Basingstoke parkrun goes on tour

Basingstoke parkrun #644 – 2nd October 2021 – Run report by Peter Chiverton.

Because of Covid, Basingstoke parkrun has missed out on celebrating TWO birthdays – we should have been celebrating our twelfth birthday parkrun on 4th July 2020 and our thirteenth on 3rd July this year. So Basingstoke parkrun is now a teenager. But parkrun as a whole is well into its teenage years. And 2nd October is a special day of the year for parkrun because it was on 2nd October 2004, SEVENTEEN years ago that thirteen runners lined up at Bushy Park, for the first Bushy Park Time Trial, the event that started off parkrun.

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The first thirteen parkrunners at Bushy Park Time Trial

It means that today around 200,000 people will be out this Saturday to run, jog, walk or volunteer at their local free timed 5k parkrun, not just in the UK, but in many other countries around the world. To mark the anniversary of the start of parkrun, the first Saturday in October is known as International parkrun Day (IpD).

So how to celebrate the birthday of parkrun? Some may have decided to visit a different parkrun to their own – in 2019 I visited the birthplace of parkrun, Bushy Park, to celebrate its (then) fifteenth birthday. Some may decide to parkrun at their home event, for me being Basingstoke. But Basingstoke parkrun itself celebrated IpD by going on tour! As Sunday 3rd October is the day of the Basingstoke Half Marathon and 10k, our normal home of War Memorial Park was in the process of being turned into race HQ, so Basingstoke parkrun took a trip of about a mile and a half across to its second home of Crabtree Plantation. We are very privileged to have this alternative home to use when War Memorial Park is not available – including today’s parkrun, on fifty one occasions out of our six hundred and forty four events we have come to Crabtree.

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The attendance at Crabtree tends to be lower – it seems that some people avoid running parkrun there. Sometimes this is because they are running the Basingstoke Half Marathon or 10k (or this year the London Marathon) the next day and have decided not to overdo things. Sometimes they decide That Hill is just too much to contemplate. Some therefore decide to volunteer instead. If you are one of those hallowed volunteers, whatever the reason for you volunteering today, thank you for giving your time to allow your fellow runners/ joggers/ walkers to complete their parkrun today. Special thanks to Grant Hodgson our “remote marshal” today who was in War Memorial Park to reroute parkrunners who hadn’t realised about today's course change.

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Tales of the unexpected

For those of you who are fairly new to parkrun, you may be able to remember specific different things about all the events you have attended. For those (like me) who have attended a few more, it can become harder to differentiate the parkruns you attend each week. But two things happened for me this week that I have never experienced at parkrun before.
The first was while I was car park marshal in the A30 car park and a car pulled in, but the car park was full. A couple got out and we told them there was no room but they said they just needed to stop for a few minutes – upon which they opened the boot of their car, which contained a basket. They opened the basket and it contained a dozen white pigeons which flew around as a group above the trees before heading away. The couple told me the pigeons were doing a training flight back to Reading. I know we say parkrun is “a run not a race” but presumably they were doing “a flight not a race”.

The second thing happened while I was completing my second lap of the park, and was when I discovered that I was running with the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Phillip Sykes. We didn’t have time or the breath for me to find out what a High Sheriff of Hampshire does while panting our way up Crabtree Hill for the second time, but he did tell me he had started parkrunning following encouragement from his children, and has done 38 so far, all of which have been at Basingstoke. I have since found out that the High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year and the role normally focuses on supporting crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and the voluntary sector (which of course includes parkrun).

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So what happened in today’s parkrun?

(I’ve waited a long time to write those words – my last run report at Basingstoke parkrun was in February 2020 :-)).

The weather conditions were grey and gloomy, eventually just starting to rain, and presumably that together with the upcoming events of Sunday and our move to Crabtree, meant a greatly reduced total of 222 people completed a parkrun at Crabtree today. That is the lowest number of attendees since the first run in March 2018 when there was significant snow due to the Beast from the East. Kudos to the 8 who were completing their first parkrun anywhere today – I think if you come to War Memorial Park next time you should find things easier, perhaps giving you a great chance of a PB. Huge congratulations then to the 24 who managed a Basingstoke parkrun PB today on what in my opinion is our tougher course. Unfortunately the website does not differentiate between which course was run each week, but fear not – events 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, 542, 555, 595 and 608 (as well as today’s) were run at Crabtree so you can work out your Crabtree PB if you wish.
We welcomed 11 first time visitors to Basingstoke parkrun also; we hope you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you parkrunning with us again soon.

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First finisher for the men was Tom Harding in 17m19s, while first finisher for the women was Sarah Dawson (17th overall on parkrun’s 17th birthday, and with a PB too!). Best age grade of the day went to Cath Wheeler at 88.58%.

Well done to the two T shirt milestone achievers today - Will Coles and Dean Turner both completed their 50th parkruns today and will be able to wear a red 50 shirt soon. Also congratulations to the following who reached unofficial milestones today: Graham Arnott did his 150th parkrun, Dave Hope ran his 300th and Nicholas Mitchell completed his 350th.

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A huge thank you to today’s volunteer contingent for making our only Crabtree parkrun of 2021 happen: take a bow James BATE, Jessica BATE, Sally BLANC, Andrew BRACE, Finlay BRACE, Harrison BRACE, Michal BURSAK, Cami CAMERON, Joanna CHIVERTON, Peter CHIVERTON, Nicola DALE, Lynda DAY, Chris ENGLAND, Peter EVANS, Louise GIRLE, Avi GOVIND, Luxmi GOVIND, Lisa HEDDERLY, Tony HEELEY, Geoff HERRON, Stella HERRON, Dave HOPE, Denise HOPE, Alison Rachel JONES, Pemba LAMA, Sara LEE, Ben LONDESBROUGH, Rob LUCAS, Katy MACKLIN, John MANNION, Bruce NEWLANDS, Amanda OXLADE, Richard PICKARD, Nathan PITSCH, Sam PURNELL, Lauren ROSE, Tilbikram SAMBAHANGPHE, Shreya SINGH, Tom STECKIW, Steven STUBBINGS, Chris TOWNLEY, Jacqui TOWNLEY, Douglas VAUGHAN, Samuel VAUGHAN, Vivianne WALTERS, Rebecca WILLIS and Brian WORTH.

To join them in a future week go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke/futureroster/ to see the vacancies, and email your choice to basingstoke@parkrun.com. You can do this either for the next week, or for some weeks ahead so you can choose the role you want to try. There will always be assistance available from the team on the day to help you know what to do, and lots of thanks on the day from your fellow parkrunners.

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Opportunity!

One volunteer role you might consider having a go at is writing a run report! For some years there has been a rota in place of regular writers but we’re always looking for different viewpoints – I love the variety of styles and content choices of our writers – so do let us know either if you would be interested to find out more about joining the rota or if you fancy having a one off go at writing a report. There is lots of information easily available to help put a report together without too much effort. You can also volunteer in this way while still completing a run/ jog/ walk if you wish. And you can provide enjoyment to people who (like you) make time to read our run reports. So if you enjoy writing and would like to be involved in the team, even to write one report, drop an email to basingstoke@parkrun.com – we are just putting together the rota for the next few months so now would be a great time to let us know if you would like to have a go.

And finally:
Best wishes to everyone doing Basingstoke Half Marathon or 10k, London Marathon or other race tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you in your race T shirts at next week's parkrun.

And finally finally:
Don’t forget for next week's parkrun we are back in War Memorial Park!

 

Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree this Saturday 2nd 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 2nd 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 regular users of this car park not involved with parkrun. 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, 595(s) and 608. 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 only Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree in 2021. From 9th October onward Basingstoke parkrun returns to War Memorial Park.

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Advance Notice: Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree 2nd October

Due to the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build taking place at our usual War Memorial Park on Saturday 2nd 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 Saturday 2nd October.

Please pass the message on, and avoid parkrunner disappointment or need for panic jog from War Memorial Park to Crabtree on Saturday 2nd October.

This will be the only parkrun at Crabtree in 2021 so don't miss it!

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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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