Event #109 January 19th 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 109
19th January 2019

I read an article in the week stating that January 17th is the date when many people ditch the New Years Resolutions so it was very impressive that we had 270 people taking part, 46 of these were first timers and 59 people achieved a Personal Best.

Unfortunately due to the arrival of an ocean full of water (it felt that way while I was out in it) we had to do the Winter/wet weather course which was a shame after being able to use the field last week - i know many people love the little pimple of a hill!

We used two large bags today for people to put their outer garments etc, this makes it easier and quicker for us to be able to lock the Velopark gates immediately after the tail walker has left. The system will be slightly different next week, I have named the bags to make it easier for people to locate their belongings - bag number one will be called Steve and bag number two will be called Simon. We do have to say that items left are at your own risk. Simon - the bag, will be left by the track for a lap or two so people can fling unwanted warm layers in and then both Simon and Steve will be carried to the barcode scanning desk. I would have used this system today but the usual story, I wasn’t organised enough!

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Malcolm Eric VAUGHAN • Brenda GRANT • Stuart BATTEN • Ian HAYWARD • Gary BRENTON • Simon GILBOY • David CUBBERLEY • Michelle COLES • Rachel COLLINS • Vince LANGDON • Stuart CRESSWELL • Tom WRIGHT • Jo CANHAM • Lucy NELSON • Chad NELSON • Rachel SHARPLES • Malcolm NELSON • Margaret CANHAM • Caroline GILES-MEDHURST • Catherine CARTER • Stephen MOYLAN • Philip WILLCOX • Sharon NELSON • Rebecca HOLDERNESS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Torbay Velopark parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David AWDE who recorded a time of 15:36 on 29th April 2017 (event number 17).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:32 on 28th July 2018 (event number 82).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter MONAGHAN who recorded 90.97% (16:37) on 19th May 2018 (event number 72).

Torbay Velopark parkrun started on 31st December 2016. Since then 5,709 participants have completed 25,272 parkruns covering a total distance of 126,360 km, including 5,638 new Personal Bests. A total of 434 individuals have volunteered 2,646 times.

 

Event #108 12th January 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 108
12th January 2019

Good to see the full course being used today complete with the “uphill flat section”.

From being on crutches a short time ago I managed to complete 2 laps of the Velopark today, it was a comfortable speed so I’m hoping that in 3 weeks time I’ll complete the whole course. I don’t care if I finish at the back, if the tailwalker is the only person behind me I know I’ll still get a big cheer at the finish. A 5k is the same distance whatever the time on the stopwatch says and I’m learning that people have better things to do with their day than to be judging me for what I’m doing. So if you know anyone who wants to do a parkrun come along and join us, we don’t all have to be Usain Bolt.

We still had a great number of people there today, so let’s keep up that impressive number.

It will be pacer week in three weeks time so if you’d like to don a lovely pale blue pacer bib and can do 20, 22, 25, 27,35, 38 or 40 minutes send us an email with your chosen time and your barcode number and we’ll add you to the roster. Our 30 minute time has already been snapped up. We will also be having our Walking Group too.

This week 328 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Maurice HEMINGWAY • Pam HEMINGWAY • Eileen SEVERN • Roger MATTHEWS • Simon RIDLEY • Simon GILBOY • Nikki SHAW • Rachel COLLINS • Jeremy GODDARD • Huseyin KEMAL • Jo CANHAM • Antje JAEGER • Margaret CANHAM • Amanda FRANCIS • Catherine CARTER • Jose PRITCHARD • Michael BORDER • Stephen MOYLAN • Craig SEARLE • Sharon NELSON • Philippa PROUT • Sarah SNELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Torbay Velopark parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David AWDE who recorded a time of 15:36 on 29th April 2017 (event number 17).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:32 on 28th July 2018 (event number 82).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter MONAGHAN who recorded 90.97% (16:37) on 19th May 2018 (event number 72).

Torbay Velopark parkrun started on 31st December 2016. Since then 5,663 participants have completed 25,002 parkruns covering a total distance of 125,010 km, including 5,579 new Personal Bests. A total of 432 individuals have volunteered 2,621 times.

 

Event #107 5th January 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 107
5th January 2019

It was Pacer week so we are trying a new more structured set of times to try and ensure the maximum amount of people can benefit, we will be having 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 35, 38 & 40 minutes. It might not be possible to fill all 8 slots every time but if we can it will mean that we are able to support a broader range of parkrunners. It isn’t easy to be precise with timings but we do appreciate those who have done or will do this role.

Pacers account for one Saturday a month but we do still need volunteers every week to fill a variety of roles. There was a queue at the barcode scanning desk today, unfortunately there were only two people who had signed up for that role. As Run Directors we do the best we can to put the event on every week, often we find ourselves operating with fewer people than is ideal. So there may be times when queues form, delays happen or results are affected. But we do have a great parkrun, we very often receive great feedback from visitors to say how welcoming we all are and what a fantastic atmosphere we have.

Thank you to everyone for making our event one so loved by visitors and we look forward to many milestones being reached, personal goals being reached and a great 2019 for our wonderful parkrun family.

This week 295 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Susan LYLE • Ole DODWELL • Simon GILBOY • Shaun MCKERNAN • Fiona GERMAN • Alison GERMAN • Emma GERMAN • Hugh SLATER • Kate WEBB • Tania GODDARD • Dani DODWELL • Stuart CRESSWELL • Tom WRIGHT • Jonathan HISCOKE • Jo COISH • Jo CANHAM • Kerry BELL • Linda VILLAGE • Johnny VILLAGE • Danielle PAGE • Charlotte BATCHELOR • Amy ROBSON • Vicky ENDEAN • Sharon NELSON • Louise HINGSTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Torbay Velopark parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David AWDE who recorded a time of 15:36 on 29th April 2017 (event number 17).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:32 on 28th July 2018 (event number 82).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter MONAGHAN who recorded 90.97% (16:37) on 19th May 2018 (event number 72).

Torbay Velopark parkrun started on 31st December 2016. Since then 5,613 participants have completed 24,674 parkruns covering a total distance of 123,370 km, including 5,528 new Personal Bests. A total of 426 individuals have volunteered 2,599 times.

 

Event #106 New Years Day 2019

FFF3DD1B-546C-4BB2-9B33-C98904C1B31AToday was one of those rare occasions when it was possible to do “the
double” two Parkruns, one day. With the Exmouth event #53 starting at
09:00 and Torbay Velopark event # 106 at 10:30 the plan was to run both.


Like most of this Parkrun malarkey the bright idea came from Wilbs, one
of the Velopark Parkrun Run Directors. It was his persistence and hard
work that led to our local Parkrun being set up. It seemed like a great
idea.... if I could finish Exmouth fast enough!

The day started early and we made good time getting to Exmouth, snagging
a perfect parking spot. Before we knew it our first Parkrun adventure of
the day began. It was a still, cool morning and 429 runners surged along
the Esplanade. As far as local Parkruns go Exmouth has the reputation
for being the speedy one, the path is wide and flat. Today there were
long sandy sections, the powdery sand absorbing the energy from each
stride and breaking your rhythm. Still we made good time, by the time I
gasped through the finish funnel, the others were waiting for me. It was
a quick scan, a quick change and a mad dash to Velopark for run number
2.

We arrived with fifteen minutes to spare, and spotted a few others that
had also braved “the double”.

As I lined up on the start line I caught up with a few friends, some a
bit worse for wear after NYE. Today a bumper turnout of 320 ran, jogged
or walked the course, 90 were first timers and an impressive 59 would go
on to achieve a personal best time to kickstart their New Year.
Representatives of 43 different clubs took part, always a few flexing in
their club colours, we saw the Striders, the Joggers, the Harriers,
Lakers, Coasters, Athletes, Tri Clubbers, Women and Racers from the
Hill, from the Forest, the Trails, the Valleys and the Militarily and
even a couple of Lonely Goats.

After a quick briefing we were off.

My legs were not entirely delighted to be off again but a chatty friend
from Torbay AAC kept me going, it really helped! Our arms were frozen
despite the low New Year’s sun. It was the 3 lap version due to the
soggy field. The good thing is that you can see everyone going round and
round even if you don’t get the distraction of navigating the field.
Once off the Velopark it’s a short out and back along the gravel path,
through the puddle and a last push to the finish line.

Congratulations to Cassandra Harrison, Kate Medlicott and Chloe Nott for
completing their 50th Parkrun on New Year’s Day and Martin Booth for
completing his 250th

All in all it was a great way to start 2019! First day of the year,
first double Parkrun.

May 2019 bring you milestone or volunteer t-shirts or even a mad cow
cowl ...

Happy New Year to all!

Sara Jane Crozier

A1927607

 

Event #105 Our 2nd Birthday

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 105
29th December 2018

With it being that time between Christmas and New Year, it may just be me but it takes me a while in the morning to work out what day it is. However my brain seemed to know it was parkrun day so I was very impressed with my efforts. I was amazed that we had so many people come along to our 2nd Birthday. We had some cake and chocolates donated to us and I was thrilled that everyone was happy to wear a birthday hat - well perhaps not happy, but prepared to wear a hat and I have got the photographic evidence to prove it.

Our next event is 10.30am New Year’s Day so it’ll be interesting to see how many are doing the double header with Exmouth parkrun.

This week 294 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Stephen WILBRAHAM • Lucy PAYNE • Rod PAYNE • Simon GILBOY • Shaun MCKERNAN • Steve MADDOCK • David JOHN • Paul CLARKE • Jeremy GODDARD • Marc WALPOT • Alison FORD • Pauline MARR • Tom WRIGHT • Jo CANHAM • Margaret CANHAM • Matthew HAYWOOD • Catherine CARTER • Amy ROBSON • Kathy HAYES • Vicky ENDEAN • Sharon NELSON • Joanna ELSEN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Torbay Velopark parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David AWDE who recorded a time of 15:36 on 29th April 2017 (event number 17).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:32 on 28th July 2018 (event number 82).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter MONAGHAN who recorded 90.97% (16:37) on 19th May 2018 (event number 72).

Torbay Velopark parkrun started on 31st December 2016. Since then 5,484 participants have completed 24,059 parkruns covering a total distance of 120,295 km, including 5,413 new Personal Bests. A total of 420 individuals have volunteered 2,554 times.

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