Calm before the storm 08/02/2020 #274

Many thanks to Amy RUSSELL for this week's run report.  Amy celebrated her 50th parkrun this week (of which 44 have been at Banbury) - Congratulations!!

It seemed that with Storm Ciara on its way, Banbury runners were making a conscious effort to get their miles in before getting blown away on Sunday. 304 runners, joggers and walkers gathered in the middle field ready to start another Saturday parkrun around the glorious mud-fest of Spiceball Park. Banbury parkrun has been treated to some fabulous fancy dress over the last few weekends. The Crayola crayons were out in force last week and this weekend didn’t disappoint with a camel celebrating her birthday. The mud didn’t stop a fantastic 48 PBs being achieved and we welcomed 39 first timers which included a tourist from York.

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After starting parkrun in 2017, I finally got my 50 milestone today and hopefully won’t have long to wait to wear my Club 50 red t-shirt. For anyone new to parkrun in 2020 and aren’t familiar with the various milestones t-shirts, here’s a quick run-down of them…

  • The apricot one: These t-shirts aren’t milestone awards, they are the official parkrun technical t-shirts which you can now get personalised with your home parkrun (made for an excellent Christmas gift in my house). Buy online and it helps support parkrun.
  • The white one: 10 parkruns which are only for U17 Juniors – adults have a few more runs to go before getting a t-shirt!
  • The red one: 50 parkruns. For the very dedicated folk who rarely miss a week, they can get this t-shirt within the year, for others it can take longer.
  • The black one: 50 + 50, you’ve got it Club 100!
  • The green one: 150 parkruns after your last milestone and you’ll be sporting this fabulous milestone at Club 250.
  • The blue one: 500 parkruns - which is quite incredible. I’ve never seen one in Banbury but can you believe there are 107 people in the world who have made it to Club 500?
  • And then the Purple one: Give up your time (25 times to be precise) to volunteer and you’ll receive your 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt. Congratulations to Rose Ashton and Nick Atkinson who did their 25th volunteer roles at Banbury today

The 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt leads me on nicely to the people that make parkrun happen. Three cheers for the hi-viz volunteer team out on the course today. Sadly, this week an email plea had to go out asking for help to run this weekend’s event. As Martyn said before the start, if every parkrunner was able to volunteer 2/3 times a year, emails wouldn’t need to be sent asking for last minute help. If you haven’t had a go at volunteering I really would urge you to consider it. Of course it helps the core team out when they have a full roster for the event but it’s actually quite a satisfying thing to do on your Saturday morning with a great bunch of people. Even if you don’t want to miss out on your weekly run, there are a few volunteer roles that you can do and still complete your weekly parkrun and if it’s the milestone t-shirts you are after, 25 times volunteering will get you a t-shirt quicker than the first 50 parkruns!

Happy Running
Amy RUSSELL

And now for some stats...

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jeffrey TRYBUS • Nick ATKINSON • Sera RELTON • Martyn BANHAM • Kelly-Lee DE BRETON • Sam COLLIER • Sally ANDREWS-DUKE • Rose ASHTON • Fred ATKINSON • Joby MULLENS • Warwick NASH • David GLOVER • Jeremy GRIMSHAW • Jon POULTON • Amy RUSSELL • Simon HOOK • Thom RUSSELL • Janice ROWAN • Kate R • Richard SAVORY • Rael TREMEER • Abi KNIPE • Amelia RUSSELL • Rob OEHLERS • Thomas DONOHOE • Michael DONOHOE

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 7,388 participants have completed 55,038 parkruns covering a total distance of 275,190 km, including 9,295 new Personal Bests. A total of 755 individuals have volunteered 5,804 times.

 

 

International Women’s Day

On Saturday 7th March, Banbury parkrun is embracing International Women’s Day!

To mark the occasion we’d really love to have as many female volunteers as possible on board, so ladies, if you’re free and willing to give up an hour of your morning please send an email to banbury@parkrun.com. Thank you.

We do of course completely appreciate that many of you will want to take part so, why not help us celebrate the event further by bringing along a female family member or friend who is yet to partake in a parkrun, be it your Mum, wife, daughter, niece, partner, sister, Grandma, you get the idea! We’d love to welcome them.

It goes without saying that we can’t have a special event without a bit of a theme going on, so purple is the suggested colour of the day - get those 25 t-shirts out and anything else you fancy donning too, tiaras, tutus, wellies, anything goes!

Come and join the fun!

#banburyparkrun#loveparkrun#IWD#IWDparkrun

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Touristing Crayons! 01/02/2020 #273

Many thanks to Michelle LEWIS (aka Purple Crayon!) who wrote this week's run report;  She and her fellow tourist group, brightened the Spiceball park by dressing as Crayons!  Michelle has completed 129 parkruns, but this was her first at Banbury!

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Today the Northampton Crayons visited Banbury’s 273rd parkrun and managed to get a free parking space in one of the car parks mentioned on their course page, which is a good start :-)

From the car park to the start all we could see was grass, trees and plenty of MUD. This is definitely a dirty parkrun from the start, however this did not put us off introducing our colourful selves to Banbury.

The course is three loops, which gave the funnel managers and barcode scanners an opportunity to join part of the route and cheer the 313 parkrunners on this cold, fresh sunny morning.

Martin West lead the field in 20:08 with Les Hutchinson close behind on his muddy heels at 20:27. Many joined the parkrun family and those that got their barcode scanned were Julian Stone, Marianne Fish, William Moore, Hannah Hutchings, Sam Brittain, Karen Mullins-Blyth, Billy McIlroy, Wayne Moore, Amelia Moore, Claire Moore, Robert Butler, Darren McAdam, Cheryl Marshall, Katie Baker, Alfie Uden and Gareth Uden. The parkrunner who has completed the most parkruns amongst us today was Colin David Underhill with 402.

A few milestones were celebrated today by Peter Argall - 100th, Tracy Edwards - 100th, Steve Brown - 50th, Phil Baxter - 50th and Simon Miskin - 50th

Each week parkrun would not happen without the hi-viz cool army and this week we all owe our thanks to these parkrunners:

Abi KNIPE • Aidan WALKER • Amelia RUSSELL • Amy RUSSELL • Claire SALT • Clare CURNOW • David COOKE • Fred ATKINSON • Graeme HACKLAND • Hannah PURVIS • Ian WALKER • James THORPE • Jenny COOKE • Jill SAVORY • Julian RELTON • Kate R • Michael DONOHOE • Michelle LEWIS • Nick ATKINSON • Nick MACEY • Nigel PURVIS • Richard SAVORY • Rose ASHTON • Sam COLLIER • Samantha TEARLE • Sara CARTER • Sera RELTON • Stuart HADEN • Thomas DONOHOE

A few key points to mention which made this parkrun memorable today

  • The little volunteer with the homemade sign cheering us all on
  • The amazing volunteers constantly supporting especially at the funnel
  • Soon to be future barkrunner Rusty the 12 week old puppy - ADORABLE
  • Morrisons Big Daddy breakfast

Thank you Banbury for a successful parkrun today,

Michelle Lewis aka Purple Crayon
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And now for some more stats:

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

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 7,349 participants have completed 54,734 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,670 km, including 9,247 new Personal Bests. A total of 753 individuals have volunteered 5,778 times.

 

The last January parkrun for 2020! 25/01/2020 #272

Thanks to Helen BURTON for this week's run report.  Helen has participated in 370 parkruns!!! 93 of those have been at Banbury!

Thanks to good weather last week, Banbury parkrun was back for the last Saturday in January. This was especially pleasing for several reasons; my sleep perspective (tourism can mean an early start, in New Zealand parkrun’s start at 8am!), always great to catch up with friends and familiar faces, and meant I could have a lovely cycle to the park.

The first time briefing was given by Frances (the birthday girl). There were several first-timers and also tourists with visitors from France being the furthest – welcome to all.

Claire the Run Director gave the briefing and then we were off with Frances wearing a bib for her birthday (if you are celebrating your birthday there is a bib you can wear on your run, for further details enquire with the Run Director). The course had dried out since the last Banbury parkrun. Apart from the mud before you got onto the path, there was only one puddle, which I decided to run through, rather than run around (my nicely cleaned trainers didn’t stay that clean for long, sorry Daniel).

On the course the volunteers were fantastic. Special mentions go to the young volunteer with a homemade sign to congratulate the runners (encouragement always goes a long way) and Julian and Sera on either side of the bridge.

Due to the mild weather after my run, it was great to encourage and cheers others in the finishing straight and also chat with people who might never meet apart from a parkrun. Then go to Morrison café after the run and catch up with others whilst the results were being processed.

Hope weather stays behaved so we can be back at Banbury next week.

Helen

And now for the stats...

This week 277 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Helen BURTON • Sam YOUNG • Emily WELLER • Claire UPTON • Lorne ALWAY • Sera RELTON • Julian RELTON • Sam COLLIER • Martin KUHN • Helen KUHN • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Rose ASHTON • Oliver FICKLING • Natalie WILDE • Jon POULTON • Thom RUSSELL • Heather DARWALL-SMITH • Richard SAVORY • Frances EDWARDS • Theo YOUNG • Amelia RUSSELL • Aidan WALKER • Thomas DONOHOE • Michael DONOHOE

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 7,308 participants have completed 54,421 parkruns covering a total distance of 272,105 km, including 9,206 new Personal Bests. A total of 748 individuals have volunteered 5,749 times.

 

Event #271 11/01/2020

Many thanks to Sam Collier - Banbury parkrun's newest Run Director [in training].  Sam has completed 30 parkrun's of which 25 have been at Banbury:

Well done to the 341 people that completed a cold, blustery and muddy Banbury parkrun this week. Nick's first time briefing was well attended and we had 29 new parkrunners and tourists from Coventry, Birmingham and London. Amongst the first timers was a lady running with her Cockerpoo, Lola. For the dog enthusiasts in our community if you are on Instagram check out #barkrun, it would be great to see some pictures of our Banbury canine runners on Instagram. (Don't forget to also tag Banbury parkrun in your dog or human parkrun pictures).

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We had Clare Curnow donning the 100 vest to run her 100th parkrun and she was also the 1st lady to complete the course this week!  Susie Taylor had an unofficial milestone of achieving 200 runs, only 50 to go for the next milestone T-shirt! Well done to both of you.

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I'd also like to mention a wolf-run runner who was exercising in the park when parkrun started and after enquiring with marshals joined in, I hope we get to welcome you back with a barcode in the future.

Massive thanks to all our volunteers this week! We didn't need to put out a begging post this week to appeal for more volunteers as we had a full rota, which I'm sure made Sera's role easier. Amongst our volunteers we had a dinosaur as tail-walker, perhaps it was a T(heo) Rex? I bet not many other events can claim that!

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You may have noticed amongst the red parkrun 50 t-shirts there was some RED January t- shirts being worn. RED January is a collaboration with Mind UK to encourage people to make a commitment to undertake daily exercise throughout the month with the focus being on the positive impact exercise has on people's mental health. January is thought to be the gloomiest month of the year, festivities are over, daylight is still short, it's easier for people to become isolated and it can be a long wait for payday to come around and the stresses that may bring. It's also known that both exercise and being part of a community can be positive to our mental health and parkrun can provide us with both of these things. So for all of our community, whether you are a first timer, a regular, someone reading this who hasn't yet attended or may be someone that hasn't been for a while, make the most of our special community, be kind to yourself, reach out to others where needed and check in on those around you.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you next weekend to do it all again

Sam COLLIER

And now for the stats...

This week 341 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Chris MORRIS • Sam YOUNG • Helen YOUNG • Nick ATKINSON • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Sam COLLIER • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Kathy WILCOCK • Jon POULTON • Amy RUSSELL • Helen WILSON • Jennie DANIELS • Sara CARTER • Thom RUSSELL • Graham FISHER • Jodie FISHER • Jan MARTIN • Amelia RUSSELL • Aidan WALKER • Ian WALKER • Thomas DONOHOE • Michael DONOHOE

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 7,277 participants have completed 54,144 parkruns covering a total distance of 270,720 km, including 9,163 new Personal Bests. A total of 747 individuals have volunteered 5,725 times.

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