Banbury parkrun is cancelled on 2020-10-31 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Banbury parkrun profile: Warren Harrison

Name:
Warren Harrison

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Number of parkruns
53 in total, (28 at Banbury)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
Weymouth, it's one of my favourite holiday destinations and it's a lovely park plus you run through some secluded paths.

Why did you start parkrunning:
Pure curiosity.

Number of volunteers: 
13

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
The first timer briefing because I can connect with newcomers and have a joke or two, usually at my expense!

!Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Dressing up at Christmas/New Year as Captain America!

What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
Running with friends from running club and beyond.

What do you miss about parkrun:
Socialising.

What running are you doing now:
Road running, 30-60 mins.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
Don't burn the candle at both ends!

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
The Hooky Christmas Canter.

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
There's a new one I wanted to do called the Southwater 7 mile, a trail race that is at my native Telford/Shropshire where I was born. 

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
Running Shoes, everyone is different and looking after your feet, ankles knees etc is essential. 

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
I'm going to do one of each if I may!

Favourite: 400m race at Alexander stadium, Birmingham, outdoor p.b of 57.5 secs, beat two former coaches, it showed them what good work they put into me and I was doing well at the new club.
Funniest: At Tamworth ac the Chairman was describing who won the Chairman's award at presentation night, I genuinely thought it was my best friend until halfway through the speech and I thought IT'S ME!
 

Banbury parkrun, the (bored) game has arrived!

Hey and hi to our wonderful #parkrunfamily

Alas, we are still without our weekly run reports for obvious reasons, but we have something of a treat for you right here thanks to Banbury parkrun regular Wendy Ockenden.

Thanks so much for this Wendy, it's absolutely genius!

We give to you, Banbury parkrun; the board game!  Go print a copy off and be sure to let us know how you get on!

Enjoy!

#staysafe #loveparkrun

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Banbury parkrun profile: Gyles Horner

 

Name:
Gyles Horner

Number of parkruns
171 in total, (169 at Banbury)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
The only others I’ve done are Witney and Stratford-upon-Avon.  Stratford was great because I  did the double with Banbury on New Year’s Day.

Why did you start parkrunning:
I was already doing quite a lot of running through my triathlon training - I was really happy when Banbury parkrun was announced.

Number of volunteers: 
16

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
Marshall - it’s great standing on the course and cheering on the runners.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Fancy dress days are always fun - except for when you get passed by someone dressed as a Mummy!

What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
It’s a community. The best thing is meeting up with all the regular runners and the friendships that have formed over the years, and also seeing the efforts that people of all abilities put into completing the parkrun every week.

What do you miss about parkrun:
Meeting up with parkrun friends and the motivation to run a fast 5k every week.

What running are you doing now:
I’m running most days - 5 or 6 miles.  Luckily the weather has been nice and sunny and if I get out early I can avoid most people.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
"It never gets easier, you just get faster."

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
The Hornton 6 organised by Cherwell Runners & Joggers.  A great local race over a beautiful but challenging course - I love that everyone brings their own food for a BBQ afterwards.

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
I’ve done a couple of marathons but would like to do more - I was planning to do Abingdon again this summer...

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
My Asics Gel DS Trainer 24’s.  It’s so important to get a pair of running shoes that fit correctly to avoid injury.

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
My favourite memory was from finishing the marathon at the end of the Lanzarote Ironman.The combination of exhaustion and elation was incredible, and made even more special by my children running across the line with me.

 

Keeping the spirit of parkrun alive…

It was quite the occasion in Banbury this week which saw the inaugural Banbury Junior Garden parkrun take place. The ‘just over’ 100 lap 2km course was carefully marked out with purple chalks. It was amazing for the first event to have a full roster of volunteers; these ranged from a bear bigger than one of the course participants, to unicorns and pugs dressed as rabbits.

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With space limited the course was run with just over 100 laps. A leakage from the paddling pool caused the bigger of the two participants to lose footing on a few occasions but it was nothing compared to the normal mud-fest at Banbury parkrun. The first part of the event seemed to drag but after a quick water break and a more refreshed little runner, the second part went much quicker.

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It was neck and neck for most of the event but young Amelia saved her sprint finish legs for the home straight and pipped mum to the post.

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One of the stand out features of Banbury Junior Garden parkrun is the post event refreshments. As you can see from the photo below, runners and marshals enjoyed a ‘Ritz’ high tea experience for the efforts of the inaugural event going off without any hitches…

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As a family we are missing parkrun and doing this event today reminded us of why we love volunteering and running with all the wonderful people each Saturday at Banbury parkrun. Amelia has missed cheering you all on each week and we are really looking forward to when we can all come together again to run, jog and walk at Spiceball Park.

#stayhome #staysafe

The Russells

And now for the stats:

This week 2 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers. Representatives of 1 club took part.

The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

Big Bear (marshal) • Pinky Pie (marshal) • Pugsy Bunny (marshal) • Uni the Unicorn (marshal) • Thom RUSSELL (photographer) • Amy RUSSELL (time keeper, race director, run report writer)

The female record is held by Amelia RUSSELL who recorded a time of 43.49 on 19th April 2020 (event number 1).

Banbury Junior parkrun started on Sunday 19th April 2020. The course may or may not go ahead next week depending on whether ALL participants are more willing to follow the strict guidelines of not cutting sections of the course.

 

Banbury parkrun profile: Sam Young

Hello #parkrunfamily

Along with missing our 9:00am fix on a Saturday, we at Banbury parkrun HQ are missing your fantastic run reports, so, your Core Team thought it might be nice for us all to get to know some of our parkrunners a little better at this time.

To get things underway, here is our 1st parkrun profile, from someone you will recognise and know well: Sam Young.

If you fancy being one of our profiled parkrunners then send us an email to banbury@parkrun.com and we will be in touch!

Stay safe everyone! We miss you all!

#loveparkrun

 

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Name:
Sam Young

Number of parkruns:
161 (129 at Banbury parkrun)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
I really like Daventry parkrun – it’s pretty and flat! Although I also very much enjoyed Haga parkrun near Stockholm in Sweden!

Why did you start parkrunning:
I heard about parkrun from a friend and decided to give it a go when I lived in Birmingham back in 2013.

Number of volunteers:
44 separate occasions (covering 52 roles – I even completed 5 roles on one day – Run report writer, setup, marshal, photographer and pack up).

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
I love to combine my hobbies of running and photography, so it has to be the photographer role.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
This is a hard one as I have so many wonderful memories from parkrun. But I think running my 100th parkrun has to come top as my Wife and Son (Helen & Theo) came to support me with a banner and balloons – they must have done a good job as I achieved my all time pb of 20:47!!

What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
I started running at Banbury as I liked the atmosphere of parkrun and it kept me fit, but it has become so much more for me now. Firstly, my son has joined me most weeks since he was about 9 months old and it give me a wonderful opportunity to spend time with him during parkrun and then after at the café. But then also parkrun, is now less about the running and more about all the friendships I have made. I love meeting everyone on Saturday morning before the start, catching a quick hello as I run or having a bit more of a gossip after in the café when the results are being processed.

What do you miss about parkrun:
Everything – the friendship, the community, the routine, the course – even the mud!!

What running are you doing now:
I feel so very lucky to live in the countryside and be able to run from my front door straight into the countryside, so it is easy to keep to social distancing advice. The “lock-down” has, however, re-invigorated my running mojo, as I have forced myself to get out and enjoy the once per day exercise opportunity. I have been mainly running longer distances, but aim to complete my now annual challenge I set myself in May (#5KMay), where I plan to run at least 5 km everyday of May. This year I hope to run every one under 25 minutes – why don’t you join me and post your updates on twitter with the hashtag #5KMay? (time limit is optional.)

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
Smile – even if you are completely out of breath and everything is hurting, if you smile it fools your body into thinking you can push on!

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
I am a creature of habit – I have a 5km out and back road route that I have completed over 150 times!

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
My Dad lives in America and is a Event Director at Roosevelt Island parkrun – I was supposed to be visiting him over Easter but everything has of course been cancelled. I’d love to run his parkrun with him at some point!

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
Until recently, it was Theo’s running buggy, but a flat tire and a friend from school has forced him to become more of a run/walker now, and in turn my parkrunning experience has changed to be a lot slower, I have no doubt that in just a few years this will change drastically again and I shall be chasing Theo rather than the other way around!

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
Last year, I was lucky enough to be asked to attend the Cider Frolic – A relay event where (in our case) teams of 3 or 4 run laps of a Dorset farm – as many as possible (or you want) in 12 hours. We went with a whole bunch of Banbury parkrunners and Hook Norton Harriers and had so much fun in the glorious sunshine.