parkrun returns to Alderford Lake!! Event number 29

Alderford Lake parkrun team were delighted to be able to bring back parkrun to Alderford Lake this week.

A few changes to the course welcomed the regular runners, as we ran, walked and jogged in the opposite direction than we used to. We had 53 first timers to Alderford, we hope that you all, whether regular face or new to us, enjoyed your morning with us.

A special mention to Rob Weir who has been a regular volunteer with us since the very start, completing his final run with us before leaving the area for pastures new, thanks Rob for all your help and support.

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This week 129 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
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The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Sarah MACKNESS • Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Liz RANKIN • Simon PHILLIPS • Gillian FOWLES • Steve X NEWELL • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Adam RICHARDS • Leah LEONARD • Mimi OWEN • Kathryn MARTIN • Sheridan LANE • David THORNTON • Martin LANE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Janice EASTWOOD • Nikole SHINGLER • Sarah GILL • Julie HOLLINS • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Luke MEREDITH
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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,927 participants have completed 4,488 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,440 km, including 807 new Personal Bests. A total of 152 individuals have volunteered 645 times.

 

#28, 14th March 2020 – Mud Glorious Mud

Alderford Lake parkrun #28, 14th March 2020, Run Report by Frankie Wellings

Mud, Glorious Mud

After all the week ends of rain and wind we’ve had recently, it was nice to have dry weather this morning and see the sun peeking through the clouds a little bit.

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I am a tourist from Basingstoke in Hampshire, so how did I get to write the run report? I am visiting my in-laws who live in Shrewsbury as I am running the Shrewsbury 10k tomorrow. As I have done Shrewsbury, Henley Wood Oswestry and Telford parkruns, I wanted to run a different one today so Alderford Lake was the obvious one to do. As you do, my husband and I were having coffee after parkrun and we got chatting to some other tourists from Bromley, Kent - more on them later. As we were just about to leave, someone (sorry, I didn’t think to ask your name!) came over to us and said “sorry for interrupting but would any of you like to write the run report?” I offered and that’s why I am now sat here at my father-in-law’s laptop on Saturday afternoon writing this! Funnily enough, I have also written the reports for Shrewsbury and Oswestry in the past. I think it is great to write about the run from a tourist’s point of view and compare it to your home run. I am on the Core Team of Basingstoke and am often Run Director too so it’s great to see how other events are run.

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Whenever I visit a new parkrun, I study the course, number of participants, fastest and slowest times, parking, toilets, café and how to get there. So I knew it would take me about half an hour to get there this morning and I knew I’d need trail shoes! Parking was super easy compared to Basingstoke. At my home run, if you’re not there by about 8:10am, you won’t get a parking spot. As soon as we parked, we started chatting to another participant doing his second Alderford Lake parkrun. His advice to us was…….expect some mud. Chatting to others is no different to other parkruns I’ve been to – everyone is friendly and we all have that one thing in common so it’s easy to get chatting.

There were 68 of us running, jogging, walking and slip sliding around the course. This included 12 visiting Alderford for the first time today. At Basingstoke, we regularly have 500-600 participants which means you can get hemmed in which slows you down. That’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it! So what slowed me down today? Oh yes, it was the sticky mud. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it – no pun intended! At the First Timer’s Briefing, Natalie explained it was muddy and there were one or two slight inclines. I would describe the course as varied, interesting, scenic and with a little rally track part way round. I expect you know the part I mean, the very uppy downy bit that you could quite easily mistake for a roller coaster track! We were advised to tie our shoes on tightly and when we got to the boggy bit on the far side, I realised why. No point trying to run around it, best thing was to squish squelch through it and judging by all the mud splattered legs at the end, that’s exactly what everyone did.

Mud washes off so just go for and have fun getting splattered!
Leading the men home was Paul Parkinson (20:17), followed by Matthew Dowsett (22:17) and Adam Clay (22:35). First lady home was Karen Asquith (26:55), followed by Gemma Park (28:01) and Amy Biggar (28:18). Amy bagged herself a shiny new PB along with 15 other people. Congratulations to you all, PBs are impressive at any time and even more so on a muddy course. I’ve only seen it at a few parkruns but I love the bell at the end that those who have worked really hard get to ring to let the rest of us know they’ve got a PB. It’s been a good few years since I’ve been able to ring the bell but I’m working on it!

So, back to that coffee I was having after completing the 5k. Walking into the café past the roaring fire my first thought was “what a lovely place”. My second thought was “ooooh which cake shall I have?!” It was then that my husband and I got chatting to the tourists from Bromley. Looking through the results, I now know we were speaking to Elizabeth and Geoff Manley. They said they were going to look out for the run report so hello Elizabeth and Geoff, we really enjoyed chatting to you! Although I have been parkrunning since 2012, I have only recently started actively touring. I have done 216 runs and today was my 17th different location. Elizabeth and Geoff have done 222 and 220 runs respectively. That’s not so different to me but what is different is they have done 102 and 104 different parkruns respectively. That is VERY impressive and you can definitely call yourselves tourists. It turns out we have done 9 of the same parkruns but I have a very long way to go to catch you up!

The Token Sorter was sorting the tokens in the café and with only 68 runners today, they were back in order and ready for next week in about 10 minutes. That’s another difference to my home run - I sorted the tokens for Basingstoke last week and we had almost 600 runners so it took considerably longer!

As we all know, parkrun simply cannot happen without volunteers so I would like to finish this report with a huge thank you to all the high-viz heroes. The marshals were very encouraging today and I always try to shout a cheery thank you as I go by but by the 2nd lap I had resorted to a hand wave as I focused my energy on getting my feet through the mud.

A special mention to Katie Prince and Janice Owen who both completed their 25th volunteering occasion today and Duncan Meredith who ran his 51st parkrun, not realising that he did his 50th last week.

Just 7 sleeps until our next parkrun fix – unless of course Coronavirus puts a stop to it. Keep healthy everyone and happy running.

This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Laura TURNER • Jonathan MORGAN • Willow LEWIS • Mimi OWEN • Joe TURNER • Lisa DALE • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Lindsey JONES • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nicola ROGERS • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Tullis MATSON • Luke MEREDITH • Jo FORD • Alfie FORD

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,874 participants have completed 4,359 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,795 km, including 782 new Personal Bests. A total of 150 individuals have volunteered 617 times.

 

International Women’s Day 7th March 2020

Our research tells us that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun, and we are taking steps to change that. As part of these efforts we are taking part in a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England this will support the This Girl Can campaign created by our partner Sport England.

At Alderford Lake parkrun we hope that all our regular parkrunners will bring along a female friend who may be new to parkrun and we will try and fill the roster with as many female volunteers as possible too!

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Event #24 1st February 2020

A bright, breezy but very mild 9 deg C greeted the 120 runners at Alderford lake for event number 24 this morning, the course was well marked out and watched over by very friendly marshals, conditions under foot were good for the most part but we did have some muddy sections to spice it up a little.
Representatives of 14 clubs were present and 33 people were first timers at this venue, 18 people recorded course PB's and 15 Hi Viz heroes looked after us all and made the event possible.
Thank you for making us tourists welcome, we will return at some point and push for our own PB'S
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This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Ian SCOULER • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Martin LANE • Lindsey JONES • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Sarah GILL • Denise LONG • Rhodri ROBERTS • Heather PITCHFORD • Isabelle HARMAN

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,787 participants have completed 3,969 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,845 km, including 698 new Personal Bests. A total of 143 individuals have volunteered 540 times.

 

Event #23 25th January 2020

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Event number 23
25th January 2020

This week 150 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Thomas PHILLIPS • Robert INGHAM • Paul EVANS • Alison BIRCH • Mimi OWEN • Jodi BEAVER • Sheridan LANE • Martin LANE • Lindsey JONES • Luke SMITH • Eva SMITH • Peter HOLMES • Sue EVANS • Sarah GILL • Narg HARRIS • Nicola ROGERS • Megan OWEN • Hridayagita BURBIDGE

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

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 18:50 on 5th October 2019 (event number 6).
The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,754 participants have completed 3,849 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,245 km, including 680 new Personal Bests. A total of 139 individuals have volunteered 525 times.

 

Event #20 New Years Resolutions

As the sun rose on Alderford Lake there was a beautiful red/pink tinge to the sky as the volunteers arrived to set up for the first Saturday parkrun of the year 2020. A Lovely mild dry morning the area round the lake was the driest we have seen for weeks, the grass making a return in the finish area, and the infamous "bog" drying out to a sticky mud rather than the brown slush it has been a few days previous.

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For the first timers briefing we had parkrunners coming for their first ever parkrun (10 of you in total) we hope we haven't put you off and you join us again. We've had just as many return for there second ever parkrun as well as tourists from far and wide, including a visitor from Sydney, Australia! A warm welcome to you all.

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During the first timers briefing we did like to see the innovation and creativity of how some people keep their barcodes safe, normally they might be pinned to a shirt with a safety pin or keep in a pocket or on a shoelace... today we saw not one but two stapled... yes stapled to the front of their shirts! And they survived the entire parkun too.

Onto the run brief and to start our 20th event and Keith Cotton joined us today for his 100th parkrun, Well done Keith!!!

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And in keeping with New Year we all agreed to keep some parkrun New Years Resolutions: We shall only cross the finish line once... We shall take a token and hand back to the scanner (even if we don't want a time)... and we shall only cross the finish line if we have completed two full laps... if we are having a hard day or fancy a shorter parkrun than normal then that is not a problem but head straight for the cafe to join us for a post parkrun coffee instead of the finish line.

Onto the parkrun and the driest conditions for weeks saw that 34 Personal Bests were recorded well done everyone who achieved those! See mud is good for you... Well this doggy thinks so...

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Mud Mud Glorious Mud!!

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See there is grass at Alderford... promise...

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Alderford Lake parkrun
Event number 20
4th January 2020
This week 147 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Jonathan MORGAN • Simon PHILLIPS • Lisa DALE • Lee DALE • Kirsty FISHER • Lindsey JONES • Katie RANDLES • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Janice EASTWOOD • Nikole SHINGLER • Sue EVANS • Nicola ROGERS • Andrew ROGERS • Natalie STEVENSON • Sarah OWEN • Tullis MATSON • Holly TURNER • Megan OWEN • Hridayagita BURBIDGE

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

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,603 participants have completed 3,354 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,770 km, including 559 new Personal Bests. A total of 128 individuals have volunteered 461 times.

 

Event #17 Christmas Day 2019 – Golden baton and lots of fancy dress

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On Christmas Day at Alderford Lake we had sole use of Alderford lake for parkrun. On this lovely sunny morning we had parkrunners from far and wide, from Qatar and from Australia to name just a couple. Also we had one of the golden batons visit us, there were 15 golden baton released in Leeds to celebrate 15 years of parkrun, this was back in October and they have been traveling from parkrun to parkrun ever since.

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We had a fantastic turnout with plenty of fancy dress both from the volunteers and the parkrunners alike. It was a lovely way to start the day.

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This Christmas day 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fiona LEATHAM • Joseph ASHLEY • Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Yvonne RICHARDS • Simon PHILLIPS • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINS) • Adam RICHARDS • Ben ASQUITH • Lee DALE • Simon ROBERTS • Steven RICHARDS • Lindsey JONES • Hollie JONES • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Geoff HANDLEY • Samantha EMMS • Richard SHINGLER • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Paul JONES • Finnian JONES

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

The male record is held by Jack PICKETT who recorded a time of 16:58 on 7th September 2019 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,402 participants have completed 2,855 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,275 km, including 474 new Personal Bests. A total of 124 individuals have volunteered 393 times.

 

 

Event #16 – 21st December 2019 The Whippets Takeover

Alderford Lake parkrun
Event number 16
21st December 2019

 

This week saw the local running club Whitchurch Whippets takeover the majority of the volunteer roles. Guest RD Adam Richards along with Ben Asquith did a fantastic job welcoming the runners from near and far.

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The takeover meant that many of the regulars got to run the course this week, some for the first time since the parkrun started back in August. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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There was lots of mud on the course as is usual for this time of year, but some parkrunners told us that they came along today especially because they prefer the muddy off road course.

Today there were Santa hats aplenty as nearly everyone had remembered it was a Santa hat special run, with full fancy dress welcomed on Christmas day!

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This week 88 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jennifer Ann SPENCER • Fiona LEATHAM • Dean RICHARDS • Janet BURGESS • Kathy LING • Simon PHILLIPS • Rachael FOSTER • Adam RICHARDS • Ben ASQUITH • Mimi OWEN • Kathryn MARTIN • Duncan MEREDITH • Lisa DALE • Lee DALE • Lynn NORTON • Paul MARTIN • Janice OWEN • Sarah GILL • Nicola ROGERS • Andrew ROGERS • Nancy PERKS • Katie COPNALL • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Amy BIGGAR • Cathy MCALLISTER • Holly TURNER

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

The male record is held by Jack PICKETT who recorded a time of 16:58 on 7th September 2019 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,334 participants have completed 2,680 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,400 km, including 462 new Personal Bests. A total of 116 individuals have volunteered 369 times.

 

14th December 2019 Event #15

Alderford Lake parkrun
Event number 15
14th December 2019

This week 70 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Lee BARNARD • Kathy LING • Jonathan MORGAN • Katie WEBSTER • Ben ASQUITH • Fiona CLAXTON • Joe TURNER • Sheridan LANE • David THORNTON • Katie PRINCE • Katie RANDLES • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Sarah GILL • Thomas PRINCE • Denise LONG • Sarah OWEN • Megan OWEN

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

The male record is held by Jack PICKETT who recorded a time of 16:58 on 7th September 2019 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,313 participants have completed 2,592 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,960 km, including 457 new Personal Bests. A total of 109 individuals have volunteered 343 times.

 

Event #14 – Grannies on tour!

It was unseasonably warm this parkrunday at Alderford Lake, for event #14. The wintery frost and mist gone and,dare I say it, the course a little drier than of late.
Jodi & Lindsey were sharing the RD duties with their team of cheerful volunteers

We were joined by a number of interesting visitors, we had tourists from Sheffield, Cheadle Holme and Norway. We also had the pleasure of Betty & Nora, the Grannies on Tour who were part of our tail walking team for the day. I think they enjoyed their outing judging by the photographs!

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At the other end of the field things were hotting up, whist it’s always a run, not a race there was some great racing to watch. Female course record holder from Audlem, Donna Sherwin and Norwegian visitor Oliver Knight battled it out shoulder to shoulder round the final bend. In the end Oliver took the first finisher token and Donna set a new course record after a tight battle.

We welcomed 5 brand new parkrunners to the family and 17 parkrunners new to Alderford Lake. We hope you enjoyed our venue and come back again soon.
This week 84 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Sarah MACKNESS • Jonathan MORGAN • Liz RANKIN • Simon PHILLIPS • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Ben ASQUITH • Fiona CLAXTON • Rebekah TEE • Jodi BEAVER • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Martin LANE • Lisa BUTLER • Lindsey JONES • Katie RANDLES • Peter HOLMES • Janice EASTWOOD • Sarah GILL • Victoria NEWLAND-JONES • Karen BILL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jack PICKETT who recorded a time of 16:58 on 7th September 2019 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).
Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,295 participants have completed 2,522 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,610 km, including 447 new Personal Bests. A total of 108 individuals have volunteered 324 times.