With K and S in the alphabet, do we need C? They both make the sounds C do after all. I suppose words like hurh would be a bit triky to pronouns if there were no c. So let’s move on to what C was for today.
With a Christmas Market outside the Mansion, we’d’ve been in the way had we used our usual assembly point, so we moved south towards Long Ashton, and used our C course for just the 3rd time since records began!
We did our best to let everyone know we were moving, in social media during the previous week and on the morning of the run (photo: Rich Kenington)
When the dust had settled after parkrun it was clear that C was for Celebrations. What a lot there were! Giles Drewett and Philip Dallimore had both run their 50th parkruns. Pat Parr, David Withers, John Churchill, Peri Taylor and Angela Seddon had all completed their 100th parkruns.
Steve Hawkins can't keep a straight face on his 200th parkrun! Just to Steve's right is Kate Hoffen, who would finish 1 second behind the pb she set last week! (photo: Rich Kenington)
1,400 parkruns between 11 parkrunners! Nirpal’s 200 events are notable for all having been at Ashton Court. Nirpal is only the 2nd parkrunner to have completed 200 parkruns without having run at any other parkrun.
A big thumbs up from Tail Walker One Angela Seddon, at the start of her 100th parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)
I made note of Peri Taylor's 100th parkrun just now. Peri had been dithering on 99 for a few weeks, and the reason why became clear today, when Peri and her family completed the grand total of 500 parkruns between them! This isn't a stat I was aware of, and it's not something I'm going to start counting up but all you families out there please feel free to let me know when between you you've accumulated a particularly humungous total of parkruns! The scores on the Taylor's doors are David 219, Taryn 171, Peri 100, Jaz 9 and Sienna 1. I sense a reluctance to join in towards the end of that list! 393 of these 500 have taken place here at home.
So a family that parkruns together gets fit and healthy together! Great fun and one of the many wonderful things that parkrun brings us. I know of another Ashton Court family who are closing in on 600 parkruns together, and there must be others who are gradually building up some fine totals. Over to you!
We don't often see this on a Saturday morning at 10 past 9. Our usual parkrun start and finish area completely deserted (photo: Rich Kenington)
C is for Congestion. Lots of the nasal variety around at the moment of course, and today with an unusual downhill finish, the finish funnel became congested at times. The three busiest minutes at the finish were the 25th, 26th and 27th, when 112 of you finished the run – 51 of you in the 26th minute. That’s almost a ¼ of all the finishers in 3 minutes. Well done to the volunteer team for coping, and to all of you for being so patient when the queues were building up.
No congestion by the time Tail Walker Two finished (photo: Rich Kenington)
C is for lots of other things. Consistency is one. Consecutive another. Desmond Jones is one of our most consistent regulars. Today was Des’ 237th parkrun, and they’ve all been here on the hill. What’s more, the last time Des missed a parkrun was our 296th. Since then he’s run 138 consecutive Ashton Court parkruns.
The man in the middle (in yellow) is Desmond Jones, currently the owner of our longest streak! In the red t-shirt is George Taylor, about to chalk a second off his pb for the 2nd consecutive Saturday (photo: Rich Kenington)
C is also for Common. Amongst our visitors today were Libby Lees-Powell (p308), Jessica Clements (p316) and Charlotte Smyth (p323). Their home runs are Wimbledon Common, Clapham Common and Tooting Common.
Millie Davies (p222) and Hannah Briggs (p223) visited from Cardiff parkrun, while Tom Baggott (p73) and Hannah Downing (p87) popped in from Coventry parkrun. Hannah is the recipient of this week’s What Took You So Long award, which is of course much coveted, although there's no prize as it's just for fun. Hannah had run 181 parkruns elsewhere before coming to Ashton Court.
"What Took You So Long" award winner Hannah Downing (photo: Rich Kenington)
It was nice to have a chat with Kathryn Osborne (p325) from Heartlands parkrun, who with her husband was visiting Longleat’s Festival of Light later in the day. Also up from Cornwall were Maria Lamont and Richard Chillcott, from Parke parkrun.
And it was lovely to meet David Evans and Tracy Derry as well, who are from the Watford area. Sadly, for this narrative, their home event isn’t Cassiobury parkrun, but another, a little over 6k away – Aldenham parkrun.
Joanna Cheesbrough was one of 4 visitors from Huddersfield parkrun. I hope your visit wasn't completely spoiled by the afternoon's football? (photo: Rich Kenington)
Happily, C is also for Coincidence. “Happily”, because there's usually one or two in our parkrun results.
Today's stand out coincidence belongs to Rebecca Colquhoun, who completed her 327th parkrun in 327th position. Francesca Blest was our 9th female finisher her 9th parkrun and Rachel Verity was 12th female finisher in her 12th parkrun, with a pb too.
Gary Jennings (p63) finished his 174th parkrun. Next finisher, David Murray Milne completed his 176th parkrun, and right behind David was Mike McBeth, who also finished his 174th event. Which was almost a coincidence!
Ploughing through the puddles is Rebecca Colquhoun, on her way to 327th place (photo: Rich Kenington)
Close. Another of our C words. Dave Ingram (p72) couldn’t have got closer to a pb, because he equalled his best time. Dave’s now run 2 consecutive AC parkruns in 23:23. Kate Hoffen (p91), Beatrice Moffat (p129) and Bernadette Deere (p197) all missed a new pb by 2 seconds - Kate has run 23:59 and 24:00 on consecutive Saturdays - and Michael Shepperd (p436), missed out by 3 seconds. Michael’s pb of 40:33 was set in April and hopefully he’s now recovered from the injury that’s plagued him through the summer and autumn.
Always good to see This Mum Runs members at parkrun because they're always smiling! Joanne Hardwick and Jo Garbutt are the two Mums enjoying themselves here (photo: Rich Kenington)
Compliments must go to the 54 parkrunners who ran our course faster than ever before today. Last week George Taylor (p58) ran a pb, beating his previous best by 1 seconds. Today he repeated this feat, coming down from 22:29 to 22:28. Could take a while for George to get sub 22 at this rate!
The last time Eloise Morton (p305) achieved a pb was in May 2017. Since then Eloise has run here over 60 times, and missed a new pb by 15 seconds 3 weeks ago and by just 1 second last week. It takes courage to keep trying, running as hard as you can each Saturday morning and never quite getting there, and the reward of this pb is much deserved.
Joseph Butler (p40) now has 4 pbs from his last 4 runs, having brought his time down from 22:16, to 21:53, to 21:37 and now to 21:34. Sally Read (p291) beat her old best by 50 seconds, down to 30:26 with sub-30 in her sights, and Pete Spain (p174), who has run here 5 times achieved his 4th pb.
It’s great watching our juniors improve, and today Rosie Walker (p215), Ruby Thorn (p274), Eleanor Ransom (p415) and Arthur Allen (p428) (again! What does he have for breakfast?) all beat their previous bests.
Right behind smiley 2nd placed female (although 3rd at this point) Jo Temple is Joseph Butler, chasing down another pb (photo: Rich Kenington)
17 people came along and ran their first ever parkrun today, and I hope they’ll all cherish the memory of it while cultivating a love of parkrun. Unusually, 5 of the 17 are males, and the remaining 12 aren’t. Ben Hill (p133) was one, and although he hasn’t taken part there yet his home run is Torrens parkrun, in North Adelaide. He and Mike Hill (p238) were furthest from home today, as far as we can tell.
Cornucopia is a good C word, as is Celerity. I can’t do much with the first one but Celerity works well. Today’s most celeritous finishers were Dave Leahy, who finished 1st for the 1st time, having finished 2nd on his only previous visit. That was the week Adam Hands finished 5th here, on his first visit, and today Adam returned for his 2nd event here and finished 2nd. Marcus Mumford has now run here 6 times. His first visit was our 34th parkrun, when he finished 1st. As you know today’s was our 434th parkrun, and Marcus was our 3rd finisher, the 2nd time he’s been handed that finish token.
Here's Dave Leahy, who according to Run Director Alice Doggrell juggles when he's not running, with Adam Hands in blue and Marcus Mumford in purple (photos: Rich Kenington)
It’s over 3 years since Amelia Atkinson (p21) visited us last, and today was her 3rd AC parkrun. In both of her 1st 2 visits Amelia finished 2nd female, and finished 1st today. Jo Temple (p41) was our 2nd female today, the 10th time she’s finished in that position, and finishing 3rd for the 2nd time was Katie Egan (p45).
Finally, the top 2 age grade scorers. The top male was Michael Coupe (p221), with his age group being VM80-84 and his time of 27:55 giving him a score of 79.34%, and top female, with a time of 23:48 and her age group of VW55-59 giving a score of 75.07%, was Angela Parfitt (p83).
This is the morning's top female age grade scorer Angela Parfitt (photo: Rich Kenington)
And I think that brings this report on our 434th parkrun almost to a conclusion. I ought to mention that it was cold, and perhaps a little cloudy, but that’s what often happens when you wish for a dry morning in November! Always be careful what you wish for!
I should just praise the cool heads of Alice Doggrell and Amanda Halford, our 2 Run Directors, and their cohort of volunteers, who coped so well with the different start and finish, given that 2 of the rostered team were unable to be with us and that it was Amanda’s 1st turn at Run Directing. Not that you’d have known! Alice and Amanda were commendably cool, calm and collected when the time came to process the results, with a little collaboration from the morning’s First Time Briefer Liz Hill. Thank you all!
You need to look closely at this one - the second runner from the left in a yellow top is Lewis Addison, and he was the first person to finish today who'd never run here before. This makes Lewis the 23,000th parkrunner to ever darken our finish line! (photo: Rich Kenington)
Report by Rich Kenington, Tail Walker Two (p457)
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.
Rich Kenington took a few photos with his phone on the way round the course. You'll find them, together with all our other photos, by following this link.
They're also available on our Google Photos pages, which we're slowly adding more photo albums to each week.