Bath Skyline Parkrun #243 – 8/6/2019

Written by Diana Wyatt

After having had several week of dry weather at parkrun. Today’s weather forecast was not looking very promising with rain predicted to arrive at 9am and windy conditions for the entire day. The rain never materialised and we were pleasantly surprised to find we ended our parkrun with a blue sky and sunshine.
It is so nice having our summer start position back in “Free Fields” with the extra space it enables runners to have the opportunity to chat with friends and family before and after their run. We welcomed 54 new runners. All of whom successfully completed the course and we trust that they enjoyed their experience and will continue to come to parkrun and make it part of their lifestyle.

Bath is such a beautiful city to visit and to combine that with a parkrun. What could be better..... For one couple running today, their visit to Bath gave them the opportunity to combine their run with a birthday celebration in our city. Our local club runners were well represented from Team Bath AC, Somer AC, Avon Valley and Chew Valley Snails. There were club runners from Yeovil Town RRC and Lonely Goat RC. The Bath Amphibians Triathlon club and the Newcastle University Tri club also attended. We recorded a total of 25 PBs; so congratulations to you all.

A date for your diary is Saturday 6 July when we will be volunteering with the National Trust. We help with the maintenance of the paths and woodland, and it's a great opportunity to give back. Please email Helen if you would like to volunteer. There are two slots; one straight after parkrun at 10:00 - 12:00 and the other 13:00 - 15:00. Please email Helen at bathskyline@parkrun.com.

Our Volunteers are our parkrun hero’s. Again they were amazing and helped me enormously with all the little incidentals which always crop up at such an event. A very big thank you to you all
Alan COX • Candy MADATH • Charles HAYWARD • Diana WYATT • Edward GILL • Eugene KERTZMAN • Eve GOOBERMAN-HILL • Harriet MADATH • Helen CONNER • Iain WILSON • Ian HAMPSON • Jacob DOELL • James GORMAN • James HARDING • Karen STACK • Lawrence HARRISON • Mark GREATOREX • Mark LEWIS • Mark SEAMAN • Matt ATKINSON • Max HAMMOND • Michael SAUNDERS • Michelle HORDERN • Polly SPEDDING • Richard CARRON • Rob SPEDDING • Sally KERTZMAN • Sarah REGH • Simeon CRYER • Stuart SHAW • Vicky COOPER • Vicky ODY • Vicky YOUNG

Please check out the latest results https://www.parkrun.org.uk/bathskyline/results/latestresults/

Have a good week everyone. We look forward to you joining us again next Saturday at “Free Fields”

 

Run report 1st June 2019

Written by one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers Bethan

The first parkrun of June saw 399 eager runners raring to go in the alternate start/finish area we use for the summer months. The great weather welcomed over 60 first timers and over 50 runners achieved a new personal best- well done! The first recorded male was James Donald with a time of 17.25, and the first female was Natalie Thomas with a time of 21.09. This was Natalie’s first run at the Bath Skyline parkrun so special congratulations to her!

Having run Bath Skyline parkrun twice- maybe walking would better describe it- I was very excited to start my DofE volunteering here and find out about all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I’ve tried various roles, of which my favourite has been the barcode scanning as I can see the look of sheer relief on the runners’ faces when they realise they can go back to bed or perhaps go for coffee at Combe Grove Manor.
That being said, the somewhat early start was the only thing putting me off volunteering but getting involved in the community and meeting all the other friendly volunteers is always an amazing start to my Saturday- I’ve immensely enjoyed the past 6 months and would highly recommend volunteering at parkrun to anyone who might be thinking about it.

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25th May 2019

Written by Jacob – A Duke Of Edinburgh (DofE) participant

The parkrun is a great way to start the weekend; the conditions are usually good, the sun is out but not too hot as we are mostly in the shade. The ground is very nice not too rocky very smooth. The track is guided so you can never get lost and there are many lovely volunteers around to make sure you are okay and cheering you on.

I have been volunteering since 2nd March for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and it has been fantastic to volunteer at the parkrun there are so many variety of tasks, from cheering people on to scanning barcodes. One of the tasks is to hand out finish tokens to the runners who have completed the run and it is a joy to see their faces after completing the course and to be the person to give them their token is a pleasure. Overall it is great fun and good fresh air and I would recommend volunteering or taking part in the parkrun to anyone else who is doing DofE or just wants to do something over the weekend with a friendly group of people.

 

Saturday 18th May 2019

Written by Daniel – a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer

Running conditions on Saturday 18th May were good, as it was a dry day and the ground was firm under foot. This was reflected by 69 runners achieving a personal best. Of 381 runners in total, there were 29 first-timers and 31 ‘tourists’. The first male was James Reeder with a time of 16:42, and the first female was Rosie Sexton with a time of 20:17. Special congratulations to Richard Hill, a regular volunteer, for completing his 50th parkrun. Well done everyone!

I have been volunteering at the Bath Skyline parkrun since February as part of the work towards my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Before becoming a volunteer, I had been a keen participant of the parkrun for several months. Back in August last year, one of my friends asked me to try and do the parkrun with her. I was hesitant, as I’d never done a long distance run, but the energetic atmosphere and friendly people brought me back for a second week. Over the following months, to my joy, I watched my times improve and the run became a little easier for me. It was an obvious choice for me to choose to volunteer at the parkrun as I really wanted to give something back to the parkrun community and learn what goes on behind the scenes. I have been involved in a variety of tasks, but my favourite position so far has been the timekeeping, as it’s really nice to see everyone celebrate at the finish. I am looking forward to being able to run again, but I will continue to volunteer regularly. It’s been a brilliant experience and I would strongly recommend volunteering at the parkrun to other Duke of Edinburgh students.

 

11th May 2019

Written by Max - Duke of Edinburgh bronze volunteer

Having run over 120 parkruns since it started in Bath, I was keen to volunteer as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award to see the other side of the event.

On Saturday 11th May my job was to sort the barcodes after runners finished, into numerical order, ready for the next week.
It was the 239th Bath parkrun, there were 401 runners and for 75 of them it was their first time running the Bath Skyline route. There were 63 personal bests.

My most enjoyable task is scanning barcodes as you get to congratulate the runners on their run. It’s also an important job as it scans each individual’s barcode and records their time to go on the results table which goes online. It is very rewarding for runners to see how they performed that day and see if they have improved their time or beaten their PB.

I would recommend volunteering to anyone as every week we need up to 30 marshals and you get a lot of joy out of volunteering and everyone is grateful to you.

Thank you to all the parkrun volunteers as without them the event would not be held.

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