COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 4 August

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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Over the past week we’ve continued to make positive progress and are excited to share a significant step forward today.

We have now completed our operating framework describing how parkrun events around the world will operate in countries where there remains an underlying level of COVID-19. This has been achieved through closely working together with a number of stakeholders, including in the UK Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Whilst this represents a significant step forward, and provides parkrun countries with a technical COVID-19 framework within which to restart their events, there remains some work to be done prior to any start dates being announced.

In designing our COVID-19 framework we have taken great care to ensure that parkrun events remain simple to deliver, easy to participate in, and that the human interaction we all value so much is not removed in favour of a sterile and constrained environment. Because of this, it may take longer for our events to return in some places, however we have always believed in being patient and protecting the parkrun ethos.

Across the 21 countries where our events remain closed we are now able to present our COVID-19 framework to key stakeholders, landowners, parkrun Ambassadors and event teams, as well as public health experts. As we move forward with a clear operating model, we can now make judgements as to when specific parkrun regions can safely accommodate the return of our events.

We will be publishing the framework on Friday this week, alongside an in-depth discussion around the detail and decision-making processes involved, on the Free Weekly Timed parkrun podcast.

We are getting through this together.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
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Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 4 August

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

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 07

 
We’re getting good at this! (Not)parkrunning, I mean. Although as one of the graphics suggests, I would say that, wouldn’t I!
 
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Numbers were down all over the world once again last week, although not by as much as before, but here at Ashton Court we continue to be consistent, and our 73 participants moved us up 2 places from 8th to 6th in the UK table of how many of us represented our parkruns, and we remained in 5th place in terms of how many (not)parkruns we all recorded.
 
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For the 2nd consecutive week we welcomed 6 new (not)parkrunners, 1 of whom has yet to take part in a proper parkrun anywhere, while 2 of the others haven’t yet done so at Ashton Court.
 
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16 of us recorded personal bests ~ with Sharon Barrett being one of our special ones by recording 2 (not)parkrun pbs this week, speeding up from 35:54 to 35:36 and then to 35:21.
 
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Let's go all the way back to 8 September 2012, and our 70th Ashton Court parkrun. This was when Sharon Barrett last ran faster than ever before, when she finished in 28:34. Always good to have a target, Sharon! (photo: Jacob Butterly)
 
At the other extreme, our second special one this week is George Nikou, who brought his (not)parkrun best time down from 25:10 to 20:21 all at once!
 
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George Nikou here, not long after his most recent haircut on January 25th this year! This was the morning George achieved his most recent "real world" personal best of 24:51. That's history now! (photo: Pete Davey)
 
Alan Wilcox needed a (not)parkrun pb to top the male time table last week, with Paul Stuart the other (not)parkrunner to beat 20 minutes. 9 seconds separated the next 3 finishers ~ Craig Pilkington, George Nikou and Shaun Popel.

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1 second was the difference at the top of the female time table, Kate Hoffen just managing to hold off Anne Dockery. Hazel Popel needed her 4th pb to beat 25 minutes for the 1st time at (not)parkrun and claim 3rd place, and although Emma Coles also achieved a pb she had to give way to Caroline Potter in 4th place because of the latter’s higher age grade.

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The age grade table contains many of the same names and demonstrates what a difference a day makes. Or 365 days. Or even 3,650 days!

We bent the rules slightly and managed without a tail walker, knowing that everyone’s very socially responsible nowadays; making space, remaining alert and saying “after you, please” at our pretend finish lines. Just to be on the safe side though, please don’t tell the others! Thank you!
 
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I love this! Hannah Susorney (in the red 50 club t-shirt) was out for a run on Saturday morning, following some of our parkrun course. Realising she was passing someone she knew she knew but didn't know (keep up!), Hannah slowed and said hello to Clare McLachlan. They had a breathless chat, and then went their separate ways. A small thing perhaps, but in these peculiar times a familiar face and a friendly word mean so much more than they might have done not so long ago (montage: Rich Kenington)
 
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And thank you all once again for joining in with (not)parkrun and giving me something to do on a Monday! This week has started with 9 (not)parkruns recorded so far (we saw 17 last Monday) ~ no doubt by the end of the week there’ll be many more.
 
Report by Rich Kenington, 7 (not)parkruns last week | 39 (not)parkruns total

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 July

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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As we progress our plans around a return to parkrun, we have been working with various organisations and stakeholders around the world. While the restart of parkrun events in New Zealand was relatively straightforward due to the virus being largely eradicated there, it is clear that this is not likely to be the case in the rest of the world. Therefore any plan to return requires a series of mitigations.

Particularly across Europe, we continue to see the return of outdoor sporting and physical activity events, reflecting the reduced risk of outdoor activities.

We are pleased to be able to announce therefore that we have developed a comprehensive ‘return to parkrun’ planning document and risk assessment. This is the first stage in being able to schedule a return of parkrun events in countries where there remains an underlying level of infection but where public health guidelines would allow outdoor events to take place.

In the UK specifically, where we support over 1,000 events and four-million parkrunners, the Government recently released guidance for the return of mass participation and running events. This was a significant step forward in facilitating our return, and our planning documents and risk assessments have now been sent to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Whilst our proposals to DCMS acknowledge that some alterations will need to be made to parkrun events, we have been careful to ensure that they remain volunteer-friendly and scalable. And, whilst safety will always be our priority, we are committed to maintaining the low barrier event delivery model and the positive element of human interaction at parkrun events.

Once our COVID-19 operating plan is reviewed by DCMS, we will be able to move towards planning a date of return, although this of course still comes with a number of complexities and challenges that also need to be managed, such as ensuring that stakeholders, including landowners, are supportive and able to facilitate events on their properties.

So whilst a lot of work has been done, there is a significant amount ahead of us.

Finally, whilst our preference is still to return to all UK nations at the same time, as devolved guidance in those countries remains unaligned it is increasingly possible that we may see staggered return dates across the home nations.

We will of course be working closely with our wonderful volunteer teams ahead of any planned return to ensure that all the necessary support is in place.

As always, we appreciate your patience and support.

We are getting through this together,

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
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Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

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 06

 
Another fine week of (not)parkrunning by parkrunners representing Ashton Court parkrun, in which despite there being less of us taking part we achieved our 2nd highest total of (not)parkruns, leading to changes in various (not)league tables.
 
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There were 72 of us who took part in (not)parkrun last week, and between us we completed 145 (not)parkruns. Of those 72, 27 have recorded at least 1 (not)parkrun in each of the 6 weeks the (not)activity has been a thing. Meanwhile 6 of us were taking part in (not)parkrun for the 1st time.
 
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3 of the 6 have taken part in over 50 proper parkruns, and of the other 2, 1 has run 2 parkruns elsewhere but never at Ashton Court and the 6th member of this little group has yet to run a parkrun anywhere.
 
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139 Ashton Court parkrunners have now (not)parkrunned and 12 have yet to have their barcode scanned anywhere. Whenever it is that we’re able to start proper parkrunning once more, I hope these 12 (not)parkrunners will soon come along and get into the real thing.
 
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Around the world numbers were down last week for the 4th week in a row, with 1,974 fewer (not)parkruns being recorded by 1,690 fewer (not)parkrunners.

In the UK the reductions were 2,057 fewer (not)parkruns and 1,646 fewer (not)parkrunners.
 
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So with no significant drop in our numbers we’ve done well at Ashton Court parkrun, and as you can see we’ve moved up 2 places on each of the 2 national ladders.

You'll see that Drumpellier Country parkrun in Coatbridge in Scotland leapt up both ladders (having just explained where the parkrun is I can't say they "came from nowhere"). Of course curiosity got the better of me and it turns out that Saturday was Drumpellier Country parkrun's 1st birthday. In the absence of any sort of normality, what a great way for a parkrun community to celebrate a special day!
 
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The 67 of us who had taken part in (not)parkrun before last week managed to record 17 personal bests, with Martin Brasher and Ruth Davies both doing so twice. Many congratulations to Ruth on her significant birthday last week. A birthday and a pb is a great way to leap up the age grade score lists!

If you’re trying to plan a pb run by the way, forget Tuesdays. We’re averaging less than 1 pb a week on Tuesday, and Friday and Sunday aren’t much better!

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This is Ruth Davies at our 402nd event in April last year, which was the last time Ruth recorded a proper Ashton Court parkrun pb (photo: Sarah Jones)
 
Paul Stuart climbed back to the top of the fastest male table with his 20:07, while Elena Thode Minguet recorded her second fastest (not)parkrun to land on top of the female time table.
 
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Paul Stuart, Martin Gillett and Martin Brasher had a tussle for the highest male age grade with less than 1% separating them, and with Anne Dockery recording a score in the 90s, the competition for 2nd highest female age grade also saw less than 1% between Caroline Potter and birthday girl Ruth Davies.
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Hopefully there’s plenty more in the graphics to keep you amused.

We’re grateful to Cathryn Butler for Tail Walking this week, and all the invisible marshals who made sure we all followed the correct courses.
 
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I hope you all continue to enjoy (not)parkrun. As I write this 3 (not)parkruns have been recorded so far today. Marie Malloy was 1st (not)finisher, Sharon Barrett claimed the week’s 1st personal best with an 18 second improvement (congratulations Sharon!) and Caroline Potter is leading the campaign to “spare the punctuation” by finishing in exactly 30 minutes with an age grade of precisely 62%!
 
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Our lovely course was looking at its beautiful best last Wednesday (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Once this is online I’ll pop out for my (not)parkrun. Maybe I’ll see you out there ..
 

Report by Rich Kenington, 7 (not)parkruns last week | 32 (not)parkruns total

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 July

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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We’ve sought, throughout lockdown, to be consistent and transparent in our communications, and feel that having a scheduled update of our most recent position helps that. We also feel it’s important to maintain a routine, and to ensure that our community and external stakeholders can easily access our most up-to-date position.

Further, whilst the lack of confirmed return dates may appear to indicate that little has changed, significant progress is being made behind the scenes around our operational plans and protocols. This will allow us to return in time, and we continue to collaborate with the relevant bodies and agencies in different parkrun territories around the world.

Over the last week particularly, we’ve seen a number of announcements as governments updated their guidance, and numerous sporting and physical activity groups responded accordingly. In some countries we have seen the return of small-scale elite and community sports events, with various additional protocols in place.

Importantly, as an independent charity with a global remit, we do not sit under any governing bodies and are therefore responsible for creating our own guidelines to return and, where required, achieving sign-off from relevant public health authorities. This work continues behind the scenes and we’ll share developments publicly as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

At the same time, we continue to gather insight from parkrunners around their intentions and attitudes about returning to parkrun and, as always, decision-making needs to consider the role played by our wonderful volunteer teams.

Thanks for your continued support.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
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(photo: Dan Jones)
 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 July

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

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 05

 
Once again we’ve had a busy week (not)parkrunning while “representing Ashton Court parkrun”, as the (not)results pages describe it.
 
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And once again the number of us recording (not)parkruns is very similar to previous weeks, with 74 of us joining in the past week, and between us we’ve logged 132 (not)parkruns.
 
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Across the UK, Ashton Court parkrun has fallen to 7th place in terms of the number of (not)parkruns recorded, and we’ve also dropped 2 places to 11th in the list of how many of us have represented each parkrun.
 
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Last week 949 fewer UK parkrunners recorded 1,232 fewer (not)parkruns than they had the previous week. Globally the equivalent numbers show reductions of 960 participants and 1,149 (not)parkruns.
 
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Here at home, we saw 4 fewer parkrunners taking part, and 16 fewer (not)parkruns logged. Of the 74 Ashton Court parkrunners who logged (not)parkruns last week, 8 were doing so for the first time (and we’ve already seen 2 more newcomers today).
 
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Here's Janet O'Connell enjoying a lockdown training run in a familiar location. Janet's mentioned once or twice this week! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
That left 66 of us who had a previous time to beat, and 24 of us managed to do just that by recording personal bests. Ruth Davies and Simon Quick both recorded 2 pbs during last week.

15 of the 78 who took part last week were doing so for the first time, and of the remaining 63 of us, 28 each achieved one pb during the week.

14 of us have now recorded 10 or more (not)parkruns. The usual 6 names remain at the top of the list and there’s a gap of 5 events between them and the chasing pack. Will they ever be caught?
 
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Nobody beat 20 minutes this week, although Shaun Popel and Will Gillett gave it a good go, both recording pbs, with previous first (not)finisher Paul Stuart and newcomer Will Corrie close behind. Paul Turner was the only one of us to finish in a time of between 21 and 22 minutes.
 
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Three of last week’s fastest 5 females achieved pbs ~ Janet O’Connell, the only female to beat 25 minutes ~ Hazel Popel, the only other female to beat 26 minutes, and Emma Coles, who was one of 3 to record a time of between 26 and 27 minutes, along with Marie Malloy and Katie Waterson.
 
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Martin Gillett achieved the highest age grade, his time of 27:23 giving him a score of 73.34%. This was just enough to beat Janet O’Connell’s (not)parkrun personal best time of 24:50 age grade score of 72.89%. Very well done to both!

 
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At the time of writing this 14 of us have recorded (not)parkruns today, including 2 first-time (not)parkrunners and 1 personal best. Fittingly, last week’s first (not)finisher Shaun Popel was the first to post a run this morning.
 
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But where's Bill? When we were last in touch a fortnight ago, Super-vet-volunteer Bill Lawrence told us that he and his wife were very well and that he's considering going for a pb once we're back at proper parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Well done ~ and thank you ~ to everyone from Ashton Court parkrun who took the trouble to record these (not)parkruns. 2 of the week’s newcomers have yet to take part in a proper parkrun, while a 3rd hasn’t yet been to Ashton Court parkrun, and I’m looking forward to seeing them, together with the many other parkrunners, old and new, who not so long ago were a part of all our Saturday mornings, at Ashton Court parkrun number 449, whenever that may be!

In Melanie Young’s absence last week, the mantle of Tail Walker looks to have fallen to me, with my time of 54:15 on Friday.

Carry on getting out there and keep recording your times, and I’ll write something about them in 7 days’ time ..

 

Report by Rich Kenington, 7 (not)parkruns last week | 25 (not)parkruns total

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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We’ve now seen parkrun New Zealand take place for the second weekend in a row, and it’s been great to welcome parkrunners back across the country.

Pleasingly we’ve not seen attendance negatively affected, and across all metrics we measure (for example age, gender, pre-registration activity levels, finish times) things are largely back to where we were pre-COVID-19.

It’s important to note however that New Zealand had eradicated community transmission of COVID-19 before our return, and as we look forward it’s likely that most, if not all, other parkrun countries will reopen without having completely eradicated the virus.

We know that parkrun events are incredibly important public health initiatives in their own right and that, in the future, free-to-enter events with low barriers to delivery and participation will be critical tools in enabling socially-focused physical activity.

As communities around the world recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and their associated lockdowns, being active, together, and in the great outdoors will be something we can all benefit from.

Our understanding of the challenges presented by COVID-19 is developing, and public health guidance continues to relax across many parts of the world, allowing more opportunities for physical activity and community events. In turn, we are beginning to bring together our own thoughts around how parkrun events may best reopen safely and appropriately, specifically in countries where a low level of infection remains.

Thanks for your patience. In time, we will publish our principles for reopening parkrun events in these situations, but in advance of that I’d like to reassure you that we will always prioritise the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We strive to bring people closer together, not move them apart, and we will always keep things as simple as possible.

We’re getting through this, together,

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 July

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 04

 
I love seeing how many Ashton Court parkrunners are getting out and running or walking at least 5k each week and posting our times to parkrun’s (not)parkrun results pages.
 
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We continue to be consistent in one respect, as the number of us recording (not)parkruns has been 74, then 73, then 76, and during the past week, 78.

The number of (not)parkruns each of us records is on the rise though, having moved from 114 to 117, then 143, to 148 last week.
 
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Having seen 78 of us record 148 (not)parkruns, Ashton Court parkrun is in 5th place in the UK for the 3rd consecutive week for how many (not)parkruns we’ve recorded. We’ve climbed up from 14th position to 9th in terms of how many of us took part last week.
 
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Numbers of (not)parkrunners and (not) parkruns across the UK were both down by over 1,000 last week. Despite that, it’s still amazing to think that over 14,000 individuals recorded almost 20,000 5k times during those 7 days.
 
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15 of the 78 who took part last week were doing so for the first time, and of the remaining 63 of us, 26 each achieved one pb during the week.

One of us recorded 2 (not)parkrun pbs. Congratulations to our most senior (not)parkrunner ~ Martin Gillett ~ who recorded 2 pbs last week, bringing his (not)parkrun time down from 28:09 to 27:10 on Monday and then 26:35 on Saturday.
 
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Seen at Ashton Court parkrun # 436 on 14 December last year is Martin Gillett (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
12 of us have now recorded 10 or more (not)parkruns. The same 6 names remain at the top of the list, but the other half dozen are snapping at their heels!
 
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We had just 1 (not)parkrun of under 20 minutes recorded last week when Dan Jones joined in the (not)parkrun fun for the first time with his 19:36.
 
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Meanwhile 2 females just squeezed inside 24 minutes ~ Kate Hoffen by 3 seconds on her 1st (not)parkrun ~ and Isabel Hoskin with 1 second to spare and a huge (not)parkrun pb, down from 27:55 previously.
 
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I should have known better than to challenge Anne Dockery to achieve an age grade score of over 95% last week, as Anne’s response was to do just that by recording a time of 24:11 and scoring 95.18%.

Great stuff, Anne, and this week my lips are sealed!
 
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There’s been a good deal of downhill running take place in recent weeks, which is probably harder on the legs ~ if not the lungs ~ than half up and half down. Caroline Potter and Louise Nikou both recorded breathtaking times and high age grade scores by starting at the top and belting down as quickly as possible.

Some of us who had already tried this method gave our legs a rest this week!
 
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You’ll find many more numbers to digest in the accompanying graphics.

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As I write this 6 more (not)parkruns have been recorded by Ashton Court parkrunners, and 3 of them ~ Shaun Popel, Roger Brocklesby and Graham Phelps ~ seem to have had quiet weekends as they’ve already registered (not)parkrun pbs. Shaun was the first of the 3, giving me the chance to apologise for misspelling his first name on one of the graphics last week.
 
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A familiar Ashton Court parkrun sight, seen last Thursday afternoon. It's probably most appreciated when glanced back at over one's right shoulder (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Well done to us all for getting out and whizzing round some 5ks in the last 7 days, from debut boy Dan Jones to our indefatigable Tail Walker Melanie Young, and the 76 of us in between.

Keep it up, and make sure I’ve got something to write about next Monday morning! Have a safe week.

 

Report by Rich Kenington, 7 (not)parkruns last week | 18 (not)parkruns total

 

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

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