Touristing Crayons! 01/02/2020 #273

Many thanks to Michelle LEWIS (aka Purple Crayon!) who wrote this week's run report;  She and her fellow tourist group, brightened the Spiceball park by dressing as Crayons!  Michelle has completed 129 parkruns, but this was her first at Banbury!


Today the Northampton Crayons visited Banbury’s 273rd parkrun and managed to get a free parking space in one of the car parks mentioned on their course page, which is a good start :-)

From the car park to the start all we could see was grass, trees and plenty of MUD. This is definitely a dirty parkrun from the start, however this did not put us off introducing our colourful selves to Banbury.

The course is three loops, which gave the funnel managers and barcode scanners an opportunity to join part of the route and cheer the 313 parkrunners on this cold, fresh sunny morning.

Martin West lead the field in 20:08 with Les Hutchinson close behind on his muddy heels at 20:27. Many joined the parkrun family and those that got their barcode scanned were Julian Stone, Marianne Fish, William Moore, Hannah Hutchings, Sam Brittain, Karen Mullins-Blyth, Billy McIlroy, Wayne Moore, Amelia Moore, Claire Moore, Robert Butler, Darren McAdam, Cheryl Marshall, Katie Baker, Alfie Uden and Gareth Uden. The parkrunner who has completed the most parkruns amongst us today was Colin David Underhill with 402.

A few milestones were celebrated today by Peter Argall - 100th, Tracy Edwards - 100th, Steve Brown - 50th, Phil Baxter - 50th and Simon Miskin - 50th

Each week parkrun would not happen without the hi-viz cool army and this week we all owe our thanks to these parkrunners:

Abi KNIPE • Aidan WALKER • Amelia RUSSELL • Amy RUSSELL • Claire SALT • Clare CURNOW • David COOKE • Fred ATKINSON • Graeme HACKLAND • Hannah PURVIS • Ian WALKER • James THORPE • Jenny COOKE • Jill SAVORY • Julian RELTON • Kate R • Michael DONOHOE • Michelle LEWIS • Nick ATKINSON • Nick MACEY • Nigel PURVIS • Richard SAVORY • Rose ASHTON • Sam COLLIER • Samantha TEARLE • Sara CARTER • Sera RELTON • Stuart HADEN • Thomas DONOHOE

A few key points to mention which made this parkrun memorable today

  • The little volunteer with the homemade sign cheering us all on
  • The amazing volunteers constantly supporting especially at the funnel
  • Soon to be future barkrunner Rusty the 12 week old puppy - ADORABLE
  • Morrisons Big Daddy breakfast

Thank you Banbury for a successful parkrun today,

Michelle Lewis aka Purple Crayon

And now for some more stats:

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

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 7,349 participants have completed 54,734 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,670 km, including 9,247 new Personal Bests. A total of 753 individuals have volunteered 5,778 times.