Event #50 – 16th March 2019

Thank you to Jane Colbeck-McKinnon for writing this week's Run Report for us.

A week ago we celebrated Witney parkrun’s first birthday party….did you see all that cake? Here we were a week later for Witney parkrun’s 50th event. To celebrate we asked you to turn up in red as the colour of the milestone t-shirt for runners reaching the big Five O and thank you for obliging.


It’s been a week of wind, rain and more wind thank you to Storm Gareth, the course was suitably wet, muddy and slippery but did it stop anyone turning up? Not a chance, it takes far more than a chill wind and a muddy slope to keep a parkrunner at home. I’m going to use a bit of a link to Pooh Bear; yesterday's wind would have had Piglet’s ears streaming out behind him like banners and Eeyore would have gloomily declared it to be a ‘very blustery day’, but it didn’t stop the 222 of you who came in a sea of red and ran, walked, skipped and smiled your way round. Apparently Storm Hannah is just around the corner so lets see what she has in store for next Saturday’s event.

So back to the 50th run, the briefing was given by today’s Run Director Jody who got us underway into all that glorious mud at 9am. A big shout out to 4 year old Alice who made it the whole way round her 5th parkrun this morning, that is serious going for one so young. I hope you all saw Ted the dog modelling his beautiful apricot parkrun neckerchief, very smart indeed, but with all that mud it is going to need a good wash for next week.

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I hope you also saw the beautiful parkrun cake made by Linda, one of today’s runners? Delicious. We do love a post run cake!


I took the advantage of partaking today at a more leisurely pace, it was lovely to just meander around the course with Gill, nattering as we went and appreciating our very beautiful and varied parkrun. I strongly recommend trying it without worrying about a PB for once.


A big thank you to the hi-vis heroes who volunteered this week, if you fancy volunteering just drop us a line, it’s a great way to experience parkrun from a different angle…..on the subject of different angles we hope the temporary relocation of the barcode scanning team didn’t confuse you! Weather permitting they will be back in their usual positions for next week.

Did you see the Meet The Witney Team Facebook posts? You have to agree they are a very inspiring bunch who worked so hard with the local community to put Witney on the parkrun map. They are responsible for giving a purpose to Saturday mornings, but it takes you, the parkrunner to also make it happen so a big thank you to all of you, regardless of the weather you oblige in your hoards to turn up and give it your everything.

This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Kevin HENNESSY • Allison MAYBREY • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Edward REEVE • Jack REEVE • Chris JONES • George SOANES • John ABRAMS • Lee VANSTONE • Ben ALLAN • Punam OWENS • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • Trish DAVIES • Suzanne BARTINGTON • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Chris GARDENER • Courtney SMITH • Matthew SMITH • Jane COLBECK-MCKINNON • Skye MCKINNON • Ann WILSON • Archie ALLAN • Julia LAWLEY • Jack HAHN HENNESSY • Peter ROSE • Owen EDWARDS • Ally JONES

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

The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:37 on 21st July 2018 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:04 on 8th September 2018 (event number 23).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 81.15% (17:04) on 8th September 2018 (event number 23).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 3,148 participants have completed 11,293 parkruns covering a total distance of 56,465 km, including 2,533 new Personal Bests. A total of 310 individuals have volunteered 1,492 times.


Meet the Team! Punam Owens – Event Director

The last - but absolutely not least - entry in our Meet the Team series is our Event Director, Punam Owens.

Punam will be the first to say that Witney parkrun's success has been due to a team of people. While that is undoubtedly true, we are fortunate and privileged to have an Event Director with such vision, passion and commitment. Thank you Punam x

Punam Owens - Event Director
"I actually made first contact with parkrun HQ in June 2017 having never run a parkrun. I had been watching from a distance for a while, never really having the confidence to join a running club or rock up at parkrun on my own. So, I had this crazy idea that perhaps if I took the initiative to start one in Witney, others who felt like me might just join in, if it was on our doorstep.

That is how my parkrun journey started.


Thanks to Tamsyn Wymer, who very graciously accompanied me as I slowly walked/jogged around the course, I managed to complete my first parkrun on 16th September 2017 at Oxford parkrun event number 304. The rest as they say is history…"



Meet the Team! John Honour – Volunteer

Happy parkrun Eve! We hope you've all had a good week and that you're looking forward to Witney parkrun's 50th event tomorrow!

With that in mind, let's start the day with the penultimate Meet the Team installment... Mind The Wire!

John Honour – Volunteer
"I genuinely look forward to volunteering at parkrun in Witney on a Saturday. It is always great to see everybody's efforts as runners, would-be runners and walkers as it takes them past me on "the wire" and beyond to the ditch.

Hopefully any encouragement I give helps a little and, as yet, nobody has tripped on "the wire"!

Since helping at parkrun I have made some lovely new friends and it has made me feel a part of the larger community. It's nice meeting up with the other volunteers at pre parkrun sign-in discussing all things, from last week's football to how people's previous runs had gone, with a bit of gentle banter thrown in!"




Meet the Team! Martin Crabb – Volunteer

Our Meet the Team series continues to roll on and it's now time to introduce a a Witney parkrun favourite. It's Mr Martin Crabb.

Martin Crabb – Volunteer

"I’m a retired civil servant who had previously been a runner for 40 years. Having completed 30 marathons and 107 half marathons, I now Tail Walk, Time Keep and Marshal at the Witney parkrun.

I just love Saturday mornings. When I arrive at the car park, I’m directed by volunteers with smiles on their faces. The next hour and a half are all about having fun, encouraging everyone to achieve what they want from participating at the Witney parkrun.


I have many running friends but the biggest buzz I get is seeing families going around the course together. Many new to exercise.
Finally, The parkrun family supported me during major surgery and helped me recover to where I am today.

Very Happy Old Crabby"



Meet the Team! Dan Wymer – Run Director

Here is the 8th installment in our Meet the Team series, ahead of Witney's 50th parkrun on Saturday 16th March.

Dan Wymer – Run Director

"I started parkrunning in 2013 and had completed 27 parkruns when I attended a meeting that would change my Saturdays forever.


That first meeting led me to become one of Witney parkrun's core team. As well as Run Director, I've covered 11 different volunteer roles and earned my purple volunteer t-shirt in 2018.

At the same time, I have still been able to increase my run tally to 66, earning my red "50" milestone t-shirt last autumn and having visited 15 different parkruns.

Witney parkrun has far exceeded my expectations; I never thought so many different people would get out of bed on a Saturday morning to walk, jog, run, volunteer and cheer round our course.

Seeing everyone enjoying Witney parkrun is a fantastic reward and I've loved making new friends along the way."


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