Although 1.8 million women have registered to parkrun, 650,000 of these are yet to take part. Research and insights from Sport England show that many of the reasons why are gender-related, with a fear of not being fit enough, worries about attending alone, childcare obligations and not knowing what to expect being much more commonly cited by females.
Angela Seddon got the purple memo (photo: Rich Kenington)
This Girl Can was launched in 2015 with the aim of tackling the gender gap in sport and physical activity, and this year they have collaborated with parkrun for International Women’s Day to promote and encourage women to take part.
as did Kathryn Gibb, who missed her pb by an unlucky 13 seconds (photo: Rich Kenington)
We welcomed Ruth Glanvill representing This Girl Can, who donated T shirts to some of the participating women, she chatted and listened with interest to their stories and reasons for taking part. Ruth works for Wesport, the West of England Sport Trust.
This girl certainly can - Marie Malloy and her daughter Alice (photo: Rich Kenington)
Ashton Court parkrun is definitely a place where female participation is joyfully celebrated each week. Everyone is welcome – young and old, friends and families, walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers, and those that come along to watch and support. Their journey is their own and it matters not how it is completed, just that it is an enjoyable experience that will be beneficial to mind and body.
Finishing her 1st parkrun in 50th place in 22:00 is Jane Kirkpatrick (photo: Rich Kenington)
The brief was to wear something purple and to encourage female friends to come along so that they too could feel the parkrun vibe! There were plenty of purple shades around, one lady that stood out was Vilma Boyles who was resplendent in her attire with vibrant purple hair decoration to match.
Vilma was one of many who got the purple memo (photo: Rich Kenington)
Thank you to all the volunteers this morning, 24 were female with 4 males assisting. Many thanks to our Run Directors Alice and Janet who had everything organised and under control to the normal high standard. The new ‘Quiet Please’ paddle boards were most effective and allowed the briefing to be heard by all.
Our new PA system seems to be working well, and those "Quiet Please" paddles really sting when applied to the back of a chatterbox's knees. Or at least, we expect they would. We've no plans to find out! (photo: Rich Kenington)
Of course Rich Kenington must also get a mention for his multi tasking roles! (not sure why but thank you very much!)
One of these parkrunners is Gemma Box, and she brought along a friend without a barcode. We hope they enjoyed themselves and that they'll both return soon, and both with barcodes when they do (photo: Rich Kenington)
Finally in celebration of International Women’s Day here are a few of our female achievements and neat feats!
Joanna Harding managed the neat feat of finishing our 447th parkrun in 447th position (photo: Rich Kenington)
Huge congratulations to regular parkrunner Gill Atwill, who today as Tail Walker completed her 250th parkrun, her 50th volunteer role and on Monday celebrates her birthday - have a fabulicious day Gill!
Tail Walker Gill Atwill (in hi-vis) can look forward to her birthday having got her 250th parkrun and 50th volunteering on her CV (photo: Rich Kenington)
Well done to Katrina Darke on completing her 50th parkrun in a time of 29.23, we hope she'll soon receive her landmark red T-shirt.
What a great day to run your 50th parkrun - congratulations Katrina! (photo: Rich Kenington)
Anne Dockery was our top age grade runner with 85.57% in a time of 26.27 and after her run happily sat and sorted the tokens for next week.
Today’s first female was junior Lee Clementine, running only her third parkrun and achieving a pb of 21.01 with an age grade of 75.97% .
Jennie Alger got the memo, and a pb too! (photo: Rich Kenington)
This weeks prize ‘for what took you so long - it’s just for fun’ to the person having done the most parkruns before visiting Ashton Court goes to Belinda Cottrill finishing 8th female in a time of 22.19. This was Belinda’s 325th parkrun, most of them having been at Crystal Palace parkrun.
Here's Belinda Cottrill, who finally found her way to Ashton Court today. Her companion was second canine finisher, we think (photo: Rich Kenington)
The female visitor furthest from home was Laura Statham, whose home event is Mulbarton parkrun 292.8k from Ashton Court Mansion as the crow flies! Laura finished in 30.44.
On the right is Laura Statham, who we hope made it back safely to Norfolk! Kelly Payne and Lee Zurybida seem to be enjoying their first visit to Ashton Court parkrun too ((photo: Rich Kenington)
Please do take a look at the fabulous video kindly taken and edited by Caroline Potter before and after her run.
Female neat feats!
50. Jane Kirkpatrick 22.00 (First timer)
197. Brooke Clarke 26.00 (pb)
247. Andrea Goude 27.00
369. Linnet Tutcher 30.00 (pb)
481. Kate Harris 35.00
Linnet Tutcher gave new meaning to "just popping out for half an hour", and she ran a pb, and she's the only Linnet to have participated at Ashton Court parkrun ((photo: Rich Kenington))
International Men’s Day is on November 19th, I don’t know whether this event will be celebrated by parkrun, but it would be fun to have all male volunteers just to balance the books!
Run report writer Louise Nikou is on the left, Tamera Jones is stood beside the cone, and Linda Woodburn is just behind Tamera, with 2 of our Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme volunteers for company (photo: Rich Kenington)
Report by Louise Nikou, Timekeeper
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.
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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.