Ashton Court parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(not)parkrun, week 02

 

parkrun’s recent (not)parkrun idea looks as if it might catch on, especially here at Ashton Court, which we’re delighted ~ if not surprised ~ to see.
 
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The (not)parkrun week runs from Monday to Sunday, and during week 1, 74 of us whose home parkrun is Ashton Court registered 114 (not)parkruns. By the end of week 2 on Sunday 28 June, 73 of us had posted 117 (not)parkruns.
 
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Of course during week 1 all 74 for of us were (not)parkrun first-timers, and in week 2, 50 of us returned and were joined by 23 (not)parkrun first-timers.
 
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19 of the 50 who returned during week 2 recorded faster times and are shown in the results with (not)parkrun pbs.
 
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Across the UK during week 1, 17,578 (not)parkruns were completed by 13,520 parkrunners. We were thrilled to see that our total of 114 (not)parkruns was the 4th highest recorded on behalf of any parkrun, not only in the UK but all over the world!
 
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The numbers rose a little during week 2, when 20,215 (not)parkruns were recorded by 15,094 parkrunners. This time we were 8th in the table, although we only missed 5th place by 5 (not)parkruns!
 
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Of particular interest to the Brocklesbys, Goudes and Keningtons of the world is that ahead of us are 2 parkruns in the East Riding, and 1 in Yorkshire’s capital city.

Hull parkrunners registered 162 (not)parkruns last week: those from Beverley Westwood registered 135, and those from York parkrun posted another 121. Hull and Beverley are only 7 miles apart, and York Racecourse is another 28 miles up the road from Beverley Westwood.
 
But I digress! Back here at home, Andrew Thomas leads the way, having registered 13 (not)parkruns by midnight on Sunday. Hard on his heels are Tim Carr with 12, Roger Brocklesby with 10, Louise Nikou with 8 and Marie Malloy with 7.
 
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In terms of times, not only has Paul Stuart recorded the fastest (not)parkrun time posted by an Ashton Court parkrunner of 20:02, he’s run that same time in both his (not)parkruns to-date. No pressure whatsoever then Paul, in week 3!

Shaun Popel’s recorded 20:22, Andrew Capel 20:27 and Marcus Kropacsy 20:40.
 
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Laura Piper leads the way for the females with 24:17, and the only other female to get below 25 minutes is Elena Thode Minguet, who recorded 24:30. Knocking on the sub 25 minute door are Janet O’Connell (25:13), Helen Sawyer (25:14), Marie Malloy (25:16) and Cathryn Hoffmann (25:36).
 
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Paul Stuart sits (panting, presumably) on top of the age-grade ladder, having recorded 73.63%. Twice!

Next is Janet O’Connell, who scored 71.78%, then Martin Gillett with 71.34%, Alan Wilcox (70.57%), Caroline Potter (69.92%) and Helen Sawyer (69.88%). Worth mentioning that Martin Gillett’s in the V75-79 age category, and his time was 28:09.
 
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Paul Stuart's achievement in completing both his (not)parkruns in the same time means of course that he missed out on a (not)parkrun pb by just 1 second, which meant that "only" 19 of the 50 returning (not)parkrunners recorded a faster time in week 2 than week 1. Congratulations to all of you!
 
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Flying feet uphill? No wonder Jane Duffus recorded a (not)pb on Saturday! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
There's a feeling around that while we're unable to run our own little parkrun with its hill in the middle, this is a good time to seek out 5k routes with no uphills involved. Perhaps a combination of flat and downhill, or better still, entirely downhill.

I found that this isn't as simple as it sounds, mostly because of the need to get to the top of whichever summit you've decided to tumble down, before you can commence tumbling. And having become used to 2½k downhill, when the final kilometre is flat it's hard work.

It's "fun" finding out though, and I know others have been more successful than me in employing gravity to finish faster!
 
Whether it's parkrun, not-parkrun or (not)parkrun, the main thing is that it's fun to walk and run. It's great to see 5 (not)parkrunners in our (not)results who haven't yet taken part in a parkrun, and I hope that whenever we are able to chase one another up and down the hill once more they'll come along and join us.

It's also been a nice surprise to see names like Niall Hoskin and Martin Brasher in these (not)results ~ parkrunners we've not see in real life for far too long and who we'd love to welcome back once this hiatus is behind us.
 
Of course no parkrun of any kind is complete without a Tail Walker, and so we must thank Melanie Young for unselfishly filling that role in both our (not)parkrun weeks.
 
Thank you all for joining in. Let's keep having parkrun/not-parkrun/(not)parkrun fun, keep safe and well, and carry on being socially sensible
 
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Ashton Court estate on Sunday evening (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
 

Report by Rich Kenington, 2 (not)parkruns last week | 5 (not)parkruns total

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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With just a few days left until the reopening of parkrun New Zealand it feels like we really are making excellent progress and, after fifteen Saturdays without a single parkrun anywhere in the world, this weekend we can all celebrate a great step forward.

Everyone has worked hard and waited patiently, and we can all be proud to be part of the wonderful, global, parkrun family.
 
Across the other 21 countries that host parkrun events, things are also changing rapidly. Since last week, for example, we’ve seen significant relaxations in the Netherlands and Australia. Of course, it’s not all positive though, and in the last 24 hours we’ve also seen localised lockdown in part of the UK.
 
We continue to follow global developments very closely, and every morning meet (virtually) to discuss where things are, what needs to be done to support parkrun communities right now, and what needs to be put in place so that we can reopen when the time is right.
 
We’ve held those meetings every single working day since lockdown started, and it’s very clear that, so far, things are moving in a positive direction and every day is a day closer to being back in our parks and open spaces, together.
 
However, we know that reopening our events (or keeping them closed) at a given time will be controversial in the eyes of some members of our community. Not because they’re wrong and we’re right, but because with a global family numbering seven million people there will be healthy differences of opinion.
 
We will each interpret information and risk differently, and faced with the same challenges we will each form different conclusions. As we look ahead therefore we expect that there could be a period of time where many people feel we should be open, when we’re not, but then a time when many people feel we shouldn’t be open, when we are. During that time we will be collaborative in our decision making, transparent with our reasoning, and take responsibility for our actions.
 
Thanks, as always, for your incredible parkrun passion.
 
We are getting through this, together.
 
Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 30 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 09 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 02 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 26 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 19 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 12 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 05 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 07 April
 
Previous updates were posted on one page which was revised whenever necessary as the situation worsened

Current position with regard COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events

2020-05-12 covid update

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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Over the last few months we’ve attempted to keep things as simple as possible, to focus on the critical tasks required, and to provide clarity around our decisions.

This week we’d like to take the opportunity to revisit part of our strategy for reopening parkrun.
 
As countries relax their respective lockdown restrictions we find situations where certain events could operate (legally and safely) but are having to wait for other events (that could be many thousands of miles away) to be in the same position.
 
For example, in Poland many (but not all) parkrun events have attendance records someway short of the 150 participant limit currently allowed by their Government.
 
Some states of Australia have relaxed restrictions such that parkrun could return, whilst this isn’t the case in other states. The Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and the Falkland Islands may be considered technically able to start, but the UK as a whole is some way from it being appropriate to relaunch our events.
 
Reopening specific regions within parkrun countries brings with it many complexities, not least the need to understand more localised public health guidance, respond accordingly, and ensure that we don’t create issues for neighbouring regions. As such, at this time, our policy remains that we will only open parkrun events where we can safely and appropriately open every event in that country.
 
We would particularly like to thank those events waiting patiently, and to assure them all that we are mindful of their situations and will continue to review our position on this as time progresses.
 
We are also being asked, across the UK, Ireland, and Australia, whether junior parkrun events (2k events on Sundays for those aged 4 to 14) could reopen before the Saturday 5k events. This is something we’ve looked at closely and, whilst we wouldn’t rule anything out, it’s unlikely that this is something we would do.
 
Again, there would be many things to consider, and we understand how children are much less vulnerable to the disease, but we know that for every 100 children in attendance at junior events there are around 110 adults (volunteering, spectating, walking or running).
 
Also, in the UK for example, there are nearly 300,000 children (aged 4 to 14) registered to Saturday 5k events, who could switch to junior events, and a significant increase in participants could have a hugely detrimental effect on what is a delicate operating model responsible for safeguarding very young children.
 
Thanks, as always, for your patience, understanding, and support. We continue to monitor the situation globally, and are more confident by the day that parkrun will return across all parkrun countries.
 
We are getting through this, together.
 
Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 23 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 09 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 02 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 26 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 19 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 12 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 05 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 07 April
 
Previous updates were posted on one page which was revised whenever necessary as the situation worsened

Current position with regard COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events

2020-05-12 covid update

 

When is a not parkrun a not parkrun?

When it’s a not-parkrun. Unless, of course, it's a (not)parkrun ..

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Our first ~ and last ~ bend on Tuesday afternoon, 16-06-2020

In fact a not parkrun can be either a not-parkrun or a (not)parkrun or it can be both at once. It could also be a freedom parkrun but in the interests of keeping this simple let’s just stick with not (not) and not-parkruns.

For 13 weeks now, many of us at Ashton Court parkrun (and possibly elsewhere, I’ve not looked) have been running a not-parkrun at weekends. For us, not-parkrun describes what we’ve done each weekend to replace our favourite Saturday morning activity.

Now, the boffins at parkrun Laboratries have created (not)parkrun for us all. (not)parkruns can be run on any day of the week, on any route (in other words there’s no need to use a parkrun course) and should be 5k. As with all parkruns they can be walked, skipped, trotted, jogged or even run!

When you’ve completed your (not)parkrun, go to your My Links page and tap the second button from the top. If you haven’t bookmarked your My Links page, there’s a link to it in every parkrun results email, or the email you get to thank you for volunteering.

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Having tapped the (not)parkrun key you’ll see this page:

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Choose the date, enter your time and then tap on submit. And that’s all there is to it. After a few moments the page below will have been updated.

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Of course I think this page looks rather splendid at the moment so please don't feel you need to rush to submit a time. In fact, take your time to add your time. Thank you!

You can submit a new time on every day of the week if you like, and then at the end of each week your fastest time will be included in the parkrun UK results table.

Simple! What a great idea! Have fun and please remember to do so responsibly!

parkrun UK's guide to (not)parkrun is here and there are some FAQs here which you may find helpful.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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When, in March this year, we closed all our events, the symbolism of that impacted everyone in one way or another. Whilst we knew it was coming, that first Saturday without a single parkrun event anywhere in the world was a moment that most of us could never have imagined would ever happen.

Within just a few weeks, of course, many of us went from thinking parkrun will always be there, every week, for everyone, to thinking it would never come back, ever. So, as much as closing our events was a huge wake-up call that we aren’t invincible, the reopening of parkrun New Zealand is proof that we can all get through this challenge.

We’re pleased to confirm therefore, that following on from last week’s update, parkrun New Zealand will be reopening on Saturday 4 July, representing a fantastic step toward the full return of parkrun events around the world. I know it will also lift the spirits of parkrunners everywhere.

It’s important to remember though that we still have 21 parkrun countries patiently waiting for their own circumstances to improve such that their events can return. We continue to monitor the global situation, are considering our position in every single country, and will update you all every Tuesday as things move forward.

Thank you for being so patient and understanding, and, most of all, for believing in the parkrun family.

We are getting through this, together.
 
Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 16 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 09 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 02 June

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 26 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 19 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 12 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 05 May

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 07 April
 
Previous updates were posted on one page which was revised whenever necessary as the situation worsened

Current position with regard COVID-19 and implications for parkrun events

2020-05-12 covid update

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