Salisbury parkrun Event#161 – 23rd June 2018

By Andrew BROWN

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Another sunny morning brought out 412 runners and walkers to the ever vibrant Salisbury parkrun. Support is never lacking here but on days like this you almost get a carnival atmosphere with the loud rattles and shouts from the marshals in the beautiful green surroundings of Churchill Gardens.

After a succession of Pink and Blue runs in support of the Women and Men’s Race For Life I almost felt like I was missing a reason to run ! ...but do we need a reason?

For me, it was always about trying to re-attain a bit of lost youth, lose a bit of gained weight and to escape the confines of a gym which just felt claustrophobic. Later, it was about getting faster and picking up some medals ( never positional though ! ) .. and then I discovered parkrun.

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parkrun brought a time trial , running against ones self, T Shirts and milestones ... and later a realisation that volunteering is both vital and fun.

So here am I some years down the line. Fitter ( but older, no escaping that ) lighter, a shelf full of medals and a couple of very nice Red and Purple parkrun milestone T shirts ... and with a nice target of that lovely black 100 run looming !

So, what did I do this Saturday? Well I don’t know ! I FORGOT MY BARCODE ! Ah well, there’s always next week.

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STATISTICS

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 92 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Jon GREENHALGH • Elly MILLS • Jef HUTCHBY • Rebecca LOCKWOOD • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Andrew INGLETON • Nick HUDSON • Clare CLIFFORD • Fynn LOCKWOOD • Elisabeth CLIFFORD • Andrew BROWN • Christine ROMANO • Helen SANDERSON • Rachel WILKINSON • Alex COLE • Colin MARTIN • Petra OYSTON • Lois FINCH • Nathanael OSTLER • Alexandra RICHARDS • Sarah Grace FINCH • Jessica RICHARDS • David HOPKINSON • Anne NORMAN • Lorna WILSON • Jason RIFAT • Vicky ROBINSON • Jasper ROBINSON

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 7,350 participants have completed 56,005 parkruns covering a total distance of 280,025 km, including 11,519 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Event#159 – 9th June 2018

By Gayle MORRIS

I love the fact that Salisbury parkrun is always ready to support local events and clubs. As such, this week was pink parkrun in support of Race For Life. It was great to see so many people wearing pink and really embracing the theme. Parkrun is a social event and I look forward to it every week.


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If it wasn’t for parkrun being so friendly and supportive I would never have been brave enough to give running a try. A great friend of mine, Liza Ingleton, who happens to be parkrunner of the year 2018, encouraged me to join her at parkrun just over a year ago, and I have never looked back. I’m healthier and fitter now than I’ve ever been.

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Eight weeks ago, I was unfortunate enough to trip whilst running and broke my upper jaw. At the time it was hard to believe that I would ever be brave enough to run again, but two weeks later I was back at parkrun. It was a case of mind over matter and I was very careful where I put my feet, but I made it round in one piece and the confidence has slowly crept back. This is partly because there is no pressure to achieve a particular standard, it’s all about doing your best on the day. You can run or walk or a combination of both. It’s true that parkrun is for everyone.

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This week I ran with my friend’s little boy, who’s enthusiasm for running is heart-warming, particularly when we did our ‘sprint finish’. It’s great to see young and old sharing an interest in keeping fit and chasing the personal achievements.

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Next week Salisbury parkrun is going Blue in support of the Race for Men. Look forward to seeing you all there.

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STATISTICS

This week 428 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers, in all shades of pink:

Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Jeanette HARDIMAN • John SOWRAY • Lizzie GUASCH • Vasen MOODLEY • Chris COLLETT • Christine TYLER • Richard DAVIDSON • Gayle MORRIS • Michael WINTER • Karen CRADDOCK • Ben SMITH • Kate LLOYD • Andrew BROWN • John DUFFY • Alexander CHISHOLM • Alice DAVIES • Andy CHISHOLM • Gillian PARKIN • Colin MARTIN • Helen CARLTON • Ellie DAVIDSON • Carole WILTSHIRE • Anne NORMAN • Lorna WILSON • Amy BEARMAN • Steve ROBINSON • Karolina PATRICKSON

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 7,260 participants have completed 55,110 parkruns covering a total distance of 275,550 km, including 11,337 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Event#158 – 2nd June 2018

By Chris LYNESS

In October 2015 I had a hip replacement operation. Six weeks later my children said they would get me doing parkrun! OK, so I had never done any running in my life before. When I played netball, I played goal keeper so I didn't have to do any running!

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My first parkrun was in December 2015 in which I only managed to do two laps. As I was going to Australia the following February I decided not to attempt anymore as it was slippery on the grass and I didn't want to slip and hurt my hip. While I was in Australia I was all set to do a parkrun in a place called Port Macquarie, but two days before the event I jumped off a low rock and hurt my heel, and that was the end of my parkrun in Australia.

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Two years later in May 2018 I am nearing my 100th run. I am not getting any faster and I struggle to run all the way, but at seventy years old I think it's an achievement to be first in my age category! Through parkrun I have made many running buddies - Sarum Sisters on a Monday night and a more social run on a Friday. I don't mind that I am always at the back! As my son says, "you are doing it, Mum”.

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STATISTICS

This week 471 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 56 volunteers:

James MILLS • Al MOUTRAY • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Elly MILLS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Samuel MURPHY • Graham WICKHAM • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Alison HOLLOWAY • Martin KELLETT • Mark COLE • Matthew WHICHER • Lizzie GUASCH • Vasen MOODLEY • Ali THEOBALD • Wendy LUCAS • Fiona THATCHER • Jonathan KERSHAW • Chris MAPLE • Sue SHEPPARD • Lu YARWOOD • Guy MITCHELL • Steven MITCHELL • Michael WINTER • Karen CRADDOCK • Peter SYRETT • Paul SLAUGHTER • James HASSAN • Jackie HASSAN • Christine LYNESS • Andrew BROWN • Andrew WEBB • Denise VON RORETZ • Freya TAYLOR • Iris CHISHOLM • Alexander CHISHOLM • Jo PENFOLD • Alice DAVIES • Gemma TAYLOR • Alex COLE • Graham ROGERS • Valerie ROGERS • Colin MARTIN • Joshua TAYLOR • Joel FINCH • Lydia FINCH • Nathanael OSTLER • Saul WEBB • Ben GRANT • Laura WEBB • David HOPKINSON • Anne NORMAN • Amy BEARMAN • Michael HAYWARD • Bridget HINRICHS

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 7,223 participants have completed 54,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,410 km, including 11,259 new Personal Bests.

This time last year, there were 5,500 people registered with Salisbury parkrun, today this figure is 7,196 and this year has seen an average of 440 participants every week. Since Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015, 548 individuals have volunteered, with over 5,100 tasks completed in that time. The split between male and female participants is about equal from the youngest to those aged mid-twenties, then a lot more women than men are registered from mid-twenties up to aged sixty, where it then becomes more of an equal split between the sexes.

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Salisbury parkrun Event#157 – 26th May 2018

By Clare KING

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Bea Wood. How else to start a run report this week? Bea, at the ripe old age of fourteen, has set a new course record for women this Saturday with a time of 16:56 and an age grading of 92.81%, beating her previous fantastic best of 17:21 by 25 seconds. Bea is now the first UK woman athlete under 17, to go under 17 minutes at any parkrun. What an athlete and how lucky we are to have her here in Salisbury! She’s a superstar and my run report is going to be about how amazing all the local children are that took part in the Mini-Marathon on Saturday 19th May. I am sure lots of them are looking to Bea and hoping one day to do as well as her.

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The Salisbury Schools Mini-Marathon is held every May at the secondary schools site in Laverstock. It is a hideous course with lots of hills, rabbit holes and this year, cow muck! But somehow this doesn’t seem to deter all the fantastic local children who take part and represent their schools. They all turn up bright and early, run their races with big smiles and cheer on all their friends. This year I ran the running club (not sunbathing club or talking club, as I had to remind the children) at the school I work for. Clearly, I am no professional athlete and Bea could probably run 10k in the time it takes me to run 5k, but the children absolutely love the prep work for the day, including practising our sprint finishes and a practice run around the course. The hills don’t worry them and they all love to run along the home stretch with such determination to get their medal. We all talked about how it’s the taking part that counts and doing your best and I think this really shows through at the Mini-Marathon.

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I recognised lots of children running the Mini-Marathon from parkrun and cheered Kieran McCullum on as he won the year 5/6 race. Kieran loves parkrun and all this practice here on a Saturday morning, must have helped. Keep practising everyone and enjoy yourself, one day you could set a new course record here at Salisbury parkrun.

Running is better with your friends!

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STATISTICS

This week 398 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 steadfast volunteers:

Marie SHONE • James MILLS • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Andy ROBBINS • Jef HUTCHBY • Jeanette HARDIMAN • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Ali THEOBALD • Clare CLIFFORD • Sue SHEPPARD • Clare KING • Lu YARWOOD • Guy MITCHELL • Steven MITCHELL • Michael WINTER • Karen CRADDOCK • Alison WATSON • Dave MURTAGH • Andrew BROWN • Denise VON RORETZ • Alice DAVIES • Mary PELTON • Elaine COLE • Colin MARTIN • Jessica RICHARDS • Vicky ROBINSON • Jasper ROBINSON

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 7,182 participants have completed 54,211 parkruns covering a total distance of 271,055 km, including 11,169 new Personal Bests.

 

Salisbury parkrun Event#156 – 19th May 2018

By Craig WEATHERBURN

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It is difficult to imagine that just a few short weeks ago, Salisbury parkrun was cancelled twice in the space of a few weeks amid flooding and snow. Today was a deceptively warm late spring Saturday morning that saw what will hopefully be the last outing of the 4-lap ‘winter’ course until the nights start to draw in several long and hazy months’ time. Those used to running the 4-lap winter course may experience the psychological feeling that the 3-lap course is ‘shorter’ when it makes its anticipated return next week - or perhaps that’s just me? All the same, 5K is 5K and today saw a commendable 359 finishers breezing through the fabled ‘funnel’ each and every one with a story to tell. This run report does not have to be all about the parkrun event on the day, it can be about anything and it is especially enlightening to hear other runners’ stories. They don’t have to be edited by a novelist – just tell your story un-abridged and it will be warmly received.

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Why is the sport so addictive once we get started? That is a question many in our sport struggle to answer; I believe that we get hooked on the ‘runners high’ (which is widely accepted as the release of feel good endorphins), which makes us spend more time and money (by purchase of enticing apparel) all in a never ending concentric circle. Put commitment of time, money and personal effort together and you get emotional attachment – hence the addiction. That’s my ‘short-ish’ answer to the question. Would love to hear your answer and story.

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Running stories all have one constant theme….we all started somewhere either for a specific reason or just ‘fell into’ running. parkrun features heavily in a lot of people’s running stories; a lot of people commenting on the ‘community feel’ and ‘non-judgmental’ nature of the sport. Every time you cover any sort of distance or clock a PB, it is a personal milestone in some way and your joy is celebrated in equal measure by your fellow peers in the sport, as well as the jovial volunteers that make parkrun happen every week. Salisbury has a very active and growing community in the sport. Indeed, a lot of the organisation and volunteers at parkrun come via the local City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club….affectionately known as CoSARC. They are arguably Salisbury's friendliest running and athletics group catering for absolute beginners to elite athletes aged 9 to 99. If you feel ‘part of something’ at Salisbury parkrun, you’re guaranteed the same feeling at CoSARC, as they’re largely the same people whom you see and talk to each week at parkrun.

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So if you’re relatively new to fitness and want to start running regularly… why not join them next Weds 30th May, when the ten week Beginners' Group starts - from 6:15pm at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre. The course is for 10 weeks and is suitable for complete beginners.

Go online to sign up:

https://webcollect.org.uk/cosarc   (£20 for the ten week course).

Walk / run & about two miles (that’s less than parkrun) taking between 30 & 40 minutes; building up to three miles by the end of the course (a non-stop parkrun). The course group is led by qualified Run Leaders. It is fun, friendly and sociable! Get fit and make new friends. As mentioned, they’re largely the same crowd from parkrun so there will be no need for non-familiar “first-timer nerves”. They’re a friendly bunch and will look forward to welcoming you into what is fast becoming an extension of the Salisbury parkrun ‘community feel’.

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STATISTICS

This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 indomitable volunteers:

Charlie PEILL • Heather PEILL • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Elly MILLS • Jef HUTCHBY • Graham WICKHAM • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Abi TANSLEY • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Vasen MOODLEY • James BALLARD • Carol EATON • Sam LAWRENCE • Katie MILNER • Judy BURNS • Michael WINTER • Janine KEMM • Craig WEATHERBURN • Derek WOOD • Mary PELTON • Alex COLE • Anne NORMAN

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 7,141 participants have completed 53,813 parkruns covering a total distance of 269,065 km, including 11,094 new Personal Bests.