Run #134 – A perfect day

This week's run report is courtesy of Martin Brown (A318294)

A sunny day, albeit a little fresh, was perfect for Stratford parkrun today. I always love the inclusiveness of parkrun, no matter how you do it, parkrun is for everyone. Dogs, prams, children, sprinters, dashers, cruisers, talkers and walkers all make parkrun special to me.

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Congratulations to everyone who made it round today! Thanks as always to all the volunteers and a special shout out to the tail walkers. They smiled and waved as I blundered past both times.

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It’s also good to have the water and fruit (you don’t get that everywhere) as a pick me up, so thanks to that team too! Another reason to love Stratford parkrun for me! Stratford is not my usual parkrun but that flat course keeps me coming back. I am sure I’m not the only tourist from Leamington who is avoiding the hill! Until next time Stratford, thanks for a great run today!

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Joining the u18 10 club: Evan REAY, Martha PETERS, Theo WHITTLE and Toby SPRIGGS, joining the 50 run club: John LANCASTER and Ted BURCH and reaching her 100 runs, Angela COX

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:

Natalie DELLAR • John WORTHINGTON • Stella TOLHURST • Martin BROWN • Caleb SPRIGGS • Edward TOLHURST • Jonathan ASHLEY • Wayne VICKERS • Emma BAKER • Gigi THOMAS • Beverley BRIGDEN • Christine COOPER • John WADE • Paul CARROTT • Lydia BRIGDEN • Pip BELL • Felicity ARMAN • Simon WILLIAMS • Victoria GOULD • James BAKER • Sarah STIRMAN • Jane CRYER • Bill GOURLAY • Laura TAYLOR • Max ROSS • Aidan TOLHURST • Debbie BLOOMFIELD • Matt DENNES • Hazel DENNES • Alexander BLOOMFIELD • Paul BAKER

Men's placings:

  1. Joe MORROW with a new PB of 16:54 with an age grade score of 77.12% who narrowly finished ahead of
  2. Hywel DAVIES with a time of 16.56 with an age grade of 83.07% who was just in front of
  3. Josh NEWMAN with a time of 17:03 with an age grade of 75.66%

Women’s placings

  1. Georgie CAMPBELL in a time of 18:30 with an age grade of 83.78% who narrowly finished ahead of
  2. Victoria NEALON in a time of 18.31 with an age grade of 80.74%.
  3. Chloe KINTON in a time of 20.04 with an a grade of 73.75%

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Georgie CAMPBELL in a time of 18.30 (JW15-17) 83.78%
  • Angela Cox in a time of 25:05 (VW65-69) 83.32%
  • Hywel DAVIES in a time of 16:56 (VM40-44) 83.07%

This week 380 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

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

Written by Martin Brown (A318294)

Run Director, Natalie 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 - Brad

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!

 

Passionate about parkrun

What a great morning of running. Saturday saw me complete my 250th parkrun at Stratford parkrun and what a journey it has been. Thanks to all of the volunteers for what was a smoothly run event.

I chose Stratford parkrun as my 250th as I have been coaching a group of work colleagues on a C25K (Couch to 5km) programme timed to coincide with my 250th run, and Stratford parkrun I know from previous visits is a lovely flat course great for newbies and a central location for those of us who were running.

I am very passionate about parkrun, I only started running at the tender age (?!) of 37, having been put off like many it seems by overzealous PE teachers who only really noticed you if you broke the school cross country record and were likely to place the school well at county level (what is it with PE teachers? Not all I am sure). As this was never something I was going to do I dropped out of running and PE as quickly as I could and found myself at 37 years of age and about 3 stone overweight.

And then……well inspired by becoming a father and by watching the London marathon. I simply decided to run, call it a Forrest Gump moment if you will but it really was that easy in my mind. The moment that was truly serendipitous was a friend mentioning he had done Cannon Hill parkrun the previous week. I had no idea what it was but a quick google search and I had registered for what remains my home parkrun at Coventry. All that was 250 park runs ago with 37 of them being in different locations as an avid parkrun tourist.

So what about the run?

Saturday was all about what is best about parkrun – I ran with a group of my very dedicated work colleagues most of whom had never run a 5K in their life and were new to parkrun. We were kitted out in identical t-shirts with the name of our chosen charity on a Bromford Housing charity called YouCan that provides small to medium grants for community projects to improve people’s lives.

As a group of 10 or so with a completely mixed ability most running 5k for the first time we arrived early to set up, our supporters having brought cakes to encourage us all to finish!

Some nervous laughter amongst the group but as housing professionals used to coaching the best out of our customers early nerves were soon settled as we focused on the training we had completed and the supportive nurturing atmosphere that is parkrun helped reassure the new runners that everything would be fine.

We attended a well-structured runners brief expertly explained by Cara.

The marshal went through the route and explained the nature of the three lap course, none of our group were running with dogs or had any under elevens so that done it was time to hear the main briefing John Wade the run director facilitated the running brief and went through the regular updates and conditions of park use etc. Some great banter here and the brief was entertaining and inclusive for new runners who were encouraged to put their hands up so we could all give them a round of applause.

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One truly great aspect of Stratford parkrun is the club bibs here I am wearing the 250 club bib! I particularly like the, “I am running on my Birthday” ones!

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Once I had my 250 bib and all notifications had been complete we made our way to the start, my group and I placing well to the rear behind the hen party, surely we thought to ourselves we can beat the bride and her hen party to the finish line….. Almost perfect running conditions on the day with some light spots of rain just as we all posed for the group start line photo and then we were off. A really great atmosphere as we went around, the course proving quite good for spectators as it is a three lap course that goes past the start/finish so spectators and supporters of which we had many family and friends that had turned out could cheer us on, when we were flagging.

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And the result…? Well, the team that I had the privilege of running my 250th parkrun with all made it around the course and some even said they quite enjoyed it! We raised just over £250 for our charity and made some great friends at Stratford parkrun. I am very proud of our achievement as team Bromford. In our work lives we endeavour to help others be the best they can be and on Saturday Stratford parkrun helped all of us become better versions of ourselves. And I got my 250 T shirt. Which as all parkrunners know is the main reason we run.

And for cake…we run for cake also…

Report by Steven Osmond

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This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Natalie DELLAR • John WORTHINGTON • Simon TEALE • Brad GOODFELLOW • Steven John OSMOND • Angela COX • Sue TEALE • Beverley BRIGDEN • John WADE • Paul HODGES • David PARKIN • Cara REYNOLDS • Sharon HARCOURT • Shaun BAKER • Victoria GOULD • James BAKER • Annabelle GREENWAY • Dillon PATEL • Alice BAXENDALE • Vincent BROSNAN • Sebastian HOWELLS • Nicky BUTLER • Laura TAYLOR • Linda HOWELLS • Kevan RUSSELL • Debbie BLOOMFIELD • Cheryl RANNER • Ann LATTIMORE • Alexander BLOOMFIELD

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 7,173 participants have completed 36,717 parkruns covering a total distance of 183,585 km, including 6,982 new Personal Bests.

 

Run #131 SAC Parkrun Take Over – YES! There is Room in the Club for a Runner Like You!

8th September 2018

Saturdays run report comes from Christine Pastrak of Stratford AC, many thanks Christine!

What a Runtastic day for a Parkrun takeover!  Today’s Parkrun SAC  Edition (that’s Stratford Athletics Club, in case you didn’t know!) saw an influx of SAC club members descend on to the recreation ground to lighten the load of the usual, extremely dedicated troop of AMAZING volunteers who make this brilliant event happen each week.  Hopefully we dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s to the normal, exceptional standard!

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The troops gathered bright and early to sport the latest high-viz marshalling fashions.  Under the brilliant guidance of Race Director Natalie and SAC Coach Rob Minton, we all made it to our marshalling, bar code scanning, tea and cake serving and pace bunnying places in time to hear Rob announce the exciting news:  Today, Simon Williams AND John Butler were celebrating their 100th runs!  ONE HUNDRED PARKRUNS!  Now those are the kinds of people who inspire us to get dressed, lace up and get out that door!  Not only that, but one fine runner was also running on her birthday!  What better way to celebrate another year than giving yourself the gift of an endorphin rush!

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Today’s run saw the popular and welcome addition of pacers for the 5k circuit.  Speedy Matt took hold of pacing a 20 minute 5k, whilst David paced for 25 minutes.  He even saw FOUR runners in his group achieve a sub-25 minute finish, how amazing!  Lovely Sarah trotted the 30 minute runners around the course and Ollie paced those with a 35 minute goal.  But regardless of finish times, every Parkrunner out today worked hard to get across that finish line and I think I speak for everyone when I say how inspirational it was to witness so many people getting up and out on a damp Saturday morning, when hitting the snooze button or pouring a second cuppa might have been more appealing.

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On behalf of all the SAC members both present and not present at today’s Parkrun, we hope you had a smashing run/walk and found our members encouraging as you made your way around the recreational grounds.  You may have noticed we’re a merry bunch, and our clapping and cheering abilities compare to no other club you could name!

What’s that you say?  You, too, want to dawn the yellow and black?  What?  You’re not sure if you can do it?  NONSENSE, I SAY!  We all have to start somewhere, and we’ve got good news if you are looking to do just that.  Our latest “Couch to 5K” program is about to begin this Monday, 10th September!  Couch to 5K is a 9 week program designed to get you from running zero miles to 5K in that time.  Not only will you achieve the amazing goal of being able to run 5K (that’s a whole Parkrun!), but you will undoubtedly meet some fellow, brilliant, like-minded people to share your successes with each week!  Likewise, if you are looking to improve your 10k, half marathon or even your marathon times, SAC put on training sessions that appeal to all distances and abilities.  We are a fun and sociable club and welcome runners of all abilities.  There really is no reason why you should not join us!

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming Couch to 5K program, or any information at all about SAC, please contact Rob Minton (robminton@hotmail.co.uk)

And just in case you need any more persuading to come and join us at SAC, here’s a little diddy that might just get you to do that thing that you might be putting off, that you might be scared of doing even though you really want to….

 

Room in the Club  (in the style of Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson)

There once was a running club, they called themselves SAC

They proudly wore their colours of yellow and black

They had some fab members who were always improving

But they thought there were more out there they could help to get moving.

 

So they set off from Welcombe Hills where they met a swift gal

“I’m running alone but I so want a pal.

I am a runner, as fast as can be

Is there room in the club for a runner like me?”

YES!” Cried the club, and they all waved their hands

And they started their Strava on their wristbands.

 

On went the runners in their SAC yellow and black

Their route twisted and turned but they found their way back.

They made it to the bandstand where there was one runner, slow

“Oh don’t mind me”, he said, “I just go with the flow.

I am a runner, as slow as can be

Is there room in the club for a runner like me?”

YES!” Cried the club, and they all waved their hands

And they started their Strava on their wristbands.

 

Around beautiful Stratford the club made their way

All smiling and chatting on this wonderful day.

They next found a runner, not fast but not slow

She wanted to improve but did not know where to go.

“I am a runner as keen as can be

Is there room in the club for a runner like me?”

YES!” Cried the club, and they all waved their hands

And they started their Strava on their wristbands.

 

The club trotted back to the clubhouse, so fine

They had got some new members and were ready to dine.

Each had their own goal to work on so hard

Some wanted 10 miles, some wanted a yard.

It didn’t matter how little or far they could go

It just mattered how much they were willing to grow.

YES!” cried the club, and the club scurried on

The club started their Strava and WOOSH! they were gone!

Thank you for having us Parkrun!  We hope we see you all very soon!

 

  1. You can see who achieved new 10/50/100/250 & 500 run shirts here http://wiki.parkrun.info/index.php/New_Run_Club_Members#stratford-upon-avon_parkrun
  2. And new 25 volunteers here: http://wiki.parkrun.info/index.php/New_Volunteer_Club_Members#stratforduponavon_parkrun
  3. A journalist's report is published here: http://results-service.parkrun.com/resultsSystem/App/eventJournoReportHTML.php?evNum=1402

We are very grateful to the 44 volunteers who made this event happen:

Ruth CALDERBANK • Natalie DELLAR • John WORTHINGTON • Graham TAYLOR • Sheryl BUCKLAND • Jonathan ASHLEY • Emma BAKER • Angela COX • David JONES • Ashley HABEL • Christine PASTRAK • Lara BAKEWELL • Ryan BAKEWELL • Rob MINTON • Richard EDEN • Paul HODGES • Chris WILSON • David PARKIN • Emily ADAMS • Neil ROBERTSON • Simon WILLIAMS • Sarah BOUNDY • Malcolm BOWYER • Richard MORRIS • Rachel BURDUS-COOK • Michael OLIVER • Lynne HINSON • Phil MILLS • Clare WHYTE • James BAKER • Peter SUGDEN • Sarah STIRMAN • Hilary FRASER • Ollie SENIOR • Matt BURDUS-COOK • Kirsty COOK • Alice BAXENDALE • Richard HADLEY • Sylvia MORRIS • Karen HARRIS • Laura TAYLOR • Linda HOWELLS • Matt DENNES • Hazel DENNES

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Men's placings:

  • First Place: Andrew Christopher BOON 17:40 VM35-39 76.70 %
  • Second Place: Matt DYER 17:55 VM35-39 75.07 %
  • Third Place: Richard SAUNDERS 17:57 SM25-29 71.87 %

Women's placings:

  • First Place: (15th Overall) Jess SAUNDERS 19:44 SW25-29 75.00 %
  • Second Place: (48th Overall) Jenny TINSON 22:41 VW50-54 74.80 %
  • Third Place: (63rd Overall) Jennifer MCCORMICK 23:20 VW50-54 71.86 %

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Anne MINERS (68th Overall) 23:37 VW55-59 79.89 %
  • Jon METTYEAR (10th Overall) 19:26 VM55-59 79.76 %
  • Roger HOMES (12th Overall) 19:36 VM55-59 79.08 %

This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

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

Thanks again Stratford AC!

Natalie Dellar (A54627) this weeks run 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

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 #128 – A to Zs and side-effects

18th August 2018

This weeks run report comes from Spesh Maloney.


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A big crowd at the New Runners Briefing with teacher Lara.

I've been under-appreciating Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun. After partaking in a lot of parkrun tourism recently (I'm one of these foolish types on an 'Alphabet Challenge' and now on the 'most events' table) it's great to write a run report whilst coming afresh to my home course on what was my 64th run there.
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Lots of smiling faces and waving at the Start.

It's a great course! I like them flat, quick and on mostly solid terrain. It has a notable setting on the banks of the Avon, watched over by the illustrious theatre and even the willow trees are in a decent state. It's friendly and welcoming - not many events have the 'who's travelled the furthest?' question and the inevitable banter with someone from Coventry or Redditch (sorry, Arrow Valley). There's also a pleasant side-effect to being a regular here too: that 'mutual recognition' with other regulars when mooching in town during the week - we don't always say anything to each other, there's just a knowing glance and a nod.
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Two of our milestone runners this week.

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We had good conditions today; approx 18c, still air, dry ground and good cloud cover. And trimmed willow trees. The snack table is well-stocked and many of the familiar faces are here, complete with knowing glances. I had my usual mini-race with running partner and mate, Ben - only 3 seconds apart this time.
I'd like to replay the run in my head and recall all of it's nuances, but I don't run like that. Possibly like many people, I switch off from the outside world and enjoy a rare bit of quiet time in my head, yet in way that you still feel encouraged by the positivity, cheers and goodwill that surrounds us on a Saturday morning. I still can't get over how awesome it is that people donate their spare time at the weekend to make all this happen. For free!
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The Alcester Couch to 10K gang...still smiling after their run!

Some stats:
- 342 runners
- 29 volunteers
- 43 New PBs
- 73 First Timers
- 27 Runners from SUAC
- 7 Runners got over 80% in their Age Grade
- 4 Runner from the 250+ club
- 3 under 10s
- 2 over 65s
- A mysterious 'unknown' first finisher!

This week 342 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Natalie DELLAR • John WORTHINGTON • Stella TOLHURST • Richard DOBEDOE • Sophie DOBEDOE • Edward TOLHURST • Lara BAKEWELL • Beverley BRIGDEN • Tim HURRELL • John WADE • Samantha CHAMBERS • Paul HODGES • Pip BELL • Andy EDGE • Barry EDGE • Bruno EDGE • Sharon HARCOURT • Joshua DOBEDOE • Simon WILLIAMS • Michael OLIVER • Clare WHYTE • Spesh MALONEY • Sarah STIRMAN • Jessica MADDEN • Bill GOURLAY • Alice BAXENDALE • Ian ROBOTHAM • Benjamin ROBOTHAM • Louis MADDEN

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 6,899 participants have completed 34,991 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,955 km, including 6,699 new Personal Bests.

 

Run 127 – Prose from Peterborough

11th August 2018

Thanks to visitor Peter Brantom who offered to write us a run report!


Background

Am visiting this fine Market Town of Stratford-upon-Avon with my wife. We have visited as a family since the 1980s one of whom was a carpenter who for a few years helped make the scenery for use at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Sadly our family we visited have all passed on so now we visit to see the attractions only and of course I take part in the park run.

This is my third visit to Stratford parkrun. On my first visit the event was in its infancy here as I took part on 23/04/16 which was event 9 when the team had to modify the course because of the impact of the Shakespeare celebrations that year. It ended up slightly greater than 5k on that day so anyone getting a PB did very well. There were 194 taking part that day with 21 volunteers helping out. I managed to get round in 27.18 so positioned 78th in the event so was very satisfied.

Next time I came down was on 24/06/17 run on the ‘standard’ course when there were 272 taking part and 29 volunteers. I had an eventful run as had a back spasm on the first lap and walked for a bit before gradually jogging to complete my run with 30.02 in position 186. That day I was overjoyed to have completed without a repeat of the back problem.

Having ailments for which grass is more sympathetic than normal paths I can often be seen running on the grass at the side of the paths on most parkruns which I have always done at Stratford.

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I would have liked to have proudly worn my 250 tee shirt but unfortunately the popularity of parkrun means stocks are soon depleted by new members joining the various clubs and so I may have to wait a few more weeks. Hoping get it in time to celebrate the 14th Anniversary of parkrun in October when will proudly wear it at my home run at Peterborough.

The day itself

As a runner I always hated leaving things to the last minute so though advised to just arrive in time about 08.40 onwards I left my hotel room early and was at the assembly point by just after 08.15.

This enabled me to introduce myself to the RD and a number of his team ensuring I did not disrupt them from there preparation for the run itself and the refreshment they provide afterwards which relies on us who use the facility to donate to ensure this can continue.

The run director asked before the race and I asked around afterwards where people had come from. It appears some are reticent to put the hand up as the list I compiled showed people from, Cheltenham, Croydon, Salford, Swinton, Bungay, Cambridge, Kenilworth, Whitstable, Nottingham, Southampton, Cheam, Woking, Birkenhead and yours truly from Peterborough. Sorry for any I missed but that is 13 different locations of first timers plus self and any others from afar running Stratford again!! Certainly a very popular Tourist run.

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A very important question was raised by the RD about how best to successfully promote volunteering which is one many parkruns would like to know. (Shortages are often found with the tasks that require people not to run as the meteoric rise in tourism means that rather than remain loyal to one parkrun that many people prefer to visit other runs and so many who used to volunteer regularly on all the various duties are now unavailable for majority of support activities at other runs as they go to run instead. I think the scrapping of the points table and the promotion of most events table instead is the prime cause of this as have heard many talk of the challenge to reach 50 and 100 different tourism locations). However new ideas and even responses to current ideas from the Stratford team had little response from those there. Maybe it needs to be re-emphasised that this is an event run by volunteers which will not take place if more people don’t lend a hand… negative motivation to get a positive result?

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_DSC8643On the milestone front it was determined that today was the day for Vernon Aun to get his 10, Nigel Chidgey and Richard Pepperell to achieve 50, Ryan Baker to get 100, Hilary Fraser to get her volunteer 25 and the ‘unofficial’ celebration for Craig Phillips with 200 Milestone Shirts (3) We then assembled ready for the run and for some unknown reason I was feeling lacklustre so began near the back in the hope I would improve later in the run. I set off at slow rate and used the grass where available and went backwards quite quickly until only about twenty were behind me. I then relaxed and decided to just enjoy and complete and was surprised that although I was slowing I was overtaking people who had probably gone off a little too fast. As usual was disappointed not to do better and get a little closer to my PB but was pleased that had finished another and was reminded of a very important saying:- It reminds me that each parkrun is different and all are special in their own ways and it makes me more determined to savour as many as I can before I hang up my running shoes for good. Think I would need to live to be as old as Methuselah if I were granted the wish to run at all in the UK as currently there are 600+ and the figure keeps growing It was good to talk to fellow participants and volunteers after the event as the social side is one of the endearing features of parkrun Thank you Stratford for another adventure on my parkrun journey and can confirm that by my watch it was an exact 5k for me today so pleased to complete my run number 268 and thanks for letting me feel part of the team today on my 183rd separate day of volunteering at a parkrun all of which have been on tasks that enable me to run as well so a big thanks to all those who gave up a run today to make today’s event possible Today’s Event Today we had 325 at the event with the mix of 210 male and 115 female. There was a good mix of ages ranging from under 10 up to 79 illustrating how parkrun is for all of us. This is further shown by the fact that performances ranged from 16.54 to 38.51 as those participating could choose whether they ran, walked or did a bit of both but were rewarded with a place and time once they had completed the course. As always all the participants were shepherded home by a Tail Walker who always comes last as that is the nature of the role. _DSC8540

We had 61 new PBs which is always a reason to celebrate. We also had 56 first timers today with 14 actually doing their very first parkrun. We hope you enjoyed this event and will come back again soon.

As one who believes that parkrun needs both runners and volunteers I was pleased that of the 18 people who have run 150 or more events 12 have a purple vest. You are all setting a good example and your fellow parkrunners salute you.

On the age graded sort 6 athletes got over 80%. Highest was Angela Cox (VW65-69) with 82.33%. Second was Philip Brennan (VM75-79) with 82.03%. The other 4 were Lesley Kirk (VW55-59) with 80.28%, Jonathan Ashley (VM40-44) with 80.23%, David Leadley (VM50-54) with 80.11% and Rachel Lindley (VW35-39) with 80.07%.

 

In the run itself I was saddened to see we had 19 occurrences of ‘Unknown runner’ so all of these will have no record of the days run and this reminds all #DFYB

As I watched the finish I was amazed to see the Tail Walker complete the park run in a time of 38.51. That was the quickest on any parkrun I have taken part in and don’t think there can have been very much walking at that pace. Was amazed to see close down taking place before 45 minutes had gone by since the start.

Today was a great day for Stratford on Avon AC who supplied both first male over the line as well as the second and third lady. The results were:-

  • 1st Male – Joshua Newman (SM20-24) Stratford-Upon-Avon AC
  • 2nd Male - Johnathon Ashley (VM40-44)
  • 3rd Male - Matt Dyer (VM35-39) Kenilworth Runners
  • 1st Female – Rachel Lindley (VW35-39) Striders of Croydon AC
  • 2nd Female – Emma Bexson (VW40-44) Stratford-Upon-Avon AC
  • 3rd Female – Ellie Deaner (JW11-14) Stratford-Upon-Avon AC

A recent initiative on the results page is the publication of those who have received the purple 25 volunteering milestone tee-shirt. It was interesting to see that of the 325 participants’ today 21 have achieved this. A breakdown of this shows 2 also has a 250 vest 12 also have a 100, 6 also have a 50.

One person has this as their only vest and we thank you David Smyth for your unselfish volunteering and glad you managed a run today. Unfortunately this statistic does not show the full story as we are not aware how many of the volunteers manning tasks that don’t allow a run as well have also achieved this superb level of event support.

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Celebrity film star at parkrun?I2_-_Dash

If you too would like to help then please email Stratforduponavonhelpers@parkrun.com. If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/stratforduponavon/futureroster/ for up to 6 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.

Peter

 

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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.

Peter Brantom
Peterborough parkrun A594282
Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun official website - Facebook - Twitter

Your core team at SuApr are: Simon - Natalie - John W - Hannah - 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!

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