Event #93 October 13th 2018

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 93
13th October 2018

With news of storms and severe weather warnings we were wondering if we would be able to go ahead with our event. I was all bundled up for winter and then laughed when I got in the car when the display said it was 18 degrees, it didn’t take long to regret wearing a thick jumper.

We did well for numbers considering it was a case of checking the Facebook page for a cancellation post or a thumbs up. The Run Director Dr Gilboy made the sensible decision to limit the amount of equipment that was put out, the finish funnel took a nose dive a few times so I can just imagine the chaos that could have been caused with directional arrows when the blasts of wind swept through. It all went well and I think everyone was happy with that decision because at least they were still about to complete their parkrun and there was no need for the first aid kit.

Junior parkrun starts on November 4th so that is exciting news, so spread the word.

This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Stephen WILBRAHAM • Ole DODWELL • Simon GILBOY • Shaun MCKERNAN • Samantha FROGGATT • Oliver OLDRIDGE • Anita LEY • Jeremy GODDARD • Kathryn CHECKLEY • Stuart CRESSWELL • Tom WRIGHT • Jonathan HISCOKE • Jo COISH • Jo LOTEN • Jo CANHAM • Jane MCNALLY • Kerry BELL • Margaret CANHAM • Matthew HAYWOOD • Carol PEAKMAN • Nik LANGDON-WARD • Sonia STEVENS

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

Torbay Velopark parkrun started on 31st December 2016. Since then 5,121 participants have completed 21,648 parkruns covering a total distance of 108,240 km, including 4,995 new Personal Bests.


New Years Day parkrun

If you can’t get enough of parkrun we are having a special New Years Day one just to help blow away the last bits of a hangover. It will start at 10.30am.

Here is a snapshot of our festive season.

Friday November 30th at 7pm - volunteer social at Cantina

Saturday December 22nd at 9am - parkrun

Christmas Day at 9am - parkrun and chocolate

Saturday 29th December 9am - parkrun to cling on the last bits of 2018

Tuesday 1st January 2019 10.30am - parkrun to welcome in another year of PB’s and volunteering opportunities.


Christmas Day parkrun

We will be having a parkrun on Christmas Day at the usual time of 9am. If you need a little persuading, it’s just possible that Father Christmas may have left us some chocolates.

There will still be a parkrun on Saturday 22nd December at 9am.


Event #92 6th October 2018

Another trip to the Caravan Park and so another Park Run!

By Rob Fleming

Despite living 160 miles away, this was my second visit to the Torbay Velopark. We were down here for a holiday at the nearby Devon Bay caravan park back in April. During this holiday, my eldest son took part in a dance competition there and managed to dazzle the judges with his moves. His prize was to come back with us to compete in the semi finals this weekend. So although this meant a 7 hour round trip in the car, it meant another opportunity for Park Run tourism!

I woke up on Saturday morning to the sound of rain and wind, which is never a great sign. Although the good news was that the rain certainly eased off during my short jog to the Velopark. The weather certainly did not put people off and there was a good amount of runners soon gathering around.

Last time I was here in April, as the ground was so waterlogged, we did the winter course that included an extra lap of the Velopark rather than a lap of the field. Despite the horrendous weather this time, the ground was still firm enough to do the usual course and so I was looking forward to doing a different route to last time.

At 9am sharp, we were off! It was a quick start, although there were 2 runners that led the way and I knew their pace was too quick for me. I settled into a good pace with another couple of runners and enjoyed 2 laps of flat tarmac. It was very windy and so it was good to run in a group to get some shelter.

As we headed to the field, it became much harder as we were no long running on nice even tarmac and instead on either gravel tracks or wet grass. The 3 of us had stayed together and we all tried to push on to maintain the pace we built up over the first 2 miles. The marshals around the field gave us great encouragement and before too long the gold finishing funnel was in sight. I managed 4th place and a decent time of 19.36. A few seconds off my previous time here, but with the challenging weather conditions and the harder route with the lap of the field, this felt like a PB!

I do really like this Park Run and it was nice to do the usual course with the variety of the field. This part of the country is really hilly and so to find such a flat route for a Park Run is quite an achievement. Sadly my son did not make it through in the dance competition and so we will not be back for the grand final next month. Although I hope to be down again next year for another Park Run.

I am also delighted to hear that Junior Park Run is starting up here next month. My 3 sons are regulars back at home and so that gives us another incentive to come back next year so they can enjoy the Velopark too.

This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests (amazing given the weather conditions). Representatives of 25 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 24 volunteers and we really appreciate them giving up their time to make sure things run smoothly.

Naomi Rebecca FLANAGAN • Graham GORDON • Ole DODWELL • Samantha FROGGATT • Karen BUMBY • Scott GREEN • Evalyn FLANAGAN • Julia TYSOE • Liz LEE • Mark HARDING • Michael PARKER • Nick ROBINSON • Stuart CRESSWELL • Jonathan HISCOKE • Jo CANHAM • Margaret CANHAM • Amanda FRANCIS • Caroline GILES-MEDHURST • Amelia BAYBUTT • Amanda GLOVER • April HOPKINS • Sara BRIDGE • Robert SYMES • Sharon NELSON


Event #91 29th September 2018

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 91
29th September 2018

This week 248 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Ian HAYWARD • Ole DODWELL • Lucy PAYNE • Rod PAYNE • Gary BRENTON • Samantha FROGGATT • Sarah ADDIS • Oliver OLDRIDGE • Vince LANGDON • Chris REECE • Steph BARTLETT • Alison FORD • Pauline MARR • Lucy NELSON • Chad NELSON • Maddy DODWELL • Kerry BELL • Malcolm NELSON • Amanda FRANCIS • Amelia BAYBUTT • Amy ROBSON • Elizabeth MEDHURST

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 5,075 participants have completed 21,316 parkruns covering a total distance of 106,580 km, including 4,935 new Personal Bests.

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