This Girl CAN!

Basingstoke parkrun #632, 7th March 2020. Run Report by Hannah Erskine.

In case you hadn't noticed it was International Womens’ Day this Sunday 8th March, and it got me thinking about the female runners who have achieved staggering feats over the years. We've seen pace setters and record breakers - incredible athletes representing their country on the international stage. Who can forget performances by Zola Budd, Sally Gunnell, Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe, and more recently Dina Asher-Smith? And then there are the women attempting - and winning - mind blowing endurance events, like Jasmin Paris – winner of the 268-mile Montane Spine race - and Nicky Spinks who has taken on the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Ramsay Rounds – completing each of them not just once but twice in one go!! (take a look online to understand how incredible that is!)

Elite and extreme performances aside, for many people (myself included at times!) getting out of bed regularly on a Saturday morning to run, jog or walk parkrun is a huge achievement in itself! Whether at the front, firmly in the middle, or bringing up the rear; whether running with a buggy, in fancy dress, or making sure the baby gets the parkrun bug early (10 weeks before the expected arrival date!), parkrun really is for everyone. After all, as iconic runner Kathrine Switzer once said: “All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other.”

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We don't have to look too far to find our own inspirational parkrunners at Basingstoke, so I thought I'd ask some of them about what and who have motivated or inspired them to run.

Lynn Brastock was one of the 11 women who took part in the first ever Basingstoke parkrun on 5th July 2008 - and is still whipping round in similar times! Lynn's motivation to run was due to her father's osteoporosis – a good plan since running is a great way to maintain bone density.

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Meanwhile parkrun regular Tracy Wyeth - on course to complete her 400th parkrun later this year - enjoys the competition and sense of achievement as she finds herself regularly 1st in her age group.

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Lisa Hedderly is a true purple t-shirt hero, having volunteered at over 250 parkruns. Occasionally venturing round the course, she really enjoys making Basingstoke parkrun a welcoming place for all runners.

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Run Director Frankie Wellings spoke about her admiration for Scottish middle distance runner Laura Muir, who completed her university studies to qualify as a vet - whilst training so hard she broke a few records! Frankie demonstrated her own superb organisational skills in overseeing today's event, number 632.

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This week 564 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were completing their very first parkrun, and 31 were first timers to the Basingstoke course. 53 people recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

First three male finishers were Tom Harding, Charlie Taylor (achieving a new PB at the same time) and Tony Watkins. Representing the 202 women out on the course were first three female finishers Alison James, Rebecca Cairns and Yvette Dollin.

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Milestones this week were reached by:
Junior 10: Haidyn Rogers, Shantanu Shahane, Quinn Barker, Jaiden Harper, Joshua White and Alfie Barber.
50: Mark Bancroft, Mark Ward and Ade Smith.

Unofficial milestones were achieved by:
150: Kevin Grant, Ricky Chan, Andrew Kenward
350: Sarah Potter
550: Andrew Little

And Naomi Holborough earned her purple t-shirt with her 25th volunteer slot.

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Talking of volunteers, the event was made possible by 41 of them:

Lynn BRASTOCK • Caroline PARTNER • Carol WADESON • Avi GOVIND • Jonathan MATTHEWS • Tracy WYETH • Alison JAMES • Tommy MILLAR • Eleanor MATTHEWS • Matt PILLINGER • Rebecca CAIRNS • Brian WORTH • Frankie WELLINGS • Richard WELLINGS • Lorna GORDON • Hannah ERSKINE • Mark NORRIS • Lynda DAY • Sam HIDSON • Nicola DALE • Emma COLLINS • Jamie VAN GRAMBERG • Mike HEDDERLY • Jack HEDDERLY • Lisa HEDDERLY • Denise HOPE • George HEDDERLY • Aidan LEAVEY • Naomi HOLBOROUGH • Peter RAILTON • Thomas CANN • Duncan ROUNDING • Sarah ABRAHAMS-BURROWS • Mike ATHROLL • Chris TOWNLEY • Eleanor ABRAHAMS-BURROWS • Steven SHILLINGFORD • Sarah GAMBRILL • Sue JACKSON • Deborah RIVERS • Michael PARKER.

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One final thought: looking back through the stats, the last time we had an overall female first finisher at our parkrun was in 2018, and before that back in 2016. So it seems like we're due another one in 2020 - who will it be?!

 

Double Excitement

Basingstoke parkrun event #631, 29th!!!!! February 2020. Run Report by Matt Pillinger

Those of you who care about these things will have had 29th February 2020 circled & highlighted in your calendars as an inviolable parkrun appointment for quite some time. For this is the first time ever parkrun has taken place on 29th February and means for 'date chasers' our 'dates run challenge' is now measured out of 366, rather than 365. For those who missed today, the next opportunity is 29 February 2048 (10,227 days time), by which time I'll be, well, err, … old :-(

Since it's 29th February, a quick lesson on why leap years occur, courtesy of timeanddate.com

Why Do We Have Leap Years?

Leap days keep our modern-day Gregorian calendar in alignment with Earth's revolutions around the Sun. It takes Earth approximately 365.242189 days, or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds, to circle once around the Sun. This is called a tropical year, and it starts on the March equinox.

However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year. If we didn't add a leap day on February 29 almost every four years, each calendar year would begin about 6 hours before the Earth completes its revolution around the Sun.

As a consequence, our time reckoning would slowly drift apart from the tropical year and get increasingly out of sync with the seasons. With a deviation of approximately 6 hours per year, the seasons would shift by about 24 calendar days within 100 years. Allow this to happen for a while, and Northern Hemisphere dwellers will be celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer in a matter of a few centuries.

Leap days fix that error by giving Earth the additional time it needs to complete a full circle around the Sun.

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So you might be thinking every 4 years is a leap year? Well it is in our lifetime, but probably not in the lifetime of children born today.

Why We Don't Add a Leap Day Every 4 Years?

If the tropical year was precisely 6 hours longer than a calendar year with 365 days, we could use the Julian calendar, which adds a leap day every 4 years without exception. The deviation would grow to exactly 24 hours over 4 years, and Earth would need exactly one day to catch up to the position in its orbit where it was 4 years prior.
However, the deviation between the common year and the tropical year is a little less than 6 hours. The Gregorian calendar addresses this by employing a slightly more complicated set of rules to determine which years are leap years. It's still not perfect, but the resulting deviation is very small.

These rules are;
The year must be divisible by 4,
but, if it can also be divided by 100 it is not a leap year … unless it is also divisible by 400. So the years 2100, 2200 and 2300 will not be leap years, but 2000 was and 2400 will be.

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Huge shout out to Hannah Beaven who ran 29:02 today.

If that wasn't enough excitement, due to flooding on the football field today we ran the CLASSIC COURSE!!!!!!! For newer Basingstoke parkrunners, this was the only course (Crabtree and snow excepted) until April 2015 when we moved to a summer & winter course due to overcrowding at the start of classic course before moving in February 2019 to the current standard course. When I heard this news I well, erm …

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Just to be clear, my excitement was not the reason for the puddle/pond/lake just past the childrens play area!

Huge thank you to Run Director Lisa Hedderly, Caroline, Mark and Grant who sorted out the course change in double quick time.

There was of course still a fair bit of mud on the football field and it was rather obvious who was wearing trail shoes today - they powered over the mud as those around them struggled for grip.

Despite some local(ish) cancellations (Hogmoor, Reading, Winchester & Eastleigh), the attendance wasn't massive by recent measures, with 498 athletes completing the 5k course, including 11 people completing their first parkrun and 24 first time visitors to Basingstoke.

As usual, we were led around the course by Tom Harding (17:28) while Luke Willis (18:38) and Tony Watkins (18:39) had a race for 2nd place.  Also, as usual, Alison James was 1st female finisher (20:35), ahead of Hannah Potter (22:12) & Lucy Pearson (22:43 PB).  Tony (83.11%) & Alison (82.43%) also took top 2 spots in the age graded competition, joined by Mark Slaney (77.86%) on the podium.

Congratulations also to our milestone runners: Junior 10 - Jack Pietersen, 50 - Adrian Davey, Katie Stroud & Julian Poore, 100 - Michael Day & Davina Luthra, finally Andrew Modle joined the 250 club today.

Andrew is the joint 9,437th person globally to join the 250 club.  If you are wondering how I know this - parkrun wiki https://wiki.parkrun.com/index.php/Club_Membership_(5km)_Totals  There are nearly 6.8m barcodes in issue, of which 2.7m have never been scanned (some of which will have been registered by non running volunteers like Denise Hope).  Around 254,000 people have completed at least 50 parkruns ; around 100,000 have completed at least 100 parkruns. Capture

And our unofficial milestoners:

150 - Stella Herron & 200 - Lucy Pearson

Finally on milestones, Mark Norris volunteered at his 300th event today - WOW!

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As always, there are loads more pictures on the Basingstoke parkrun flickr page https://www.flickr.com/groups/1604213@N25 Thank you to Geoff Herron for taking these today.

While I've got you in stats mode, here's some updates on my perennial favourites, the attendance at each Basingstoke parkrun, the age groups runners fall into and the age grade %ages we've achieved, again for each run completed.

How Many of Us

 

How Old

Age Grades

Next Sunday 8th March is International Women's Day, we want to get as many women as possible to parkrun next Saturday 7th March, so bring your grans, mums, sisters & daughters, either to run, volunteer or watch - some people struggle with the idea of parkrun, imagining it's all thin, speedy, young people - bring them along to watch and they might be inspired to run,jog or walk with us soon.

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One last thank you - all the volunteers who helped put today's event on. Without you there is no parkrun and 498 runners would have missed out today. If you've not helped out for a while, maybe its time to email basingstokehelpers@parkrun.com and volunteer for a future week
Finally, as I ran today, I'm putting my name down for volunteering on 29 February 2048 (& 29 February 2076 if I'm still upright) to allow those who volunteered today to collect this most precious of dates.

 

Wind, rain and volunteer heroes

Basingstoke parkrun #630, 22nd February 2020. Run Report by Peter Chiverton.

A great while ago, the world was begun,
With a hey ho, the wind and the rain
But that’s all one, our play is done
And we’ll strive to please you every day

(From Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare)

I was Run Director today. And I was a little concerned as I lay in bed early this morning hearing the wind howling around outside. Would there be branches down across the paths in War Memorial Park or trees swaying so hard we’d be worried about parkrunners being in danger? After the recent visits to the UK of Storms Ciara and Dennis I thought it would be best to find out early if there was a Storm With No Name set to cause mischief. And so at 0750 this morning I was in War Memorial Park jogging gently round the course (in reverse as it happens) to check all was well. In fact things seemed much better in the park than it had seemed listening to the outside world from my bedroom. There was one large branch down near the path in the Wiggly Woods section, which I moved to a safer place, but otherwise it was mostly small twigs and branches which runners could avoid.

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I met Basingstoke parkrunner Lynn Brastock as I travelled around the park, who was out for an early morning warm up run before her parkrun, and then as I approached Totally Tennis I met regular volunteer Mike Athroll who was moving the equipment out ready for our use. Those who have never done the course setup or course close down volunteer roles may not know that Totally Tennis provide a storage place for our heavy equipment to save having to lug it to or from the park – and in return we save some car park spaces for their early morning tennis people.

While Mike, Tommy Millar and Mike Stanford (all regular volunteers) set off with posts and cones to mark out the course around the park, I waited for others in the setup team, Sam Hidson, Sue Jackson and Michael Hickey, who accompanied by core team member Ryan Partner (who had brought some of the kit from home) took the rest of the equipment to the start area to finish the setup in that part of the course. (We decided not to get out the Basingstoke pop up sign or the parkrun flag with the view that in the wind we might not see them again!). Sarah Gambrill had to follow us across the field to retrieve the cones that she needed to mark off the Totally Tennis car park spaces and then she looked after the car parking for us, as she very often does.

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Over the next 30-40 minutes the rest of the volunteers arrived for duty, comprising:

  • Marshals Denise Hope (complete with her usual dog treats for dog parkrun attendees!), Dean Turner, Peter Evans, Boyd Jno-Lewis, Chris Veall, Mark Coughlin and Nicola Dale;
  • Timekeepers Jane Lowe and Laura Williams (thanks Ryan for helping us sort out a glitch with one of the timers);
  • Number checker Stephen Shillingford, who probably covered nearly 5k up and down the finish funnel checking results;
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  • First time briefer Jacqui Townley (her first time in this role) who was surrounded by a mixture of first time parkrunners (twenty in all) and thirty-two first time visitors to Basingstoke from parkruns at Winchester (their run having been cancelled), Marlow (ditto), Upton House (near Poole), Northampton and Exeter, among others;
  • Funnel managers Hannah Thomson and Paul Streeter kept our participants moving efficiently through the finish funnel where...
  • Finish token team Brian Worth and Vivianne Walters handed out finish tokens to all of today’s (frankly astounding total given the weather conditions) 532 parkrunners – who took them to...
  • Barcode scanners Katie and Karen Turner, Craig and Maisie Gilbert, and Michael Parker, who sensibly set up scanning shop under the shelter of the Totally Tennis building to try to avoid the wind;
  • Tail walkers David Oxlade and Lynda Day followed all of our parkrunners to the finish today, ensuring that no-one finished last apart from one of those two!
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  • While photographer Geoff Herron popped up at various places around the course to capture our runners travelling around the course, so we could include some in this report.
  • Once all had finished their parkrun, the course closedown team Tom Harding, Hannah Erskine, Mike Athroll and Sue Jackson braved the increasing wind and horizontal rain that came along just at that time to pack away and store the kit back to Totally Tennis.
  • Grant Hodgson and Ryan Partner then processed the results.
  • This doesn’t even mention Michal Bursak, Matt Pillinger and Avi Govind who performed roles during the week to communicate with parkrunners, pull together the volunteer roster, and sort, clean and replace missing position tokens.
  • What a lot of people involved in making parkrun happen today! Thanks to all those volunteers who “strived to please you” this week, so that we could all “play”, ok, walk/ jog/ run in the park.

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    If that didn’t include you this time, you are warmly invited to join this heroic crew in the weeks to come. Just check on the website at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke/futureroster/ and let the Basingstoke parkrun office know by email at basingstoke@parkrun.com what you would like to do.

    So what happened at our parkrun today?

    As noted earlier, 532 parkrunners completed the course today. That’s only our 66th highest total from our 630 parkruns at Basingstoke, but from our first run in July 2008 it took until January 2017 to first reach an attendance as high as this – it seems commonplace today.
    20 were first timers to parkrun. Thank you for joining us today – and we hope to see you again soon to maybe try to complete the course in a better time – as the 51 who managed a PB today have been celebrating. Congratulations to you all but I’d like to highlight particularly:
    Stella Herron, who managed a PB in her 143rd parkrun at Basingstoke (149th overall) – it gets harder to PB as you complete more parkruns.
    Peter Warren has completed 6 parkruns at Basingstoke (his first being in January this year) of his 88 overall, but he looks like a man on a mission as he has managed three PBs in that time, including today’s.
    And Denise Wright got her first PB since September 2018 in her 53rd parkrun (all at Basingstoke).

    Today’s milestones:

    (T shirt earning)

  • (junior) 10: Annabel Scott
  • 100: Simon Fowler
  • Volunteer 25: Tom Harding, Vivianne Walters
  • (Unofficial – no T shirt but still kudos)

  • 200: David Howells
  • 300: Debbie Cook.
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    A final Thought.

    This Basingstoke parkrun fell on Thinking Day - 22nd February. What is Thinking Day? I knew it was something the Girl Guides did, but having never been one I asked my wife (who had been a Guide). what she remembered about Thinking Day. She remembered two things she had done:
    • Different teams in their Guide unit making food from different countries
    • Visiting different Guide groups and doing things together.

    Well, at Basingstoke parkrun we often celebrate with food (normally of the cake or sweet variety) and meet at Cafe Giardinho in Basingstoke Town Centre after our parkrun for coffee and chat.
    We also frequently welcome visitors from other parkruns as we did today, and it's great to chat to visitors who come along. While many people only ever run at their own home parkrun, and others try to visit as many different events as they can, others may fit in a run at a different parkrun if they happen to be in the area for other reasons. I first ran a parkrun other than Basingstoke (Medina, Isle of Wight) because I was visiting my family for the weekend soon after their parkrun first started in 2011. Visiting other parkruns has meant I have been able to experience some lovely parks that I would never have known existed, and met wonderful people running or volunteering at them, had it not been for parkrun.

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    It's pertinent to think on Thinking Day (22nd February) of the way parkrun will have spread to (by the end this month) 22 different countries around the world. I wonder how many you can name or how many you have completed a parkrun in? I'm making my first ever trip to complete a non UK parkrun in May but it's fair to say that it won't be to the country of Eswatini - I'd never heard of it before seeing it on the Global parkrun countries page at https://www.parkrun.com/countries/. (If you don't know where Eswatini is, or you’re not sure what other countries you can parkrun in outside of the UK, click the link and find out).

    While I love being at Basingstoke parkrun, it is always interesting to visit other parkruns - and you don't need to travel to other countries to find one - there are plenty within 45 minutes journey of us. So many lovely parks to visit and parkrun or volunteer in - and then perhaps explore further after your parkrun. If you have only ever run Basingstoke parkrun, I'd strongly encourage you to visit others - perhaps when you are on holiday you can fit in a visit to somewhere new.

    Thank you for joining us today. We hope to see you again soon – parkrunning or volunteering.

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    Ciara 4 Dennis – true LOVE

    Basingstoke parkrun #629, 15th February 2020. Run Report by Lynn Brastock

    Well, Dennis was starting to show his face this morning after celebrating St Valentine’s Day with his LOVE for Ciara; he was chasing her downwind all week leaving the core team with the problem of “will we - won’t we” have to cancel our run this week.

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    As it was St Valentine’s Day yesterday, how many potential parkrunners were celebrating with their LOVEed ones the night before and didn’t get up early enough to get to parkrun? How many cried off because of the impending storm Dennis? How many went to another parkrun where they thought the conditions were more favourable to War Memorial Park? Well 434 people clearly showed their LOVE for our parkrun by running, jogging, walking and today sliding their way to the finish line. The ground underfoot was very slippery in places; notwithstanding that, 31 people managed to get themselves a shiny new PB. Congratulations to you all.

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    Milestones were achieved today by:

    Official (parkrun T-shirt earning)
    Elsie Le Roux - junior - 10th parkrun
    Stuart Brownen and Yog Phagami - 50th parkruns
    Patrick Dingwall - 100th parkrun

    Unofficial (multiple of 50)
    Oliver Nottidge - 150 parkruns
    Mark Slaney - 300 parkruns
    Sarah Aldridge - 550 parkruns (Sarah normally runs at Winchester (cancelled yesterday) but has completed 197 parkruns at Basingstoke since her first run here in April 2009).

    We had 10 people, who had never done a parkrun before braving the threatening Storm Dennis and 20 first time visitors from afar (Walton on Thames, Great Yarmouth and Aberdeen among others), perhaps claiming a tourist badge towards their “Cowell” or other fun target (enter https://running-challenges.co.uk/ to see various just for fun challenges around attending parkrun). Incidentally Chris Cowell, the man himself after whom the challenge of completing 100 different parkrun events was named (because he was the first to do it), did his first parkrun at Basingstoke’s 2nd event, 19/07/2008. Chris has now completed over 500 events, and appears on the table later in this report of those completing most parkruns by a Basingstoke registered parkrunner.

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    Back to today. Tom Harding was the first over the line in a time of 17:24 with Sam Skerratt very close behind with 17:31 with Justyn Moore a little way behind with a time of 18:52. The first ladies were Rebecca Cairns in a time of 22:12 very closely followed by Abbie Nadin at 22:14 and then a little gap before Emma Hope crossed the line in a time of 23:21.

    At the other end of the field we had Seun Lawal, who appears to visit once a year; well done for turning out to defy Storm Dennis. A few minutes ahead was Alison Parker, whose parkrun journey started at Basingstoke at the end of 2018; she has attended most weeks throughout 2019 including a little parkrun tourism, both in Britain and in Tøyen, Oslo. A couple of minutes ahead of Alison was Celia Floyd who got herself one of those shiny new PBs mentioned before. Celia completed her 7th parkrun after starting in October 2019 with 2 runs; she returned in January this year and has attended 5 weeks on the trot, improving her time by 2 minutes. May I also mention that Celia is one of our more mature runners, just proving it’s never too late to start something new. I hope you continue to parkrun and your PBs yet to come are satisfying and rewarding for you.

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    Of course, even though the three ladies mentioned above were last participating finishers, the actual people last over the line were the volunteer tail walkers making sure that all was well around the park and that the slower people were supported all the way round. A huge thank you to you and all the other volunteers who allowed us to get our weekly parkrun fix. Please show your LOVE for your parkrun by trying to volunteer at least 3 times a year; check out the volunteer roster to see where there are spaces and get your name down. Some of the jobs even still allow you to parkrun, and the ones that don’t allow you to watch the parkrun take shape, have a chat and make new friends with other volunteers and above all win the LOVE of the people who do parkrun. Volunteer on 25 different occasions and get yourself a brilliant new T-shirt to wear with pride. Email basingstokehelpers@parkrun.com to offer your services soon. All jobs are taught on the day as they are very easy to understand and actually do!

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    Below is the aforementioned table of most runs by a Basingstoke registered runner. Another parkrunner included here is Paul Fielding, who has attended the most different UK parkruns of anyone. He's not only registered at Basingstoke but also lives here.

    Basingstoke parkrun Home Runners - Most Runs Leaderboard (Top 25 as at 15th February 2020)
    Here is the latest update on the Basingstoke parkrun leaderboard. These parkrunners have a combined total of 11,195 runs completed at many different events across the UK and abroad.

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    We'd LOVE to see you again next week. Perhaps not the aforementioned Ciara or Dennis.

     

    Don’t downplay your achievements

    Basingstoke parkrun #628, 8th February 2020. Run Report by Naomi Holborough

    My recent run reports have focussed on our high viz “heroes”, but for this issue of “How Naomi sees it”, I want to focus on our other heroes…the runners.
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    Our RD for this week

    I was one of the 648 parkrunners who, thanks to Run Director David Picton and his team of volunteers, completed two laps of the park. We had 24 first timers and 20 visitors; hopefully you all enjoyed it and we will see you all back again soon. There were 81 personal bests, possibly a result of the firmer ground…or a result of everyones hard work…Congratulations to you all.

    Other than the ground having noticeably firmed up, it felt like an ordinary Saturday parkrun to me…but it wasn’t…and I don’t believe an ordinary parkrun exists anymore. 181,525 people in the UK did parkrun this week…do you think that’s ordinary? Because I don’t.
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    Does that look ordinary to you?

    I bet you’re thinking “what’s brought this on?” so I will tell you. I went to my friends birthday celebration on Saturday evening and the group conversation got on to running (I swear it wasn’t my fault!). One of the other party goers, let’s call her A, proudly announced that her husband had bought her a place in the Bristol 10km as an anniversary present and she was doing the couch to 10km to train for it…amazing right. The conversation then turned to my own running (again not my fault) and I was asked how my marathon training was going. Now we get to the moment that has inspired this run report. At this point, A, downplayed her 10km and said “oh 10km is nothing compared to a marathon” and lost her excitement. I felt terrible. Me doing in a marathon is no better than A doing a 10km; like her I’ve never done one before. Is it better because it’s longer in distance? No of course not. We both go out to train, and we will both turn up to our races and try our best to run as fast as we can.
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    Birthday party looked like this
     
    What I’m trying to get at, and probably not doing a very good job of it, is that running is hard, and with a growing obsession over distance I wanted to remind everyone that running 5kms is AWESOME. I’m up to my parkrun 93 and I can say that the 93rd was just as hard as the first, perhaps not in the same way but it’s still hard and worth SHOUTING about proudly.

    Okay enough of my ramblings, in true Oscars style, let’s see who our award winners are this week:

    Congratulations to these parkrunners on achieving their parkrun milestones:
    50 parkruns:
    • Sue Kerr
    • Chandrakuber Angbuhang
    100 parkruns:
    • Helen Larkin
    25th Volunteering
    • Rob Lucas
    While not an official parkrun milestone, this is still worth celebrating:
    350 parkruns:
    • Jeff Mitchell

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    Well that’s a work of art

    Results highlights
    Male placings:
    1st goes to Tom Harding (SM25-29) of Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC with a time of 17:35.
    2nd goes to Rory Horseman (SM30-34) of Hatch Warren Runners with a time of 18:32.
    3rd goes to Tony Watkins (VM55-59) of Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC with a time of 18:42.

    Female placings:
    1st goes to Alison James (VW50-54) (Unattached) with a time of 20:41.
    2nd goes to Yvette Dollin (SW30-34) (Unattached) with a time of 22:41.
    3rd goes to Sarah Witt (VW45-49) of Windsor and District AC with a time of 22:54.

    And finally, In the Volunteer Category, our winners are:
    Aidan LEAVEY  •  Alex STUART  •  Avi GOVIND  •  Barbara WEST  •  Boyd JNO-LEWIS  •  Brian WORTH  •  Caroline Jane MOORE  •  Caroline PARTNER  •  Craig GILBERT  •  Dave HOPE  •  Dave OXLADE  •  David PICTON  •  Denise HOPE  •  Duncan ROUNDING  •  Eleanor MATTHEWS  •  Emily CARTER  •  Frank MADDEN  •  Frankie WELLINGS  •  George HEDDERLY  •  Grant HODGSON  •  Hannah ERSKINE  •  Jack HEDDERLY  •  Jonathan MATTHEWS  •  Karen TURNER  •  Katie TURNER  •  Lisa HEDDERLY  •  Lucy BRAND  •  Lydia VICKERS  •  Maisie GILBERT  •  Mark COUGHLIN  •  Mark NORRIS  •  Matt PILLINGER  •  Michael HICKEY  •  Mike ATHROLL  •  Naomi HOLBOROUGH  •  Peter ADAMS  •  Peter CHIVERTON  •  Peter EVANS  •  Rob LUCAS  •  Ryan PARTNER  •  Sam HIDSON  •  Sam HUTCHINGS  •  Sarah GAMBRILL  •  Sue JACKSON  •  Thomas JOHNSON  •  Tom HARDING  •  Tommy MILLAR

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    Our wonderful volunteers

    We will be back in the Memorial Park again next Saturday so see you all then and as always, don’t forget your barcode!
    #DFYB

     

    International Women’s Day special parkrun – Saturday 7 March 2020

    parkrun is celebrating International Women’s Day and Basingstoke parkrun is joining in by organising a special parkrun the day before, on Saturday 7 March 2020.

    We will release more details nearer the time but, for now:

    • Put the date in your diary!
    • We are aiming for a record participation of girls and women both as runners and volunteers on the day.  You can already share your interest in helping on the day by e-mailing us at basingstoke@parkrun.com with the role you would like to do (please include your parkrunID / barcode number - in the form of A12345678). A list of roles can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke/futureroster/ (nearly all roles require no prior experience)
    • Keep a look out on this page for more details, as well as our Twitter (https://twitter.com/bstokeparkrun) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/basingstokeparkrun). And, if you're not already signed-up, why not opt-in to our Basingstoke parkrun volunteer email list where you can hear about other opportunities?

    In England, #IWDparkrun will also be supported by "This Girl Can", a campaign created by parkrun partner Sport England.

    Thank you in advance - your Basingstoke parkrun core team

     

    What is parkrun going to be for you this year?

    Basingstoke parkrun #627, 1st February 2020. Run Report by Penny Metcalf

    Today started with a lovely sunny winter’s morning for our parkrun. It was not cold, not raining, not windy. Perfect weather for running, jogging, walking, volunteering, cheering people along, chatting to old friends and making new ones. Perfect for everything that parkrun is about.

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    The ground has dried up a lot since the mud soup of a few weeks ago. It is much safer generally around the course with a few slippery areas. That said, caution is still needed on those areas, round the slippery bends and where the mud meets the pavement. Because of this, me and my team (children) have decided to run parkrun to effort rather than to time until the ground hardens up. This is to encourage us all to take our eyes off our watches and run more safely. Putting the effort in now should reap rewards later when the ground is harder and it is good practice to run by effort rather than pace. That said, despite the mud, 53 amazing people got a PB toda; well done you.

    Also to be congratulated are: Adam Triner who gets his Junior 10 white T-shirt. Mike Wall, Richard Parker, Nalini Ramachandram Mags Chitty, Mark Hunt, Denise Wright, Mark Kane who made it to 50 parkruns and will be the owners of shiny red T-shirts. Matthew Ward, Stephen Franks and Ninian McBride made it to 100 and earnt themselves a black T-shirt. Unofficial milestones were - 150 - Ben Nicholl and 200 - Tilbikram Sambahangphe. Well done to everyone.

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    We had 608 runners, 24 new parkrunners, 15 who were new to Basingstoke and one 70th birthday - Happy Birthday to Georgina Lock.

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    Thank you to our Run Director Mark Norris and the great team of volunteers who cheered everyone along and kept the show on the road.

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    How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Is it time to review them and remind yourself of them? Do you have any goals around parkrun? Make sure your goal is relevant to you personally to decrease any anxiety or comparison to others. When you make your goal for this year, it could be worth taking a few minutes to think about what you need from your running in terms of the rest of your life. What do you need it to be, and how will you bring that about?

    The brain is an important part of running right from the point at which we decide we’re going to get our kit on and go out, to what we do when we are out. It’s important to take the stress out of running and make it as enjoyable as it can be. Sometimes it is an achievement just to be able to make it to parkrun on a regular basis with all the other commitments that we have.

    We have to remember to celebrate any, and every, success along the way whether it is a PB, running a bit further or a bit faster or just making it to the start line. Or maybe volunteering for the first time or taking on a new role or talking to a new person.
    You might have a goal about maintaining sustainable fitness or weight loss or wellbeing. It could be around managing your pacing. It is good to have a goal which is achievable and will help you get there and feel happy with your result.

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    Today my goal was to run as fast and as safely as I could without exacerbating an injury. But in the process I caught up with old friends and chatted to new people and felt warmed by the winter sun and the community that is parkrun.

    What is your goal going to be?

     

    Numbers, numbers everywhere!

    Basingstoke parkrun #626, 25th January 2020. Run Report by Dan Keates

    To follow last weeks run report focus on words, I would like to bring to attention my second favourite thing after parkrun…. Numbers and stats. Yes, I am a stats geek.

    This week’s roundup will be scattered with a whole variety of numbers so let’s kick it off with some basic ones.

    636 – The number of runners, joggers, walkers and everything inbetweeners who braved an early Saturday morning start with fortunately slightly better weather conditions than we've seen recently.

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    And they are off...

    34 – first timers to parkrun, we hope you enjoyed it and will come back! They say your first parkrun is hard, but your second is really where the fun, hard work and addiction begins.

    19 – Added Basingstoke to their list of travels. We hope to see you parkrunning with us again very soon.

    86 – Hit personal best performances, which is 13.5% of Saturday’s runners and by my reckoning is a fine effort so congratulations to all.

    Now a shout-out to all the official (and unofficial!) milestone runners:
    Official:
    Junior 10: Oliver Jno-Lewis & Ashley Omeso
    100: Alex Stuart
    Unofficial:
    200: Clair Mennear, Steve Mennear, Mark Richards
    300: Kevin Nicholson
    400: Peter Chiverton – extra well done for the Spiderman costume.. it looked pretty warm inside the suit!

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    Our very own friendly neighbourhood Spiderman

    Well done and keep going to the next milestone!

    Back to some more stats!

    950,095 – Total kilometres run at Basingstoke parkrun –which means the 9981st finisher from now will be one to break 1 million km at Basingstoke…. Could it be you? Quite possibly. If we carried on with the same number of runners as this week it will be in about 16 weeks so keep your eyes peeled.

    29:37 – the median time run at this week’s event, it was 28:48 from 3 years ago – the idea being the slower the median time is the more inclusive parkrun is getting which is great (also we’ve gained an extra 100 runners so good job everyone and keep spreading the word).

    1 – number of parkrunners on Saturday who then followed it up by getting married on the same day! Congratulations to Tom Ferguson and I hope your day went fantastically and fair play with the commitment to parkrun.

    27 – number of participants from the 5k Your Way group – well done everyone and we look forward to seeing you back.

    4 – Number of runners named Marshall! (Editors note: didn't see any marshalls called Runner, Jogger or Walker!)

    36 – number of runners who didn’t scan and receive a result. If you did by mistake then remember next week don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB

    1671 – the total number of parkruns worldwide on Saturday proving that you really are part of a huge community!

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    I wish I looked this happy when I finished!

    And finally, as always a big shoutout to the real heroes - our volunteers who stand out there in all weather conditions to support all of us parkrunners:

    Michael HICKEY • Caroline PARTNER • Avi GOVIND • Jonathan MATTHEWS • Grant HODGSON • Peter CHIVERTON • Alison JAMES • Tommy MILLAR • Dave HOPE • Mark NORMAN • Eleanor MATTHEWS • Matt PILLINGER • Tony MOORE • Caroline Jane MOORE • Brian WORTH • Frankie WELLINGS • Richard WHITE • Lorna GORDON • Jonathan RUDDLE • Katy MACKLIN • Hannah ERSKINE • Ryan PARTNER • Vicky HAMBLIN • Lynda DAY • Sam HIDSON • Karen VAN GRAMBERG • Boyd JNO-LEWIS • Meredith SMITH-MACKLIN • Jamie VAN GRAMBERG • Mike STANFORD • Lisa HEDDERLY • Denise HOPE • Aidan LEAVEY • Craig GILBERT • Michelle HORSEMAN • Naomi HOLBOROUGH • Daniel KEATES • Maisie GILBERT • Tom HARDING • Peter RAILTON • Mike ATHROLL • Chris TOWNLEY • Steven SHILLINGFORD • Sarah GAMBRILL • Jane LOWE • Deborah RIVERS • Nicola LEDINGTON • Peter EVANS

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    A few of our hi-viz heroes

    If you feel like you can offer some help or fancy a week off from running, then check out the volunteering roster and get in touch - the Basingstoke parkrun office email address is on the website.

     

    Why oh Wye??

    Basingstoke parkrun #625, 18th January 2020. Run Report by Paul Johnston

    Every year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds new words to the 600,000 or so that already exist with the weighty tome. Having had a look towards the end of it, there appears to be space between wych-hazel and wyke for a word that I think should be a contender this year. Maybe if we all introduce it into our everyday speech, it might catch on and be added. The word I am thinking of is a ‘wyeth’ and its entry in the OED might look something like this ....

    wyeth noun (pron. why-uth) - an outstanding achievement completed 600 times in a single location.

    Of course, the reason for this suggestion is due to the amazing efforts of Mr Basingstoke parkrun, Andrew Wyeth who completed his 600th parkrun this weekend - all at Basingstoke!

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    Saturday 18th August 2008 was a day of a number of significant sporting achievements - the Beijing Olympics was in full swing, Ben Ainslie won his 3rd gold medal in successive Games, Bradley Wiggins successfully defended his Olympic title in the cycling individual pursuit, Rebecca Adlington followed up her 400m gold with a world record in the 800m freestyle gold, Usain Bolt set a world record of 9.69 seconds in the 100m, West Ham United beat Wigan Athletic and Andrew Wyeth started his world record of 600 parkruns in the same location!

    Since then, Andrew has run 3000km around the War Memorial Park (and occasionally Crabtree), which is a greater distance than running to St Petersburg in Russia, or almost as far as Istanbul in Turkey, or running to and from Buckingham Palace 19.8 times. Based on Andrew’s average time of 26mins and 36 seconds, he has spent about 15,960 minutes running parkruns, which is equivalent to about 11 days solid running around the park .... whatever way you look at it, that is some dedication!

    I’d also noticed that there is a Wyeth Road in Basingstoke, which is 5km away from the War Memorial Park ... surely that’s just a coincidence!! Well done Andrew.

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    Andrew was one of 595 people who were also somewhere along their own record setting journey, running, jogging or walking the course. 28 were running their first parkrun anywhere and may be looking back to this weekend in 2032, having done a wyeth. Another 17 were first timers to Basingstoke and 57 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests.

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    There were a number of other milestones this weekend with Chris Webb spinning to his 250th parkrun; Michael Moseley, Daniel Keates and Brizie Brian each striding to their 100th completed parkruns; James Peach made giant steps to his wyeth, having done 50 parkruns and in the junior section Liam Harding and Freddie Dance waltzed to 10 parkruns. And Michael Parker was a hi-vis hero for the 25th time. Well done to you all!!

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    Huge thanks to the following 46 volunteers (including Michael Parker of course), who (with the exception of me, writing in a warm snuggly living room) braved the icy cold weather and made the event possible:

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    Mark WHITELAW • Kelvin GOWER • Paula STECKIW • Tom STECKIW • Avi GOVIND • Jonathan MATTHEWS • Andy V CULLEN • Grant HODGSON • Dave HOPE • Lorraine MILFORD • Eleanor MATTHEWS • Matt PILLINGER • Paul JOHNSTON • Brian WORTH • Frankie WELLINGS • Ross POLLARD • Ryan PARTNER • Gemma MOSELEY • Mark NORRIS • Glen JEPSON • Ruth HAYWARD • Nicola DALE • Mariusz BENNETT • Jamie VAN GRAMBERG • Denise HOPE • Paul MOULTON • Rachel SENNETT • Richard SENNETT • Sandor HAGYMASI • Lisa FIXTER • Graham WOOLFORD • Tom HARDING • Peter RAILTON • Mike ATHROLL • Chris TOWNLEY • Laura WILLIAMS • Richard BRAND • Lucy BRAND • Sarah GAMBRILL • Jane LOWE • Sue JACKSON • Mark KANE • Ashley PITHER • Michael PARKER • Peter EVANS • Sophie MOSELEY

     

    Important – Basingstoke parkrun 18th January 2020

    We have been to the park this evening 17th January and inspected the course. There are some areas of standing water and mud, but as it stands we are NOT cancelling the event.

    We will conduct a further risk assessment in the morning, allowing for potential ice due to tonight’s weather - note that we may need to cancel at short notice.

    If this is the case, we will give as much warning as possible.

    Should we, as is likely, go ahead, please note that there will be muddy / wet areas.

    We urge you to use suitable footwear, watch out for slippery areas and, above all, TAKE IT SLOWLY rather than trying to get a PB.

    You may also want to bring a spare pair of shoes for the journey home...

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Basingstoke parkrun core team

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