Event 254 – And now for something completely different

Hi all the run report this week is a little different, Sam one of our newest members of the core team has compiled an audio run report.

You can find it on our Facebook page or on YouTube if you search for “Banbury parkrun Sam”, unfortunately we can’t provide links to it here (we are looking into getting a transcript published here, if we can get the technology to work)

It’s well worth a listen

Banbury Parkrun

And now for the stats

This week 348 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Sam YOUNG • Sharon DARKE • Claire UPTON • Adam LAWRENCE • Sera RELTON • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Alison HEATH • Tracy LAWRENCE • Kurt TRINDER • Jon ROBINSON • Cheri HADEN • Kim HOPKINSON • David BENNETT • Jack EATON • Andrew EATON • Lilian CARPENTER • Rob CROSS • Jean WILD • Simon HOOK • Sara CARTER • Kate R • Theo YOUNG
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Banbury parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).
Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,778 participants have completed 50,051 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,255 km, including 8,797 new Personal Bests. A total of 699 individuals have volunteered 5,294 times.

 

First timers, tourists, volunteers and achievements

My preparations for parkrun started on Monday during a lunchtime walk in the University Parks, Oxford. I was talking to Sue, Event Director at Didcot, about where we would be on our respective parkrun days and what we were up to. Sue would be running Didcot and I would be running at Banbury (my 350th run (arbitrary) but given I was a non-runner when I started a great achievement) as well as undertaking a new volunteer role in giving the first time briefing.

I arrived at the park and reporting to the Run Director Sam to receive the notes for first time briefing. I chatted to a few volunteers including Glenys and read through the notes before taking the briefing.

In the first time briefing, there were several first-timers as well as tourists from London, Cheltenham and Oxford. It’s great to see first-timers, tourist, see how people continue to hear about parkrun or travel to a different one. According to the results, there were 13 first-timers and also 8 people who were running their first-time at Banbury.

Sam sent us off for the run after congratulations went to Grace for the 100th run (all of them at Banbury) and applause for the volunteers. Sam mentioned that a volunteer for the run report would be useful, to which I volunteered for after the run.

The course is still the summer course and the runners received great support from the marshals’ around the course, a special mention goes to Sera for enthusiasm; all the encouragement always helps me. Whilst I tend to only say a few words (if I can) on the run, it’s great to hear people chatting whether in the buggies, discussing various sports or whatever they are doing, background noise is always great.

Congratulations go to the 6 people that received PBs including Philip, who was the first person home and Lee, Andrew and Alan who all reached 50 parkruns.

Helen

and now for the stats

This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Helen BURTON • Glenys LOGAN • Sam YOUNG • Kate SUTTON • Helen ROBERTS • Claire UPTON • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Caz STOKES • Penny SIMPSON • Rose ASHTON • Eve SULLIVAN • Tracy LAWRENCE • Joby MULLENS • Stuart HADEN • Richard MCMAHON • Kim HOPKINSON • Polly DAVIES • Andrew EATON • Natalie MILES • Matilda SUTTON • Gavin LLOYD THOMAS • Sarah DES RIVIERES • Sara CARTER • Janice ROWAN • Brian NOBLE • Kelly COWLEY • Gemma WHITTON-DEWS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Banbury parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,741 participants have completed 49,702 parkruns covering a total distance of 248,510 km, including 8,735 new Personal Bests. A total of 698 individuals have volunteered 5,271 times.

 

Bibs, T Shirts and Obscure Achievements

What a lovely day for a parkrun! It might be nearly Autumn but the parkrun weather fairy arranged sunshine for those returning from their Summer holidays to swell the ranks.

Nigel Deakin ran his 100th and sported one of the new bibs. Much fun was had deciding if it was a good idea to wear it back to front so those behind him would know of the amazing achievement. Answer – no unless you like running with a label tickling your chin!

Nick was the run director and had a lot to remember including welcoming tourists from Southampton and Hobart – yes really! Serena’s hen party looked great in their special t-shirts and tiaras – what a wonderful way to get ready for the big day.

17 first timers joined us – well done the hardest part is over, from now on you know where you are going, how it all works and in all likelihood will improve on your PB when you come back. Speaking of which – congratulations to the 38 who set a new PB this week.

Another reminder that parkrun doesn’t run without volunteers – so if you want to keep your weekly fix, don’t forget to put your name on the roster soon. Lots of opportunities to volunteer and still run – like writing a run report, and helping with setting up and clearing up. Only those who have volunteered 25 times get the lovely purple t-shirt.

I enjoy reading the run reports, a great way to get a mid week parkrun fix. Also I have recently discovered ‘Free weekly timed’ the unofficial weekly parkrun podcast, with guest interviews and inspirational stories about how parkrun has truly changed people’s lives. At random I chose 6.9.18 to listen to – it was all about Banbury! That was the date that the Hoffman club turned up and Gregory Bailey became the first person to complete 250 different parkruns in his first 250 parkruns. You can also read all about it in our own newsletter (event 199).

saracross

David Mason, who wrote last weeks great run report introduced me to some of the other unofficial ‘badges’ for achievements on runningchallenges.co.uk. I find I have been awarded a Ground Hog badge for achieving exactly the same time in consecutive parkruns at the same venue, and am quite a way towards getting parkrun bingo – times ending in 1 – 60 seconds. Lots of fun if that 250 t-shirt seems an awfully long way away.

Sara
And now for the stats….

This week 326 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Tony CRONIN • Helen BURTON • Claire UPTON • Dale ELLIS • Stuart MACLACHLAN • Sera RELTON • Rose ASHTON • Sara CROSS • Kevin MAYO • Barbara BARDECKA • David GLOVER • David COOKE • Jenny COOKE • Richard MCMAHON • Kim HOPKINSON • Jack EATON • Tony NORTH • Rob CROSS • Colin LESTER • Nick MACEY • Sarah DES RIVIERES • Kate R • Richard SAVORY • Frances EDWARDS • Abigail SMITH • Brian NOBLE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Banbury parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).
Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,710 participants have completed 49,369 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,845 km, including 8,673 new Personal Bests. A total of 695 individuals have volunteered 5,243 times.

 

The ramblings of a Chelmsford Central parkrun voluntourist – Event #251

So I’m in Stratford-upon-Avon on a Friday night, feeding my Shakespeare
obsession. And in turn this sets me up nicely to feed my other obsession
the following morning. But where should I take myself, in order to complete
my 224 th parkrun on my 123rd different course?

Having already tackled Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as nearby Evesham,
Kingsbury Water, Cheltenham, Bicester and Oxford, I decided to join you at
Spiceball Park for Event #251. I’d also volunteered to help set up, which
meant an early start in order to meet Run Director Martyn. Unfortunately
this didn’t quite go to plan (I was waiting in the wrong car park) but, when I
did locate the initial wave of volunteers, they’d already been working hard
to ensure that Saturday’s event rapidly took shape. More unfortunately still,
my attempt to get in on these hi-vis heroics almost certainly caused more
problems than it solved (sorry guys). But at least I took people’s minds off
of having soaking wet feet from the morning dew and insect bites from a
passing swarm!

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Then at around 8.50am that other miracle of parkrun occurred, as from all
over the park eager runners converged in numbers upon the starting area.
The first timer/ tourist briefing having been deftly delivered by Clare, the
pre-run announcements having been expertly made by Martyn and the
newcomers, milestoners and volunteers having been rigorously applauded
by everyone, without further ado all 278 of us were set on our way at
9.06am, to delight in the activity that arguably Saturday mornings were
made for.

I greatly enjoyed your summer course, with its additional bridge section (we
have some bi-directional bridge running at Chelmsford Central, my home
event). Indeed, Banbury was one of the flatter courses I’ve tackled in
recent weeks (Martyn has also done Hadleigh parkrun in Essex, and will
testify that the elevation gain on that course is a bit brutal). In fact, just so
long as there isn’t a beast of a hill involved I’d say multi-terrain parkruns are
my very favourites, and yours had a great mix of tarmac paths and off-road.
I also particularly liked the shaded section alongside the canal, where the
houseboat residents are reputed to tantalise parkrunners with the smell of
cooking bacon.

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Kudos to the Core Team for arranging a dry day, making mud and puddles
a thing to worry about some other time. If anything they made it a little too
sunny, but I’m sure they had their reasons (most probably related to
building character). Kudos as well to the marshals, each so generous with
their encouragement all the way round, and doing such a fantastic job to
ensure that everybody stayed safe and had fun.
The first finisher was Angus Beggin, who came home in a blistering time of
19:22, whilst the first lady was Rachel Piper, who recorded an equally
impressive 21:25. Many congratulations to both. Further congratulations
go to this week’s milestone achievers, who were Joby Mullins (100 events)
and Shaun Mullins (50 events).

A couple of further special mentions are due. Firstly Wendy Scott (from
Guildford parkrun), who British Sign Language interpreted both the first
timer/ tourist and pre-run briefings for the benefit of hearing impaired
participants. And secondly, whilst I think many couples might have taken
the Champagne breakfast option, Mr and Mrs Haden (Stuart and Cheri)
chose the morning of their Silver Wedding Anniversary to be Tailwalkers!
Love and luck to them both for many years to come.

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Aside from my good self, Event #251 also had tourists from as far afield as
Runcorn, Nottingham, Southampton and Tonbridge. May the power of
parkrun to bring total strangers together to share an experience never
wane.
To conclude, I’d like to thank Banbury parkrun for making me so welcome.
Your event seemed to me a wonderful fusion between a smashing course,
a friendly crowd and a committed Core Team. I feel very confident that a
further 224 parkruns will not pass before I visit you again.
David Mason

 

Event #250 Oh, what a lovely morning for…a parkrun

Given the weather conditions yesterday, it was wonderful waking up to a sunny parkrun morning. The park was relatively quiet when I got to the park at (8.30ish) and it was great to observe how people descend from all corners of the park some walking, jogging and cycling for the same event especially at the 250th time of asking for Banbury.

The first time/tourist briefing was expertly given by Tracy. There were several newcomers and tourist from Fire Service College and Northants. Hopefully, we will see you in future weeks; everyone is very welcome to the Banbury parkrun community for a short or longer stays.

Steven, our Run Director for the day, sent us off after a short briefing. There were milestone achievements for Polly for 100 parkruns and Danny was celebrating his 25th volunteering.

The summer course lived to its reputation and was not too muddy underfoot. The marshals and volunteers around the course were fantastic, lots of clapping and cheering, which for me adds to the whole experience, hopefully not too many sore hands, after all, that clapping. I am always thankful for the volunteers without whom I would not get my parkrun fix and for those who know me; rarely, I am not at a parkrun.

In terms of runners, 243 runners completed the run. 20 of who were first-timers, including Reece who was first recorded runner home and 29 PBs, many congratulations to you all.

I am already looking forward to my next parkrun fix.

Helen Burton

And now for the stats...

This week 243 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Helen BURTON • Simon RICHARDSON • Paddy HAYNES • Claire UPTON • Steven HEARN • Alex OLEJNIK • Adam LAWRENCE • Danny BATCHELOR • Sera RELTON • Michael HIRST • Rachel PALMER-HEARN • Caitlin MONTAGUE • Tracy LAWRENCE • Nicholas WESLEY • Stuart HADEN • Michael CORRALL • Natalie MILES • Wendy CARTER • Maddie CARTER • Marcus BECKER • Sophie MARTIN • Abigail SMITH • Thomas RICHARDSON • Jan MARTIN • Jane REED • Melissa MORLEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Banbury parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,645 participants have completed 48,765 parkruns covering a total distance of 243,825 km, including 8,596 new Personal Bests. A total of 690 individuals have volunteered 5,193 times.

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