The sweat runs down my face. My ankles ache.
The marshals smile and say, "You're looking fine"
Small kids whiz from behind and overtake:
Fair play to them, the future's theirs not mine.
Some friends drift by, I strive to keep up with 'em
We're often told a parkrun's not a race
My legs, my lungs pump in a six-eight rhythm
To keep within the pack I'll push the pace.
We're faster than the folk who chose to lie in
But that proves nothing. Good to keep the score
From week to week, and deeply satisfying
To beat the person that you were before.
Good to see Kate, who weekly gets more nifty
And well-done Flo and Marlie for their fifty.
"We need a run report" they said. I'm on it-
Some poncy poetry should do the trick
If you can tell a haiku from a sonnet
You may be pining for a limerick.
Just take a gander at the future roster:
Next week you'll see some Shakespeare by God's Bones,
The real Macbeth and not some naff impostor,
A pizzle-pated coxcomb called Chris Jones.
Roll up, roll up, for Banbury parkrun needs you
It's possible to volunteer and run
Don't be the dog that bites the hand that feeds you
Feed the hand that bites you: much more fun!
Best find yourself some waterproof apparel
For soon could be your turn inside the barrel!
and now for the stats.....
This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Sam YOUNG • Helen ROBERTS • Claire UPTON • Steven HEARN • Heather FINNIGAN • Sera RELTON • Alison HEATH • Tracy LAWRENCE • Sara CROSS • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Bridget WILKINSON • Thomas CROSS • Andrew EATON • Jamie COX • Amy RUSSELL • Rob CROSS • Chris JONES • Nick MACEY • Gwyneth ROGERS • Sarah DES RIVIERES • Sara CARTER • Rebecca RAFTERY • Abigail SMITH • Georgina WILKINSON • Kelly COWLEY
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 6,580 participants have completed 48,259 parkruns covering a total distance of 241,295 km, including 8,550 new Personal Bests. A total of 683 individuals have volunteered 5,141 times.