International Women’s day Saturday 7th March 2020

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parkrun research tells us that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun, and we are taking steps to change that. As part of these efforts parkrun are organising a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England this will support the This Girl Can campaign created by our partner Sport England.

Come and support us and celebrate female participation on this day.

How can you join in?

Encourage the women and girls in your lives to come along and walk, jog or run.  Please remind them to register and print our their barcodes

We would like to fill as many volunteering roles as possible with women so please get involved by emailing us bathskyline@parkrun.com

Dress in purple (the chosen colour for the day)

We look forward to seeing you all soon

 

Saturday 8th February 2020

Written by Alice Bonham-Carter

Today marked my 20th parkrun (almost half way to my 50 t-shirt) so I decided it was about time I gave something back to the parkrun community and chose to give the run report a whirl! Plus, as a final year student at Bath University, currently in the (very painful…) process of writing my dissertation, I was keen to find another way to procrastinate!! My dissertation is on how exercise affects immune function though, and I always find parkrun is a great cure for any sniffles or minor ailments, so this must count as relevant research…right??

Now onto the actual run…Today 443 made the trek up Bath Mountain to participate in the wonderful Bath Skyline parkrun. Several people appeared to have run to parkrun (very impressive), I however prefer to conserve my (very limited) energy for the actual parkrun!! We had visitors from a variety of places, including Bournemouth, Canterbury, Finsbury Park, as well as the inaugural Bushy Park event. We hope you enjoyed the lovely multi-terrain course and that those challenging woodland steps didn’t put you off too much! The conditions on the day were pleasant, being dry and cool, however parts of the course had clearly been affected by the recent downpours, with the fields being a little sticky. This did not deter us parkrunners though, and rather just added to the experience. One of my favourite things about Bath Skyline parkrun is the varied terrain, providing an exciting challenge and keeping you on your toes at all times.

Everyone did an amazing job, with many people achieving new PBs. A special congratulations goes to the unknown runner who finished first (DFYB!!), as well as JAMES HARPER, our official first male finisher with a time of 17:19, and first female finisher, LIZZIE CLARKE, finishing in a speedy 19:08 on her first time running at Bath Skyline. I hope everyone experiences improved immune function as a result of completing their parkrun as well as the awesome mental benefits it brings!

Finally, a big thank you to all the amazing volunteers for making this wonderful event happen, and for always smiling and encouraging us all! (I promise I am trying to smile back, even if it looks like more of a grimace!!)

 

Saturday 1st February 2020

The Early Bath (Skyline parkrun)

Written by Nicholas Sheard

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I left at 6 am from Oxfordshire to drive the 72 miles to the Bath Skyline parkrun. A day of firsts, it was the first of February, the first day after we formally left the EU, the start of the 6 Nations Rugby, and also my first Bath Skyline parkrun. I usually cycle or run to my local parkrun, so taking the car listening to 80s classics felt like a guilty pleasure, and arriving early there was plenty of parking available at the BMI Bath Clinic. I jogged out onto the course into Long Wood with Born to Run still ringing in my ears. A sign on the ‘Elf and Fairy Foray’ indicated I might meet ‘North Pepperfly’ or ‘Bold Saturnleaf’, among others - “Seek out the doors to the homes of 15 elf and fairy folk, set among the trees on each side of the path for 400m”. I didn’t immediately see any elves or fairies, but I did pick up the yellow parkrun signs and soon caught up with three gents (not obviously elves or fairies) setting up the course and marking out the route through the muddy top field.

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After the parkrun my Strava feed told me that “This was harder than your usual effort”. I don’t know what counts as my “usual effort”, but having done 21 different parkrun courses over the past couple of years I have to say that Bath Skyline is easily in my top 5, with a lovely variety of sketchy uneven descent, steps, grass, muddy field, and woodland trail. Looking left after the steep early descent there’s also a fantastic view of Bath itself, although I didn’t linger to stop and take a photo for fear of being involved in a recreation of the Mufasa Lion King death stampede scene with 400 or so parkrunners behind me.

A big shout out to the wonderful volunteers who were so welcoming and friendly before the event and so encouraging when out on the course. Also to the 22 minute pacer who paced it superbly and who I couldn’t quite keep up with. And also to Matt, for his first time as Race Director. Well done, Matt!

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Looking at the results it always astonishes me just how rich and varied parkrun is in terms of age and experience and a wonderful variety of visitors and regulars rubbing shoulders with each other. As a first timer at Bath I felt so warmly welcomed by all the volunteers. Special mention this week goes to Jane Evans, a first timer who finished 3rd overall, was first female, and who also registered the best age graded result of the day. And at either end of the parkrun experience spectrum we had Bath Skyline local Janyce Holmes running her 273rd parkrun and Matthew Brinkworth (6th overall) who was taking part in his very first event. If the other first timers enjoyed Bath Skyline as much as I did they’re bound to be back.

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Saturday 25th January 2020

Saturday Morning Fever

The run report with Snap, Crackle, Pop and Bee Gees by John Chapman

I woke up with my usual Saturday enthusiasm, as it’s the day for either parkrun or an away trip watching Bristol City. Today is parkrun day, and I decided that it’s most definitely a Rice Krispies T-Shirt day, my regular big pre-run dilemma. Today was my 25th run, so that’s 125km, and still only halfway to a T shirt. It would be much simpler to just buy one in Primark, but not half as much fun, mud or steps.

For those of us at the back, the briefing was the usual inaudible mumbling, so we just clapped, waved our arms, cheered and booed randomly, in the hope that we provided the right response. Maybe you need someone with cue cards halfway down, so that we get it right. The reward for finishing in the Top 200, you get to hear the words. The rest of us were guessing, which could be embarrassing if we got it wrong.

I am sure that most of you reading this know the course by now, congestion, nice view, steps, reasonable path, replica of Somme battlefield, rabbit holes, home straight, finish. A wide variety of times, a real mix of ages and abilities, and all of the runners participated enthusiastically, and (hopefully) had a great time.  There were 443 runners, that is real Wowzer stuff, and yet another amazing turnout. Not so good for us at the back, it takes even longer just to reach the starting line, and The Somme is even more churned up. Well done to the first person over the finishing puddle, Aled Anderson.

Today, as always, I met some wonderful people, all participating for different reasons, and even though it’s for fun, everyone has their personal goals that they wish to achieve. My goal has been to achieve a new PB. Today, I achieved that (2 minutes off my real PB).

Now the photos

 

Today, we welcomed some Leicester Tiggers egg-chasing fans, as they were playing the unimaginatively named Bath Rugby. Is there a Rugby Rugby? Welcome to all the newbies, for safety reasons we’ve Got To Get a Message To You about the course. I hope you had a really great time, and we see you back sometime soon. Loved the question “Is there a trophy?” Now that is a good suggestion, not that I will need to buy a trophy cabinet if adopted! Did anyone as How Deep Is Your Mud?

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Talking of Tiggers, here is the culprit of about 99% of the muddy paw prints on runners clothing, Tiggerdog, aka Bobbie. How could you be cross with such a lovable dog though? Didn’t really capture her from the best angle in this photo. To finish, there’s a few random pics from today. As ever, thank you to all of the volunteers who make these runs happen, some magnificent arm-waving and pointing was evident today.

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A view of the runners, I’m sure that the guy at the back wearing the green jacket is pointing out that going straight to breakfast might be a better option.

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And to those wondering whether to join us, as the Gibb Brothers nearly sang, You Should Be Running, or walking, or skipping, or dancing…. Would that be Jive Walking??? On that note, time to get my coat/ strait jacket.

 

Saturday 18th January 2020

Written by Reuben Zukas, Gold Duke of Edinburgh volunteer

Waking up this morning to see a bleak frost settling on the cars would probably have disheartened most people from going outside.

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However, seeing runners already warming up with light cheerful smiles definitely gave the place some warmth.

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On our 274th parkrun coincidentally we were joined by 472 runners, over 50 of whom achieved PBs. There was a variety of abilities and ages, all who gave this week their best shot.

The fastest male time was 17:36, taken by Thomas Halling, and the fastest female time was 21:26, secured by Sarah Sanderson.

My Duke of Edinburgh Gold volunteering at rainbow woods is an amazing opportunity that is just down the road. Yes, it is a little early, and yes, it is a little cold, but every Saturday morning I have spent at Bath Skyline has kickstarted my weekend.

Volunteering not only lets me give back to the community, but lets me do it in a setting where the beautiful woods are uplifting and peaceful.

Thanks goes to Run Director Helen, all the volunteers who without whom, parkrun wouldn’t be possible, and to everyone who got out of their warm bed this morning and braved it out in the cold.

 

 

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