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.