for a few weeks because Alison Watson, Richard Story and myself are currently on a crazy cycling adventure in New Zealand. We're biking the length of the country from Cape Reinga in the north of North Island to Bluff at the bottom of South Island: a total of 3,000km. We've just completed 1,500km in 24 days of consecutive cycling so what better way to celebrate than by doing a parkrun?
I'd always planned to do at least one NZ parkrun if our route coincided with one of the 27 in New Zealand and my legs felt able to cope. So when we realised that on Friday night we would be in Palmerston North I was determined to go for it. It seems that most NZ parkruns start at 8am which was a bit of a shocker so we made sure that our accommodation was close by. We left at 7:30am to walk to the park, by 7:31am we were there! Hadn't really appreciated how close we were. We offered to help set up but this parkrun can best be described as minimalist. An out-and-back course along the river, with pre- existing km markers for cyclists, all that was required for setting up was a flag for the start and a cone 2.5km along the path (John Sowray would be able to have a lie in and Jef would only need to find five volunteers - one marshall at the 2.5km cone, two time keepers and two barcode scanners one of whom was also the RD!) Even the 'briefing' was minimal; a shout out to the Brits (us), round of applause for the sponsors, the volunteers, the first timer and Terry doing his 50th. Then, 321 we were off! Alison hadn't even turned on her garmin! I went off way too fast but my screaming quads soon slowed me down to a sensible pace. Thankfully the course was flat given that we still had to cycle 65km starting with a steep 8km climb. A pb for Palmerston, a pb for NZ, 56th out of 136 runners but only 4th in my age category!?! - clearly some fast old birds in Palmerston!!
Everyone was very friendly but not a patch on Salisbury ... missing my home parkrun but got a bit more cycling to do before I come back. X
(We are posting pictures and a daily blog in a Facebook group ' Our Aotearoa Adventure a long bike ride on the other side of the world' for anyone who would like to follow us).
This week 426 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
James MILLS • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Elly MILLS • Jef HUTCHBY • Linda ROBSON • Jeanette HARDIMAN • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Vasen MOODLEY • James BALLARD • Ali THEOBALD • Lu YARWOOD • Michael WINTER • Joshua SHARPS • Bethany KING • Paul SLAUGHTER • Janine KEMM • Denise VON RORETZ • Graham BLONDEL • Kirstyn SHERWOOD • Colin MARTIN • Lawrence KAILE • Helen CARLTON • Anne NORMAN • Rebecca WALSH • Alyssa BROCKWAY • Ed WILLIAMS • Jake FELLOWS • Lotty RUGGI
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 8,063 participants have completed 64,179 parkruns covering a total distance of 320,895 km, including 12,992 new Personal Bests.