Calm before the storm 08/02/2020 #274

Many thanks to Amy RUSSELL for this week's run report.  Amy celebrated her 50th parkrun this week (of which 44 have been at Banbury) - Congratulations!!

It seemed that with Storm Ciara on its way, Banbury runners were making a conscious effort to get their miles in before getting blown away on Sunday. 304 runners, joggers and walkers gathered in the middle field ready to start another Saturday parkrun around the glorious mud-fest of Spiceball Park. Banbury parkrun has been treated to some fabulous fancy dress over the last few weekends. The Crayola crayons were out in force last week and this weekend didn’t disappoint with a camel celebrating her birthday. The mud didn’t stop a fantastic 48 PBs being achieved and we welcomed 39 first timers which included a tourist from York.


After starting parkrun in 2017, I finally got my 50 milestone today and hopefully won’t have long to wait to wear my Club 50 red t-shirt. For anyone new to parkrun in 2020 and aren’t familiar with the various milestones t-shirts, here’s a quick run-down of them…

  • The apricot one: These t-shirts aren’t milestone awards, they are the official parkrun technical t-shirts which you can now get personalised with your home parkrun (made for an excellent Christmas gift in my house). Buy online and it helps support parkrun.
  • The white one: 10 parkruns which are only for U17 Juniors – adults have a few more runs to go before getting a t-shirt!
  • The red one: 50 parkruns. For the very dedicated folk who rarely miss a week, they can get this t-shirt within the year, for others it can take longer.
  • The black one: 50 + 50, you’ve got it Club 100!
  • The green one: 150 parkruns after your last milestone and you’ll be sporting this fabulous milestone at Club 250.
  • The blue one: 500 parkruns - which is quite incredible. I’ve never seen one in Banbury but can you believe there are 107 people in the world who have made it to Club 500?
  • And then the Purple one: Give up your time (25 times to be precise) to volunteer and you’ll receive your 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt. Congratulations to Rose Ashton and Nick Atkinson who did their 25th volunteer roles at Banbury today

The 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt leads me on nicely to the people that make parkrun happen. Three cheers for the hi-viz volunteer team out on the course today. Sadly, this week an email plea had to go out asking for help to run this weekend’s event. As Martyn said before the start, if every parkrunner was able to volunteer 2/3 times a year, emails wouldn’t need to be sent asking for last minute help. If you haven’t had a go at volunteering I really would urge you to consider it. Of course it helps the core team out when they have a full roster for the event but it’s actually quite a satisfying thing to do on your Saturday morning with a great bunch of people. Even if you don’t want to miss out on your weekly run, there are a few volunteer roles that you can do and still complete your weekly parkrun and if it’s the milestone t-shirts you are after, 25 times volunteering will get you a t-shirt quicker than the first 50 parkruns!

Happy Running

And now for some stats...

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jeffrey TRYBUS • Nick ATKINSON • Sera RELTON • Martyn BANHAM • Kelly-Lee DE BRETON • Sam COLLIER • Sally ANDREWS-DUKE • Rose ASHTON • Fred ATKINSON • Joby MULLENS • Warwick NASH • David GLOVER • Jeremy GRIMSHAW • Jon POULTON • Amy RUSSELL • Simon HOOK • Thom RUSSELL • Janice ROWAN • Kate R • Richard SAVORY • Rael TREMEER • Abi KNIPE • Amelia RUSSELL • Rob OEHLERS • 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 7,388 participants have completed 55,038 parkruns covering a total distance of 275,190 km, including 9,295 new Personal Bests. A total of 755 individuals have volunteered 5,804 times.