Shepton Mallet parkrun event #88

Saturday dawned dry but the rain soon appeared to dampen the throng of over 230 runners. Amongst the Shepton Mallet regulars were several tourists .The outstanding performance on the day was from Ange Norris with a time of 21.47 a new ladies vw 55 to 59 age group record for a WAVA of 84.24% putting her 3rd on our age grade ladder. We must apologise for a slightly early start and encourage Rich to not buy watches from the pound shop!

Lately we have had to remind a few runners that you must only walk and not run if carrying a child it's one of the few parkrun rules there for your safety.

As we enter the coldest time of year please check here for news and the Facebook page just in case we need to cancel due to icy or snowy conditions. We will try to do this on a Friday night but in some case it may be as late as 7.45 on the day. The Run Director on the day has total control over this and once cancelled it's off. If this happens you can get your running fix at Street on the grass less than 30 minutes away.

Hat of the week??
Song of the week. Like Clockwork by The Boomtown Rats


Shepton Mallet parkrun 87

On a cold but dry January morning over 250 hardy souls turned out for the second run of the new year. We had visitors from Norwich and Scotland and some notable milestones. Sue Cox ran her 250th parkrun and Susan White her 50th. Lynne Elstob volunteered for the 50th time. Edric was aided as run director by Marie Goodwin who gave the briefing in preparation to take up the role of Co Event director of the forth coming Junior event and her daughter Megan age 7 gave another flawless first timers briefing. The run started on time as usual (I don't think the runners liked waited over a minute for the off on the start line!). Edric continued the tradition of Run Directors wearing a hat by wearing a ridiculous sailors hat bought at great expense (£1.50) from the SOS Africa shop in town.

Hat of the week .Sailors hat.

Song of the week. Dancing with the Captain by Paul Nicholas.


Shepton Mallet parkrun report #86

What a lovely atmosphere we had on New Year's Day if I do say so myself. We had so many tourists on the day from Street, Southwick, Burnham on Sea, Killerton and many more. Amongst these were some nutters who took part in the New Year's day double. This is the only day in the parkrun calendar where "One" is allowed to run two parkruns in one day. So many of our runners on the day either ran at Southwick country parkrun or at Street. A few even cycled between the two runs and Event Director Edric cycled with a Mandie Bygrave on his tandem to Street, where they ran and then cycled back and both ran at Shepton. A few arrived a little after the event had started but soon caught the tail up.

It was brilliant to see RD Dan Blewitt running on New Year's day. Dan eluded to his knee injury at the run brief the week before. He was first finisher on week 3 with a time of 19.07 which was the age grade record at the time and has volunteered 53 times.  His wife Claire and children Oscar and Gertie are all good runners and run at Shepton. Gertie often volunteers by giving the first timers briefing for the new runners.

One of our parkrunners Becky Ware was interviewed by Radio Somerset's Claire Carter on the breakfast show on NYD. If you want to listen it is about 15 minutes before the end of the show. Becky did a great job of explaining how parkrun works.

Hat of the day - Donkey hat bought from the SOS Africa charity shop
Song of the day - Born to run - Lynyrd Skynyrd


Shepton Mallet parkrun report #84

Well what a difference a week makes!!! After last week's wash out, a grateful looking bunch of runners, joggers, walkers, Santa’s and Elves traversed 5 KM around Shepton Mallets beautiful Collett Park. So many people dressed up and got in the Christmas spirit. This RD was very proud of her group of elves (Marshalls to the rest of you), without their help and undying love for parkrun this event could not be held every week.

This week we hosted 180 parkrunners, 12 of which were first timers, and a whopping 30 of which hit a PB!!!

This RD hopes that everyone enjoyed a peaceful few days off and that we will see you on the 29th December for the very last parkrun of 2018. Don’t forget there’s a chance to run 2 parkruns on New Year’s Day, 09:00 at Street, followed by 10:30 at Shepton Mallet. If you want to up the ante, our ED among others will be running Street, cycling to Shepton and then running Shepton Mallet for a New Years Day duathlon.

Hat of the Day – Bah Humbug Santa Hat
Song of the Day – it’s the most wonderful time of the year (or week in the case of parkrun)
Breakfast of the week – a rather bizarre combination of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup… was lovely I might add)
Guest Spot of the week – Father Christmas outside the Hive Café (I’m told he must have been real as he was wearing glasses)


Shepton Mallet parkrun report #83

Well what a very cold, damp start to our regular Saturday morning parkrun fixture! In view of the weather and the fact that presumably most were out fighting with the Christmas shopping crowds we had our lowest turnout ever – just 96 intrepid runners/walkers.

Milestones: Dan Blewitt – 50th volunteering

Despite the low turnout the atmosphere was as ever cheerful and encouraging. David and Kim Keogh certainly helped raise our spirits with delicious cupcakes which they were selling to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice. They raised over £65 on the day so very well done to them.
As ever, our thanks go to our wonderful Volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible:-

Don’t forget – FANCY DRESS PARKRUN NEXT SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER!!!! Go Festive, Go Wild, Go Fancy – but be there!!
Hat of the Week – A sou’wester – nailed on!!
Song of the week – Cold as Ice by Foreigner

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