Run Report #276 14/03/2019

Many thanks to AIDAN for writing this week's run report.  Aidan is one of two people completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards with Banbury parkrun at the moment. He has run the Banbury course 20 times since April last year achieving a speedy PB of 20:45!!

 

Despite the increase of caution due to the corona virus (and a lack of tourists as a result) over 200 parkrunners took to the course with the same attitude that makes parkrun such an iconic and special event every Saturday morning.

There were some thrills and spills with mud scattered throughout the course (as always) leading to a dramatic finish with a race between a pushchair and a dog. The following result was finalised by a late slip to be victorious by just millimetres, but it was all, of course, taken light-heartedly.

And all the while the run was being completed, the ever-present volunteers cheered on with smiles on their faces and encouragement in their voices which I know, as a runner myself, can help everyone persevere to the finish line.

I would like to say congratulations to all the runners today and to thank all the organisers for allowing me to complete the Duke of Edinburgh with this amazing group, letting me see all the hard work and effort that goes into the organisation of this weekly event.

And now for the stats:

This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Warren HARRISON • Sam YOUNG • Graeme HACKLAND • Helen INSKIP • Claire UPTON • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Suzanne TAYLOR • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Greg HEATH • Martin WEST • Michael ROGERS • Stuart HADEN • Richard MCMAHON • Polly DAVIES • Jack EATON • Verity WEST • Nick MACEY • Thom RUSSELL • 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 7,435 participants have completed 55,486 parkruns covering a total distance of 277,430 km, including 9,347 new Personal Bests. A total of 756 individuals have volunteered 5,850 times.

 

Because girls are FANTASTIC and POWERFUL! 07/03/2020 #275

Many thanks To AMELIA for this week's extra special International Women's Day run report - Amelia is one of our youngest Banbury parkrunners, but has already completed 4 parkruns (2 at Banbury and 2 junior parkruns) - she has also volunteered in 10 roles including being a Marshal at everyone of our events in 2020 so far!!!

My name is Amelia and I am 5

I am normally on my chair somewhere in Spiceball park on a Saturday morning cheering you all on. I’ve had 3 weeks off with the bad weather so I was excited that the park wasn’t so soggy this week and parkrun was back, ready for its International Women’s Day event.

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There were 100 girls who took park this week, 16 who managed PBs even in the mud and 11 first timers. The volunteer team included 13 fab ladies to help you all out. The runners looked great in their purple running clothes to celebrate the special event. I loved the special IWD photo sign and enjoyed having my photos taken with some of the hi-viz heroes…

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Mummy asked me some questions about parkrun…

Why do you like parkrun?
It’s nice to marshal and I get to cheer all the people on.

What’s the best thing about marshalling?
I get to show everyone my sign and I get lots of high-5s.

Why should girls do parkrun?
Because girls are FANTASTIC and POWERFUL! 

And proof below that it’s not just runners that can do a flat lay picture. Volunteers need to do them too to check they have everything they could possibly need to be a Banbury parkrun marshal…

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Happy Running & Volunteering

Amelia (a.k.a ‘Mini Marshal’)

And now for some more stats...

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sam YOUNG • Alice PALMER • Claire UPTON • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Fabienne GORDON-CUMMING • Martin WEST • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Amy RUSSELL • Rob CROSS • Nick MACEY • Sara CARTER • Kate R • Abi KNIPE • Amelia RUSSELL • Aidan WALKER • Ian WALKER • Thomas DONOHOE • Michael DONOHOE • Samantha CLARKE

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 7,420 participants have completed 55,278 parkruns covering a total distance of 276,390 km, including 9,322 new Personal Bests. A total of 756 individuals have volunteered 5,826 times.

 

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.

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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
Amy RUSSELL

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.

 

 

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!

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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
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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.

 

The last January parkrun for 2020! 25/01/2020 #272

Thanks to Helen BURTON for this week's run report.  Helen has participated in 370 parkruns!!! 93 of those have been at Banbury!

Thanks to good weather last week, Banbury parkrun was back for the last Saturday in January. This was especially pleasing for several reasons; my sleep perspective (tourism can mean an early start, in New Zealand parkrun’s start at 8am!), always great to catch up with friends and familiar faces, and meant I could have a lovely cycle to the park.

The first time briefing was given by Frances (the birthday girl). There were several first-timers and also tourists with visitors from France being the furthest – welcome to all.

Claire the Run Director gave the briefing and then we were off with Frances wearing a bib for her birthday (if you are celebrating your birthday there is a bib you can wear on your run, for further details enquire with the Run Director). The course had dried out since the last Banbury parkrun. Apart from the mud before you got onto the path, there was only one puddle, which I decided to run through, rather than run around (my nicely cleaned trainers didn’t stay that clean for long, sorry Daniel).

On the course the volunteers were fantastic. Special mentions go to the young volunteer with a homemade sign to congratulate the runners (encouragement always goes a long way) and Julian and Sera on either side of the bridge.

Due to the mild weather after my run, it was great to encourage and cheers others in the finishing straight and also chat with people who might never meet apart from a parkrun. Then go to Morrison café after the run and catch up with others whilst the results were being processed.

Hope weather stays behaved so we can be back at Banbury next week.

Helen

And now for the stats...

This week 277 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Helen BURTON • Sam YOUNG • Emily WELLER • Claire UPTON • Lorne ALWAY • Sera RELTON • Julian RELTON • Sam COLLIER • Martin KUHN • Helen KUHN • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Rose ASHTON • Oliver FICKLING • Natalie WILDE • Jon POULTON • Thom RUSSELL • Heather DARWALL-SMITH • Richard SAVORY • Frances EDWARDS • Theo YOUNG • Amelia RUSSELL • Aidan 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 7,308 participants have completed 54,421 parkruns covering a total distance of 272,105 km, including 9,206 new Personal Bests. A total of 748 individuals have volunteered 5,749 times.

 

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.

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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!

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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.

 

New Year’s Resolutions, a spot of mud and parkrun royalty – Event #270 04/01/2020

Thanks to Beth COLEMAN for writing this week's run report. She has participated in 86 parkruns of which 74 have been at Banbury:

A full car park at 8.45 was an indication that there was likely to be a pretty decent turnout on the first Saturday parkrun of the New Year – and it was indeed the case as 317 people gathered in the middle field. Amongst them were 35 first timers. This included two of my own charges, Holly England and Hannah Shepheard who were graduating from Banbury Begin to Run’s Couch to 5km course. Well done to you both and to the other ladies on the course.

Just as important were the people coming back for their second run, having only completed parkrun for the first time either last Saturday or New Year’s Day, together with Evan Wright who was earning his 10th parkrun milestone T-shirt. Well done Evan!

There were also tourists from Ireland and America (and I heard someone say Middleton Cheney!).

The run started off normally – a bit of a slip to get out of the field, finding your feet on the stretch of tarmac and then into the woods to avoid (or not!) the muddy puddles. Thank you to the all wonderful volunteers for your encouragement and the liberal use of cowbells.

It was however going to be a red letter day at Banbury parkrun. On our third lap a number of us noticed a nice gentleman (who had already finished) clapping us on. We all said thank you but after we’d passed we realised he looked a bit familiar. Was it? Well it certainly looked like him, yes it was - parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt who was visiting our parkrun with his wife Jo and dog Dotty. How fantastic!

Despite the mud there were 16 PBs this week so very well done to you if you got one. In fact well done to everyone who came out and started the normal parkrun schedule with a three lap run around Spiceball Park.

Beth COLEMAN.

And now for the stats...

This week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Sharon DARKE • Gyles HORNER • Beth COLEMAN • Sera RELTON • Julian RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Dale ELLIS • Sam COLLIER • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Michael ROGERS • Natalie WILDE • Stuart HADEN • Jack EATON • Hannah LEMON • Amy RUSSELL • Nick MACEY • Simon HOOK • Sara CARTER • Sue KIPPING • Thom RUSSELL • Frances EDWARDS • Joshua TOWNSEND • Diana SELBY • Amelia RUSSELL • Aidan WALKER • Ian WALKER • Jennifer HONE • Ronan HONE • Thomas DONOHOE • Millie AYRES • 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 7,227 participants have completed 53,803 parkruns covering a total distance of 269,015 km, including 9,128 new Personal Bests. A total of 743 individuals have volunteered 5,699 times.

 

 

 

New Years Day Run Report – #269 – 01/01/2020

Thanks to Warren HARRISON, who has completed 50 parkruns (congratulations) of which 25 have been at Banbury, for writing the first Banbury parkrun run report of the decade:
So, 2020 is here! Some of us blowing away Christmas cobwebs and others starting a new journey with parkrun.

A nice start for me, 50th parkrun at my local, Banbury after taking 7 and half years to make it!

So why dressed as Rocky Balboa? Fictious Rocky (Based on a real person) is like a lot of us, just a person on the street with just his head and heart. That feels just like me, when I started running way back in 1995, I just took what little I had and made it something more... just like participants and volunteers in parkrun. None of us are really Olympians but all taking what we have and making ourselves something better!

If I was in the running game to win, I may as well stay in Bed!

Instead of looking down when I pass other parkrunners, I love cheering them on, great feeling. By the way, thanks to everyone who cheered me on! Much appreciated!

Today's course was certainly muddy and slowed us all down, hope the marshals didn't sink too much or get too cold!

So, here's to a New Year and I wish the best of success to all of you!


Warren 'Rocky' Harrison. 

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Twixmas at Banbury – Event #268 – 28/12/2019

Thanks to Sue MARTIN for writing this week's run report - and welcome as although she has participated at 142 parkrun events, this week was her first at Banbury!

Our Twixmas outing was to Banbury, which was rather muddy! Whilst that might not necessarily sound like a positive it was much better than it being cancelled due to extreme wetness, which has unfortunately happened recently.

At the briefing the Run Director announced that this was to be the last Banbury parkrun which was met with a shocked gasp from the assembled parkrunners... which quickly turned to a groan as he finished his sentence with – of the decade!

Tourists from as far away as Wales, London and Leamington were welcomed and there was an appeal to volunteer at future parkruns. This week there was a shortage of barcode scanners so some of the faster runners were going to scan once they finished – if you finished before them you’d need to wait to be scanned!

The briefing lived up to its name and was brief, as well as informative, and the run started promptly, which is always a positive. We were told that parts of the course were muddy and had puddles, but not to worry as the puddles were never more than knee deep! Personally, I didn’t put that to the test and slithered my way round the side of some of the larger water features, which lost me a few minutes on my time. I’m never too gloomy at getting a slower time on my first visit to any parkrun as it gives me a good chance of getting a PB next time!

The route itself is a picturesque three laps through some lovely parkland which was marshalled by friendly and very encouraging volunteers – thank you marshals! The three trips over the bridge and back were slightly unnerving as the cadence of the runners going in both directions caused a distinct wobble!

I like to know a bit about where I am visiting, and I was intrigued by the name of Spiceball Park. As far as I can gather from the internet (so it must be true!) an initial plot of land was donated to the town by Thomas Hankinson, who was Banbury Town Mayor in 1894, and a Town Councillor from 1882 until 1887 and again from 1890 until 1892. The land was donated so that the people of Banbury could have a recreational facility, so it is very fitting that there is now a parkrun here.

Hankinson was a well known name in the town as the family business was a successful butchers that operated from High Street. They were particularly renowned for their hand-made faggots, which were known locally as “spice balls”, which have now given their name to the park.

Most people have heard of Banbury because it features in the nursery rhyme “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross…..”. During the sixteenth century Banbury had three crosses. All three of them were demolished in 1600 at the order of the town council due to the inhabitants of Banbury being “far gone in puritanism”. The current Banbury Cross was erected in 1859 to celebrate the marriage of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter.

We all love a few parkrun stats so here are a few from this week’s run. This week was run number 268. There were 221 parkrunners of whom 15 people were running their first ever parkrun and a further 29 did their first Banbury parkrun. 13 people achieved a PB – bravo!

Two people were running their 50th parkrun so well done to them – and to anyone who got a result for their parkrun bingo!

Most importantly there were 20 fantastic volunteers so a massive thanks to them as parkrun would not be possible without them. parkrun relies on volunteers – how about making it New Year’s resolution to volunteer in 2020?

So, this was the last parkrun of 2019. The next Banbury parkrun is on New Year’s Day at the special time of 10:30am giving you the chance to do the “double” with another local parkrun, or if you prefer, have a little lie in! Happy New Year everyone!

Sue MARTIN

And now for some more stats...

This week 221 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Graeme HACKLAND • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Sue MARTIN • Martyn BANHAM • Sam COLLIER • Sally ANDREWS-DUKE • Fabienne GORDON-CUMMING • James GORDON-CUMMING • Clare CURNOW • Warwick NASH • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Fran MORROW • Andrew MELTON • Jon POULTON • Amy RUSSELL • Nick MACEY • Gwyneth ROGERS • Simon HOOK

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 7,119 participants have completed 53,206 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,030 km, including 9,099 new Personal Bests. A total of 733 individuals have volunteered 5,641 times

 

Dashing through the mud… Event #267 – 25/12/2019

Thanks to Amy RUSSELL for this special Christmas Day run report  - Amy has participated in 43 parkruns of which 38 have been at Banbury:

On Wednesday 25th December 2019 Banbury parkrun welcomed it’s second Christmas Day parkrun. A sunnier 9am start than the 2018 Christmas Day run but a tad muddier! Having seen on the parkrun discussion Facebook group that many other parkruns up and down the country were cancelling their Christmas Day events due to the ongoing wet weather it was a sigh of relief to read on our Facebook page that Banbury would be going ahead.

209 runners, joggers and walkers gathered in a soggy field in some super festive wear. A few quick announcements and Christmas Day milestones (well done all!) and then at 9am we were off. Running round it was interesting to see the different approaches to tackling the rather muddy back bend path of the course. The seasoned trail/cross countries runners embracing the muddy puddles in all their glory, the ballerinas (like myself) who tried graciously to tip-toe across puddle to puddle, the tightrope walkers with arms out wide trying to create some stability to not fall in the mud, the sound effects participants with the ‘oooo’ and ‘aaahhs’ as they saved themselves a from falling over and then of course Santa on the course, who is not only a pro at going down the chimney but going down on the mud – a very quick reaction to get back up and he shot off around the course again.

To the parkrunners (18 of them) who managed PBs, what more could you ask for on Christmas day? A free 5K and a PB - surely that’s better than any present under the tree? We also welcomed 52 first timers to Banbury. Whether you were doing a spot of tourism or you chose Banbury as your first ever parkrun, we hope you enjoyed your run and that you’ll be back with us again soon – the mud isn’t normally that bad!

An extra special thanks must go to Santa’s Little Helpers (a.k.a the high vis heroes). Whether you gave up your own opportunity to run on Christmas Day or volunteering meant some time away from family that morning, I know from the lots of ‘thanks marshal’ I heard from runners on the way round the course, it was greatly appreciated by all.

Merry Christmas!

Amy RUSSELL

And now for the stats...

This week 209 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

James MCLAUGHLIN • Graeme HACKLAND • Nell DARBY • Debbie RALPH • Sera RELTON • Martyn BANHAM • Sam COLLIER • Stuart TAYLOR • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Kim HOPKINSON • Kathy WILCOCK • Jack EATON • Andrew EATON • Amy RUSSELL • Paul WILCOCK • Jonathan STALEY • Charlie MORLEY • Diane GLANCEY • Richard SAVORY • Adam BETTERIDGE • John DARBY

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 7,075 participants have completed 52,985 parkruns covering a total distance of 264,925 km, including 9,086 new Personal Bests. A total of 732 individuals have volunteered 5,621 times.

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