Only 2 parkrun days until Christmas . .

 
After a week of bitterly cold weather, a soggy Friday and the threat of a wet windy Sunday, this week’s Run Directors (RDs) Janet O’Connell and Liz Hill managed a near Christmas miracle of arranging a dry and warm (well for December!) Saturday morning. Traditionally December sees some of our lowest attendances of the year. Despite the appeal of Christmas shopping, resting up before Weston AC’s Christmas Cracker race on Sunday, the cross-country race in Blaise Castle in the afternoon or maybe even a few sore heads post-Christmas parties, this week 393 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 53 athletes recorded new Personal Bests. It seems unlikely our attendance will fall back to the levels we saw during the rugby world cup, but less said about that the better.
 
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with the pre-run briefing completed, this crowd of parkrunners will be headed this way in just a moment or two (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
We welcomed 50 first timers to Ashton Court this week. Unusually two of this week's first time Ashton Court runners were running a milestone parkrun. Emyr Morgan started parkrunning at Eastleigh parkrun and is now a regular at Cardiff, this week he ran our slightly hillier course for the first time and his 250th parkrun, earning himself a green 250 T-shirt. David James is a regular at Tonbridge parkrun, running at Ashton Court this week earnt himself his first milestone T-shirt for his 50th parkrun. On the other end of the scale 12 runners completed their very first parkrun, we hope this is the first of many and we see you all again soon. Amongst the other first timers to Ashton Court included a candidate for the North Somerset seat in this week's election. For political neutrality reasons I'll say no more, although I'm guessing despite her supporters’ subtlety some of the more eagle eyed runners could guess what party she is standing for.
 
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3 of the first 4 early leaders got off to a flying start. But who's that running in the wrong direction? It's Duncan Colquhoun, who wasn't quite the last starter of the morning, and who managed to overtake at least 310 parkrunners on his way to finishing in 79th position! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Soon to be also running in a red T-shirt our second runner completing his 50th parkrun was Luke Stanley. Luke joined us at Ashton Court for his first parkrun in January 2018. Two of our junior parkrunners completed their 10th parkruns this week for a white, juniors-only 10 Tee. Whilst Rosie Walker only started parkrunning this year, completing 10 parkruns in under 6 month including her PB last week, Joseph Bussell took a slightly more leisurely route to his 10th parkrun. Joseph started parkrunning in 2016, also ran his PB on his 9th parkrun but back in April and held out the suspense of his 10th till this week.
 
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50th parkrun today! Big parkrun moment for Luke Stanley (he's the one with a hat on) (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
This week we had a bumper crop of people running their 250th parkrun, in addition to Emyr, Tim Neal-Hopes and Phil King also both earnt their 250 T-shirt. Phil King has been a regular face at Ashton Court since his first parkrun back in April 2013 and has run here 209 times. Tim Neal-Hopes on the other hand started parkrunning in Cambridge in 2012, joined us once for the first time in 2013 before more regular visits since 2016. In the meanwhile Tim ran at over 100 different parkrun events on his route to 250 parkruns.
 
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Despite having the number "250" on his chest, Phil King now has 250 behind him, as his next parkrun will be his 251st! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Running their 100th parkrun this week at Ashton Court was Ian Hamblin and Shirley Clegg. Like Tim Neal-Hopes, Ian also started his parkrun journey away from Ashton Court, at the gone but not forgotten Little Stoke parkrun. Ian has run at many of the local parkrun, his 100th parkrun marked his 15th run at Ashton Court. Shirley Clegg ran her first parkrun here, in 2013, she has completed 78 ups and downs of the Ashton Court hill, and is the Ashton Court record holder for the VW65-69 age category. Many congratulations to all of this week's milestone runners. However long it's taken, however fast you've run, whatever locations around the world you've run, it's a great achievement and I hope you have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy the journey parkrun takes you on.
 
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the leader of this particular pack (in her apricot top) is Shirely Clegg, just under 5k away from completing her 100th parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Shirley Clegg's second mention this week goes for her topping the Age grade table, gaining a WAVA of 84.34%. The VW65-69 age category is clearly a competitive age group here with the second place this week going to Alison Roberts in the same category with a WAVA of 82.38%, rounding up the top three was Michael Coupe with a WAVA of 82.14%. Rounding up this week's top 5 WAVA scores was this week's first finisher James Rodgers, whilst finishing as first female for the second time was Helen Faubel.
 
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It was lovely to see Helen Faubel and Sorrel Langley-Hobbs return to Ashton Court after a long absence. They and their families are regulars at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun these days. Here's Helen, delighted (we think) to have finished first! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
We often see people carrying balloons depicting a particular parkrun milestone that they wish to celebrate, including this week; Joe Pritchard's 50th run at Ashton Court. Rarely people wish to celebrate their 21st parkrun, instead Beth McMillan floated up the hill with her two and one balloons to celebrate her 21st Birthday, many happy returns Beth!
 
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Here's our birthday girl Beth McMillan, with 2 friends to her left who ran without barcodes (I know!) and who for evermore will be known as "Beth's friends" (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Also in the news this week the military invaded our regular start/finish area. When the volunteer crew turned up in the morning they were slightly surprised to find a number of cadets already entrenched in the park. Thankfully due to some excellent negotiating, a peaceful solution was found to sharing the space and both of our events were able to live happily side by side. There were some rumours of the Queen's shilling being offered to a few parkrunners after their run, we can only offer wishes of good luck to anyone who took up the offer.
 
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Stand off at the AC corral . . 8.15 on parkrun morning (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
On the 21st December we will be having our annual festive celebration, so dust off those Christmas jumpers, Santa hats or other festive wear of your choice for the run. After the run please join in the Christmas jollity in the courtyard for the bring and share picnic of cakes, mince pies, biscuits and anything else people are happy to bring and share. There are sometimes even healthy options available.
 
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There's no need to wait until the 21st to wear that special Christmas kit as Emma Coles demonstrates (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Finally thanks to all of this week's 26 volunteers: Carole BUTLER, Christopher ELLIOTT, Colin TRAER, Dan JONES, David BRAITHWAITE, David TAYLOR, Edward PARSONS, Evie HARRIS-COOK, Fi LANG, Gill ATWILL, Hugo STRAMROOD, Janet O'CONNELL, Jason EAMES, John O'BRIEN, Liz HILL, Moe SOE, Nick BURNS, Oliver THRAVES, Rich KENINGTON, Ruth DAVIES, Steve PARSONS, Tariq KURD, William LAWRENCE and Andrew SHEPPERD, Liz SHEPPERD and Michael SHEPPERD who sorted the position tokens after the run...
 
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More Christmas decs . . (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
While the Shepherds sorted
The tokens by coffee
All seated in the cafe
The RDs of the day came down
And glory shone around
And glory shone around

"Fear not," they said,
For mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all parkrunkind,
To you and all parkrunkind."

"To you in Bristol
Town this day
Is an easy fix to troublesome results shall be found
The Savior which is WebFMS*
And this shall be the sign
And this shall be the sign."

"The heavenly phototimer
You there shall find solutions
To human view displayed
And missed timer clicks
and sweaty barcodes
easy fixes will be laid
easy fixes will be laid."

Thus spoke the RDs,
And forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of parkrunners praising PBs, who thus
Addressed their joyful song
Addressed their joyful song

"All glory be to
parkrun on high
And to the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth
From heaven to men
Begin and never cease
Begin and never cease!"

*WebFMS is the web based app the RDs use to process the timer and scanner data files prior to your results being sent to you by email or text, but you don’t really need to know this!
 
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Hi-vis looks great at any time of year - thanks everyone! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 

Report by Colin Traer, poet laureate
 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

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 some photos of the start of our parkrun, and they're on our Flickr pages. You'll find them, together with all our other photos, by following this link. They're also in Google Photos if you prefer to look at them there.

 

Four – Three – Two – One – GO!

 
“There is harmony in autumn, and a lustre in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen as if it could not be, as if it had not been.” Percy Bysshe Shelley.
 
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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower“ Albert Camus
(photo: Rich Kenington)

 
The trees are changing colour, while the large oak where we gather for the morning’s briefing has lost virtually all its leaves. The sun shone pleasantly if weakly, and there was barely a breath of wind.
 
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Our beloved Turkey Oak is already preparing for Springtime, as our parkrunners prepare for the morning's excursion up and down the hill (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
So what better to do than enjoy Ashton Court parkrun number 432! Certainly 443 of you thought that, with 31 people helping with marshalling, timekeeping, token scanning and sorting and all the other volunteer roles that are needed for each event.
 
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The colour of the Mansion's walls ("like the inside of a Crunchie bar" someone once said) blends in well with the seasonal shades, in contrast to the many colours worn by our crocodile of parkrunners (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
We’ve had the words from Shelley, but for poetry in motion we could do no worse than look towards our first finisher, Arthur Dickson-Bell, who ran quickly at his first ever parkrun at Ashton Court last week, and even quicker at his second parkrun this week. And first woman across the line, Claire Hammett, also recorded a new PB, beating nineteen minutes here for the first time and becoming the 9th fastest female we've seen at Ashton Court. Arthur and Claire are both in their early twenties, so have youth on their side. But parkrun also has the age grade statistic that rates your performance against the world record pace for your age. And our top performer this week was Stuart Ellis, whose time of 22:22 gave him the age grade performance of 79.81% on his 100th parkrun to boot. And he’s got around fifty extra years on Arthur and Clair! Second only to Stuart in age grade was our oldest runner, Michael Coupe, with an impressive 79.42% age grading.
 
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In yellow is Ben Swift, at home here at Ashton Court and running his 343rd parkrun. On the right is Richard Sumner, playing away for only the second time from his home at Weymouth parkrun in this his 42nd parkrun; and in the middle of the trio is Peter Rooney, taking part in his 1st parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
At the other end of the age scale we had 4 juniors under 11 recorded in the results, with one of them, Paddy Parmiter recording a new PB. The under 11’s have to run with a responsible adult for safekeeping, and Simon Parmiter would have been there with Paddy providing suitable words of encouragement I’m sure! Mind you, Paddy might say he could have run faster if Simon had kept up with him better. Arthur Allen was the last of the juniors to finish, but that’s a good thing because he was one of our tail walkers, making sure everyone got round safely. Thank you Arthur!
 
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We haven't counted how often Eve Blackmore has pushed a buggy up and down our course, but this was her 100th parkrun at Ashton Court, and her 133rd in all (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
We had 17 parkrunners doing their very first parkrun. Christopher Hill was one of these, running up and down our hill in 25:43, while Daniel Squibb avoided being a damp Squibb by choosing one of the nicest Saturdays in November to complete his first parkrun ever. Another 48 runners tackled the Ashton Court course for the first time, having completed at least one parkrun somewhere else, and the fastest of these was David Leahy, who was our second finisher in 17:58. David’s only other parkrun was at Newark three months ago. Another first timer and finishing not far behind David to be fifth across the line, was Adam Hands whose first parkrun at Ashton Court comes after a hiatus of over five years. His three previous parkruns had all been at Newcastle.
 
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I didn't get their best side until during the run, but this was too good an opportunity to miss! Zoe and Darren Lambert were visiting us for the first time from Newbury parkrun, and both were running their 78th parkrun. They were kind enough to thank us for a "great run" in Facebook later in the day. Thank you too! (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
First timer Roman Lagnado also caught my eye, as he describes himself as a runner with the Sexy Walrus club. While today was a nice change, we’ve certainly had the weather for walruses recently. The Sexy Walruses hold a mad-sounding annual handicapped triathlon in Oxfordshire, although Roman normally parkruns in the London area. He is the seventh Sexy Walrus to complete an Ashton Court parkrun. The “What took you so long award” (no prize it’s only for fun) goes to Rory Morrow who had done 214 parkruns elsewhere before coming to Ashton Court. Rory has done most of his previous parkruns at Craigavon in Northern Ireland which is somewhat flatter than Ashton Court, although the lakes in the middle of the course are much larger, and possibly deeper, than the potholes at the top of our course.
 
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Here's Rory Morrow, about to complete his 215th parkrun, and his 1st here, alongside Sophie Patten, taking part in her 2nd parkrun and on her way to a pb (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
Overall, we had 50 runners record new best times right from our first finisher all the way through to Karen Fletcher, who has now recorded four PBs in her nine runs at Ashton Court. Rob Beaver and Hayley Beaver both recorded PBs on their second parkruns. Well you wouldn’t expect the Beavers to have any trouble getting through the puddles on our course would you!
 
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Giving us a wave is Karen Fletcher, on her way to finishing 27 seconds quicker than before, with Angela Holland close behind (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
The classic poets celebrated their heroes in iambic pentameter, while we like to celebrate ours over five kilometres. And whichever way we describe performances, everyone who takes part is a hero, runner and volunteer. But we do like to call out the runners who have reached milestones, especially if they bring cake, so a big well done to Clare McLachan who completed her 200th parkrun, Kate Darbyshire and Jennifa Burgess who completed their 150th’s, and Stuart Ellis who I mentioned earlier completing his 100th event.
 

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Lovely to see Clare McLachlan enjoying her 200th parkrun (195 of them here) so much (photo: Rich Kenington)
 
And the best thing is we can do it all again next week.
 
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As the course marshals return to our assembly area the start and finish volunteers pack our equipment away, ready for our 433rd parkrun next Saturday (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Report by Paul Hodges, Run Director
 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

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 photos for us today, and they're on our Flickr pages. You'll find them, together with all our other photos, by following this link.

We've recently begun to add photos to our Google Photos page. It'll be a while before we catch up, but with a separate album for each event it's easier to find our back numbers! This link will take you to them.

 

“We’re merely one tree . . .”

 
“We’re merely one tree with various types, shapes and sizes of leaves that all wave differently in the breeze”
 
Rasheed Ogunlaru

 
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Our course marshals set off up the hill to their various positions . . (photo: Sarah Jones)
 
There is nothing better than visiting Ashton Court on a crisp autumn morning in November when the sun is glistening on the turning leaves, displaying their rich vivid colours as they fall from branch to ground carpeting the frosty grass in a bright quilt, before without warning they dance around in the breeze.
 
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The first-timers briefing went well . . (photo: Sarah Jones)
 
Run 431, wasn’t quite blessed with this image, the early dry morning turning somewhat wet, windy and extremely wintery. However a carnival of bright, colours, like autumn leaves gathered under the tree in anticipation of the ascent up the hill.
 
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And away they go! First finisher James Pyke is on the left of the front row (photo: Sarah Jones)
 
Run Directors, Rich and Tony, swept everyone to the start and with a sudden spirited gust they were away, a flurrying burst of bright energy striding along purposefully in one direction and all with the same goal.
 
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Disappearing into the Autumn gloom (photo: Sarah Jones)
 
Like a tornado James Pyke was the first of 376 runners to finish in a time of 17.35, recording a new pb and knocking a remarkable 1.04 from his previous best time.
 
Thomas William Stone having completed 220 parkruns elsewhere before finding Ashton Court blew in with a time of 18.40 finishing in third position.
 
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Here's Thomas William Stone, whose home event is Leamington parkrun, flying towards winning our "What took you so long award" (no prize, it's just for fun) (photo: Sarah Jones)
 
First female to breeze over the line was Tanya Chowdhury with a new pb in 20.49 taking 30 seconds off her previous best which was recorded on 13/09/2014.
 
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Marcus Kropacsy, close to completing his 300th parkrun, just ahead of Tanya Chowdhury, today's first female finisher. Nirpal Singh Gillar follows (photos: Sarah Jones)
 
Another to record a pb on her 231st run was Gill Atwill taking off 12 seconds since her last pb on 28/09/2013. Gill ran at the first parkrun here back in April 2011.
 
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Specs off, shoe lace undone - nothing was slowing Gill Atwill down this morning! (photo: Sarah Jones)
 
I know Liz Shepperd will be delighted with her new pb on her 29th run, her time down by 1.20, Liz and husband Michael having become regulars here since January.

There were a total of 37 pbs today, congratulations to all of you.

 
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This was Liz Shepperd's 12th personal best this year, and her time of 44:17 took her below 45 minutes for the first time (photo: Sarah Jones)
 

There were 26 first timers here from other parkruns and 20 first timers new to parkrun. I know everyone at Ashton Court hoped you enjoyed your visit and unlike leaves that fall in autumn, you will not fall away but return very soon.

 
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Congratulations to Hayley and Rob Beaver on completing their first parkrun - hope we see you again soon (photo: Sarah Jones)
 

As always a special mention to the 27 volunteers who made parkrun happen, their sunny smiles and cheery disposition definitely not indicative of the inclement weather. High fives aplenty, clapping, cheering and encouraging every participant.

 
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4th in line is Richard Harding, about to complete his 200th parkrun (photo: Sarah Jones)
 

It is a breath of fresh air to be a tail walker, and along with Gina Jennings I witnessed the delightful determination of everyone as they made their unique way, in their own special time, along the branches and roots of Ashton Court parkrun.

 
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Tail walkers Louise Nikou and Gina Jennings approach the final bend - at this time of year a stunning sight if you have the strength left to appreciate it! (photo: Sarah Jones)
 

Just like leaves, all types, shapes and sizes, waving differently in the breeze.......

 

Report by Louise Nikou, Tail Walker
 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

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.

Sarah Jones took some wonderful photos of today's wet parkrun, and they're on our Flickr pages. You'll find them, together with all our other photos, by following this link.

 

Spring into Autumn with Dorothy

 
Having left a bright and pleasantly warm springtime Melbourne on Tuesday, it’s been a big surprise to find a bright and pleasantly warm autumnal Bristol.

What a beautiful autumn morning we were treated to today. Wasn’t it glorious! Ashton Court at its very best, reminding us how fortunate we are to be able to run, walk, jog and volunteer here.
 
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Ashton Court, stunning in the autumn sunshine . . first timers' briefing . . main run briefing
 
Who ran with a spring in their step today? Of our 408 finishers, 62 had never taken part here before, another 38 didn’t bring their barcodes, so 308 could have achieved a personal best, and 52 did just that.

Perhaps not quite as springy as Eliud Kipchoge last week, but springier than many was John Bradwell, who with his first pb for exactly a year reduced his best time by 101 seconds in his 46th parkrun here, beating 28 minutes for the first time.

Karen Fletcher ran here for the 8th time today and smashed her best time by 2 minutes and 29 seconds, breaking 40 minutes, 39 minutes and 38 minutes all at once, finishing in 37.46!
 
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sunshine and smiles on the start line 

One of our juniors, Max Fullman, completed his 9th parkrun this morning, and knocked 66 seconds off his best time to finish in 30.50.

Matthew Lewis still belongs to Little Stoke parkrun and has run most of his 227 parkruns at Chipping Sodbury parkrun. This was Matthew’s 16th visit to Ashton Court and he finished 53 seconds more quickly than before, with his time of 25.52.

Ayesha Hussain celebrated her 19th AC parkrun by knocking 19 seconds off her previous best, finishing in 28.23.
 
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Someone who discovered parkrun this year is Miles Bird, who has now run 19 parkruns, all of them here. Miles has achieved 10 personal bests, including 3 in a row, which have taken him from 34.31 to 34.25 three weeks ago, to 33.29 last week and now 33.12 this.

Grace Mernagh-Cole has now run 23 parkruns, all of them here, and today ran her 7th pb with her time of 32.32.

Sarah Howell first came to parkrun in July and seems to have caught the parkrun bug! Today was Sarah’s 10th parkrun, and her 5th new best time – 31.33.

And Cheryl Coles cut it fine – parkrunning 1 second quicker than she had before to finish in 29.38!
 
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And another of our juniors, Samuel Nye, celebrated his 10th parkrun with a 53 second improvement, crossing the line in 21.00.

Samuel’s achievement brings us to another group of parkrunners with a spring in their step. For example, Lucy Avent, who finished 141st, and completed her 150th parkrun, and Caroline Seymour, who finished 190th to complete her 50th parkrun.

Emma Bassett finished 213th and became the 36th Ashton Court parkrunner to complete 250 parkruns. 12 of those 36 were at Ashton Court this morning.

One of our tail waggers, in fact our final finisher today, Louise Nikou, completed her 50th parkrun.
 

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Had it not been for some good work from Dan Jones today we might not know these finish positions. Dan was one of our finish token giver outers and was volunteering for the 25th time.

Many congratulations to these milestone marvels, and to everyone who achieved a pb (with apologies to those I’ve not been able to include in this review).

 
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I hope the 20 finishers who completed their first parkrun this morning went home with a spring in their step, even if they arrived at Ashton Court with a degree of apprehension. It’s especially encouraging to see that 5 of today’s newcomers are aged between 11 and 19, and 7 more between 20 and 24.

Our newcomers may like to know that today’s finishers included 21 folk taking part in their 2nd parkrun, 9 of whom had completed their 1st ever parkrun at Ashton Court just last week. I hope we’ll see some of you back at parkrun soon, if not here with us, then trying out somewhere else instead.

2 finishers who did just that are Matt Bailey and Russell Nash. Matt and Russell are our first visitors from Clevedon Salthouse Fields parkrun, which started 4 weeks ago, and they’ve run at CSF once, and came along today to find out how we hilly folk roll!

Matt and Russell are 2 of the 42 parkrunners who popped in to see us today. We were also joined by Richard Mulvany and Thomas Paul Wallace from Cardiff parkrun, by Stephen and Tanya Honey from Ellenbrook Fields parkrun in Hatfield, and by Benedict Harrison and Catherine Mair from Enfield’s Grovelands parkrun.
 

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Helen and Graham Barker came along from Harrogate parkrun, Steve Bush and Phil Bees (of whom more in a moment) from Plymvalley parkrun, and Ash Mukherjee and Sallie Turnbull from just up the road at Eastville parkrun.

Debbie Woodley visited us from Severn Bridge parkrun, Chloe White from Llanerchaeron parkrun (which takes place just outside Aberaeron, between Aberystwyth and Cardigan, as I’m sure you all know), Annette Hall from Haverhill parkrun, Phil Day from Southampton parkrun, and Adrian Stocks from Bromley parkrun.
 

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As with all the pb achievers, I can’t mention all our visitors by name (well I could, but you know . . ). I hope you all came down the hill with a spring in your step, taking in the views across Metropolis Bristol as you recovered from the initial 2.5k. Please come back and see us again when you can.

Furthest from home amongst our visitors was Daniel Searle, whose home event is Albury Wodonga parkrun. Albury-Wodonga is 2 cities combined, separated by the Murray River and the border between New South Wales (Albury) and Victoria (Wodonga).

This was Daniel’s first parkrun in the northern hemisphere, and I hope he enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the 4 parkruns (1 at Curl Curl and 3 at Merimbula) I took part in on my recent holiday. Thanks to Jane Greenford for guiding Daniel up and down our course.

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Coincidentally, I was in both New South Wales and Victoria last Saturday. Having enjoyed Merimbula parkrun (on New South Wales’ Sapphire Coast) on a beautiful spring morning, my brother, sister-in-law and I drove 350 miles across New South Wales and Victoria to their home in Mount Evelyn, in east Melbourne.

But back to Ashton Court and a few more bits and bobs. Of the 370 of you who ran with your barcode, exactly 185 were female and 185 were male. We’ve seen more females than males twice here but have never had an even split before.

Nobody finished with the date in their time, but Thomas Cooney did the year thing, with his time of 20.19. Tony Deacon’s time was 22.22, which always puts a smile on my face.

The winner of this week’s much coveted “what took you so long award” (no prize, it’s just for fun) is Plymvalley parkrun’s Phil Bees, who unaccountably ran 280 parkruns elsewhere before visiting Ashton Court!

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All of today’s participants have completed 22,617 parkruns between them, which is 113,085k, and that’s a very long way. In fact, it’s almost 3 times around the globe. The globe is 8,015 parkruns long around the equator, although as it’s an oblate spheroid it’s only 8,002 parkruns long if you run them all via the north and south poles. (moral: never believe anyone who says it’s a “small world”!

Anyway, each of the 408 finishers have completed an average of between 55 and 56 parkruns, which is a contrived way of introducing Richard Mulvany, Tony Deacon and Catherine Davies, who have each completed 55 parkruns, and Jack Dunwell and Sharon Eaves, who have now both completed 56 parkruns.

The average finish position was 204½, so that belongs to Tamar Preston in 204th and Jenny Maxwell in 205th. Immediately in front of Tamar and Jenny was Claire Gordon, who finished in 28.25, and that’s exactly the average finish time achieved at Ashton Court parkrun across our 428 events.

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Now I’m back on finish times, there’s always a few participants who just can’t wait to finish. It’s customary to list them in 3s, and here they are; Gavin Dale (with a pb), Sam Appleton (visiting for the first time) and Stefano Dalcanale (who ran exactly the same time on this his 2nd parkrun as he did on his 1st, 4 weeks ago). The first 3 females were Chloe Broughton (good to see you back at parkrun), Jo Temple and Emma Pemberton.

The age grade scores paint a different picture; Shirley Clegg (the only one to score over 80% today), Maggie Salter and Antonia Gooder leading the way for the females, and Michael Coupe, Stuart Ellis and Gavin Dale (see above) topping the table for the males. Well done all of you and thank you for giving the rest of us something to aim for and aspire to.

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Funnel management . . in case you wondered what it looked like . . the moon wanes gibbous towards its final crescent . . the view of the leading runners from the start line 

So that’s our 428th parkrun wrapped up and put to bed. A beautiful morning and a lovely crowd of just over 400 people, who spent an hour or so running, walking or volunteering with their friends in gorgeous Ashton Court.

While I was in Australia, I listened to a radio presentation of “The Wizard of Oz”. Although I enjoyed it, having watched the video of the film on countless occasions when my daughter was growing up it was impossible to shake off the images in my memory of the story's characters. I've enjoyed a wonderful holiday, but it’s true what Dorothy said: “there’s no place like home”. It’s good to be back!

Have a good week, and wherever you may be at 9 o’clock next Saturday, may your barcode be with you.
 

Report and photos by Rich Kenington

 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

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.

We were unable to find a photographer this week. You can find our entire photo archive, by following this link.

 

Ashton Court parkrun #418½ – another parkrun that never was

 
In February it was Snowmageddon, and now in August, we’ve experienced Stormageddon. In the greater scheme of things, of course, we’ve been fortunate in this part of the world in terms of how little damage and inconvenience we’ve had to contend with, but in our own little parkrun worlds, it’s been a tense and tough few days!

 
The week started with all of us reasonably sure where we’d be at 9am this morning, with one quite large group having decided to help celebrate Severn Bridge parkrun’s 1st birthday. Until the weather stepped in and forced many of us to change our minds. In total there were 70 UK parkruns cancelled today, mostly because of the threat of storms. Chadderton Hall parkrun was cancelled because of “Dr Kershaws charity duck race”, surely the best reason ever for a parkrun cancellation.

 
The group I was part of – Caroline Potter, Liz Hill, Lucy Avent and I – having found we wouldn’t be going to Severn Bridge after all, nominated Newport parkrun as our second choice, only for Newport to be cancelled shortly after. In the end we followed a different compass point to Shepton Mallet parkrun, knowing that Street parkrun was only 9 miles away if a 4th choice was needed.

 
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Lucy, Liz and Caroline, and the fairy door that didn't open (photo: Rich Kenington)

 
We needn’t have worried. As some will already know, Collett Park is a lovely little park, which to be honest I would never have expected to find in Shepton Mallet. It’s home to a 3-lap parkrun, with 3 loops and 3 out and back bits. The thought of 3 laps usually fills me with despair but the reality was lovely. The marshals were very supportive (if a little idiosyncratic – for example the lady sat beside the duck pond making duck noises as we all ran by). Of my 3 passengers only Liz lapped me so I decided they could all have a lift home after all, and even I lapped the Tail Walker, which seemed a bit rude, but as it clearly hadn’t bothered anyone ahead of me I didn’t give it much thought either!

 
Lucy, Caroline and I all finished 1st in our age categories (and yes, in my case there was only me!) and Liz finished 2nd in hers, but as Liz had won a series prize in the Towpath race the previous evening she was happy with that. And it was a nice surprise to see fellow Ashton Courter Caroline Pitura taking part there too.
 

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It's just gone 10 o'clock and we've already had a drink . . what do we do now? (photo: Lucy Avent)
 

I’ve found 226 Ashton Court parkrunners in the results of 29 different parkrun – with apologies to those I’m sure I’ve missed. Inevitably by far the majority of us – 114 in all - made the short trip across town to Eastville parkrun. 24 of us experiened increased sensations of dizziness at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun, 10 of us braved the sea front conditions at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun, and another 10 went up to Wotton parkrun – perhaps a good idea since the parkrun there seems to be devoid of trees!
 

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9 of us were at either Chipping Sodbury or Pomphrey Hill parkruns, with 5 more at both Riverfront (Newport’s other parkrun) and Shepton Mallet parkruns.
 

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It was great to see that our Australian friends Greg, Lauren, Caitlin and Evie, who returned home last week, got straight back into the parkrun habit with an outing at Tuggeranong parkrun. Greg and Lauren had run there plenty of times before they came over here but for Caitlin and Evie it was their first southern hemisphere parkrun.
 

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Lots more families were parkrunning together too. For example; the Taylors – Taryn, Peri and David – took part at Fell Foot parkrun; the Neal-Hopes – Tim, Libby and Louise – were at Portrush parkrun; Andrew and Vikki Thomas ran at Medina parkrun on the Isle of Wight; and Emma, Anna and David Bassett curled their way around Somerdale Pavilion.
 

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In terms of finish positions, one of our males finished 3rd, while 2 of our females finished 1st, 2 finished 2nd and 3 finished 3rd. Well done to them.
 

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87 of us were visiting a parkrun we hadn’t been to before, another 32 had been before and achieved pbs this time, while the remaining 107 had been before and were unable to beat their previous time.
 

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The best age grade score any of us achieved was 81.38%, by Jonathan Goodland at Riverfront parkrun. Jon’s home run is Eastville parkrun but he’s our Ambassador, so we try to be nice by including him. Second was Stuart Ellis, with 78.69% at Eastville parkrun, and 3rd was Maggie Salter, with a dizzy 77.11% at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun.
 

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Milestone Marvels: congratulations to Jon Woodward who ran his 50th parkrun, at Eastville, and to Alison Osborne and Kirsty Phelps, who both ran their 100th parkruns today – Alison at Eastville and Kirsty at Somerdale Pavilion. Also at Eastville parkrun, Jon Morgan and Lynn Chadeesingh both completed their 150th parkruns.
 

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Performance of the day? No question. A big round of applause for Steve Parsons, who ran his first parkrun for 1,443 days (just under 4 years) and finished in 38:19 at Chipping Sodbury parkrun, and came 2nd in the VM75-79 age grade, over 10 minutes and 36 places ahead of the Tail Walker. Nice work Steve!
 

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Although I hope everyone enjoyed their days out I also hope that like me you’re all looking forward to getting back home to our wonderful Ashton Court parkrun, if not next Saturday then as soon as possible afterwards. Always assuming, of course, that Ashton Court hasn’t been blown away in the meantime!

Have a great week, and wherever you find yourself at 8.45 next Saturday morning, may your barcode be with you.

 

Report by Rich Kenington

 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

 

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70 years ago to this day, the world’s first commercial jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took off from Hatfield, 22 miles north of London. Boasting a pressurized cabin, a top speed of 750kph (its parkrun time would be 24 seconds) and a range of 2,400km, this machine revolutionised air travel. Now, in less than a day, one can get from London Heathrow to Perth, Australia on a direct flight, covering a distance of almost 14,500km (2,900 of us each running 5k) in about 17 hours (with the average run time at Ashton Court being 28:23, this journey would take us 1,363 hours or 56.8 days)!

 

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Take off from Ashton Court involves a trundle along this runway before we start to climb (photo: Pete Davey)

 

With a slight delay of 8 minutes (beating Bristol Airport’s average delay time of 17.6 minutes in 2017), 508 of us departed from the mansion house. Everyone’s engines were at maximum thrust to make the climb of approximately 328 feet to the plateau, where the visibility was 16km, meaning we witnessed great views of Bristol. On the return flight we were abandoned by the jetstream that usually helps to push us back down the hill, instead aided by the force of gravity (which battled us on the ascent)!

 

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Maximum thrust in use to ensure clearing the plateau (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

First to land today was Gavin Dale (in his own record flight time) of 17:35. Soaring in behind, in 20:13, was our first female to arrive, Katrina Entwistle (also setting a personal best flight time). 58 other parkrunners also registered record flight times today. Well done all.

 

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Soon-to-be first landers Gavin Dale, in blue, and Katrina Entwistle, in purple (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

We welcomed 86 first time fliers to Ashton Court today. 32 were first time fliers to the entirety of parkrun, and 54 had flown previously at other parkruns. Hopefully you’ll voyage with us again soon.

 

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Alongside Laura Hodge in black (Laura's flown here 31 times, with 113 flights elsewhere) are an unknown parkrunners, and then 2 first time fliers, Julie Peoples (who used to have an airline named after her) and Claire Olney (who didn't!) (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

William Lawrence, Anne Dockery and Miranda Jemphrey were today’s Air Traffic Controllers (funnel managers), vitally ensuring that each person who landed stayed in their finishing order whilst taxiing. This ensured that everyone received a time in sequence with their finish token.

 

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Having gone past the barrier it was time for passport control, and here are Hugo Stramrood, Craig Brown, Joseph Butler, Liam Holmes and Christine Rose, waiting to help bring your journey to a close (photo: Pete Davey)

 

In Passport Control (barcode scanning) was Hugo Stramrood, Joseph Butler, Neil Miller, Craig Brown and Liam Holmes, making sure that runners received a recorded time. If they were having problems in the scanning process, they were directed to Christine Rose, who manually entered passport numbers and finishing positions. Unfortunately, 51 flyers didn’t bring their passport (barcode), so on arrival were refused a recorded time. Just remember, next Saturday, DFYP (don’t forget your passport(barcode))!

 

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The most frequent flier visiting Ashton Court for the first time was Stjohn Ford, seen here flying his Maidenhead parkrun colours, who had flown on 284 occasions before coming in to land here (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

If you were travelling from Bristol Airport to any short or medium haul destinations (up to 3,500km in distance) it is likely you would be on an aircraft from the Airbus A320 family (A319, A320 and A321). Finishing in position 319 today was first timer Will Kwok, followed by Sarah Taylor and an unknown parkrunner, in positions 320 and 321. They each finished in the time of 30:26, making them a family unified by time!

 

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From the right, 319 Will Kwok, a first time flier, then Sarah Taylor, who has flown 94 times, 18 here, and Stephen Cotterill, a veteran flier who's logged 201 flights at Ashton Court, and 9 elsewhere (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

We could all hop onto a Qatar Airways Airbus A380 at London Heathrow to Doha, Qatar, as this aircraft is configured to seat 517 passengers, and there was 508 runners today. With only 9 seats spare, 23 volunteers would be left seat-less. Maybe they could pass as the crew members (if not, they could travel in the hold)! Our 380th parkrunner today was Eloise Morton, in a time of 33:24.

 

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Eloise Morton isn't at all excited about her 73rd flight! (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Perhaps you want to try the ‘ultra-marathon’ of the skies. You could fly from Changi Airport, Singapore to Newark, New Jersey, the longest commercial flight currently available at 18 hours long and a distance of 16,700km (3,340 of us each running 5k). The only aircraft to operate this route is the Airbus A350-900 ULR (ultra-long range). In position 350 today was Peter Butler, in a time of 31:34.

 

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Here's Peter Butler, flying at Ashton Court for the 26th time on his 28th flight (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

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Many congratulations to these five frequent flyers who all gained some extra t-shirt miles this morning. From the left: Paul Burgess, for his 200th flight; James Caola and Moe Soe, for their 150th flights; Matt O'Brien, for his 100th flight; Jack Dunwell, for his 50th flight (photos: Rich Kenington)

 

Just like the development of jet aircraft has brought locations that are thousands of kilometres away closer together, parkrun has, and continues to, unite thousands of people from all different backgrounds with a common objective; to complete a 5k walk, jog or run and smile with friends.

 

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They came from every corner, with but one thing on their minds (photos: Rich Kenington)

 

Thank you to everyone who took part in the journey. See you next Saturday!

 

Report by Elena Nikou 59 flights, 56 of them at Ashton Court

 

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This morning's Flight Recorders were Pete Davey and Rich Kenington (photos: Rich Kenington and Pete Davey)

 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

This week's full results and course records are here.

Pete Davey took some fab photos of us as he walked with his dog Edna at the back of parkrun clicking here. Rich Kenington took some others from the hillside. You'll find his photos, together with our entire photo archive, by following this link.

 

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Saturday was the tenth anniversary Pride march in Bristol and many of our parkrunners (along with a certain first-time run director) chose to celebrate the occasion by arriving at Ashton Court wearing some suitable rainbow-themed attire. Even without any Pride-related rainbow gear, 457 proud runners were proud to complete their run, or walk, or run-and-walk up and down our ‘little hill’. Our parkrunners celebrated diversity, good humour and inclusiveness as they went, just as Pride itself prides itself on.

 

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A rainbow of runners rumbling up our hill. Soon the gradient will ease and the running become easier (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

The main Pride march was due to begin at 11:00 in Bristol, so there was plenty of time to complete a quickie Pride parkrun too. This week we were proud to welcome 21 first time parkrunners at Ashton Court – welcome to you all and we hope that you'll be proud to call Ashton Court home every Saturday morning from now on.

We also welcomed first-time visitors to Ashton Court parkrun from Maidenhead, Dartmoor, London and Truro. There were other visitors this week from Warrington, Trent Park (N London), South Shields, Plymouth, Oxford, Kings Heath (Birmingham), Haselmere, Framlingham, Dorking, Portsmouth and Brentwood.

 

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Two of the morning's brand new parkrunners, Teleri Evans and Carla Johnson, either side of Dave Jones, a resident of Pomphrey Hill parkrun, taking part at Ashton Court for the first time (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

The weather was a little inclement at the start this week (the first wet start I think I can recall so far this year … unless anyone remembers different?!). But we weren’t going to let a bit of rain spoil our parkrun parade. The sense of pride must be particularly immense for the 88 parkrunners who achieved personal best times at Ashton Court this week (that’s 26% of everyone who’d run at Ashton Court). The first three female finishers achieved PBs, as did the first four male finishers. And there were seven PBs in the first ten finishers! This Pride thing must be having an incredible impact!

 

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On their way down the hill; Tom Wilkinson (about to run 74 seconds quicker at AC than before, and below 19 minutes for the first time), Paul Jefferson (running his best time since January), Iwan Harries (also about to beat 19 minutes for the first time) and Robert Fryer (visiting for the first time from Southsea parkrun) (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

So we’re all especially proud of Hannah Steeds from Clifton Running Club, our first female finisher on Bristol Pride day in a PB time of 19:44 and her best time so far this year. That’s no mean achievement when there’s a little hill to contend with. Our second female finisher was Tabitha Collins from Bitton Road Runners in 21:46. Third was Nadia Kottegoda from Great Western Runners in 22:20. Nadia has been touring around our local parkruns since she first started running back in January; Nadia has run at Severn Bridge parkrun, Eastville parkrun, oh and Kettering parkrun … that’s not very local is it?!

 

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This is Hannah Steeds, about to finish 6 seconds quicker than she had before here, just behind Tom Patrick (we think) who would finish 15 seconds faster than before (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Another female parkrunner’s achievement to be proud of was set by our Event Director, Maggie Salter, who although she didn’t quite get a PB, she came very close and finished faster than she’s run in some time, with an amazing age-grade of 80.34% that’s the highest age-grade at Ashton Court on Saturday.

 

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Joseph and his Technicolour Trisuit - unfortunately an unknown runner (no pocket to keep his barcode in perhaps?), with James Pizer and Maggie Salter close behind (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

While we’re on the subject of age, our oldest runner this week also achieved a PB – and something else perhaps even more noteworthy: step forward and take a bow Jan Moody! Jan finished in 37:54, putting her at the top of the VW75-79 table at Ashton Court – a new Ashton Court age-category record! Something to be very proud of indeed.

 

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This is Jan Moody. Jan’s new to parkrun, having run each of our last 5 parkruns. Jan started off with a time of 44:59, ran times between 40 and 41 minutes in the next 3 parkruns, and this time finished in 37.54 (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

For the juniors, six out of 14 junior under-10 runners achieved PBs this week and four of our junior runners aged 11-14 ran PB times, including Rosie Walker who has improved incredibly - by over three minutes since her first parkrun at the end of June. Only one of our runners aged 15-17 achieved a PB – so Jack Symes, also be proud! Junior and first time runner, Marina Mayanglambam, was delayed arriving, setting off well after the last runner had started, but she was so determined to get her parkrun fix that she just kept on running until she finished her 5k in 43:53 – looking very proud of herself indeed!

 

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Matthew Dudley and Iain Elkington, celebrating both Pride Day and Iain’s 50th parkrun. Iain’s next new t-shirt may seem a little sombre after this one! (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

For the men, William Ganley from Bitton Road Runners, finished first and proudly took 29 seconds off his last time at Ashton Court (and that was back in 2013!). Zak Watson finished second in 18:31; Zak only began his parkrun journey in January this year. Six of Zak’s seventeen parkruns have been at Ashton Court and at his first in April he finished in 20:02, incredible progress to be proud of. Callum Moore finished third among the men with a PB, just four seconds behind Zak and Iwan Harries managed yet another PB in our first 10 just another four seconds after Callum.

 

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Martin Riddiford finished 97th at our first parkrun and here he is running his 300th parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

With so many PBs grabbing all the attention, there wasn’t much room left for landmark runs this week, so special congratulations to our two runners who did complete their landmark parkruns: Issy Lambson and Iain Elkington will soon be proudly sporting their lovely red 50 shirts. Congratulations both.

 

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Issy Lambson running her 50th parkrun, her 46th here at home. Issy just missed celebrating her landmark with a pb by 3 seconds (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

One of our parkrun regulars, Anna Brooke, has been also been doing a bit of parkrun tourism. In Anna’s case her tourism has involved running at parkruns whose initial letters spell out ‘Rwanda’. Anna is raising money to support schools there; so far she’s been to Rogiet, Winchester, Ayre Newport, Dean (Forest of) and so finally she came back at Ashton Court. We’re all very proud of you, Anna. Anna has reached 97% of her target at the time of writing – you can check out her JustGiving page to add your support.

 

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Flying the flag of Rwanda, here's Anna Brooke (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

The ‘what took you so long?’ award this week goes to Alan Lamb from Dragons Running Club (yes, I had to look it up) – there are two clubs called Dragons Running Club – one in Yeadon, near Leeds and another in Sale, near Manchester. Since Alan has mostly run parkruns in Wythenshaw near Sale, it’s fairly safe to assume that’s the Dragons Running Club he belongs to. Alan is something of a nomad parkrunner and has run at 24 different parkruns (including Braband parkrun in Aarhus, Denmark and Tøyen parkrun, Oslo) before arriving at Ashton Court. We hope you’ll come back and visit us again soon Alan.

 

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Here's Lesley Ann Pearce, visiting us for the first time from South Shields parkrun, with Luigi Sterlini – with wings – right behind, also visiting for the first time, from Pymmes parkrun in Edmonton, North London (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Many thanks to our volunteers this week – especially Paul Hodges (the real run director) for keeping me right and all the briefers, marshals, timekeepers, number checkers, funnel managers, token issuers, tail waggers, token sorters, picture takers and equipment storers who proudly served Ashton Court parkrun this week.

 

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Welcome to Bristol, Jodie Bees. Jodie’s home event is Fingal Bay parkrun, about 65k north east of Newcastle in New South Wales, but having recently moved to Bristol we hope it won’t be long before Ashton Court feels like home. Michael Reynolds is close behind (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Report by Mike McBeth

 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

This week's full results and course records are here.

Rich Kenington took photos for us this week and you'll find them, together with our entire photo archive, by following this link.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

 

Easter Saturday was a lovely day for a parkrun, an Easter EGGS-cellent day you might say! Certainly the 578 participants we recorded completing our course thought so, all ably assisted by our team of 31 Easter EGGS-ceptional volunteers, some of whom managed to both run the course and help.

 

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Off they go, the four course marshals, to check that the course is clear and marked out before we can start (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Among the runners we had a total of five Al-EGGS-‘s and Al-EGGS-andra‘s. Alex Williams and Alexandra Warrington have run up our hill before and know all about the EGGS-ertion needed to get to the top, while Alex Morales, Alexandra Bell and Alexandra Bright were running at Ashton Court for the first time, visiting us from Catford, Willoughby (in Sydney) and Chipping Sodbury respectively.

 

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On his way to his 2nd fastest time and his 100th parkrun is Robert Brown (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

In fact, we had 83 runners visiting Ashton Court for the first time, including many that had come an EGGS-tremely long way, including overseas visitors from Sydney and Dublin, and others from Ess-EGGS, Suss-EGGS, Middles-EGGS and Wess-EGGS. Notable among them is Emma Mackay from Bromley who choose to run her 50th parkrun at Ashton Court and now qualifies for the red milestone T-shirt, and Gareth Jenkins who had run 287 parkruns at 55 different event venues before coming to Ashton Court for the first time on Saturday.

 

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In 50th place was Ruth Thomas, running her first northern hemisphere parkrun. Ruth's previous 65 parkruns have all been in New South Wales, mostly at Curl Curl parkrun, which is now home to Emma Bowers, the first female finisher at our first parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Meanwhile at the other EGGS-treme, the Ashton Court parkrun community EGGS-panded as we welcomed many new parkrunners to Ashton Court on Easter Saturday for their first parkrun ever. Gavin Dale was the fastest of these and third to cross the finish line in the EGGS-emplary time of 17:56. But parkrun is not about speed, rather it’s the enjoyment of running with friends and so we are just as EGGS-cited to welcome Charlene Williams on her first run here in a slightly slower time than Gavin’s, along with the other 30 new parkrunners who finished between them. We hope all our visitors enjoyed the EGGS-quisite views over Bristol on this lovely sunny day and will come back and run with us again soon.

 

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Amongst all the hi-vis is Charlene Williams, taking part in her first (but we hope not last) parkrun. One of our amazing junior volunteers is on the left, alongside Andrea Goude, and cunningly disguised as the Easter bunny is Jane Duffus, with Marcie the Beagle enjoying her first volunteer role as Tail Wagger (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

We also cheered in EGGS-uberance for landmark runs by more frequent Ashton Court parkrunners. Mark Watts completed his 50th parkrun to qualify for a red landmark T-shirt, Robert Brown completed his 100th parkrun in a time just a few seconds shy of his PB and qualifies for a black T-shirt, Lousie Neal-Hopes and Steve Cotterill who both ran their 200th parkrun, and Charles McDowall ran his 250th parkrun and qualifies for the green T-shirt – the 32th Ashton Court parkrunner to do so.

 

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Here's Charles McDowall, on his way to completing his 250th parkrun, and almost hidden in the group behind is Louise Neale-Hopes, running her 200th parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

We had 95 parkrunners who were so EGGS-peditious that they set new PBs, including David Eagon who was first across the finish line and 35 seconds faster than ever before on his 10th run here, and Caroline Lavis who had a 56 second improvement on her third run here and set a new Ashton Court age-graded record of 89.21%. Not only that but Caroline became the first VW70-74 female to beat 26 minutes here at Ashton Court, and in doing so she regained this particular age category record which she’d lost to Anne Dockery in May last year.

 

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Running Happy here is Caroline Lavis, running faster here than anyone in her age category at Ashton Court has before (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

With 92 different pbs to choose from it would be unfair to single any others out for praise. However, it helped if your first name began with the letter M or S, as 13 pbs were achieved by parkrunners whose names did just that, and it also helped if your family name began with S, as again, 13 pbs were gained by people with surnames beginning with that letter.

So step forward Sarah Stoyle, Michael Shah, Matthew Skuce, Maryam Saleem and Michael Shepperd, who all achieved pbs. Sarah was 27 seconds quicker, Michael Shah 6 seconds quicker, Matthew 31 seconds, Maryam 66 seconds and Michael Sheppard 72 seconds faster than ever before at our lovely Ashton Court.

 

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Two pb achievers; Ruth Turner, one of at least two visitors from Abingdon parkrun this morning, and Maryam Saleem, one of two members of the Saleem family to run a pb - Jane Saleem being the second (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Next week we will be EGGS-ulting in our 8th Birthday event, celebrating in the usual fashion by having a bring and share party after the run. You can bring cakes, savouries or fruit to share after the run, but most importantly bring yourselves, and don’t forget your barcodes! (Editor’s note: but please don’t bring any EGGS!)

 

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Someone's happy on the hilltop! Steve Stone and Alex Wright. Suzanne Root and an unknown runner are close behind (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Report by Paul Hodges

 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

This week's full results and course records are here.

Once again Rich Kenington chased after everyone and took photos of them on their way down the hill. You'll find the photos, together with our entire photo archive, by following this link (or this one if viewing on an iOS device).

 

428 of us, all in the same boat

 

The week after Ashton Court celebrated their 400th parkrun with a record turnout, we were blessed with a fantastic morning for running. The fog from the previous week had cleared, and Bristol looked stunning when descending the gravel track. 428 of us took advantage of this and ran, walked or crawled up and down the hill, 70 of whom were experiencing the joys of Ashton Court for the first time and 31 of these were brand new to parkrun. We hope to see you all again soon!

 

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Nicky Marshall and Kelly Evans, two of the morning's first time parkrunners, with Sian Andrews close behind. On the left are Tail Walker Emma Coles and Arthur (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Elsewhere in the country, the Boat Race took place this weekend. Ashton Court entered in to the spirit by having a cox at the helm, as John Cox was the first across the line in 18:27. The reserve cox, Dylan Cox had a storming run, reeling in a new PB of 22:27.

 

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Even on boat race day we encourage our coxes to go forwards, and here's our helmsman John Cox, doing just that, and taking less time than the rest of us did (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

The first female was also embarking on her very first parkrun, Olivia Pratt finished in 19:21. The best Age Grade score belongs to Shirley Clegg, her 25:19 time resulted in the remarkable score of 83.81%, which is difficult to fathom. The fastest buoy was Kieran Butler in 21:03 and the quickest gull was Beatrice Kinnear in 25:12. Oar inspiring work everybody!

 

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Dylan Cox first set out on a parkrun voyage at Bushy parkrun in 2011. For most of the time since then Dylan's been a casual parkrunner but has now run 4 times in the past few weeks, 3 of them here at AC, and already he's knocked 1m 44s off the time he ran on his first visit (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

31 volunteers joined Saturday’s crew to ensure everything was ship shape and Bristol fashion. They waved us around Ashton Court, kept us on an even keel, and there was not a stern face to be seen. Special mention must go to Liz Hill who captained the First Timers briefing and then went on to cruise to a new PB of 23:08 on her 138th time on the course. Dan Jones managed his first PB in two years of trying by breaking the 19 minute barrier by two seconds. Ellen Ladds finished in 401st place in this our 401st parkrun and did so by taking half a minute of her previous best time, setting a new PB of 39:47. 60 other runners also had a swell day achieving PBs by clocking up their quickest thames at Ashton Court.

 

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An admirable performance by Liz Hill, seen here with James Elgar and Daniel Plummer, both slightly out of focus. James was running his 83rd parkrun (his 16th here at AC) and Daniel achieved his 5th pb in his 7th run with us, improving his time this time by 93 seconds (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Four amongst us are now eligible for new t-shirts. Congratulations to Genevieve Bussell who ran her 10th parkrun as a junior. Laura Cooper visited us for the first time, but in doing so she chalked up her 50th run. Naina Burgess and Sarah Baker-Patch rounded off the landmarks by each running for the 100th time. Hopefully they do knot have to wait long for their shirts. Wear them with pride.

 

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Here's Naina Burgess, smiling all the way to the end of her 100th parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

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Thanks for a great report, Tom (for this is he - this week's keeper of our ship's log) (photo: Rich Kenington)

 

Report by Tom Feilding

 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

This week's full results and course records are here.

Rich Kenington chased after everyone and took photos of them on their way down the hill. You'll find the photos, together with our entire photo archive, by following this link (or this one if viewing on an iOS device).

 

Mums and Gremlins

 

Wow! Ashton Court parkrun on Saturday 30th March 2019 was a momentous event. Not only did a record number of 678 runners set their alarms, force themselves out of bed on the foggiest of mornings, push themselves up the hill, fly back down again to be handed a small but significant piece of white plastic at the end of the funnel, but it was also our 400th event!

 

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Run report writer Amanda Halford briefs the morning's first timers, with some help by signer Moira Jackson (photo: Geoff Keogh)

 

400 hi-viz mornings, 400 run briefings, 400 finish funnels erected and carefully packed away afterwards. Phew. Brian Lara is famously the only cricketer to have reached 400 runs in a Test Match, but I have it on good authority that none of those runs were anything like 5km, and there was no elevation at all, an achievement somewhat less impressive than our very own parkrun.

 

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And this is before they take on the hill - Amanda Halford, Emma Nguyen, Katherine Thomasset and Joanne Douglas (photo: taken by a runner passing by, with Joanne Douglas' phone)

 

Of the 678 finishers on Saturday Daniel Morgan has run 347 of 400 parkruns at Ashton Court. Martin Riddiford has run at AC 277 times and Sally Marsh 269 times. Ewan Campbell celebrated his 100th run on the hill, and Jeremy Lowe and Jennifer Griggs their 50th. They must love those muddy puddles on the plateau!

 

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For most of us parkrun is a blur after the event! (photo: Geoff Keogh)

 

Ashton Court parkrun #400 was also the first ever parkrun takeover by This Mum Runs, providing 20 volunteers to fill the roster on this Mother’s Day weekend.

This Mum Runs (or TMR) was born in Bristol in 2014. Mel Bound, a Southville mum juggling a demanding job and 2 young children was struggling to find the motivation and confidence to exercise. She sent a Facebook request to find a running buddy. When Mel turned up at Greville Smyth Park she was gobsmacked to find 75 women had turned up to join her. There were clearly many, many ladies in the same boat.

TMR now organises hundreds of free weekly social runs led by volunteers (many of whom were volunteering and marshalling at Ashton Court this weekend). TMR is now a globally recognised community of more than 50,000 women connected by running. Social runs are organised weekly in Bristol, Bath, London and Cardiff. The focus is creating headspace for Mums who are juggling a million things everyday, empowering them to make a bit of time for themselves, connecting them to other Mums in the local area through running an providing heaps of support and encouragement. If you (or your nearest and dearest) would like to know more check out www.thismumruns.co.uk or find us on Facebook.

 

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Marshal 2, alias Rachael James, one of the morning's fab This Mum Runs volunteers (photo: Eve Purnell)

 

During our record breaking morning 309 female and 295 male runners charged up the hill and back again. A very special mention goes to Avis Noott who finished in 644th position. Avis set a new course record for the VW80-84 category, clocking a very respectable time of 40:29. In fact Avis is the only VW80-84 to run at Ashton Court so she’s in a class of her own!

 

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Congratulations to Cat Horwood-Darby on her mum-and-buggy pb, which her daughter slept through! How do children do that? (photo: Eve Purnell)

 

Cat Horwood-Darby finished in 400th place at AC#400. Cat is an Ashton Court and This Mum Runs regular. Cat may not have achieved a personal best but pushed her daughter to a mum-and-buggy PB breaking the 30 minute barrier for the first time. Well done, Cat!

 

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Great to see Katherine Thomasset enjoying her first ever parkrun (photo: Eve Purnell)

 

Very well done to the 65 runners participating in their very first parkrun, including the Chew Valley Snails Couch to 5k graduates. We also had 47 visitors from other parkruns. We were delighted to meet you and hope to see you all again soon.

 

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Did you know that the collective noun for a bunch of snails is escargatoire? Here's an escargatoire from Chew Valley (photo: Geoff Keogh)

 

Big congratulations are due to our landmark runners. Jeremy Lowe, Emily Tanner and David Salmon, (along with Sean O’Boyle visiting from Westport parkrun, CoMayo) will soon be sporting new red t-shirts having each run their 50th parkrun. Taryn Taylor, one of our prolific juniors, clocked up her 150th and celebrated with delicious cake afterwards in the courtyard. Alexander Leitch ran his 200th with us on Saturday. Paul Hodges, Barry Mills and Dominic Murray (visiting from Shrewsbury parkrun) hit the super impressive milestone of 250 parkruns apiece. Well done to all of you, and the 160 runners achieving a personal best.

 

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Visiting us for the first time, and running his 250th parkrun, is Dominic Murray from Shrewsbury parkrun. Dominic also romped away with our coveted "what took you so long" award (no prize, it's just for fun), having (obviously) run 249 parkruns elsewhere before coming along to Ashton Court (photo: Geoff Keogh)

 

604 runners received a time and position on Saturday, which meant the remaining 74 were recorded as unknown. We love to know who our runners are and want to give you credit for all that superb running effort so please remember to print and bring your barcode. #dfyb

 

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13 is said to be unlucky for some, but not for James O'Hara, who finished 13th with a pb of 19:06, having finished 13th last time he was here (in December) when he'd also gone faster than before and had beaten 20 minutes for the first time here (photo: Geoff Keogh)

 

Many of you have expressed concern about the runner taken ill during the event on Saturday. Our grateful thanks go to everyone who stopped to help. Please be assured he was able to recover at home on Saturday afternoon.

 

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Sarah Pinch has now run twice here and twice at Eastville parkrun, and this time she ran over 6 minutes quicker than on her first visit! (photo: Eve Purnell)

 

Now to the gremlins. The combination of a record number of runners, internet failure and mischievous technology pixies conspired to produce a complicated assortment of issues for our results processing team. Undeterred, our Run Directors Rich Kenington and David Taylor toiled hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. Rich (a one-man enigma machine) spent much of the afternoon and evening deciphering the data into a coherent set of results. Thank you, Rich, for your ceaseless effort and commitment, you are a superstar!

 

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This was also Joanne Douglas' 4th parkrun - we think she's got the parkrun bug (photo: Eve Purnell)

 

And a final word from our Mums. Many had never even been to a parkrun before, let alone marshalled/time-kept/scanned but they were all blown away by the friendliness, camaraderie and support of the AC running community. They loved the thanks and reassurance from everyone. And when a bunch of Mums compliment you on your manners you know you’re doing it right.

 

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The very happy band from This Mum Runs (photo: Eve Purnell)

 

Report by This Mum Runs Amanda Halford

 

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.

Don't forget to 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.

This week's full results and course records are here.

Geoff Keogh (thanks Geoff) took some lovely photos of the morning's preliminaries, which you'll find, together with our entire photo archive, by following this link (or this one if viewing on an iOS device).

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