Winchester parkrun #293 – 13th Jan 2019

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The New Year's resolutions continued well into week 2 with another impressive turn out at Winchester. A new record of 465 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and an impressive 75 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

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The Stubbington 10k on Sunday saw a few familiar faces donning the volunteer vest to give the legs a rest before race day. With temperatures into double figures, the rain holding off & the ground just about dry under foot it was a lovely morning for running. Before the start a quick group picture & a reminder that the King Alfred pub is now open for breakfast from 9am on a Saturday.

 

And then we were off ….

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As always the support of the many marshals spurred the entire field on & it wasn’t long before lap 1 became lap 2 and then finish. Well done to the first male and female participant - Marley Godden from Medway & Maidstone Athletic club finished in 17:01 & Tamsin Simmonds clocking 18:49. Both newcomers to the Winchester course!

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A special mention to Sarah Dennison who managed a new PB of 24:39 on her 281st park run…wow!

 

And big congratulations to those of all abilities who pushed themselves on to run, jog, push or walk the course. Whatever your level, it is without doubt the perfect way to start the weekend.

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Of course none of this fun would be possible without the small army of volunteers. This week 29 people helped out. A big thank you to:
Sarah ALDRIDGE • Kevin FRISBY • Glenna GREENSLADE • David GREENSLADE • Stephen LOWY • Richard SPALDING • Ann STANHOPE • Len BURGIN • Debbie INGHAM • Sean LOCKE • Mike HASTIE • Sheila SWEENEY • Justin BROOKING • Gordon WESTLEY • Lynn MCKEAGUE • Andrew TAYLOR • Patricia HEATON • Janet HAUGHTON • Nikki AYRISS • Adrian OWEN • John SWEENEY • Isabelle DARLINGTON • John GRIFFIN • Tom LAESSING • Colin SCOTT • Catherine LOCK • Michael S HOLLIS • Chris TRAYLER • Matt JONES.

 

Speaking as a recent volunteer convert I can thoroughly recommend it. Lots of different roles, none of which are tricky or take up too much time & some even allow you to run as well. Next time you’re not running why not help out? We are always keen to welcome new volunteers. Opt in to the Volunteer Email in your parkrun profile or send and email to winchesterhelpers@parkrun.com

See you next week!

Tom

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Supporting Trinity at Christmas Time

As mentioned on Saturday, Winchester parkrun is behind the 2018 Trinity Christmas Box Appeal. Trinity are a local charity putting in lots of hard work for local homeless people.

Have a look at the picture below to give you some ideas for donations. And no pressure - give as little or as much as you like.

And if you'll find it difficult to drop things off we're making it a lot easier for you. Bring your donations along to next week's parkrun (15th December) and we'll make sure they all get delivered to Trinity before the 19th December cut off date.

 

1812 Trinity Xmas Box Appeal

 

Yuletide Timetable

Hello all you lovely people.

 

Yuletide dates for your diary:

 

We will be running extra parkrun events at Winchester on Xmas day and on New Year's Day.

 

The wonderfully enthusiastic Tim will be Run Director on Xmas day. We’ll be starting at 9am. There may be a Secret Santa.

 

And on New Year's Day we'll be starting at 9am with an opportunity to do a second at either Southampton or Eastleigh which both start at 10:30am.

 

Winchester parkrun #272, 25th August

Not many people start their wedding days by running 5km at 9am, but for Andy Greenleaf - our course record holder - a parkrun was just the way to kick off his big day. Asked by event director David whether he was planning to go for a PB, he said no, but nonetheless was our first finisher in a modest 16:05 - a time most of us can only dream of! Andy also brought several speedy friends with him, meaning we had six finishers who were under 17 minutes. Well done Andy and we hope you had a fantastic wedding day!

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The parkrun was also special for another person, Robbie Downer, who is one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. This Saturday's event was his final volunteering session with us, and he took the opportunity to be the day's run director. Robbie calmly delivered the pre-run briefing to the runners, even getting a few laughs out of the audience. He did a great job this week making sure the event ran smoothly, and has been reliable and performed well in all his previous volunteering sessions too. A big thank you to Robbie from everyone at Winchester parkrun for your commitment and help.

There were 371 runners, walkers or joggers in total this week, of whom 50 were new to Winchester parkrun - welcome to you all and we hope you'll come and join us again. One of those 50 was Jon Oldham, who ran his 50th parkrun. Siggi Narang also ran her 50th, and Patrick Warburton and Robin Speed both ran their 100th parkruns (you kept that quiet, Patrick!). Well done to all of you.

As always, thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event possible. It's particularly helpful for our volunteer coordinator Ann if she knows in advance when people are available to help, so please email winchesterhelpers@parkrun.com if you know which Saturdays you could volunteer. Training is given for all roles on the day, and you'll get a step closer to your purple volunteer t-shirt!

 

Run Report parkrun #269: 4th August

This week, a guest report written by Mark Galpin who was visiting from Upton House parkrun.

After finding out that I have an extra day off this weekend I looked into going to a parkrun event not too far from home to make the most of this event. So this week I decided to visit Winchester. After a pleasant trip up the M27 and M3 I arrived at North Walls recreation ground for this week's run on a magnificently sunny morning in August.

As I am one of many of the parkrun Army why do you not give it a go? It is easy to be a volunteer and you are also able to gain yourself the coveted 25 parkrun t-shirt which you can only get by being a volunteer. It only takes a few minutes to do most jobs or to be a marshal if you happen to have an injury one week.

The information given at the First Timers briefing by Janet Haughton was very informative. I was paying attention to the details about seeing a fair amount of the first field, whilst doing a small loop and then the 2 full loops. We were also told to make sure that we kept clear of the cricket sight screens on our way around on the first lap.

With today being a pacer event I was determined to finish inside 30 minutes which I have done once before on my visit to Moors Valley so my intention was to finish before David Howells. When we set off it was all a bit of a zoo and I was unable to find my pacer to begin with although I eventually found him a little in front of me.

After the first turn I learnt that you have to keep your wits about you as you get clipped by the low branches from the trees that line the River Itchen. As I was told earlier about the sight screens I kept a good watch to make sure that I was not the in race entertainment!

Well with the first lap of the favoured field I started to enjoy my run and see whatever else came my way. At this point I passed the 3km sign for the first time and I was thinking it was going quickly today and after a turn to the right meant a little more branch dodging but more entertaining was trying not to be tripped up by the countless tree routes that show through the ground.

As we make our way around the larger field with a lovely trip down the River Itchen in the offing I hear a raucous racket on the top turn with the supremely cheerful Su Browning giving us a little bit of encouragement. I can understand why this young lady is placed as far from Winchester as possible as she was having a great party in the park giving some much appreciated encouragement. On this lap I stayed to the left of the tree but had quite a few slaps from low branches.

As we make our way down towards the leisure centre I have this feeling of giving in to temptation and joining a couple of the dogs that are happy to go for a refreshing paddle in the river. We now turn back to the bridge to make our way back to the first half of our run this morning and see the sign giving me hope my morning's efforts are nearly done but realize the 4km marker is for our next lap. As we carefully negotiate a couple of bikes I cross the bridge for the 2nd time knowing I'm half way through my run.

Around now I am having a quick look over my shoulder for the pacer I am trying to beat, he is safely behind me and I intend to keep it that way after having passed him in the first few turns. Any hope of being nearer the 28 minute pacer is well lost at this point. I continue on my journey when I get to the top corner the second time Su is still there giving us more cheer to which I replied she was expending more effort than I was and maybe doing the run might be a little less tiring.

As I make the turn for the final time from the Leisure centre I look back to see where the 30 minute pacer is and he's safely in my dust I get to the finish line with my quickest parkrun so far. Thank you to Helen Bonnor for assisting me in token sorting afterwards.

Here is a rundown of this morning's run:

Our final finisher this morning was Christine Brooker and it doesn't matter whether you do your 5km in the quickest time or the slowest all that matters is that you enjoy taking part. I am no Mo Farah either but I turn up most Saturday's when work allows.

We had 118 female and 204 male recorded runners today.

The first place finisher was Jamie Taylor in 17:40 (I was somewhere near the 3km marker at this time)

First Female runner was Karla Borland in 20:09 in 20th place overall (I was just short of Su Browning now)

We had 57 personal bests, 48 first time visitors to Winchester Parkrun, 15 First timers (well done to you all).

The dogs did well on the run and deserve extra credit in the heat of this morning.

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