Abingdon parkrun # 367 – 13/10/2018

Event number 367
13th October 2018

This week 317 people took part in Abingdon parkrun, running, jogging, and walking the course.

We had 30 participants who were visiting us for the first time, made up of 13 "tourists" and 17 people taking part in their first ever parkrun!

38 new Personal Bests (PBs) were achieved.

Milestones attained this week were:

50 Events
Elizabeth MORRISON
Jonathan NASH
Richard BARNETT

100 Events
Mark OWEN
Nicole JACKSON

A huge thanks to this week's 23 wonderful volunteers:

Brian EVANS • Clifford PENTON • John STYLES • Mike SHEPHERD • Karen WALTERS • Jan MCCABE • Emily SCHMIDT • Eric DE LA HARPE • Jon WALDOCK • Abigail WALDOCK • Duncan HEPBURN • Rose BUCKLEY • Lawrence WARDLE • Lisa WARDLE • Kathy CLARKE • Clare ALDERSON • Nathan SEALY • Daisy SHERWOOD • Aidan SHERWOOD • Jason SHERWOOD • Marina SEMPLE • Erwin LAM • Jeremy GOULD

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Mark Owen celebrating 100 runs

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Christmas 2018 and New Year’s Day 2019

Christmas 2018 and New Year's Day 2019

Abingdon parkrun will be taking place as usual on the Saturdays through the Christmas and New Year period.

There will not be an extra event on Christmas Day nor on New Year's Day.

 

Event number 366, 6th October 2018

This week, Run Director Lucy oversaw event number 366, where 296 people ran, jogged, and walked the course.

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There were 29 first timers and 51 participants recorded new Personal Bests.

There were milestones, too.

50 Events:
Owen Gledhill

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100 Events:
Charlotte Davey
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Sandar Wade

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Photo: Fran Long

Andrew Dickinson

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Photo: Fran Long

 
The celebrations continued at Java&Co, and there was cake - lots of it!

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Photo: Fran Long
 
A huge "Thank you" to the lovely volunteers who made it all possible:

Emma MOORE • James MOORE • Lucy HAMILTON • Mike SHEPHERD • Timothy POWELL •
James CLAYTON • Jennifer SWARBRICK • Vicki GLEDHILL • Nicky BROCK •
Helen NASH • Sandar WADE • Sabiene NORTH • Tim FOXALL • Neil FAGAN •
Mike PICKETT • Melanie PICKETT • Duncan ROGERS • Joanne FELLOWS •
Frances DAVID • Will BENFOLD • Jonathan NASH • Huw MORGAN •
Marina SEMPLE • Erwin LAM • Skye MCSORLEY

 

Volunteering to Marshal at the 2018 Abingdon Marathon as part of Abingdon parkrun

The annual Abingdon Marathon takes place this year on Sunday, the 21st October.

Abingdon parkrun has provided volunteer Marshals in previous years, and, by way of thanks, the organisers have donated to Abingdon parkrun funds. This has proved an important resource for our event, enabling the purchase of a defibrillator, and replacing the aging laptop computer we rely upon for getting our results processed each week, both without needing to appeal to our runners for donations.

The Marathon organisers still need Marshals for this year's event, so if you are able to volunteer to help, you would be supporting this prestigious, local running event, and at the same time, you would be helping Abingdon parkrun.

If you are able to help please register at:

http://bit.ly/2uyO0uB

Many thanks for considering helping Abingdon parkrun by volunteering to marshal at this important event.

 

Run Report – Event 364, 22nd September 2018

Run Report by Marina Semple, DofE Volunteer

The crisp September morning in Rye Farm Meadow was the site of the 364th Abingdon parkrun, which this week saw 315 people run, jog or walk the course, including visitors from Ashton Court, Osterley, Basingstoke, Beckenham and Didcot, 16 first-time parkrunners and 67 new personal bests.

Having participated in a couple of parkruns myself, when it came to choosing an option for volunteering for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, I figured that volunteering for parkrun would be an excellent way to give back to the community.

I have been a track runner for a few years now and initially started parkrun as a way to boost my endurance in order to help with my track events. However, as well as this, parkrun is a great opportunity to meet new people as the whole town comes together to do some exercise, and I have really enjoyed supporting my friends and teachers as they run their 5K.

I also think that it is so important that as many people as possible get out and about as possible, because doing sport is so good for you!

As part of my volunteering, I have been the funnel manager, timer, handed out and scanned tokens, and whilst at times it felt like a lot of pressure, I have taken away a lot from the experience. It has also made me appreciate how much organisation parkrun takes and also how much it means to people - I remember one week, a couple who had met at parkrun made all of their wedding guests run the course before they headed of to their wedding!

Overall, I would definitely recommend getting involved in parkrun, whether it be as a runner, tail-walker or finish token-support person.

This weeks's first finisher was Alex Cummings from Hermitage Harriers RC who ran a 17 minute 5k.

Congratulations to Yolanda Owen who completed her 50th park run today and to Fiona Topp who completed her 100th.

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Fiona Topp's 100th parkrun (Photo: Fran Long)

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

John HARVEY • Brian EVANS • Caroline SCOTT-LANGLEY • Mike SHEPHERD •
Abdul OKORO • Clive WILLCOCK • Steve NEWMAN • Duncan HEPBURN • Anne
BUCKLEY • Rose BUCKLEY • Mark OWEN • Don OLDCORN • Stuart WATTON • Keith DUNNETT • Mike PICKETT • Karen OLDCORN • Clare ALDERSON • Lynne DUNNETT • Simon BURBIDGE • Thomas HAYES • Marina SEMPLE • Erwin LAM • Skye MCSORLEY

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