Event 329 – 11th May 2019

What a glorious morning we had at Barnstaple parkrun. The weather was beautiful and we had 156 smiley happy people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part. We also had visitors from Southampton, Exeter, North Molton, Folkstone, Newbury and Dublin.

The event was made possible by huge number of volunteers due to Bideford 10k taking place tomorrow. (Good Luck to everyone doing Bideford 10k).

Your High Viz Heros this week were:- Michael Gilmore • Iain Hindes • Shelly Williams • Terry Pike • Carolyn Anne Coates • Peter Russell • Kathryn Kyle • Gary Mitchell • Julie Wilkins • Hana Wilkins • Jo Morrish • Tricia Morris • Lisa Beasant • Luke Kyle • Paul Fleming • Richard Tucker • Shaun Harbord • Eva Tyacke • Stephanie Dalton • Jeff Crebbin • Joe Crebbin.

Next week the roster is already full thanks to Brannams Medical Centre doing a takeover however if you are able to help in the following weeks please do let us know.

Special thank you to all today for being particularly quiet while Eva gave the run brief. It is really important to have quiet for these few minutes and we really appreciate your continued support with this.

We did ask if anyone was completing a miletstone today and I see form the results that Cerys Wild completed their 10th parkrun. Congratulations to you Cerys.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barnstaple parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Rachel FELTON who recorded a time of 17:52 on 19th August 2017 (event number 239).
The male record is held by Phil NORMAN who recorded a time of 15:00 on 17th February 2018 (event number 266).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 98.51% (21:13) on 27th April 2013 (event number 17).

Barnstaple parkrun started on 5th January 2013. Since then 7,850 participants have completed 44,405 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,025 km, including 7,813 new Personal Bests. A total of 578 individuals have volunteered 4,461 times.

Co Run Director Eva and her parents this morning :)



Care for Kids Takeover

Event number 328 on 4th May 2019 was brought to you mainly with the help of volunteers from Care for Kids. http://www.careforkidsnorthdevon.org.uk/
Your awesome volunteers were:- Jacky MASSOS • Angelo MASSOS • Iain HINDES • Shelly WILLIAMS • Julie KEMISH-MILLS • Margaret BEADES • Susan O'GRADY • Peter RUSSELL • Tim JONES • Joyce MULHOLLAND • Jenny STONE • Deborah MANNING • June TAMLYN • Maggie JONES • Robert WILKINS • Lisa BEASANT • Gill IRWIN • Sally BUNNEY • Joe CREBBIN
The volunteers enabled 230 people to run, jog and walk the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. Tony Collyer and Casey Thorne both reached their 100 milestone and Jenny Baker reached her 50th milestone. They all kept that quiet in the briefing! Congratulations to you all.
The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barnstaple parkrun Results Page.
Don’t forget that Care for Kids are putting on a 10k event which takes in most of Rock Park. To sign up just click on the link. https://careforkids.fullonsport.com/event/care-for-kids-barnstaple-10k/profile


Barnstaple parkrun 1 Storm Hannah 0

Event number 327 27th April 2019

Storm Hannah did her best to put a stop to parkrun this morning but an early course check and the removal of a branch from the course and we were good to go.

That said she tried her best during the morning to upset the rhythm of our parkrunners and it did put a few off, our numbers were a little lower than normal. However a hardcore of 132 ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were new to Banstaple parkrun and of those 12, 6 of them had got out of bed on such a windy day to do their FIRST EVER parkrun. A huge well done to you. hopefuly today wil be the first of many. We also amazingy had 11 record Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. A special mention should be given to members of Barnstaple Under 13's Rugby team who came along for the first time today as part of their training.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Liz OKE • Chris DENT • Iain HINDES • Shelly WILLIAMS • Peter RUSSELL • Jenny STONE • June TAMLYN • Peter ADDISON • Lisa BEASANT • Samantha BAKER • Leo HOLROYD • Fin MEAD • Gill IRWIN • Frances RHODES • Joe CREBBIN • Jake MCELFATRICK

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barnstaple parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Rachel FELTON who recorded a time of 17:52 on 19th August 2017 (event number 239).
The male record is held by Phil NORMAN who recorded a time of 15:00 on 17th February 2018 (event number 266).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 98.51% (21:13) on 27th April 2013 (event number 17).

Barnstaple parkrun started on 5th January 2013. Since then 7,777 participants have completed 44,019 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,095 km, including 7,755 new Personal Bests. A total of 574 individuals have volunteered 4,421 times.


Event 326

This week’s parkrun was the 326th event at Barnstaple.
The beautiful, sunny morning created a pleasant atmosphere for the 249 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 recorded new Personal Bests. As well as this, representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
We had 43 first timers and visitors who attended this event, some of whom came from Chester, Northern Ireland, Oxford, South Wales, Greenwich, Bedfordshire, Sheffield, Stratford, Leeds, Kettering, Stoke on Trent and France.
Lucy Nevitt from Stoke on Trent did her 50th and Richard Nobes did his 100th today. There were three others that did there 50th today but did not come forward and they were Ellen Cosh, Ayake Watanabe and Richard Tucker. Many congratulations to them.

We are very grateful to the 16 people who gave up their time to help put this week’s event together. Many thanks to: Shelly WILLIAMS • Julie KEMISH-MILLS • Michael COUSINS • Steven KEMISH-MILLS • Peter RUSSELL • Jenny STONE • June TAMLYN • Maggie JONES • Lisa BEASANT • Elizabeth PALETHORPE • Emma KNIGHT • Fin MEAD • Gill IRWIN • Geoff DOWN • Tara DAVIES • Michelle SHAKESPEARE

For the past 6 months I have volunteered at Barnstaple park run, as I am currently undertaking my Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. Throughout the 26 weeks, I have completed all of the roles associated with volunteering, including the role of Run Director. Near the beginning I never would have considered talking in front of over 200 people, but everyone was very welcoming and so I encourage others to give it a go. As the weekly parkruns are ran entirely by volunteers, everyone has the chance to be more included and put more effort into helping others.

Report by Tara Davies


Sun, Sweat and Smiles All Round!

Barnstaple parkrun Event 325

On this beautiful spring morning, parkrun attracted 215 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

Attendees from far and wide including Totnes, Norfolk, Northampton, Coventry, Newcastle, Abingdon, Nottingham, Sheffield, Chelmsford, Bournemouth, Horsham, Leamington Spa and Australia.

The majority of the course was covered by supporters and general park users who all seemed happy to shout encouragement along the way which was lovely to see and hear.

I was impressed at the number of youngsters who really put the effort in and finished in good time. It was also nice to see children running alongside their parents and grandparents.

All in all, a fantastic experience and one that I see many enjoyed. We all do this for various reasons, I truly believe it brings the best out of us. Everyone was so happy and friendly. It was an absolute pleasure to take part.

the weekly parkruns are ran entirely by Volunteers, and we appreciate all that they do.

Thanking this Weeks Volunteers


Report from Visiting Runner from Chelmsford

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Damien Walsh


Christmas and New Years Day

We would like to inform you there will be NO event on Christmas Day.

However on New Years Day you have the chance to complete a double by doing Bideford parkrun at 9am and then Barnstaple parkrun at 10.30am.

If you are available to marshal on the 1st January or any other date we would be very happy to hear from you.

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Barny parkrun Team


Tourist Report for Event 299 by Ian Gregory

Unlike me, I'd somehow agreed to go away on a big family holiday, even though I'd already paid for a place for my fourth successive Great South Run... £31.00 down the drain, though every cloud has a silver lining, so they say.

I hadn't actually realised I'd 'double-booked' until less than a fortnight before and, like my wife said, the Great South Run is every year, whereas the chance of a lovely, long weekend away on the North Devon coast isn't... so onto the tourist tool it was, knowing we'd be staying in the picturesque village of Croyde; parkruns in this part of the country are nowhere near as abundant as ones in the county of Hampshire where I live.
It didn't take long to calculate that the two nearest ones, by quite a margin, were either Barnstaple or Bideford... I chose Barnstaple as it was the closer of the two, though it was still a 24-mile round trip.

I set off at just after 08:00 taking in the stunning views of both Croyde Bay and the equally impressive Saunton Sands. The early morning mist was lying low over the sand dunes and the early morning light was catching pockets of it, making it look like a scene from Lord of The Rings, or something just as spectacular. I was almost tempted to abandon the idea of running but told myself not to be so silly... it was a great opportunity for a spot of parkrun tourism, where I could bag my 168th run, my 61st different event and write another run report, which is a great way of adding yourself to the volunteer roster while still being able to run at a new event.

On the way from my car, I bumped into Stuart WHITE and his wife, Stuart being a fellow parkrunner, whose home event is Pegwell Bay in Kent. He was completing his 153rd parkrun at his 8th different event. We enjoyed a chat about parkrun and different events before we listened to the First-Timer's Briefing. The course was explained in detail and despite the parkrun website describing it as flat, there are four sharp, short ramps you have to contend with on the two-and-a-half lap course.
The course itself is lovely and today we were still running the summer course; it's moved during the winter, a conscious decision made by the core team, to save on the wear and tear of the grassland within Rock Park, where the parkrun is held. The course is predominantly on the banks of the River Taw and follows a sort of condensed Picasso-esque version of a figure of eight, run in an anti-clockwise direction.

Prior to this week's run, I'd looked at the previous week's results, just to gauge whether I may achieve my second ever first in age category, as well as work out where I may well finish overall... there were just 79 runners last week, so there could be every chance I'd finish in the top twenty, with an outside chance of my first ever top ten finish... more about that in a moment.

There were no fewer than an impressive nine first-timers to parkrun today [welcome to the family] one of which was Matt SLATER, clocking in at 20:52... crazy to think what improvements will be made when your first attempt as good as that. A big shout-out also to Iain HINDES who will be completing his 250th run at his next parkrun... presuming you may well have timed it for next week...

There were a few 'almosts' for me for this week's run... the first was that I was attending Barnstaple's 299th parkrun... what a shame, it would have been fantastic to have been part of their 300th event—hope you have a superb time next week, with an overdose of cake!
Secondly... I finished with a time of 23:14... had I been there a week earlier, I'd have finished in 10th place!
Running is clearly all about timing, in more ways than one!

In all the 61 different events I've been lucky enough to take part in, there were two excellent ideas I'd never come across before and will be poaching them for our core team when we set up a new parkrun in Hampshire over the coming months.

The first idea was they had a special 'superhero' cape for any junior parkrunners celebrating a milestone run; George THOMAS was celebrating his 10th parkrun and did it in style by setting a new PB of 19:55. What an awesome achievement! Tim LANE was also celebrating joining a milestone club, notching up his 100th parkrun today.

The second idea, one of which Run Director, Julie KEMISH-MILLS, unashamedly admitted to pinching from another event, and that was to have an A-Z of index cards, whereby regular parkrunners to Barnstaple parkrun could print off their bar code, attach it to larger card and store it in alphabetical order, should there ever be a time where they may accidentally forget to pick up their barcode one morning... what a simple, helpful and innovative idea!

Finally, I'd like to dedicate this run report to my father-in-law, John LOWE, who sadly passed away over our long weekend away. He always showed an interest in my running, so I therefore feel it fitting to give him a mention.


Christmas / New Year and 2018 Planning

Your Core Team have been very busy planning and putting together ideas for the next 12 month. More on that later though. Whilst we were busy thinking ahead we all let our 250th Event go head unnoticed until we were processing the results!

Belated Happy 250th Barnstaple parkrun

Christmas and New Year

As you are aware Christmas and New Year are the only days we can put on extra parkrun events and on New Years Day you are able to record 2 runs on the same day. With that in mind the Barnstaple Core team have made the decision NOT to hold an event on Christmas Day however we are happy to hold an extra event on New Years Day. Our event will start at 10.30am as Bideford are also holding an extra event and theirs will start at 9am. This will enable you, if you so wish to take part and have credit for runs at both events on the same day. Of course we can only put on these events with the support of our wonderful Volunteers. We do not want our Run Directors having to worry about sorting volunteers over Christmas therefore for the New Years Day event to go ahead the roster will need to be filled by 16 December or we will cancel the event. We hope you understand.

Pacer Days and Fancy Dress
These have both been requested by our parkrunners and we have put together some suggested dates for your diaries as follows:-

Pacer Days                               Fancy Dress
2 December 2017                      23 December 2017 – Christmas Theme
20 January 2018                        6 January 2018 - 5th Birthday  – Parkrun T-shirts theme
17 March 2018                           31 March 2018 – Easter Theme
12 May 2018                              21 April 2018 – St George’s Day Red & White theme
7 July 2018                                 27 October 2018 – Halloween Theme
8 September 2017
3 November 2017

If you would like to be a pacer or would like to be paced for a specific time please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate the times requested.

Volunteer Take Over Days
We are fortunate to have some regular volunteers who help us bring you this wonderful, free, timed event every week, however sometimes the Run Director feels quite lonely when the roster is looking very bare. We would like to encourage more of you to volunteer if you are able to. To help with this we will have a number of themed Volunteer weeks, last year you may recall the local Triathlon club had a takeover day (we are hoping they will do it again next year too )
Our first themed day will be on our 5th Birthday on 6th January 2018. We would like Milestone Volunteers to fill the roles. So if you have the highly coveted 25 Volunteer Shirt, 10, 50, 100 or 250 shirts then we would love to hear from you. All the roles are easy, honestly! We will show you what to do. There is nothing to be afraid of.
If you are part of a club or group and would like to “take over” parkrun we would be very happy to have you.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas that you would like the Core Team to consider then please either email us at barnstaplehelpers@parkrun.com or speak to one of the Run Directors on Saturday.

Happy parkrunning


New Year

We are pleased to announce that we will host an additional event on New Years Day subject to enough volunteers coming forward to help us bring you this event. New Years Day is the only day of the year in which you can register two results in one day.  We shall therefore hold our event at 10.30am as Bideford have kindly elected to start at 9am. Therefore you can go do Bideford and then safely drive to Barnstaple to take part here too at 10.30.



Christmas 2017

There will NOT be an event at Barnstaple on Christmas Day 2017

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