Happy Christmas!

Basingstoke parkrun #620, 25th December 2019. Run Report by Matt Pillinger

In every good boyband there is usually at least one with talent, a good looking one, one who can dance, a sensible one and a wild one.  You'll have to decide for yourself who filled each of these roles, or indeed if any of them were filled.  Although, I ought point out that Peter can sing, he just may have been drowned out by my enthusiasm, making up for my lack of ability.  If you wish to remind yourself of the 'talent' on display, the video is now uploaded to youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLiCcQPifZc&feature=youtu.be

& if you can't quite hear or understand the lyrics, here is our song sheet

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Big credit should go to Avi for composing the lyrics, and Michael/Peter who reviewed and amended where the original lines didn't quite scan correctly.

Once the highlight of the day had passed, there was also a run to take place.

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535 of us ran, jogged or walked 5k, this was our biggest Christmas day attendance.  We were led home by Dave Ragan who simultaneously ended Tom Harding's streak of first finishes and also took his 3rd consecutive Christmas Day First Finish, with a time of 16:47.  Just slightly behind Dave was Tom Sycklemoore in 16:51, with an unknown athete finishing 3rd.  In the women's run, first finisher was Megan Wilson in 19:15, closely followed by Chalotte Ragan in 19:32 and Gemma Bigg in 19:45.  Gemma somehow recording a new PB in her 153rd run at Basingstoke, despite the mud.  Age grade wise, first place was taken by Tony Watkins (80.94%), 2nd by Dave Ragan (79.05%) and 3rd by Loki Chaffey (78.26% & a new PB).

Included in our 535, were 38 first timers, including 18 visitors, from as far afield as Finland - I wonder if they got a lift over with Santa last night?

Many of you may think of parkrun as primarily a run - but it was originally set up by Paul Sinton Hewitt (CBE) as he was an injured runner and still wanted to meet his running friends, so he organised a weekly time trial (as parkrun was originally known) for them and invited them for coffee afterwards. Hopefully the next few pictures will show that Paul's original aim is alive and thriving. Even for those of us that really care about beating the person in front or beating our time from last week, the social element pre and post run is hugely important.

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Remember what I said above about beating the person in front, I was just out of shot in this picture but had a great view of the 2 boys determination to beat their Dad

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parkrun is about spending time with friends

There were lots of milestones as well

Alfie Smart completed his 10th run. John Ilnicki, Lance Sheppard and John Howell reached the 50 mark.  We have 3 new centurions in Isobel Mannion, Jane Ford Ladenburger and Rory Horseman. Merv Davison reached the unofficial 200 milestone,  while David Picton completed his 250th run today 

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This t-shirt will soon be replaced by a green 250 shirt

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Who is the real Santa?

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Santa and her reindeer

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You think the reindeer would be tired from pulling a sleigh round all night ...

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There seems to be a dog pulling a reindeer & santa's sleigh has completely disappeared.

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As my Dad says 'its Christmas' as this excuses anything, including pre 10:00am drinking!

Penultimate point - those of you on Facebook may occasionally guess the attendance in response to the Basingstoke parkrun post on Friday. I guessed 2,512 (25-12), turns out I was someway off for Basingstoke, but had I been guessing for Bushy parkrun I'd have been much closer - they broke the all time parkrun attendance World Record, with 2,545 finishers

Finally, a huge thank you to the volunteers, putting on an additional parkrun mid week is no small task for the core team and then there are the 40 volunteers who have spent some of their Christmas helping us enjoy a free, safe, timed run.  I hope they were all filled with a sense of doing good and enjoyed the rest of their day as much as we enjoy running round the park at 9:00am.

See you all on Saturday, same time, same place.

 

Special arrangements for extra parkruns over the Christmas and New Year period

Christmas Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park starting at 9am as usual, on Wednesday 25th December.

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Please feel free to come in fancy dress and join in the fun.

New Year's Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park at the usual 9am start time on New Year's Day (Wednesday 1st January).

What about Saturday 28th December?

parkrun will happen at the usual 9am start time on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year at Basingstoke War Memorial Park.

Note that volunteers will be needed for all of these parkruns so if you can help out at any of them please contact the Basingstoke parkrun office.

What if I am not in Basingstoke this Christmas?

There is a special page of Christmas and New Year parkrun arrangements at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/. Some parkruns are happening on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and some are not, and in some cases times will be changed. The Special Events page will tell you which parkruns are happening and if they have changed their start time on either date. So if you are away from Basingstoke for Christmas or New Year, there may still be a parkrun you can experience.

Please note that any of these parkruns may cancel at short notice due to poor or dangerous weather conditions, so you are advised to check with individual parkruns that you plan to visit closer to the time, and think carefully before travelling long distances in winter for parkrun.

Note also on New Year's Day only, that because of varied start times of individual parkruns, it may be possible to run (a maximum of) two parkruns at different locations - if so, both will count in the table of completed runs. This is not the case on Christmas Day, even if logistically possible - only one run will be recorded.

 

Special arrangements for extra parkruns over the Christmas and New Year period

Christmas Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park starting at 9am as usual, on Tuesday 25th December.

Basingstoke parkrun #513 Christmas Day 2017

Please feel free to come in fancy dress and join in the fun.

New Year's Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park at the usual 9am start time on New Year's Day (Tuesday 1st January).

What about Saturday 29th December?

parkrun will happen at the usual 9am start time on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year at Basingstoke War Memorial Park.

Note that volunteers will be needed for all of these parkruns so if you can help out at any of them please contact the Basingstoke parkrun office.

What if I am not in Basingstoke this Christmas?

There is a special page of Christmas and New Year parkrun arrangements at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/. Some parkruns are happening on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and some are not, and in some cases times will be changed. The Special Events page will tell you which parkruns are happening and if they have changed their start time on either date. So if you are away from Basingstoke for Christmas or New Year, there may still be a parkrun you can experience.

Please note that any of these parkruns may cancel at short notice due to poor or dangerous weather conditions, so you are advised to check with individual parkruns that you plan to visit closer to the time, and think carefully before travelling long distances in winter for parkrun.

Note also on New Year's Day only, that because of varied start times of individual parkruns, it may be possible to run (a maximum of) two parkruns at different locations - if so, both will count in the table of completed runs. This is not the case on Christmas Day, even if logistically possible - only one run will be recorded.

 

Winter course update and special Christmas/ New Year arrangements

Winter Course Update - Saturday 1st December

Unless the grassy areas of the summer course dry significantly during this week, Basingstoke parkrun is likely to switch to the three and a bit laps paths-only "winter" course at War Memorial Park this Saturday 1st December. Once we have switched to the winter course then we will not return to using the summer course until some time in 2019.

Special arrangements for extra parkruns over the Christmas and New Year period.

Christmas Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park starting at 9am as usual, on Tuesday 25th December.

Basingstoke parkrun #513 Christmas Day 2017

Please feel free to come in fancy dress and join in the fun.

New Year's Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park at the usual 9am start time on New Year's Day (Tuesday 1st January).

What about Saturday 29th December?

parkrun will happen at the usual 9am start time on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year at Basingstoke War Memorial Park.

Note that volunteers will be needed for all of these parkruns so if you can help out at any of them please contact the Basingstoke parkrun office.

What if I am not in Basingstoke this Christmas?

There is a special page of Christmas and New Year parkrun arrangements at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/. Some parkruns are happening on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and some are not, and in some cases times will be changed. The Special Events page will tell you which parkruns are happening and if they have changed their start time on either date. So if you are away from Basingstoke for Christmas or New Year, there may still be a parkrun you can experience.

Please note that any of these parkruns may cancel at short notice due to poor or dangerous weather conditions, so you are advised to check with individual parkruns that you plan to visit closer to the time, and think carefully before travelling long distances in winter for parkrun.

Note also on New Year's Day only, that because of varied start times of individual parkruns, it may be possible to run (a maximum of) two parkruns at different locations - if so, both will count in the table of completed runs. This is not the case on Christmas Day, even if logistically possible - only one run will be recorded.

 

What a wonderful way to start Christmas Day!

Basingstoke parkrun event #513, 25 December 2017, Run Report by Cerys Byrne

Basingstoke parkrun #514 Christmas Day 2017

Despite the cold and rain, 442 runners decided that the best way to start their Christmas Day was to run 5K with us, 13 people decided that this was the perfect day to run their first ever parkrun on and there were 14 tourists.

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What makes Christmas Day parkrun special for me is the camaraderie, the opportunity to see many friends and wish them a Merry Christmas, a little bit of Me Time before the chaos begins, and also the festive costumes.  It's also lovely to see whole families starting their Christmas with a run.

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There was one official milestone, Cabhan York ran his 10th parkrun (a milestone for under 18s only), there were also two unofficial milestoes - Lorna Martin ran her 150th and Chandri Krishnan his 200th. 18 runners achieved Christmas PBs and hopefully rewarded themselves with an extra mince pie later in the day.

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It's one thing to get out of bed on Christmas morning to run parkrun but we couldn't have done it with out the 35 volunteers who ensured that the run went ahead safely and, for once, absolutely on time.  Thank you to Mike Athroll, Mark Bancroft, Sally Blanc, Michal Bursak, Cerys Byrne, Jason Durkin, Cerys Fisher, Avi Govind, Luxmi Govind, Vicky Hamblin, Rob Hannam, Lisa Hedderley, David Henshall, Michael Hickey, Grant Hodgson, Jane Hope, Dave Hope, Robin Hope, Alison James, Katy Macklin, Tommy Millar, Ben Money, Richard Munro, Caroline Partner, Ryan Partner, Susie Pickett, Matt Pillinger, Nathan Pitch, Harry Pitch, Brett Ruth, Meredith Smith-Macklin, Mike Stanford, Frankie Wellings, Richard Wellings and Paul Wheeler.

Basingstoke parkrun #514 Christmas Day 2017

 

Winter Course Update and Christmas/ New Year extra parkruns

Winter Course Update

At some point in the next few weeks, Basingstoke parkrun plans to switch to the path only course at War Memorial Park. We don't have a date for this to happen yet but will be monitoring the condition of the grass parts of the course (especially if wet) and will try to give as much notice as possible of the switch both here and on Facebook/ Twitter.

Special arrangements for extra parkruns over the Christmas and New Year period.

Christmas Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park starting at 9am as usual, on Monday 25th December.

Basingstoke parkrun #185 Christmas Eve 2011

Please feel free to come in fancy dress and join in the fun.

New Year's Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park at the usual 9am start time on New Year's Day (Monday 1st January).

What about Saturdays 23rd December and 30th December?

parkrun will happen at the usual 9am start time for both these days at Basingstoke War Memorial Park.

What if I am not in Basingstoke this Christmas?

There is a special page of Christmas and New Year parkrun arrangements at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/. Some parkruns are happening on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and some are not, and in some cases times will be changed. The Christmas Compendium will tell you which parkruns are happening and if they have changed their start time on either date. So if you are away from Basingstoke for Christmas or New Year, there may still be a parkrun you can experience. Note that the Christmas Compendium page will be updated continuously between now and Christmas as individual parkruns make their decisions, so suggest bookmarking the page so you can check nearer the time.

Please note that any of these parkruns may cancel at short notice due to poor or dangerous weather conditions, so you are advised to check with individual parkruns that you plan to visit closer to the time, and think carefully before travelling long distances in winter for parkrun.

Note also on New Year's Day only, that because of varied start times of individual parkruns, it may be possible to run (a maximum of) two parkruns at different locations - if so, both will count in the table of completed runs. This is not the case on Christmas Day, even if logistically possible - only one run will be recorded.

 

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day parkruns – summary

Special arrangements for extra parkruns over the Christmas and New Year period.

Christmas Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park starting at 9am, on Sunday 25th December. There will be no Basingstoke junior parkrun on Christmas Day. Please feel free to come in fancy dress. As usual we will be having a bring and share party after the run, so bring some savoury and sweet treats or something to drink.

New Year's Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a New Year's Day parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park starting at 9am on Sunday 1st January.

There will be no Basingstoke junior parkrun on New Year's Day.

What about Saturdays 24th December and 31st December?

parkrun will happen at the usual 9am start time for both these days at Basingstoke War Memorial Park.

I can volunteer for one or more of these runs.
Great! With extra runs we will need more volunteers - please have a look at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke/futureroster/ and choose runs/ roles you can help with, then email basingstokehelpers@parkrun.com with your choice.

What if I am not in Basingstoke this Christmas?

There is a special page of Christmas and New Year parkrun arrangements at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/. Some parkruns are happening on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and some are not, and in some cases times will be changed. The Christmas Compendium will tell you which parkruns are happening and if they have changed their start time on either date. So if you are away from Basingstoke for Christmas or New Year, there may still be a parkrun you can experience. Note that the Christmas Compendium page will be updated between now and close to Christmas as individual parkruns make their decisions, so suggest bookmarking the page so you can check nearer the time. Many runs will be happening as usual on Saturdays 24th and 31st December but check with each run as usual if you are planning to visit.

Note also on New Year's Day only, that because of varied start times of individual parkruns, it may be possible to run (a maximum of) two parkruns at different locations - if so, both will count in the table of completed runs. This is not the case on Christmas Day, even if logistically possible - only one run will be recorded.

Please note that any of these parkruns may cancel at short notice due to poor or dangerous weather conditions, so you are advised to check with individual parkruns that you plan to visit closer to the time, and think carefully before travelling long distances in winter for parkrun.

 

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day parkruns – advance notice

Special arrangements for extra parkruns over the Christmas and New Year period.

Christmas Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park starting at 9am as usual, on Sunday 25th December.

Please feel free to come in fancy dress. As usual we will be having a bring and share party after the run, so bring some savoury and sweet treats or something to drink.

New Year's Day parkrun.

We will be hosting a parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park at the usual 9am start time on New Year's Day (Sunday 1st January).

What about Saturdays 24th December and 31st December?

parkrun will happen at the usual 9am start time for both these days at Basingstoke War Memorial Park.

What if I am not in Basingstoke this Christmas?

There is a special page of Christmas and New Year parkrun arrangements at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/. Some parkruns are happening on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and some are not, and in some cases times will be changed. The Christmas Compendium will tell you which parkruns are happening and if they have changed their start time on either date. So if you are away from Basingstoke for Christmas or New Year, there may still be a parkrun you can experience. Note that the Christmas Compendium page will be updated continuously between now and Christmas as individual parkruns make their decisions, so suggest bookmarking the page so you can check nearer the time.

Please note that any of these parkruns may cancel at short notice due to poor or dangerous weather conditions, so you are advised to check with individual parkruns that you plan to visit closer to the time, and think carefully before travelling long distances in winter for parkrun.

Note also on New Year's Day only, that because of varied start times of individual parkruns, it may be possible to run (a maximum of) two parkruns at different locations - if so, both will count in the table of completed runs. This is not the case on Christmas Day, even if logistically possible - only one run will be recorded.

 

Christmas Day parkrun

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at Basingstoke War Memorial Park starting at 9:00am as usual.

Please feel free to come in fancy dress, as usual we will be having a bring and share party after the run. So bring some savoury and sweet treats or something to drink.

Please note that as it is winter time, if it is decided for any reason to have to cancel this run because of foul weather, we will do so possibly at the last minute. Check the news page and Facebook as we will try to publish any changes as soon as known.

And if you are away from Basingstoke for Christmas, but still want to find a parkrun you can join in with, then http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/ will give you all the details you need.

 

 

A parkrun carol

Basingstoke parkrun #348 Run Report – 13th December 2014.

Report by Paul Johnston

As it is the season for giving, I give you a parkrun carol!!! Thanks (or should it be apologies!!) to the original composer of Jingle Bells, James Pierpont ... Also apologies to anyone who by reading this, has their enjoyment of this ditty ruined forever!!

Dashing across the field
Through woods, trees for 5K
Up 'The Hill' we go
Laughing all the way
Helpers scanning codes
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and run
Around War Memorial Park

parkrunners, parkrunners
Running all the way
Oh, what fun it is to run
At nine on Saturday
parkrunners, parkrunners
Running all the way
Oh, what fun it is to run
At nine on Saturday, hey!

Gathered at the start
Skies are free of rain
Wearing colours so bright
Soon we're on our way
The course goes up and down
PBs being chased
Oh what fun it is to do
A parkrun here today, hey!

Oh, parkrunners, parkrunners
Running all the way
Oh, what fun it is to run
At nine on Saturday
Oh, parkrunners, parkrunners
Running all the way
Oh, what fun it is to run
At nine on Saturday, hey!

Now the stats ...

Well done to all of you that achieved a PB .... no doubt that deserves an extra mince pie or two over the next few weeks.  Also, well done to everyone for braving the freezing temperatures ... It's not that bad once you have warmed up!  This is something that is mightily difficult to do if you are standing around, like the volunteers do.  So biggest thanks go to everyone who gave up their warm duvet on a Saturday morning ... you deserve the biggest slice of Christmas cake this year!!

There was excitement today in both the men's and women's runs.  Faye Duckenfield celebrated coming home first for the girls with a PB of 20.05 in her 5th parkrun. Well done Faye - a brilliant effort!!  Lisa Gottwald came second in 21.02, whilst Rhianna Stanley came third in 21.34.

In the men's run, it was a real sprint for the finish with Tim Ellis pipping Ashley Cox to the post by a second, with a time of 18.08. Gordon Bateman was third over the line, recording a time of 18.34.

In the points table, Tim Ellis extends his lead at the top of the men's table, with Tom Ferguson and Adam Pyle currently accompanying him in the top three.  Alison James continues as Basingstoke parkrun's 'Leading Lady', hotly pursued by Tracey Wyeth and Zoe Pillinger.

And finally ..... couple of important notices

1. For those of you that are wanting to get out of peeling the sprouts or want to treat your loved ones to a parkrun for Christmas, there will be a Basingstoke parkrun on Christmas Day at the usual start time of 9am. Similarly, for those of you who want to work off the Christmas excess, shake off a hangover, or have 'keep/ get fit' at the top of your list of resolutions, there will also be a Basingstoke parkrun on 1 January, again starting at 9am.  Thanks in advance for anyone volunteering for these.

2. If you haven’t had to print off new barcodes recently, it may be worth doing so as they now include space for your “in case of emergency (ICE)” contact name and phone number. Use the Manage My Profile link that appears in every results email you receive from parkrun to update these details and print out a page of barcodes including them.  (This was included in the parkrun UK newsletter this week but I thought it was worth permeating more widely).

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL PARKRUNNERS AND VOLUNTEERS!!!

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