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.

 

parkrun – you really blew me away

They forecast strong winds and they weren’t wrong, but a mild hurricane didn’t stop 26 heroic volunteers and 263 hardy parkrunners at Spiceball Park this morning.

Tracy had a large audience at her First Timers Briefing at 8.45; an amazing 28 tourists, including visitors from nearby Cropredy Festival, and 6 people using their bar code for the very first time. So a huge welcome to the parkrun family Peter Grieveson, Hal Wallis, Iris Fung, Fabiola Pereira, Zoe Bardey and Helen Burns.

Run Director Graeme sent us off shortly after 9.00 and the faster runners were soon Gone with the Wind as they raced across the field and up the slight incline to begin the first mini-lap. I stayed towards the back where I could enjoy the sight of the brightly coloured parkrunners snaking their way around the curved pathway and disappearing behind a hedge. This part of the park is quite open so I really felt the wind blowing through my hair and realised I should have shaved my legs.

Next was the long stretch beside the water before passing through a small wooded area where I thought I heard the crack of a branch breaking in the gale, but it turned out to be two frisky pigeons.
On the second lap we double-looped over two bridges, which is my favourite part of the course because of the opportunity to high-five parkrunners coming the opposite way. Occasionally I misjudge the appeal of my over-zealous greeting and I’m then left hanging by startled strangers.

The summer course feels a little quicker than the winter course to me – maybe it’s the absence of mud, or the novelty of the different terrain, or maybe it’s all the extra high-fiving, but for whatever reason my best times have been on the summer course. This morning, despite the sudden wall of wind resistance in the field, I finished as usual with a sprint across the grass and a big grin on my face.
Today, Charlotte Drummond, Lucy Riley and John Quinn joined the 50 club. Congratulations on hitting this milestone – hopefully you like the colour red!

An unknown runner came home in 17:49 to take the first finisher token. Charlotte Drummond of Banbury Harriers AC not only celebrated her 50 milestone but was also the first lady over the line in 7th position and a time of 20:44. Highest age grading this week of 75.81% went to Clare Curnow of Cherwell Runners and Joggers. Also congratulations to the 16 who set a new PB this week. Great parkrunning everyone – you made it look such a breeze!
Karen

And now for the stats…

This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Helen BURTON • Warren HARRISON • Graeme HACKLAND • Hannah CLIFFORD • Paddy HAYNES • Steven HEARN • Sandra HERYET • Sera RELTON • Georgina COYNE • Karen SHAKESPEARE • Rachel PALMER-HEARN • Helen KUHN • Rose ASHTON • Tracy LAWRENCE • Stuart HADEN • Jack EATON • Natalie MILES • Colin LESTER • Nick MACEY • Warren SMITH • Sara CARTER • Abigail SMITH • Solveig ALSAKER • Georgina WILKINSON • Jo TRINDER • 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 6,615 participants have completed 48,522 parkruns covering a total distance of 242,610 km, including 8,567 new Personal Bests. A total of 685 individuals have volunteered 5,167 times.

 

Run report – Event 248

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The sweat runs down my face. My ankles ache.
The marshals smile and say, "You're looking fine"
Small kids whiz from behind and overtake:
Fair play to them, the future's theirs not mine.
Some friends drift by, I strive to keep up with 'em
We're often told a parkrun's not a race
My legs, my lungs pump in a six-eight rhythm
To keep within the pack I'll push the pace.
We're faster than the folk who chose to lie in
But that proves nothing. Good to keep the score
From week to week, and deeply satisfying
To beat the person that you were before.
Good to see Kate, who weekly gets more nifty
And well-done Flo and Marlie for their fifty.

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"We need a run report" they said. I'm on it-
Some poncy poetry should do the trick
If you can tell a haiku from a sonnet
You may be pining for a limerick.
Just take a gander at the future roster:
Next week you'll see some Shakespeare by God's Bones,
The real Macbeth and not some naff impostor,
A pizzle-pated coxcomb called Chris Jones.
Roll up, roll up, for Banbury parkrun needs you
It's possible to volunteer and run
Don't be the dog that bites the hand that feeds you
Feed the hand that bites you: much more fun!
Best find yourself some waterproof apparel
For soon could be your turn inside the barrel!

Chris

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and now for the stats.....

This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Sam YOUNG • Helen ROBERTS • Claire UPTON • Steven HEARN • Heather FINNIGAN • Sera RELTON • Alison HEATH • Tracy LAWRENCE • Sara CROSS • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Bridget WILKINSON • Thomas CROSS • Andrew EATON • Jamie COX • Amy RUSSELL • Rob CROSS • Chris JONES • Nick MACEY • Gwyneth ROGERS • Sarah DES RIVIERES • Sara CARTER • Rebecca RAFTERY • Abigail SMITH • Georgina WILKINSON • Kelly COWLEY
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 6,580 participants have completed 48,259 parkruns covering a total distance of 241,295 km, including 8,550 new Personal Bests. A total of 683 individuals have volunteered 5,141 times.

 

View from the RD – Event #247

Well, after a week of blistering temperatures it looks like some people opened the curtains and thought "Blow that, I'm going back to bed" whilst lots of others thought "Cooler and slightly damp weather: ideal running conditions". Despite the total number being about fifty lower than we've had recently, no fewer than thirty of you set a new, best time for the Banbury course. Congratulations!

Perhaps slightly more perplexing was the fourteen people who opened the curtains and thought "Today looks like a good day to do my first parkrun". Since the poor weather didn't put you off, we hope that you come back again very soon and we'll try to lay on a better day for you. Maybe you'd promised to accompany existing parkrunners and couldn't back out, or maybe you'd just decided that this was the weekend that you'd decided to get involved and weren't going to get a bit of drizzle put you off [the Fitton family?]. Whatever, we're very pleased that you chose Banbury for your first parkrun experience.

At the other end of the spectrum, one of the tourists joining us for the first time was Neil Davies - a Bushy parkrunner. With more than five hundred runs to you name, you've clearly 'got the bug'. As with all twenty four tourists running/walking at Banbury for the first time, and any more who only make it to Banbury occasionally, I hope that we made you feel welcome.

Congratulations, too, to Amanda Ivings who came and grabbed a "I'm running my 50th parkrun" bib before the start. Olly Ormond, Theo Till, and Paul Hammond were perhaps a little more shy, but if you're going to claim and proudly wear your milestone T-shirt then why not practice with one of our fetching bibs? We have youth and adult sized bibs for 10 [okay, only youth sizes for this one!], 50, 100, 250, and 500 runs, as well as for 25 volunteering stints and "I'm running on my birthday".

My biggest 'shout-out', though, goes to the volunteers who joined me and enabled the run to happen. Whether you'd been on the roster for a few weeks or responded to the mid-week appeal - possibly thinking that it would be too hot to run?! - your good humour before, during, and after the run are always very much appreciated. [I know that this is something we 'keep banging on about', but runners may have noticed there were only two people scanning barcodes on Saturday rather than the normal three. We only send e-mails and social media posts when we don't have enough volunteers to cover the key roles; the fact that they've become a weekly event is no more welcome by the organising team than I guess it is by the recipients. If everybody volunteered once for each twenty runs they did, we'd always be covered; if you're not sure what's involved or are nervous about 'the responsibility' - although there really is nothing to be nervous about - talk to any of the core team and we can take you through what's required or even find you a minder for your first occasion.]

Anyway, after a mixed forecast for the middle of the week it looks as though we might get some decent weather again next Saturday. I know where I'm going to be, and I hope to see you there too!

Nick Macey
Run Director

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Tony CRONIN • Sheree WAKEFIELD • Simon RICHARDSON • Paddy HAYNES • Alistair PAGNAMENTA • Sera RELTON • Lucy KHAN • Kurt TRINDER • Brian GREEN • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Chris WADE • Kim HOPKINSON • Jack EATON • Natalie MILES • Tom SHEPHERD • Nick MACEY • Sarah DES RIVIERES • Abigail SMITH • Thomas RICHARDSON • James KENNARD • Finn SHEPHERD • Jo TRINDER • 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 6,551 participants have completed 47,993 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,965 km, including 8,510 new Personal Bests. A total of 682 individuals have volunteered 5,115 times.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering – Event #246

The 20th of July hosted the 246th Banbury parkrun and made way for a new Run Director, Jo Woodbridge (my Mum) who carried out the role for the first time. Despite being nervous, she aced it and made a good first impression.
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This now leads me onto my experience as a Run Director.
For the past 6 months, I woke up early and volunteered every Saturday carrying out most roles as part of my bronze D of E award. This included, marshalling, barcode scanning, timekeeping and a host of other roles found on the roster sheet culminating in my being RD. My favourite role was most certainly being the Run Director as I had to lead the event and in doing this it allowed me to gain experience, maturity and teamwork skills all of which are very important for adulthood.
I learnt just how much of a complex operation the amazing core team carry out behind the scenes as there are so many things to do and check including: results, position tokens and the volunteer roster to name but a few. If anyone reading this has not volunteered before, please consider it as we can’t run the event without you.
The day itself started muggy, but soon morphed into a sunny one nearer the end. There were 4 milestones in total: Adrian Evans and Simon Hook both ran their 50ths, Wendy and Maddie Carter carried out their 25th volunteer stints and Ben Miller also completed his 50th run at the age of 9! Big congratulations to all of you on these great achievements.
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With 42 first timers; 27 new PBs and our farthest tourist coming from Scotland, it was a successful parkrun for all.
Daniel Woodbridge
D of E Volunteer

The event was made possible by our fantastic volunteers:

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.

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