By Craig WEATHERBURN
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.