Event 449 Run Report

The weather couldn't have been much more different from last week - Saturday morning was fresh and frosty which made for almost perfect conditions for parkrun (perhaps it got a little slippery as things warmed up and the mud thawed, but I was very pleased that the rain held off until we had finished), and 24 of you achieved personal bests - well done to all of you.

We welcomed 347 walkers, joggers and runners this week, including 30 first timers - for 8 people it was their first parkrun ever. Thank you for choosing Andover parkrun; I hope to see you again soon.

Congratulations to Tracy Green for earning her 100 parkrun milestone - a fantastic achievement. It seems we forgot to do the milestone t-shirt photo again this week - I do hope that those of you have have received their t-shirts recently will wear them again in a few weeks time (7th December).

This week, parkrun was made possible by the following volunteers:

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Martin HUGHES • Lewis JONES • Colin STOKES • Julie JACOBS • Helen JUDE • Jade NEWSUM • Jim KENT • Anna B • Bas JACOBS • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Ian MORRISON • Miles HUGHES • Rebecca MCCOY • Jane WHITING • Paris JONATHAN • Zacharius BURTON • Louise BROWN

Thank you all for your continued support - we couldn't do this without you. Please have a look at the future roster if you would like to be involved. All of the roles are straightforward, you’ll be given full instructions on the day, and will be supported at all times. Volunteering at parkrun is a great way to support the community, meet new people and learn new skills. If you would like to discuss any of the roles, please do come and see me or another of our run directors one Saturday.

The full results from this week’s event can be found on the Andover parkrun results page.

Have a great week,

Charlie

 

Event 448 Run Report

It was always going to be a low turn out with England in the rugby World Cup final and it being half term but to add to that heavy rain and 50 mph winds really tested the urge to stay at home in a warm bed. It was great to see 134 of you brave the conditions and potentially getting your highest finishing position, and a magnificent team of smiling volunteers who we all really appreciated. We were joined by 17 first timers to Andover which included 3 making their parkrun debut.

Well done to Adam, Andrew and Louise who achieved pbs, if you can do it in those conditions then there are certainly more to come.

Harry Pannell earned his red 50 milestone t-shirt.

It wasn’t a day for hanging around at the start, ok I forgot the milestone t-shirt monthly photo so we will do it next week. I think getting started at 9.02 was appreciated though. We always aim to do the first timer brief at 8.50, the main brief at 8.55 and get going as soon after 9.00 as possible, please arrive in good time.

We were treated to some blue sky and sunshine at the end. Thank you Ali for tailwalking at the last minute.

A great big thank you as everyone remembered their barcodes meaning no unknown runners on the results and no missing tokens. Perfect timekeeping and barcode scanning all matched up with Rebekah’s number checking, results finished at 10.36.

We process the results upstairs in McDonalds once everything is packed up and put away. Feel free to join us for a coffee and a chat and maybe help with  the token sorting.

See you all next week and if you would like to volunteer send us a message.

Simon

 

Andover parkrun Event 447

Run Report – Andover parkrun 26/10/2019

It was a foul week in regards to the weather in the lead up to Saturday, but the rain kept away for our lovely parkrun. The conditions however were soft in places, but despite that, the current course held up reasonably well. We welcomed 244 runners and walkers, which was not bad at all, considering England were playing the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the same time. It will be interesting to see how many we see next Saturday, when they play in the final against South Africa. The number of parkrunners included 19 first timers to our event, with some completing their first ever parkrun.

Congratulations to Mason Askew on completing his 100th parkrun and to Jake Dinkele and Paul Price for their 50th. It is great to see so many junior runners achieving these T-Shirt milestones and lovely new shirts have been well earned. Congratulations also go to Tracy Green for volunteering for the 25th time. Tracy celebrated this momentous event by marshalling at the basketball court.

The parkrun this week was made possible by the below volunteers.

Martin HUGHES • Simon EGGINGTON • Colin STOKES • Ian BEVERIDGE • Graham COOK • Karen CAREY • Derek VINTEN • Kerry WARDELL • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Tracy GREEN • Raymond SEARLE • Charlie MCCOY • Miles HUGHES • Rebecca MCCOY • Paris JONATHAN • Zacharius BURTON • Louise BROWN

It was a great performance by everyone involved, but it was a struggle for volunteers this week. As a result, I was grateful for the help of fellow RD’s Beccy and Charlie McCoy and also Eggy for helping with the finish tokens after completing his run. If you can support us in volunteering, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at andoverhelpers@parkrun.com.

The conditions today resulted in 9 new personal bests, which is good going. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

You may have noticed that the parkrun results page has now changed. It now gives more options in how the results can be viewed.

Lewis

 

Event 446-Run Report

Autumn is well and truly upon us now so we were all very pleased to have blue skies and sunshine.

318 runners and walkers completed the 5km distance with a huge thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers.

We were joined by 27 first timers to Andover, 9 their first run ever. We hope you enjoyed our course and will be back soon.

There were 30 personal bests including regular Joseph Hughes getting ever closer to braking 23 minutes after 175 runs !

Lucie Davies earned her junior 10 milestone t-shirt, Martin Whatley earned his red 50 shirt, Harry Pay and visitor Jon Cooney earned their black 100 shirts. Amelie Othman also completed her 13 weeks of volunteering as part of her bronze DofE award. Congratulations all of you, a great achievement.

We have four DofE volunteers with us at the moment who as part of their award do all the volunteer roles (including results processing). We very much appreciate all your efforts Amelie, Rebekah, Zach and Paris, thank you.

This also takes the pressure off us trying to fill the volunteer roster every week. Along with Bas and Colin (our volunteer treasures), our roster has been full without having to put out appeals and this is very much appreciated by the Run Directors. Volunteering at parkrun is not compulsory or a chore, but something that is enjoyable, can be done with family and friends and gives you a chance to meet new people and give something back to the community, as well as being good fun. If you fancy giving volunteering a go, have a look at the roster at www.parkrun.org.uk/Andover/futureroster , see what role you would like to do and send us a message, we do have some roles which you can do and still get your run as well.

On a personal note I was fortunate to be nominated for the Pride of Andover awards as Event Director of Andover parkrun, and made it to the final this week. Amazingly I won the Community Champion Award presented by Sally Taylor of South Today. I was very surprised and honoured and really couldn’t do it without my fantastic team (Janice, Lewis, Ian, Beccy and Charlie) and all of you. Thank you everyone who sent such kind messages or took the time to speak to me this morning.

Good luck tomorrow if you are doing the Great South Run or any other event, we love to see your medal photos and know how you got on.

Have a good week

Simon

 

 

 

Andover parkrun Event 442

Run Report – Andover parkrun 21/09/2019

Magnificent weather for Saturday’s run. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of the sun, but if we have, what a way to go. We welcomed 372 runners and walkers at Andover, who hopefully enjoyed their time with us. The number included 21 first timers to our event, with some completing their first ever parkrun. Although as rare a sighting as a Red Squirrel, it was lovely to see the Andover parkrun Event Directors past and present, Jon Simmonds and Simon Eggington running together.

Congratulations to Maggie Fettes on completing her 100th parkrun and to Andy Low and Craig Kennedy for their 50th. Lovely new milestone shirts have been well earned. Happy Birthday to Charlie, who decided to celebrate by running the parkrun wearing a shark outfit. Presumably it was just hanging in the wardrobe, waiting for a momentous occasion such as this. It is a shame that Charlie did not have the “Jaws” theme blaring out of a mobile device, as it would have made the people in front him run faster.

The parkrun this week was made possible by the below volunteers.

Ian OLDACRE • Sandra BLOWERS • Chris PLUMMER • Graham COOK • Matthew JEFFERY • David CLEGHORN • Julie JACOBS • Kelly STOKES • Jayne FLEMING • Lucy OTTLEY • Carolyn THOMSON EASTER • Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER • Shaun WILDGOOSE • Deborah ASKEW • Claire COLLIER • Bas JACOBS • Kerry WARDELL • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Kyle BECKETT • Rebecca MCCOY • Abi WOOLASTON • Paris JONATHAN • Rebecca PRIDE • Amelie OTHMAN • Yana OTHMAN • Devon STEWART • Zacharius BURTON

It was another winning performance by everyone involved and it was particularly lovely to have a large number of Marshals, shouting encouragement. I hope that everyone enjoyed the sight of Batman himself, Colin Stokes on the bridge, showing the way. If you can support us in volunteering, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at andoverhelpers@parkrun.com.

The conditions today resulted in 62 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

Next Saturday we have a pacer day, where some volunteers will be running to a specific time (e.g. 30 mins). This is a great way for you to try to beat that previous PB or set a fastest time for the year, should you wish to have a go. We will announce the pacers and times designated during the week.

Also, next Saturday, we will be visited by the Recycling Stars team. They will be there to answer any recycling questions you may have and they also encourage anybody to bring along any unwanted sports clothes or shoes (and any other clothes or shoes if you have them). These will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Lots to look forward to. See you next Saturday

Lewis

 

Run Report Event 441

Andover parkrun #441 – 14 September 2019

What a lovely Saturday for a parkrun. 359 of you joined us in the surprising September sunshine for the two-lap run, jog or walk around Charlton Lakes. The conditions were almost perfect if it hadn’t had been so hot by the end! There was little breeze and the rain that had been out in force earlier in the week, fortunately stayed away. Congratulations to Mike Webber, who came in first for the first time in 18:34 and Abi Woolaston who was first female in 19:01.

We were joined by a number of tourists from Chichester, Harlow, Salisbury and Norwich and 29 first timers. Welcome to Andover parkrun and we hope to see you again soon. Having touristed elsewhere, believe me when I tell you that Andover is one of the best parkruns around. We are fortunate that we do not have things called hills incorporated into our 5k, like some others.

Even though it was warm, 54 of you achieved PBs (personal bests). Special congratulations to 12 year old Joshua Rodwell who earned his 50 parkrun milestone t-shirt. Thank you to his family who provided us with fruit and cakes afterwards to celebrate his achievement. It was a pleasure to chat to Joshua’s Dad to find out about the positive impact that parkrun has had on their family life and how much Joshua enjoys it. Having a child of the same age myself who can’t get up in time for parkrun, I take my hats off to all children who participate week in week out.

Talking of children, it was particularly noticeable this week how many children were assisting with the volunteering. All of them were greeting the parkrunners with smiles, hi-fives and words of encouragement, which is always very much appreciated (especially when you feel like you are flagging). Rebekah Searle, was one of them who yesterday celebrated her 50th volunteering stint. Special thanks to all of our 26 volunteers: Ian BEVERIDGEZacharius BURTONDavid CLEGHORNGraham COOKAlice CORNEYAndrea DASHWOODChristopher EDWARDSAnn EGGINGTONSimon EGGINGTONJulia FITZPATRICKJayne FLEMINGEmmeline FRYEROliver FRYERBas JACOBSParis JONATHANKaren KILWORTHClaire MCGILVRAYAnna MCGILVRAYAmelie OTHMANJack SEARLERaymond SEARLEChristina SEARLERebekah SEARLEKelly STOKESColin STOKESShaun WILDGOOSE. If you would like to volunteer at a future parkrun, please email: andoverhelpers@parkrun.com. New volunteers are always welcome and training is provided.

There are many parkrunners who have milestones coming up next weekend so we look forward to seeing you and everyone else next parkrun day, formerly known as Saturday.

Have a good week.

Julia

 

Andover parkrun 437

Run Report – Andover parkrun 17/08/2019

We were very lucky with the weather today. After the filthy recent conditions, bright sunshine greeted the 381 glorious runners and walkers at Andover. The number included 44 first timers to our event, with some completing their first ever parkrun. I hope that everyone had a good time and I enjoyed talking with several tourists that had lovely things to say about their visit. Positive feedback is always appreciated.

Congratulations to the young Harrison’s, Jack and Charley on completing their 10th parkruns. Well done to Pete Harrison for stage managing the situation so well. Congratulations also to parkrun tourist James Rodliff, who ran his 50th parkrun with us today.

The parkrun this week was made possible by the below volunteers.

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Graham COOK • Roger BURROWS • Julie JACOBS • Helen JUDE • Linda BARTON • Ann EGGINGTON • Gemma MERRITT • Juliette WARBURTON • Kathleen MOORE • Jane DYSON • Bas JACOBS • Rebekah SEARLE • Kirsty MARCHMENT • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY • Trevor LEWIS • Devon STEWART

It was a flawless performance by everyone involved and it makes the Run Director role an easy one. I would like to mention Beccy and Charlie McCoy, who shadowed me throughout the morning. I do like an audience, so I hope that I did not milk it too much. Beccy and Charlie recently joined the RD team at Andover and were preparing for their first parkrun in charge, which will be on 31st August. I am sure that they will do a brilliant job. If you can support us in volunteering, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at andoverhelpers@parkrun.com.

The conditions today resulted in 43 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

May everyone wallow in loveliness until next Saturday

 

Lewis

 

8th Birthday Run report

Run report – Andover Parkrun #433
Happy 8th Birthday Andover Parkrun
What an honour it is, to write my first run report on Andover's birthday; I hope I don’t let you down as the bar has been set very high!
Well there ain’t no party like a parkrun party. Thank you to those who celebrated in true party style by dressing up for the occasion. The person dressed as a shaggy dog must have been pleased that the temperature was slightly cooler today , running in that costume!
So Andover Parkrun started 8 years ago today. Thank goodness that it did because it has brought so much to our local community over the years. Dame Kelly Holmes echoed that in the BBC programme “The Power of Parkrun" on Monday night when she emphasised the positive effects of Parkrun on people's mental wellbeing as well as the physical benefits. Andover has always been so welcoming, whether you are 10 years old or 95, or run it in 17 mins or walk it in an hour. Parkrun is for everyone and certainly becomes a way of life every Saturday at 9am. I personally wouldn't be without it now.
Andover Parkrun now attracts considerably more people than it did back in 2011, when around 100 people would turn up every week. In the 432 events, 8,789 people have pounded around Charlton Lakes and there have been weeks where over 400 pairs of feet have completed our two lap course.
So today the birthday 2019 honours were as follows:
Volunteers of the year: Bas Jacobs and Colin Stokes
Junior volunteer of the year: Rebekah Searle
Parkrunners of the year: Becky and Charlie McCoy
Junior parkrunner of the year: Toby Brawn
Today, 391 people walked, ran or jogged the course. The rain that had been threatening us all week held off and it was much cooler than the past few very hot Saturdays (although the sun did make an appearance). This must have helped 38 of you to achieve PBs this week – well done to you.
Andover welcomed 29 first timers this week. We hope that it is your first parkrun of many. Before you know it, you'll be reaching a milestone like these did today. Congratulations to Jo Craggs (250), Roger Bertram (100), Kate Finlayson (50) and Grace Davis (10). We look forward to seeing you wearing your milestone t-shirts soon. A special mention also goes to Rosie Davies who visited the Andover course today before her own 2pm wedding!
And last but by no means least, special thanks to the 27 volunteers that made today happen: (infact where would we be without these very special people cheering us on, setting up the course, processing the results, scanning barcodes etc?):
Ian BEVERIDGE, Wendy BEVERIDGE, Zacharius BURTON, Karen BURTON, David CLEGHORN, Jennie COOK, Graham COOK, Ann EGGINGTON, Simon EGGINGTON, Julia FITZPATRICK, Jez HOLMAN, Bas JACOBS, Paris JONATHAN, Lewis JONES, Julie KALTON, Maurice KING, Amelie OTHMAN, Rebekah SEARLE, Jack SEARLE, Colin STOKES, Matthew THOMAS, Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER, Carolyn THOMSON EASTER, Kathleen WEYERS, Harper WILLIAMSON, Craig WILLIAMSON, Lorraine WOODTHORPE
Enjoy your week and see you next Saturday (unless you're on holiday nowhere near a parkrun like me – I won’t make that mistake again!)
Julia

 

Event 431- Run Report

A very warm and sunny parkrun morning saw 392 runners and walkers complete our two lap course. Thank you to our incredible team of volunteers who all did a fantastic job.

A warm welcome to the 23 first timers to Andover, if you were visiting or it was your first parkrun ever, I hope you enjoyed it and will be back soon.

The warm conditions didn't stop 41 of you recording a personal best, congratulations.

We had a number of milestones reached, Robert Cliffe his 250 green t-shirt, Jemima Drummond, Jasper Valler and Thom Huggins their 50 red t-shirt, and Oscar Gailer his white junior 10 t-shirt. Congratulations all of you.

Andover parkrun is run 100% by volunteers and we really appreciate every one of you. If you have never volunteered give it a go, all the roles are straight forward and enjoyable. We understand how important peoples run is on a Saturday morning but there are still some roles you can do both, course set up and check, tail walker, token sorting or write a run report . You can view the volunteer roster at www.parkrun.org.uk/andover/futureroster and send us a message when you would like to volunteer and what role you would like to do.

We are now just two Saturdays away from our 8th birthday, I hope you can all make it on the 20th July.

See you next week.

Simon

 

 

 

 

Andover parkrun 430

Run Report – Andover parkrun 29/06/2019

What an absolute scorcher. 24 degrees greeted the magnificent 362 runners and walkers on Saturday and continued to rise during the event. A few people commented that it was the hottest Andover parkrun that they could remember. There won’t be many runs like this, so I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience.

There were many t-shirt milestones today. Congratulations to Leigh Drummond and Nick Wall on completing their 50th parkruns. Kathleen Weyers and Jenny Casson ran their 100th (well done to the BADAS.SS team for their white glove tribute). Dougie Brisco joined the 250 club and celebrated by providing 400 satsumas, a table and a bin to put the peelings in, which was a nice touch. Kathleen also brought chocolates, so there was a nice variety for the finished runners to choose from. I hope that everyone looks forward to the relevant coloured shirt that they have earned.

The parkrun this week was made possible by the below volunteers.

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Sheila OLDACRE • Sandra BLOWERS • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • David CLEGHORN • Margaret JONES • Kelly STOKES • Helen JUDE • Alice CORNEY • Ann EGGINGTON • Kathleen MOORE • Tracy GREEN • Trevor LEWIS • Armelle BRYANT • Amelie OTHMAN

It was another terrific performance from all concerned and it was lovely to have some first-time volunteers, who I hope enjoyed that side of parkrun. If you can support us, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at andoverhelpers@parkrun.com.

The heat resulted in some sensible running, but there were still 27 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

Our birthday parkrun will take place on 20th July, which means that there are 2 more opportunities to beat your best time this year. See you on Saturday.

 

Lewis

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