Event #25 – 22nd September 2018

Witney parkrun - Event Number 25

It was noticeably chillier this Saturday but it was great to see that did not deter people from getting out and taking part. Perhaps the cooler weather made for good conditions as we had 95 people recording new Personal Best times! Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who made it happen - parkrun couldn't happen without you so we are really grateful for your contribution.

This week 230 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 95 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Allison MAYBREY • Lyn HOPKINS • James FIELD • Alice PARSONS • Vicki STOTT • Matthew LOCK • John ABRAMS • Lee VANSTONE • Kate HUDSON • Punam OWENS • Jack HOWLETT • Kirsty WEBB • Charlie HUDSON • Martin CRABB • Lewis OWENS • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Anna WINSHIP • Rachael HIGGINS • Barney HIGGINS • John HONOUR • Sophie SMITH • Ruth TROUT • Derek HALL • Jason JONES • Lucas GOODGAME

 

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 1,995 participants have completed 5,275 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,375 km, including 1,482 new Personal Bests.

I'll look forward to seeing you again next Saturday morning.

Have a great week.

Sally

 

Event #24 – 15th September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Witney parkrun - event 24

A chillier start to the day reminded us that autumn is on the way, but the sun broke through and we were again treated to a lovely morning at West Witney Sports and Social Club. It was great to see the footballers out too and it was a lovely sight to see so many people out enjoying themselves. Special thanks, as ever, to all the high-vis heroes who make parkrun possible.

 

This week 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 96 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Ian FOWLER • Harriet HOWARD • Rebecca BOLT • Allison MAYBREY • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • James FIELD • Linda FIELD • Darren OSTLER • Matthew LOCK • Darlene BURKETT • John ABRAMS • Punam OWENS • Callum HODNETT • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • Gemma YALLOP • Lewis OWENS • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Barney HIGGINS • Emma PEMBERTON • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Seona OWENS • George SMITH • Natalie SUTHERLAND • Derek HALL • Ally JONES • Harry SMITH • Sarah LAPWORTH • Lucas GOODGAME

 

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 1,943 participants have completed 5,042 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,210 km, including 1,387 new Personal Bests.

 

I'll look forward to seeing you all again same time, same place next week :)

 

Sally

Photo Credit: Derek Hall Photography

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Event #23 – 8th September 2018

This week marked 6 months since Witney parkrun was born and I was proud to be taking charge on our half year anniversary. As a self-confessed data geek I've had fun tracking our numbers and have pulled together a few highlights for this week's run report:

We've had...

* 23 events (with 3 being cancelled due to the terrible weather in the Spring, not forgetting the "Beast from the East" causing us to postpone our first week!)

* 1,892 different people cross the Witney parkrun finish line a total of 4,780 times

* 816 people complete their first ever parkrun with us in Witney

* 206 different people volunteer a staggering 682 times to make Witney parkrun possible

Wow, I can't believe the numbers! But what makes Witney parkrun even more fantastic is the variety that has been on show.

Our tree lined course has provided a range of conditions from the soggy quagmires of spring through to the sun-baked cracks we're still seeing now, and we even had snow in week 2!

All ages from 4 year olds all the way up to octogenarians have taken to our course and crossed the line in finishing times ranging from 17 minutes to over an hour.

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Among our finishers we've had local doctors, nurses, firemen, police officers, teachers and councillors as well as parkrun "tourists", not only from other Oxfordshire parkruns but as far afield as Australia, Canada and South Africa! The recurring theme amongst all this variety has been the sense of community, full of smiles, that has emerged and is constantly complimented. The walking, jogging and running almost feels to be secondary to the sense of belonging and friendships that are being created and reinforced further with every passing week. IMG_1977

Thank you to everyone who has been involved, directly and indirectly, in our first 6 months. It's been a real team effort including the core team, our local partners and councils, the enthusiastic hi-vis heroes and, last but not least, you wonderful lot of parkrunners. Here's to an equally exciting, but chillier, next 6 months that will start with Sally taking the RD reins next week.

Dan

This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Dan WYMER • Rebecca BOLT • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Bethany JONES • James FIELD • Sam UPTON • Matthew LOCK • Punam OWENS • Kirsty WEBB • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • James CURRAH • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Jane COLBECK-MCKINNON • Barney HIGGINS • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Simon OLIVER • Natalie SUTHERLAND • Ruth TROUT • Derek HALL • Ally JONES • Carissa HALL • Lucas GOODGAME

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 1,892 participants have completed 4,780 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,900 km, including 1,291 new Personal Bests.

#loveparkrun

 

Event number 22. September 1, 2018

Witney parkrun
Event number 22
1st September 2018

What can I say! Saturday 1st September was awesome! Another record attendance for Witney parkrun outside of “special events” with 295 people who ran, jogged and walked the course on what was a stunning September morning.

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A whopping 76 of you were first timers, welcome! 96 recorded new Personal Bests. We are so thrilled to see steady, organic growth each week and so many first timers joining us, and we love seeing our regulars improving week on week. Lovely to see so many of you out as families, some participating and others supporting. What a wonderful way to spend Saturday morning together.

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Many people ask me “what is parkrun” and my response of late is you just need to come down and feel it. You can of course explain the principle, but how to share the enormous community spirit, the feel good factor, the support, the encouragement and impact this event has on so many people and their families? The fact is that no matter what you say, or how hard you try, you cannot explain parkrun to those who have not experienced it. They have to come and see it for themselves to really “get it”.

In case you are reading this and you are and still not sure, let me share with you some of the things we do every week to help encourage anyone who is not sure about coming on their own:
We hold a specific briefing for all newcomers and we welcome everyone! Walkers, runners and volunteers, all age groups, and even our 4-legged furry friends. And we encourage those who are familiar with parkrun to provide support and encouraging words as they pass along the course. We also marshal our course with volunteers and a tail-walker who will support and encourage you all the way around. It’s a run or walk, it’s never a race. If you feel you are not ready to complete all three laps, there is nothing wrong with that, just come out and experience the spirit and go as far as you are comfortable. You will leave wondering why you waited!

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So getting back to this week, not one but two tail-walkers! The awesome Laura Meridew, Team GB athlete, joined Lewis one of our regular volunteers to walk the course. Laura was so very gracious with her time. Stopping to encourage participants around the course and staying at the end to take part in a Q&A session. In hindsight, I wish I had videoed the session for those who were unable to stay. It was fascinating to hear Laura’s journey and her training tips. Laura is a local lass and we do hope she will join us again soon. Laura, on behalf of the whole team at Witney parkrun, thank you. It was a real honour to have you join us.

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We were also celebrating some milestones this week. A junior “10” and a couple of 50’s. One of those was our very own run director and core team member, Dan. Congratulations to you all for such a great achievement and thank you for the cake ☺.

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So, I will leave you this week with a huge thank you to the 40 volunteers who made event number 22 possible:

Fraser HOWARD • Judith WHITELEY • Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Rebecca BOLT • Lucy HARRIS • Lyn HOPKINS • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Tegid JONES • James FIELD • John MCCORMAC • Imogen HARRIS • David GIRLING • Andy JEPSON • Matthew LOCK • John ABRAMS • Lee VANSTONE • Punam OWENS • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Lewis OWENS • James CURRAH • Karen LILL • Barney HIGGINS • Stephen ROBERTS • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Seona OWENS • Steve CROSSMAN • Sophie SMITH • Phoebe SMITH • Derek HALL • Ally JONES • Amelie SMITH • Harry SMITH • Isobel CROSSMAN • Carissa HALL • Laura MERIDEW

I said it last week and I’ll say it again, without you, this event would not run. You are our eyes and ears and spirit on the course and you are truly a gift to our community.

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Thank you for having me for the last 2 weeks, and I’ll hand over to Dan for our 6-month anniversary next week…I wonder if that might mean more cake!

 

Laura Meridew Q&A – #teamparkrun

Some of you may have heard of the #teamparkrun initiative whereby National Lottery funded athletes are taking part in parkruns up and down the country to say thank you for the support they receive.

We are therefore delighted to confirm that we will be joined this week by Laura Meridew, a full-time athlete on the GB Rowing Team development programme at the Leander Club who is funded by UK Sport Lottery Funding.

Laura will be tailwalking with one of our regular volunteers, Lewis, so please do say hello & make her feel welcome :-)

Laura has also very kindly offered to hold a Q&A afterwards at West Witney Sports & Social Club. We have lots of junior parkrunners at Witney so perhaps your children are interested in what it takes to become a full time athlete? Do you or they have questions about what she has to juggle to make it work? Or maybe you'd like to know more about training or nutrition? Whatever your questions, Laura would love to hear from you in this open session. It'll run from 10:15 in the social club.

We look forward to welcoming Laura to Witney parkrun on Saturday.
#loveparkrun

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