event #241 Couch to 5k

At last a glimmer of some brightness at the start of this weeks parkrun, to remind ourselves that this really is June! The course was remarkably dry with just a few puddles and wet patches to remind us of the downpours of last week.

Being a relative newcomer to the parkrun Group, I can say that I am well and truly hooked. From week 1, when I was walking two thirds of the route to week 7 when I could run the full 5 km, I have been totally impressed by the organisation of the whole event.
It is totally inclusive in every way and the supportive ethos which prevails is impressive. It doesn’t matter if you achieve a time of 19.7 or 60.4 minutes, the triumphant feeling as you cross the finishing line is the same.

We all run for different reasons and it would be interesting to know what motivated each and every runner on Saturday; everyone will have a different reason and story to tell, and I would love to know them all!

I wouldn’t have made it around the course without the support and guidance from Beth Coleman and her Run Together Group. Myself and eight others, were guided through the Couch to 5k programme in Spiceball Park over a number of weeks. This fantastic programme really works and I’m sure many of you have come via this route.

So, a big thank you to all the Banbury parkrun runners and volunteers for making this happen every week.

Jane

and now for the stats

This week 288 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Glenys LOGAN • Sam YOUNG • Graeme HACKLAND • Tim CAMMACK • Hayley FINCH • David BANNISTER • Helen ROBERTS • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Georgina COYNE • Kelly BRISTOW • Helen KUHN • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Clare CURNOW • Jon ROBINSON • Michael ROGERS • Cheri HADEN • Barbara BARDECKA • Deborah ATKINS • Polly DAVIES • Jack EATON • Darren NICHOL • Colin LESTER • Gwyneth ROGERS • Sara CARTER • Jane REED

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 Frances ANDERSON who recorded 84.73% (22:16) on 18th April 2015 (event number 29).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,302 participants have completed 46,165 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,825 km, including 8,248 new Personal Bests. A total of 661 individuals have volunteered 4,954 times.

 

Banbury parkrun #240: Slip Sliding Away

It was a surprise given the horrendous weather conditions that anyone at all turned up for a run but for lots of us it is part of every Saturday morning and so as 9 o clock approached so did the parkrun regulars. This time last year, we had been bathed in hot sunshine constantly for over a month by the start of June. No such luck in 2019.

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Some people sheltered under the scanners’ tent and many others headed for the trees to try to keep the worst of the rain off. As nine o’clock neared it was obvious that despite the rain, 12 people had determined this was the week for their first ever parkrun. If you did that and survived then I think you will be coming back again and again.
Finally our Run Director Martyn gathered us for a quick briefing before the off but then we were held in the pen, as a lorry decided to park on the path at the top of the field, meaning a probable collision with 211 sprinting for the first turn across the path. Stuart had a word and common sense reigned and finally we could head off.

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There were several tourists although it appeared that they were all from nearby, elsewhere in Oxfordshire. As we headed off there were less puddles than I had expected but the bigger obstacles were the very wet low-hanging branches. Those more vertically challenged amongst us (me included) ducked and weaved. Our taller runners ran left and right to avoid wet leaves across the face.
The bridge was slippery but not as muddy on the way over as sometimes. There were times when the Paul Simon song came to mind “The nearer my destination the more I’m slip-sliding away” but overall people were coming round the final corner with the usual array of smiles and grimaces, desperate final strides or frantic sprints. Another week, another parkrun….and Paul and Kathy Wilcock marshalled the final runner home in just over an hour and it was time to pack up, contemplate breakfast and off home to wring out those socks or to the café to process the results.

On a day like today it can be hard enough to get up and think I want to run in the rain so massive thanks and respect to the yellow jacketed army of volunteers without whom none of us could enjoy parkrun, who stood and supported, marshaled, timed and scanned and then cleared up behind us all. Thank you.

Nick

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Nick ATKINSON • Mery- José WOLKE • Steven HEARN • Sera RELTON • Martyn BANHAM • Kelly BRISTOW • Nigel DEAKIN • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Fabienne GORDON-CUMMING • Martin WEST • Brian GREEN • Jon ROBINSON • Richard MCMAHON • Kathy WILCOCK • Verity WEST • Rebecca FOSTER • Lilian CARPENTER • Paul WILCOCK • Rob CROSS • Chris ANNETTS • Wendy CARTER • Maddie CARTER • Jake TIBBETTS • Gavin LLOYD THOMAS • Sarah DES RIVIERES • Sara CARTER
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 Frances ANDERSON who recorded 84.73% (22:16) on 18th April 2015 (event number 29).
Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,263 participants have completed 45,877 parkruns covering a total distance of 229,385 km, including 8,209 new Personal Bests. A total of 658 individuals have volunteered 4,927 times.

 

Event #239 – The start of the summer?

The first day of June and the sun was shining… perhaps a little too hot for some of us for a morning run, with the mercury nearing the twenties before 9am, but that didn’t stop 381 people turning out for their weekly timed 5k. We welcomed 45 first timers at Banbury this week – welcome, and I’m sure it won’t be your last! This week was also special, as it was the first birthday of the Parkrun Practice Initiative, with over 1,000 GPs joining in on parkruns across the country. It was great to see local Banbury practices getting involved, with blue T shirts from Hightown surgery in particular, out in force!

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The summer sun combined with the typical sense of community made for another great start to the weekend, with the faster runners offering words of encouragement to those they lapped, and the high-vis heroes being similarly enthusiastic and helping us all to keep going whilst the sweat dripped down our faces, thankful for the smiles, and for the shade from the trees as we navigated through the parts of the course with a canopy. I particularly appreciate that those faster runners transform into cheerleaders once they’ve finished the course, with shouts of encouragement everywhere, from the finish line to park benches and even the walks back to the car.

To reinforce the request from Claire, our run director this week (doing her 150th volunteering stint), please do think about volunteering. I did a little research… there have been well over 200 runners completing the course every week so far this year (in fact, it’s topped the 400 mark once!), and only around 20 volunteers are needed each week to ensure the run goes ahead. By my calculations then, if everyone volunteered once per ten runs, we’d never have an empty rota, or a last minute plea to ensure it goes ahead! Also, you only need to volunteer 25 times to get a free, stylish purple volunteer T shirt, but you need 50 runs for a red one #justsaying! https://www.parkrun.org.uk/banbury/futureroster/

Kelly Bristow

This week 381 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Sam YOUNG • Simon RICHARDSON • Claire UPTON • Emma HAYESMOORE • Sara LONG • Sera RELTON • Kelly BRISTOW • David WARLOW • Rose ASHTON • Martin WEST • Jon ROBINSON • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Peter SULLIVAN • Bridget WILKINSON • Jack EATON • Verity WEST • Rob CROSS • Naomi DE PENNINGTON • Imogen DE PENNINGTON • Tengan MOHAN-CLARKE • Richard SAVORY • Theo YOUNG • Thomas RICHARDSON • Georgina WILKINSON • 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 Frances ANDERSON who recorded 84.73% (22:16) on 18th April 2015 (event number 29).
Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,237 participants have completed 45,666 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,330 km, including 8,181 new Personal Bests. A total of 657 individuals have volunteered 4,900 times.

 

Is that rain? Event #237

If you enjoy running in 12 degree heat and light drizzle then conditions
were perfect for Saturday's 237th running of the Banbury Parkrun.
237 happens to be the international dialing code for Cameroon, but at this
stage it is unclear if any Cameroonians took part in Saturday's event.
We did however have participants from as far afield as Milton Keynes, Shepshed and
Wakefield. Congratulations to all who reached personal milestones including
Richard Goodwin running in his 50th parkrun.

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After seeing the 287 runners set off, I walked over to the bridge to clap and cheer. Some smile
and wave as they pass by, amazingly others are able to chat and run simultaneously. Then its
over to the finishing straight. While some cross the line at a steady pace, others accelerate
Usain Bolt like to the finish.

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I have now completed the volunteering segment of my DofE bronze award. Although waking early on
Saturday mornings proved a little challenging, over the past few weeks I have been able to take
part in a variety of roles that have widened my skillset. I found the time keeping task to be
quite stressful and marshalling the most enjoyable. Thanks to everyone for their help and
support and all the runners for taking part.

Avaani

and now for the stats

This week 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Helen BURTON • Glenys LOGAN • Sam YOUNG • Graeme HACKLAND • Helen ROBERTS • Steven HEARN • Sera RELTON • Julian RELTON • Suzanne TAYLOR • Sam COLLIER • Lee DAVIES • Martin KUHN • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Jon ROBINSON • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Kim HOPKINSON • Bridget WILKINSON • Jack EATON • Rob CROSS • Chris JONES • Nick MACEY • Pirminder MANN • Charlie MORLEY • Diane GLANCEY • Richard SAVORY • Avaani MANN • Theo YOUNG • Peter ELLIOTT • Jeanie ELLIOTT

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 Frances ANDERSON who recorded 84.73% (22:16) on 18th April 2015 (event number 29).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,135 participants have completed 44,919 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,595 km, including 8,060 new Personal Bests. A total of 652 individuals have volunteered 4,840 times.

 

What a lovely morning Saturday was for another Banbury parkrun – event 236

I’m going to start with a HUGE shout-out to the 28 volunteers who got out of their beds and came down to Spiceball Park to ensure that the 311 runners could take on their individual 5k challenges. Thank you therefore to our highviz heroes:
Martyn Banham, David Bannister, David Bennett, Sara Cross, Diane Glancey, Cheri Haden, Stuart Haden, Miles Hook, Simon Hook, Wendy Kyte, Adam Lawrence, Tracy Lawrence, Nick Macey, Avaani Mann, Tengan Mohan-Clarke, Darren Nichol, Sera Relton, Julian Relton, Jon Robinson, Tony Rose, Janice Rowan, Paul Rowan, Claire Upton, Neil Wallis, Luka Wallis, Barry Willson, Jo Woodbridge, Daniel Woodbridge.
If you haven’t yet given volunteering a go – or if you haven’t done your two or three stints for the year – do look at the roster and see when you can sign up. Parkrun can’t happen without the volunteers.

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Onto the running…
Saturday saw 33 first timers, of which 16 were brand new to parkrun – we hope you will all be back. One of the first timers was parkrun tourist Fiona Whybrow who finished as first female on her Banbury debut in a great time of 20:44.
44 runners achieved wonderful PBs – well done to you all.
Three of our younger runners earned their 10 milestone T-shirts – congratulations to Arthur Nash, Jack Meadows and Samuel Chadbourne.
Double congratulations to speedy Angus Beggin who not only crossed the line first in 19:02, but also earned his 50th milestone T-shirt.
Everyone will have seen tailwalker Sera Relton’s wonderful balloons celebrating her 100th parkrun. Well done Sera (and well done Julian for the balloons!).

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I volunteered to write this week’s run report to celebrate the female part of the Kyte family’s parkrun achievements! Megan and Natalie started their parkrun journeys back in 2015 and on Saturday, after nearly 4 years, both completed their 100th parkruns – well done girls. To make it a triple family celebration I completed my 50th parkrun.
Everyone’s parkrun journey is different, and that includes us Kyte girls…

For Natalie the journey seems easy, as she was born to run. But it is a struggle in winter to juggle hockey and parkrun! But she got her 100 and has 20 volunteer stints to boot.
Megan began her parkrun journey very reluctantly having been told by teachers that she was no good at running and so, naturally, she believed them. It was therefore with reluctance that she arrived at her first parkrun, but, despite her doubts, she completed it! Now she has ticked off 100 parkruns and has also volunteered on 33 different occasions.

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My parkrun journey is different again. I stopped PE at school aged 14 as I wanted to do music O level (yes, I’m that old!) and I wasn’t allowed to do both. So, that was when my sporting days ended. If anyone asked, I would say, “I don’t run, not even for a bus!” With Tim and the girls going to parkrun most Saturdays I decided that if I couldn’t beat them, I would have to join them. So, in January 2016 I went along to my first parkrun – not as a runner or walker, but as a volunteer. To begin with I said I would consider doing a parkrun myself after I had earned my 25 volunteer t-shirt.

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I got to 25 but was still too afraid to give it a go…. In the end I did 67 volunteers before I summoned the courage to don a pair of running shoes and to walk/run/walk my first 5k. And during that first effort, I was helped on my way by a yell from Martyn Banham, as he lapped me, of, “Is that a Wendy I see before me? Fantastic!” And now, with the support of Tim, Megan and Natalie and also of all the highviz heroes along the way, who week-in, week-out yell encouragement to everyone, here I am having run my 50th parkrun (and have 72 volunteers alongside). Who would have thought I would get here? Don’t tell anyone, but I would now almost admit that I enjoy it!

Wendy

Photos available from https://photos.app.goo.gl/pYAAT3ZjBVs2Xy459

and now for the stats

This week 311 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

David BANNISTER • Claire UPTON • Adam LAWRENCE • Sera RELTON • Julian RELTON • Martyn BANHAM • Barry WILLSON • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Tony ROSE • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Tracy LAWRENCE • Sara CROSS • Jon ROBINSON • Cheri HADEN • Wendy KYTE • Stuart HADEN • David BENNETT • Neil WALLIS • Luka WALLIS • Darren NICHOL • Paul ROWAN • Tengan MOHAN-CLARKE • Nick MACEY • Miles HOOK • Simon HOOK • Diane GLANCEY • Janice ROWAN • Avaani MANN

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 Frances ANDERSON who recorded 84.73% (22:16) on 18th April 2015 (event number 29).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,099 participants have completed 44,632 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,160 km, including 8,005 new Personal Bests. A total of 651 individuals have volunteered 4,809 times.

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