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: 19 May

From Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

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I’m pleased to say we have now spoken with just under 1,000 event teams and ambassadors from all 22 parkrun countries, and that project has now formally concluded.

As always however, should event teams and volunteers wish to speak with us that opportunity remains available and I’d urge them to get in touch if that is the case. We are now taking time to review our notes from those conversations and will be reporting back in due course.

It also feels like we’re entering a new phase of consideration with regard to restarting parkrun, at least in some parts of the world. Restrictions are beginning to ease in many countries in which we operate, and every day the news shows society taking small steps toward reopening. Each update to a country’s future plans are scrutinised, and although none have yet presented clear parkrun-friendly guidelines many are moving closer to that point.

At this moment in time, it feels like we’ve been without parkrun forever and it’s understandable that many of us will feel a sense of emotional fatigue, or even hopelessness, from time to time. However, I would like to reassure you that we are moving forward, we are focused on reopening as soon as appropriate, and we do believe that that time will come. Until then, we continue to ask parkrun communities around the world not to arrange gatherings at their local venues, and thank them all for being so brilliant to date.

Finally, we recently spoke to Laura Penhaul, who was part of the first-ever all-female crew to row across the Pacific, a feat that was documented in the brilliant film Losing Sight of Shore.

You can watch our conversation with her over on the parkrun YouTube channel and, like me, I hope you can draw many parallels with what we’re all going through right now.

We may ourselves have lost sight of the shore for the moment, but we are moving forward and will see it again.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
Links to previous updates:

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: 7 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: 12 May

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It is now eight weeks since we first closed all parkrun events across the world, and we know that parkrunners everywhere, alongside their local communities, are facing their own unique challenges, and would love to enjoy parkrun again.

Please know that we are thinking of you all right now and remain fully committed that no-one will be forgotten as and when we reopen.

We also know that some of you will be wondering how parkrun can ever return, at least until there is some kind of vaccine or treatment available. Whilst we cannot predict the future or make any promises, we do feel that an opportunity to reopen, in an appropriate and safe manner, may arise earlier than that.

And whilst the precise timing of that moment is beyond our control, our commitment to the parkrun family is that we will continue developing our understanding such that we are able to make the right decisions at the right time.

As part of that work, I’m pleased to let you know that, at the time of writing, we have now spoken directly to 908 event teams and ambassadors, representing all 22 parkrun countries. Whilst the opportunity to speak to us in person is always open to our volunteers, we will close this formal consultation on Sunday 17 May, so that we can carefully review and reflect on those calls.

If you are an Event Director or Ambassador and would still like to schedule a call (or have changed your mind since previously declining) please do get in touch.

Thank you all for your continued trust, support, and patience.

We will get through this, together.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 
Links to previous updates:

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: 7 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: 05 May

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Thanks again to all the event teams and ambassadors who have generously given us their time over the last few weeks, and shared the challenges they are facing at local level around the world.

We have now spoken directly to over 700 of those volunteers and continue to gain valuable insight.

Based on those conversations there are three key points we would like to share in this week’s update.

Firstly, the decision to re-open any parkrun country will be made by parkrun Global (the UK-based charity) in collaboration with staff or senior volunteers in that country, and alongside relevant and local public health guidance.

All public announcements of parkrun countries reopening (or not) will be made firstly through this weekly update. Anything you see outside of this channel is not necessarily the official position of parkrun, and we will not be commenting on speculation or rumours.

Secondly, we continue to see governments release greater detail around how they plan to relax restrictions in their region. In some cases this is, understandably, leading to questions from the parkrun community with regards where parkrun may fit into those timelines.

At this moment we do not see any country we operate in presenting guidelines that would reasonably accommodate parkrun events in the near future. Should that change this will be the first place we make any comment.

Importantly, we will not consider opening parkrun countries anywhere where there is even a small chance of exceeding participant limits for public gatherings at a single event.

Also, at this time, we are not considering starting events where doing so would mean participants or volunteers are required to maintain a certain distance between each other.

Thirdly, in most countries we operate in it is likely to be several months before we consider it appropriate to reopen our events. By then, the world’s understanding of this virus will be very different, as will society’s feelings about it.

As such we do not believe it sensible to comment on the many social distancing or hygiene-based suggestions currently being proposed as ways to either get parkrun up and running as soon as possible or to mitigate any risks when we do return.

To reiterate a point from a previous update, in all instances we will be taking a cautious approach to re-opening our events. We will only be doing so where both that country’s specific public health guidelines comfortably allow, and where we can be confident that our volunteer teams will not be placed under undue pressure.

Thanks for your continued patience, understanding, and support.

We will get through this, together.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

 
Links to previous updates:

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: 7 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

 

Ashton Court parkrun’s Class of Year Four

 

Year Four’s 49 parkruns wouldn’t have taken place without the 260 different people who volunteered a total of 895 times between them.

The 260 volunteers have 175 different first names: 7 are named Andrew and 5 Mike. Then there are 4 fours: 4 different Helens, Janes, Matts and Sallys. 17 first names are shared by 3 people and 29 are shared by 2 people, which must mean that 123 first names are unique within this list!
 
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Some of our fab volunteers at 3 of Year Four's events. The lower left photo is one of our "we are not ruthless" images, featuring Ruth Holland and Ruth McAllister ~ and is particularly relevant on the day we publish this as May 4th is Ruth McAllister's birthday! Happy Birthday Ruth (photos: Rich Kenington)
 
New friends ~ the year’s new parkrunners ~ the Class of Year Four

By the time we’d completed our 200th parkrun and the end of Year Four, we’d welcomed 2,228 new parkrunners to Ashton Court ~ 1,027 females and 1,201 males. 309 of them returned 7 days later, another 136 came back after a fortnight. 447 of them took over 10 weeks to some back, and 1,059 have yet to return.
 
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And off we go ~ the start of Ashton Court parkrun number 152 ~ and Year Four is under way (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
1 member of Year Four’s intake has run 2 Ashton Court parkruns 253 events apart ~ we don’t expect to see them again for a while. Another didn’t return for 265 parkruns, although they did participate at other parkruns in between.

Two dozen of our new parkrunners moved up an age grade during their first year with us. 156 of them were aged 10 or under. 323 were aged between 11 and 19, and 1,251 were in their 20s. 1,382 were in their 30s, 929 in their 40s, 443 in their 50s, 106 in their 60s, 2 were in their 70s and for the first time, we welcomed 2 newcomers in their 80s.
 
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Here's Duncan Manning ~ Year Four's first first-time finisher (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Between them 594 Year Foursters achieved 1,127 personal bests. 9 of them ran 3 pbs each, and Rob Downs scored the best age grade any of them with 82.79% at event number 167.
 
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One of our first ever first timers aged at least 80 ~ seen here at our 199th event ~ is Richard Denby (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Our 2,228 newcomers ran up a total of 4,595 Ashton Court parkruns during Year Four. 1 of them, Michael Wintour -Graham, ran 38 of our parkruns in their 1st year, more than anyone else. Andrew Harris, Brendon Wilson and Nicholas Jennings also ran over half the year’s events.
 
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Another of the year's first timers was Michael Wintour -Graham, seen here at his 1st event, our 152nd. Michael's now run at Ashton Court parkrun on 179 occasions, and 16 times elsewhere (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Nirpal Singh Gillar has run more often at Ashton Court parkrun than any of his contemporaries, having finished 210 of our events, and, incidentally, not having run a parkrun anywhere else. Richard Harding (208) and Craig Brown (207) are hard on Nirpal’s heels, while Vanessa McBride leads this category for the females, having now finished here 167 times.
 
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This was Nirpal Singh Gillar's 2nd Ashton Court parkrun ~ our 189th ~ and as you know he's run here on a further 208 occasions (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Only 1 of our Year Four first timers has completed over 250 parkruns and so qualified for a green 250 parkrun club t-shirt ~ well done Jane Duffus! Jane now stands on 255 parkruns, with Simon Wood her nearest rival with 231 parkruns completed thus far.
 
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Seen at our 193rd parkrun ~ her 1st ~ is Vanessa McBride. Vanessa's another who quickly acquired the parkrun habit ~ she's now run here 167 times, and on 7 occasions elsewhere (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Emma Northam, Rafal Mazurek and Chris Edwards each achieved 9 personal bests during Year Four, and 32 different members of the Class of Year Four scored the same age grade twice, which is 32 too many to list individually!

8 of them finished in the same place 3 times, and Andrew Harris did so 4 times, in p44. 116 finished in the same gender position twice, and 16 did so three times, with Fleur Cockley’s achievement of finishing 6th and 9th female on 3 occasions standing out from the rest.
 
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Here's Fleur Cockley, closing in on the finish line at event number 197 (photo: Rich Kenington)
 

Names and their Numbers

Year Four’s newcomers shared 748 different first names between them and represented 1,421 different extended families.

Female names included 27 Emmas, 22 Rebeccas, 16 Rachels and 15 Sarahs, 14 Lisas, Lauras and Katies and 13 Nicolas, Annas, Kates, Helens, Claires, Victorias, Lucys, Catherines and Sophies.

We also met 41 new Jameses, 37 Davids, 29 Marks and Pauls, 28 Richards, 27 Bens, 26 Nicks and Chrises and 24 Alexes and Andrews.

Our Year Foursters’ family names included 11 male Smiths, 10 male Williamses, 8 female Joneses, female Taylors and male Lewises.

Adding both genders together we therefore welcomed 15 new Smiths, 13 new Williamses and Lewises, 12 new Joneses, 11 new Mannings, Evanses, Johnsons, Clarks, Davieses and Browns and 10 new Kings.
 
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One of Year Four's 22 new Rebeccas was Rebecca Law, also seen approaching the finish of our 197th parkrun ~ her 1st. Another new parkrunner who seems to have enjoyed the experience, Rebecca has run here 82 times, and at other parkruns a further 25 times (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Year Four ~ Numbers

During Year Four we saw 13,153 parkrunners cross our finish line, 1,084 of whom were unknown. The 12,069 who did have their barcode scanned recorded 1,508 different times, from 16:11 to 67:29, with plenty in between!

The time we recorded most often was 23:21, which took place 26 times. Kevin Caple finished in this time on 2 occasions in Year Four, at events 184 and 194, and of the remaining 24 parkrunners who finished in this time, 4 were female, 20 were male and 7 had first names that began with the letter M.

And since you were wondering, the median time was 26:42 (26:29 in Year Three), the average 27:27 (27:22), and during Year Four 12 different parkrunners finished in the same time 3 times.
 
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There is, of course, only 1 Kevin Caple ~ and here he is on both occasions when he finished in 23:21, first at event 184, and then at number 194 (photos: Rich Kenington)
 
As our average finish time slows down each year, so the course record speeds up, and, just like last year on the day a new fastest time was set, there must have been something in the air that morning!

It took place at event number 170, when Welsh international 1500m runner James Thie visited us for his first and, to date, only Ashton Court parkrun. James has run several Welsh parkruns in under 16 minutes and has a parkrun pb of 15:10 !!
 
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Year Four's course record breaker ~ James Thie ~ breezing past Marshal 3 (photo: Paul Hodges)
 
James finished first, beating the existing course record by 17 seconds with his time of 16:11. Only 2 others have beaten this time ~ Maciej Bialogonski and Jarlath McKenna (who has beaten it 5 times and of whom there will be much to say in future years), and equalled by George Duggan.

Behind James, Damian Spreckley, Oliver Beale, Paul Jefferson and Mike McBeth finished with pbs, in 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th positions.
 
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Now 1 of our brilliant team of Run Directors ~ Mike McBeth ~ on his way to a pb at our 170th parkrun (photo: Paul Hodges)
 
There would be no new female course record in Year Four, but for the 1st time more than 1 female beat 19 minutes; Nicola Brookland, twice, in 18:50 and 18:55, and Helen Sharpe, with 18:51.
 
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Now wonder Nicola beat 19 minutes ~ she's flying up the hill! Nicola Brookland at our 181st parkrun ~ the 1st of her 2 consecutive sub-19 minute Ashton Court parkruns (photo: Mike Warren)
 
Through the year 22 different females finished first, with Sally Johnson doing so 16 times and Jane Colman 6. 33 males finished top of the table; Damian Spreckley and Jarlath McKenna both doing so 6 times.
 
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This is Jane Colman on her way to 1 of her 6 1st female finishes ~ at parkrun number 178 (photo: Claire Brown)
 
Damian also finished 2nd overall, and 2nd male, on 9 occasions, while Richard Lowe emulated Jarlath by finishing 4th overall 6 times, and also 4th male 6 times.

Sally Marsh finished 190th overall 4 times, and 13 females filled the same finish position on 3 occasions. Like Sally, 3 of them had taken part in our 1st parkrun ~ Alison Engledew, who finished 78th 3 times; Bev Campbell, 176th; and Kathleen Sart, 298th.
 
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At our 187th parkrun is Kathleen Sart ~ on the way to the 2nd of her 3 finishes in position 298. The 3rd occasion would be the following Saturday! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
4 males filled the same gender finish position 5 times; Dan Potter (3rd), Tim Ginns (5th), Ken Ham (19th) and Robert Colman (83rd).
 
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All downhill now for Tim Ginns at our 200th parkrun and about to achieve his 5th 5th place finish of Year Four (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
In our list of Year Four female finishers, Jane Colman was 2nd 11 times. Marie Malloy was 3rd female 9 times, Alice Doggrell 8th female 8 times, Tanya Chowdhury 3rd female 7 times, Lizzi Elton-Walters came 35th 6 times, and Wendy Price 63rd, also 6 times.
 
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4 kilometres to go for Wendy Price at parkrun number 171 ~ 1 of the 6 occasions when Wendy was 63rd female finisher (photo: Alice Doggrell)
 
During Year Four 1,190 parkrunners ~ 509 females and 681 males ~ achieved 2,139 personal bests ~ 877 by females, 1,262 by males.

Our parkrunner who ran faster at Ashton Court more times than ever before in Year Four was Geoff Keogh, who did so on 12 occasions.
 
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A great photo of Geoff Keogh from Alex Rotas ~ on his way to the 11th of his 12 Year Four personal bests (and the 13th of the 14 he achieved during 2014) (photo: Alex Rotas)
 
Taryn Taylor and Stephen Cotterill both ran 10 pbs in Year Four. Phoebe Hird, Ruth McAllister and Lynn Chadeesingh ran 9 pbs each in this period. And James Harrington, Melissa Houston and Alice Hird did so 8 times.
 
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Just getting warmed up on the short flat bit in event number 191 is Lynn Chadeesingh. Around 30 minutes later Lynn would finish the 4th of the 9 pbs she set in the 13 parkruns she participated in between numbers 185 and 200 (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
11 parkrunners ran 7 pbs; 14 ran 6; 34 ran 5; 49 ran 4; 105 ran 3; 246 ran 2 and I hope that means 722 others ran 1 pb in Year Four.

5 of our junior parkrunners who started out in Year Four completed 10 parkruns, and 3 of them have gone on to join the 50 parkrun club.

90 adult Year Foursters have also joined the 50 parkrun club. Of them, 38 have become members of the 100 parkrun club, and as mentioned already, one of them, Jane Duffus has joined the 250 parkrun club, just 4 Ashton Court parkruns ago, the 48th Ashton Court parkrunner to do so.
 
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Here's Jane Duffus with 1 kilometre remaining of her 1st parkrun. It doesn't look like a great morning to embark on a parkrun adventure, but what an adventure it's been for Jane ~ 123 further parkruns at Ashton Court and 131 elsewhere! (photo: Alex Rotas)
 
We watched our 6,000th new Ashton Court parkrunner whizz across the finish line in our 165th event, to be followed 24 events later by number 7,000. Once more, neither of these 2 particular parkrunners have taken part in a parkrun anywhere since that first experience! But there’ll be plenty more opportunities to do so in the future.
 
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As we can't show you either of of our 6,000th or 7,000th parkrunners, here are numbers 6,082 and 6,081 instead. Richard Harding on the left, Joanna Harding isn't! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 

Year Four In Focus

A few weeks before Year Four began, 2 more parkruns were launched in South Gloucestershire, to join Little Stoke parkrun. On February 28th, Chipping Sodbury parkrun set off with 197 finishers. The following Saturday, March 1st, Chipping Sodbury’s attendance was 72, with the reduction in numbers probably caused by their new neighbour’s first parkrun. Pomphrey Hill parkrun, in Mangotsfield, saw 169 first finishers that morning.

So, we might have expected our own numbers to fall significantly, now that parkrunners in Bristol and South Gloucestershire had 4 events to choose from.
 
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We'd love to show you photos of when we saw 167 finishers at event number 165, but we can't. Or from the following week, when event 166 saw 233 finishers. But we can't do that either. So instead here are 4 "views" of our 1st parkrun of 2015 ~ our 186th ~ on January 3rd (photos: Rich Kenington)
 
Year Four’s 1st event was our 152nd, and 21 volunteers saw 311 finishers around the course and over the line. Of those 311, 39 were taking part in their first ever parkrun, 14 were visiting from parkruns elsewhere, 45 achieved personal bests and 12 are unknown. Having begun Year Four with 311 finishers, we reinforced that with 311 finishers the following week.

In both events the 54th finisher was unknown, and 117 parkrunners whose names we do know ran both events. Although nobody managed to finish in exactly the same time both times, 8 parkrunners finished the 2 events in times that were 5 seconds or less apart. 2 of those five, Charlotte Vaux and Ryan Jacovides, came closest, with Charlotte having only 2 seconds difference in her 2 times (25:05 and 25:07) and Ryan just 1 second (21:48 and 21:49).
 
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Striding out with 1,000 metres or so to go is Charlotte Vaux, who nowadays mostly parkruns in Western Australia (photo: Alex Rotas)
 
It seems to have been much easier to achieve similar finish positions, as 34 parkrunners finished in places that were 5 or less apart from each other. Only Caitlin Allen and Charles McDowall finished in the same place both times, 284th and 212th respectively.
 
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1 of the 2 parkrunners who finished in he same position in our 2 consecutive events with 311 finishers ~ Charles McDowall at our 152nd parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Following those 2 events with 311 parkruns, numbers settled down for the rest of the calendar year, with a weekly average of 242 finishers. Compared to the same period in Year Three, this was 2 runners fewer each week, strikingly different to the average of 153 we saw the year before. So, the impact of the 2 new local parkruns seemed to be that we stopped growing for a while.

But once we entered 2015 all those health and fitness focussed New Year resolutions kicked in, and from then until the end of Year Four in April, our average number of finishers was 319, compared to 267 for the same period in the 1st quarter of 2014.

Year Four culminated in a new record number of finishers ~ 420 ~ 40 more than the previous highest number of 380 who finished our 149th parkrun. Of course, Year Four’s finale was our 200th parkrun, and our parkruns with those big round numbers always attract a large crowd. Wonder how many we’ll see in 2 parkruns’ time at number 450?
 
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With the last few participants coming over the brow of the hill in our 200th parkrun ~ we say goodbye to Year Four (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
 

Report by Rich Kenington, Ashton Court parkrunner number 1,817

 

Coming soon .. Year Five

 

Don't forget you can follow us on these news pages, on Twitter (@ashtonctparkrun) or on Facebook (Ashton Court parkrun) for the latest news and information. You can also find us on Instagram too, where we try to post something a little different from time to time.

We have a library of our parkrun photos in our Flickr group

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

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Following on from last week’s update I’m pleased to let you know that our staff have already conducted one-to-one conversations with over 500 event teams and ambassadors around the world.

It’s been an incredibly moving experience for all of us, but also really uplifting. Thank you to everyone who’s given us some of their precious time so far.

If you’re reading this and you’re an event director or ambassador and haven’t yet scheduled a call with us then please do consider doing so. The knowledge that we’re gaining from these calls is important with regards keeping things going during the period our events are closed, and will be critical when we come to make the decisions at appropriate times to reopen our events.

Whilst we haven’t yet completed the calls and carefully reviewed the feedback, a couple of points are frequently being raised across the parkrun world …

How much notice will event teams receive prior to re-opening?

It’s clear that the entire parkrun family is keen to get going as soon as is appropriate, whenever that might be, but at the same time some events are concerned that they may not have enough time to bring their volunteers back together, check their venues, dust off their equipment etc.

Please rest assured that volunteer welfare is at the heart of everything we do and, although likely to vary from location to location, we will ensure that teams have plenty of time to prepare between any public announcement and their first event back. This will be a minimum of two full weeks, but likely longer.

Will we reopen region-by-region or wait until all 22 parkrun countries are ready to go?

There are so many unknowns at this point in time that, whilst we are scenario-planning many options, it would not be helpful to pre-empt the exact process for re-opening.

What we are absolutely committed to however, is considering what is most appropriate for each and every parkrun country itself and providing the most appropriate solution for them.

It is likely therefore that some countries will re-open before others, although, again, it’s too early to predict at this stage.

Thanks again for sharing your experiences with us, and please know that the entire parkrun family is with you at this time.

We will get through this, together.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer, parkrun Global

 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 28 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 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

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

 
We apologise to our friends who look at this page from time to time rather than using social media. As you may have found out by other means, parkrun HQ have been posting updates every Tuesday throughout the current situation to let us all know what's happening to parkrun around the world.

Immediately below is today's update, and below that are links to the previous ones we've not informed you of. In future we will post any update on the subject from parkrun HQ as soon as we can once it's been published. In the meantime, we hope you, your families and friends, are all well and that you remain so. We're all looking forward to getting back together on our lovely hill as soon as we're allowed to.

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As suggested in last week’s update, we are now confirming that all parkrun events across the world will be suspended throughout the month of May.

We continue to monitor the situation in all the countries in which we operate, with a particular focus on social distancing requirements. Whilst some countries are beginning to slowly implement processes for relaxing their specific restrictions, it is not yet clear how this might impact the delivery of parkrun events.

Importantly, we would also like to let you know that in all instances we will be taking a cautious approach to re-opening our events. And will only be doing so where not only do that country’s specific public health guidelines allow, but where we can be confident that our volunteer teams will not be placed under undue pressure.

Due to the unprecedented nature of this challenge there is no easy way to predict or forecast how or when we might be able to start the process of re-opening. However, we continue to consult with as wide a range of specialists as possible, and to work behind the scenes such that we are ready to go when appropriate.

I’m pleased to say we have written to every event team and ambassador around the world, inviting them to a conversation, and are making progress with speaking to them directly. We expect it will take several weeks to complete the calls, but early feedback is showing this to be an incredibly positive and welcome initiative.

Thank you for your continued support.

We will get through this, together.

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parkrun's founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, posted this message to us all on 17 March
 
We will get through this, together

 
Links to previous updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 21 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 14 April

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 7 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

 

Christmas and New Year parkruns

Please note that there will NOT be a Christmas Day or a New Year's Day parkrun at Ashton Court this winter. We've never held a parkrun on Christmas Day, and having staged one on each of the last 4 New Year's mornings we've decided to have a year off (not the whole year, obviously, just this one day!).

Once we know exactly what parkruns our neighbours are offering on these 2 days we'll let you know. You can keep up to date with the seasonal parkrun offerings by looking at this page.

The Ashton Court parkrun team

 
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