Running up THAT hill…..

Basingstoke parkrun #608, 5th October 2019, Run Report by Frankie Wellings

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that Sarah’s run report last week had a nod to Fleetwood Mac, David’s report the week before had a nod to ELO – bit tricky, but can you guess who this report gives a nod to?!

We were at our alternative course, Crabtree, today because of the Half Marathon/10k site build taking place at War Memorial Park. The dogs in WMP must have been very confused and upset missing out on their weekly treats from Denise Hope. If you haven’t seen it, it really is quite a sight to see. As Denise makes her way across the football fields at about 8.30am, other dogs in the park come running up to her as they know she has treats in her pockets! Anyway back to today, the skylarks have flown the nest so we were able to run the original course. The combination of tomorrow’s runs, THAT hill, and the rugby meant a low attendance of 316 today. We were joined by 15 first timers and 9 tourists. If you were one of the first timers and you come back again next week, I promise you’ll find the course at War Memorial Park easier. Eighteen people got shiny new PBs so congratulations if you were one of them.

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If I hide behind my hat, I won't see THAT hill

Although parkrun is inclusive and everybody is very welcome, it seems you had to be called Tom if you wanted a podium place today! Tom Harding crossed the line 1st in 17:26, Tom Watson was 2nd in 19:00 and Tom Ferguson was 3rd in 19:08. There were 2 other Toms at today’s run too so well done to all the Toms! The ladies were led home by Kate Towerton (19:40), followed by Alison James (21:08) and Melanie McGovern who got herself a shiny new PB with a time of 23:21.

There were just a handful of milestone achievers today. Earning their red t-shirts for joining the 50 club were Herbie Sadler (who is in the Junior 10 category) and Matthew Partridge. Nick Battisson will soon be wearing his black t-shirt for completing 100 runs and Steve McGeown notched up the unofficial milestone of 200 runs. Katy Macklin volunteered for the 25th time so will soon be in the purple. Congratulations to you all.

As always, huge thanks must go to today's Run Director Matt Pillinger and his team of volunteers for allowing the rest of us to get our weekly 5k fix. I know you hear it every week, but we really can’t run (no pun intended) this event without volunteers so please have a look at the roster and email basingstokehelpers@parkrun.com if you can help over the next few weeks. It’s always a relief for the core team when the roster is filled nice and early!

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Matt keeping everyone in check for the briefing

As you may have seen, parkrun celebrated its 15th birthday on Saturday. Since the first run at Bushy Park way back in 2004 where just 13 people ran, there are now more than 6,000,000 registrants. What were you doing 15 years ago? Or another way of putting it – what have you achieved in the last 15 years? I hadn’t started running back then and now I have a box full of medals I am very proud of and a whole host of new friends - and I’m proud of them too. Week ends just wouldn’t be the same without parkrun!

Finally, best of luck if you are running either the half marathon or 10k tomorrow and if you are reading this after Sunday, I hope you achieved your goals and enjoyed the run.

Remember we are back in War Memorial Park next Saturday so don’t go to Crabtree!

 

Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree this Saturday 5th October

Because of the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build at War Memorial Park this weekend, Basingstoke parkrun will be held at its alternative venue at Crabtree Plantation this Saturday 5th October, usual time 9am.

Please pass this message on to your fellow parkrunners to avoid panic jogs from War Memorial Park to Crabtree as the start time approaches (it happens every time!).

Please if at all possible walk or cycle to the event, and arrive allowing plenty of time to reach the start.

Crabtree car parking arrangements.

The parking arrangements below have been devised to help us to be allowed continued use of Crabtree Plantation for parkrun and remain good neighbours with those who live nearby. You are urged to follow them, otherwise we may lose permission to use the course, and be forced to cancel some summer parkruns.

Please see the map below for advice of where to park. Your choices are:

i. Free parking available at:

  • A30 Crabtree car park (but DO NOT park on the A30 outside of the car park)
  • Lime Pits (closest car park to the start and there is a crossing island on the A30)
  • Rucstall Community Centre (access from Holbein Close)
  • The usual War Memorial Park car park at Crossborough Hill.

ii. Plenty of pay and display car parks in Basingstoke Town Centre, which are a warm-up run away from the Crabtree start.

We strongly encourage you NOT to park at Black Dam Ponds car park (not shown on the map) as this gets very busy and there is then no space for regulars. Please do NOT park on Black Dam Way, as this can cause issues for public transport using the road. It may mean we can't use Crabtree for parkrun at all in future if these requests are not followed.

In summary - please park responsibly and safely.

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Previous times at Crabtree.

Previous Crabtree visits (so you can check your "Crabtree" PB if you have one) were for these event numbers: 53, 56, 102, 107, 111, 124, 156, 158, 161, 173, 178, 211, 214, 217, 218, 220, 230, 266, 272, 284, 318, 320, 326, 338, 342, 375, 378, 380, 382, 392, 429, 430, 433, 434, 435, 436, 442, 446, 483, 486, 488, 496, 500, 537(s), 538(s), 539(s), 542(s), 555 and 595(s). The (s) suffix means the parkrun was run on the special course avoiding skylark nesting areas. This week's parkrun will not use the skylark course.

This will be the last Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree in 2019.

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Reminder: Basingstoke parkrun relocates to Crabtree 5th October

Due to the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build taking place at our usual War Memorial Park on Saturday 5th October, Basingstoke parkrun will be relocating for the day to Crabtree Plantation.

A map showing the location and places you can park will be published here in the week leading up to 5th October.

Please pass the message on, and avoid parkrunner disappointment or need for panic jog from War Memorial Park to Crabtree on Saturday 5th October.

This will be the last parkrun at Crabtree in 2019.

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Advance Notice: Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree 5th October

Due to the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build taking place at our usual War Memorial Park on Saturday 5th October, Basingstoke parkrun will be relocating for the day to Crabtree Plantation.

A map showing the location and places you can park will be published here in the week leading up to 5th October.

Please pass the message on, and avoid parkrunner disappointment or need for panic jog from War Memorial Park to Crabtree on Saturday 5th October.

This will be the last parkrun at Crabtree in 2019.

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11th birthday parkrun at Crabtree Plantation this Saturday 6th July – PARKING INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED

Because of the B Love Festival at War Memorial Park this weekend, Basingstoke parkrun will be held at its alternative venue at Crabtree Plantation this Saturday 6th July. It is also Basingstoke parkrun's ELEVENTH BIRTHDAY and we would encourage everyone to get there early - the first timer briefing will take place at 8:45am and the main briefing will start at 8:50am to allow for birthday presentations and the result of the Hall of Fame vote. We will return to War Memorial Park next week 13th July. As it's our birthday we'd love people to bring cake to share if you would like to.

Please pass this message on to your fellow parkrunners to avoid panic jogs from War Memorial Park to Crabtree as the start time approaches and later (it happens every time!).

Please if at all possible walk or cycle to the event, and given the earlier start to proceedings arrive allowing plenty of time to reach the briefing place.

Crabtree car parking arrangements.

The parking arrangements below have been devised to help us to be allowed continued use of Crabtree Plantation for parkrun and remain good neighbours with those who live nearby. You are urged to follow them, otherwise we may lose permission to use the course, and be forced to cancel some summer parkruns.

Please see the map below for advice of where to park. Your choices are:

i. Free parking available at:

  • A30 Crabtree car park (but DO NOT park on the A30 outside of the car park)
  • Lime Pits (closest car park to the start and there is a crossing island on the A30)
  • Rucstall Community Centre (access from Holbein Close)
  • The usual War Memorial Park car park at Crossborough Hill.

ii. Plenty of pay and display car parks in Basingstoke Town Centre, which are a warm-up run away from the Crabtree start.

We strongly encourage you NOT to park at Black Dam Ponds car park (not shown on the map) as this gets very busy and there is then no space for regulars. Please do NOT park on Black Dam Way, as this can cause issues for public transport using the road. It may mean we can't use Crabtree for parkrun at all in future if these requests are not followed.

In summary - please park responsibly and safely.

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Skylarks nesting at Crabtree.

There are signs on parts of Crabtree Plantation warning visitors to keep clear as there is a nesting area for skylarks (they nest on the ground). We have changed the course this year at the request of the Council to avoid the nesting site. Please take heed of these signs and keep animals and children that you are responsible for away from this area. Please ensure you follow the directions of the marshals on the course.

Previous parkruns at Crabtree.

Previous Crabtree visits (so you can check your "Crabtree" PB if you have one) were for these event numbers: 53, 56, 102, 107, 111, 124, 156, 158, 161, 173, 178, 211, 214, 217, 218, 220, 230, 266, 272, 284, 318, 320, 326, 338, 342, 375, 378, 380, 382, 392, 429, 430, 433, 434, 435, 436, 442, 446, 483, 486, 488, 496, 500, 537(s), 538(s), 539(s), 542(s) and 555. (s) means the event was run on the "Skylark" course, as it will be at today's event.

Basingstoke parkrun will also be at Crabtree on the following additional date in 2019:

Date Reason
5th October Basingstoke Half Marathon site build

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Milestone T shirt photo this Saturday.

If you have any parkrun milestone T-shirt (whether for running or volunteering) we'd like to take a photo of people wearing them for our birthday, so please wear them when you come along. This is not just for new milestone achievers but for anyone who has a milestone shirt, as part of our celebrations.

 

Reminder: 6th July – Basingstoke parkrun relocates to Crabtree

Due to the B Love Festival taking place at our usual War Memorial Park on Saturday 6th July, Basingstoke parkrun will be relocating for the day to Crabtree Plantation.

A map showing the location and places you can park will be published here in the week leading up to 6th July.

Please pass the message on, and avoid parkrunner disappointment or need for panic jog from War Memorial Park to Crabtree on Saturday 6th July.

Future Diary Dates

Basingstoke parkrun will also be at Crabtree on one more additional date in 2019:

Date Reason
5th October Basingstoke Half Marathon site build

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Advance Notice: Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree 6th July

Because of the B Love Festival at War Memorial Park on Saturday 6th July, Basingstoke parkrun will be relocating for the day to Crabtree Plantation.

A map showing the location and places you can park will be published here in the week leading up to 6th July.

Please pass the message on, and avoid parkrunner disappointment or need for panic jog from War Memorial Park to Crabtree on Saturday 6th July.

Future Diary Dates

Basingstoke parkrun will also be at Crabtree on the following additional date in 2019.

Date Reason
5th October Basingstoke Half Marathon site build

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A bit wet and cold

Basingstoke parkrun #555, 6th October 2018, Run Report by Matt Pillinger.

The Basingstoke half marathon, coupled with a trip to Crabtree and the rather dreary weather reduced the attendance to just 294 today, which is the lowest since the 'snow course' run on 3 March this year. Before that we have to go back to 1 January 2017 to find a lower attendance.

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Staying at home was never an option for today's 35 fabulous volunteers

Mike ATHROLL, Amy BONFIELD, Chris CLIFTON, David COLES, Rob EUSTACE, Luxmi GOVIND, Sarah GOVIND, Avi GOVIND, Lisa HEDDERLY, Geoff HERRON, Michael HICKEY, Grant HODGSON, Dave HOPE, Gary JOHNSTON, Patricia LANGLEY, Tommy MILLAR, Tim MORTLOCK, Ruth MORTLOCK, Mark NORRIS, Rachel PARKER, Caroline PARTNER, Mark PERRYMAN, Ben PERRYMAN, Matt PILLINGER, Sam PURNELL, Peter RAILTON, Susan SHAPLAND, Tom STECKIW, Ruth STONER, Jacqui TOWNLEY, Emma Louise WARD, Frankie WELLINGS, Brian WORTH, Dave WRIGHT, Kathryn YORK

Thank you to them all and as usual if you would like to volunteer next, or any other, week, simply e-mail basingstokehelpers@parkrun.com to be added to the roster.  We simply can't put on a safe, timed run each week without around 35 helpers, many of whom are also able to run.

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Run Director Frankie's specific challenge today was for members of the 250 club (of whom 31 were in attendance today) to volunteer over the next few weeks.
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I hope to see Tom Ferguson's name on the roster soon, for he joined that illustrious club today.
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Joining other parkrun clubs were Gauthier Perrot, Nick Taylor and Kathryn Waterworth (50), and Graham Wallace, Pauline Smith and Lucy Smith (100). Less official milestones include Steve Mennear (150) and Steve McGeown who ran his 'Proclaimers' today.

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Today also marked parkrun worldwide's 14th birthday, on 2 October 2004, 13 runners set off on what was then called the Bushy park time trial.  They cannot have any idea what they started, for this week, parkrun had its 5,000,000 registration and the lucky recipient ran at Woodhouse Moor parkrun this week. 

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The cotton t-shirts, the white trainers, the lack of fluorescent colours, but somethings never change - everyone is starting their watch (non GPS in those days though). PSH

Paul Sinton Hewitt CBE (awarded for services to grass roots sport participation). The man who started it all.

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Today's event had 294 runners, who were led home by Tom Harding (17:48), followed by Jay Russell (18:00, equalling his PB) and Steve McGeown (18:26). For the ladies, Alison James led you home in 20:48, followed by Becky Crisp (23:00) and Tracy Bremner (23:13).  In age grading, Tony Watkins finished first in 82.17%, with Don Powell (80.96%) and Alison James (80.54%) making up the podium

Meet the parkrunner

Regular readers will be familiar with my 'meet the parkrunner' feature.  The subject of this weeks interview is a relative newcomer to parkrunner, Mark Dolby, who has been running with us since January;

Tell us a bit about your running history?
I always enjoyed cross country and school and have taken part in the Great South Run several times, plus the Reading and Basingstoke Half marathons. I would love to run a marathon and will definitely do so before the big 50.

Mark Dolby FarleighFarleigh Hill doesn't look that steep in this picture!

How did you find out about parkrun?
Social media and just seeing the people every Saturday.

When and how did you start parkrunning?
Started this year to get fit and lose the beer belly. Have always enjoyed running and it doesn’t take a huge chunk out of the day.

It's a long time since my first parkrun. Yours is more recent (January 18), so, what's it like being a first timer - is there anything we can all do to ensure you feel welcome and supported?
Would recommend and have recommended it to everyone. All inclusive and definitely felt like I was part of something good. Nervous to start but definitely made to feel very welcome and great to see all abilities, ages and volunteers.

What is your favourite thing about parkrun?
Being part of a positive experience and a change for good. Only takes an hour of my day and leaves plenty of the weekend to spend with the family. Starting the weekend on a positive note and ready for the world.

Aside from parkrun, what other running do you do?
Very little. A big run this weekend 10.5 miles but that’s about it. (Ed - I asked Mark this question last week; this weekend, he is schlepping round Basingstoke half marathon route with lots of other parkrun regulars).

What is your running highlight?
Great South run (finishing in) 1:15 was probably the highlight. A great event and always a carnival atmosphere. My answer will change if I get my place for London next year.

Do you have any running experiences you'd care to forget?
No not really. I pulled my thigh muscle when doing the Reading half a few years ago and almost collapsed after running the Basingstoke Half a couple of years ago but all part of the experience.

What is the most valuable piece of running advice you've been given?
Make sure you train!

Do you do any other sports/have any other interests?
Have done a fair bit of cycling over the last 3 years raising money for the Ark Cancer Centre (Ark Riders). I’m much better at running but it has been a real experience and privilege to be part of such a special group of people

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What is your day job?
I am a Director of a local Financial Adviser firm in Reading.

Quick Stats

This is a worrying one - 2018 is in grave danger of being the first year where we don't beat our previous year attendance.

Attendance to end of September

We have 14 events left this year (as with last year), so could this be the first year Basingstoke parkrun doesn't grow in numbers?

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Finally, very best of luck to everyone running the Basingstoke half marathon tomorrow.

 

Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree this Saturday 6th October

Because of the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build at War Memorial Park this weekend, Basingstoke parkrun will be held at its alternative venue at Crabtree Plantation this Saturday 6th October, usual time 9am.

Please pass this message on to your fellow parkrunners to avoid panic jogs from War Memorial Park to Crabtree as the start time approaches (it happens every time!).

Please if at all possible walk or cycle to the event, and arrive allowing plenty of time to reach the start.

Crabtree car parking arrangements.

The parking arrangements below have been devised to help us to be allowed continued use of Crabtree Plantation for parkrun and remain good neighbours with those who live nearby. You are urged to follow them, otherwise we may lose permission to use the course, and be forced to cancel some summer parkruns.

Please see the map below for advice of where to park. Your choices are:

i. Free parking available at:

  • A30 Crabtree car park (but DO NOT park on the A30 outside of the car park)
  • Lime Pits (closest car park to the start and there is a crossing island on the A30)
  • Rucstall Community Centre (access from Holbein Close)
  • The usual War Memorial Park car park at Crossborough Hill.

ii. Plenty of pay and display car parks in Basingstoke Town Centre, which are a warm-up run away from the Crabtree start.

We strongly encourage you NOT to park at Black Dam Ponds car park (not shown on the map) as this gets very busy and there is then no space for regulars. Please do NOT park on Black Dam Way, as this can cause issues for public transport using the road. It may mean we can't use Crabtree for parkrun at all in future if these requests are not followed.

In summary - please park responsibly and safely.

Crabtreemap20092017

Previous times at Crabtree.

Previous Crabtree visits (so you can check your "Crabtree" PB if you have one) were for these event numbers: 53, 56, 102, 107, 111, 124, 156, 158, 161, 173, 178, 211, 214, 217, 218, 220, 230, 266, 272, 284, 318, 320, 326, 338, 342, 375, 378, 380, 382, 392, 429, 430, 433, 434, 435, 436, 442, 446, 483, 486, 488, 496, 500, 537, 538, 539 and 542.

This will be the last Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree in 2018.

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Reminder: Basingstoke parkrun relocates to Crabtree 6th October

Due to the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build taking place at our usual War Memorial Park on Saturday 6th October, Basingstoke parkrun will be relocating for the day to Crabtree Plantation.

A map showing the location and places you can park will be published here in the week leading up to 6th October.

Please pass the message on, and avoid parkrunner disappointment or need for panic jog from War Memorial Park to Crabtree on Saturday 6th October.

This will be the last parkrun at Crabtree in 2018.

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