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.

claire 100

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!

dino tail

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.