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.


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.