International Women’s Day

On Saturday 7th March, Banbury parkrun is embracing International Women’s Day!

To mark the occasion we’d really love to have as many female volunteers as possible on board, so ladies, if you’re free and willing to give up an hour of your morning please send an email to banbury@parkrun.com. Thank you.

We do of course completely appreciate that many of you will want to take part so, why not help us celebrate the event further by bringing along a female family member or friend who is yet to partake in a parkrun, be it your Mum, wife, daughter, niece, partner, sister, Grandma, you get the idea! We’d love to welcome them.

It goes without saying that we can’t have a special event without a bit of a theme going on, so purple is the suggested colour of the day - get those 25 t-shirts out and anything else you fancy donning too, tiaras, tutus, wellies, anything goes!

Come and join the fun!

#banburyparkrun#loveparkrun#IWD#IWDparkrun

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Christmas & New Year’s Day @ Banbury parkrun

The core team are thrilled to announce we are holding two special events to celebrate the festive season.

A Christmas event on 25th December at 9am - festive fancy dress absolutely encouraged! A chance to burn a few calories before indulging in all that Christmas means to you and your families.

A New Year's Day event at 10:30am. Having a later start time will hopefully allow you to do the now famous parkun NYD double. Check out the compendium for our nearest parkruns starting at 9am.

If you'd like to volunteer at one, both, either of our festive specials, drop an email to banbury@parkrun.com

Ho! Ho! Ho!

 

Event 259 – The winter (course) is coming…

This week's stat-tastic run report comes thanks to Daniel ROWAN who ran his 90th parkrun and 85th at Banbury:

On a lovely autumnal Saturday morning I joined 254 other runners for another parkrun; it’s always a great feeling to start the weekend with an achievement (sadly for me, that’s usually as productive as it gets). Welcome to the 19 first timers, and 18 tourists, who joined us; we hope you decide to see you again soon!

As always, a massive thank you to the volunteers, who give up their time to make this event possible.

And now for the stats…

Wait! Hang on a second, don’t the stats usually come at the end of the report?! Well yes, normally… Apologies in advance, it has always been an intention of mine to spend a couple of hours exploring the vast amount of data held on the parkrun servers, and this week’s weather-induced switch to the winter course seemed to give me the perfect premise for a report, and it was also something I found myself wondering recently as I try to chase that all important PB…

Question: Is the winter course faster or slower than the summer course?
From my casual asking around, this is certainly something that people have differing opinions on, and for a variety of reasons. Some are of the belief that the winter course should be objectively faster, because more of the run is on a harder surface, which surely helps with pace. Others, like my partner Iwona, believe that it is slower, reasoning that as well as the weather usually being worse running an additional lap is that bit more repetitive, making the winter course a more daunting prospect.

I’ve found that a useful rule for life is that the plural of anecdote isn’t evidence, so I turned to the data held on Banbury parkrun servers to help answer this question.
Some caveats to bear in mind before going any further:

  • To provide a healthy amount of data on which to base my unsophisticated analysis, all data in this report comes from Banbury parkrun, from the dates 20 October 2018 until 19 October 2019.
  • I thought about going back further with the data (after all, Banbury parkrun has been running since September 2014) however as the parkrun grows, the profile of parkrunners changes with it, and in the interests of data quality and consistency I decided only to use the past years’ worth of data to try and limit some of the variation.
  • For the past year, the winter course was used by Banbury parkrun during the following dates - between 13 Nov 2018 – 20 April 2019 and of course this week - 19 October 2019.
  • For ease of calculation, I’ve used decimal time. To get back to hours: minutes, take the digits to the right of the decimal point, and multiply it by 60. E.g. a time of just the digits to the right of the decimal point, and multiply it by 60 (minutes in an hour). For example, a time of 28.45 becomes 28:27 (.045*60)

So… Back to the task of trying to measure which is the quicker Banbury course. My first thought was that perhaps the proportion of runners achieving a PB (that’s Personal Best to the uninitiated) each week would be a good indicator of course speed (the hypothesis being that on a fast course, more people are likely to get PBs, right?)

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As you can see from Figure 1, this statistic seems to suffer from quite volatile levels of variation at a weekly level; this inconsistency may suggest it more exposed to day-specific conditions such as weather, field size, and other external events (you don’t have to look far for a good example of this - take last week (12th Oct), which had one of the slowest average times recorded this year – two possible explanations being that runners stayed at home to watch Eliud Kipchoge’s epic sub-2 hour marathon finish, or perhaps many were preparing for the Oxford or Birmingham Half Marathon the following day?)

Although Table 1 suggests that people are more likely to reach a PB during the winter course, the fact that the percentage point difference is relatively small combined with the lower number of total finishes suggests to me that this is far from conclusive evidence. It may be worth a quick look to see if there is any other data which may offer more robust insight.

Fun with averages

Perhaps it’s as simple as looking at the average times for each course then?

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Table 2 suggests, much like our findings from Figure 1, that the Winter course holds a slightly faster time, and a lower mean and median time (just as a side note, the median is often a useful average when measuring times because it is more resistant to the effects of outliers, e.g. tail walking marshalling. I’ve always wondered why parkrun UK use the mean average instead…) There is also a smaller standard deviation – a measure of variance – which can be interpreted as majority of the times falling within 6.9 and 6.5 minutes of the mean for each respective course.

Well, it looks like the Winter course has the edge on these numbers, but is the difference enough to make it significant? If only there was a formal statistical test for comparing the two distributions…

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Thankfully, there is! I’ve decided to use an un-paired two sample t-test as quick and dirty method for comparing two samples from the same population. As much as I would love to get into the details, I’m aware I’ve probably lost a good many readers already so I will just summarise to say that a p-value (a probability score) of less than 95% (p-value < 0.05) in this test is commonly interpreted as significant evidence enough to reject a null hypothesis that there is no difference. Therefore the results of the two-sample test in Table 3 (p-value = 0.048) suggests that it is enough to meet the test for significance – indicating evidence that the winter course is faster (though it’s extremely close!)

For those more interested in the nature of the distribution, there are a couple of bonus graphs below. The graphs further illustrate the nature of the distribution (if nothing else, they’re pretty to look at).:

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This ‘s’ shape distribution crops up a lot in statistics and is known as a sigmoid curve. Because much of the comparative increase in variation of green dots comes from the larger sample size of summer course runs, it isn’t particularly insightful here, however look closely and you can see some cool patterns in the data. For instance, the arm of green dots stretching out like a tentacle near the top – it looks like all these results came from an event on May 4th (Star Wars day!). I wonder why?

Summary

So it’s simple then, the winter course is definitely faster?

Not so fast – in fact I would hesitate to draw any conclusions from the data I’ve looked at today. Not that I’m suggesting this exercise was entirely a waste of our time; certainly a case can be made that the winter course will not affect your PB chances. However it’s likely (of course) that there are other things that will have much more of an impact, such as training, or what you had for breakfast. All things being equal, I don’t really believe that there will be too much difference. It’s important also to refer back to our caveats: this data is vulnerable to things that are difficult to measure, such as human behaviour. I imagine you see far fewer walkers and ramblers on cold winter days, which will inevitably affect the average for the field.

If I was going to explore this further (don’t worry, I won’t!), I would probably look for people who run regularly, and run tests on how either course affects their times (though, this too, wouldn’t be perfect, as most of the regular runners I know are improving all the time, and this is another compounding factor you would have to control for).

Well, that’s all for this week. I hope you found it interesting, please let me know if you have any thoughts, or perhaps avenues for future exploration and hopefully I’ll see you at parkrun soon!

Daniel Rowan

PS: If you’re a fan of data driven parkrun insights then worth checking out this report from event 183, authored by our very own RD Sam Young. Among many insights it contains what must be one of my favourite statistics: someone at Banbury parkrun has finished in position no. 186 a grand total of six times!

PPS: Shout out to Pug-man, thanks for the eggs.

And now for the stats (no really this time)...

This week 255 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Jeffrey TRYBUS • Warren HARRISON • Graeme HACKLAND • Alice PALMER • Gyles HORNER • Helen ROBERTS • Claire UPTON • Danny BATCHELOR • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Martyn BANHAM • Alan UPSTONE • Jocelyn ATKINSON • Sally ANDREWS-DUKE • Fabienne GORDON-CUMMING • Tim KYTE • Stuart TAYLOR • Stuart HADEN • Neil SIMMONDS • Cat MILLER • Joe MILLER • Daniel ROWAN • Richard TEW • Kathleen BEGGIN • Nick MACEY

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 6,931 participants have completed 51,544 parkruns covering a total distance of 257,720 km, including 8,979 new Personal Bests. A total of 714 individuals have volunteered 5,430 times.

 

Run report – Event 248

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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.

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"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!

Chris

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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.

 

View from the RD – Event #247

Well, after a week of blistering temperatures it looks like some people opened the curtains and thought "Blow that, I'm going back to bed" whilst lots of others thought "Cooler and slightly damp weather: ideal running conditions". Despite the total number being about fifty lower than we've had recently, no fewer than thirty of you set a new, best time for the Banbury course. Congratulations!

Perhaps slightly more perplexing was the fourteen people who opened the curtains and thought "Today looks like a good day to do my first parkrun". Since the poor weather didn't put you off, we hope that you come back again very soon and we'll try to lay on a better day for you. Maybe you'd promised to accompany existing parkrunners and couldn't back out, or maybe you'd just decided that this was the weekend that you'd decided to get involved and weren't going to get a bit of drizzle put you off [the Fitton family?]. Whatever, we're very pleased that you chose Banbury for your first parkrun experience.

At the other end of the spectrum, one of the tourists joining us for the first time was Neil Davies - a Bushy parkrunner. With more than five hundred runs to you name, you've clearly 'got the bug'. As with all twenty four tourists running/walking at Banbury for the first time, and any more who only make it to Banbury occasionally, I hope that we made you feel welcome.

Congratulations, too, to Amanda Ivings who came and grabbed a "I'm running my 50th parkrun" bib before the start. Olly Ormond, Theo Till, and Paul Hammond were perhaps a little more shy, but if you're going to claim and proudly wear your milestone T-shirt then why not practice with one of our fetching bibs? We have youth and adult sized bibs for 10 [okay, only youth sizes for this one!], 50, 100, 250, and 500 runs, as well as for 25 volunteering stints and "I'm running on my birthday".

My biggest 'shout-out', though, goes to the volunteers who joined me and enabled the run to happen. Whether you'd been on the roster for a few weeks or responded to the mid-week appeal - possibly thinking that it would be too hot to run?! - your good humour before, during, and after the run are always very much appreciated. [I know that this is something we 'keep banging on about', but runners may have noticed there were only two people scanning barcodes on Saturday rather than the normal three. We only send e-mails and social media posts when we don't have enough volunteers to cover the key roles; the fact that they've become a weekly event is no more welcome by the organising team than I guess it is by the recipients. If everybody volunteered once for each twenty runs they did, we'd always be covered; if you're not sure what's involved or are nervous about 'the responsibility' - although there really is nothing to be nervous about - talk to any of the core team and we can take you through what's required or even find you a minder for your first occasion.]

Anyway, after a mixed forecast for the middle of the week it looks as though we might get some decent weather again next Saturday. I know where I'm going to be, and I hope to see you there too!

Nick Macey
Run Director

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Tony CRONIN • Sheree WAKEFIELD • Simon RICHARDSON • Paddy HAYNES • Alistair PAGNAMENTA • Sera RELTON • Lucy KHAN • Kurt TRINDER • Brian GREEN • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Chris WADE • Kim HOPKINSON • Jack EATON • Natalie MILES • Tom SHEPHERD • Nick MACEY • Sarah DES RIVIERES • Abigail SMITH • Thomas RICHARDSON • James KENNARD • Finn SHEPHERD • Jo TRINDER • Melissa MORLEY

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 6,551 participants have completed 47,993 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,965 km, including 8,510 new Personal Bests. A total of 682 individuals have volunteered 5,115 times.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering – Event #246

The 20th of July hosted the 246th Banbury parkrun and made way for a new Run Director, Jo Woodbridge (my Mum) who carried out the role for the first time. Despite being nervous, she aced it and made a good first impression.
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This now leads me onto my experience as a Run Director.
For the past 6 months, I woke up early and volunteered every Saturday carrying out most roles as part of my bronze D of E award. This included, marshalling, barcode scanning, timekeeping and a host of other roles found on the roster sheet culminating in my being RD. My favourite role was most certainly being the Run Director as I had to lead the event and in doing this it allowed me to gain experience, maturity and teamwork skills all of which are very important for adulthood.
I learnt just how much of a complex operation the amazing core team carry out behind the scenes as there are so many things to do and check including: results, position tokens and the volunteer roster to name but a few. If anyone reading this has not volunteered before, please consider it as we can’t run the event without you.
The day itself started muggy, but soon morphed into a sunny one nearer the end. There were 4 milestones in total: Adrian Evans and Simon Hook both ran their 50ths, Wendy and Maddie Carter carried out their 25th volunteer stints and Ben Miller also completed his 50th run at the age of 9! Big congratulations to all of you on these great achievements.
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With 42 first timers; 27 new PBs and our farthest tourist coming from Scotland, it was a successful parkrun for all.
Daniel Woodbridge
D of E Volunteer

The event was made possible by our fantastic volunteers:

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.

 

The power of …Banbury parkrun #event 245

I have 3 favourite things I look forward to every Saturday.
First thing is arriving at the parkrun Banbury. Walking onto the field before the run. What a fantastic atmosphere we have at Banbury.
This Saturday morning has welcomed us with a bit of much needed breeze. I have welcomed 16 degrees with open arms having recently invested in dog harness and running with my black Lab Capa I was hopeful that maybe a cooler weather will mean I will not necessarily have to stop to give the dog a swim mid run, meaning I might be able to get yet another PB.
Running with Capa on the harness has been fantastic. She easily takes 2 minutes off what I would have done have I run by myself. Yes, yes, I am aware those are not really my PBs, but trying to keep up with her when she sets off at full speed has done wonders to my fitness, since running with her I have also managed to improve my solo times by quite a lot.
My second favourite thing is the run itself. As we are getting ready to set off the dog is getting very excited. She is really good at picking up on the shift of everyone on the start line when they lean towards the start bottom on their watches. Having completed few parkruns with her I know we need to get out of the park fairly quickly otherwise bad things happen…last week she got wrapped around a bin and managed to take few people out as she tried to unwrap herself.

I am giving it my all at the start and I am one of the first out of the field. Capa really doesn’t disappoint, she assists my run beautifully for the first 2km. I look at my watch which says I completed those in 10 minutes. My fastest time yet.
There are quite a few runners around, mainly overtaking me now as I am running out of steam. The ground is dry and just perfect for PBs. I am pushing on, trying to stay ahead of my much faster friend Kayleigh, she finally overtakes me…damn Kayleigh, next week I will make it even harder for you …

Tongue out, she is really struggling now (Capa…not Kayleigh) I am getting closer to 2.5k that’s where the perfect spot for a dog swim is…should I or shouldn’t I? …oh go on then… she really needs it due to pace we were going/she was pulling me at…. I promise this is for her sake and not for me to catch my breath after much too fast first half of the race.
I am ready to run again, Capa is refreshed after her swim so you would imagine she would be ready to help again…she is much smarter than that, she think it’s my turn to put some effort in…I guess she is right.. As I feel refreshed too after having a moment to catch my breath, I give it my all during the second half. Sprinting toward finish I even overtake my dog as she decided it’s time to stop running and to start leisurely walk–dragging her for the last few meters I am finishing in 29.14 – another PB  yes, yes…dog assisted PB.

And there comes the third favourite thing to do on Saturday. Watching other people finish, talking to other parkrunners, comparing experiences and our family post parkrun breakfast, all the calories are justified right?
We are truly lucky to have such a fantastic, friendly, inclusive event in Banbury.
…Ok I have also fourth favourite thing to do on Saturday…my post parkrun nap…but shhhh about that.

Iwona – parkrunner

And now for the stats….
This week 334 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Simon PRYTHERCH • Simon RICHARDSON • Mery- José WOLKE • Helen ROBERTS • Claire UPTON • Steven HEARN • Adam LAWRENCE • Danny BATCHELOR • Sera RELTON • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Fabienne GORDON-CUMMING • Tracy LAWRENCE • Stuart TAYLOR • Jon ROBINSON • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • David BENNETT • Bridget WILKINSON • Iwona WOJCIK • Nick MACEY • Royston WILLIAMS • Ellen MORGAN • Sara CARTER • Thomas RICHARDSON • Isobel EDWARDS • Andrew STEVEN • Brian NOBLE • Thomas EDWARDS
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 6,470 participants have completed 47,463 parkruns covering a total distance of 237,315 km, including 8,453 new Personal Bests. A total of 672 individuals have volunteered 5,063 times.

 

All you need is Love…

When my all too early alarm sounded this Saturday morning there was an extra sense of excitement and anticipation about this week’s parkrun…… today was my 100th parkrun and my 100th run at Banbury parkrun (ok, I admit I am not very adventurous!).

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When thinking about what 100 runs meant to me I thought I would think of 100 things that made Parkrun great….. the hugely encouraging volunteers, the fantastic organising core team, the amazing camaraderie of fellow runners, smiling children, happy dogs but having only got to 5 things it occurred to me that the thing that really makes parkrun great is love!

Love of being outside on a Saturday morning…
Love of running in the beautiful Spring sunshine…
Love of seeing people reaching achievements they never thought they were capable of, whether it is a new PB or just getting to the finish….
Love of watching people greet new friends before the race, made through Parkrun…
Love of the community coming together in a truly special way to do something positive…

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For me this week was more than my 100th run, it was a chance to run in memory of an old school friend who recently passed away (hence the army of runners and volunteers in pink). My friend Ingrid was all about love in all its forms and although not a runner herself she inspired others to achieve what they never thought was possible and was a great organiser of events, 2 things that sum up parkrun in my opinion.

Huge thanks to everyone that put on the hi viz this week, your encouragement always makes the run that bit more special, welcome to all the newcomers and tourists and well done to everyone for getting up, running, finishing and generally making parkrun awesome.

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In a world where events far too often focus on hatred and division parkrun, to me, shows us that love is still an overwhelming force for good, in the words of Richard Curtis, speaking through Hugh Grant: ‘if you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion you’ll find that love actually is all around…’

Alison

And now for the stats…

This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Sharon DARKE • Simon RICHARDSON • Claire UPTON • Steven HEARN • Danny BATCHELOR • Sera RELTON • Dale ELLIS • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Alison HEATH • Kurt TRINDER • Sara CROSS • Jon ROBINSON • Michael ROGERS • Cheri HADEN • Stuart HADEN • Mark COOPER • Bridget WILKINSON • Chris JONES • Tengan MOHAN-CLARKE • Wendy CARTER • Maddie CARTER • Pirminder MANN • Sara CARTER • Richard SAVORY • Avaani MANN • Thomas RICHARDSON • Georgina WILKINSON
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 Frances ANDERSON who recorded 84.73% (22:16) on 18th April 2015 (event number 29).
Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 5,856 participants have completed 42,465 parkruns covering a total distance of 212,325 km, including 7,640 new Personal Bests. A total of 633 individuals have volunteered 4,630 times.

 

Christmas & New Year Events

Christmas is fast approaching and this year we have great news.....

After discussions with the council, we can now reveal that we will be having extra events on Christmas Day and New Year's Day as well as the usual Saturday events. Both events will be held at the usual time of 9am. A huge thank you needs to go to Banbury Town council for giving us permission to use Spiceball park on these extra days so that we can put on these events.

 
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So, now we have extra events in the diary, that also means we need to be able to fill the roster. Now we don't expect the usual 250(ish) runners turning up on these days, so we don't need lots of volunteers, but we do need the main roles filled. Also, as they are family days, please be patient when it comes to getting your results as our core team members who have agreed to run an event on these days, obviously have families to spend time with, so the results will be processed when they have time to do them.

We hope you're as excited as us and many of you will join us for the extra runs.

Banbury parkrun Core Team

 

Do you know the parkrun rules?

So that we don't have to keep mentioning all of the rules on social media every week before each event, we have decided to publish the rules as a simple link to use each week as a 'go to' if you don't know what they are.

As you are (hopefully) all aware, parkrun does have a few simple rules to follow each week to keep each event running smoothly, without problems. Some of these rules are also due to parkruns insurance and if broken, can jeopardise the event, so it's important that the rules are followed.......there are no exceptions for anyone and these rules are the same at all events, no matter how big or small, so please bear that in mind and don't put any volunteers under pressure to bend the rules for you!

 

Under 11's must be accompanied by an adult

This is a must! To enable under 11's to take part, the parkrun UK insurance states that all under 11's must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18) at arms length for the duration of the event. Not only is this part of the insurance requirements, it's also for their safety. There are parts of our route that are out of sight, in fact, most of it, and there are a lot of runners.....accidents can happen! We want your children to be safe at all times. Please do not jeopardise our parkrun by ignoring this rule. If your child is seen running alone, they will be approached and asked who their parents are and you are likely to be spoken to about the rule. Under 11's and parents not sticking to this rule will be removed from the results. There is only one place we allow under 11's to run further away from their parent/guardian and that is down the finish straight when they are in full view of everyone. That doesn't mean you can let them sprint off with half a mile to go, only once entering the finish straight.

We also ask that if you have a young child waiting for you near the end with another parent, that they don't run out and join you crossing the line. They have not run the 5k and they might get timed in, knocking out all the results after them. Children must run the full 5k, they cannot be carried or join you at the end to get a result.

 

One dog per runner on a short lead

Dogs are very welcome at our event but please remember it is a running event, so dogs must be under control at all times. All parkruns have a rule that a runner can only run with one dog and they must be on a short lead. If your dog is on an extendable lead, off a lead or is out of control, they become a trip hazard to everyone around, so please make sure they are kept on a lead and under control. Adding to this, running with a dog on a lead and a buggy is not permitted. This can be dangerous for the child in the buggy and those around you. Lastly, we appreciate some dogs are trained and can be very quick, but unless they are quick off the mark, please start near the back to avoid any incidents or trip hazards during our congested start.

 

No barcode = No result; No exceptions!

This rule is very important to us as volunteers and it's a rule at ALL parkruns. If you have been elsewhere and they've accepted writing down your number without a barcode, they shouldn't have and WE WON'T, so please don't ask! We would appreciate that if you don't have your barcode for any reason that you don't put our volunteers under any pressure to add you to the results. A negative experience for a volunteer because someone has aggressively spoken to them about being added to the results without a barcode, can stop them wanting to volunteer or join the event again, which is totally unfair on them and we won't tolerate aggressive behaviour towards volunteers. To clarify, we only accept printed barcodes, either on a piece of paper or one of the ERS (https://parkrun-barcode.com/) plastic cards or wrist bands. We do not accept barcodes on mobile phone screens, screen shots of barcodes or scrap pieces of paper with your barcode number written on it. It is your responsibility to bring your barcode, so don't feel hard done by if you've forgotten it and we won't add you to the results.

To give you an understanding of why we do this, if we have a field of 300 runners and all of them forget their barcode (not likely, but you never know!) and we add them in manually, our volunteers would be giving up their whole day to do this. At bigger events like Bushy Park (1000+ runners), it could cause a huge problem. It also takes a lot more time to write barcodes and details down at the event and by accepting it, it encourages runners that they don't need a barcode. This also causes problems at other events when doing some tourism. We don't want to hear 'my event writes down our number when we don't have a barcode' as we know the rule and you're either trying it on or your event shouldn't be writing down your barcode number! Please think about the volunteers.

 

Finish tokens

Lastly, although this isn't a rule, it's pretty obvious that the finish tokens you are given at the end of the run are parkrun property and must come back to us. We understand sometimes people forget and walk off with them in their pocket, but if that's you, please return it at the earliest possible opportunity. If you haven't got a barcode one week, please don't think you don't need to hand in your finish token to our scanners, they must still be given back.

 

We want to thank you all for taking the time to read this, understand the main parkrun rules and sticking to them at our event. By doing so, you are giving the volunteers the best possible opportunity to make the event run smoothly without any concerns. A happy volunteer = a returning volunteer :-)

See you all on Saturday.

Banbury parkrun Core Team

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