Torbay Velopark parkrun #72 – 19/05/2018

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 72
19th May 2018

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Graham GORDON • Stephen WILBRAHAM • Roger MATTHEWS • Ian HAYWARD • Lewis KEYWOOD • Graeme BAKER • Shaun MCKERNAN • Craig MCGUIRE • Oliver OLDRIDGE • Jim CROMWELL • Ken HOUSE • Jeremy GODDARD • Huseyin KEMAL • Jo COISH • Jo LOTEN • Kerry BELL • Carol PEAKMAN • Elizabeth MEDHURST • Billy BAILEY • Ricky BAILEY • Harry JONES • Veronica DOWALL

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 Charlie ARNELL who recorded a time of 18:29 on 18th November 2017 (event number 46).

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 4,083 participants have completed 16,485 parkruns covering a total distance of 82,425 km, including 3,919 new Personal Bests.


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Hosted by Vassos Alexander (the sports bloke off the Chris Evans Breakfast Show) and Louise Ayling (parkrun addict and uber-tourist) each week we aim to bring you news from parkrun around the world; interviews with special guests; hints, tips and inspiration – all in an average parkrun finish time of (approximately) 29 mins! But this is your podcast. Anything you think we should be talking about, anything parkrun – or running-related you want to share, or get off your chest please just get in touch.

4 - Inside parkrun and an Olympic Champion. This week, Vassos and Louise are joined by parkrun's head of communications Russ Jefferys to chat about how he got the job, the future of parkrun and who would be his dream running partner. Louise is despatched to Tonbridge parkrun with her new recording app and bumps into Dame Kelly Holmes and Vassos has something to get off his chest.

3 - The Bee Gees, the Seven Seas and Polish parkrun. The man that brought parkrun to Poland and Germany is Louise and Vassos' special guest this week. Jakub Fedorowicz tells them how it all began, why the parkrun in Zary is so popular and what makes the Cieszyn course so unique. Louise shares some of her tourist tales and Vassos learns something new.

2 - Thirteen Forty-Eight and competitive dads This week Vassos and Louise chat to parkrun world record holder Andy Baddeley. They discuss what motivated the Olympian to have a crack at the record, what parkrun means to him and life after competitive running. Vassos gives us an update on his blister and Louise gets hammered on the volunteer debate.

1 - What would parkrun’s founder change about parkrun... Vassos’ disgusting feet... And more! In this, the inaugural Free Weekly Timed podcast, Vassos and Louise speak to Paul Sinton-Hewitt about how it all began, what he’d like to change - and about his own running career. Louise wades into the debate about whether it’s ok for parkrunners never to volunteer. And Vassos admits to committing one of running’s cardinal sins. Two actually.


Fun fact

Vassos just loves running. His story is easy to summarise. Bloke hits his 30s, notices the first ominous signs of a spare tyre flopping over his belt one morning when he’s driving to work, starts running to get rid of it and falls head over heels in love with the sport. Literally, sometimes!

He built it up quite quickly, and now enjoys everything from your Saturday morning 5k to the most gruelling ultra-marathons on the planet.

When he’s not running, Vassos is one of the best-known sports presenters in the country. You can catch him every weekday morning on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. He’s also the author or two books (Don’t Stop Me Now and Running Up That Hill) both, predictably, about running. parkrun gets quite a few mentions in both!


Fun fact

Louise, A113124, ran her first parkrun in January 2011 at the end of a C25k programme, and has run or volunteered at parkrun pretty much every week since. Despite rarely running the same parkrun two weeks in row, she bumps into familiar faces with startling regularity and loves being part of the parkrun community in general and the parkrun tourism community in particular.

Her most extreme example of parkrun tourism involved 3 night buses, the first train out of Euston and a panic jog from the station to the start of Preston parkrun when the train was delayed, but she’s adamant that the post-parkrun coffee with friends made it all worthwhile.

When she’s not running, Louise is likely to be immersed in a spreadsheet, snaffling crisps and chocolate from an ultra-marathon aid station or sitting on the sofa with the cat.


We need new volunteers every Saturday

Every week we need about 25 volunteers. We often have about 250 runners a week. (1 volunteer is needed for every 10 parkrunners running).

The success of our parkrun depends on all our park runners doing their bit by volunteering a few times per year. Have you volunteered recently? If not, why not give it a go. We are friendly and relax and its important everyone enjoys volunteering and not feeling under pressure. To volunteer...Please look at our volunteer rosta page > simply email and let us know what role you would like to do, please also let us know your personal barcode number. We need new volunteers every week to keep our event running smoothly every Saturday There are some volunteering jobs you can do and also run the parkrun....

Pre Event Setup or New Runners and Tourist Briefing (before you run),

Token Sorter or Run Writer Reporter, Event close down.  (after you finished your run)
Please feel free to ask us any questions about any parkrun role.

Pre-Event Setup is a behind the scenes role, meaning you could both perform this role and run. Volunteers in this role help setup the event. We have stakes, cones and flags to setup and maps to help you. We try and send new volunteers out with experience volunteers. You will need water proof footwear for setting up the field.

Token Sorter is at the barcode scanning desk, the position token get scanned and they are placed in a plastic box, the token sorter will put them in order so they can be used again the following week. Sorting out tokens after you have ran

The Run Report Writer is a behind the scenes role, meaning you could both perform this role and run. The role of Run Report Writer is someone who writes a run report after they have ran, See our news page

New Runners and Tourist Briefing is at 8:50am near the Velopark Green Reception Office, The First Timers Briefing volunteer will need to be experienced and will brief new participants on the course and what to do at the finish. Here is a guide to the New Runner and Tourist Briefing 

Marshals guide and encourage the runners around the course warning them of any obstacles or hazards, as well as ensuring that other park users are aware of the run. They are also the eyes and ears of the run director out on the course. Marshals perform a crucial function; if there aren't enough marshals then the event can't go ahead. So if you're running and see them out on the course, please say thanks (particularly if it's wet, windy or cold) and always follow their advice. They'll most likely be wearing high vis - so they should be easy to spot. Marshal need to bring a mobile phone in case they need to call the Run Director during the event. Waterproof footwear is a good idea when the field is wet. We will give all marshals a hi viz bib and lanyard.

The Tail Walker stays right at the back of the field and will be the last person to cross the finish line ensuring that everyone is accounted for. They are encouraged to carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies. They let any marshal out on the course know that they can collect nearby signs and leave their post. This role is compulsory in the UK. Volunteers undertaking this role receive both a run credit and a volunteer credit. Tail Walkers wear a orange hi viz bib.

The Barcode Scanners are responsible for recording runners against their finish position tokens handed out by finish tokens at the end of the funnel. They scan in the runners personal barcode followed by the barcode on the position token. Barcode scanning is really easy, Our barcode scanners have simple instructions attached to them. VIDEO >

The Timekeeper is responsible for recording the times of all finishers. For every runner that crosses the finish line on their own two feet, the timer will record that time using a timing device. This data is then combined with the data from the Barcode Scanners. Our events are provided with multiple timers, so there will normally be someone operating a backup timer. The timers have simple instructions attached to them. VIDEO >

The Finish Tokens person is responsible for handing out finish position tokens to all finishers in the correct sequence. This volunteer wears a belt bag for any unwanted tokens. Sometimes parkrunners may not have a personal barcode and may refuse a finish token. They will need to place that persons token in to the belt bag. The Finish Token Support holds the string of tokens and hands the Finish Token person about 10 to 15 tokens at a time in the correct order. The

Funnel manager is responsible for the smooth operation of the finish funnel. It's vitally important to our system that finishers are encourage to stay in the correct order after they cross the line, so we keep their time in sequence with their finish token. If anyone ducks out of the finish funnel with out collect their finish token its important they alert the Run Director or Finish Token person.

Pacers (First Saturday every month) Pacer volunteers then agree to identify themselves to the other participants by the start line and Pacers try as best they can, to run to the agreed time, as evenly paced as possible.
Pacers need to be very familiar with the course and ideally take on a time this is well within their ability.

Number Checker The Number Checker is responsible for recording (but not correcting) discrepancies that may arise between the timer and the numbers that are given out. This person is given a timer, clipboard and pen and tries to check on average every 10 to 15th person that crosses the finish line. He/She will first press button B on the timer and write down the time. Next will follow that finisher to the end of the funnel and nicely ask that person what finish token they have been given. The number checker will also ask the finisher for their first name.

The Run Report Writer is a behind the scenes role, meaning you could both perform this role and run.
The role of Run Report Writer involves writing and uploading weekly event news reports to the event's news page.


Photographers take pictures of the event and upload them to the event's Flickr page.
Photographers of all abilities and with whatever equipment they have at their disposal are invited to take pictures at our events.
Anybody wanting to get their photographs uploaded to the event website, should in the first instance approach the event organisers who tell them how to upload new photos and see the parkrun photography and video policy.
Please see our Flickr Tips for more information about how to upload photos.

WHERE AND WHEN TO MEET THE RUN DIRECTOR There are two meeting times for volunteers, 8:00am for pre event setup volunteers or 8:30am for all other volunteers. We meet at the brick building with yellow doors, inside changing room 6. Barcode scanning building. Changing Room 6 Barcode Scanning Building

We have a Volunteer club that rewards anyone who volunteers on 25 different occasions. Those who reach this milestone can claim a free 25 volunteer parkrun running t-shirt. Once you have completed 25 Volunteer Days you can claim your free 25 Volunteer Running Shirt

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. Nevertheless, none of our tasks are too stressful. You could be organising the finish funnel, operating the timer, or scanning the runners' barcodes with our simple barcode readers but if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. Please feel free to ask any questions about any job. We have six Run Directors and they take it in turns to organising our volunteers, replying to emails, organise the run on a particular Saturday and uploading the results.

Top from Left......Stephen Wilbraham, Roger Matthews, Simon Gilboy, Chris Reece,

Below from Left....Nick Robinsonand Jo Canham  Above From Left....Stephen, Roger, Simon, Chris. Below from Left.... Nick and Jo Thanks very much to everyone who have volunteered so far since the Torbay Velopark parkrun event started.

Pre Event Setup Maps

Pre Event Setup  course kit. We have stakes with arrows (A1 to A6) 3 mile stakes, caution runners signs, under 11 signs, large, medium and small plastic cones, small flags, large parkrun flag, large parkrun banner, scanning table,

Track and Gravel Path

Top end of large field

Around the Rugby Pitch

Small Field


Torbay Half Marathon Need your help

The Torbay Half Marathon is organised by Torbay Athletic Club and they are happy to donate £500 towards the the funding needed to create a Sunday Junior 2k parkrun at the Torbay Velopark..

We must find 25 marshal to help from 08.00 to 12.00.

The date is Sunday 24th June.

If you are available and would like to help,
Please email Matthew Day, Email
Please tell Matt you are a parkrunner.

Marshals will be needed at every junction between Torbay Hotel, Torquay to Esplanade Hotel, Paignton. If you have a prefer position on the course you like to marshal, Please tell Matthew. There is normally 2 marshals at each junction sometime more at major junctions.

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