Salisbury parkrun Event#192 – 12th January 2019

By Elizabeth ROBERTS

NEW RECORD TURNOUT OF 610 RUNNERS & WALKERS !!

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A new year, and a new & sparkling Record Turnout of 610 finishers at Event#192, yesterday!! A big welcome to those who have attended parkrun over the last couple of weeks for the first time and it's really great to see so many new faces. For the past four years we have tried hard to get the message across that parkrun is for all abilities, including walkers, through the Walk2Run/Walk Yourself Fit programs which we do every New Year in the hope that this will attract lots of first timers and those new to fitness. If you have attended your first Salisbury parkrun this year, then we hope that you enjoyed it and might consider making it part of your weekly routine! Although parkrun is not a race, it is a timed run or walk, you will see the progress you have made if you attend regularly over many weeks or months. Register with parkrun here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ print off your barcode and bring to parkrun for a time.

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As there are now so many people attending, please place yourself correctly in the starting line-up; sub-20 minuters at the front, 30 minute runners in the middle and walkers at the back. Please note that only one dog per runner is allowed, always well-controlled on a short lead and start nearer the back with your dog to avoid a pile up at the start line (unless your dog will pull you to a sub-20 minute finish!). The most important rule at parkrun relates to children under the age of eleven. They must be accompanied by a trusted adult the whole way around the course and this means within arms reach. Please also return our finish tokens after you have received one at the end of the finish funnel; we need them for the next event. If you do not have a barcode, please take the finish token when it is handed to you then drop it in one of the tubs with the barcode scanners. This is important, as not taking a token will skew the times for all those finishing after you. Similarly, please do not duck out of the finish funnel until you have received a token.

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Salisbury parkrun started in June 2015 and by January 2016, there were 2,100 people registered. In 2017 this grew to 4,200, last January saw 6,500 registrations and this January it has grown to nearly 8,500. 307 of these registrations have been done since 1st January 2019. If you are one of those who has registered, but not yet attended parkrun, come along next week and join in the fun; we love meeting new people! Attending parkrun is also great for socialising with like-minded people and making new friends. After every event, we go to Starbucks our post-run cafe, on the Southampton Road which is about a ten minute walk from Churchill Gardens and where we process the results and sort the finish tokens ready for the following week. The manager has kindly agreed a 10% discount on production of your barcode for a drink and an item of food between 9:30am and 12:00pm on Saturdays. Please do join us if you can, you would be very welcome.

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Running seems to have never been so popular, with record attendances at the weekly City Of Salisbury A&RC last Wednesday of 120 people (twenty of whom were starting the ten week Beginner Runners' Course) and also at the women's running group, Sarum Sisters, with a record of 76 ladies attending last Monday evening. The Salisbury 10 Mile Road Race is also sold out (ten days earlier than last year), with a full field of 900 runners expected to visit our wonderful city on Sunday 14th April. This is such a great event and the Race always welcomes spectators to cheer on the finishing runners at the Athletics Track next to the Five Rivers Leisure Centre. It is very exciting to see some of the fastest club runners in the south of England battling to the finish line around the Track and the support from spectators is very much welcomed by all the participants, with many saying afterwards how the vocal encouragement made all the difference to them on their way to the finish line. The group of marshals at the Athletics Track Gate at the Salisbury 10 are absolutely legendary, with some of them finding that they have shouted themselves completely hoarse by the next morning!! If you would like to join in the fun and make lots of noise at the finish line you would be very welcome!

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Every fortnight, City Of Salisbury A&RC provide pacing volunteers for us; alternating between odd numbers and even numbers between 20 and 40 minutes. They kindly started providing pacing for us last autumn and this has proved really popular with our parkrunners. Thank you CoSARC for all your pacing help over the last six months!

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Perhaps it is a “Salisbury thing” to want to help out, volunteer and encourage others … that is certainly the case at our parkrun and two visiting parkrunners commented to myself and Co-Event Director Jef Hutchby yesterday. They both said how brilliant our marshals were (even with one of our vocal regulars, Lisa of Bollard Bridge, not being there yesterday!) and loved seeing so many Walk/Jog pacers and Tail Walkers to support the back of the field. We hope to provide the Walk/Jog pacers and lots of Tail Walkers throughout January and into February; if you would like to help out with this or any of our other tasks please either comment on this post or send an email to salisburyhelpers@parkrun.com. You can see the current Volunteer Roster here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/salisbury/futureroster/ Although this looks like a set list of tasks, some roles can accommodate more volunteers than is shown on the Roster; this is true for Pacers, Tail Walkers, Post Event Close Down, Marshal, Funnel Manager (we need at least two people on this task, now that numbers are so high), Post Event Close Down and we can have up to five people on Token Sorting in Starbucks. We currently get an average of around forty volunteers every week and 630 individuals have volunteered since June 2015, with 302 of these volunteering in 2018 alone. We're always looking for someone to write the Run Report. It doesn't have to be about that week's parkrun; it could be about how you got into running and fitness, about Salisbury or even about your holidays! What's your running story? If you would like to share your running history with us, we would love to hear from you! You can request to do this or any other task many weeks into the future, just get in touch. See you on Saturday!

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STATISTICS

This week an Amazing New Record Turnout of 610 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 51, slightly busier than usual but nonetheless cool, calm and collected, volunteers:

Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Edwina WATSON • Linda ROBSON • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Clare WILLS • John SOWRAY • Matthew WHICHER • Lizzie GUASCH • Liza INGLETON • Alison SCOTT • Nick HUDSON • Vasen MOODLEY • Kathryn DREYER • James BALLARD • Ali THEOBALD • Terry BROWN • Colin WARRINGTON • Christine TYLER • Sam LAWRENCE • Heather HITCHINS • Lee SYRETT • Michael WINTER • Joshua SHARPS • Matt BOSWORTH • James HASSAN • Jackie HASSAN • Anna PATRICKSON • Andrew WEBB • Denise VON RORETZ • Vicki CROSSLAND • Christine WEBB • Craig WEATHERBURN • Derek WOOD • Gillian PARKIN • John ROBERTS • Colin MARTIN • Joanne GRIFFITHS • Petra OYSTON • Flora DENNES • Helen CARLTON • Anne NORMAN • Lorna WILSON • Steve ROBINSON • David GERVAIS • Wendy HERBERT • Katherine HERBERT • Ed WILLIAMS • Robert LANGHAMMER • David HINER

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 8,492 participants have completed 68,660 parkruns covering a total distance of 343,300 km, including 13,382 new Personal Bests. A total of 630 individuals have volunteered 6,318 times.

 

Salisbury parkrun New Year’s Day Event#190 – 1st January 2019

By Alexandra RICHARDS

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New Year’s Day, 10:30am, Churchill Gardens, Salisbury. This was the start of the New Year’s Day parkrun, and in the pre-event briefing, after welcoming the tourists and first-timers, a third question was asked; who has already run a parkrun this morning? New Year’s Day is the only day of the year that it is possible to record two separate parkrun events in one day and it seems many people at Salisbury parkrun took advantage of this. After a massive number of hands went up, I decided it would be interesting to find out just how many people ran two parkruns, with their second one in Salisbury.

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The closest parkrun to Salisbury with a 9:00am event was Andover. There were 313 people who ran at Andover’s event, of which 100 then made the drive to Salisbury to complete their second 5k run of the day! There may be more people who ran at Andover and then travelled in a different direction to complete a different second parkrun, however I thought I would keep things closer to home. Another option for a 9:00am parkrun was at Winchester, and 4 people braved both the Winchester and Salisbury parkruns. I was one of the many people who travelled to Andover for a 9am start on a two lap course with a mix of mud and paths - knocking the mud out of my shoes afterwards was quite satisfying!

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There is a massive shout-out required to Richard Parr who managed first place at both Andover and Salisbury but also to the 31 people who managed to run faster at their second event, and to Louise Campbell and Nicola Harrington who managed identical times in both events!

There are also some shout-outs required for the past year, this time to the volunteers. In 2018, 300 different individuals volunteered at a Salisbury event, many multiple times. There is a team that are always there come rain or shine, and I know that as a runner Mike’s music at bog bend, Lisa’s bubbles at the bench (or the bollard bridge in the winter), and Lizzie’s general cheerfulness at her corner always help speed me along. There were 13 people this year who helped organise and run events more than 30 times each, with both Jef Hutchby and John Sowray topping the list at a massive 49 events! Thanks so much to all the volunteers.

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In 2018, there were 51 parkrun events at Salisbury (and three cancelled, one for snow and two for flooding). Over these events, there were 21,077 runs at Salisbury parkrun meaning a distance of 105,385km has been covered. Onwards and upwards and happy New Year to everyone!

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STATISTICS

This week 454 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

James MILLS • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Linda ROBSON • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Peter BOTT • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Kathryn DREYER • James BALLARD • Ali THEOBALD • Wendy LUCAS • Sue SHEPPARD • Lu YARWOOD • Michael WINTER • Joshua SHARPS • Peter SYRETT • Bethany KING • Alison WATSON • Jennifer WEATHERBURN • Eleanor WEATHERBURN • Denise VON RORETZ • Christine ROMANO • Daniel MAGEE • Vicki CROSSLAND • Craig WEATHERBURN • Suzanne RAWLE • Alice DAVIES • Joel FINCH • Lydia FINCH • Jonathan MAGEE • Susie WILSON • Nathanael OSTLER • Alexandra RICHARDS • Lorna WILSON

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 8,347 participants have completed 67,495 parkruns covering a total distance of 337,475 km, including 13,252 new Personal Bests. A total of 628 individuals have volunteered 6,226 times.

 

Walk2Run / Walk Yourself Fit starts Saturday 5th January 2019 !!

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Perfect for those new to fitness and walkers, Walk2Run / Walk Yourself Fit starts on Saturday 5th January at Churchill Gardens!   Please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join in the fun.

NEW STARTERS: Please get to the start/finish area in the middle of the Gardens for 8:45am.

Salisbury parkrun is volunteer led, fun, friendly and free!  Register here and bring your barcode with you on the day: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

Get some fresh air, exercise and make new friends every Saturday morning!
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Very Successful Collection for the Salisbury Foodbank!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated long shelf life food and other items for the Salisbury Foodbank appeal this year.  Last year we collected 78.6 kgs .... this year a HUGE 112.6 kgs !!!!
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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.