Salisbury parkrun Event#181 – 10th November 2018

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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!!

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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).

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STATISTICS

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.

 
 

Salisbury parkrun Event#180 – 3rd November 2018

By Elizabeth ROBERTS

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Lately, I have been doing some work with Salisbury Wildlife Group at local nature reserves and green spaces. There is a wide variety of tasks from seed collecting on Coombe Bissett Down and scything on Lime Kiln Down to coppicing at the Devenish Nature Reserve, river bank repairs at the Avon Valley Nature Reserve and ragwort clearing on Middleton Down. I have always found this to be rewarding work and there is never a shortage of people at these sessions who know a good deal of interesting information regarding different species of wildlife and habitat.

The first session I attended was at Nadder Island to control the invasive and non-native Himalayan & Orange Balsam. This is an annual plant, although killed by frost over the winter, will spread seed which will readily germinate in the spring. If left, it grows vigorously over the summer season and crowds out the native plants. A small group of us crossed the river, clambered up the bank and if felt like we had crossed a threshold into a lost world! Apart from the eradication of Balsam over the past few years, this ten metre wide strip of land in the middle of the River Nadder has been left to it's own devices and is a glorious tangle of mature trees, nettle, bramble and reeds, with native plants such as Gypsy Wort making an appearance now that the invading Balsam is under control. It felt like a privilege to visit this Nature Reserve where humans rarely tread!

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This week included some work at Churchill Gardens, which has prompted me to write the Run Report! Waders were required, as we were to dredge the stream near the car park which has become very silted up with leaves, twigs, fallen branches and mud. Inevitably, we found discarded plastic and lots of it. Litter was found at regular intervals on the surface and we dragged plastic up from the bottom of the stream with our forks. A hard hat, numerous crisp packets, sweet wrappers, other food packaging, glass bottles, cans, plastic bottles, dog mess wrapped in plastic, you name it, it has been found in the stream running through Churchill Gardens!! Prior to the session yesterday, Mike d'Apice who leads a lot of these maintenance sessions said; “We have now collected and the Council removed more than ten bags of assorted litter, mostly plastic bottles, wrappers /packaging as well as cans and glass bottles. Interestingly we've also fished out: wheelie bins, traffic cones, bicycles, TVs, 'bags for life', supermarket trolleys, water pistols, traffic signs, scooters, hub caps, seats, planters; a trampoline, a 'my little pony', a pink plastic hippo, a bicycle helmet, a selection of clothing, various bits of buildings, and less readily identifiable detritus!” To find this amount of human rubbish in such a small area is incredible and devastating to wildlife. All manner of species get tangled up in it, eat it or feed bits of plastic to their young with horrible consequences.

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We have organised litter picking sessions after parkrun at Churchill Gardens to try and keep the plastic under control and away from wildlife.

Plastic pollution has now reached crisis proportions, prompting many of us to make a conscious effort at reducing the amount of plastic we buy and to switch to alternative packaging where ever possible. Every year, it is estimated that about eight million metric tons of plastic ends up in the oceans. That is, one truck load of plastic, per minute. Or, to visualise it another way; it's equivalent to five grocery bags filled withplastic for every foot of coastline in the world. Of that annual eight million, 236,000 tons are estimated to be microplastics: tiny pieces of 5mm or less. These come from synthetic clothing and larger plastic items which are degraded by sunlight and exposure to the elements. I have read reports recently which state that microplastics are found in 90% of table salt and 100% of shellfish sampled.

Consistent recycling should be the answer, but with so many different schemes throughout the UK, no wonder there is a lot of confusion about what can and cannot be recycled in different areas. Two thirds of plastic collected for recycling is exported to other countries, but there is no guarantee that this plastic is actually recycled. Bales of contaminated and mixed plastics are problematic for the recycler to deal with and after twelve months degrading outside, will no longer be fit for purpose and become destined for landfill. https://news.sky.com/story/thousands-of-tons-of-uk-plastic-dumped-across-world-11218595

Interestingly, there is a public meeting about reducing plastic waste in Salisbury hosted by Wiltshire Council on Thursday 8th November at the City Hall.

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STATISTICS

This week 444 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 93 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Stuart HOLLOWAY • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Elly MILLS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Craig MURPHY • Jeanette HARDIMAN • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Nick HUDSON • Vasen MOODLEY • Kathryn DREYER • Chris COLLETT • James BALLARD • Clare CLIFFORD • Colin WARRINGTON • Alfie BAYLISS • Heather HITCHINS • Guy MITCHELL • Steven MITCHELL • Art MITCHELL • Joshua SHARPS • Bethany KING • Paul SLAUGHTER • John DUFFY • Denise VON RORETZ • Christine ROMANO • Christine WEBB • Colin MARTIN • Joe CUNNINGHAM • Flora DENNES • Anne NORMAN • Lorna WILSON • Alyssa BROCKWAY • Wendy HERBERT • 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 8,029 participants have completed 63,753 parkruns covering a total distance of 318,765 km, including 12,944 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Remembrance Event#181

To mark Remembrance Sunday, we are encouraging participants and volunteers to wear red and wear your poppy at this Saturday's Event#181 on 10th November.

 

Salisbury parkrun #130-0660

 

 

Salisbury parkrun New Year’s Day Event

We will be holding an additional event on New Year's Day, starting at 10:30am.  The Saturday events will be held throughout the festive season, starting at 9:00am, as usual.
Salisbury parkrun #139-7864

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