Slow down, I need to knit!
By Linda ROBSON
This weekend we are celebrating 10 years of Sarum Sisters. Not bad going for a group that was originally set up for just ten weeks in order to train and support ladies, new to running, to complete the local Race For Life. Over the past ten years the group has steadily grown to such an extent that we now get an average of 55-60 ladies a week running – and chatting – with us on a Monday evening. Sarum Sisters are now an established and familiar part of Salisbury’s running scene. We truly have infiltrated every aspect of running in Salisbury and the surrounding area. We run, we volunteer, we have donated to setting up Salisbury parkrun and there are ‘Sisters’ involved in organising and running the local parkrun, City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club and the various running events that take place in and around Salisbury throughout the year. Our distinctive t-shirts with the strap line “slow down I need to chat” draw comment from near and far.
Sarum Sisters Yarn Bombers after setting up.
So, how to celebrate and mark our first decade?
As is so often the case with great ideas the yarn bombing was conceived after a glass or two of wine! In October 2017 a small group of ‘crafty’ Sisters got together to create poppies for last year’s Guildhall Remembrance Day display. As the needles clacked, the wine flowed, the laughter and chat turned to the upcoming anniversary and someone uttered the fateful words “we should yarn bomb parkrun” and the rest, as they say, is history.
Tea service by Wendy Lucas.
The Sarum Sisters Secret Yarn Bombing Society was formed and we started knitting, crocheting and pom-pom making in earnest: seven months of whispered conversations around trees, wool in brown paper bags being surreptitiously distributed on a Saturday morning and secreted inside clothing, clandestine visits to Churchill Gardens to measure tree trunks and check the fit of bollard covers and regular get-togethers to plan, create, eat cake and drink a bit more wine!
Yarn Bombers meeting February 2018.
Ideas became increasingly ambitious (“let’s knit the pacer’s bibs” “let’s get an actual toilet for Bog Bend”), new members were recruited and sworn to secrecy; the pupils of a certain textiles teacher were tasked with pom-pom making.
Waiting for a connecting train at Basingstoke; no opportunity missed to knit!!
The yarn bombing was brought to you by; myself, Liz Roberts, Kathryn Dreyer, Wendy Lucas, Sam Lawrence, Denise Von Roretz, Lizzie Guasch, Clare King, Clare Clifford, Christine Tyler, Ali Theobald, Sara Fraser, Helen Carlton, Sue Sheppard and Louise Pitman with contributions from; Louise Webber, Ellen Singleton, Linda’s Mum, Helen’s Mum and kids, Bethany King, Alison Watson, Lizzie’s pupils and her best friend Helen. Not forgetting our bewildered men folk who have put up with clacking needles, nattering women taking over the house for ‘meetings’, ever growing mountains of woollen projects taking up space around the home, acting as look outs whilst creations were fitted for size, acting as models for knitted hats and beards and getting up at an ungodly hour this morning to help us set up the Gardens! We really hope that everyone has enjoyed the spectacle of Churchill Gardens being turned into a pink and blue yarn-fest as much as we have enjoyed planning and creating it.
Thank you also to the weather gods for the amazing sunshine after weeks of rain, all of the Sarum Sisters who contributed to our celebrations by volunteering, pacing, cake making and running, today. And, on a personal note, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of Sarum Sisters over the past 10 years. When Lou Webber and I set up our 10 week programme all those years ago we never dreamed it would grow into something so special and something that I am so proud to be a part of. Here’s to the next 10 years ...
Finally, many of the projects on show today were created from recycled wool and all will be recycled for other events, donated to charity or pulled out to be turned into a new woollen creation ... nothing will be wasted.
This week 470 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by a record-breaking 60 yarn-tastic volunteers:
James MILLS • Jon GREENHALGH • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Elly MILLS • Andy ROBBINS • Edwina WATSON • Linda ROBSON • Sara FRASER • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Rebecca STORY • Jacky CHLEBOWSKI • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Sarah WIDGINGTON • Carol CHLEBOWSKI • Kathryn DREYER • Emily WELLS • James BALLARD • Ali THEOBALD • Esther HORWOOD • Alison MORRIS • Sally BRADLEY • Clare CLIFFORD • Wendy LUCAS • Ellen. SINGLETON • Sue SHEPPARD • Carol EATON • Christine TYLER • Clare KING • Sam LAWRENCE • Lu YARWOOD • Heather HITCHINS • Laurie DEWSNAP • Michael WINTER • Karen CRADDOCK • Louise PITMAN • Monica EDMONDS • Louise SHEPHERD • Janine KEMM • Denise VON RORETZ • Christine ROMANO • Vicki CROSSLAND • Christine WEBB • Suzanne RAWLE • Harriet CLIFFORD • Alex COLE • Gillian PARKIN • Lily SHAW • Petra OYSTON • Natasha ELLIS • Helen CARLTON • Jessica RICHARDS • Carole WILTSHIRE • Anne NORMAN • Lorna WILSON • Jodie FARMER • Julie HORNE • Vicky ROBINSON • Louise WEBBER
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 7,057 participants have completed 52,981 parkruns covering a total distance of 264,905 km, including 10,932 new Personal Bests.