By Elizabeth ROBERTS
NEW RECORD TURNOUT OF 610 RUNNERS & WALKERS !!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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.