Cooler cloudy weather greeted us this week, a welcome relief from the last couple of weeks as 331 of us set out to run, jog or walk the 5k around Spiceball Park. As I jogged over the gentling jiggling wooden bridge for the first lap round the “island”, it got me to wondering what people think about as they go around, and what motivates everyone to keep pushing ahead to the end. Perhaps a glance at a watch to check pace, chasing that PB or a Strava segment, listening to some motivating music, encouraging others, or perhaps a chat with a friend or stranger along the way.
For me, I love nature, and so looking and listening out for wildlife on my way around is a welcome distraction from my aching legs and the noise of me huffing and puffing, struggling for breath. The sound of the breeze blowing through the trees and grass, followed by a thwack as I take a twig to the face as I forget to duck low enough through the woods. Looking and listening for birds all around. From high up above, the screaming squadrons of Swifts, to down at ground level, the tiny Wren that calls with such gusto (and sounds a bit like an alien ray gun). From the harsh “chat chat” of the Magpie, to the dulcet tones of the fluty Blackbird and the Song Thrush, repeating its musical phrases. And of course, we can’t forget the beatboxing Starlings which their amazing iridescent plumage. As you pass alongside the river, you may be lucky enough to hear a high pitched “peep peep!” and a flash of azure blue – the Kingfisher, flying arrow-like above the water. I have seen one a few times in Spiceball, but not during parkrun, yet! Maybe on your next parkrun take a look around and see what you can discover.
Another thing the keeps up my motivation levels as I puff around, is the support of all the amazing volunteers, the clapping, cheering and encouragement from the marshals and passers-by. This week, this included high 5’s (I think mainly for the kids, but I took one too!) and a cow bell (very Tour De France!). Thank you for all your hard work and see you next time!
ps from the editor, Jeffrey TRYBUS kept it quiet on the day, but he completed his 250th parkrun on Saturday so when you see him Saturday give him a high 5
And now for the stats…
This week 331 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Simon RICHARDSON • Claire UPTON • Steven HEARN • Danny BATCHELOR • Sera RELTON • Julian RELTON • Dale ELLIS • Martin KUHN • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Jon ROBINSON • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Richard MCMAHON • Kim HOPKINSON • Kathy WILCOCK • Bridget WILKINSON • Jack EATON • Fran MORROW • Andrew EATON • Vivien MOORE • Roger MOORE • Sara CARTER • Thomas RICHARDSON • Georgina WILKINSON • Poppy MCVAIL
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 6,427 participants have completed 47,129 parkruns covering a total distance of 235,645 km, including 8,391 new Personal Bests. A total of 668 individuals have volunteered 5,035 times.