What a morning! (And it’s only 5th January)

What a morning at the Stratford Upon Avon parkrun!

The first Saturday morning of the New Year and there was a buzz in the air. We got a new course record, a mega-sized field, 60+ PBs and over 40 first-timers. There was also great excitement to discover that one of those first-timers was a double Olympic gold medal winner!!

Well done to the 411 of us who completed 5km and a special well done if this is part of your new year's resolution to get up, get out and give yourself a jumbo helping of the good stuff (and I don't mean the Jaffa cakes...). parkrun is all about doing yourself good: mind, body and soul.

Running alongside double Olympic gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes was a thrill for all of us. To be honest I was more than a little star-struck to meet a true hero of British athletics, and a very nice person too. I think she spent more time chatting with fellow parkrunners, sharing selfies and group pics than she actually did running! So thanks DKH for sticking around, it was great having you with us and I'm looking forward to reading your new book.

Kelly wasn't the only name worthy of hitting the headlines this morning. Congratulations to 5 runners who achieved milestones: junior runner Olivia Braithwaite ran her 10th parkrun; Helen Smith, Jonathan Wilkes and William Mayes hit 50 runs; and the coveted 100 T-shirt was well-earned by Robert Duff.

A huge thank you also must go out to our hi-vis superheroes who make all this possible, and particularly today the highest of high-fives to Michael who volunteered for the 100th time!

Today was also a bit special because a new course record was set by a Ronny Wilson in the tremendous time of 15:31 (yep, that's for all 3 laps unbelievably). Congratulations Ronny. And well done to Angela Cox who achieved today's highest age-graded score of 84.67%.

I love a stat, so here's a couple more: congrats also go to Alix Frost and Chris Reilly who both clocked up 200 miles of parkrunning today, completing their 65th runs. And, watch out Alastair, Jane and John because when you do your 33rd runs next week you'll have 100 miles under your belts.

So, whether you've just knocked a minute off your PB, or made the start line for the very first time; run, jogged, walked or staggered; you may be a Dame Kelly, speedy Ronny, Sally, Archie, Vicky, Woody or Sue; the great thing is, we're embarking on 2019 by doing ourselves - and each other - some good.

See you next week

 

#148 Stratford’s New Year smasher!

1 January 2019

DSC_2602 before the start

When the traffic queue to get into the Rec stretches back into town, you know it’s going to be a biggie. On a cool drizzly morning 663 runners turned up to celebrate the New Year hopefully as they mean to go on. For some super-keen people this was already the second run of the morning, having previously completed one of the neighbouring parkruns that started at 9.00 and it was fab to see a number of people who were already smashing their new year’s resolutions by getting out there for their first ever parkrun. Look forward to seeing you next week guys!

 

DSC_2589 Leamington runner who cycled to Stratford

Leamington runner who cycled to Stratford, 1st to arrive

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Sylvia and Sharon, tailwalkers, who look as if they came straight from a party...

 

Today’s run had a really great atmosphere, with people chatting as they went round, catching up with their friends or simply cheering each other on, and as usual there were lots of our high-viz heroes encouraging us en route, whilst encouraging us to dodge the  dog poo. Good that there was no smell of stale alcohol too, well done people for being so virtuous on celebrating the New Year.

My friend came over for her first tourist trip out to Stratford, although as her home parkrun is Brueton [Solihull] it wasn’t quite as adventurous as some, but nice to be back running with her again after a couple of years.   Having so many people meant it was a bit of a slow start, but that’s always a good way to ease yourself in after a late night, or at least that’s my excuse! I’d sort of considered going to Leamington first but sadly the lure of the pillow and another cup of tea won out. Maybe the double next year? OK, I’ll commit to it publically here. This will hopefully be a year full of fun and enjoying my running.

Last year I had several months out on a couple of occasions due to (running-induced) injuries, so I have managed to get lots of volunteering in. Now all I need to do is get back to being able to run from home to parkrun and start building the miles up again in advance of my next half marathon in March. Lots of other milestones beckon too, I should hopefully get my 50th run in and like many others have committed to running certain distances in 2019.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed that whatever your goals and resolutions for 2019 that we all have fun getting there, or at least enjoying the journey. So whether you are a seasoned runner or just getting started, here’s to a happy and healthy 2019 as part of a great running community. Happy New Year everyone and great running!

Louise STEWART parkrunner A514236

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Alan gave TWO 1st timer briefs to cope with the hordes!

From the core team

Well done to the following visitors who achieved milestones at event 148.

Milestone Shirts (4)

This week 665 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 201 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 74 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers: Natalie DELLAR • John WORTHINGTON • Stella TOLHURST • Simon TEALE • Andy CHERRY • Edward TOLHURST • Liz CHERRY • Louise STEWART • Simon PIPE • Beverley BRIGDEN • Ant PIPE • Paul HODGES • Alison CHANTREY • Joe CHANTREY • Emma CHANTREY • Hannah STENNING • Sharon HARCOURT • Richard MORRIS • Michael OLIVER • Freya HOWAT • Victoria GOULD • Hilary FRASER • Emily INGRAM • Kirsty COOK • Rachael GREEN • Alan GREEN • Sue FITTON • Sylvia MORRIS • Kevan RUSSELL • Debbie BLOOMFIELD • Samuel BLOOMFIELD • Neville KING • Alexander BLOOMFIELD • Chris BLOOMFIELD • Peter CLARKE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

  • The female record is held by Unknown (F) who recorded a time of 16:27 on 24th December 2016 (event number 44).
  • The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th September 2017 (event number 83).
  • The Age Grade course record is held by Kate WRIGHT who recorded 97.30% (17:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 61).

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun started on 20th February 2016. Since then 8,053 participants have completed 42,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 211,160 km, including 7,823 new Personal Bests. A total of 628 individuals have volunteered 3,976 times.

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Sarah with Hilary and the Bertie biscuit tin and fruit for clean living parkrunners

Men's placings:

  1. Joe MCLEOD 16:08 SM20-24 79.96 % M 1 Coventry Godiva Harriers New PB!
  2. Simon BIRCH 16:13 SM30-34 79.75 % M 2 Hinckley RC First Timer!
  3. Robert HARRISON 17:34 SM20-24 73.43 % M 3 Bankstown Sports Senior Athletic Club First Timer!

Women's placings:

  1. Tulah SEARLE 21:06 JW11-14 77.17 % F 1 Birchfield Harriers PB stays at 00:21:06 8
  2. Jane EDWARDS 22:10 VW55-59 81.65 % F 2 Sphinx AC New PB! 134
  3. Susan COX 22:17 VW50-54 78.16 % F 3 Spa Striders RC PB stays at 00:22:12

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  •  Jane EDWARDS 22:10 VW55-59 81.65 %
  • Richard DIXON 18:26 VM50-54 81.28 %
  • Nikki CARTER 26:20 VW65-69 80.57 %

Today's was of course a big attendance record. The old record was from our very first run in February 2016 when we were the only new Event in the country. We attracted 450 runners.

Runners attendance at Stratford upon Avon parkrun

On NYD we attracted 665 runners! A large reason for this was that four events around us were starting at 0900 and we were the only event at 1030 within an hour, so doubles seekers all flocked to Stratford. It was lovely to see them all.

Very exhilarating for the all the volunteers, who won praise from the visitors in Facebook posts and emails we received! Lots of quick thinking to further extend the funnel length, set up manual recording, cone off huge qualities of dog poo, bring out extra chocolate goodies and drinks and separating hordes of runner from other innocent park users. (And their not-so-innocent dogs!)

We had already printed extra finish tokens and extended the funnel length in anticipation of "maybe up to 550 runners", but we got even more!

DSC_2600 A dedicated volunteer

Nev did a volunteering double: first at Banbury then with us!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

A warm welcome to all those new to parkrun and hope to see our visitors again in 2019!

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Sue and Sylvia overcoming their drinking problem. (How to get water to 600+ runners, quickly)

Simon Teale
Run Director
Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun official website - Facebook - Twitter
Your core team at SuApr are: Simon - Natalie - John W - Sue - Sarah - Paul - Bev

Barcodes
Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some Barcode wristbands. Make our scanners' lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

Volunteering: How to get involved
Finding out about Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.

Future roster
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us, just send an email to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com.

What would I do at the Event?
First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. You can find out more about Stratford volunteering roles on our Facebook notes page. We can also sort out roles that allow you to volunteers with (or as far as possible away from) your friends and family!

 

Run #145 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Archie Lucas gives his view on today's run.

A fresh winter morning brought out 224 people who ran, jogged and walked the Stratford upon Avon parkrun, of whom 23 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to everyone who turned out, especially those who dressed up in the Christmas theme (or maybe just for an extra layer?!) including, but not limited to, a few Santas, a good amount of Santa hats, and even one reindeer!

Milestones
Special congratulations go to Henry MORRISON and Patrick LAMB who both ran their 50th parkrun today, and a shout out to Glenn and Sara MALLEN who both did their first Stratford parkrun today visiting from Dudley and won my informal competition for best running club name with Crazy Flying Monkey Space Invaders! Congratulations to Louise STEWART on her 25 Volunteerings. (Your core team try to spot who will be celebrating a milestone in advance, but sometimes we're not very good at it. Please send a message in advance if you can!)

Christmas and New Year runs
A reminder for all you Christmas fans you can sneak in an extra run on Christmas Morning (even tho it's a Tuesday) at Arrow Valley (Redditch) parkrun, starting at 09:30. See more Specials runs at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ If that’s not your cup of tea then we have an extra run on New Year's Day (starting at 1030 so you can stay in bed a bit longer!) If you didn't know, New Year’s Day is a special day in the parkrun calendar as you can count two runs on one day. So if you are up to the challenge, there are 0900 starts at Banbury, Rugby and our sister event Leamington which could provide you with a chance to run there first, then again at the Rec! See more doubles combinations at this unofficial site: http://tailrun.uk/nyd/2019/

Handy persons or project manager needed

Stratford District Council have given us the go ahead to put up shelves and hooks in our messy storeroom (a.k.a. the disabled toilet), so if you are able to spare a few hours to help, we would be very grateful. Please contact Simon at stratforduponavonoffice@parkrun.com or via a Facebook message.

It's a run not a race...

We had an instance of a faster runner barging past a slower runner.  We know that everyone wants a PB but what is great about parkrun is that it is for everyone whether you are walking it in an hour or running it in 16 minutes. Please be mindful of other runners and help keep it a safe parkrun.

A summary of the day’s results:

Men’s placings:
1. Joe MORROW 16:58 SM20-24 76.82%
2. Jonathan ASHLEY 17:31 VM45-49 80.97%
3. Charlie STAVELEY 17:40 SM30-34 73.87% Leamington C and AC

Women’s placings:
1. Georgie CAMPBELL 19:07 JW15-17 81.08% Stratford-upon-Avon AC
2. Madeleine JACKS 20:04 JW11-14 79.57% Rugby & Northampton AC New PB!
3. Madeleine LINFOOT 20:37 JW11-14 78.98% Stratford-upon-Avon AC New PB!

Best Age Graded scores:
1. Mike DUGGAN 24:06 VM75-79 81.60% Alvis RC
2. Georgie CAMPBELL 19:07 JW15-17 81.08% Stratford-upon-Avon AC
3. Jonathan ASHLEY 17:31 VM45-49 80.97%

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

John WORTHINGTON • Stella TOLHURST • Archie LUCAS • Simon TEALE • Louise STEWART • Sue TEALE • Lara BAKEWELL • Beverley BRIGDEN • John WADE • Joshua DOBEDOE • Terry BUZER • Simon WILLIAMS • Richard MORRIS • Michael OLIVER • James BAKER • Sarah STIRMAN • Jessica MADDEN • Dillon PATEL • Bill GOURLAY • Esmee BARNARD • Evie BEARD • Rachael GREEN • Sylvia MORRIS • Aidan TOLHURST • Sailas ALBERTI • Charly MARSHALL • Joanne COOPER • Paul BAKER • Bella LUCAS • Kate ASTON • Nena DAVIES

Volunteering: How to get involved
Finding out about Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.

Future roster
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us, just send an email to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com.

What would I do at the Event?
First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. You can find out more about Stratford volunteering roles on our Facebook notes page. We can also sort out roles that allow you to volunteers with (or as far as possible away from) your friends and family!

The female record is held by Unknown (F) who recorded a time of 16:27 on 24th December 2016 (event number 44). The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th September 2017 (event number 83). The Age Grade course record is held by Kate WRIGHT who recorded 97.30% (17:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 61).

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun started on 20th February 2016. Since then 7,727 participants have completed 40,764 parkruns covering a total distance of 203,820 km, including 7,646 new Personal Bests. A total of 620 individuals have volunteered 3,875 times.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/157711660@N05/45599919434/in/pool-stratforduponavon-parkrun/

Archie LUCAS A133600, this week's report writer and Sue TEALE, this week's run director

 

Run #143 – 200 million metres later- and how to annoy your non-parkrun friends

1st December 2018

Well done to 273 of you who eschewed the duvet to make it to parkrun. 35% fewer than last week's 421 runners. I wonder what changed ;-)

Well done to the following milestone runners who cheater the weather with their lovely milestone bibs. (You core team try to spot who will be celebrating a milestone in advance, but we're not very good at it. Please send a message in advance if you can!):

Milestone Shirts (6)

DSCN0889 10th run

Also congratulations to William Gilles, who came in 32nd place and thereby ran Stratford upon Avon parkrun's 200,000 kilometre. That's five times round the world which is why he looks tired. William has undertaken to keep that medal displayed proudly at home for the rest of his life and never to eat it. Ever

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How to annoy your non-parkrunner friends and relations during the holiday season

  1. Whereas they will be groping for some kind of regular exercise regime to write into their new year's resolutions, you already have a brilliant one, every Saturday at 9am!
  2. Any of your four to fourteen years old can also start junior parkrun on Sundays - starting sometime next year. Extra smug potential! Listen out at the run briefs for more details, and we are always looking for more launch team volunteers.
  3. You can sneak in an extra run on Christmas Morning (even tho it's a Tuesday) at Arrow Valley (Redditch) parkrun, stsrting at 09:30. How very smug and annoying! See more Specials runs here.
  4. At Stratford, we have an extra run on New Year's Day (starting at 1030)!!!!! If you didn't know, NYD is a special day in the parkrun calendar as you can count two runs on one day. So if you are up to the challenge, there are 0900 starts at Banbury, Rugby and our sister event Leamington which could provide you with a chance to run there first, then again on The Rec! Wouldn't that be annoying for your non-running fiends? See more doubles combinations at this unofficial site: http://tailrun.uk/nyd/2019/
    We're also looking for NYD volunteers on what looks to be one of the largest event in our history!
  5. Of course, instead of annoying your non-parkrun friends, you could always invite them to take part.Once you've had your fun....

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How to please your parkrunner friends and relations during the holiday season

You might want to consider some season gift ideas?

  1. How about a snazzy parkrun wristband, complete with your name, barcode and ICE info. https://parkrun-barcode.com/
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  2. The Orange tops (that can have Stratford-upon-Avon' written across the front) are still in production, so unlikely to be in time for Santa's 2018 timescales :-(
  3. COИTRA is our Founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt's, new project. Sportswear that is fair for suppliers, sized for everyone and excellent quality. And although it's profits go to parkrun. Recommended https://contra-movement.com/
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Men's placings:

  1. Jonathan ASHLEY 17:44 VM40-44 79.32 %
  2. Edward FORBES 18:38 VM40-44 73.26 % M 2 Ranelagh Harriers
  3. 3 George DE BOLLA 18:54 SM25-29 68.25 % M 3 First Timer! 51 Member of the parkrun 50 Club

Women's placings:

  1. Lucy MARLOW 19:55 SW30-34 74.81 % F 1 Cambridge Harriers
  2. Fiona BLACKMORE 20:17 VW40-44 77.57 % F 2 Bitton Road Runners
  3. Seanin GILMORE 20:58 VW45-49 76.47 % F 3 Stratford-upon-Avon AC

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  1. Roger WILSON 23:20 VM75-79 84.29 % M 59 Stratford-upon-Avon AC
  2. Philip BRENNAN 23:30 VM75-79 82.06 % M 63 Stratford-upon-Avon AC
  3. Richard DOBEDOE 19:02 VM50-54 79.42 % M 4 Stratford-upon-Avon AC

This week 273 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

DSCN0984 Parkrun finish

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Natalie DELLAR • John WORTHINGTON • Stella TOLHURST • Archie LUCAS • Louise STEWART • Lara BAKEWELL • Ryan BAKEWELL • Paul HODGES • Kate SHEPHARD • David PARKIN • Simon WILLIAMS • Jonathan WARD • Richard MORRIS • Michael OLIVER • James BAKER • Ben TWYMAN • Megan ROGERS • Sarah STIRMAN • Dillon PATEL • Kirsty COOK • Esmee BARNARD • Sylvia MORRIS • Kevan RUSSELL • Aidan TOLHURST • Charly MARSHALL • Debbie BLOOMFIELD • Samuel BLOOMFIELD • Alexander BLOOMFIELD • Chris BLOOMFIELD • Paul BAKER • Bella LUCAS • Kate ASTON * Simon TEALE

DSCN0972 Parkrun finish

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Unknown (F) who recorded a time of 16:27 on 24th December 2016 (event number 44).
The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th September 2017 (event number 83).
The Age Grade course record is held by Kate WRIGHT who recorded 97.30% (17:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 61).

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun started on 20th February 2016. Since then 7,673 participants have completed 40,241 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,205 km, including 7,569 new Personal Bests. A total of 614 individuals have volunteered 3,813 times.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

News about future events, warnings, reminders, etc.

Simon Teale
Joint Event Director
Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun official website - Facebook - Twitter

Your core team at SuApr are: Simon - Natalie - John W - James - Ellen - Hannah - Sue - Sarah - Paul - Bev

Volunteering: How to get involved
Finding out about Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.
Future roster
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us, just send an email to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com.
What would I do at the Event?
First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. You can find out more about Stratford volunteering roles on our Facebook notes page. We can also sort out roles that allow you to volunteers with (or as far as possible away from) your friends and family!

 

Tessa’s 50 Reason to do 50 parkruns (and on the “B” side: 50 Reasons to Eat Cake, Part 3)

Tessa, age 10, shares her 50 reasons to do 50 parkruns. Admittedly, there might be a little bit of repetition, especially when it comes to cake! It all sounds so fun that the rest of the Parkin family might be tempted to get to 50 soon too – watch this space!

You can wear a red bib
It’s great fun
Gets you ready for the weekend
Nice marshals
Make new friends
Sense of achievement when you finish
Flat course
Well organised
Wildlife (swans)
Four-legged doggy friends (dogs)
Pride for all
Happy atmosphere
You can be lazy for the rest of the day
Earns your breakfast
Everyone can take part no matter how fast
Extra cheers for a milestone
You can race against your own PB
You can’t get lost!
Meet up with people you know
Race against your mum!
Take your pet for a run
See your Athletics Club buddies
Who wanted to have a lie in anyway?!
Enthusiastic volunteers
Racing against rowing boats that are on the river
Earn yourself a hot chocolate when it’s cold
Feel refreshed after a hot shower
Gather together for a selfie at the end
Congratulate other milestone achievements
Study the results
Be proud of what you can do
Run at your own speed
Get your exercise done for the weekend
No one has fallen in the river (yet!)
Run with your heroes
Anyone mention cake?
Hot coffee
Do have a biscuit
If you’re feeling healthy there is fruit
Slice of chocolate cake anybody (if you don’t, I will)
Biscuits – Custard Creams and Jammie Dodgers
Help yourself to water and juices at the end
Did I say there was cake?
Nice, juicy oranges
There is enough cake to go round so do dive in!
Hitting a milestone is a great achievement
You get a T-shirt – but might have to be patient!
Encourage others around you
Pass on your thanks to the marshals
Hooray for 50!

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