Banbury parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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