#110 – Warm Weather training

14 April 2018

For the first time in ages, no rain at 9am. So 359 duvet dodgers ran and volunteered in the sunshine.

In fact we had a few scanning issues as the lasers aren't so happy in the bright sunshine (they prefered it under the shade of the trees) and the runner who finished 3rd had only completed two laps, so some challenges in the results processing today. But thanks to the good shouty communication by the funnel volunteers, we had everything sorted eventually...

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Karen Riley (right), a visitor, cycled to Stratford to find she had brought two left shoes! Luckily she found Ruth Calderbank who was able to lend her hers!

NHS 70 day Saturday 6th June

UK parkruns celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS on Saturday 6th June. We're hoping to arrange some of the following (or have you any better ideas?!):

  • A ‘volunteer team takeover’ by local NHS staff parkrunners
  • Provide an opportunity for NHS staff to have an information stand, which could include simple checks like blood pressure
  • Let us know about any inspiring stories (e.g. of how parkrun has changed the lives of locally based NHS staff and/or patients).

Please could any NHS people get in contact to volunteer or with suggestions?

Henry Morrison Snr

We were sad to hear that one of our regular parkrunners, Henry Morrison has died.

Henry started running with us a year ago but we first met him when we produced this odd result and needed to check what had happened:

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In fact it was the Henry Morrisons going round together!

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We will miss Henry who always stopped to chat to runners and volunteers. Condolences to his family.

Milestones

Well done to the large batch of milestone shirt achievers. If you are owed a milestone t-shirt, please check out https://support.parkrun.com/.../205904361-How-do-I-claim... So here is the milestone picture of the week. Well done Finley, Megan, Joel, Amelia "4cakes" Frost, Alan and Rachel. Our RD John Wade thought this milestone picture idea up and gets upset if we don't do it **properly**. So he will be very irritated to see what we have done today for his 150th run. Milestone Shirts DSCN8102 resizeDSCN8101 resize

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Ruth CALDERBANK • Natalie DELLAR • Simon TEALE • Sam TEALE • Wayne VICKERS • Emma BAKER • Angela COX • Alice TEALE • Sue TEALE • Beverley BRIGDEN • John WADE • Steve HOWAT • Simon WILLIAMS • Georgia BUTCHART • Richard MORRIS • Michael OLIVER • Phil MILLS • James BAKER • Daphne RUTT • Sarah STIRMAN • Jessica MADDEN • Bill GOURLAY • Kirsty COOK • Callum COOK • Louis BARNARD • Alice BAXENDALE • Kate TURNER • Sylvia MORRIS • Conar AITCHISON • Laura TAYLOR

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

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun started on 20th February 2016. Since then 5,904 participants have completed 28,968 parkruns covering a total distance of 144,840 km, including 5,722 new Personal Bests.

Men's placings:

  1. Alistair MCDONNELL & Hywel DAVIES 16:22 (Dead Heat and they both got PBs)
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  3. Narændra D O BARTHOLØMEW 18:51(A 1st timer at parkrun - hmmmmmm)

Women's placings:

  1. Victoria NEALON 18:20 (3rd place overall and just a second off her PB!)
  2. Tori GREEN 18:23 (1st timer at Stratford)
  3. Megan DAVIS 19:39 (1st timer at Stratford)

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Hywel DAVIES 16:22 VM40-44 85.34 %
  • Megan DAVIS 19:39 JW11-14 82.87 %
  • Steve HOWES 19:19 VM55-59 81.62 %

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

Volunteers for Shakespeare Marathon Sunday 13th May

Would any parkrunners be interested in helping out with the marathon (which is based around the pavilion in the Rec)?

If so, please let us know on stratforduponavonoffice@parkrun.com and we will coordinate a parkrun volunteer posse!

Says Samantha, the Race Director

"I really need help setting up the finish area first thing Sunday morning, there's always a lot of people around but there still seems so much to do – would you be able to help us early? If you were able to stay for a few hours we could also do with the help handing out bottles of water/bananas at the finish, everyone seems to come through at the same time and its all hands on deck!"

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

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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 #107 We all need goals

24th March 2018

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British Summer Time arrives tomorrow, the Big Wheel is in place in time for Easter, so we were nearly fooled into thinking that event 107 (Simon advised this is special on account of it being a prime number!!) would be dry and sunny – but not quite. This is where having goals and targets come into play, getting us up, out and moving when it would be tempting to languish under the duvet. Today I was motivated to get up, out and moving so that I could have the pleasure of wearing a ‘Bib of Glory’ to mark my 100th run - I would not have missed today even if it was icy cold and blowing a gale as I just wanted to meet this milestone, so I could join the queue for my parkrun T-shirt.   Couch to 5K Graduation

Today there were 22 first timers and within this group there were 7 amazing graduates from the second ‘Couch to 5k’ programme, run by Stratford AC. This hardy bunch has being turning out in rain, sleet and razor sharp winds to follow the plan. They have had to dig deep to keep this up through the dark wintry nights, and today they were motivated to get up, out and moving so that they too could meet  their goal, to graduate. All were full of smiles and a sense of real achievement that they too had met a personal goal. One of the merry bunch, Diane, completed her first parkrun at 64, brilliant. Another first timer, Annette, was buzzing having crossed the finish line - I asked her what got her up, out and moving and she said her goal was to be fitter than her age and now was the time to start.

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It would seem that our canine friends also need a goal. Chris Wilson and his dog are regulars at parkrun and as I ran alongside him it I think I spied that his lovely pooch was highly motived to keep moving by the smell of tasty treats concealed in his master’s hand. Maybe parkrunners are equally motivated by Sarah’s (happy birthday) sweet treats and James’s baked creations of which there is always a plentiful supply.

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So it seems we all need goals and targets to motivate us to get up, out and moving!!

So my next target is ………………………..gosh I have so many, what’s yours?

This week 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Natalie DELLAR • Stella TOLHURST • Louise STEWART • Alice TEALE • Sue TEALE • Beverley BRIGDEN • John WADE • Paul HODGES • Helen CAVE • Ruby SMITH • Finlay HUTCHINSON • David PARKIN • Tessa PARKIN • Emma PARKIN • Simon WILLIAMS • Georgia BUTCHART • Simon CROWE • Michael OLIVER • James BAKER • Jane MURPHY • Hilary FRASER • Jessica MADDEN • Dillon PATEL • Kirsty COOK • Louis BARNARD • Kate TURNER • Alice DENYER • Sean MATA • Conar AITCHISON • Louis ALLEN • Laura TALOR • Jamie SPENCER • Nicholas FAIRCLOUGH

Great photos (mostly) by Finlay Hutchinson. You can see them all here.

Bev Brigden, A744527

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 ATHLETE (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 5,763 participants have completed 27,988 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,940 km, including 5,574 new Personal Bests

 

Run #105 Run for home

10th March 2018

With all the traffic on our roads it can sometimes feel like there’s nowhere to run safely. We’re always chasing cars or cars are chasing us. That’s why it’s so nice to be able to spend a Saturday in the park and to keep on running with no need for looking back over my shoulder.

As more and more runners arrive it feels like we’re really part of the in crowd.

All the absolute beginners head over to the funnel for the new runners briefing.

Then there’s a kind of hush while the RD gives the run brief. He reminds everyone to respect the other parklife, gives a big thank you to all the hi-viz heroes who have volunteered (especially the marshals who get up stand up in the cold every week), and he reminds all the U11s to stand by your man (or woman).

IMG_0479We head over to the start, stand and wait for everyone to be ready. Then it’s 5,4,3,2,1 and we’re off. All the young dudes at the front go tearing off first. Followed by some super fit oldies. I hope I can still turn out when I’m sixty-four. God only knows why we do this every week but something makes us keep on running. IMG_0471

As I run past the lock turn I give a breezy hello to the marshal with that ‘all by myself’ look on her face.

At the bowling green the youngsters shake their collection of ‘musical’ instruments. Girls! They just want to have fun.

Just ahead of me I see Jeremy…one half of the band on the run.

IMG_0474The runaway boys are out of sight now. I get into the zone and follow the long and winding road until before I know it I’m going back to the pavilion for the last time. The person on finish tokens shouts “Rikki don’t lose that number” to someone behind me. But he’s a nowhere man when the results come out…struck down by the curse of the dodgy barcode scanner. Imagine. I head to the café for a cup of tea. Perfect, someone’s left a cake out in the rain. It’s a delicious carrot cake. I chat to another refugee from Leamington parkrun who says he doesn’t miss running up that hill. IMG_0473

Some people are born to run, some have running thrust upon them and some have to be dragged to parkrun by wild horses.

I’m not always sure which one I am but I know that with a little help from my friends I’ll be back next week.

This week 252 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Stella TOLHURST • Simon TEALE • Angela COX • Jane PHILLIPS • Lara BAKEWELL • Beverley BRIGDEN • John WADE • Paul HODGES • Simon WILLIAMS • Georgia BUTCHART • Jan PHIPPS • Michael OLIVER • Harry TEALE HOWAT • Phoebe HOWAT • Clare WHYTE • Carla SEARLE • James BAKER • Liz LAWTON • Sarah STIRMAN • Jessica MADDEN • Dillon PATEL • Louis BARNARD • Sylvia MORRIS • Conar AITCHISON • Louis ALLEN • Jamie SPENCER

If you would like to write a future run report, please email in to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com

And thank you to Christopher Best for the photographs.

John WADE, A768600

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 ATHLETE (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 5,686 participants have completed 27,424 parkruns covering a total distance of 137,120 km, including 5,511 new Personal Bests.

 

Run #104 Three swans and one broken duck

24th February 2018

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Park run number 30 and time to break my volunteering duck.

Inspired by a post on the Facebook page Friday morning that 1,442 people had seen the plea for volunteers yet only 4 had come forward it was time for me to step up.

After an exchange of e-mails I was allocated run reporter, pleased as this allowed me to contribute to the volunteering roster as well as run.

After a few weekends off (lie ins were required), alarm goes off early enough for me to cycle to Stratford and get to the pavilion to introduce myself to run director John who assures me there is no requirement to be a novelist for this volunteer position, good job too.

Pre-park run brief was as eloquent as always with the usual hint of humour. Congrats to Ed Twyman being awarded Junior Park runner of the year. Well done Ed.

As we moved to the start line the weather was good considering the forecast, although chilly it was a sunny morning and the ground was crisp. Certainly, much improved over the wet and windy ones in January.

We all got off well, jostling for position as we ran, jogged, walked towards the turn on to the grass. After flying out the blocks a few weeks ago and then watching everybody pass me over the next 5km I was keen to stay steady and maintain a constant pace.

It seemed to be going ok, finding enough breath to thank the marshals for their endless shouts of encouragement as we pass them. I even found myself catching some, as I set my marker for the person in front each time. I wished Leah Bowen Happy Birthday as I past her, she being very recognisable in the birthday bib, me feeling reasonably comfortable with the pace.

Last lap push came but very little left in the tank. As I past the boat club I’m thinking not far now. A few hundred yards on and the birthday girl, Leah Bowen, comes practically sprinting past me, oh dear so much for my comfortable pace. As the funnel approaches I can hear breathing behind me so empty the tank with a final rush towards the line, unfortunately not enough as young Jamie Jones beats me to it, well done.

Another enjoyable Park Run complete, still enough energy to cheer on the remaining runners, well done all and thanks to all the volunteers for making it possible each week. Now to eye up the next volunteering role.

This week 259 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Simon TEALE • Louise STEWART • John WADE • Patrick LAMB • Steven LOWE • Pip BELL • Hannah STENNING • Judith SPENCER • Cara REYNOLDS • Sharon HARCOURT • Simon WILLIAMS • Michael OLIVER • Phoebe HOWAT • James BAKER • Liz LAWTON • Megan ROGERS • Sarah STIRMAN • Lesley GEE • Hilary FRASER • Jessica MADDEN • Dillon PATEL • Bill GOURLAY • Kirsty COOK • Louis BARNARD • Kate TURNER • Sylvia MORRIS • Sean MATA • Louis ALLEN • Finn BOS • George WADE • Laura TALOR

If you would like to write a future run report, please email in to stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com

Patrick LAMB, A777540

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 ATHLETE (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 5,671 participants have completed 27,172 parkruns covering a total distance of 135,860 km, including 5,491 new Personal Bests.

 

#108 Flood, mud and ears

Louise STEWART's tribute to “Triumph through adversity, or when the going gets tough...”

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Today’s parkrun may not have been the coldest or wettest, but it was surely a reasonable contender for the muddiest. You know when the Run Director starts with the safety section that there’s a need to be careful out there, particularly when we were now going to share the route not just with the usual other Park users but also marauding swans and geese. I had only just cleaned my trainers from last week’s excursion and looking at the weather over the last few days wasn’t sure if I would be better off with my (box fresh) cross country shoes or my wellies. Some parts of the course would have been better with snorkel and fins... However, it’s all about getting out there and being part of the parkrun family and seeing as my husband never ventures near the washing machine, I’m sure he’ll never know about muddy trainers going in the wash.

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Today’s goal was not to be last. Seeing as I was not tailwalker, I was always quite likely to achieve this. Having spent the last few months recovering from injury it is great to even get out again and be able to walk the route. Being right at the back gives you a very different perspective and plenty of time to think about stuff, particularly about the support you get from all the marshals which I now know can be a cold and often lonely task. If anyone is unfortunate enough to pick up an injury and fancies marshalling, try to make it in the summer, alternatively consider a hot toddy to keep you smiling and cheering people on.   So a huge thank you to the parkrun tribe, who make it such a fun Saturday morning. You may feel daft waving and yelling at people but believe me it makes a difference. Countless volunteers have helped encourage walkers, joggers, runners, couch to 5K, speed walkers and those who make 5K look like a walk in the park.

Today's event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Ruth CALDERBANK • Susan COX • Simon TEALE • Angela COX • Louise STEWART • Sue TEALE • Beverley BRIGDEN • Sandra HERYET • Paul HODGES • Julian RELTON • Tim HUTCHINSON • Finlay HUTCHINSON • Sharon HARCOURT • Ella BAXTER • Georgia BUTCHART • Michael OLIVER • Isobel STANLEY • Liz LAWTON • Sarah STIRMAN • Jessica MADDEN • Dillon PATEL • Kirsty COOK • Callum COOK • Louis BARNARD • Kate TURNER • Conar AITCHISON • Louis ALLEN • Lanor DYSON • Laura TAYLOR • Jamie SPENCER • William MULRYNE image2 image4

If you want to volunteer, please email stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com or check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Stratparkrun/

Whether you’re first or not, finishing still feels great!

Men's fastest finishers:

  1. Joshua NEWMAN in a time of 16:40 (13th 1st place)
  2. Joe MORROW in a time of 17:14 (first time at Stratford)
  3. Fergus ALLISON in a time of 17:33

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Women's fastest finishers:

  1. Georgie CAMPBELL in a time of 18:50 (7th overall)
  2. Hollie WEBB in a time of 20:09 (17th overall)
  3. Jess SAUNDERS in a time of 20:55 (24th overall)

This week 336 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

And we had two Milestone achievers:
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Congratulations also to Amy TOWNSEND who will be creating a milestone of her own by getting married next week.

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PS. Anyone know how to unclog a washing machine?

 

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 ATHLETE (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 5,824 participants have completed 28,324 parkruns covering a total distance of 141,620 km, including 5,605 new Personal Bests.

If you are interested in volunteering and aren't sure what the roles involve you can find out here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Stratparkrun/notes/?ref=page_internal. This also contains information on how we'll let you know if we have to cancel an event.

 

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