Ashton Court parkrun is cancelled on 18 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

From parkrun HQ

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Saturday saw the long-awaited return of parkrun New Zealand, the first parkrun events back after an extended global lockdown, and a return, in that part of the world at least, to pre-Coronavirus routines. Since the earliest days of this challenge we had prioritised the work required to ensure a smooth return to action when the time was right, and I’m pleased to report that 4,000 people walked, jogged, ran, or volunteered across 29 different event locations. It was also incredibly moving to see each of those events celebrate a different parkrun country, in what was a wonderful acknowledgement that Saturday represented the first step of our journey to reopen events around the world.

As great a moment as that was however, those of us across the other 21 parkrun countries are keener than ever to understand when and how our own events might return. Also understandably, many people would like some clarity around what specific conditions might be required in order to enable parkrun countries to reopen. For example, a level of infections, restrictions on size of gatherings, or guidance around social distancing. It remains our position however, that rather than lobbying or campaigning for our events to be allowed to return or to be given specific targets as to when that may happen, our strategy is to continue surveying parkrunners and parkrun volunteers, and to keep collaborating with our key stakeholders and public health experts, with the aim of making the right decision at the right time, based on each specific country’s unique situation.

We do not feel it is appropriate to provide hard and fast commitments that when X happens we will reopen. However, we’re continually seeing positive news around the world, bringing us all closer to returning to our parks and open spaces, something we are committed to making happen as soon as possible once it is safe and appropriate to do so.

We’re getting through this together.

 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 July

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

 

(not)parkrun, week 03

 

It looks like (not)parkrun’s here to stay for a while, and here at Ashton Court parkrun we’ve taken to it like a duck might have taken to all the recent rain.
 
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We’re remarkably consistent in one aspect, as following the 1st 2 weeks when 74 and then 73 of us recorded (not)parkruns, there were 76 of us who did so last week. Meanwhile the number of (not)parkruns each of us records is on the rise, having moved from 114 to 117 and last week, up to 143.
 
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Which means we’re still in 5th place in the UK in terms of how many (not)parkruns folk from Ashton Court parkrun have recorded. We’ve slipped down to 14th position in terms of how many of us participated last week.
 
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14 of the 76 who took part last week were doing so for the first time, and 36 of the remaining 62 of us each achieved at least one pb during the week.
 
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The same 5 names are at the top of the list of how many (not)parkruns have been completed ~ Andrew Thomas, Tim Carr, Roger Brocklesby, Louise Nikou and Marie Malloy ~ and as one other Ashton Court parkrunner has joined them in double figures he’s been added to the list as well.
 
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I mentioned last week that Paul Stuart had recorded a time of 20:02 for his (not)parkrun in week 1, and then in week 2 too. Could Paul repeat the feat in week 3?

And no, he couldn’t, because this time he recorded 19:39, which is brilliant of course and yet “only” puts Paul in 2nd place on last week’s (not)podium, since Marcus Kropacsy recorded a breathtaking 19:03 for his (not)parkrun.

For context, Marcus’ time is 14 seconds slower than his best ever Ashton Court time, and Paul’s is 5 seconds faster than his best. Great running by both.

Shaun Popel meanwhile took the “if you can’t beat them, join them” option, and recorded 20:22 for the 2nd consecutive week.
 
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Liz Hill made her (not)parkrun debut last week ~ the 100th Ashton Court parkrunner to do so ~ and recorded 23:21, just 5 seconds short of her Ashton Court pb.

On Saturday morning I saw Katie Waterson flying across Ashton Avenue Bridge, and as she went by, she gasped “can’t stop, think I’m on for a good time”. Katie got that right as she recorded 23:30, 56 seconds quicker than her Ashton Court pb!
 
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Here's Katie Waterson, on her way to exceeding her expectations (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
In last week's report I mentioned that Elena Thode Minguet was one of two females to beat 25 minutes. During the last week, Elena’s beaten 24 minutes twice and now has a (not)parkrun pb of 23:37 ~ 15 seconds faster than her pb at Ashton Court parkrun.
 
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If there were to be a “race” for the best ever (not)parkrun age grade, it’s over! Last week Anne Dockery joined in and recorded 24:20, and being in the VW70-74 age category, Anne’s score of 94.59% is the (not)parkrun equivalent of taking the bat and ball home!

What a wonderful performance! Those of us who know Anne also know that if there were a prize for this sort of thing, no-one would deserve it more. I’m looking forward to reporting a score of over 95% in the coming weeks!
 
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I’ve focussed on the fastest and the highest, because to be honest it's easier, and there are only 7 days in most weeks after all. But huge congratulations go to every one of the 111 of us from Ashton Court parkrun who’ve recorded a (not)parkrun in the last 3 weeks.
 
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The weather’s been a bit rubbish (is it really July?) and for many of us, having to cope with the current situation makes it easier to stay indoors rather than get changed, get out and get breathless!

So let’s all reach round and pat ourselves on the back!
 
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A couple of familiar Ashton Court trees on Thursday afternoon (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
At the time of writing there are already 13 (not)parkruns on the board for this week, including 4 first timers and 2 pbs. No doubt there’ll be plenty more to write about in 7 days’ time.

 
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Part of the course at Queenstown parkrun, on New Zealand's South Island, follows the footpath around the trees on the peninsula jutting out into Lake Wakatipu. The mountains beyond ~ Cecil Peak on the left, Walter Peak to the right ~ are a little higher than we're accustomed to at Ashton Court, being 1,978m and 1,800m high respectively (photo: Rich Kenington, 1986-09-01)
 

Thanks as always for joining in with this (not)parkrun fun ~ in particular Melanie Young who once again took on the role of Tail Walker this week!

Let's all have the best week we possibly can, and see you next time!

Report by Rich Kenington, 6 (not)parkruns last week | 11 (not)parkruns total

 

(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

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