Alices in parkrunland

 
The Takeover

Back in August last year we were asked by Alice James if it might be possible to organise a volunteer takeover of one of our parkruns by staff members of the North Bristol NHS Trust. How could we say “no”? Today saw Alice’s idea come to fruition, and what a great success it turned out to be!

North Bristol NHS Trust is the largest hospital trust in the South West. The Trust provides acute, specialist, maternity and outpatient services at both Southmead and Cossham Hospitals. Providing all these services requires a huge number of people, all with different skills, interests and abilities, who all have one common passion – our health and well-being. Where would we be without such people?

Over 20 of them volunteered to help make today’s parkrun happen, and all of us at Ashton Court parkrun are grateful to them for doing so. Many of their colleagues and friends came along to take part. Lots of these volunteers and participants had never been to parkrun before and I hope that some of them at least are inspired to make parkrun a regular thing.
 
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Ivan Kisyov hands out finish tokens with a big broad smile, as Alice James and Olivia Donnelly look on (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Alices in parkrunland

Our Run Directors this morning were Alice, Alice and Alice. We’ve seen 89 different Alices take part in our parkrun, although it wasn’t until our 25th event that we saw the 1st one. The 5th Alice was Alice Doggrell, who joined us at our 75th parkrun and has now run here 236 times. Alice James was the 7th Alice to come along, to our 80th event. Alice J has run here 5 times, a number which will begin to grow now that she’s made her home here in Bristol. Our 11th Alice, Alice Irwin, first came along to our 153rd event. Alice I has run here 35 times now, having also – like Alice J – spent a lot of time since that first visit away from Bristol.

Last week at our 441st parkrun we welcomed Alice number 89, Alice Hall from Cardiff parkrun. Today no Alices took part in the run, nor (to my dismay) did anyone visit us from Alice Holt parkrun.

Meanwhile, devotees of AA Milne may like to know that although we enjoyed the company of 4 Christophers and 2 Robins this morning, Christopher Robin was not amongst our finishers. Which was probably just as well because by the time our Alices had wrapped the results up, the guard at Buckingham Palace had been changed for the day.
 
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One of the morning's 4 Christophers is on the left - Christopher Elliott - not on the way to Buckingham Palace. Neither was Ben Jefferson alongside him (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Association Football news

4-4-2 was the formation we deployed today and up front we were led by Gavin Dale and Claire Hammett, who both achieved pbs.

Our swashbuckling midfield comprised debutant David Pudner in the 347 shirt, Peter Burns (wearing 351), Kathryn Ayres (352) and Neville Taylor (353). Excellent performances in particular from Kathryn and Neville who also both achieved a new best time.

The back four did particularly well, given that they were a makeshift quartet put together at the last moment. I was one of the four and Tail Walker 2, Emma Stanley, another. Emma had made one appearance while on loan to Eastville parkrun a fortnight ago, and this was her first time at her home event.

Between Emma and I were Sarah Jane Tucker and Laura Kate Steward, and we’re grateful to Walsall Arboretum parkrun for lending Sarah and Laura to us this morning and hope they enjoyed their away day. You’ll have noticed that I’m the odd one out of quartet as my name doesn’t end in ‘a’.
 
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Sarah Tucker and Laura Seward, on loan from Walsall Arboretum parkrun (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Staying with Association Football, a number of us were concerned that the appearance of a pirate ship in the sky so close to Ashton Gate might be seen as a little provocative, especially given the amount of hot air that accompanies footie these days. Fortunately, Captain Morgan’s rise and fall passed without incident! (For those unfamiliar with the area, Ashton Gate is home to Bristol City. Their rivals Bristol Rovers are sometimes known as “The Pirates”).
 
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Here's the pirate ship Captain Morgan in flight, with Bristol City's home of Ashton Gate in the left background (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
The parkrun

We’ve never had so many pairs of feet cross our finish line as we did today. Before today our largest number of finishers was 678 – now it’s 698! Of those 698, 62 were taking part in their very first parkrun. Another 84 had run a parkrun before, but this was their first time at Ashton Court. Unfortunately, 98 finishers didn’t have a barcode with them, and of the remaining 454 who did have a barcode, 108 finished faster at Ashton Court than they ever had before.
 
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Now we know what 698 parkrunners looks like (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Rosie Hattersley’s personal best was especially significant, because her time of 19:11 moved her up from being the 29th fastest ever female here to the 15th.

I’ve already mentioned 1st female finisher Claire Hammett’s pb. Despite improving her time Claire remains our 9th fastest female, but her Ashton Court pb is now equal to that of four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion Chrissie Wellington. Now there’s an incentive for Claire to chip at least another second from her pb!
 
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This is Rosie Hattersley, on her way to becoming our 15th fastest female ever (photo: Pete Davey)
 
I can’t possibly mention all the pbs, but I do like Steve Dyke’s style in reducing his best by just 1 second! But imagine the anxious moments waiting for the results to be published!

Joe Butler has run so many pbs in recent months that I almost don’t need to check. I don’t know how Joe spent his summer holiday but since August 31st he’s run here on 12 occasions and has achieved 10 pbs. Today saw an 8 second improvement down to 20:36.

Tom Farman celebrated his 99th parkrun with a significant pb, beating 20 minutes for the first time, improving from 21:17 to 19:27.
 
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In the middle of this synchronised trio is Tom Farman, flying to his pb. Tim Ginns leads the way and James Leith is close behind. When they finished their order was reversed, and James had also beaten 20 minutes here for the first time. Gerard Watson is on the left in the 250 t-shirt, taking part in his 50th Ashton Court parkrun (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Emily Tanner moved from 33:25 to 32:56, and Arusha Preece improved from 27:22 to 26:07, while Paul Turner took his best down from 22:27 to 21:58.

One of our juniors, Ishmael Bradley, improved from 20:33 to 19:30 and in fact it’s great to see so many juniors improving. Dylan Peters, Luca Salt, Martha Harrison, Luke Staddon, Ffion Allen, Ruby Priscott and Arthur Allen are all juniors who achieved pbs today.
 
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Pb-tastic Arusha Preece is all in grey, on the right (photo: Pete Davey)
 
We enjoy milestone runs at Ashton Court just as much personal bests. Today we saw Isla Shipway, another of our juniors, run her 10th parkrun. Sally Derrick completed her 50th parkrun, and Jennifer Griggs her 100th. It takes at least 5 years of park running to complete 250 parkruns, and 3 parkrunners did so today. Maggie Salter, Sean Gregory and James Hawke all reached the magic 250 parkrun mark, while Marie Malloy finished her 350th parkrun exactly 350 days after her 300th!
 
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Jennifer Griggs is on the right, running her 100th parkrun, Sally Burns is to the left with Amelia Jephson in-between. Katriel Costello is following (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Mike McBeth ran his 150th Ashton Court parkrun, and Gerard Watson ran here for the 50th time

Congratulations to everyone who achieved a new personal best or completed a milestone run. Now on to your next one!
 
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Going a little bit bonkers in the middle of the shot is Maggie Salter! And why not? It's not every day you run your 250th parkrun after all! (photo: Pete Davey)
 
While I’m patting people on the back, how about those 62 brand new parkrunners? From 5th finisher Nick Pestell to Kath Kaboutian in 693rd, they all came along and tried something new on a Saturday morning. Having kept Kath company for the final kilometre I know how much she enjoyed herself, and I hope the other 61 newcomers did so too.
 
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First time parkrunner, and first time volunteer - tail walker Kath Kaboutian had a great morning (photo: Pete Davey)
 
84 parkrunners visiting us for the first time would be a lot on a summer Saturday morning, so to see so many in January came as quite a surprise.

For example, Owen Spacie, Simon Hughes, Felicity Brooks, Danny Corder and Tomos Rees popped across from Cardiff parkrun. Newport parkrun’s Chelsea Dennison and Peter Olivier weren’t quite so far from home.

Anna Lord, Claire Fleming and Lucy and Robbie Chandler came along from Lydiard parkrun (the parkrun formerly known as Swindon). Jo Kingston and Sam Cliffe came to see us from Bushy Park parkrun, where it all began.

As an East Yorkshireman I have to mention our first ever visitor from Beverley Westwood parkrun, Benjamin Blacker.
 
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Here's Marie Malloy after 349½ parkruns. Baby Alice, sleeping soundly in her papoose is probably the youngest person out on the course, while close behind is Jan Moody, the 2nd oldest participant, in her 25th parkrun (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Furthest from home was Madeleine Woods, all the way from Sydney’s St Peters parkrun, and the winner of this week’s “What took you so long” award (no prize, it’s just for fun) is Akshay Kumar Joshi, from one of my favourite events, Bedfont Lakes parkrun, who had run 211 parkruns elsewhere before coming along to Ashton Court.
 
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Mike McBeth's the one in the 100 club t-shirt, running here for the 150th time. In the Bristol 10k top is Nicola Stephen, on her way to a 5th pb in her last 6 runs at Ashton Court (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Finally, it was nice to meet and have a brief chat with Leonie Roberts and Andre van Mierlo from Cwmbran parkrun. Andre is a Dutchman, this was his 1st parkrun, and of course later this year (29th of February in fact) the Netherlands will become the 22nd country in the parkrun family.

And what a family we are! Full of smiles, full of surprises, full of encouragement and compassion. Thank you everyone who came along today and helped make our parkrun number 442 so successful.
 
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Another look at the Captain's stern, and indeed those of many of our first-timers as they listen to Poppy's first-time briefing (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Have a great week, and wherever you are at 9 o’clock next Saturday, may your barcode be with you.
 

Report by Rich Kenington, born in the NHS
 

Many thanks to the fabulous team of volunteers who made this week's event happen. Although our parkrun has a great crowd of enthusiastic volunteers we're always looking out for more people to join the team and spread the load, and if you'd like to sign up as a volunteer, we'd love to have you. Please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via "manage my profile" on any result or newsletter email) and contact AshtonCourtHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help.

Don't forget to follow us on these news pages, on Twitter (@ashtonctparkrun) or on Facebook (Ashton Court parkrun) for the latest news and information. You can also find us on Instagram too, where we try to post something a little different from time to time.

This week’s full results are at the top of the table here with links to all our age group records and heaps of other statty stuff.

Pete Davey took a load of great photos on his way round the course. You'll find them here on our Google Photos pages. We also have a library of our parkrun photos here in our Flickr group.

 

Slip slidin’ away . .

 
It was a chilly start to the 3rd Ashton Court parkrun of the decade, with temperatures a little above freezing, but that didn’t stop 640 of you lining up at the start line. After a great run briefing delivered by our youngest ever run director, Poppy, we were off!
 
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A chilly briefing . . (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Despite the blue skies and sunshine, the paths at the beginning of the course were really icy, so lots of parkrunners hopped onto the grassy section to avoid slipping and sliding. As soon as we had passed the giant stone head, the sun had melted the ice so we had a more straightforward path up to the top.
 
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Furthest from home today was Ray Wales, seen here alongside Punyawee Dulyayangkul. Ray's home event is Sandon Point parkrun in Wollongong, a little way south of Sydney. Ray has run 175 of his 192 parkruns at Sandon Point, while Punyawee has run all her 32 parkruns here at Ashton Court (photo: Dan Jones)
 
My favourite bit of Ashton Court parkrun is just after the turnaround point. Firstly, you know it’s downhill practically all the way back and secondly, the view! It’s days like these that remind me how lucky I am to have Ashton Court on my doorstep. The view at the top of the hill today was absolutely beautiful and you could see for miles. I have to say that as far as beautiful views go during a parkrun, Ashton Court is definitely in my top 5! My other notable parkruns for views are Penrhyn, Eden Project, Swansea Bay and Pegwell Bay.
 
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Alex Hamblin, Duncan Hamilton and Rhys Smith, who would finish 1st, 4th and 2nd. All 3 achieved pbs: Alex beating 18 minutes here for the first time, and both Duncan and Rhys going under 19 minutes for the first time.

To confirm Fran's remark that you can see for miles, there's a plume of smoke in the left centre of the photo, and above it on the horizon is a line of trees. From where this photo was taken to those trees is a little over 17k! Just beyond the trees is, appropriately, Freezinghill Lane, one of the roads between Bath Racecourse and the A420 road (photo: Dan Jones)
 
Our first male finisher of the day way was Alex Hamblin who crossed the finish line in a PB time of 17:53. A further 56 of you achieved parkrun PBs today, pretty amazing considering the icy conditions, so who knows which speedy PBs you will get without the ice! Our first female finisher was Claire Hammett in a time of 20:21. A special mention must also go to our 44 brand new first timers. We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you all again!
 
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On the left is one of the morning's 44 brand new parkrunners, Michelle Verity. On the right is one of the results' 88 unknowns. Hope we see you both again soon, and both with barcodes! (photo: Dan Jones)
 
Many congratulations to the following parkrunners who all achieved their 50th parkruns today; James Saget, Graeme McAllister, Tracey Vincent and Nic Mansell. We hope you enjoy wearing your new red 50 t-shirts! Although not an official milestone, congratulations also go to Catriona Scott who achieved her 150th parkrun today.
 
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In the middle of the photo with the yellow trim to his shorts is James Saget, enjoying his 50th parkrun (photo: Dan Jones)
 
It seems that come rain or shine, Ashton Court parkrun just keeps on growing. January is usually the busiest time of the parkrun calendar for obvious reasons and Ashton Court is no exception. In fact, since Ashton Court started nearly 9 years ago, the attendance records for the third Saturday of the year has nearly quintupled from 130 in 2012 to 640 in 2020. The graph below shows how much our wonderful parkrun has grown in popularity.
 
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(graphic: Fran Upshon)
 
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Paul Jefferson has run at Ashton Court on the 3rd Saturday of the year on 6 occasions. This morning was the 250th time Paul's run here at home. Paul's just behind Evan Griffiths, running his 23rd parkrun and his 9th at Ashton Court (photo: Dan Jones)
 
A huge thanks to all the lovely volunteers who made sure that our event could run today and thanks also to the tail walkers who made sure that we all made it back home safely.
 
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Tail Walkers Michalis Sanidas and Rich Kenington with some more first time parkrunners, who unfortunately didn't have their barcodes with them. But we know they will next time! (photo: Dan Jones)
 
 
Report by Fran Upshon, p457
 
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Here's run report writer Fran Upshon on the right, in her 252nd parkrun, alongside Sara Vajda, who was parkrunning for the very first time (photo: Dan Jones)
 

Many thanks to the fabulous team of volunteers who made this week's event happen. Although our parkrun has a great crowd of enthusiastic volunteers we're always looking out for more people to join the team and spread the load, and if you'd like to sign up as a volunteer, we'd love to have you. Please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via "manage my profile" on any result or newsletter email) and contact AshtonCourtHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help.

Don't forget to follow us on these news pages, on Twitter (@ashtonctparkrun) or on Facebook (Ashton Court parkrun) for the latest news and information. You can also find us on Instagram too, where we try to post something a little different from time to time.

This week’s full results are at the top of the table here with links to all our age group records and heaps of other statty stuff.

Dan Jones took some wonderful photos of today's brilliantly bright parkrun, and they're on our Flickr pages. You'll find them, together with all our other photos, by following this link.

 

It was a grey, dull day but there was still lots to smile about.

 

A grey and blustery morning didn’t put off 635 walkers, joggers and runners from turning out at Ashton Court this morning. It’s actually the lowest attended parkrun of the 2020s – but only by 6. And it’s the fourth highest ever attendance, so it’s not too shabby!

 

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Definitely a grey day and plenty of wind to contend with, but as you can see from Rachel's photos, that didn't deter this determined bunch of runners, joggers & walkers! (photo: Rachel Forbes)

 

111 people were doing Ashton Court for the first time, and 36 of them were doing their first ever parkruns. 90 people got PBs, but we should all be proud of ourselves for turning up! Well done to everyone.

 

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It was a particularly large crowd of first timers and visitors to Ashton Court paying full attention to Liz Hill's first timer briefing. And well done to all those folks getting a PB - sadly too many to mention here but I (Editor!) was particularly pleased when handing out finish tokens to hear the whoop of delight from Emily Tanner as she crossed the finish line! Well done all.(photo: Rachel Forbes)

 

I volunteered as a Tail Walker this morning – the first time I’d ever done that role, after a handful of marshalling stints in the past. It was the first time I’d ever walked a parkrun, too, and I can thoroughly recommend it. You get that much longer to chat to and cheer on your fellow parkrunners, and to soak up all the wonderful parkrun vibes. (Top tip: If you like the parkrun vibes you get from running, you’ll love the parkrun vibes you get from volunteering.)

 

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We are always very grateful to all our wonderful volunteers and special thanks to Tom Moriarty for tail walking as well as writing the report this week. Sadly we don't have a pic of Tom, but here is a lovely photo of the other tail walkers, David Braithwaite with one of our fabulous young Duke of Edinburgh volunteers (fortunately, we don't think you normally grow your own tail if you carry out this role as many times as David has!!) (photo: Rachel Forbes)

 

And when you walk you get more time to appreciate your surroundings, too - I’ve done nearly fifty different parkruns in the last couple of years, but Ashton Court is no doubt one of the most scenic. (My home parkrun is Eastville, but as lovely as the lake is, it doesn’t quite compare.) I run through Ashton Court quite often, and usually take it for granted that I have such a beautiful place on my inner-city doorstep. Not so today!

 

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We can see for miles and miles even on the greyest of days. (photo: Rachel Forbes)

 

Congratulations to Cathryn Butler and Katie Richards, who were both running their 50th parkruns. Edward Maule and Max Fullman ran their 10th parkruns– well done! All four of them now qualify for t-shirts. They don't get a t-shirt, but congratulations also go to Jennifer Owsley and Pete May who both ran their 200th parkruns today!

 

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Here we have Cathryn Butler clearly enjoying her 50th parkrun in the centre of the photo with Sandra Tanner to her right and apologies to the unknown runner on her left.(photo: Rachel Forbes)

 

James Nutt was our first finisher. He came past me well before I reached the top of the first hill, looking very comfortable. A minute or so behind him came Craig Pilkington and Nathan Wilkins, Tanya Chowdhury, Jo Temple and Kerry Firth were the first three female finishers. Anne Dockery topped the Age Grade rankings for the second week running.

 

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I'm afraid our male front runners were a tad too speedy for our photographer but she managed to capture Tanya Chowdhury making her way up our lovely hill. (photo: Rachel Forbes)

 

My fellow Tail Walker David Braithwaite swept us all up in 53:44. Thanks to Dave for taking me under his wing (or should that be tail?) and showing me the ropes of the role. Thanks to all the 30 lovely volunteers for keeping us safe, for keeping the tokens sorted and for making sure that we were all able to get our Saturdays off to the best possible start.

 

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Here we have a number of our fabulous volunteers still clearly having a great time waiting for the final few parkrunners and the tail walkers. Thank you (from left to right) Sally Marsh, Emma Coles, Bill Lawrence and Tony Myers (photo: Rachel Forbes)

 

Report by Tom Moriarty

 

Many thanks to the fabulous team of volunteers who made this week’s event happen. Although AC parkrun has a great crowd of enthusiastic volunteers we're always looking out for more people to join the team and spread the load, and if you’d like to sign up as a volunteer, we’d love to have you. Please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via ‘manage my profile’ on any result or newsletter email) and contact AshtonCourtHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help.

Don’t forget to follow us on these news pages, on Twitter (@ashtonctparkrun) or on Facebook (Ashton Court parkrun) for the latest news and information. You can also find us on Instagram too, where we try to post something a little different from time to time.

This week’s full results are at the top of the tablehere with links to all our age group records and heaps of other statty stuff.

Rachel Forbes took our photos this weekend, and you can find them, together with our entire photo archive, by following this link (or this one if viewing on an iOS device).

 

It started at the white line………

A new year, a new decade and 103 parkrunners new to Ashton Court this morning, 43 taking part for the very first time.
641 parkrunners, 33 volunteers and associated supporters happily congregated, chattering away, smiling, laughing and greeting each other with the affectionate New Year enthusiasm that embraces friends and strangers alike.

Run directors Paul Hodges and Elena Nikou delayed the briefing to ensure that everyone held up in the car park managed to get to the start. There were murmurings amongst the volunteers of perhaps a record number of parkrunners, however it was just the third biggest attendance at Ashton Court!

With the whistle going and everyone beginning their journey up the hill, the extra long finish tunnel was assembled in haste. There was a slight feeling of trepidation but also excitement amongst the volunteers around the finish area with the thought of the masses descending back down the hill and stampeding towards the finish line!

With everything ready there was a little time for a bit of fun and frivolity amongst the volunteers. This is what makes volunteering so worthwhile, meeting, talking and laughing with people, whilst helping to stage an event which benefits all - what better way to begin the weekend!

Timekeepers were poised and ready to click as runners crossed the finish line. One of these three were tasked with operating the photo stopwatch, an asset invaluable when it comes to producing accurate results.

There was a short period when the funnel became very congested, however runners were patient, timekeepers kept clicking, funnel managers kept people in order and finish token hander-outers could not have been any quicker. Barcode scanners completed the procedure and everyone was happy!

What was so very heart warming was to have some of the regular AC parkrunners finish their run and then step straight into a volunteer role to keep the process moving - thank you all!

Exactly 52 minutes and 19 seconds after the start, tail walker Karis Higgins crossed the line to become the last finisher at position 641.

How amazing that this weekly event run by volunteers is organised, assembled and packed away without trace in less than three hours. A parkrun? Where? Nobody would ever know!

Apart from the white line.........

In other news.........

First finisher was Arthur Dickson Bell finishing at the front for the third time in his third parkrun at AC but also achieving a pb of 17.30 knocking 5 seconds off his previous best time here!

Naomi Aylwin was the first female to finish in a time of 21.06.

Stephen Bartlett on his first visit finished third in a time of 18.26 also achieving the best age grade of the morning with 81.28%.

Anne Dockery fresh from her 50th parkrun here last week, returned to achieve the highest female age grade with 80.50%.

Congratulations to Wilfred Middleton on his first ever parkrun finishing in 32nd place in 20.50.

Just behind Wilfred in 34th place was Joseph Butler in a time of 20.54, equalling his pb of the previous week. In his last 9 runs at AC he has achieved 7 pbs!

Junior runner Lee Clementine on her first ever parkrun finished in 116th place with a time of 24.00.

Valerie Gates wins this weeks ‘what took you so long’ award (no prize, it’s just for fun!) visiting AC for the first time and completing her 324th parkrun in position 326 in a time of 28.28. Most of Valerie’s runs have been at Brighton and Hove parkrun.

With it being the first parkrun of the year I was hoping that someone would finish on 20.20, thank you Jon Higgins for delivering that wish!

Parkrun is all about inclusiveness and it is amazing how many families come along each week to take part together, whether by running or volunteering. One such family being the Stuart Hunts. Mum Fiona and daughter Ottilie both finishing with a time of 29.08, closely followed by other daughter Olivia at 29.13 and Dad Alastair at 29.14. The family are accompanied by their enthusiastic dog!

Robert Brown a regular AC runner and volunteer will be delighted to achieve a pb on his 121st parkrun in a time of 26.00.

I hope Rosie Pike and Kennedy Meredith both enjoyed their first visit to AC and first ever parkrun finishing together in 41.03 and will be back again soon.

Congratulations to Hugo Stramrood who not only was volunteering for the 25th time but as a tail walker swept everyone along efficiently and in doing so achieved a new pb of 52.18 taking off 51 seconds from his pb of last week!

Many thanks to all the RUNNERS who took part - without you the VOLUNTEERS would not have so much fun!

 

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There wasn't a photographer this week, but here is a lovely shot of the start from last week! (photo: Prem Chadeesingh)

 

Report by Louise Nikou

 

Many thanks to the fabulous team of volunteers who made this week’s event happen. Although AC parkrun has a great crowd of enthusiastic volunteers we're always looking out for more people to join the team and spread the load, and if you’d like to sign up as a volunteer, we’d love to have you. Please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via ‘manage my profile’ on any result or newsletter email) and contact AshtonCourtHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help.

Don’t forget to follow us on these news pages, on Twitter (@ashtonctparkrun) or on Facebook (Ashton Court parkrun) for the latest news and information. You can also find us on Instagram too, where we try to post something a little different from time to time.

This week’s full results are at the top of the tablehere with links to all our age group records and heaps of other statty stuff.

We did not have a photographer this weekend, but you can find our entire photo archive to date, by following this link (or this one if viewing on an iOS device).

 

It’s parkrunday again…Already!! YAY!!

 

At least it was not raining for Ashton Court’s 438th parkrun this morning. It was a bit chilly but 466 runners braved the run after the Christmas festivities of eating and being merry. We saw visitors from South Africa, Jersey and North Wales.

68 runners were undertaking their first ever parkrun, we hope they weren’t put off by the hills and hopefully they will return for their second parkrun soon. Amongst the 466 runners there was a collection of dogs and buggies who were all eager to get up the hill.

Congratulations to the landmark runners; Hayley Fitzgerald (happy birthday Hayley), Dan Hooper, Alexander Matheson, Michalis Sanidas and Anne Dockery were celebrating their 50th parkrun. Rebecca Law and Victoria Hine-Haycock were celebrating their 100th parkrun, Greg Turner his 150th parkrun, Andrew Archer 250th and Ben Swift 350th parkruns. Well done to them all by achieving a fantastic amount of parkruns.

It was surprising as not long after the whistle blew, we could see the first pack of runners on the brow of the first hill. This wasn’t surprising as Conor Kissane-Wood came in first at a whopping 16:38 his own personal best and I think could be the fastest we have seen at Ashton Court with David Eagon just behind on 16:43 again another personal best. Nick Shasha was third at 18:03. Well done to the front runners.

In fact, Ashton Court this week had 51 personal bests so well done to all of you.
The first junior was Matthew Cooper who was 36th past the line. Matthew was running his 4th park run with a time of 20:57 which was his personal best.

There was some family rivalry at the finishing line as adult runners were jostling to beat their mum, dad, sister or brother. About 5 or 6 runners tried to get through the finishing line all at once. Not great news for the time keepers trying to photograph them! Whilst dads and mums eagerly spurred on their kids to run to the finishing line and allowing them to beat them was heart-warming to watch.
This morning we also saw two babies cocooned to their mother’s chests in a baby harness, too young to have their own barcode but their mothers did well to cross the finish line.
Well done to everyone who finished, hope there wasn’t too many puddles and see you all in the New Year.

 

Editor's note: Congratulations to Conor on his PB and a super fast finishing time however he does have a little way to go yet to match the current male record holder for Ashton Court which is still Jarlath Mckenna in a very fast time of 15:46.
We should however mention Caroline Lavis who runs in the VW70-75 age category and that she ran a new PB on Saturday of 25:40 and has set a new Age Grade record for Ashton Court of 91.23%. Congratulations Caroline - that is just awesome!!

 

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We didn't have a photographer this week unfortunately but thought we would add one of Sarah's lovely photos from last week with all our runners listening patiently to the briefing before the off! (photo: Sarah Jones)

 

Report by Ann Hobbs

 

Many thanks to the fabulous team of volunteers who made this week’s event happen. Although AC parkrun has a great crowd of enthusiastic volunteers we're always looking out for more people to join the team and spread the load, and if you’d like to sign up as a volunteer, we’d love to have you. Please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via ‘manage my profile’ on any result or newsletter email) and contact AshtonCourtHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help.

Don’t forget to follow us on these news pages, on Twitter (@ashtonctparkrun) or on Facebook (Ashton Court parkrun) for the latest news and information. You can also find us on Instagram too, where we try to post something a little different from time to time.

This week’s full results are at the top of the tablehere with links to all our age group records and heaps of other statty stuff.

We did not have a photographer this weekend, but you can find our entire photo archive to date, by following this link (or this one if viewing on an iOS device).

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